“A bit of the country, yet of the city, having just enough of the best of each.” So reads an old newspaper advertisement from April 14, 1907 in the Washington Times. What’s for sale? Houses in Cleveland Park. Earlier today we started a regular installment that reviews real estate along Connecticut Ave. Tonight, we go back over 100 years and find homes starting at “$6,500 and upward.” Some of the great selling points of the neighborhood back then? Two car lines, no houses in rows, special police and fire protection, and no unsightly structures.
The agent purchasing the ad is Moore & Hill. This company was originally the exclusive real estate company of neighborhood developers, Cleveland Park Company. When the Cleveland Park Company filed for bankruptcy in 1905, Moore & Hill was in a good position to reap the benefits of the oncoming development and speculative stampede. In fact, this advertisement encourages investing in Cleveland Park properties, stating that it can rent houses within “ten days—and then have calls for more.”