Real Estate Watch: Brookland’s First Million Dollar Home Sale

It is no mystery that the price of buying a home in Brookland has escalated steadily over the last six years or so. In the last two years we have seen the asking price of large Brookland homes stretch into the $800,000 – $900,00 + range on a regular basis. And, every now and then, there has been a house that asked near or over the one million threshold. While there has been speculation (and some pre-mature false reports) about when the neighborhood would hit that mark, there hasn’t been a home to sell for a million dollars until now.

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1349 Otis Street NE (family room).

This renovated home at 1349 Otis Street NE just sold for $1,000,000 and features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,  stone fireplaces, a huge backyard, and nice decks. All within walking distance of the Metro. Welcome new neighbors!

It will be interesting to see where the market takes us from here, we will keep an eye on things and report back anything significant.

5 thoughts on “Real Estate Watch: Brookland’s First Million Dollar Home Sale”

  1. Wow. Thanks for sharing the news, Brookland Bridge.

    That house, like nearly all Brookland houses, comes with a history attached. Up until his passing a year or so ago, Thomas Diggs and his wife (whose name I do not know) lived in that house. Thomas Diggs was the son of John Diggs and the Diggs family was one of the first black families to reside in Brookland.

    John Diggs worked at Trinity College. He built the beautiful Victorian cottage at 1351 Otis (next door to 1349) and lived and raised Thomas and the rest of his family there. Then, in 1957, he and his son, Thomas, built the house at 1349.

    1. Very correct. And a very rich history. My grandfather and grandmother’s house. Very, very sad to see it go, but the new owners are very lucky.

  2. I grew up in the Diggs homestead next door. John Diggs was a savvy vernacular builder who repurposed some materials from old Trinity buildings as they were replaced by masonry. The senior Diggs were small people, and some of the original hallways were 24″ wide; the house had details like picture molding and pretty glass-shaded light fixtures. When my parents bought 1351 in 1973, it was condemned and vandalized, and the sill-on-grade construction was termite-ridden and rotting from the ground up. Several Brookland residents had a hand in jacking the house up, digging out the foundation and pouring a new slab.

    John Diggs also ran a truck farm on his property, which helped send both Diggs children to college. Margaret Diggs, Thomas (Tommy)’s sister, was a scholar who wrote the 1936 book “Catholic Negro Education in the United States,” still held in academic collections across the country.

    Mrs. Diggs’ name was Mildred. She was a thoughtful, somewhat reticent, beautiful and refined woman who made a mean Russian tea cookie and was always kind to us. I was in awe of her and wish I’d had the courage to ask more details about her life.

    When I was a child, this was a beautifully maintained, period-perfect gem in turquoise and orange. Tommy and Mildred kept the place pristine – the garage floor was white! – and were always improving the house and landscape.

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