Dupont Circle/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown, DC
A vibrant area with loads of charm, Georgetown is still one of the hottest neighborhoods in the DC area. Boasting a variety of restaurants (ranging from fine dining to fast casual), art galleries and original shops, Georgetown retains its historic look and feel with cobblestone streets and original 18th and 19th century architecture. The Georgetown waterfront was developed many years ago and is an attraction for small boat owners and tourists who enjoy dining and drinking al fresco. Unfortunately, there is no metro access to the area— the closest metro stops are in Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. As a result, traffic and parking are at a premium; residents can purchase residential permits to alleviate the parking problems. Georgetown is mostly occupied by the Washington elite and college prepsters living in group houses, is one of the most sought after and expensive places to live in Washington D.C.
Dupont Circle is centrally located where Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut Avenues converge in Northwest DC. Following the 1968 riots, the area had a resurgence in the early 70’s and became a popular area among the gay and lesbian community. Gentrification accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s, and the area is now a more mainstream and trendy location with coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bars, numerous private art galleries and upscale retail stores. Since 1997, an expansive farmers market has operated at Dupont Circle. The park and fountain in the center of Dupont Circle is a gathering place and has often served as a venue for protests and rallies.
Many embassies lie to the north along Massachusetts Avenue. Dupont Circle is a colorful and lively area where neighborhood residents, musicians, tourists and street people gather making it one of DC’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Those who live in Dupont Circle are typically young professionals and college grad students although there are also many high-end brownstones and palatial homes along tree-lined Massachusetts Avenue and nearby. Georgetown is also in close proximity. Traffic and parking are at a premium; residents can purchase residential permits.
In close proximity is Adams-Morgan, a diverse neighborhood made up of apartments, businesses and ethnic restaurants and a bustling nightlife for young professionals.
Foggy Bottom is located between the White House and Georgetown, just south of Dupont Circle. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of the oldest late 18th and 19th-century neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Much of Foggy Bottom is occupied by the main campus of the George Washington University. The area is home to many federal government offices, foreign embassies and the headquarters of numerous international and American organizations. Just south of the Watergate Complex on the Potomac River is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There are also a variety of art galleries and performing arts venues. Foggy Bottom stretches down to the Potomac shoreline, welcoming runners, bikers and water sports enthusiasts to the southernmost point of Rock Creek Park.