Brookland

This northeast DC neighborhood of eclectic single family homes bridges Rhode Island Avenue and Catholic University. To newcomers, Brookland became cool overnight, but Brooklanders knew it a decade ago.

Blink your eyes and watch the neighborhood change around you. Play at any age in Noyes Park. Sip one at Pint

Pint - Brookland bars and eateries
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Smith Public Trust - Bar & music venue Brookland DC
Photo Courtesy of Smith Public Trust

Host a garden party from your deck. Catch live acts at Smith Public Trust. Share sweet potato fries with friends at Busboys & Poets .

Stroll streets of adorable architecture. Stay on your toes at Dance Place. Support an artist at the Arts Walk. People watch from the patio at Filter Coffeehouse. Save us a seat. It’s all happening in Brookland.

Brookland homes in DC

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NEIGHBORHOOD DATA

Real Estate Market Data

Why should you care about Brookland real estate market data? Because it's the measure of your investment over time!

Brookland DC Market Data
Schools

Even if you don't have students in your home, school ratings are an important factor in home value.

For a full, updated list of schools, visit EBIS. Click the cap to go to school website. School data by SchoolDigger

DC schools

STOKES PCS

Public • Grades PK-6

BROOKLAND MIDDLE

Public • Grades 6-8

LUKE MOORE

Public • Grades 9-12

Transportation

Getting around in Brookland

Brookland Metro

METRO


The Bookland-Catholic University Metro runs on the red line


BUSES


About 19 Bus Lines run through Brookland


BIKESHARE


There are 5 Capital Bikeshare stations in Brookland


CAR SERVICES


Car service options in Chevy Chase include taxis, Lyft, Uber, Car2Go and ZipCar


Neighborhood History

Brookland DC Neighborhood History

"Belair"

The English claimed Algonquin Indian land in 1632. King Charles I of England granted it to George Calvert, who wanted to find a refuge for Roman Catholics. For most of the 19th century the area was farmland owned by the Middleton and Queen families. Col. Jehiel Brooks married into ownership when he wed Nicholas Queen’s daughter Ann Margaret and they were gifted with a 150-acre plantation, which they named “Belair.” On it, they built the grand “Brooks Mansion” at 901 Newton Street NE.

Belair Subdivision

In 1887, the house and land were sold to an Ida U. Marshall, then to Benjamin F. Leighton and Richard E. Pairo, who subdivided Belair, and developed the suburb of Brookland. The mansion house itself, along with a 2 acre parcel surrounding the dwelling, were sold to Elizabeth Varney who operated a boarding house. In 1891, the Marist Brothers bought the Brooks mansion, added a wing, then sold to the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1905. In 1906, they founded St. Anthony’s Academy for young children and operated a women’s shelter. In 1911, the Catholic University of America began educating the sisters at the mansion. In 1928, women were admitted to Catholic University of America, and the mansion became St. Anthony’s High School. During the 1870s, the B&O Railroad opened a Western Branch Line in Brookland. Neighboring Sherwood, University Heights and other tracts were also developing. The expansion of the city’s streetcars helped create a middle-class streetcar suburb, from which many Queen Anne style and other Victorian homes from this era still stand. Brookland, Edgewood and Michigan Park are sometimes referred to as “Little Rome” due to the many Catholic organizations and institutions surrounding The Catholic University of America. In 1887, the Roman Catholic Church purchased the Middletown estate, adjacent to Brookland, as the site for CUA. This attracted many other Catholic organizations and institutions to the area, including the Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery in 1905, St. Francis Hall in 1931, and the Franciscans’ Holy Name College, also in 1931. Since 1984, the College has served as the Howard University School of Divinity’s East Campus.

Neighborhood information on this site is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Subject to change without notice.

EVALUATING NEIGHBORHOODS FOR YOUR NEXT HOME

Many factors play into the selection of a new neighborhood. Housing supply is one, neighborhood amenities, schools and availability of public transportation are other important considerations.  DC neighborhoods have unique “personalities” that home buyers identify with and gravitate toward. Which neighborhood is a good match for you? Take the time to research data and be sure to visit these DC neighborhoods during different days and times of the week. Here are some great DC neighborhood resources:

Demographics, Crime & Data: Niche City Data NeighborhoodScout & My Local Crime Walkability & Transportation: Walk Score  Bike Score  Walc  &  Transit Score Schools: Greatschools.org & School Digger Flood Plains & Topological: Topological maps Fun & Entertainment: Gravy

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