If what you seek
The homes range in styles from Queen Anne Victorians to Dutch Colonial Revivals to Renaissance, Tudor, Spanish Colonial, and Art Moderne. There is a self-guided Architectural Tour of the 19 designated historic homes, which is well worth reading and doing. You won't find a home for sale priced below $1.5M, and that would be a fixer-upper needing extensive modernization. The schools are top-notch and the main draw for most families, although many opt to send their children away to private boarding schools.
About 15 minutes to DuPont Circle by car.
At the end of Wisconsin Ave, just outside of Chevy Chase, next to the DC Metro Station at Friendship Heights, are a number of designer stores such as Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Bulgari and the like. Chevy Chase doesn't allow commercial enterprises within its boundaries.