Georgetown Neighborhood Guide

Georgetown Neighborhood
Retail Shopping Area in the Historic Georgetown Neighborhood in Washington DC USA. Georgetown Historic District belongs to U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Georgetown is a historic neighborhood in DC’s Northwest Quadrant. So historical in fact, that it predates the city of DC itself!

Nestled near the Potomac River, the neighborhood features gorgeous rowhouse architecture, shady tree-lined and cobbled streets and walkways, and it’s own commercial district hosting some of the city’s best dining, shopping, and nightlife activity.

The neighborhood is home to a community of working professionals, university students, and government workers. This tight-knit community actively works together to preserve Georgetown’s historical features and better the neighborhood.

Overall, Georgetown offers its residents just about everything they could want or need in a gorgeous, active, and thriving urban community.

Featured Apartments Near Georgetown

Cathedral Heights
The Archer Apartments located at 3701 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

The Archer

The Archer is a historic apartment building with a variety of floor plans to accommodate any lifestyle. Featuring controlled access entry, expansive city views, hardwood floors, and remodeled kitchens; this charming Massachusetts Ave apartment is perfect for families and professionals moving to DC.

An Overview of Living in Georgetown

Along with its unique, historic character, Georgetown residents enjoy a lifestyle that is unmatched in DC. If you are moving to Georgetown, here are a few things you have to look forward to.

Variety

Georgetown is home to over 500 stores, including national chains and independent small businesses.

In addition to the abundant shopping, residents enjoy a considerable variety of dining and nightlife options. The neighborhood accommodates just about any tastes or interests you could imagine.

Several large parks are within walking distance of the neighborhood as well as the waterfront, satisfying those who yearn for the outdoors.

Walk or Ride

Georgetown has a Walkscore of 87, meaning that you can complete the majority of daily errands without a vehicle. And with all the incredible historic architecture and sights to see, there’s plenty of reasons you’ll love to walk the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is known for its bike-friendly roads, making shopping, dining, and commuting a breeze for cyclists. Thanks to the Capital Bikeshare program, you don’t even need to own a bicycle to enjoy the convenience of Georgetown cycling.

A Student’s Paradise

Student’s attending Georgetown University should look no further than this active and convenient neighborhood. With unparalleled access to the campus by bus, and multiple cafes and coffee shops offering free WiFi, it is the perfect community to achieve excellence in your studies while enjoying a fun and active lifestyle.

Georgetown Apartments
Georgetown University main building in Washington DC.

Georgetown Schools

Georgetown is served by multiple desirable public and private schools.

Hyde-Addison Elementary School

A small DC Public School for grades PK-5.

Hardy Middle School

A DC Public Middle School serving Georgetown children grades 6-8.

Holy Trinity Catholic School

A private Catholic elementary and middle school.

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

A private high school serving grades 9-12.

Georgetown University

A prestigious private research university attended by many Georgetown residents.

Culture and Community

Georgetown is home to an active and welcoming community. The neighborhood’s rich historical identity lends itself to a unique sense of neighborhood pride among its inhabitants. Residents feel passionate to preserve, protect, and grow the community.

The neighborhood frequently hosts social events, festivals, and celebrations for a variety of groups and interests, giving residents plenty of opportunities to participate in the community activities and form personal connections with their neighbors.

Transportation

Though there isn’t a Metro Station in Georgetown, there’s no lack of available transit for those needing to access the rest of the city.

Roughly ten bus routes serve the area at any given time, including the DC Circulator which provides transport between Georgetown and Union Station, the 38B bus on the Orange Line connecting to Farragut Square and Ballston, the G2 to Georgetown University, and the D2 and D6 buses to downtown DC.

For those who need even further reach, the Georgetown Metro Connection is a shuttle that provides residents access to the Metro stations in Dupont Circle and Rosslyn.

The neighborhood itself is very pedestrian and bike-friendly as well, making transportation anywhere in or out of Georgetown convenient and straightforward.

Georgetown Resource Guide

Groceries

Safeway – Supermarket located on Wisconsin Ave.

Deli Corner Store – Small grocery on 34th St.

Dean and DeLuca – Grocery offering specialty foods and housewares.


Health and Fitness

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – Non-profit healthcare facility, cancer center, emergency room, and pharmacy.

CVS – Pharmacy and drug store on Wisconsin Ave.

Fitness Together – Gym with personal training.

Washington Sports Club – Health club offering classes and personal training.

Urban Athletic Club – Health club and fitness center located on Q St.

GNC – Vitamin and nutritional supplement retailer.


Dining

1798 Restaurant – Formal American dining housed in a historical townhome.

Clyde’s of Georgetown – Classic American Cuisine and Cocktails.

Pizzeria Paradiso – A cosmopolitan pizzeria on M Street.

Kafe Leopold – European Cuisine and popular brunch spot.

Falafel Inc – Fast-casual falafel restaurant that donates a portion of their proceeds to refugee relief.

Cafe Milano – Neighborhood favorite for Italian cuisine.

Fiola Mare – Upscale Italian dining on the waterfront.

Chez Billy Sud – Classic Gallic cuisine with an extensive wine list.


Nightlife

Georgetown Piano Bar – Sing along to your favorite tunes played lived at this popular late night spot.

Gypsy Sally’s – Music club featuring American roots acts.

The Sovereign – Belgian pub with a generous beer selection.

The Rye Bar – An elegant American whiskey bar.

Chinese Disco – Nightclub featuring music, dancing, and games.


Retail

Georgetown Park – Shopping mall with a bowling alley and several retailers.

Relish – Clothing retailer featuring top-level labels.

Bluemercury – Beauty and cosmetics retailer.

Ella-Rue – Women’s fashion boutique.

Hill & Dale – Indie Vinyl record store.


Gas and Convenience

Shell – Gas and convenience on Wisconsin Ave.

Sunoco – Gas and convenience on Wisconsin Ave.


Sports and Outdoors

Rose Park – Public park featuring tennis, playgrounds, and sitting and picnic areas.

Montrose Park – Pet-friendly park with tennis courts and playgrounds.

Georgetown Waterfront Park – Public park featuring greenery and views of the Potomac River.

Key Bridge Boathouse – Kayak and canoe rentals offering paddling lessons and fitness classes.


Arts and Education

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library – Museum open to researchers at all career stages.

Dumbarton House – A museum featuring Federal period art, decor, and architecture.

Tudor Place – Museum featuring beautiful gardens and collections.

Old Stone House – Georgetown’s oldest standing structure.

With the overwhelming number of restaurants, bars, shopping, and entertainment available in Georgetown, we couldn’t possibly list them all. If you are considering living in Georgetown, make time to visit the neighborhood yourself, there’s so much to see and do!