Posts Tagged ‘Mt. Pleasant’


Coffee culture, as understood in bean-crazed locales like Seattle and Portland, has yet to take root in the District. A Starbucks or Caribou can usually be found churning out syrupy concoctions, but the classic independent shop—where espresso is an art and the food comes second—is still very hard to come by.
There are lots of reasons [...]

ABRA Lets the Music Back Into Mount Pleasant

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Alliance signed a set of "voluntary agreements" with seven local restaurants, pertaining to trash, advertising, alcohol service–no pitchers or promotions, for example–and banning live music, karaoke, and dancing (the agreements were modified in 2008 to allow entertainment within certain hours). They've effectively kept the [...]

Bigger is Better in High-Wattage Ward 3

At a large, brick house on Reno Road NW last Friday afternoon,  casual passersby would have been forgiven for thinking a baby shower was underway. Smiling attendants in sky blue polos welcomed guests to a yard with tables full of refreshments, as a photographer snapped away. Inside, neighbors flocked to congratulate a visibly pregnant woman, [...]

Mt. Pleasant Mansion Takes $200,000 Price Cut

Oof! That's the sound of this price chop at the elegant, ramshackle mansion at 3324 18th Street NW, which has been jumping on and off the market over the last couple of years. Listed in late winter by GreenDC Realty at $1,750,000, it's now down to $1,550,000. The couple that owns it has been living [...]

Graph: Comparing Home Values in Adams Morgan, U Street, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant

Zillow Home Value Index

More U Street Corridor Home Values

This graph exhibits the median “Zestimate valuation“—Zillow’s estimated market value of properties—for homes in these neighborhoods in the last five years. The values along the side of the graph–rather squished out right now, despite my best efforts–are $680 K to $380K. Here are the  current vlauations for [...]

Competitive Pricing

Last week, I finished reading House Lust, by Dan McGinn, a Newsweek reporter, who writes an online real estate column every other week. The book, published in 2007, captures the frenetic pace of the mid-decade housing boom, and Americans' obsession with home values, upgrades, and real estate investment. There are plenty of interesting [...]