Have you been to Hyattsville lately?
I was born in Washington DC and grew up in Prince Georges County Maryland. In the 60’s and 70’s, I remember going to Hyattsville Maryland with my grandfather to buy cars at Lustine Chevrolet. That particular stretch of Route 1 in Hyattsville, from East West Highway to the District was lined with car dealerships; thrift stores a funeral home, various small local shops and Dematha Catholic High School which is an all boy school just off Route One. Today….Hyattsville is a very different place!
Over the last few years, townhomes have been built along and just off of Route One in Hyattsville. Lustine Chevrolet is gone, except for the showroom, which is now a very cool looking gym with elliptical bikes and treadmills lining the floor to ceiling windows.
One of the best new additions to Hyattsville is the restaurant Busboys and Poets. According to their website, Busboys and Poets is a “community gathering place for thinker’s dreamer’s activist and artists.” It’s part restaurant and part grandma’s living room. There are great big cozy chairs and couches where you can eat, drink or just work on your laptop. My son and I shared several appetizers, nachos with blue corn chips and sweet potato fries and then split one of their fresh pizzas. Right across the side street, there is a Chipotle and other restaurants with a Yes Organic Grocery store at the end of the block. Further in toward DC, there is a skateboard park with walking paths along the Northwest Branch.
In the historic district of Hyattsville, there are Victorian houses built in the late 1880s. Also the Sears bungalow and Arts & Crafts style of homes which were built between 1910 and early 1940’s.
Hyattsville borders Washington DC and if you work in Baltimore, you can drive the Baltimore Washington Parkway which is a mile or so away. The Marc train makes a stop in the historic part of town too. Like the city of Takoma Park, Hyattsville has a rich history with the renovated Bladensburg Waterfront Park a short drive away. Hyattsville Maryland looks and feels like a fresh new town.
There is a big sign in a local shop window that reads “Hip is Here” and that seems to sum up the feel of this funky place.
Victoria Henderson, Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, licensed Realtor & Exclusive Buyer Agent in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC
Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agent, licensed Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC
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