Two homes along tiny Orchard Lane.
Orchard Lane, hidden in Georgetown between 30th and 31st Streets NW at P Street (map), looks a little different from other streetscapes in the neighborhood. The single block connects to the even-tinier Dumbarton Rock Court and the smallest of them all, West Lane Keys (Google hasn't heard of it, but we saw the street sign). Orchard Lane is part alley, part street; only homes on the northern side get Orchard Lane addresses. The neighbors to the south are P Street residents.
Looking down Orchard Lane toward 30th Street NW.
Orchard Lane lacks something the rest of Georgetown has in spades: bumper-to-bumper cars. These homes have garages and a parking spot out front, but there's no zoned parking. Most of the homes on Orchard Lane have three bedrooms and about two baths, an attached garage and a deep (by Georgetown standards) backyard. The attached garage makes these homes look less like their neighbors on Georgetown's most ubiquitous blocks, and more like something you'd find on a tony suburban cul de sac.
A home on Dumbarton Rock Court.
This is an exclusive enclave: the price of admission is generally well over a million dollars. The most recent sales date for many of the homes on Orchard Lane was 2008, but a four-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home on West Lane Keys sold in November for $1.76 million.
A home with a flowering tree on Orchard Lane.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_hidden_places_orchard_lane/8353
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