logo

Median RentMedian Apartment Size

About

Petworth has a strong identity as far as neighborhood vibes go. Living here comes with a sense of belonging to a community that’s truly defined by neighbors, the kind you wave to on the porch, borrow a cup of sugar from, or check the mail when they’re away on vacation. It’s a community with tradition and organized events where you mix and mingle in groups so tight-knit, they may get mistaken for family. It’s also a neighborhood that’s been slowly in transition.

The boundaries of the neighborhood are up for debate, but are generally considered to be Rock Creek Cemetery and Rock Creek Church Road NW on the east, Spring Road NW on the south, Arkansas Avenue NW and a small stretch of 16th Street NW on the west, and Emerson Street NW to the north. Just five miles north of Capitol Hill, Petworth is one of the largest neighborhoods in DC, housing nearly 20,000 residents. It’s quickly becoming a real estate darling for all of its amenities: diverse culture, convenient transportation, and beautifully renovated, “flipped” homes. It’s been compared to the U Street neighborhood in that it’s developed a fairly trendy commercial strip, bustling public spaces, and crowd-gathering community events. However, the neighborhood at large is on the quieter side. Townhomes are plentiful here, but renters can also find apartments in Petworth in buildings, both large and small, many of which were built in the 1960s.

Though Petworth does make it in quite a few crime headlines, longtime residents say while there are troublesome corners to be wary of, those areas are well known by residents and police. The majority of serious crime is thought to be gang-related, and tends to happen in the northwest and southwest corners of the neighborhood off of Georgia Avenue NW.

Getting Around

Most errands can be accomplished on foot in Petworth. The neighborhood has its own Metro station at the intersection of Georgia Avenue NW and New Hampshire Avenue NW that serves the Green and Yellow Lines. When traveling through these stations, keep your wits about you as they can be loitering areas for questionable characters.

Plenty of busses run along the neighborhood’s main streets, including the 60 series. Some other main bus routes operating in this area are the 52, 54, 70, and 24. The H8 operates through Brookland to Metrorail stations in Petworth, which you can take to reach both President Lincoln’s Cottage and Rock Creek Cemetery.

Petworth is also bike-friendly whether you commute on two wheels or need to rent occasionally. Bicycle sharing company, Capital Bikeshare, has several stations in convenient locations.

Parking, especially on the weekends, can be frustrating if you want to get close to hopping social scenes. But locals say it’s reasonable as far as city traffic goes during weekdays.

Food & Drink

If you’re an adventurous eater, you’ll love the variety of ethnic restaurants in Petworth. From French to Italian and Ethiopian to Scandinavian, many cultures are represented in local eateries. Even the coffee comes from around the world in this neighborhood. Qualia Coffee roasts their own beans in small batches. Taste java from countries throughout Latin America and far-flung places like the Indonesian island of Flores. And, Büna Coffeehouse is more than the name implies. You can get delicious coffee, chai, and matcha lattés, plus a whole lot more. It serves breakfast, lunch, pastries, and traditional Ethiopian food. Sample some vegan rolls prepared with injera, a sour fermented flatbread, rolled up with a lentil stew. Or try the kitfo sandwich, one of the best-kept secrets in DC’s Ethiopian food scene.

Got a taste for island fare? Thanks to an influx of immigrants from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados during the early 1980s through 2000, you’ll find Caribbean food, like jerk chicken and roti, easy to come by.

For casual pizza, try Timber Pizza Co. This Italian pie place used to sell slices in a food truck, but its brick-and-mortar space continues to wow pizza lovers in a small but industrial, chic space. You can also get Argentinian empanadas and gelato with house-made wood-fired cones.

Timber Pizza Co.’s sister restaurant, Call Your Mother, holds court over what it calls “Jew-ish” deli foods. It’s been featured in Bon Appétit and Food & Wine magazines for its unique take on Jewish cuisine. For instance, its signature bagels are made with a hint of honey topped creatively with things like candied salmon cream cheese. Other favorites include whitefish croquettes and a matzah ball soup. If you’re hungry, make sure to come during off-peak hours because lines can wrap around the block.

If half-price burgers on Monday, Taco Tuesday, and Whiskey Wednesday sound up your alley, get a table at Slash Run. This rock n’ roll burger joint doubles as a bar and music venue and serves bottomless brunch on weekends. Don’t worry if you’re not on time for a live show. You can still enjoy tunes from a jukebox filled with skull-rattling Metallica songs.

When you’re craving Tex-Mex, stop into Commonwealth Cantina. The menu is replete with the works: burritos, tacos, carne asada, and more. Come for brunch and ask for a rooftop table. Wash down your meal with a spicy margarita or a tangy mimosa, and save room for the churros.

For beer, wine, and cocktails, there’s the Looking Glass Lounge and Red Derby, both serving drinks that go easy on the wallet along with satisfying pub grub to boot.

Shopping

For grocery shopping in Petworth, Yes! Organic Market has a branch in the neighborhood, where you can find health-conscious, eco-friendly groceries and prepared foods. If you’re looking to pick up a few ingredients on the fly, Shepherd Market or Brightwood Mart have enough variety to tide you over, plus ready-made sandwiches to-go.

