Georgetown is an historic neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River waterfront. Founded in 1751, the city of Georgetown predated the establishment of the city of Washington. Georgetown retained its separate municipal status until 1871, when it was brought into the city of Washington. Today, the commercial corridors of Georgetown are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, as well as the Washington Harbor complex on K Street on the waterfront, all of which contain high-end shops, bars, and restaurants. Between M and K Streets runs the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal with adjacent popular trails for joggers and cyclists.
Georgetown is home to the main campus of Georgetown University and numerous landmarks, such as the Old Stone House, the oldest standing building in Washington. The embassies of France, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela, and Ukraine are located in Georgetown.
Georgetown is bounded by the Potomac River on the south, Rock Creek to the east, Burleith and Glover Park to the north, and Georgetown University on the west. Much of Georgetown is surrounded by parkland and green space – Rock Creek Park, the Oak Hill Cemetery, Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks are located along the north and east edge.
Locals define Georgetown into two villages: East Village and West Village, depending on which side of Wisconsin Ave the house is located. Housing is principally upscale historic rowhouses with many varying and interesting architectural features, styles and history. The zip code for the neighborhood is 20007.