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Mount Pleasant Real Estate Analysis

History

In 1727, Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore (then governor of the Maryland Colony) awarded a land grant for present day Mount Pleasant to James Holmead. This estate also included the present-day Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods. James’s son, Anthony, inherited the estate in 1750 and named it Pleasant Plains. After the United States Congress created the District of Columbia in 1791, Pleasant Plains estate became part of Washington County, a section of the District lying between what now is Florida Avenueand the Maryland border. The Holmeads began selling tracts of the Pleasant Plains estate until they had sold everything. Today, the family name is preserved in Holmead Place, a short street located west of Thirteenth Street between Spring and Park Roads NW, in what now is Columbia Heights. During 1794 and 1796 Robert Peter, Georgetown’s pioneer businessman, conducted title descriptions and maps were created for tracts of some of his land in Mount Pleasant for transactions with commissioners of the city.

During the Civil WarNew England native Samuel P. Brown purchased 73 acres (300,000 m2) of land between Fourteenth and Seventeenth Streets, NW. Brown built a house and allowed a wartime hospital to be constructed on his land. After the War, he began selling his land in parcels. He named the area, Mount Pleasant Village, because it contained the land having the highest elevation of the original Pleasant Plains estate. Brown sold all his land except for the parcel he retained around his house at 3351 Mount Pleasant Street, NW. His house was demolished in the 1890s.

Map of Washington, D.C., with Mount Pleasant highlighted in maroon.

Most of the original settlers built wooden frame houses and farmed their tracts, growing their own food. Stores and other businesses opened around what today is the intersection of Fourteenth Street and Park Road, NW. Settlers laid out early roads in the area, such as Adams Mill Road, Mount Pleasant Street, Newton Street, and Park Road to follow local custom and to accommodate local needs and land ownership. Although Mount Pleasant was within the District of Columbia, it was separated from the city of Washington by vacant land and was rural by comparison. Because of this separate development, the Mount Pleasant street grid is distinct from Washington’s rectilinear grid and now that the two are part of a single urban fabric, some of its streets appear to have been laid out haphazardly, with several intersecting city streets at odd or severe angles to the greater design.

In the 1870s, a horse-drawn streetcar began traveling from the Fourteenth and Park intersection to downtown Washington City, creating the first streetcar suburb in the District of Columbia. Mount Pleasant ceased to be an independent and separate place in 1878 after the city’s boundaries became coterminous with those of the District. Mount Pleasant developed rapidly as a streetcar suburb after the opening of the streetcar line around 1900. Many houses and apartment buildings were constructed between 1900 and 1925. In 1925, the District built the Mount Pleasant Library funded by Andrew Carnegie to serve the growing affluent community.

Ornate roof lines of Queen Anne Stylerow houses in Mount Pleasant – 2008

The streets were lined with tall trees that created a continuous canopy of shade. Gardens of ivy, shrubs, and flowering plants were created in the successive terraces from the streets to the base of the stairs of the typical front porches. Landings in the staircases through the terraces were marked with fountains and sculpture. Houses were built adjacent to each other, as row houses. Alleys between all streets provided access for servants and services. Fences separated properties into back yards with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, barns and garages. Many houses were constructed with two levels of cellars below the entry level from the main street, but all having disguised access for landscape equipment through the cellars under the house. Rear sleeping porches extended from the floors with bedrooms.

Mount Pleasant was marketed to middle to upper middle class people. Actress Helen HayesWashington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson, and US Senator Robert LaFollette made their homes in Mount Pleasant.

The neighborhood entered a period of transition in the 1960s. Mount Pleasant was racially segregated as were most neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. at the time. When an African American Howard University professor moved into a prestigious Park Road home, some white residents began to leave the neighborhood. This form of suburbanization, often referred to as White flight, increased after the 1968 riots. Neglect affected many properties and most of the characteristic landscaping was lost, including the canopy of shade trees.

