What You Need to Know Before Moving to Brookland

Brookland’s Small Town Feel

Brookland offers residents a small town feel while being in close proximity to D.C.’s downtown area. This small town, suburban feel is created by Brookland’s tree lined and quiet streets as well as its historic landmarks.

The neighborhood is walkable but also offers various public transportation options.  Residents and visitors to the neighborhood can hop on the metro at the Brookland-CUA Metro stop which will take passengers to different locations around the nation’s capital.  

The average rent in Brookland is $1,980 according to RENTCafe.

Must-Visit Attractions in Brookland

Brookland has taken on the nickname of “Little Rome” rightfully so as it is in close proximity to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The Basilica, “America’s Catholic Church,” offers daily and Sunday masses and has been visited by figures such as Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, President Harry Truman, and Robert F. Kennedy.  Also located not too far from the Basilica of the National Shrine is the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. The Catholic University of America and Trinity Washington College are also near the Brookland neighborhood. 

The neighborhood is near many historical sites such as President Lincoln’s Cottage.  At the cottage, visitors can take part in guided tours, view exhibits, and learn from educational programs.  Right next to the Franciscan Monastery lies the scenic Fort Bunker Hill, a Civil War fort. Visitors to the fort can host picnics or learn from informational exhibits located at the fort. 

For those looking to be more active, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center located in the Brookland neighborhood offers visitors a gym, weight room, pool, athletic fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas.  The Metropolitan Branch Trail is 8 miles long and runs from Union Station D.C. to Silver Spring, MD.  The trail is great for those looking to take a scenic bike ride, walk, or even rollerblade.

2017.02.12 Brookland, Washington, DC USA” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by tedeytan

Brookland’s Best Restaurants and Bars

The restaurants in Brookland parallel the small town feel of the neighborhood.  Many restaurants are family-owned and operated.  If you are looking for some morning brew, check out Zeke’s CoffeeFox Loves Taco offers fantastic tacos and burritos with a focus on vegetarian options.  Another great spot to check out is Tastemakers, a restaurant bringing together all the flavors D.C. has to offer.  If you are craving pizza, head over to Menomale, offering some of the best pizza in the D.C. area.

Brookland has many options for those looking for a fun night out with friends.  The Brookland Pint has an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list.  The Drew Drop Inn is the perfect place to spend a summer night with its roof top deck and retro feel.  You can’t forget to check out the Right Proper Brewing Company, a Southern-inspired brewpub featuring tasty eats and in-house beers.

Brookland is the perfect place for those looking to experience city life with a suburban feel.  For young professionals looking to move to the nation’s capital, Brookland offers great options for shopping, eating, and leisure activities while still being a Metro ride away from the heart of the city.