Mount Rainier MD Homes For Sale
Mount Rainier is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, known for its charm, its presence in the arts community and a treasure trove of historic homes. With a resident population of around 8,080, the city spans 1.7 square miles. The fact that its a city and not a town is one of those quirks of community planning and the people that live here seem to take a certain delight in the fact. Mount Rainier was supposedly named by surveyors from the Pacific Northwest, accounting for the name. Located in the historic Route 1 gateway community from Prince George's County to Washington DC, the land was originally farm country. That changed with the arrival of the streetcar in 1897, connecting Mount Rainier to the nation's capital. For more information about Mount Rainier MD homes for sale, contact us today!
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During a period of just eight years, the population in Mount Rainier jumped from 50 to 1,242. It was incorporated as a town in 1910 and a city in 1945. Today, Mount Rainier is listed as a historic district and noted for its presence of Sears Modern Homes, also commonly known as Craftsman-style. These mail-order catalog homes were shipped by rail and then trucked to property lots. While often associated with small cottages, there were actually a wide variety of designs and sizes. Among the models identified in Mount Rainier are the Winona, a classic cottage design with front porch, the Conway/Uriel with five rooms, a bath and porch, the two-story Vallonia described as a “prime bungalow”, and the roomy Windsor which was advertised as being for “better class workers.” Other catalog homes in Mount Rainier include Alladin (one of the early kit pioneers) and Montgomery Ward.
Mount Rainier's most significant years of expansion were between 1920 and 1950. Just prior to World War II, three large garden apartment complexes were built, each with their own shopping center. The city reached its peak population at 11,000 during the 1950's. The discontinuation of street car service was one of the factors in a declining population during the 1960's and 70's, as well as a level of property neglect to some properties. The 1980's began a period of renewal and revitalization as the charm and historic relevance began asserting itself again. A combination of preservation and restoration efforts, the County's revitalization efforts and the influence of the arts community, has combined to make Mount Rainier one of the emerging hot spots in Washington Metro real estate.
Homes for sale in Mount Rainier are mostly single-family detached residences and have recently listed between $250,000 and $500,000. The housing inventory is currently quite low due to the demand for charming and affordable older homes, whether fully restored or in need of TLC. Like many parts of Prince George's County, Mount Rainier took a hit during the real estate downturn. The market rebounded quicker than some communities however. Home values have climbed nearly 12% over the past year with closing prices enjoying an even larger spike.
In the 1990's, the city joined with three other communities to form the Gateway Arts District initiative. The 44-unit Mount Rainier Artists Lofts was the first of the gateway projects, opening in 2005 and providing subsidized housing to an eclectic mix of painters, sculptors, actors, dancers and musicians. Local businesses here are equally diverse, including coffeehouses, small cafes, yoga and dance studios and the venerable Glut, a vegetarian food co-op on 34th street that serves to anchor the commercial district such as it is. At 40 years of age, Glut is one of the oldest co-ops in the country.
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Listing information last updated on June 19th, 2019 at 3:15am EDT.