Located on the Potomac River, Georgetown was originally founded as a port town in 1751. At the time, it was still a part of Maryland since Washington, D.C. had not been established yet. Today, DC’s oldest neighborhood is at once high profile and low key and is home to quite a few landmarks and other historic sites. Highlights include the C&O Canal as well as the Old Stone House and the Volta Bureau, two of the longest standing unmodified buildings in DC.
Just to the north of Georgetown’s famed cobblestone streets lies Glover Park. This quiet neighborhood is adjacent to the United States Naval Observatory and the Vice President’s official residence, Number One Observatory Circle. It also abuts the almost 200-acre Glover-Archbold Park, a continuation of Rock Creek Park, and a popular spot for Glover Park residents to go for a hike or a trail run. Glover Park was named after Charles Carroll Glover, a wealthy banker who donated the land that would later be used for the development of public parks and the construction of historic monuments.
Living in Georgetown and Glover Park
Georgetown is probably DC’s most well-known neighborhood and is a mix of bustling commercial and entertainment districts and serene residential areas. Its main drag, M Street, is home to an assortment of bars and restaurants and retailers ranging from national chains to independently owned boutiques. The neighborhood is also known for being home to several embassies, and of course, Georgetown University.
This prestigious university is the United State’s oldest Jesuit university, dating back to 1789. Ranked among the foremost academic and research institutions in the world, it is particularly known for its Law Center and School of Medicine and counts numerous heads of state, politicians, justices, and diplomats among its alumni.
Not as high profile as Georgetown, Glover Park’s tranquil, tree-lined streets are a contrast to the buzz of M Street. While the neighborhood has its own commercial district on Wisconsin Ave., it has something of a small-town feel, brought about by its relatively secluded location. Glover Park is virtually surrounded by green spaces (Glover-Archbold and Whitehaven parks) and the nearest Metro stop is a couple of miles away.
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Georgetown is also a National Historic Landmark District and is probably home to DC’s largest concentration of pre-20th century buildings. For those in the market for vintage rowhouses, this is definitely the place to be. Here, architectural styles range from Georgian to Second Empire to Queen Anne and Richardson Romanesque.
In Glover Park, the housing stock dates back to the 1920s and ‘30s and consists mostly of rowhouses as well as apartment buildings turned condos that are less than ten stories in height. Front-porch living is still very much a possibility here – many of the rowhouses have small porches – and occasionally a rare detached home will go on the market.
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