Adams Morgan | Mount Pleasant
About Adams Morgan
Vibrancy and diversity are on constant display in Adams Morgan. Residents of this neighborhood can never complain for lack of choice, but rather can embark on a global eating tour without leaving the city. Myriad shops and boutiques entice the residents and visitors of this neighborhood. The main event of the neighborhood – Adams Morgan Day – is celebrated every second Sunday in September. This street festival, full of live music, food samples and entertainment, showcases the eclectic nature of the community. The neighborhood is home to one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the city.
It is easy to characterize the area’s housing stock as being much like its neighbors, lined with row houses and mid-sized apartment buildings. And those options certainly exist; the western section of the neighborhood has a particularly attractive selection of row homes, and gracious apartment buildings are studded throughout the area. But the neighborhood has a remarkable selection of small condo buildings as well.
Adams Morgan is bounded by Florida Avenue to the south; 19th Street and Columbia Road to the west; Adams Mill Road and Harvard Street to the north; and 16th Street to the east. Depending on who you ask, Kalorama Park just to the north of Columbia Road is also considered part of the neighborhood.
About Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant’s lesser-known tagline is A Village in the City. The neighborhood feels more like several villages. The first, centered around the neighborhood’s main drag, Mount Pleasant Street, is lined with restaurants of various flavors and price points, discount stores and dive bars. The second village is comprised of a cluster of several apartment and condo buildings, inhabited by long-time residents and recent move-ins. The third is the neighborhood’s western section, sloping side streets lined with beautiful row houses and a few detached homes that have steadily increased in value over the last decade.
Mount Pleasant borders Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights and is bounded by Piney Branch Parkway and Rock Creek Park to the west and north, Harvard Street to the south, and 16th Street to the east. The neighborhood has become one of the city’s most desirable areas for the 25 to 45 year-old set as the neighborhoods to its west and south have gotten prohibitively expensive. The area is also fairly quiet as only a small proportion of roads lead out of the neighborhood, which means most streets don’t get much traffic. Housing is comprised of two and three-story row homes built in the early 1900s, including a number of Victorians. Many come with gardens and large porches.
Mount Pleasant doesn’t have a Metro station, but it’s roughly a 10 to 15-minute walk to the Columbia Heights Metro on the Green and Yellow lines. On-street parking isn’t too hard to find, though home owners might not always find spaces on their block. Located in the center of the city, Mount Pleasant is close to Rock Creek Parkway, which leads to I-66, I-395, and the George Washington Parkway. Nearby 16th Street runs north all the way to the Beltway.