Mount Pleasant
Mt Pleasant DC Neighborhood Profile
Mount Pleasant DC is “The Village in The City.” An historic neighborhood with a strong sense of community and character, replete with a main street and town square. You’ll find architecturally, culturally and historically important period mansions , row houses and townhomes lining its streets.
Getting Around in Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant is the 10th most walkable neighborhood in Washington DC with a WalkScore of 94 and a TransitScore of 80. Mount Pleasant is very bikeable with a BikeScore of 84.

Metro Station

Columbia Heights runs on the Green & Yellow line.


Approximately 12 Bus Lines run through Mt Pleasant


There are about 4 Capital Bikeshare stations near Mt Pleasant.


ZipCar has about 6 locations near Mt Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant blends historic architecture with a funky and fun feel.
This neighborhood is all about home…and homes. Start with a charming Victorian. Add loved ones, coffee from Flying Fish, a gluten-free scone from Rise bakery and stir. Perfection. Borrow a cup of retail therapy from nearby Columbia Heights. See your neighbors at the farmer’s market. Tip the banjo player. Plant a tree. Watch your equity grow. Snuggle up with a book from a neighborhood library box. Take small people through the Heritage Trail. Wander to Meridian Hill Park with your pup. Pop over to U Street for lunch. Hike through Rock Creek Park. Find a quirky must-have at Logans Antiques. Be back in time to share a backyard dinner with neighbors. Enjoy a sense of belonging.
Mount Pleasant DC Schools

Bancroft Elementary School

Public • Grades PK-5

490 students • 10 student/teacher

Deal Middle School

Public • Grades 6-8

1248 students • 15 student/teacher

Wilson High School

Public • Grades 9-12

1696 students • 14 student/teacher

For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger
Mount Pleasant DC History
Before becoming one of Washington DC’s hottest real estate markets, Mount Pleasant was the estate of James Holmead. In 1727, Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore, governor of the Maryland Colony, awarded Holmead a land grant that included the territory of the neighborhoods we know today as Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Pleasant Plains. Inherited by his son Anthony in 1750, it was renamed Pleasant Plains. With the creation of the District of Columbia in 1791, it folded into Washington County and was eventually sold off. In 1850, US Treasurer William Selden purchased 73 acres north of Peirce Mill Road and built home overlooking Piney Branch Road, relocating to Virginia at the start of the Civil War and sold the property in 1862 to Samuel P. Brown. The Union Army occupied the property during the Civil War and used the house as a hospital.
When the war ended Brown sold his land in parcels, naming the area Mount Pleasant Village for its attribute of having the highest elevation of the original estate. Brown kept the plot surrounding his house at 3351 Mount Pleasant Street, NW, which was unfortunately destroyed in the 1890s. Mount Pleasant settlers built wooden frame houses and worked small farms, stores and small retail establishments sprouted up at 14th and Park. Mount Pleasant was divided from DC by undeveloped land and was therefore considered rural, allowing its street grid to be laid out differently from DC’s grid.
Today’s Mount Pleasant has no Metro station, but back in 1870, a horse-drawn streetcar made an appearance and was operated from the retail center to downtown DC and development accelerated after a more modern streetcar line was installed in 1903. During that time, 16th Street was extended and the neighborhood began to be associated with the area west of 16th. Mount Pleasant’s first establishments were constructed opposite the streetcar terminal at Lamont Park. A developer, Fulton Gordon, bought up a good deal of the neighborhood in 1907 and promoted the properties under the name “Mount Pleasant Heights.”
The construction of homes and multifamily dwellings in the early 1900’s further populated the neighborhood and a library, partially funded by Andrew Carnegie, was erected in 1925. The budding neighborhood offered shady, tree-lined streets, terraced gardens and charming rowhouses with front porches and rear sleeping porches. Considered an upper-middle class neighborhood, Mount Pleasant was home to US Senator Robert La Follett, actress Helen Hayes, baseball pitcher Walter “Big Train” Johnson, who married at a “regular apartment at 1498 Monroe Street.” The Mount Pleasant neighborhood was racially segregated until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and ‘white flight’ increased after the 1968 riots, rowhouses were divided into rental flats for lower-income residents, some properties were neglected and much of the original landscaping was destroyed, changing the characteristics of the neighborhood. A new black and latino population began to settle in Mount Pleasant during the 1960s and affluent professionals returned in the early 1980s. Housing prices rose, homes were renovated, and during the following two decades demographics shifted again. Housing prices continued to spiral. From 2005 to the present, Mount Pleasant has seen some of the District’s strongest home value increases.
Neighborhood information on this site is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Subject to change without notice.