The Big Picture
Inhabited originally by Algonquin-speaking peoples, King Charles I of England in 1632 granted this tiny wedge of then-Maryland to George Calvert, whose self-proclaimed mission was finding refuge for fellow Roman Catholics. Large landowning families later predominated until the Civil War, when Forts Slemmer and Bunker Hill were constructed to defend against the Confederate Army. Beginning in the 1870s, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Washington's streetcars drew Brookland much closer to the city. Not always fully integrated throughout its history, Brookland today captures much of DC's racial and ethnic diversity.
Located in Ward 5, Brookland is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the north, South Dakota Avenue to the east, Rhode Island Avenue to the south, and 9th Street to the west.
McPherson Square: 35 minutes by bus or Metro
National Arboretum: 20 minutes by bike
Hyattsville: 15 minutes by car
Buses: 80, 81, 82, 83, 86, B8, B9, D9, E2, H6, H8, T14
Bikeshare Stations: 5
Brookland-CUA, Rhode Island Avenue (Red): 10-20 minutes by foot
A Special Place
Brookland offers a nice cross between small-town ambiance, some in-city amenities, and a growing business community. 12th Street is lined with neighborhood shops and eateries, and the Monroe Street Market has proven a major catalyst for both retail and residential development since 2014.
It's true: Brookland is home to DC's first shipping container homes (7th Street NE).
home sweet homes
Many 19th century Queen Anne and other Victorian-era homes still stand, but the neighborhood's traditional character is changing in the face of new condominium developments, with several offering loft-like spaces.