The Gateway Media Arts Lab is hosting two free workshop series this month, one on branding and the other on using technology for work life balance. The presenters are Mount Rainier residents and business owners. Join us!
The Washington City Paper's Best of DC 2018 voting is now open. Let's show some Mt. Rainier spirit and VOTE for our community and favorite businesses! The poll now also includes a Best Main Street category. Please VOTE for Main Street Mt. Rainier. Let's win this!
Our own Sweet & Natural won in the category of "Best Vegan Food" in the Washington City Paper 2017 Best of D.C. Reader Poll. Vote for them this year as well! Support our other businesses, too!
Best Vegan Food
Sweet & Natural
4009 34th St., Mt. Rainier, (301) 277-9338
You could eat a meal at Sweet & Natural every night of the week and never get sick of it. That’s a remarkable feat for any restaurant but even more so for Sweet & Natural, which boasts an entirely organic and vegan menu. The small restaurant, situated in the quaint neighborhood of Mount Rainier, just over the D.C. border in Maryland, specializes in vegan takes on soul food entrees like fried chicken, meatloaf, fried fish, BBQ drumsticks, collard greens, and mac and cheese. Sweet & Natural also folds in vegan food from other cuisines, including quesadillas, stuffed peppers, and tofu teriyaki. It doesn’t matter if you’re vegan or not—Sweet & Natural is just damn fine food, full stop.
Taking the plunge into Washington’s real-estate market? Consider these on-the-rise areas where it’s not too late to get a deal.
This Zip code includes Hyattsville’s arts district—with new residences, retail, and restaurants from developer EYA—and the historic district. The result, says Ward, is “that walkable lifestyle and neighborhood feel that I don’t think most buyers picture in the suburbs.” Whole Foods—the ultimate sign that an area has arrived—will land about a mile away in late 2015 as the anchor of a development in nearby Riverdale Park by Calvin Cafritz Enterprises.
Median sold price: $260,000 (up 23.8%).
Average sold price: $265,733 (up 20.4%).
$287,500 buys: A three-bedroom, three-bath Cape Cod in the historic district.
$480,825 buys: A new three-bedroom, four-bath townhouse.
Or try Mount Rainier (20712):
Though closer to the District, this Prince George’s neighborhood is less developed than Hyattsville. “The housing stock is more degraded, but it has lots of Arts and Crafts homes and bungalows,” says agent Kevin Wood of William Sawyer & Co. “And it’s right on the DC border.” In November, Menkiti Group announced plans for a development with Joe Englert as a tenant—he’s the guy whose hip bars helped revitalize Northwest DC’s U Street and Northeast’s H Street.
Median sold price: $260,000 (up 16.9%).
Average sold price: $254,514 (up 8.7%).
$220,000 buys: A two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow that needs work.
$339,900 buys: A renovated five-bedroom, three-bath bungalow.