The Montgomery County town of Kensington is located four miles northwest of Washington D.C. — bordered by the distinct community of North Kensington to the north and Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, and Bethesda to the south. Despite a small population of a little over 2,000, Kensington is a community with a lot to offer its residents — a large variety of art galleries, shops, and restaurants.
Kensington’s real estate is mostly single-family housing. Prime examples of Arts & Crafts and Colonial style are found here, often recently renovated by such master architects as George Meyers.
Kensington’s wide-ranging retail options include antique shops on Howard Avenue and home-design stores across the street on Howard West. Other retailers include five bookstores, numerous specialty shops, and fashion boutiques.
Dish & Dram gathers locally sourced ingredients to create a range of international dishes. K-Town Bistro and China Gourmet both serve authentic Asian food. For straightforward and delicious Italian cuisine, try Frankly Pizza. Or, choose from a wide selection of casual restaurants. Foodies will love regular food-truck nights and the year-round farmers market.
The community enjoys a thriving local arts scene, with a dozen galleries showcasing local artists’ sculptures, glass crafts, painting, and metalwork. Kensington Town Hall regularly hosts live music and theatrical performances. And a live summer concert series is held each Saturday morning between July and September at Howard Avenue Park.
Kensington has a full calendar of annual events. Highlights include an 8K race, the Day of the Book Festival, Fourth of July Bike Parade, Labor Day Parade, and Kensington Car Show.
Residents enjoy access to outstanding local schools, with Kensington Parkwood and Rock View Elementary, Newport Mill Middle, and Albert Einstein High schools well-regarded.