4.5 out of 10

Marshall Heights

38.8857195681302 -76.9269966052618
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Land of the Box Houses"

Like the title of this review suggests, this place leaves a lot to be desired in terms of original housing design. Some places look like a giant brick was dropped onto an open field. Others are too perfect and candy colored, smashed together into a row of uniformity. One wonders whether it would have been more visually appealing to just leave the field as it was.

It's also not especially centrally located. This comes in handy for families looking to escape DC's hectic streets after the 9-5 day. Not so much for college students, or up-and-comings in their early twenties. But there plenty of other neighborhoods for them farther north.
Pros
  • community spirit
Cons
  • far away from any of the typical city sights
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Like Recreational Centers?"

Marshall Heights is a neighborhood in the southeast section of the city and is home to approximately 5,865 residents. Located along the Maryland state line the boundaries of the neighborhood are defined by East Capitol Street N.E., Benning Road S.E. and Southern Avenue S.E.. Homes here are relatively affordable with the average price for a home sold in 2010 being $116,041. Approximately 22% of the homes are owner occupied. The neighborhood features a mixture of commercial and residential uses. Here you will find a variety of multifamily homes as well as attached and detached single family homes.

One of the striking features of the neighborhood is the number of dedicated recreational centers here. Residents will enjoy Benning Park Recreation Center, Harris Recreation Center, Fletcher-Johnson Recreation Center and the East Capitol Community Center. In addition, the Evans Recreation Center is just outside of the neighborhood. H.D. Woodson Senior High School, Nalle Elementary School and C.W. Harris Elementary School are located here as well. Although residents will find a few markets and restaurants, most will want to travel to other neighborhoods for shopping and restaurant opportunities. There are at least 12 places of worship with Marshall Heights. Capitol Heights Metro station is located at the intersection of East Capitol Street S.E. and Southern Avenue S.E. and residents enjoy numerous Metro Bus stations as well.

Crime is a mixed bag according to the most recent crime data. Most crime appears to be focused upon property crimes, however there have been numerous serious crimes against people as well including sexual assault and assault with a deadly weapon. As always check the most recent crime statistics and make an informed decision as to the crime risks associated with any neighborhood.
Pros
  • community spirit
  • cheap
Cons
  • violent crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"a long way to go"

Marshall Heights is a neighborhood with a lot of poverty and crime, but one which is fighting for better things. They have a really good community group, the Marshall Heights Community Development Corporation. This group provides many services, but most notably it helps first time homebuyers purchase their first home, helps current homeowners get help so that they don’t lose their homes, and assist with job placement. In addition, MHCDA holds GED, or High school diploma by exam, classes. The view of the entire community is that the high illiteracy rate has got to be reduced, because with the ability to read comes more jobs and higher salaries.
On other factors however Marshall Heights doesn’t do too well. There is still a high foreclosure rate, and the rate of violent crime is very high. They’ve had two homicides this month, and several sexual assaults. For this reason, gentrifiers are afraid to move into the neighborhood. Improvement is going to have to come from the inside, as efforts to get GED’s, improve education and get better jobs pay off. Perhaps some development will do the neighborhood some good, especially if they tear down blighted houses and build some retail, providing jobs. Otherwise, Marshall Heights won’t be safe anytime soon.
Pros
  • cheap
  • community spirit
Cons
  • violent crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Three Pronged Approach to Growth"

Marshall Heights is a growing, primarily residential community in southeast Washington. Led by the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, citizens of this community are committed to making their lives and those of their neighbors better through a combination of home ownership, business promotion and educational excellence.
The first part of their plan, promoting home ownership, has been particularly challenging in this economy. However, the MHCDO regularly hosts workshops designed to empower residents to purchase their own homes or to avoid losing homes they already own to bankruptcy.
There are also a number of new and well established businesses in the area. Just recently a new restaurant, whimsically named “Rays the Steaks” opened the community’s local strip mall, The East River Shopping Center.
Finally, Marshall Heights’ parents have joined forces with other community leaders to “Stamp Out Illiteracy.” Many residents have contributed time and money to funding programs designed to encourage citizens, both young and old, to improve their reading skills through classes and book distributions.
While the jury is still out on its success, the very effort speaks well of what a great neighborhood this is. I would encourage anyone looking for low cost housing in the district to give Marshall Heights a look. It might be just the place for you.
Pros
  • community spirit
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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