District Heights was originally farmland owned by Major Leander P. Williams, purchased as four patented Lord Baltimore tracts known as: “Good Luck,” “Magruder’s Plains Enlarged,” “the Levels,” and “Offutt’s Adventure.” Under grants issued to Lord Baltimore by King Charles I of Great Britain, the tracts belonged to Colonel Ninian Beall, Benjamin Berry, and Alexander Magruder. District Heights evolved from one of the four patents. In 1925, land was purchased and formed into District Heights Company by Joseph Tepper, David L. Blanken, Henry Oxenberg, Gilbert Leventhal, Simon Gordon, and Simon Gerber. The land was farmed by Walter and Al Dustin, whose farmhouse stood at 7116 Foster Street. By 1925, streets laid out first three blocks of Halleck Street and Aztec. By 1936, the city had approximately 25 homes built, two businesses, a grocery store and filling station, a pump house and water tower to furnish the water and pressure for the City, a sewage system and a free Model T bus service to 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
As far as distance goes, District Heights is less than 10 miles from the heart of DC. But the landscape couldn’t be more different — instead of monuments, there are trees. In place of politicians in suits, there are kids riding bicycles. District Heights is southeast of Washington, DC — just follow Pennsylvania Avenue toward I-495.
Sports lovers will appreciate District Heights apartments for the proximity they’ll enjoy to FedEx Field, which is only about three miles north. In addition to being the home field of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, FedEx Field also hosts concerts and other events. District Heights residents enjoy easy access to nearby Joint Base Andrews, located just south of the city.
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