People often bemoan the state of the DC area real estate market, believing that you have to trade accessibility for affordability. In other words, if you want to be anywhere near the city, you’ll have to pay a pretty hefty premium.
But there are enclaves that are close to the action and amazingly affordable. One of these is Hyattsville, MD, part of the Gateway Arts District Corridor. This DC suburb has a small town, close community feel with incredible affordability. And you won’t trade amenities and access away when you buy in Hyattsville. The economic development of this town has been building for years and residents feel that they have finally arrived.
Hyattsville was first developed in the mid-19th century by an enterprising store owner and postmaster named Christopher Clark Hyatt. The area’s early growth benefitted from the proximity of US Route 1 and the B&O Railroad.
Fortunately for lovers of historic architecture, much of Hyattsville’s early residential character has been preserved. Here you will find Victorian architecture, Craftsman-style homes, and even vintage Sears bungalows.
Area neighborhoods include University Hills which abuts the University of Maryland at College Park; Queens Chapel Manor neighborhood with a variety of small homes as well as apartment complexes; West Hyattsville which is bordered by the Northwest branch of the Anacostia River; and Historic Hyattsville which encompasses downtown, Hyattsville HIlls, and Castle Manor.
A number of Hyattsville buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include the beautiful Ash Hill mansion, Hyattsville Armory, and the Hyattsville Post Office, which is still in use.
Real estate in the area can be pricey for some of the larger, historically important and meticulously restored homes, but affordability is everywhere. Condos for well under $100K are commonplace, and the area is a great choice for those who would like some outdoor space but think a single family home is out of reach on their budget.
As part of the Gateway Arts District Corridor which also includes Mt. Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Hyattsville boasts dozens of public art installations and hosts events in cooperation with the other District locales. Hyattsville frequently holds instructional classes and workshops in Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, housed in the historic Arcade Building.
Because of its association with the Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville was a natural location for the fourth iteration of Busboys & Poets, Andy Shallal’s group of restaurants inspired by the arts and their central role in political activism. The Hyattsville location includes the Howard Zinn room, dedicated to the well-known historian, social activist, and playwright who authored A People’s History of the United States.
Another popular local spot is Franklin’s, a local microbrewery, restaurant, and general store. Housed in the former Hyattsville Hardware Co., the huge space is a popular spot for families with an emphasis on locally grown ingredients and locally brewed beer. In addition, there is an emphasis on the work of local artists, with a variety of displays including a permanent installation–a 40 foot kinetic light mural by Boston artist Liz Manicatide.
Other popular local spots include DC favorite Vigilante Coffee, Shagga Coffee and Restaurant for Ethiopian food, soul food at Carolina Kitchen, and Spice 6 for Indian food. Branching out to neighboring Mt. Rainier will bring you to the very popular Bird Kitchen & Cocktails.
If you’re looking for great amenities, DC proximity, affordability, and an emphasis on arts and culture, you must check out Hyattsville. It is truly one of the best kept secrets in the DC metro. Fortunately, at Eng Garcia Grant, we are the neighborhood experts. Sign in at our website to begin searching, and reach out to one of our agents to have a custom search delivered straight to you on your schedule. We’re ready to start showing you all of the great options that fit you, your budget, and the way you want to live.