Small-Town Feel


Charming and quiet with a small town feel, the Palisades features luxury real estate with a relaxed and unassuming vibe. Located along MacArthur Boulevard and the Potomac River greenbelt, the affluent suburb stretches nearly to the Maryland border yet is still just about a ten minute drive from downtown Washington. Once somewhat overlooked among DC’s trendier neighborhoods, the Palisades is now one of its most sought-after places to live.

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Palisades Real Estate Stats

Average Price $1.5M
Lowest Price $239K
Highest Price $5.7M
Total Listings 13
Avg. Price/SQFT $583

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Browsing through real estate listings, it’s easy to see the upscale appeal. The homes are lovely and spacious, and there isn’t the densely populated nature of more urban enclaves. The overall location is also a bonus, tucked in among parks and other greenspaces, and with a low-key sprinkling of appealing shops, restaurants, a library, and a drug store in the neighborhood’s commercial center. It’s a little bit like a Hallmark movie set within the nation’s capital.

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The Palisades is one of the oldest communities in the District, dating back to rural farmland, and subsequently developed around 1890 with a nod to New York’s Palisades along the Hudson River. It was something of a summer resort at the time, complete with an amusement park that featured bicycle racing. After the demise of the park, a larger and more sustained period of residential development began. Even so, the growth came at a leisurely pace and the neighborhood has retained its idyllic and verdant character.

Luxury real estate in the Palisades favors single-family homes in a variety of styles and ages. You’ll find exteriors in clapboard, brick, stone, or shingles, with architectural mainstays such as Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, Victorian, Tudor, Cape, and even some modern designs. There are also some condos and townhouses to be found, especially along MacArthur Boulevard. Strolling through the neighborhood side streets, and hiking through nature preserves, the Palisades seems a world removed from Washington’s corridors of political power. But in reality, it’s just a few miles away.

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Palisades, District of Columbia FAQ’s

Q: What is the average cost of a home in Washington, DC’s Palisades neighborhood?

A: That depends whether you’re considering a condo, a townhouse, or a detached single-family home. If it’s the latter you’re looking for, prices are generally in the low to mid-seven figure range.

Q: Are there waterfront homes in the Palisades?

A: Not in the strictest sense of beachfront properties, as there is an extended greenbelt separating homes from the Potomac River. However, there are many residences within easy strolling distance of the river, as well as properties right by the Georgetown Reservoir.

Q: What are some of the other neighborhoods near the Palisades?

A: Georgetown, Berkley, and Foxhall Village are to the south of the Palisades, with Spring Valley to the northwest.

Q: What about schools in the area?

A: The Palisades is served by Key Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary public schools. Other schools include The Field School (college preparatory), The River School (preschool through 6th grade), and Our Lady of Victory (3rd through 8th grade).

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