Petworth is one of Washington, D.C.'s up-and-coming secret gems.

Welcome to Petworth

A cozy, quirky, and community-driven neighborhood
Petworth is one of Washington, D.C.'s up-and-coming secret gems. This Fourth Ward neighborhood is nestled in the Northwest pocket of the district and is known for its close-knit community and vibrant atmosphere. Petworth’s developing nature makes it an excellent opportunity for young professionals and families to find a place to call home in a popular urban area. Petworth offers a rare opportunity for its residents to curate the lifestyle they want between the old, local staples and the incoming fresh businesses. From homey and cozy to quirky and eclectic, there is something for everyone here in this D.C. community.
The housing options in Petworth are just as diverse. The streets are lined with many options, from original homes to renovated fixer-uppers to brand-new condominiums and complexes. This lively urban area that continues to hold on to its community-oriented nature makes it an ideal home for families and young professionals.

What to Love

  • Family-oriented community 
  • Close-knit
  • A variety of housing options
  • Community events

Local Lifestyle

As Petworth continues to grow and become a popular hub for people to settle, it continues to hold onto the warm, friendly atmosphere for which this neighborhood is most loved. The city hosts an endless list of events to bring everyone together. Petworth makes it a point to support and celebrate the community they have worked hard to build, from markets to festivals and parades.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Petworth is full of delicious eats, many of them either locally owned or locally sourced. Call Your Mother is not just your regular local bagel spot. This bagel-based deli has become an experience in itself. Timber Pizza Co., which started as a hobby shared between two buds, is now a D.C. staple that strives to serve some delicious pies. Dos Mamis is a fun, woman-owned cocktail bar. It was intentionally built to provide an inclusive and friendly social option, so it is easy to gather for a good time.
Shop from your favorite local vendors at the weekly Petworth Community Market, which was instituted specifically to help stimulate the local economy and bolster the success of the neighborhood businesses.

Things to Do

A neighborhood near the United States Capitol wouldn’t be complete without a historic landmark. Petworth is the home of President Abraham Lincoln's Cottage, where the 16th president made some of the country’s most landmark decisions.
EatsPlace is a Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to helping develop local food businesses. This unique venue is a self-proclaimed food incubator and restaurant accelerator lab where business owners learn how to help their food and beverage ventures flourish.
The Loyalty Bookstore is an independent bookstore dedicated to highlighting diversity and culture within literature and is a favorite place for locals to shop. The Petworth Neighborhood Library hosts an impressive collection and has earned recognition for its excellence.
While it may seem odd to list a cemetery in a list of notable things about a neighborhood, one visit to Rock Creek Cemetery and it will all make sense. As a cemetery of the only surviving colonial church in D.C., Rock Creek has 86 acres of luscious landscapes, impressive sculptures, and ornate monuments and mausoleums where you cannot help but be reminded of the beauty of life and all that it entails.
Among the many community events that Petworth puts on, Celebrate Petworth is a unique festival organized and hosted by the residents. The neighborhood gathers in the Fall and dedicates a day to celebrate the culture, creativity, diversity, and people that help make Petworth the community it is today.


The District of Columbia Public School District serves Petworth. Noteworthy schools include:

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