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Living in Brookland, DC

Brookland sits in the northeast corner of the District of Columbia. It boasts a quaint, small-town atmosphere in the heart of a big city. This lovely area of D.C. is known for its quiet neighborhoods and historic landmarks, making it a great place for both families and singles.

Skyline in Brookland, Washington, DC

Homes in Brookland

Most Brookland homes for sale are single families with a wide variety of styles, including Queen Anne, Victorian, Tudor and Colonial. For those seeking apartments and more modern amenities, there is a large-scale development called Monroe Street Market, an apartment community that has restaurants and dining options on the ground floor, an on-site farmers market, and more than 40 art studios. There are a handful of other condominiums in the area.

Brookland is also home to the Catholic University of America and Trinity College, both Roman Catholic institutions that were founded in the 19th century. Though the colleges attract many students seeking higher education options, Brookland is not known for being a college town.

Rowhouses and traffic in Brookland, Washington, DC

The Brookland Neighborhood

There is a good mix of families and young professionals in Brookland occupying the neighborhood's single-family homes. More post-graduates are moving into the area, drawn by the Monroe Street Market. Restaurants in the vicinity are typically small, locally owned establishments. You won't find many major retail chains within the community, as those that call Brookland home strive to keep the small-town feel to their neighborhood. The business area is contained to just a few blocks.

Train with Brookland sign in background in Brookland, Washington, DC

Attractions in Brookland

Brookland and neighboring Eckington share the National Arboretum, a 446-acre "living museum" of trees, shrubs and various plants with a winding nine-mile bike path. Another peaceful experience is the Franciscan Monastery, which features beautiful gardens and architecture. The Brookland neighborhood is also known for its Civil War-era forts and monuments, like President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home, where President Lincoln spent the latter halves of the years from 1862 to 1864.

Another great attraction in the area is the Fort Bunker Hill Park, the former site of a Civil War fort that was converted into a park in the 1930s. It features many walking trails and remarkable views. Families of all ages are enjoying the new Noyes Park, which opened in 2013 complete with a picnic shelter and playground equipment.  For other great options for outdoor recreation, there is also the Taft Field and the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.

Brookland is nestled close to Catholic University, which sits atop Fort Slemmer, a fort constructed to protect the city during the Civil War. This area is a unique mix of American history and modern urbanity. With its great variety of activities and sights contrasted with sedate, private neighborhoods, Brookland makes an ideal place to call home.


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  • Nature lovers can explore the National Arboretum, a 446-acre park that features a "living museum" of plants and trees and a nine-mile bike path.
  • Civil War history buffs can’t help but explore the many historical sites, forts and monuments located around the neighborhood, including President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldier’s House, where Lincoln stayed from 1862 to 1864.
  • Although located in the city, the Brookland neighborhood portrays a small-town feel with its small business district featuring local mom and pop type shops and restaurants.


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