Whether they've been here for weeks or for generations, Petworth's residents love its tight-knit spirit and local businesses.
A mixture of row houses, Craftsmans, and condo complexes create ample living spaces. Many of the brick row houses were constructed in the 1920s and '30s and are graced with elegant porches. Homes are affordable and in high demand; for what you can get, it’s a good deal. Some of these homes are older and in need of repair, while several have been completely renovated. Condos may feature cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and private roof decks. Many offer spacious living rooms, exposed brick interiors, and corner units with lots of natural light. Some are massive mixed-use buildings, others garden-style condo conversions. The variety offers a little something for everyone.
The Petworth Community Market features fresh produce, artisanal food, and locally grown goods from farms. In recent years, Petworth has seen a revival in the number of commercial establishments appealing to its growing urban population. Locals work hard to keep Petworth's businesses up and running, resulting in a distinct and dignified homegrown feel. Residents enjoy a vast array of global restaurants, including Scandinavian and Slavic cuisine, to Jamaican and Soul food.
Petworth is celebrating a relatively new-and-improved status; the area has catapulted from nondescript neighborhood to bustling D.C. hot spot. Since 2013, it has been cited as “one to watch” in the District. Its friendly, welcoming, and community-oriented nature is what keeps residents happy and newcomers so attracted. Proud of his neighborhood’s rebirth, one long-time Petworthian advises a trip to the farmers’ market on a Friday to” look at the diversity — it’s everybody,” he says.
Although there were issues in the past, Petworth has an increasingly better reputation for safety. The neighborhood is anchored by its own Metro station on the Green Line and is no more than 15 minutes away by car from many of D.C.’s top destination: Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, even Georgetown.
It’s been a slow, but steady build and residents feel good about the future. A growing commercial corridor, engaged community, and Metro-accessibility have made the Petworth of the past a shiny, new neighborhood ready for action.