Walk This Way: Mount Vernon Square (20001)

mt-vernon-square.jpg“Mount Vernon Square is a city square in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.. It is located where the following streets would otherwise intersect: Massachusetts Avenue, New York Avenue, K Street, and 8th Street NW. 

Mount Vernon Square is bounded on the east by 7th Street, N.W.; on the west by 9th Street, N.W.; on the north by Mount Vernon Place; and on the south by a two-block section of K Street that is slightly offset from the rest of K Street. 

On the north side of the square is the new Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the largest building in the city. On the south side is the Techworld office development, and on the east, offices of National Public Radio. In the center of the square is the City Museum of Washington, D.C., which closed in November 2004 for lack of enough visitors. The white marble building, finished in 1903, was originally the District of Columbia Public Library, a gift of Andrew Carnegie. Washington’s Chinatown is centered two blocks to the south. The closest Metro station is Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center. The giant marble Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church is another landmark. 

Mount Vernon Square is also a Washington neighborhood and historic district, named for the adjacent city square, bounded by 9th Street N.W. on the west, 1st St and NJ Ave N.W. on the east, N Street N.W. on the north, and Massachusetts Avenue N.W. to the south.”Wikipedia 

Mt. Vernon Square is number 6 on Walk Score’s DC list and has an overall score of 95 (walker’s paradise).

20 homes for sale; 18 are condos
5 bank-listed foreclosures
Average price: $440,900
Median price: $409,900
Average days on market: 87 

It turns out that all of the properties at or near the average/median prices are to-be-built condos, so I chose to feature a condo at a slightly higher price point. 456 M St. NW, #1 is listed at $499,000, has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1240 square feet, and has been on the market for 46 days. It’s described as having “dramatic, open spaces with soaring ceilings” and includes a renovated gourmet kitchen, spa baths, 2 fireplaces, hardwoods and a washer/dryer. 

Walk score: 89 (very walkable)
Walk to: Starbucks (0.05 mi); Food USA (0.06 mi); Johnny’s Half-Shell (0.17 mi); National Mall (0.65 mi)
You can view the entire list of nearby attractions here.  

Next up: No. 5, Foggy Bottom

Photo credit: Schuminweb.com; Creative Commons license

  • Jughead

    Wow…that price seems cheap for a 2 BR, 2 BA condo downtown. I would’ve thought that area would be at a higher premium.

    Thanks for covering more of DC these days, btw.

  • Leo

    hi! thanks for this update – I have one question about what do you think about safety in this and neighboring areas? For example I have seen a place nearby 11th and M and looking at crime reports online I was not very clear about how safe would it be? Any suggestion?

  • http://washingtondc.redfin.com/blog Kira


    Yes, the prices caught my attention, too. It’s surprising because of its proximity to some major attrations. However, I think there is a good reason for that, since I’ve read some things that indicate to me the area might be a little dicey.

    Thanks for *noticing* that I’m covering more of DC these days!

  • http://washingtondc.redfin.com/blog Kira

    Hi Leo,

    As I mentioned above, I have heard things about Mt. Vernon Square that lead me to believe it’s a bit dicey. BUT I am definitely not an expert on that area, and I could be completely wrong about that. Allison Scuriatti is our DC writer, and she is way more familiar with DC neighborhoods than I am, so I’ll be sure to direct her here to answer you question. In the meantime, be sure to check our blogroll (on the right side of the page), which is full of local neighborhood blogs – including one for Mt. Vernon Square.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.inshaw.com/blog Mari

    Whether an area is dicey or cool can vary depending on your tolerance level and what hours you’re running around.
    There are a lot of car break ins (counts as crime) where I am near MVSQ but I don’t own a car, so that’s not a huge factor. Well for me at least.

  • http://washingtondc.redfin.com/blog Kira

    Hi Mari,

    Thanks so much for the input. I know about most of these neighborhoods only in a general sense, and I appreciate the extra insight. You make a good point about subjectivity and tolerance levels.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Uplidajasyday

    Hello. :) reflects the couple’s low-key approach to their royal connections.

  • John


    Luv to hear about Mt Vernon Square–and have been watching to get in on the more realistic prices at the Whitman (910 M St) There is one unit that I like because it is a one-bedroom but has the den (it is small–but has a window!) I can use for my desk and office work. It also has a 1/2 bath for when my guests come over! If I remembber it is unit 803 or 903. The owner bought it for around 500k a year and a half ago—now its on the market for 449000–only 10k more than much more limited units on lower levels. Thnking about making an offer—–i will let you know–But does anyone else have any comments about the Whitman?