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Rowhouses on Shepherd Street NW.

Rowhouses on Shepherd Street NW.

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Petworth: A Commuter Friendly, Rejuvenated Neighborhood

(This post is sponsored by the Keri Shull Team, one of the top real estate teams in the DC Metro area.)

After a prolonged period of being perceived as a dangerous and crime-ridden city up though the ‘90s, Washington, DC since 2000 has made enormous strides to clean up the city and open itself up as a fun, welcoming and safe space for families, young professionals and even retirees. All throughout you’ll see tasteful street art honoring the city’s rich cultural history, and in between you’ll find pockets of new developments and regeneration giving areas a much needed refreshing.

With the influx of interest back into the District, there’s no shortage of exciting, up-and-coming neighborhoods within the nation’s capital. DC’s evolution into the crisp, cool city that it is becoming today can largely be divided into three main facets: as the luxurious but private residences of a neighborhood like Kalorama, as the rejuvenated cultural center of Petworth, and as the timelessness and quality of Eckington. Each aspect captures a different element of the District, but together they encapsulate the changing and modernizing character of the city.

Today, you’ll learn about Petworth.

Petworth | 20011 | Heart of Culture and Affordability

Metro: Yellow and Green Lines— Georgia Avenue-Petworth

Bus: Metrobus—60, 62, 63, 64, 70, 79 and H8

Widely regarded as one of the friendliest and most down to earth areas in DC, Petworth is an inviting residential neighborhood that boasts an added flair of cultural activity. Traditionally comprised of early 20th century terraced and single-family homes but with an increasing amount of affordable condo developments, Petworth in 2018 has become a historical cultural center in the midst of a major revamp.

Smack dab in the middle of DC, Petworth is prized not just for its cultural affinity but also for its pristine location at the heart of everything. With easy access to U Street, H Street, Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights and more, its centrality makes it especially attractive. The Green and Yellow Lines at the George Avenue-Petworth stop are a quick entry way to every which way of DC—particularly via the numerous bus lines that service the neighborhood.

Get into Petworth before it’s too late it will, because the rate of rapid change that it’s going through will not last forever. The community has developed in such an idyllic way that it is attracting all swaths of people, and as such not only is it among the most diverse districts in DC, but it is also one of the fastest growing.

Free Attractions

  • Celebrate Petworth - Annual neighborhood festival celebrating the community and providing an opportunity for the local business to showcase their goods. Coming up this September 8th on Upshur Street!
  • Petworth Jazz Project - Enjoy the best jazz in DC for free on the last Saturday of each month during the summer season. Located on the lawn at the Petworth Recreation Center.


  • Upshur Street - as the main drag of Petworth, Upshur Street is a popular street for shopping and dining alike. One of the most notable stops along the way is the quirky independent bookstore Upshur Street Books, next also to the classy literary bar Petworth Citizen & Reading Room.
  • Petworth Community Market - Located at 9th & Upshur, this weekly farmers market runs on Saturday from 9am - 1pm and offers a choice selection of local artisan foods & goods and has been in operation since 2015.


  • Roosevelt High School - Recently renovated public high school, Roosevelt High School boasts its own alternative education program, S.T.A.Y. which provides a pathway for DC residents to continue their education or participate in job training apprenticeships and programs.
  • Powell Elementary School - Highly ranking bilingual English-Spanish elementary school on Upshur Street.


  • Himitsu - this tiny 24-seat spot on Upshur was named one of the best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. Serving what owners Kevin Tien and Carlie Steiner dub the “New Japanese” cuisine, it has no reservations and serves modernized a fusion food including some breathtaking cocktails.
  • Timber Pizza - one of the latest to come out of DC’s recent wave of pizza craze, Timber first started out as a mere food truck before settling into cozy Petworth in June 2016.

Be on the lookout for our other profiles of up-and-coming DC neighborhoods, courtesy of the Keri Shull Team.

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