Residents delight in an area of Petworth referred to as “the block.” Head to the block, located on Upshur Street between 8th Street SW and 9th Street NW, to browse eccentric furniture shops and vintage clothing boutiques. Quirky, independent Fia’s Fabulous Finds owned by husband and wife team Safisha (Fia) and Frank sells second-hand boutique clothing, accessories, and shoes. Need an outfit for a special occasion or a gift for out-of-towners? Willow stocks clothing, jewelry, gifts, cards, and DC-centric wares.

Bookworms can while away time in Loyalty Bookstore. Its unique aisles hold quirky picture books and work from local authors chronicling DC’s past and present. It’s a bookstore with just about every kind of title, from essay collections to novels plus puzzles and much more.

Things to Do

From neighborhood gatherings to one-of-a-kind pop-up restaurants and independently-owned shops, Petworth is known for an abundance of community events. Celebrate Petworth, a free neighborhood festival organized by and for the residents of Petworth, is held in early summer. Organizers built this annual event around art, music, food, healthy living, and family. You’ll want to visit the festival’s Arts Zone, where local arts vendors, clothing boutiques, live muralists, and performance artists spread their creativity.

The Petworth Community Market is fun to wander around on Saturdays from May through November. The weekly farmers’ market features fresh-picked produce, prepared foods, and treats from local bakeries and cafés. You can also catch performances by musicians and artists and watch area chefs put on scrumptious cooking demonstrations.

There are even coordinated events at various Petworth greenspaces. Spend a lazy afternoon at Grant Circle Park, named after our nation’s 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, where you might participate in a drum circle or neighborhood social. Don’t miss one of Petworth’s best-known claims to fame, President Lincoln’s Cottage. It’s worth paying a visit to a picturesque hilltop on the grounds of the historic Soldiers’ Home in Northwest Washington, DC to see the spot where Lincoln penned the second draft of his Emancipation Proclamation. Today, the historic site has become a unique setting for special events.

Colleges & Universities

Students come to Petworth to find off-campus housing for Howard University. It’s about a 7-minute drive to campus from one apartment complex, Park Place, at Petworth Metro.

Find the best deal

We rate and sort every listing based on fair market rent.

Popular searches

Pet Friendly Apartments Washington DC

181 apartments starting at $1,056/month

Studio Apartments Washington DC

106 apartments starting at $150/month

1 Bedroom Apartments Washington DC

226 apartments starting at $685/month

2 Bedroom Apartments Washington DC

203 apartments starting at $1,090/month

3 Bedroom Apartments Washington DC

73 apartments starting at $1,500/month

Cheap Apartments Washington DC

227 apartments starting at $150/month

Short Term Rentals Washington DC

30 apartments starting at $685/month

Furnished Apartments Washington DC

27 apartments starting at $685/month

Luxury Apartments Washington DC

57 apartments starting at $1,606/month

2 Bathroom Apartments Washington DC

122 apartments starting at $615/month

Houses for Rent Washington DC

138 apartments starting at $685/month

Nearby neighborhoods

Brookland Apartments

7 apartments starting at $1,350/month

Cleveland Park Apartments

8 apartments starting at $1,450/month

Columbia Heights Apartments

27 apartments starting at $1,200/month

Dupont Circle Apartments

41 apartments starting at $200/month

Foggy Bottom Apartments

18 apartments starting at $1,537/month

Georgetown Apartments

21 apartments starting at $1,300/month

Logan Circle Apartments

9 apartments starting at $1,525/month

Near Northeast Apartments

6 apartments starting at $1,400/month

Shaw Apartments

7 apartments starting at $1,495/month

U Street Apartments

6 apartments starting at $1,800/month

West End Apartments

10 apartments starting at $1,553/month

Woodley Park Apartments

9 apartments starting at $1,600/month

Nearby cities

Alexandria Apartments

52 apartments starting at $1,325/month

Arlington Apartments

102 apartments starting at $150/month

Aspen Hill Apartments

5 apartments starting at $1,475/month

Bethesda Apartments

15 apartments starting at $1,600/month

Greenbelt Apartments

6 apartments starting at $150/month

McLean Apartments

6 apartments starting at $3,000/month

North Bethesda Apartments

20 apartments starting at $1,650/month

Potomac Apartments

7 apartments starting at $1,975/month

Rockville Apartments

16 apartments starting at $1,375/month

Silver Spring Apartments

21 apartments starting at $995/month

Tysons Apartments

11 apartments starting at $1,550/month

Wheaton Apartments

5 apartments starting at $1,495/month

Nearby universities

Apartments near Gallaudet University

47 apartments starting at $1,090/month

Apartments near Howard University

76 apartments starting at $1,000/month

Apartments near The Catholic University of America

24 apartments starting at $1,100/month

Apartments near The Institute of World Politics

111 apartments starting at $150/month

Apartments near University of the District of Columbia

31 apartments starting at $1,395/month

Nearby metro areas

Allentown Apartments

42 apartments starting at $925/month

Atlantic City Apartments

43 apartments starting at $800/month

Baltimore Apartments

446 apartments starting at $150/month

Hagerstown Apartments

27 apartments starting at $425/month

Harrisburg Apartments

55 apartments starting at $150/month

Lancaster Apartments

73 apartments starting at $150/month

Philadelphia Apartments

1,472 apartments starting at $350/month

Reading Apartments

17 apartments starting at $695/month

Richmond Apartments

275 apartments starting at $300/month

Salisbury Apartments

18 apartments starting at $650/month

Washington DC Apartments

552 apartments starting at $150/month

York Apartments

43 apartments starting at $150/month