Thinking of Moving to Georgetown?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Georgetown history is an integral part of this fascinating neighborhood located in Washington, D.C.. People love the historic townhomes, the cobblestoned streets and brick sidewalks, the waterfront properties along the Potomac River, and the luxury real estate that has been owned by journalists and authors, senators and diplomats. Many parents buy homes here for the Georgetown University students while others choose to downsize and move here from around the DC metro area, drawn by the walkability, small parks and great restaurants.


While many people assume that Georgetown was named for King George of England, this is possibly a mistake.  Georgetown history suggests that Georgetown was named for George Gordon, a Scottish immigrant and wealthy landowner, who very well known in the Maryland colony. He served as the Sheriff of Frederick County, as well as the judge of its first court.  In the 1730s, he purchased the 300-acre Rock Creek Plantation, a tobacco farm on the banks of the Potomac River. His success attracted another George - George Beall - to start farming tobacco nearby.  In 1751, the Maryland Assembly decided that that location was perfect for a small town and they bought some of the land from the two Georges.

But while it might seem fair to name a town after the two local landowners who gave their land for it, there still is some belief that Georgetown was  named after King George II of England.  The one thing that is clear is this part of Washington DC is named Georgetown.  If you want more history about Georgetown, just click here.


Schools in Georgetown range from elementary schools to high schools, public schools and private, Catholic schools and single sex. If you are looking for arts focused schools or foreign language immersion, there is a school for you and your family. To see what school choices are available for children living in Georgetown from public to private to parochial and more, click here.


Family activities in Georgetown include outdoor activities like kayaking and canoeing on the Potomac River and hiking along the C&O canal. Other popular family activities are shopping and eating, visiting museums like the Old Stone House and national park sites like Theodore Roosevelt Island. Here are some recommendations for family activities in Georgetown which will satisfy everyone.


With all the parks and waterfront trails, there are lots of activities for you and your dog.   To check out some, just click here.

Georgetown has a number of small and some big parks to enjoy with your pooch on both sides of Wisconsin Avenue and at the upper part of Georgetown.  If you are looking for Georgetown dog friendly activities, what could be better than throwing a ball with your pet in a green park?


Georgetown restaurants offer so many choices – of cuisine, of price and location. You can eat at a French restaurant like La Chaumiere one night and a college hang out like the Tombs the next night. Dine on the waterfront and then eat in a tiny townhome just off M Street. Georgetown restaurants give you lots of great options!  You should read this list and then immediately head over to Open Table to make your reservations for tonight! 


If Georgetown sounds like the place you want to live, give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at  If Georgetown is not exactly the place you want to live, lets talk about all the other options in the DC metro area.  We are licensed in DC, MD and VA, so we can show you properties everywhere in DC — and both sides of the Potomac River!  If you want to start your search right now, click here,

Comments (17)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Lise, Your definitely the "go to" Agent at Georgetown for buying and selling Real Estate! You know the area well ~

Jun 01, 2023 05:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... we came very close to buying a home in Georgetown in 1992... then decided to go back to New York City. But I've always had a hankering for the Georgetown lifestyle.

Jun 01, 2023 06:24 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander, Broker Georgetown is such a lovely place to live - walking around the neighborhoods at night and going out to eat without moving your car!  All great treats! 

Jun 01, 2023 06:27 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  - Would that I had the same name recognition and value proposition in Georgetown that you do out on the Island! 

Jun 01, 2023 06:27 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think that I will ever move to Georgetown, but it definitely seems like a place that I need to visit eventually.  I have always been somewhat of a fan of the basketball team at Georgetown, although I would never root for them over my Arizona Wildcats, haha.

Jun 01, 2023 06:35 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Living in Georgetown is decidedly different. We have a niece that owns a home there are quite happy

Jun 01, 2023 06:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise,

I love the photo you are using! A wonderful post rich in Georgetown history! I can see why people are attracted to the historic townhomes, cobblestoned streets and brick sidewalks and waterfront properties along the Potomac River! Lovely....simply lovely!

Jun 01, 2023 06:44 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do not know about moving there, but your posts certainly inspire me to visit the area. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:46 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. Georgetown has many benefits but a bit close to the lunacy chambers of politics for me.That said, like Ray Henson, a place to visit to see what I am missing. Not likely, where my grandkids are, my wife is going to be. Enjoy your day.

Jun 01, 2023 07:47 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise and always like to hear about your history lesson in your blogs.  Make it a great day!


Jun 01, 2023 08:27 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I have driven through and eaten, a long time ago, in Georgetown on several trips to DC, love the area and this is a great post with plenty of good information. Interesting the history of how it came to be called Georgetown is so unsure.

Jun 01, 2023 09:13 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hello Lise Howe 

I already live in Georgetown, Georgetown, Massachusetts, that is. Georgetown, VA is a very nice community snuggled up to the D.C. area. As a side note, I think most states have a Georgetown in them.

Jun 01, 2023 10:44 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Lise Howe  What interesting information! I did think Georgetown was named after King George! 

Jun 01, 2023 11:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lise- when we lived in Leesburg, every time Larry came home from a meeting in the DC area, he'd ask...why aren't we living in DC or Georgetown?!   He loved the energy there. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise Howe  loved this post about Georgetown, and in all fairness the photo is amazing reminds me of a European city:)Endre

Jun 01, 2023 11:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, great information on Georgetown, and it is a wonderful place to call home.

Jun 02, 2023 06:17 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jun 15, 2023 06:30 AM