Mount Pleasant Real Estate Analysis


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.



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%


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.


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

1651 LAMONT ST NW, Unit 3D Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1651 LAMONT ST NW, Unit 3D, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8441548)
2 beds 1 bath 1,050 sqft $449,000
1845 INGLESIDE TER NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1845 INGLESIDE TER NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8440159)
0 beds 1 bath $1,500
3220 17TH ST NW, Unit 202 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3220 17TH ST NW, Unit 202, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8438108)
2 beds 2 baths 950 sqft $524,900
3060 16TH ST NW, Unit 606 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 3060 16TH ST NW, Unit 606, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8437207)
1 bed 1 bath 584 sqft $1,700
1753 HARVARD ST NW Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1753 HARVARD ST NW, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8434593)
3 beds 2 baths $729,000
1636 BEEKMAN PL NW, Unit 3P2 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1636 BEEKMAN PL NW, Unit 3P2, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8433900)
2 beds 3 baths 1,145 sqft $3,150
3227 WALBRIDGE PL NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3227 WALBRIDGE PL NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8433198)
4 beds 3 baths $789,000
1634 BEEKMAN PL NW, Unit C Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1634 BEEKMAN PL NW, Unit C, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8433019)
2 beds 3 baths 1,210 sqft $699,900
2200 17TH ST NW, Unit 210 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2200 17TH ST NW, Unit 210, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8433013)
2 beds 3 baths 2,100 sqft $5,150
2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit T6 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit T6, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8431165)
1 bed 1 bath 513 sqft $324,900
3223 WALBRIDGE PL NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3223 WALBRIDGE PL NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8430611)
4 beds 3 baths 2,466 sqft $875,000
3116 16TH ST NW, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3116 16TH ST NW, Unit 2, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8430345)
2 beds 2 baths 1,400 sqft $2,800
1820 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 204 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1820 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 204, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8429057)
2 beds 1 bath 900 sqft $355,000
1851 NEWTON ST NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1851 NEWTON ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8427249)
4 beds 4 baths $1,200,000
17921796 COLUMBIA RD NW, Unit 3 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 17921796 COLUMBIA RD NW, Unit 3, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8425902)
1 bed 1 bath 907 sqft $2,000

Sold Listings in Mount Pleasant, Washington

1608 Belmont St Nw #E Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1608 Belmont St Nw #E, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8423370)
1 bed 2 baths 846 sqft $0
2440 16th St Nw #221 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2440 16th St Nw #221, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8419194)
1 bed 1 bath 619 sqft $0
2200 17th St Nw #G-41 Washington, DC 20009
1 bed 1 bath 3 sqft $0
3162 18th St Nw #2 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3162 18th St Nw #2, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8405770)
2 beds 2 baths 1,432 sqft $0
2307 18th St Nw #2 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2307 18th St Nw #2, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8399835)
2 beds 2 baths 965 sqft $0
2611 Adams Mill Rd Nw #108 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2611 Adams Mill Rd Nw #108, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8396793)
1 bed 1 bath $0
2003 Klingle Rd Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 2003 Klingle Rd Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8389946)
5 beds 4 baths 3,168 sqft $0
1819 Kenyon St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1819 Kenyon St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8388914)
5 beds 7 baths $0
1801 Clydesdale Pl Nw #506 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1801 Clydesdale Pl Nw #506, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8387139)
1 bed 1 bath 750 sqft $0
1717 Harvard St Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1717 Harvard St Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8387672)
3 beds 2 baths $0
2037 Rosemont Ave Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 2037 Rosemont Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8383121)
4 beds 3 baths 2,144 sqft $0
1721 Harvard St Nw Washington, DC 20009
2 beds 2 baths $0
3155 Mount Pleasant St Nw #306 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3155 Mount Pleasant St Nw #306, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8382222)
1 bed 1 bath 650 sqft $0
3240 19th St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3240 19th St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8382021)
4 beds 3 baths $0
1701 Hobart St Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1701 Hobart St Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8381510)
4 beds 4 baths 2,593 sqft $0

Walk Score for Mount Pleasant, Washington

Mount Pleasant, Washington School Data

Washington School Districts

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

Washington Schools

Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
Moten Elementary School
PK-5, public
Montgomery Elementary School
PK-6, public
Miner Elementary School
PK-5, public
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
M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
Stanton Elementary School
PK-5, public
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
9-12 & ungraded, public
Sousa Middle School
6-8, public
Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson
6-8, public
Ron Brown Middle School
6-8, public
Shaed Education Campus
PK-8, public
Shadd Elementary School
n/a, public
Seaton Elementary School
PK-5, public
Savoy Elementary School
PK-5, public
Rudolph Elementary School
PK-6, public
Ross Elementary School
PK-5, public
River Terrace Elementary School
PK-5, public
Randle Highlands Elementary School
PK-5, public
Shepherd Elementary School
PK-5, public
Marie Reed Elementary School
PK-5, public