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Old 11-14-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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I have some friends who are considering retiring to DC. They'd like to rent a place within a few blocks of the National Zoo. Any thoughts on Cleveland Park vs. Mt. Pleasant vs. Woodley Park? Apparently they saw a place called Harvard Tower in Mt. Pleasant. Does anyone have any personal experience with this apartment building? Or, do you have any other apartment buildings near the zoo that you'd recommend? They'd like to pay about $1500-1600 for a 1 bedroom.
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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I have some friends who are considering retiring to DC. They'd like to rent a place within a few blocks of the National Zoo. Any thoughts on Cleveland Park vs. Mt. Pleasant vs. Woodley Park? Apparently they saw a place called Harvard Tower in Mt. Pleasant. Does anyone have any personal experience with this apartment building? Or, do you have any other apartment buildings near the zoo that you'd recommend? They'd like to pay about $1500-1600 for a 1 bedroom.
I used to live in Mount Pleasant; my recollection is that, at the time (early to mid-90s) Harvard Towers had a lot of subsidized units and was not a very desirable place to live. We would walk to the zoo frequently and often see ambulances and other emergency vehicles in front of the building. It is, however, very close to the zoo and I believe the complex itself was recently renovated.

The advantage of Cleveland Park and Woodley Park is that they are also both very close to the zoo, but have a vareity of attractive, walkable retail establishments. Mount Pleasant has great rowhouses and a lot of residential charm, but the retail options on Mount Pleasant Street are limited and still mostly of the bodega variety. There's actually better retail now further east on 14th Street towards the Columbia Heights metro station. In addition, while most of the residential streets are fairly safe, I'd feel less secure at night in the area near Harvard Towers that borders the park.

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Old 11-14-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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Jeb77 is correct. Cleve/wood are about 1000 times better place than Mt. Pleasant to live.
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