Neighborhood Spotlight: Georgetown

With its cobblestone streets, Federal-style architecture, and fine dining, Georgetown is the quintessential DC neighborhood. Located along the banks of the Potomac River, Georgetown is a quick commute into the heart of Washington, D.C. and within walking distance of popular destinations such as the Kennedy Center, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown University. Georgetown offers its residents a myriad of dining choices, charming galleries, numerous shops and boutiques, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures and entertainment.

Georgetown (originally called George Town) was founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland. It remained a separate municipality until the U.S. Congress created a new, consolidated government for the District of Columbia in 1871. In 1895, the neighborhood’s streets were renamed to conform with those found in the City of Washington.

During the first half of the 1800s, Georgetown was an important shipping center. Construction of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal began in 1828 as a connector between Georgetown and Harper’s Ferry, VA (WV after 1863). However, the canal was soon superseded by the railroad and was never profitable. Today, the C&O Canal is a 185-mile pathway for “discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures” and part of the National Park Service. Due to economic difficulties and the Civil War, Georgetown suffered during the second half of the 1800s into the 1900s. In 1967, the Georgetown Historic District was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

There are very few pre-Revolutionary buildings still standing in Georgetown – most of the housing dates from after 1800. Along its cobbled streets, residents and visitors can find a variety of architectural styles including Georgian mansions and townhomes, early Federal and Classical Revival houses, and ornate structures of the ante and post-bellum periods. Many of the homes constructed after the Civil War are rowhomes that were very popular during the late Victorian era.

This neighborhood is easily accessible by Metrobus routes along M Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW as well as several Circulator routes. Although there are no Metro stops within the neighborhood, the stations at Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn, VA are an easy walk away. Residents can also take advantage of numerous walking and biking opportunities.

STATS (by niche)

  • Population: 17,001
  • Homeowners: 56%
  • Age 45- 54: 5%
  • Median Income: $110,610
  • Master Degree +: 64%
  • Public Schools: 20