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

1717 NEWTON ST NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1717 NEWTON ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8509688)
1 bed 1 bath $2,000
3420 16TH ST NW, Unit 107S Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3420 16TH ST NW, Unit 107S, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8506990)
1 bed 1 bath 585 sqft $370,000
1801 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 413 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1801 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 413, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8503366)
0 beds 1 bath 526 sqft $165,000
1750 Kenyon St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1750 Kenyon St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8500512)
4 beds 3 baths $0
1860 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 401 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1860 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 401, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8498908)
3 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $548,000
2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 6 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 6, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8497783)
1 bed 1 bath 513 sqft $1,800
1821 MONROE ST NW Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1821 MONROE ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8497548)
5 beds 3 baths 3,722 sqft $1,174,900
1661 CRESCENT PL NW, Unit 408 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1661 CRESCENT PL NW, Unit 408, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8496959)
2 beds 2 baths 1,974 sqft $3,400
2853 ONTARIO RD NW, Unit 204 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2853 ONTARIO RD NW, Unit 204, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8495145)
1 bed 1 bath 835 sqft $499,000
2853 ONTARIO RD NW, Unit 108 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2853 ONTARIO RD NW, Unit 108, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8492134)
1 bed 1 bath $379,000
2357 Champlain St Nw #402 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2357 Champlain St Nw #402, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8491401)
2 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $0
2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit 214 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit 214, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8490218)
2 beds 2 baths 759 sqft $2,900
1820 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 204 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1820 CLYDESDALE PL NW, Unit 204, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8489264)
2 beds 1 bath 900 sqft $349,000
2707 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 208 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2707 ADAMS MILL RD NW, Unit 208, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8489195)
0 beds 1 bath 570 sqft $279,900
1901 INGLESIDE TER NW, Unit 303 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1901 INGLESIDE TER NW, Unit 303, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8488735)
2 beds 2 baths 734 sqft $449,000

Sold Listings in Mount Pleasant, Washington

1750 Kenyon St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1750 Kenyon St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8500512)
4 beds 3 baths $0
2357 Champlain St Nw #402 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2357 Champlain St Nw #402, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8491401)
2 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $0
2301 Champlain St Nw #309 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2301 Champlain St Nw #309, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8482025)
1 bed 1 bath 583 sqft $0
1730 Park Rd Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1730 Park Rd Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8482178)
6 beds 5 baths 4,922 sqft $0
1615 Kenyon St Nw #28 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1615 Kenyon St Nw #28, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8479369)
1 bed 1 bath 641 sqft $0
1615 Kenyon St Nw #34 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1615 Kenyon St Nw #34, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8478577)
1 bed 1 bath 653 sqft $0
3155 Mount Pleasant St Nw #106 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3155 Mount Pleasant St Nw #106, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8478281)
1 bed 1 bath 600 sqft $0
2853 Ontario Rd Nw #406 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2853 Ontario Rd Nw #406, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8477413)
1 bed 1 bath $0
2301 Champlain St Nw #303 Washington, DC 20009
2 beds 2 baths 900 sqft $0
2207 Ontario Rd Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2207 Ontario Rd Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8473372)
2 beds 3 baths $0
1733 Harvard St Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1733 Harvard St Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8471896)
3 beds 2 baths 1,248 sqft $0
3108 18th St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3108 18th St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8471060)
7 beds 5 baths $0
1836 Lamont St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1836 Lamont St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8459455)
6 beds 4 baths 3,881 sqft $0
3165 18th St Nw Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 3165 18th St Nw, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8454271)
6 beds 4 baths 3,296 sqft $0
1673 Park Rd Nw #202 Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1673 Park Rd Nw #202, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8452159)
2 beds 1 bath 1,000 sqft $0

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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