Pleasant Plains Real Estate Analysis

History


The neighborhood is a small portion of a large colonial estate named “Pleasant Plains,” owned by the Holmead family. The property stretched from today’s Spring Road to Columbia Road, and from Georgia Avenue to Rock Creek. The estate was apportioned and sold off over the course of the 19th century and divided into suburbs until it was annexed by the city of Washington in 1878 and became neighborhoods of the city. Essentially, the Pleasant Plains neighborhood is the area of the Holmead estate that was not settled as part of Columbia Heights. (In 1918, the city returned the name “Pleasant Plains” to the entire area of the original estate, but this is a semi-formal name for the section of town and not a neighborhood in and of itself.)

The 1879 Hopkins real estate map shows the Pleasant Plains subdivision being located south of Park Road, east of 14th Street, west of Sherman Avenue, and north of Florida Avenue. From Howard down to Florida Avenue was a black-only neighborhood known as Howard Town. Residents of the adjacent LeDroit Park neighborhood built fences to keep black Howard Town residents out, and the black residents then tore down the fences in protest. The fences largely came down in 1901, and blacks began moving into LeDroit Park, effectively ending the segregated Howard Town section.

Howard Town Center


In late 2002, Howard University and the District of Columbia began planning Howard Town Center, a $56 million mixed-use residential and retail project adjacent to the university campus in Pleasant Plains. Howard Town Center was plotted on the west side of lower Georgia Avenue - the neighborhood’s major thoroughfare – between V Street and Barry Place NW; the land, owned by the District, was given to Howard University in exchange for a Howard tract on the east side of Florida Avenue NW that is currently used for surface parking. The development was designed to include 65,000 feet of retail (including a Fresh Grocer supermarket), 225 apartments (for market residents rather than university students), and a 7-level, 520-car parking garage.


The university and city announced the project, and their selections for its developers, in April 2003. However, the announcement led immediately to a legal battle. Peoples Involvement Corporation, a tenant in the former Bond Bakery Building at W and Georgia (part of the tract the city was ceding to Howard for the project), claimed that it had been promised ownership of the Bond building in the 1970s. The city countered that there was no documentation of either a transfer of ownership or an intention to file one. In 2005, a judge in the D.C. Superior court found in the city’s favor, and in December 2006, D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham introduced legislation (which passed the Council) to at last initiate the construction of Howard Town Center in Pleasant Plains in 2007.

Geography


The neighborhood is a rectangle, narrow east to west, positioned on the boundary between NW and NE Washington, about halfway between the center of DC and the Maryland border. The Washington Post listed the neighborhood’s borders in 2009 as the area bounded by Park Road NW to the north, the south – Florida Avenue, east – Warder and Sixth Streets, and west – Sherman Avenue NW. The Civic Association recognizes additional area to the west – to 14th Street. The Washington Post’s inclusion of the area between Warder Street and Georgia Avenue south of Park Road conflicts with the historical borders of neighboring Park View which includes this area.

Economy


Real estate


The median selling price of homes in the three months ending September 2009, was $334,000.

Education


In addition to Howard University and Banneker High School, the area also has the following schools:


  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

  • Park View Elementary School

  • Garnett-Patterson Middle School

  • Howard University Middle School of Math and Science


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

Walk Score for Pleasant Plains, Washington



Pleasant Plains, 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/
Next Step Public Charter School Agency
10-12 & ungraded
Carlos Rosario International PCS
n/a
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
LAYC Youth Build PCS
10-12 & ungraded
The William E. Doar, Junior Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-5
http://www.wedjschool.us/
Education Strengthens Families (ESF) PCS
PK
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Septima Clark PCS
PK-6
Arts & Technology Academy PCS
PK-5
Booker T. Washington PCS
9-12 & ungraded
Capital City PCS
PK-8
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
6-12
http://www.chavezschools.org/
Community Academy Public Charter School (CAPCS)
PK-8
http://www.capcs.org/
DC Bilingual PCS
PK-5
DC Prep Public Charter School
PK-8
http://www.dcprep.org/
E.L. Haynes PCS
PK-10
Friendship Public Charter School
PK-12
http://www.friendshipschools.org/
Imagine Hope Community Charter School
PK-8
http://www.hopecommunitycs.org/
Hospitality PCHS
9-12
Cedar Tree Academy Public Charter School
K
http://www.howardroadacademy.org/
Howard Univ. Math & Science Middle School
6-8
Hyde Leadership PCS
PK-12
Idea PCS
7-12
Ideal Academy Public Charter School
PK-8
https://www.iapcs.com/
KIPP PCS
PK-12
Lamb PCS
PK-5
Mary McLeod Bethune
PK-8
Maya Angelou PCS
6-12 & ungraded
Meridian PCS
PK-8
Nia Community PCS
PK-6
Options PCS
6-12
Paul PCS
6-9
Potomac PCS
PK-7
Roots PCS
PK-8
Sail PCS
K-8
Seed PCS
6-12
St. Coletta PCS
PK-12 & ungraded
E. Whitlow Stokes PCS
PK-6
Thurgood Marshall PCS
9-12
Tree of Life Community PCS
PK-8
Two Rivers PCS
PK-8
http://www.tworiverspcs.org/
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Washington Math Science PCS
9-12
The William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-12
http://www.wedjschool.us/
Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS
4-8
Center City PCS
PK-8
http://www.centercitypcs.org/
Imagine Southeast
PK-7
National Collegiate Preparatory PCS
9-12
Washington Yu Ying PCS
PK-5
Excel Academy PCS
PK-4
Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS
PK-4
Shining Stars Montessori PCS
PK-1
Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts PCS
8-12
BASIS DC PCS
5-8
Creative Minds PCS
PK-2
DC Scholars PCS
PK-3
Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS
PK-1
Ingenuity Preparatory
n/a
Sela PCS
n/a
Somerset PCS
n/a

Washington Schools

Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/murch
Moten Elementary School
PK, 1-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/moten
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