Emily Fay | Mar 13, 2019 | 0
Georgetown DC Neighborhood Guide
NorthWest DC • Shopping • Variety of Dining • Waterfront
1 BR: $1700
2 BR: $2960
Transit Score: 75
Georgetown is one of Washington D.C.’s most well-known neighborhoods, and it has earned this title for many reasons. The neighborhood feels quiet and charming with its tree lined streets and beautiful housing, yet still feels luxurious with its trendy residents and high-end shopping and dining scene. The area is mainly known for Georgetown University, the M Street shopping scene, the Washington Harbour Waterfront, and it’s convenient location to several other D.C. and Virginia neighborhoods. While it is one of the District’s pricier neighborhoods, the benefits of living here are certainly worth it.
Our Favorite Coffee Spot
Baked and Wired is a bit of a hidden gem located off of M Street in the heart of Georgetown. With baked goods on one side, a café on the other, and cozy seating in the back, Baked and Wired is our favorite spot to grab coffee and a treat in the Georgetown neighborhood. Their handcrafted espresso drinks paired with one of their famous cupcakes cannot be beat. The baked goods menu is mouth-watering, including cupcakes, cakes, quiche, muffins, biscuits, biscotti, and more. Additionally, homemade breads are baked in-house daily. To make your life a little easier, ordering online is possible as well.
Our Favorite Happy Hour Spot
For our favorite happy hour in Georgetown, we can’t help but choose El Centro D.F.. Happy hour is available daily from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. $5 margaritas, $6 beers, and specialty cocktails are available for happy hour at the bar only. While the happy hour menu is specifically drinks only, there are several reasonably priced options on the food menu including appetizers and items for sharing such as guacamole, ceviche, queso, and more. The environment at El Centro is a major part of the appeal. We love the two-stories and the back patio, and the variety of tequilas and authentic Mexican dishes make it even better.
Best Place To Work Up A Sweat
Choosing our favorite place to work up a sweat in Georgetown is tough – there are several incredible workout studios throughout the neighborhood, all of which we love. Despite all of the great options, we really can’t get enough of SoulCycle Georgetown. SoulCycle is an indoor cycling studio that is good for the mind, body, and soul. With it’s challenging and transformational workouts, inspirational instructors, and close-knit community, SoulCycle has an incredibly positive impact on all of those who partake. Georgetown has easy access to two different studios – the Georgetown studio, located on Wisconsin Avenue, and the West End studio, located on 23rd and M. Walk into either studio and you will find music blasting and instructors greeting you and helping you get ready for class. Showers, lockers, and changing areas are available. Your first class is $20, and after that, class packages are available. SoulCycle is both an experience and a workout that you don’t want to miss out on.
Best Way To Get Around
Georgetown attracts a lot of tourists year round, creating a lot of congestion and traffic. Getting around by foot tends to be the most convenient means of transportation when living in Georgetown. Residents have the capability of accomplishing everyday errands by foot, and there are several restaurants, bars, and shops that are just as convenient. Parking tends to be difficult, so cars are not usually something that residents rely on. There is accessible public transportation in Georgetown, but it is not nearly as convenient here as it is in other D.C. neighborhoods. The closest metro station is Foggy Bottom, roughly 10 minutes by car and 25 minutes by foot. Getting around within the neighborhood is extremely easy, but the congestion of the area can make traveling outside of Georgetown difficult.
Georgetown is extremely unique. The mix of residents ranges from college students to young and hip established individuals, to high-end families.
Between the prestigious feel that encompasses Georgetown mixed with the trendy and artistic component of the neighborhood, all sorts of residents are attracted to living here. That, combined with the constant influx of tourists makes for a hectic scene. Despite this, there is a strong sense of community here that residents are extremely proud of.
What You Won’t Find
You won’t see too much change happening in Georgetown. Its residents are proud of the neighborhoods history and appeal, and plan to keep things the way they are. While Georgetown lacks things that other D.C. neighborhoods are proud of, the residents of Georgetown want to keep this unique neighborhood just the way it is. You also won’t find much peace and quiet here in Georgetown, as there are always shoppers and tourists roaming the streets. It’s rare that things slow down here, but that is part of the appeal.
Living In Georgetown
The homes found in Georgetown are mostly historic mansions or renovated row homes. Lofts and condos can be found throughout the neighborhood as well. Georgetown is one of the more expensive neighborhoods to choose from in the District. It is a highly sought after area, the homes are beautiful, and the location is convenient making it both expensive and competitive to move here. The new and upscale apartment complex trend that has taken over much of D.C. hasn’t quite hit it off here. Those looking to move into Georgetown will have better luck looking into the wide variety of row homes, as these are the much more common living arrangement here.