Monday, 10 Dec 2018
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A Little Known District in Northwestern Washington Offers Diversity and Affordable Prices


James Doyle said that he had a habit of going for a run to clear his mind and help him focus. So, about a decade ago, as he was preparing to move from Midtown Manhattan to Washington to join his partner, the process of "finding the right neighborhood" became an obsessive pursuit that put his shoes on. good use, he said. Doyle said he knows the neighborhoods closer to downtown, near Howard University and the U Street Corridor. Neighborhoods such as LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale appealed at the time, if not his budget, to- he declared. "We loved these neighborhoods but we just could not afford to move there," he said. Meanwhile, Doyle kept running. It was during one of his routine errands that a turn of Georgia Avenue near Howard University opened his eyes to the remote area of ​​Pleasant Plains, a community he had never seen before. heard, "he said. [In Alexandria, a condominium complex is wrapped around a lively lifestyle] "I do not think I know the name of the neighborhood until my agent checks the house I saw. It was so close to everything and was very affordable. We were very lucky, "said Doyle, who moved eight years ago to a 1,600-square-foot federal townhouse with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Inclusive and friendly: Pleasant Plains is nestled in more famous neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights and Shaw, west of the McMillan Reservoir, with its spine along Georgia Avenue.
Cary Garcia said that his very first job at college in the mid-1980s was as an accountant for a radiologist near Howard University Hospital. At the time, he said, the Pleasant Plains neighborhood had a high crime rate and many vacancies in the commercial and residential sectors. "I remember thinking," Why do people even want to come here? ". It was a different time, a different neighborhood and a different environment, "said Garcia. Now, Pleasant Plains is a "hip place to live," said Garcia, a local real estate agent who has sold properties in the neighborhood. "I never thought there would be any interest in this area," Garcia added. "But the economic investments in this sector and in the surrounding neighborhoods have been so significant that more and more people are choosing to live." Lewis Fuller, who has lived in Pleasant Plains for 40 years, said that he occupied a place "in the first row". the gradual shift in neighborhood demographics. [Rockville’s Manor Park is built around a golf course and neighborliness] "The complexion of the residents has changed, but it's nothing compared to the rising value of the properties," said Fuller laughing. He said he bought his townhouse of 1,408 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the 1970s for under $ 50,000. The property, he says, is now worth more than 10 times that amount. "The neighborhood has changed a lot in many ways."
A sign on Hobart Place NW highlights the historic district of Pleasant Plains in northwest Washington. (Evy Mages / for the Washington Post) Living here: Pleasant Plains is bordered approximately by Harvard Street to the north, McMillan Reservoir and Second Street NW to the east, W Street NW to the south and Florida and Sherman Avenues to the west . In the last 12 months, 12 properties have been sold to Pleasant Plains, ranging from a 767-square-foot townhouse to two-bedroom and two-bathroom units for $ 449,950 to a 1,476-square-foot condominium to three bedrooms and two bathrooms for $ 1,020,000, said Garcia, the agent of Coldwell Banker. Three houses are on sale in Pleasant Plains, from a $ 679,900 two-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium to a $ 1,259,900 five-bedroom five-bedroom townhouse. There is a contract house, a 1,200 square foot townhouse with two bedrooms and three bathrooms, for $ 549,900. Schools: Bruce Monroe Elementary School of Park View, Tubman Primary School, Columbia Heights University Campus for College, MacFarland College, Cardozo Education Campus for High School and Roosevelt High. Transit: Pleasant Plains is within walking distance of four subway stations on the green and yellow lines: Shaw-Howard University, Georgia Avenue-Petworth, Columbia Heights and U Street / African-American Civil War Memorial / Cardozo. Pleasant Plains is also served by a number of bus lines along Georgia Avenue. .

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