Real Estate Watch: Recent Brookland Home Sales

We can’t believe it has been a year since our last a real-estate check in! How time flies when you are busy writing about new restaurants, pop-up developments and events with moon bounces. The last time we checked in with Brookland’s real estate market, we were still amazed that houses were selling at, or near, the $1 million mark. By now, this price range has become much more frequent, although what you get for your money in terms of home and property size seems like much more than other DC neighborhoods. From what we can tell, about 336 homes in the 20017 area code sold in the last 12 months. So, without further ado, here are some of the 2017 home sales that caught our eye:

4235 South Dakota Ave and its waterfall
  • 1249 Lawrence St NE sold for $1,139,990. Sigh…so dreamy. This 6 bed, 4.5 bath house has an amazing wrap-around porch, which I am sure is only made more enjoyable by the gorgeous mature trees lining the 1200 block of Lawrence.
  • I don’t usually salivate over other people’s homes. But the house at 4235 South Dakota Avenue NE really looks like something special. Unfortunately for me, it sold for $1,025,000, putting it about $600,000 over of my price range…anyway…this 3 bed, 2.5 bath is very drool-worthy for those of us who appreciate a modern aesthetic combined with light-filled rooms.
  • One side of this new duplex rowhouse at 1012 Irving St NE sold for $989,000. Neighbors with good memories may remember that one small older home at the back of this lot burned down 8 (?) years ago and was removed a few years later. It’s nice to see that this lot has since been transformed into this new duplex development. The 4 bed, 3.5 bath home looks really well done and modern.
  • The house at 3630 13th St NE sold for $984,500. Packed with a lot of original charm, this 6 bed, 4.5 bath also came with a lot of nice modern touches, a variety of nice outdoor spaces and big rooms.
  • The unique home at 1352 Newton NE sold for $883,250 over the summer. This 4 bed, 4 bath house has one of those enormous Brookland backyards that landscaping dreams are made of, and what looks like a rental unit or in-law suit on the lower level, nice.
  • 1525 Kearny has a deep front yard and mature trees that give it a nice curb appeal. The 3 bed and 2.5 bath house sold for $850,000 and has some nice rustic touches like the brick fireplace, but what sets it apart is the enormous yard complete with a huge deck, bonus shed and lots of parking.

Welcome to Brookland, new neighbors!

63 Unit Senior Housing Development Planned For Rhode Island Ave NE

The site for the development as it looks today, a recently closed used car lot.

Development is slowly but surely coming to Rhode Island Avenue NE, so it is great to see that there is a project on the horizon at 18th and RIA (across from the Woodridge Library)  that will provide some much needed affordable senior housing. Here is what it will look like when complete.

1736 Rhode Island Avenue. Rendering courtesy of Lock 7 Development.

The location was recently a used car lot, that by now has been closed and surrounded by construction fencing. The developer is Lock 7. From the project page:

 1736 Rhode Island Ave NE is a 63-unit affordable housing project located in Brookland. The project is selected to receive funding from the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) through DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Over half of the units (32) will be set aside for senior tenants and 13 units for Permanent Supportive Housing.

The project is supposed to be completed by Fall 2019. We are always happy to see affordable housing projects, hopefully all goes well.

Long Time Brookland Non Profit, Mary House, Seeks Expansion Near Metro


Rendering Courtesy of Mary House via Curbed DC

Mary House is a Brookland based non-profit organization in operation for over 35 years. Their mission is helping families from at-risk immigrant communities, such as refugees, in a way that promotes their dignity. They do this by providing shelter, resources and a sense of community.  Mary House is run entirely on donations and grants. We recently learned from this article  in Curbed DC that they are looking to expand their building at 1005 Bunker Hill Road NE (near Turkey Thicket/10th and Michigan NE). From the article:

…there are designs for a three-story addition connected to an existing two-story building by a one-story pedestrian walkway and entry. The new building will add 12 residential units to the six existing units in the current building. There are also plans for a bicycle storage room, three new parking spaces, and a new rear patio.

At this point a Zoning application has been filed. Fingers crossed for this great organization that all goes well with their development plans.

Christmas Tree Collection Begins Saturday – Kick It To The Curb!

It’s that time of year again, time to take down that dry, brittle, has-been Christmas tree and kick it to the curb. We thought neighbors would like a heads up that curbside Christmas tree pickup will occur between January 13 and February 2 on the day of your regular recycling pickup. Or you can go the extra mile and drop trees/greenery at the Fort Totten or Benning Road transfer stations. From the DDOT tree collection page:

The first option is for residents to bring their trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stations. The Fort Totten Transfer Station is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, and the Benning Road Transfer Station is located at 3200 Benning Road, NE.

The second option, also free of charge, is for residents to put their trees and greenery out where their trash and recycling is collected between January 13 and February 2. These items will be collected on residents’ regularly scheduled recycling days during this period. This collection service is only available to residents who are serviced by DPW.

Zeke’s Annual Flight Of Fancy Coffee Tasting Takes Flight January 20th

We thought our coffee loving readers would be interested in this event from local coffee roaster Zeke’s on January 20th. Looks like a great experience – for the low price of $10.  From the event page:

Tickets are now available for our most anticipated event of the year. Our annual Flight of Fancy coffee tasting gives you the opportunity to sample unique, exceptional, expensive and tasty coffees from some of the most exclusive growing regions. This year’s event will feature a Costa Rican Gesha microlot, a single farm Ethiopian, Hawaiian Kona and the world-famous Jamaican Blue Mountain.

Zeke’s Coffee of DC  is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue NE. Their Facebook page is here and their website is here.

