is a tree-filled city tucked along the northeastern edge of Washington, DC, adjacent to Capitol Heights.
Seat Pleasant provides fast access to downtown, and it is just east of FedEx Field -- home of the NFL's Washington Redskins. This "City of Excellence" features a number of green initiatives to promote an urban lifestyle that balances with the ecosystem by using innovative technology. The city's newest buildings (including a modern city hall) are LEED certified, and the city is opening new green space with hiking trails and sports fields. It is considered Maryland's largest "green" project.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Local hotspot Keith & Sons Soul Food serves unbeatable soul-food staples such as chicken and waffles, pork chops, and smothered wings, with sides including candied yams and macaroni and cheese. With generous portions and reasonable prices, locals can't resist coming back for more. Go for breakfast and try the amazingly fluffy strawberry pancakes with cinnamon and sugar, fried apples, and a strong cup of coffee.
If you're craving some amazing barbecue, head to Rosebud's Carryout and Catering in neighboring Capitol Heights. Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team, Rosebud's specializes in hickory-smoked meats. From the carryout menu, choose from tangy ribs, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, or a smoked hamburger.
Order a bushel of crabs from Edwards Seafood in Capital Heights, and your family and friends are sure to thank you. So popular that lines can wind around the corner, the place has locals raving about Edward's renowned crabs with their tender, delicate, perfectly-seasoned meat.
For a more vibrant bar scene or more nightlife options, head into D.C. If you want to see live music, head to Echostage in Northeast D.C. for EDM and dance hits and the 9:30 Club in Northwest for more traditional shows.
History & Culture
Seat Pleasant sits along the path of the former Chesapeake Beach Railway, a railroad that connected Washington, D.C., to the resort area of Chesapeake Beach. As traffic along the railway increased, the growth of Seat Pleasant grew proportionally. However, as construction of highways throughout the area expanded, the railway fell into disuse and eventually closed in 1935. The highways maintained steady traffic through Seat Pleasant, however, and the population continued to boom.
Addison Chapel is the oldest building in Seat Pleasant, built in 1809. A historic Episcopal church established on the site in 1696, the current chapel was built to reflect its original Colonial-era design. Addison Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the nearby graveyard features early stones. Benjamin Stoddart, the first Secretary of the Navy, is buried here. He died in 1813.
The Smithsonian Institution and many of D.C.'s most prestigious theaters, such as the National Theater and the Kennedy Center, are merely 10 to 12 miles away, and Washington DC is a cultural hub containing many of the nation's most beloved landmarks and sites, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery.
Public transportation plays a large part in the lives of Seat Pleasant's residents. Two Metro stations lie on the edges of the city: Addison Road-Seat Pleasant and Capitol Heights. The stations are part of the Blue line, which runs deeper east into Maryland and west through D.C. and into Virginia. Numerous Metrobus lines canvass the area.
Two major roadways serve Seat Pleasant. Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway (Route 704) leads directly to the D.C. line on the western edge of Seat Pleasant and northeast to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 95. Central Avenue (Route 214) also joins the D.C. line, runs east to Interstate 95 and continues toward the Annapolis area.
Although a semi-urban area, parking in Seat Pleasant does not require paid garages. Shopping centers have free parking lots, and neighborhoods have free, on-street or driveway parking.
Car services such as taxis and Uber can be easily summoned. Car-sharing through Zipcar is available at both nearby Metro stops.
Most of Seat Pleasant has sidewalks and you can walk to many destinations.
Living in Seat Pleasant costs slightly more than the national average, but substantially less than the cost of living in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere in Maryland. The median rent for a one-bedroom
apartment in Seat Pleasant runs about $1,125, and gas prices sit nine percent higher than the national average.
You can reach downtown D.C. on the Metro for between $3.45 and $3.75 during peak hours and between $2.70 and $2.95 off-peak, depending on which of the two nearby stations you choose. Grab a beer at one of the local chains, such as Famous Dave's BBQ or TGI Fridays, for $2.50 to $3 during happy hour.
Within Seat Pleasant, the shopping establishments tend to be smaller and locally-owned. For more options, locals head to nearby shopping centers, such as Addison Plaza or the Boulevard at the Capital Centre, for more variety. There you can find stores like Shopper's World and Shoe City.
In the adjacent area of Capitol Heights, a few specialty shops sell exceptional products at reasonable prices. Twice as Nice Consignment carries a fantastic selection of gently-used clothing, shoes, and accessories from designer brands, including Michael Kors, Coach, and Kate Spade. This boutique provides a great place to purchase high-quality pieces at reasonable prices and to sell ones that you may no longer need. To find unique, hand-crafted furniture and home decor ideas, visit the Custom District. The owner of this shop builds majestic pieces from wood and metal as well as electronics such as custom guitar-effects pedal boards.
For groceries, head to Hyattsville for Shoppers Food Warehouse and Giant Food or to Northeast D.C. to Costco. To find fresh produce and local wares, Seat Pleasant residents can visit the Cheverly Community Market on Saturdays seasonally.
Adjacent to Seat Pleasant Elementary School, the Seat Pleasant Activity Center has multiple outdoor basketball courts and a playground area. The Seat Pleasant Heights Neighborhood mini-park has a playground and open grassy area.
Travel just a few minutes west of Seat Pleasant and discover the vast and beautiful Anacostia Park. Located along the Anacostia River, this park features a paved walking and biking trail, a fitness
station with 18 pieces of equipment, playgrounds, picnic areas, a roller skating rink, ball fields, boating, fishing, and more. The Anacostia River Festival is held in the park in April and features bike parades, live music, art events, and fishing workshops.