Spanish speaking immigrants also began settling in Mount Pleasant in the 1960s, many from El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. Businesses catering to Hispanics and Latinos developed along commercial portions of Mount Pleasant Street.

Affluent professionals began returning to the neighborhood in the early 1980s. According to the Washingtonian magazine, housing prices rose nearly as fast as any area of metropolitan Washington. Many homes were renovated and some projects were featured in local and national magazines. A one million dollar “green” renovation was featured in a National Public Radio story.

In 1991, an incident between a police officer and a Latino led to rioting along Mount Pleasant Street. As a result, the Metropolitan Police Department began an outreach effort to the Latino population. Since then, many Latino immigrants have moved to more affordable D.C. neighborhoods east of Mount Pleasant and to more distant suburbs.

The western four-fifths of the Mount Pleasant area is a largely wooded residential enclave bounded on two sides by Rock Creek Park. Structures in this area are primarily row houses, with some subdivided into one or two apartments. A few of the original nineteenth century wood-frame houses remain, mostly north of Park Road. The eastern border of Mount Pleasant, along Sixteenth and Mount Pleasant Streets, is marked by mid-rise apartment buildings. These buildings offer rental apartments, condominium and cooperatives. There is a four-block commercial corridor with convenience shopping in the neighborhood along Mount Pleasant Street. In 2008, a large retail development was completed in Columbia Heights, just east of Mount Pleasant.

 

Population

Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market, a weekly event held on Saturday (May–December)

The population of Mount Pleasant, according to the 2010 census, was 10,459, a decrease from 11,794 in 2000. Census data for 1990, 2000, and 2010 show the demographic changes under way in Mount Pleasant:

1990 2000 2010
white non-Hispanic 35% 35% 50%
black non-Hispanic 36% 27% 19%
Hispanic 26% 31% 25%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.0% 6.3% 5.6%

Also evident is the transition of this neighborhood from one of modest to fairly high incomes, an example of gentrification.

1979 1989 1999 2010
Average family income (2010$) $75,980 $77,704 $90,838 $130,790
Ratio to DC average 98% 83% 89% 114%

Education

Heritage Trail

A series of “Heritage Trail” historical markers have been installed in Mt. Pleasant. The markers, which may be followed as a walking tour, consist of 17 poster-sized street signs featuring narrative, photographs and maps.

Markers

The markers are captioned as follows, at these locations:

  1. Fashionable 16th Street – 16th and Mt. Pleasant Streets N.W.
  2. Upheaval and Activism – 16th Street between Irving and Lamont Streets N.W.
  3. Mount Pleasant Library – 16th and Lamont Streets N.W.
  4. Sacred Heart Academy – 16th Street and Park Road N.W.
  5. Avenue of Churches – 16th and Newton Streets N.W.
  6. Village Life – 17th Street and Oakwood Terrace N.W.
  7. Twenty-seven Little Flags – Newton and 18th Streets N.W.
  8. The Oldest House – Newton Street between 18th and 19th streets N.W.
  9. Czech Row – Park and Klingle Roads N.W.
  10. Voices at Vespers – Rosemount Avenue and Klingle Road N.W.
  11. Defying the Restrictive Covenants – Park Road between 18th and 19th streets N.W.
  12. Changing Fashions – 18th Street and Park Road N.W.
  13. War and Peace – Triangle Park Park Road and Mt. Pleasant street N.W.
  14. Main Street – North end of Lamont Park N.W.
  15. Streetcar Suburb – Lamont and Mt. Pleasant Streets N.W.
  16. The First Bodega – Mt. Pleasant Street at Kilbourne Place N.W.
  17. The Urban Village – Mt. Pleasant and Kenyon Streets N.W.

 

For more information on Mount Pleasant, visit its Wikipedia page.

