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DC’s Hidden Places: Georgetown’s Orchard Lane

by Lark Turner

DC's Hidden Places: Georgetown's Orchard Lane: Figure 1
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.

DC's Hidden Places: Georgetown's Orchard Lane: Figure 2
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.

DC's Hidden Places: Georgetown's Orchard Lane: Figure 3
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.

DC's Hidden Places: Georgetown's Orchard Lane: Figure 4
A home with a flowering tree on Orchard Lane.

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3 Comments

  1. Jean-Claude said at 7:46 pm on Tuesday April 15, 2014:
    C’mon now, it is the second article about Georgetown. I love that neighborhood, but nothing is hidden there – it is one of the most touristic places in DC. Get You guys need to be more creative.
  1. BT said at 7:51 pm on Tuesday April 15, 2014:
    I, at least for one, knew nothing about Orchard Lane and I imagine the majority of readers don't either. Thanks for featuring.
  1. nice! said at 8:24 pm on Tuesday April 15, 2014:
    Thanks, Urban Turf! Since moving into D.C. I consistently find that most people do NOT about Georgetown beyond the M Street and Wisconsin Ave. corridor. They don't know about the highly residential streets, townhomes built in the 70s-90s, parks where children play, and the sections on the other side of the university filled with houses and yards like you'd find in most tree filled suburbs, or the very non-city looking area around Black Salt, and the Kreeger. Many people also don't know that D.C. has huge residential pockets with large homes and yards in Tenley Town, Cathedral, and running into Rock Creek park, or that most of D.C. in truly residential.

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