Mount Rainier | MD
Located in the Mount Rainier Historic District, this well-maintained home offers 3 finished levels of comfort. Tastefully renovated 5 years ago with new HVAC, electrical, roof, flooring, windows & appliances. Well-proportioned living throughout! The versatile basement is set up as an in-law suite offering a third bedroom option and includes a walk-out entrance. Relax on the front porch and entertain on the rear deck & patio area. The large paved driveway can accommodate several vehicles. Nearby to the Anacostia River Trail, this charming artist community is only minutes to downtown DC!
Mount Rainier is the historic Route 1 gateway community from Prince George’s County to Washington, DC at the District’s northeastern boundary. Mount Rainier is primarily a residential community with 1,100 single family homes and three large apartment developments (Kaywood Gardens, Queens Manor, and Queenstown) constructed in the 1940s. Washington, D.C., like many other American cities, experienced a period of urban expansion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that created a great demand for housing. This demand put development pressure on areas directly outside the city limits as people wanted the amenities of urban living but desired the serenity of a rural home. Improved local transportation, particularly the railroad and the streetcar, allowed urban dwellers to have both; people could live outside the city and commute to work. As a result, most of Washington’s suburban growth occurred immediately outside the city along major arteries. One suburb that was to develop on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad line (built in the 1830s) was Mount Rainier. The area in and around Mount Rainier retained its agrarian character until the last decade of the 19th century. In early 1897, a streetcar line connecting Mount Rainier with downtown Washington began operation. This line was run by the Maryland and Washington Railway; the stop at Mount Rainier was known as the District Line Station and was located at the intersection of what would become Rhode Island Avenue (extended) and 34th Street. The town had a decidedly rural flavor, a feature that was apparently quite an attraction. Houses were mostly of one or two story frame construction and situated on large lots. Real estate advertisements stressed the country atmosphere: homes in Mount Rainier were “charmingly located” on “very large (rich) grounds” that were “high and healthy.”
People living in Mount Rainier are active in the community and involved in the daily decisions of their government. Local pride is high, and the people like being part of an active civic process. There are numerous community organizations ranging from 10 standing groups such as the Boys and Girls Club to one of the newest groups, Friends of the Library. There are several small parks with playground equipment scattered throughout the city. In 1996 a new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Recreation and Nature Center opened adjacent to Queenstown and Queens Manor Apartments. The system of hiker-biker trails that follow the valleys of the Anacostia River tributaries connect the City to the University of Maryland, the historic Adelphi Mill, Takoma Park, and the Bladensburg Waterfront. Mount Rainier is proud to be a part of the economic revitalization efforts of the County. Mount Rainier is within the Gateway Arts District, an area designated by the state and county for revitalization through development of arts and entertainment oriented businesses. Many of the attributes that attracted people to Mount Rainier in the first decades of the 20th century remain true in the first decades of the 21st century: convenient location, quality and affordable middle class housing, accessible transportation systems, and tree-lined residential streets.