Until the early 1900’s, the ground on which The Willoughby stands was farmland, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the national seat of government in Washington, D.C. It remained relatively quiet until after World War II, when a nationwide suburban explosion was felt here. Businesses were attracted to Friendship Heights, whose streetcar and bus terminals at Wisconsin and Western Avenues were a major transfer point for people traveling east, west, north, and south.
Large residential development soon followed and, in 1968 and 1969, The Willoughby was constructed as a luxury rental apartment building. The Willoughby changed ownership hands several times and, ultimately, was sold to First Condominium Development Company of Chicago, specialists in condominium conversions. Apartment sales and control of the condominium turned over to unit owners in 1982.
Today Friendship Heights is a vibrant community, home to individuals and families living in the condominiums and rental buildings—as well as to the growing number of retailers, restaurants, businesses, and medical offices—that have sprung up on both sides of the District line.
Our neighborhood has become one of Metropolitan Washington’s most vibrant shopping districts, with specialty shops bearing names known worldwide, along with restaurants featuring a variety of American and international cuisines.
The Metro’s Red Line station, within easy walking distance from The Willoughby, has proven to be a draw for its access to destinations in the city and around the Washington area in a matter of minutes.