Langdon wasn’t on Kevin Mullone’s radar screen when he started looking to buy a home in the District.
Mullone, 35, an IT specialist, was initially looking for something in Brookland or Petworth, hoping to surround himself with other young, single people. But when his real estate agent showed him a home in Langdon, a quiet neighborhood just across Rhode Island Avenue NE from Brookland, he knew it was the place for him.
“Langdon is extremely quiet, and that’s what I love about it,” said Mullone, who has lived in Langdon since November 2010. “There are a lot of neighborhoods that are like, ‘I live here, I work here, and I party here.’ Our neighborhood is like, ‘We live here, and we relax here.’ ”
Real estate agents say Mullone isn’t the only young person to move into Langdon in recent years, lured by relatively low home prices and proximity to hot spots such as Petworth, Brookland and the H Street corridor.
“Most of the people I’ve been showing homes in Langdon to are young, professional couples planning to have a kid or two in a couple years,” said Jonathan Eng, an agent with Century 21/Redwood Realty who has lived in Langdon for almost four years. “They want to have that off-street parking, the yard and the joy of homeownership for a lower price.”
Up and coming: Eng’s house is a 1927 Arts and Crafts-style bungalow. He said he’s one of many residents attracted to the neighborhood’s varied architecture, which includes Queen Anne-style homes with wraparound porches and Colonials.
Many of those homes have large lots with back yards, and are within a short walk from Langdon Park, which has trails, a basketball court, tennis courts, a skate park, a community center and other amenities. It also features a new dog park.
Eng said he has noticed new residents adding landscaping features to their yards — and noticed developers building new homes on empty lots throughout the community.
A few new businesses — including Zeke’s Coffee and a Manny and Olga’s Pizza, both on Rhode Island Avenue NE — have recently opened or announced they will open soon in Langdon, Eng said.
Still, he said he would like to see more new retail and services to cater to residents.
“One of the only cons of living here is that we are still very much up and coming,” Eng said.
Mullone agrees. He said he and other residents have recently started to petition the city to clean up the industrial area near one of the neighborhood’s entry points, at Queens Chapel and Bladensburg roads.
“It would be nice to see the city provide a buffer between the industrial area and our residential area,” Mullone said. “That could mean changing the facade of the waste management facility there to make it look more modern, and less like an abandoned warehouse. I think even a little landscaping at the entrance to the neighborhood could make a big difference.”
Mullone, nevertheless, said he takes solace in the fact that he’s close to the action — but not too close.
“Sometimes, if I’m out on 14th Street, or in NoMa, or some other area with lots of restaurants and bars, I start thinking it would be nice if I could walk out my front door and go to a nice cafe,” he said. “Then, I take a step back and think: I don’t have police sirens or ambulances. I don’t have noisy people leaving the bars. We’re like the suburbs of D.C., and I love that.”
Living there: Langdon’s borders are Rhode Island Avenue to the northwest, South Dakota Avenue to the northeast, Bladensburg Road to the southeast, New York Avenue to the south and Montana Avenue to the southwest.
In the past 12 months, 33 homes sold in the neighborhood, ranging from a 1,705-square-foot four-bedroom rowhouse for $186,000 to a 3,016-square-foot four-bedroom bungalow for $680,000, according to Eng. Ten homes are on the market, from a three-bedroom unit for $300,000 to a five-bedroom unit for $575,000.
“People who are in that half-a-million-dollar range are looking at stuff in Eckington, Edgewood and other neighborhoods nearby,” Eng said. “They’re realizing they can get a whole detached house with a yard and green space in Langdon for the price of a rowhouse in those other neighborhoods.”
Schools: Langdon Education Campus, Burroughs Education Campus, Dunbar High School, Eastern High School, H.D. Woodson High School.
Transit: Several bus lines run through the neighborhood, including B8, B9 and H6. Some buses run to the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CU stations on Metro’s Red Line. “But if you don’t have a vehicle, you need to know that Metro is one mile away — about a 20-minute walk,” Mullone said.
Crime: In the past 12 months, there were 36 robberies, 20 assaults and 24 burglaries in Langdon, according to D.C. police.
Amy Reinink is a freelance writer.