Living in GeorgetownIyna Bort Caruso
Georgetown is a charm-loaded seat of powerbrokers.
Along with influential Washington D.C. insiders, the area also has a large diplomatic community, owing to its numerous embassies and consulates, and a student population from prestigious Georgetown University.
It is the Federal District’s oldest area, founded in 1751 as a tobacco port town and originally part of Maryland when it was still a colony. Today the entirety of Georgetown is a nationally designated historic district. Colonial and Federal architectural landmarks line its fashionable, cobblestone streets.
Georgetown is situated along the Potomac River. There’s no metro station for the commuting crowd but bus lines and bike routes help make up for it. M Street is its central hub with upscale shopping and restaurants. Cady’s Alley, once a forlorn 19th century passageway, is Georgetown’s high end design district. A cluster of antique shops and fine art galleries can be found in the Book Hill section. For green space and car-free pathways, locals head to Georgetown Waterfront Park, stretching 10 acres along the banks of the river. It’s not the only shorefront destination. The towpath along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal draws walkers, runners and cyclists while Washington Harbour, a mixed-use development, offers waterfront dining and astonishing views of Key Bridge and the Kennedy Center. Come winter, Washington Harbour’s central fountain transforms into an ice skating rink.
Georgetown routinely ranks among the Washington, D.C. area’s most prestigious communities with the highest median sales prices in the region. That’s nothing new. It’s been that way since the days when Thomas Jefferson lived here. Historically, the Georgetown property market has been remarkably stable.
Georgian, Federal and Victorian styles dominate residential architecture in the form of brick row houses, semi-detached homes and stately mansions. The jewels among them have been fully restored; others completely re-imagined.