Another long post today. Bear with me! Last week I had a comment from someone who is the OP on the DC Urban Mom’s and Dad’s website. He enjoyed the post/s about Cheverly and is looking into the Hyattsville (Arts District) and Cheverly area to purchase a home. He had a few questions for me that I thought other readers might be interested in. Of course, I’m no expert about Cheverly development. I would love to see people from the Cheverly planning committee comment. And again, these are simply my opinions. I’d love others who live in Cheverly to chime into this conversation. Here we go. I will answer his questions in bold. His questions are italicized.
I’m the OP on the DCUM thread and appreciate your follow up posts! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on where you see Cheverly in 5, 10, 20 years. I am debating between Cheverly and Hyattsville and there is a lot of development along the Route 1 corridor that could have a big impact on Hyattsville home values in the future and that is attractive from an investment perspective. Are there any plans for more development in the Cheverly area? If not right now, do you think it is inevitable that there is development among the close-in burbs with metro stations? It seems that there are some industrial buildings and unused land that could be redeveloped around the metro eventually. Thoughts?
It seems to me like you have done your homework and are making thoughtful decisions about buying a home. First of all, I think Cheverly will continue to get better and better in the next 5, 10, 20 years. Why? Because I know the people who are moving in and the people who have lived here their entire lives. They are committed to making the community great. I’m encouraged by a lot of young families buying and planning to live here long term. When I first moved to Cheverly 9 years ago, the Woodmoore Town Center was not in existence. I had to drive way out to College Park to go to Costco. Now not only do we have the Woodmoore Center with Wegamans, Costco and the like–we also have the development on South Dakota Ave in DC which is a mere 5 minute drive. Costco is there but they plan to add a Marshalls, Home Depot or Lowes and a Shoppers, I believe. And yes, we also have the Hyattsville Arts District which is a 10 min drive from Cheverly. As for development in our area, we have a planning committee that is working on/talking to local developers. There has been a lot of talk about putting up apartment buildings near the Metro. If that happens, there is hope for Tuxedo Road to develop into something like the Arts District. We already have developers building new large homes close to 57th Ave. In my opinion, I would love to see development on Tuxedo Road within walking distance to our homes. (see map above)
Cheverly seems very family oriented which is great. However, I’m single and childless (despite posting on DCUM) right now. What is the demographics of the neighborhood in terms of family size and ages? Are all the community activities geared toward families? Are there any adult only groups? Sports leagues? Poker nights? Etc.
Great question. I have no idea of the demographics although I moved to Cheverly as a single person and know there are many singles who live in the area. According to the 2010 census here is the data:
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,173 people, 2,287 households, and 1,568 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,572.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,765.5/km2). There were 2,395 housing units at an average density of 1,774.1 per square mile (685.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 32.4% White, 57.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 5.3% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.5% of the population.
There were 2,287 households of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.4% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.17.
The median age in the town was 37.8 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.7% were from 25 to 44; 30.6% were from 45 to 64; and 8.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.
Of course, you need to remember that this census includes the outlying areas of Cheverly proper. As for things to do for singles, yes. These are things I plan to cover in the future- There is a group of men who play volleyball year round, there are groups that meet for dinner/potlucks on a monthly basis, there is a running group that runs together every weekend–and I’m sure plenty of other things that I’m not aware of. If you are looking to make friends, this is a great community for that.
My target area is within walking distance of the metro, so only a handful of homes come on the market each season. Do you have any inside tips for those of us looking to move to Cheverly and get an edge on other buyers? If there are houses that would interest me, would sending homeowners letters seeing if they are interested in selling be received negatively? Are there specific realtors that cater to the neighborhood and might have a scoop on properties hitting the market? What about land? Are there any empty unlisted lots in the neighborhood just sitting there that you have knowledge of?
If you are looking to walk to the Metro, you should take the Hyattsville Arts District off of your list. You are much more likely to find a great home with Metro accessibility within Cheverly. I know of many people who have sent letters to homeowners, however, it is my opinion that cost is more of a factor. If you are looking to buy a house in Cheverly that is completely updated, you will pay a higher cost and you might be in a bidding war. If you are looking to buy a fixer upper, Cheverly has some GREAT options within Metro walking distance. As for realtors, we have two people who live in Cheverly and sell many homes here. Susan Pruden and Jock Friar. I also know of another realtor from Capitol Hill who is very savvy and who has sold a ton of homes here in Cheverly. He also owns a rental property here. His name is Jason Townsend.
Love the blog and look forward to reading more information about Cheverly. Thanks for providing your perspective.
Thank you for reading. Your comments/questions make me excited to continue on…