Mount Pleasant, Washington Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Mount Pleasant, Washington

1706 KENYON ST NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1706 KENYON ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8649030)
4 beds 3 baths $1,069,000
1772 KILBOURNE PL NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1772 KILBOURNE PL NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8643988)
8 beds 4 baths 3,760 sqft $1,349,000
1613 HARVARD ST NW, Unit 216 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1613 HARVARD ST NW, Unit 216, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8646571)
2 beds 1 bath 1,080 sqft $539,500
3418 BROWN ST NW, Unit B Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3418 BROWN ST NW, Unit B, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8646666)
2 beds 3 baths 1,738 sqft $3,400
1839 ONTARIO PLACE PL NW Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1839 ONTARIO PLACE PL NW, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8638679)
3 beds 3 baths $1,099,000
1745 LANIER PL NW Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1745 LANIER PL NW, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8636245)
3 beds 3 baths $4,400
2440 16TH ST NW, Unit 515 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2440 16TH ST NW, Unit 515, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8633297)
2 beds 2 baths 765 sqft $2,695
2630 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 110 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2630 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 110, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8631315)
1 bed 1 bath 1,000 sqft $2,195
3060 16TH ST NW, Unit 102 Washington, DC 20018
Photo of 3060 16TH ST NW, Unit 102, Washington, DC 20018 (MLS # DC8621263)
1 bed 1 bath 570 sqft $299,999
1862 PARK RD NW, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1862 PARK RD NW, Unit 2, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8614057)
3 beds 3 baths 1,428 sqft $749,000
2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit T07 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit T07, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8612864)
2 beds 2 baths 913 sqft $499,000
1801 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 110 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1801 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 110, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8604185)
1 bed 1 bath 756 sqft $279,000
1726 LANIER PL NW, Unit PH7 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1726 LANIER PL NW, Unit PH7, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8600766)
2 beds 2 baths 1,030 sqft $3,400
2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 103 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 103, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8600449)
1 bed 1 bath 526 sqft $330,000
1820 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 309 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1820 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 309, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8594377)
0 beds 1 bath 450 sqft $160,000

Sold Listings in Mount Pleasant, Washington

1773 Lanier Pl Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1773 Lanier Pl Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8635328)
0 beds 1 bath $1,450
1773 LANIER PL NW Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1773 LANIER PL NW, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8635328)
0 beds 1 bath $1,450
1725 Newton St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1725 Newton St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8604798)
3 beds 2 baths 2,139 sqft $779,000
1725 NEWTON ST NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1725 NEWTON ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8604798)
3 beds 2 baths 2,139 sqft $779,000
3408 Brown St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3408 Brown St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8604365)
3 beds 2 baths 1,758 sqft $792,500
2707 Adams Mill Rd Nw #210 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2707 Adams Mill Rd Nw #210, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8601541)
2 beds 2 baths 1,050 sqft $535,000
2301 Champlain St Nw #107 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2301 Champlain St Nw #107, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8601890)
1 bed 1 bath 526 sqft $2,100
2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit 107 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit 107, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8601890)
1 bed 1 bath 526 sqft $2,100
2707 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 210 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2707 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 210, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8601541)
2 beds 2 baths 1,050 sqft $535,000
3220 17th Nw #110 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3220 17th Nw #110, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8598923)
1 bed 2 baths $392,500
3203 19th St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3203 19th St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8594322)
5 beds 2 baths $4,300
3203 19TH ST NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3203 19TH ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8594322)
5 beds 2 baths $4,300
1615 Kenyon St Nw #51 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1615 Kenyon St Nw #51, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8584048)
2 beds 1 bath 954 sqft $528,000
1613 Harvard St Nw #114 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1613 Harvard St Nw #114, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8586851)
2 beds 1 bath 770 sqft $440,000
1801 Clydesdale Pl Nw #103 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1801 Clydesdale Pl Nw #103, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8585867)
0 beds 1 bath 450 sqft $153,000

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Mount Pleasant, Washington School Data

