One of D.C.’s most coveted neighborhoods, where world-class retail and entertainment blends with Old World historic elegance
Just a few minutes west of Washington, D.C.’s busy downtown district, Georgetown perches against the Potomac River like a shimmering jewel atop the crown of the city. D.C.’s most iconic neighborhood, this is where modernity and deep history collide. Among the charming cobblestone streets and beautifully maintained historic homes, you’ll find Georgetown is also a center of diverse cultural activities and commercial areas.
Tree-lined streets shelter townhomes whose shades of pastel, red brick, and bold hues weave a tapestry of architectural beauty. The area itself predates D.C. as it was established as a port in the Province of Maryland around 1751 before being fully consolidated into the D.C. area in 1871. Today, the neighborhood is home to around 10,000 residents who enjoy the convenience of living in one of D.C.’s most active retail and dining scenes, married to the beauty of the scenic Potomac River, preserved historic structures, and a quaint, small-town feel.
Classic Georgetown rowhomes offer a contemporary-meets-historic vibe, and many of these renovated spaces were crafted in the 19th century. Great for single-families and young professionals, these homes sit in the heart of Georgetown’s lively center and are within walking distance of retail and dining havens. However, for those looking for a bit of privacy and space, Georgetown also has plenty of grand estates tucked away. Often updated Federal and Colonial brick homes, these massive family houses can boast English gardens, 5+ bedrooms, luxury finishes, and the prestige that comes with living in one of D.C.’s most desirable neighborhoods. And if all this isn’t enough, Georgetown also has plenty of sleek and modern waterfront condos with stunning views.
Georgetown’s beating pulse is the harmony between the flurry of constant activity and the serenity of charismatic, residential housing. The neighborhood has a high student population, which brings a sense of vitality to the area, paired well with the family population. Georgetown is a place meant to keep you busy, and you’ll often find residents enjoying waterfront dining, cycling, and jogging along the river.
The best of Georgetown’s commercial venues can be found in the historic district, specifically along the famous M Street. Known as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country, visitors and residents alike will find a cornucopia of activity where M Street intersects Wisconsin Avenue in the heart of Georgetown. Also known as Georgetown Park, this mixed-use area houses world-class boutiques, specialty stores, and designer-label shops like Coach and Free People.
Georgetown is also a mecca for foodies with a vast array of cuisine styles and international fare. A university area, it’s no surprise that Georgetown has no shortage of cool bars and pubs, where classic American fares are served in impressive historic venues. At The Tombs, craft beer and comfort cuisine are served among the brick interior of the Federal-style venue—the restaurant is a particular favorite for university students in the evening. A Georgetown staple for nearly a century, Martin’s Tavern provides diners with a warm and inviting ambiance alongside their savory upscale American cuisine. Another popular favorite for students and caffeine addicts alike, Blue Bottle Coffee brews top-notch roasts at their M Street facility, and their decadent pour-overs are the perfect thing to perk up your day.
There’s also no shortage of sumptuous eateries in the area, and Fiola is just one example of Georgetown’s fine dining excellence. Flavorful Italian coastal cuisine is the specialty at Fiola, and their menu is bursting with the freshest seafood and inventive creations. Bump elbows with prominent society figures at Cafe Milano while you enjoy their refined Italian fare and find out why this establishment is the go-to for the powerful and the elite. For elegance and sweetness personified, Ladurée is unparalleled. This Parisian-original bakery crafts some of the world’s best macaroons, pastries, and light fare.
In Georgetown, you’ll never run out of exciting adventures to uncover, no matter your pace or ideal activity. Take a quiet walk along the historic C&O Canal to enjoy the gently lapping water and the colorful foliage of tree-enshrouded pathways, or meander into the neighborhood’s center and explore everything from the nation’s oldest jazz clubs to high-end designer stores.
Rich in history, Georgetown is a haven for historians who want to dive into D.C.’s many stories. One of its more famous sites is the Old Stone House, which is the oldest unchanged building in all of Washington, D.C. and the district’s last Pre-Revolutionary Colonial that rests on its original foundation. If you want to enjoy the modernity that’s since swept through D.C., one of the best places to visit is The Washington Harbour. As a mixed-use development, the harbor possesses an abundance of luxury hotels, spas, water activities, and incredible views.
If you want to get in touch with nature, Georgetown has you covered. Georgetown Waterfront Park lies along the river bank from 31st Street to the Key Bridge and includes rain gardens, a labyrinth, walking and biking paths, and a dazzling fountain. You can also visit Montrose Park to enjoy its gardens, history, and 16 acres of marvelous green space.
Georgetown is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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