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Living In Georgetown, Washington, DC

Geographic orientation: NW Washington D.C.

Landmarks: Georgetown University, C & O Canal National Historic Park, Old Stone House, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington Harbour, Dumbarton House, and Tudor Place.

Why You'll Love This Area: This historic neighborhood is full of charm with stunning scenery, great shopping and dining.

Well known for its upscale shops, bars and restaurants, the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. is a designated National Historic Landmark District. It has a large concentration of well-preserved colonial and Federal period architecture. During colonial times, Georgetown's waterfront served as a major port and commercial center facilitating trade and shipments of goods across the region.

Today, Georgetown is a prime commercial and entertainment district that is highly visited by area residents and tourists. It is a scenic and very walkable community that is among the priciest places to live in the District. The neighborhood is home to Georgetown University, the starting point of the 184.5 mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and numerous other landmarks. While the northern parts of Georgetown are mostly historic single-family homes, the waterfront area and streets near the canal have numerous luxury apartments for rent.

What Makes Georgetown Special?

Today, the primarily residential neighborhood remains an intimate community and is ideally surrounded by green space that makes this a beautiful place to live with convenient access to Downtown Washington. Palisades also has its own shops and restaurants within its small commercial corridor along MacArthur Boulevard.Georgetown residents love the access to some of the city's best shopping and dining spots, the beauty of the 18th and 19th century brick rowhouses along tree-line cobblestone streets, as well as the picturesque Georgetown Waterfront Park. The main commercial corridors of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue offer a diverse selection of stylish boutiques and high-end dining spots.

The restaurants on the Potomac riverfront are extremely popular for outdoor happy hours in the summer. Some of the regions' best recreational trails converge here, from the C&O Canal Towpath and Capital Crescent Trails heading west, to Rock Creek Park Trail traveling north.

The main campus of Georgetown University, a highly regarded Jesuit private university, is located on the western edge of the neighborhood. Healy Hall, built in Flemish Romanesque style from 1877 to 1879, is the architectural gem of the campus and is a National Historic Landmark.

Georgetown is also home to Old Stone House, Tudor House and Dumbarton House, noteworthy historic house museums that offer special programs including garden tours, lectures, concerts and family-friendly activities. Much of the area is surrounded by parkland and green space. Rock Creek Park, the Oak Hill Cemetery, Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks are located along the north and east edge of Georgetown, east of Wisconsin Avenue.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods near Palisades include Foxhall Crescent, Foxhall Village, Cathedral Heights, Spring Valley, and Westover Place.

Getting Around

There is no Metro station in Georgetown. The closest station is Foggy Bottom-GWU, about a 15-minute walk. Metrobus operates several lines to the area and the DC Circulator provides bus service using the Georgetown/Union Station or the Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont Circle lines.

Georgetown has heavy traffic on the weekends and holidays. M Street, Wisconsin Avenue and even the Key Bridge can be backed up at times. Street parking is hard to find and residents with cars are best served by reserved parking spaces. Reagan National Airport is just 5 miles south and Dulles International is 25 miles west.

Future Georgetown Development Plan

Georgetown 2028 is a 15-year development plan for the area that includes 76 recommendations to address transportation issues, enhance public space, reduce office vacancies and attract more unique shops and restaurants. In 2016, a study was completed to determine the feasibility of building a gondola between Georgetown and Rosslyn, VA. Restoration plans are underway for the Georgetown segment of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Improved pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and other plans are also underway.

Georgetown is a very pricey place to live. If you can afford to live here, you will love the lifestyle.

Neighborhood Corridors:
  • Accessible via I-66E
  • Canal Road NW
  • Wisconsin Ave NW

  • Public Transportation Options:
  • MClosest Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, one mile
  • DC Circulator Route, east-west from Georgetown to Union Station via downtown
  • to Union Station via downtown; and from, VA through Rosslyn Georgetown to Dupont Circle
  • Metrobus lines 31, 33, 38B, D1, D2, D5, D6, and G2

  • School District(s): Renowned Private Schools: Georgetown Day School, the British International School of Washington and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. DC Public Schools: Hyde-Addison Elementary School, Hardy Middle School and Wilson High School. Public Magnet School: Duke Ellington School of the Arts.


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