Georgetown is best for families with one or two children and young couples new to parenthood. About half of people own their homes, and half the area is single. It’s a great way to ease into parenthood while still having access to your previous child-free life. It’s divided into two areas known as East Village (east of Wisconsin Ave NW) and West Village (west of Wisconsin Ave NW). Both areas are primarily dominated by historic Georgian, Federal or Victorian townhouses. You’ll also find a few condominiums scattered around the neighborhood.
The most popular areas are located between 33rd and 34th Street NW in the West Village on the blocks of N, O, and P Street. However, due to the exclusivity of the neighborhood, living in Georgetown is very expensive. When searching for housing, it’s important to keep in mind that the area north of M Street and west of Wisconsin Ave is near Georgetown University. The closer to school, the louder it gets during weekends.
Car break-ins, robberies and nuisance crimes like any other urban neighborhoods happen in this area of the city, but violent crimes are rare. It is one of the safest neighborhoods to live in Washington DC.
If you have a car, you should be aware that finding street parking in Georgetown is difficult, especially on weekends. Most condominiums and apartment buildings do not provide private parking for residents, leaving very limited street options. Only 20 percent of Georgetown’s properties offer some type of reserved parking space for the owner.
Additionally, Georgetown does not have a Metro station. The closest stations are Dupont Circle Station and Foggy Bottom Station at George Washington University. Both stations are about a 20 minute walk from the center of Georgetown.
On the weekends, this neighborhood is bustling with shoppers and tourists, and at night the restaurants and bars are happening. Wisconsin Ave NW and M Street NW are packed with cafes and restaurants ranging from fast food to white tablecloth. If you are looking for an upscale urban lounge, a low-key hangout, or a sophisticated jazz club, Georgetown has it.