4.4 out of 10

Mount Vernon Square

Ranked 58th best neighborhood in Washington
38.9038628529716 -77.0231990080639
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Families with kids

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 02, 2016

"A lot has changed, including the name"

The Mount Vernon Square neighborhood now goes by the name Mount Vernon Triangle. I moved here in 2010 and have seen the neighborhood go through an incredible transformation. It was a good place to live before, with great access to two metro stations and lots of buses. It's a great place to live if you have different family members commuting to opposing sides of the city or if you know your commuting destination will change in the future. The city vista development with the Safeway and Ace Hardware means you can get all your necessities at your fingertips. All those things that drew me to the community are still true, although the neighborhood changed a lot since I first moved in--in both positive and negative ways. There are lots of new apartment and condo buildings. New restaurants and bars are popping up faster than I can keep up with going to them. The neighborhood has become a lot busier and it's a lot more difficult to find a parking spot than it used to be. It's nice to have so many choices of restaurants in very near-in walking distance. It's not so nice to have to deal with the drunken happy hour crowds on my way home or contend with evidence of people having gotten sick on the sidewalk when I am trying to walk my dogs. All the people out and about definitely contribute positively to the neighborhood feeling safe, but also can create a lot of noise. The neighborhood feels like much more of a party/nightlife destination than when I first moved here. A lot of people seem to move here for very short periods of time, which weakens the neighborhood feeling and, I suspect, is part of why I see people less likely to care about public and common spaces, which is very sad to me. A lot of the apartment buildings do short term leases and corporate housing offers to keep occupancy high, which I doubt will change in the near future as there are more buildings going up and renting out all the units continues to be a competitive business. My family is moving out of the neighborhood because we are looking for a more stable, community-oriented neighborhood, but the MVT has been a good home for a long time, and I can see why people like it. I hope that as development continues it will add more services for long-term residents (medical offices, a dry cleaner, small retail,etc.) instead of more bars and restaurants.
Pros
  • Convenient
  • Fun bars and restaurants
Cons
  • Noise
  • Litter and overall condition of public spaces
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"A lot of fun to be had"

This neighborhood is similar to Shaw in that it has dual sides. On the one hand you can find great housing for cheap, but on the other you can find... um.... not so great housing (crime, poverty, etc). For just as cheap. So be wary, homeowners to be.

I'd prefer to look at the positive aspects of the neighborhood. Mount Vernon Square has some fantastic bars and restaurants. Passenger is the most well known, but just down the road, in the summer, theater people flock to Fort Fringe, a sort of after party for the Capital Fringe Festival, that has just gotten the green light to become a bar in its own right. This might be a questionable venture, if you know how much money theater people usually have.

Of course there is also the Convention Center, which constantly has a stream of people coming and going. For all of Mount Vernon Square's supposed questionability, it also has a lot that is positive.
Pros
  • Fun bars and restaurants
  • Convention center
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Neighborhood with two sides"

This is a neighborhood that I am very familiar with as I traveled thru it daily while working in nearby Chinatown. Located in the northwest section of the city, the boundaries of the neighborhood is defined by M Street N.W., Massachusetts Avenue N.W., and 4th Street N.W. and is the Washington D.C. Convention Center is located. As a result of the convention center, you will find a number of related businesses such as hotels, restaurants and stores located here as well. Green place can be enjoyed at the 10th Street Park as well as the Samuel Gompers Memorial Garden and Mount Vernon Square itself. Metro iBus stops are available as is the Mt. Vernon Square / 7th Street Convention Center Metro station. Primarily a commercial neighborhood you will find a number of apartments and condominiums as well as a attached single family "row house" style homes.

Although the neighborhood has a lot to offer and continues to evolve with a significant amount of new mixed use development occurring, there are still significant challenges. One of these challenges is crime and the other is the number of homeless people on the streets. Crime against people and property does occur on a regular basis. As always check the most recent crime data and make an informed decision as to the crime risk in any neighborhood. Also be careful when parking here as to the street cleaning schedule as they are ruthless on parking tickets here!
Pros
  • improving
Cons
  • Number of homeless people
  • still has a lot left to do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"up and coming?"

Not long ago Mount Vernon Square was a forgotten neighborhood. And it is no wonder: it sits at the corner of two wards and three police districts. In such a no-man’s land, you would expect there to be problems with vacant lots and prostitution. For a while this was true. Yet in recent years, Mount Vernon Square has been shedding such a reputation. One by one the vacant lots have been cleared and had buildings put up in their place. Nice condos have replaced blighted, boarded up bungalows. The neighborhood association is doing quite a bit as well, getting the local police to increase patrols and rid their area of prostitution. Apparently, they have had considerable success.
Of course, Mount Vernon Square still doesn’t have a huge amount of services, and a few vacant lots still remain. But with the neighborhood groups as strong as they are, there’s good reason to believe that this will not be the case much longer.
Two other things bear mentioning: the new DC convention center just opened up in Mount Vernon Square, and with it a lot of jobs were added to the area economy. Because the neighborhood has been neglected so long, many people can afford to live and work here. Also, there are two Metro stops close by, so commuting out of the neighborhood for a job is quite easy.
Pros
  • improving
Cons
  • still has a lot left to do
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Look Before You Leap"

This neighborhood is known more as a commercial area than as a residential area. Located in the Northwest quadrant of DC, it is dominated by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; this is the second largest building in the city. Located nearby is the Techwood office development and the offices of National Public Radio. One of the major historical buildings in the District is located in the center of the square, the original District of Columbia Public Library; it now houses the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Chinatown is two blocks to the south. This vibrant commercial area is served by the Mt. Vernon Square/7th St-Convention Center Metro Station, along the Yellow and Green Line. While this might be a good area in which to work because of its convenience to the DC Metro system, one should look closely at the housing, school and public safety situation in the surrounding residential neighborhoods before deciding on the area to live. The Mount Vernon Square area is on the border area between the Northwest and Northeast quadrants of the city, and people may find both the positives and the negatives of both areas of the city.
Pros
  • improving
Cons
  • still has a lot left to do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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