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A brief beginner’s guide to Mount Vernon, D.C.


Our 10th (!) Washington D.C. home will be opening in April 2022, so it should come as no surprise that the team at Common loves the District. So much so, in fact, that our newest D.C. home is named Common District! But D.C. is more than just the namesake of our newest home — it’s a true inspiration in every sense of the word. 

Washington, D.C.’s neighborhoods rival the best cities in the world for their ability to capture unique identities that often feel worlds apart from their neighbors. Leaving Columbia Heights and entering the Brookland neighborhood can feel like being transported to a new city altogether, but the spirit of D.C. pervades each unique community — as is the case with Common! Each new home brings a unique experience to our members, while remaining true to our ethos: creating a communal, luxury living experience at an attainable rate. 

The site of our new D.C. home, the Mount Vernon neighborhood, embodies this same spirit and offers Common District members a modern living experience with old-world charm. In the lead-up to Common District’s grand opening, we’ve fallen in love with Mount Vernon — and it won’t be long before our members do, too! Our opening date is just around the corner, and pre-leasing will open up soon. In the meantime: here’s a beginner’s guide to the Mount Vernon neighborhood. 

The historic (tri)angle

The Mount Vernon Triangle (Mount Vernon, to its friends) is formed by the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and New York Avenue, and was designed by Pierre L’Enfant — D.C.’s original planner — to be the District’s greenspace. The community’s growth necessitated expanded roadways, and the Mount Vernon neighborhood was developed into a full-blown town square. Part of this development saw the construction of the iconic Carnegie Library in 1903 (now an Apple Store, naturally) which was Washington D.C.’s first integrated public building. Today, Mount Vernon is a bustling neighborhood that still honors its historic roots. 

Your “local spots” = D.C.’s best

The list of incredible D.C. spots that call Mount Vernon home is too long to include in its entirety, but we’ll try anyways. Indie legends Busboys and Poets have a Mount Vernon outpost, as do the hometown heroes at sweetgreen. Sweat sessions are available at OrangeTheory, Club Pilates, and SoulCycle, with post-class cocktails flowing at bartaco and Mandu. Early morning fuel-ups, mid-afternoon pick-me-ups, and after hours catch-ups can be conducted over draft lattes at La Colombe or cheeky affogatos at Brew’d — you get the point! With too many incredible spots to count, you’ll have your work cut out for you living in the Mount Vernon Triangle.  

The center of it all

Mount Vernon is defined by the intersection of two major streets, but it also lies at the intersection of all that D.C. has to offer. The Mount Vernon Triangle is quite literally as close to being the “center of D.C.” as it gets, and residents of Mount Vernon are never more than 20 minutes away from the District’s best attractions. While the perks of living in Mount Vernon are pretty solid, our other favorite D.C. neighborhoods are well-within reach when you want to see some other sides of the city. 

Count the days until Common District

If you’re like us, getting up to speed on the Mount Vernon Triangle has only made you more excited for Common District — but good things come to those who wait! While you can’t move in and start living it up in Mount Vernon just yet, you can take advantage of pre-leasing specials and make Common District an even better deal than it already is! Schedule a virtual tour of Common District, and we’ll see you in the summer!

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Inclusionary Zoning program, income-restricted units are available at this development. Please contact the Department of Housing and Community Development at www.dhcd.dc.gov regarding the availability of such units and requirements for registration in the Inclusionary Zoning program.

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