Washington School Districts

District Of Columbia Public Schools
PK-12 & ungraded
http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
9-12
http://www.chavezschools.org/
Community Academy Public Charter School (Capcs)
K-8
http://www.capcs.org/
The Next Step Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Carlos Rosario International Pcs
K-2 & ungraded
Eagle Academy Pcs
PK-3
Two Rivers Public Charter School Agency
PK-8
Appletree Early Learning Center Pcs
PK
Bridges Pcs
PK-1
Early Childhood Academy Pcs
PK-3
Youth Build Pcs Layc)
10-12 & ungraded
The William E. Doar, Junior Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-5
http://www.wedjschool.us/
Education Strenghtens Families Pcs
PK
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Septima Clark Pcs
PK-6
Arts And Technology Pcs
PK-5
Booker T. Washington Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Capital City Pcs
PK-12
Cesar Chavez Public Pcs
6-12
http://www.chavezschools.org/
Community Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.capcs.org/
D.C. Bilingual Pcs
PK-5
D.C. Preparatory Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.dcprep.org/
E.L. Haynes Pcs
PK-10
Friendship Pcs
PK-12
http://www.friendshipschools.org/
Hope Community Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.hopecommunitycs.org/
Hospitality Pcs
9-12
Cedar Tree Academy Public Charter School
PK-K, 7-8
http://www.howardroadacademy.org/
Howard University Middle School Of Math And Science
6-8
Perry Street Preparatory Pcs
PK-12
Integrated Design Electronics Academy Idea)
7-12
Ideal Academy Pcs
PK-8
https://www.iapcs.com/
Kipp Academy Pcs
PK, 1-12
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
PK-5
Mary Mcleod Bethune Pcs
PK-8
Maya Angelou Pcs
6-12 & ungraded
Meridian Pcs
PK-8
Nia Community PCS
PK-6
Options Pcs
6-12
Paul Jhs Pcs
6-9
Potomac Lighthouse Pcs
PK-7
Roots Pcs
PK-8
Sail PCS
K-8
Seed Pcs
6-12
St. Coletta Special Education Pcs
PK-12 & ungraded
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Pcs
PK-6
Thurgood Marshall Academy Pcs
9-12
Tree Of Life Pcs
PK-8
Two Rivers Pcs
PK-8
http://www.tworiverspcs.org/
Washington Latin Pcs
5-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Washington Math Science Pcs
9-12
William E. Doar Jr Pcs
PK-8
http://www.wedjschool.us/
Achievement Preparatory Academy Pcs
4-8
Center City Pcs
PK-8
http://www.centercitypcs.org/
Imagine Southeast Pcs
PK-7
National Collegiate Prep
9-12
Washington Yu Ying Pcs
PK-5
Dyrs
7-12 & ungraded
Excel Academy Pcs
PK-5
Inspired Teaching Demonstration Pcs
PK-5
Shining Stars Montessori Pcs
PK-1
Richard Wright Pcs For Journalism And Media Arts Pcs
8-12
Basis Dc Pcs
5-9
Creative Minds Pcs
PK-2
Dc Scholars Pcs
PK-3
Mundo Verde Bilingual Pcs
PK-1
Ingenuity Preparatory Pcs
PK-K
Sela Pcs
PK-2
Somerset Pcs
n/a
State Operative Agency
n/a

Washington Schools

Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/murch
Moten Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.motenes.org
Montgomery Elementary School
PK-6, public
Miner Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/miner
Meyer Elementary School
PK-5, public
Merritt Middle School
PK-8, public
McGogney Elementary School
PK-6, public
Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland
9-12, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/roosevelt
M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mc-terrell
Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
http://www.takomaec.org
Stanton Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/stanton
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
9-12 & ungraded, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ellington
Sousa Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/sousa
Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/shaw
Ron Brown Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ron-brown
Shaed Education Campus
PK-8, public
Shadd Elementary School
n/a, public
Seaton Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/seaton
Savoy Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/savoy
Rudolph Elementary School
PK-6, public
Ross Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ross
River Terrace Elementary School
PK-5, public
Randle Highlands Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/randle-highlands
Shepherd Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/shepherd
Marie Reed Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mariehreed