A picturesque neighborhood that is both 15 mins from downtown and a million miles removed.

Welcome to the Palisades

A picturesque neighborhood that is both 15 mins from downtown and a million miles removed.
Nestled into the very Western edge of the District, the Palisades is bordered by the Potomac River to the West and Loughboro and Chain Bridge Roads to the North and East. Originally laid out in 1893 by the Palisades Improvement Company, the area we now lovingly call ‘The Palisades’ was designed as a Suburb to Downtown Washington, DC that was accessible by the streetcar line running from Georgetown to Glen Echo. The original 800 lots that made up the community were sold between $450-$500 per lot. After the streetcar line was shut down in 1961, the popularity of the area led to a post-war boom in development activity. Today, the Palisades is a mixture of attached and detached fee-simple homes with architectural styles ranging from colonial to modern.

What to Expect

MacArthur Blvd, which dissects the Palisades, is loaded with some of the most loved restaurants and shops in the area. The neighborhood is primarily calm and residential, yet very walkable.
Don’t expect to encounter tour buses or Segway groups in this neighborhood but do look forward to the local farmer's market every Sunday, Spring to Summer, and to need a reservation at your favorite local restaurants each weekend. Arlington and Georgetown maybe just a five-minute drive away, but you still feel removed from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Lifestyle

Residents here have found the perfect balance between suburban living and access to downtown.
Expect backyard barbeques and pickup basketball games on side streets. With fantastic sunset views from Potomac Bluff, the evening stroll along Potomac Ave is a neighborhood favorite. If you’ve ever followed the Capital Crescent Trail for a run or bike ride then you’ve probably skirted along the edge of The Palisades without even knowing it!

Unexpected Appeal

A careful approach to maintaining ‘charm’.
You won’t find chain stores or mainstream retail, but you will find tree-lined streets and manicured yards.

While many Washingtonians may not realize where the Palisades is located, the residents of the neighborhood are very proud of their slice of DC. From the local listserv to the Citizens Association, residents and business owners take an active role in the upkeep of their community.

The Market

Some of the oldest and most exclusive row homes and mansions in the city.
From the homes perched on Potomac Bluff to those located on the hills above, expect a diverse selection of designs and sizes ranging from cute contemporary homes to grand colonial estates.

Zoning codes have limited the majority of buildable land to single-family type construction, so as the local DC market has grown, the prices in the Palisades have reached staggering levels - making it one of the more high-end neighborhoods of Washington, DC.

You'll Fall in Love With

The quiet and charming feel of being removed from Downtown.
The tree-lined streets and large, beautifully maintained homes, are complemented by charming retail options along MacArthur Blvd. These amenities allow the Palisades to feel more like its own town than a neighborhood within the city.

Overview for Palisades, DC

4,263 people live in Palisades, where the median age is 46 and the average individual income is $115,585. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

46 years

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Around Palisades, DC

There's plenty to do around Palisades, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Licht Cafe, Little Hat Coffee, and La Herradura Supermarket.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.84 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.97 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.37 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.23 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.41 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.41 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Palisades, DC

Palisades has 1,455 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palisades do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,263 people call Palisades home. The population density is 5,276.203 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.32 / 51.68%

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Schools in Palisades, DC

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The following schools are within or nearby Palisades. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Key Elementary School
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