February 1, 2016 | Isabella Schnider
According to research via Redfin.com, the 2016 list of 'hottest neighborhoods' is all about access to public transit, affordability and charm. Affordability has always topped buyers' lists of concerns for the past year, however, buyers are more experienced now and have done their research - identifying those pockets that are still affordable, but also offer the stores, coffee shops and short rides to downtown that make communities livable. So how does DC rank up?
This year, Mount Pleasant came in at #1 for the D.C. area – followed by 16th Street Heights and Woodbridge / Fort Lincoln. Mt. Pleasant is known for its charming neighborhood feel with Wardman-style townhomes that are typically larger than rowhouses in other parts of the city and typically have access to alley parking.
A trend that has emerged in this year’s hottest neighborhoods is that buyers are looking for homes and neighborhoods with character. Buyers are bypassing “cookie cutter” homes in neighborhoods that didn’t make the rankings for the charming original architecture and tree-lined streets that give them stand out personalities. Mount Pleasant does just that. Not only does the neighborhood have highly ranked schools, but also offers retail options on Mt. Pleasant Street and is conveniently located next to Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo.
The neighborhood has a tucked away feel, but offers a number of transit options including Rock Creek Parkway, nearby bus routes and relatively easy access to the Columbia Heights Metro station. The market has been hot for the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down.