What It’s Really Like Living In Georgetown, DC

Neighborhoods | Aug 22

Few places in DC capture the city’s old-world glamour — or the public’s imagination, for that matter — quite like Georgetown. Between its charming row homes, quiet parks, and cobblestone streets, Georgetown is undoubtedly one of the most beloved neighborhoods in all of Washington, DC.

Established in 1751, this vibrant enclave is set along the banks of the Potomac River, long defining its character and prestige. Come 1820, the creation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal further cemented Georgetown as a cornerstone of American commerce and culture — a role the community continues to play even now.

These days, the Georgetown we know reflects the best of Washington, DC everywhere you turn — from world-class retail and shopping along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue to fine educational institutions, historic mansions, and more.

But legacy aside, it’s only natural to wonder what it’s truly like living in Georgetown, DC in 2023. Curious what this coveted lifestyle has to offer you? Keeping reading to find out!

The Lifestyle

Years after Georgetown was absorbed into the Federal District, it continues to maintain its own sense of individuality with strong community ties. In more recent times, this fashionable neighborhood on the Potomac has become world-renowned in culture and film, although for the people who live here, it’s an enchanting place they call home.


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Fiola Mare: With its unique, elegant, and nautical design, Fiola Mare features scenic views of the waterfront and its marina. Known for its “see and be seen” ambiance, Fiola Mare is home to Washington, DC’s best power lunch along with exquisite private dining spaces for events of every kind.

Nick’s Riverside Grill: A fixture of the Washington Harbour in Georgetown, Nicks Riverside Grille is a family-owned restaurant dishing out classic American fare.

Cafe Milano: For more than two decades, DC notables have been making reservations here, a cozy restaurant serving up southern coastal Italian cuisine.

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No trip to Georgetown is complete without some retail therapy. Though M Street may be best known for its wide-ranging retail scene that includes mainstream crowd-pleasers such as Anthropologie and H&M and exclusive high-end designers like Billy Reid and Rag & Bone, the neighborhood is also home to a solid selection of upscale design stores, independent small businesses, and many of the city’s best fine art galleries. More interested in snagging a bargain? There’s a TJ Maxx/Home Goods on M Street, and a number of upscale secondhand stores in the neighborhood.

Al Fresco Diversions

Exploring the outdoors is part of the Georgetown way of life. Whether you’re looking to break a sweat or find picture perfect photo-op, we’ve got you covered with these al fresco destinations.

The Waterfront: Georgetown’s Waterfront Park is a 10 acre riverside haven that offers a wide range of on-the-water fun, so head down to the banks of the Potomac for your next adventure. Pick up a kayak or standup paddleboard at the Key Bridge Boathouse, and enjoy Instagram-worthy panoramas of the DC and Virginia skylines while also getting a great workout in. Another nautical activity? Cycling on the water with Potomac Paddle Club’s BYOB “cycleboat” experience, during which you also have the option to simply sit back, relax, and let the motor do its thing. The Washington Harbour is the place for unforgettable waterfront dining and ice skating in the winter. You can also hop on a water taxi to take you to the region’s other waterfronts.

Tudor Place: This historic landmark has been a fixture in DC since 1816, serving as a home to descendants of Martha Washington for six generations. Inside the elegant house, discover furnishings, household items, and fascinating Washington-related artifacts. The five-plus acres worth of gardens on the estate make for a wondrous and scenic outdoor experience.

Dumbarton Oaks: Secluded and lush, the grounds of this beautiful park have been described many times as a Secret Garden, and it’s no surprise why: Manicured greenery, winding pathways, and classical fountains comprise a 27-acre historic park that sits atop the highest hill in Georgetown. Meanwhile, an adjacent museum specializes in Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art.

C&O Canal: The historic C&O Canal and its towpath run 184.5 miles into Cumberland, Maryland, the first mile of which is through Georgetown. Today, this serene urban oasis south of M Street provides one-hour boat tours of the Canal, a popular running and cycling path, and the perfect picnic area for residents or weekend visitors who prefer to sit and stay awhile.

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The Market

In Georgetown, there’s a home to suit every modern lifestyle. Here, impeccably restored properties line the streets, with the Victorian and Federal styles of architecture represented throughout the enchanting neighborhood terrain. In 2023, the median sales price is $1.5M, while the median number of days on market is 16.

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