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Living in Georgetown, D.C.

Established in 1751, the Georgetown neighborhood is one of the District's oldest, most iconic and most beloved. Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, Georgetown is a popular spot for waterfront dining, cycling, jogging and people watching at outdoor cafes and cozy coffee houses. The neighborhood's narrow, tree-lined streets are home to impeccably maintained row houses, gated embassies and walk-up apartment buildings that radiate charm, class and sophistication.

Things to Do in Georgetown

While much of Georgetown's real estate is devoted to housing, a large portion of the neighborhood's 750 acres are occupied by upscale shops. You'll find a sprinkling of nightclubs, local markets that serve piping hot coffee and fresh baked goods, restaurants, bars (such as The Tombs, which was featured in the hit film "St. Elmo's Fire") and Martin's Tavern, where a plaque commemorates the booth in which John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie. Home to Georgetown University, the neighborhood is packed with all the amenities you'd expect to find in a college town.

Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the trails that line the C&O Canal to Montrose Park and the stunning views of Rock Creek. When the sun's out, you'll find locals enjoying it at Waterfront Park and Georgetown's many amazing green spaces. Restaurants in Georgetown range from no-frills cafes that dish up authentic ethnic cuisine to upscale, fine dining establishments frequented by the many politicians, experts, and dignitaries who frequent the area. Locals looking for something to do only have to simply step outside and head toward M Street.

Housing in Georgetown

The diverse and aesthetically appealing housing options are a huge reason many D.C. locals opt to settle down in the Georgetown neighborhood. Historic row houses, unique walk-up apartment buildings and new construction townhomes are all available here. You'll find large single-family homes on spacious lots, but they come with steep price tags appropriate for a neighborhood at the heart of the nation's capital.

Transportation and Travel in Georgetown

Situated across the Key Bridge from Northern Virginia and less than 5 miles from the U.S. Capitol building, Georgetown is conveniently located, but far enough to feel like its own city. As traffic tends to be on the heavier side, many locals prefer to use public transportation. The closest Metro stations to Georgetown are the Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn stops. Many locals take advantage of the inexpensive DC Circulator Bus that stops along Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. It also provides a cheap ride between Georgetown and the Rosslyn and DuPont Circle Metro stations, as well as Union Station.


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  • If shopping is your cardio, then be sure to stop by M Street where you’ll find plenty of upscale shops plus a few cafes and restaurants to stop and refuel.
  • History abounds in and around town. One popular destination, Martin’s Tavern, features a plaque that commemorates the booth where John F. Kennedy proposed to his wife, Jackie.
  • For a unique evening out, head to the Washington Harbour where live entertainment, exquisite dining options, and magnificent views of the city all collide.


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