One of DC’s Most Attractive Neighborhoods
Mount Vernon Square is not only one of the most attractive neighborhoods in the nation’s capital, but it’s also one of its most thriving, especially among Washington’s younger set. It’s rated the #3 best place for Millennials in the Washington D.C. area.
This neighborhood has everything one needs to enjoy a good quality of life, including safe streets, plenty of restaurants, a solid nightlife, and interesting shops. Mount Vernon Square is close to U Street and downtown, and while there are a lot of high-rises in and around it, it remains a surprisingly quiet place to call home.
Home Ownership vs Renting in Mount Vernon Square
Mount Vernon Square is made up of mostly renters; in fact, more than three-fourths of its residents rent. The average monthly rent in this neighborhood is $1,842, which is double the national average. The median home value is $427,334 making Mount Vernon Square one of the more affluent communities near the Capitol. Housing in Mount Vernon Square consists of brick row homes, apartment high-rises, and condo/town homes. The Victorian row house and contemporary homes are the most popular here.
Mount Vernon Square Demographics
This area has come a long way since the time when it was a large market that had to be torn down due to unhealthy conditions. Today, it’s a tight-knit and diverse community where 67 percent of its residents have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Children make up 10 percent of the community, and it offers a good supply of activities and good schools to ensure they get what they need.
Especially attractive to Millennials, people aged 25 to 34 years make up 39 percent of its population and women outnumber the men here by an impressive 53 percent to 47 percent. The median household income in Mount Vernon Square is $86,891 and 26 percent of its residents earn at least $150,000.
Transportation, Commuting, and Parking in Mount Vernon Square
Owning a car isn’t necessary in Mount Vernon Square because the area is well-served by public transportation. There are three bus lines that serve the community (64, 74, and P6) and two metro rail lines (green and yellow). For those who do own cars, on-street parking is available and there are two parking lots within the neighborhood. About 28 percent of its residents commute to work by car.
Mount Vernon Square is also one of the area’s most walkable/bikeable neighborhoods, earning a walk score of 97 and a bike score of 91. The fact that most of your errands can be complete by foot or bike is another reason why having your own car isn’t required.
Things to See and Do in Mount Vernon Square
Mount Vernon Square not only offers plenty of things to see and do, but it’s within close range of an even wider variety of attractions. Within the neighborhood you’ll find the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Carnegie Library, which houses the Kiplinger Research Library, home to the complete archives of the District of Columbia Historical Society.
Blagden Alley is an “alley” where the walls are covered with beautiful murals and several restaurants and coffee shops. Other popular sites in and around Mount Vernon Square include the City Museum of Washington D.C., the Avanti Orchestra of FMMC — Community Orchestra, and Gala Hispanic Theatre.
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is also located in Mount Vernon Square where it contains a more than $4 million art collection and 703,000 total square feet of exhibit space.
Restaurants and Bars in Mount Vernon Square
Mount Vernon Square’s food scene is one of the best in D.C. The minimalist black and white décor of Kinship perfectly suits their upscale takes on modern American cuisine, and service there’s just as good as the food. Mandu – K Street is the newest location for Chef Yesoon Lee’s restaurant, and it offers a casual/elegant dining experience for all your favorite Korean dishes.
Meanwhile, at RPM Italian, you’ll enjoy fresh-made Italian food with in-house pasta and a sophisticated flair. Other local favorites include Ottoman Taverna for authentic Turkish food, Busboys and Poets, and Karma Modern Indian for contemporary Indian.
The nightlife in Mount Vernon Square is eclectic and vibrant, with the neighborhood harboring several noteworthy bars. Morris American Bar is a favorite thanks to its fantastic menu of creative cocktails and monthly menus. The 1015 Bar and Lounge is one of the newest bars in the area. It has quickly risen to become one of the best lounges and hookah bars in D.C.
Then there’s The Capital Burger, a burger/cocktail bar where two of the best things on Earth collide to make something utterly special and delicious, and their boozy shakes have to be tasted to be believed.
Shopping in Mount Vernon Square
Mount Vernon Square is home to a fun shopping scene, replicating major fashion capitals. For instance, Kate Spade New York has a store in Mount Vernon Square, as does Gucci, Dior, BVLGARI, Burberry, and H&M. These and others can be conveniently found all in one epic shopping destination, CityCenterDC.
Pet-Friendly Mount Vernon Square
Mount Vernon Square is great for dog owners. Not only is the neighborhood exceptionally walkable, but several apartment complexes in the neighborhood also allow pets. There are a few parks in the neighborhood where you can enjoy the outdoors with your fur baby, including Samuel Gomers Memorial Park, Cobb Park, and Milan Park. You also have easy access to Chinatown Park, located right across Massachusetts Avenue from Milan Park.
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