St. Anselm’s Abbey Offers Visitors A Peaceful Respite From Daily Life

St. Anselm’s Monastery building. Photo courtesy of the Monastery’s Wikipedia page.

St. Anselm’s Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery, is a quiet oasis on 40 acres of secluded woodland, right in Brookland’s backyard. Beyond a life of prayer, work, and community, they also operate a boys’ middle and high school (St. Anselm’s Abbey School). What many don’t know is that the Monastery offers get-aways for wold-weary folks, whether it be for a few hours of contemplation, to a few days living among the monks.  A recent article in  Curbed DC describes their efforts to attract more guests and provides a lot of information and pictures. From the article:

With an almost 100-year history in the District, these men in traditional black robes teach at Catholic University of America and the St. Anselm’s High School. Making adjustments to bring in more visitors is part of the mission for a dwindling number of monks striving to continue their impact.

Interested in spending some time at St. Anselm’s? Check out this page from their website with guest information here. From that page:

St. Anselm’s Abbey, photo courtesy of the Abbey’s website.

…Guests may come for a day of quiet, reading and prayer, or stay for several days in the monastery. They are free to join the monks at the divine office and at meals. The grounds around the Abbey are suitable for walks and enjoying the outdoors…

Note that the Monastery does not have separate housing, so overnight stays for women are limited.  St. Anselm’s Abbey is located just north of Brookland at 4501 South Dakota Ave NE.

Go Remote: Teleworking Options In The Brookland Area

For many of us, teleworking is becoming an increasingly popular option. But sometimes, even remote working from your home office or dining room table can get stale.

As a recent self-employed marketing copywriter, I’m fortunate to have the flexibility to work where I choose. Over the past several months, I’ve tested out some neighborhood spots for teleworking. It turns out there are quite a few available to us that come with WiFi, power outlets, tables and chairs, and, in some cases, snacks and beverages.

Here’s a list of some of the places I’ve been teleworking in recent months. Know of some others? Let us know in the comments!

5 Points on Rhode Island Ave. NE

5 Points
2316 Rhode Island Avenue NE

A traditional shared workspace, this 3,000-square-foot business center offers desk space and conference rooms for small businesses owners and other entrepreneurs looking for a place outside the house to get work done. The space, developed through SB Works, offers several different membership options, including a shared table space, a reserved desk, and a private office (Internet and other utilities included). There’s also printing and mail services, an outdoor patio, on-site showers, storage, and more. Bonus points: Rita’s is right next door.

Askale Café 

3629 12th St. N.E.

Brookland Pint

Lamond-Riggs Library


Barnes & Noble Café
625 Monroe Street NE

If you’re a ravenous reader like me, you might find it problematic to get work done surrounded by books for sale. But with enough discipline you might be able to stay focused at the café connected to Catholic University’s college bookstore, which offers Starbucks-related beverages and snacks. As with Catholic University’s libraries, you’ll have to pay attention to the class/exam/vacation schedules to know the best times to go.

Starbucks at Monroe Street Market

620 Michigan Avenue NE

This Starbucks, perhaps one of the most obvious places to telework in the area, offers plenty of seating space. For those who like to work in style, they offer fancy pours of premium coffee. For the more utilitarian worker, you’re just as well grabbing a grande cup of black and taking breaks to watch the Monroe Street Market foot traffic pass by. Caution: This spot gets crowded during the school year.

Busboys and Poets Patio

Busboys and Poets
625 Monroe Street NE

Here’s the clear and pleasant danger about working at our local Busboys and Poets: the drinks and food. While many of us think of the restaurant as a place to eat lunch or dinner, some chairs and tables are the perfect way to get some work done in a cool (if occasionally noisy) space. You’ll also have your tempting selection of teas, coffees, juices, and treats. And when you’re ready to close out the day, you can slip right over to the bar for a cocktail. (Or drink while you work. Not that I’ve tried that…)


Woodridge Library

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
1801 Hamlin Street NE

The neighborhood’s newest library, this branch offers computers and quiet rooms on the second floor, along with plenty of table space and power outlets. An added benefit of working here, I find, is the light-filled interior and the broad wall of windows that make you feel like less of a shut-in. Coffee break needed? Walk up Rhode Island Avenue and get a pick-me-up at Zeke’s Coffee. (Just make sure not to bring it back).

Trinity Washington University

Trinity University
Sr. Helen Sheehan Library
125 Michigan Avenue NE

Trinity University’s library gets bonus points for offering a Community Patron Membership for Brookland/Edgewood residents. Stop by the library to register for the free program and you’ll be able to get work done at the library anytime within normal business hours (my preference is to be tucked away in one of the second-floor study carrels). Unfortunately, you’re unable to borrow any books, but you can use the printers. Learn more about the library’s program here.

Tacos, coffee and wifi, what else do you need?

Fox Loves Taco
716 Monroe Street NE

The newest edition to Monroe Street Market, this tiny taco and coffee shop (from the team behind the Little Red Fox) has free WiFi and you can often see folks working away inside. The storefront features several booths, as well as outdoor benches that on fair-weather days might be a good place to sit. The danger, one imagines, is easy access to some addictive breakfast tacos.

12th Street Gallery Offers Up Workshops And Thursday Game Nights

We were happy to learn that the 12th Street Gallery, a pop-up art venue, will be open through February. The artists will be hosting a variety of workshops and game nights, as well as displaying some great art work.  Check out the flyers below for more info  and be sure to stop by. The 12th Street Gallery is located at 3510 12th Street NE (next to Smith Public Trust).


Development Update: Monroe Street Market’s Final Phase

Rendering courtesy of Monroe Street Market via Urban Turf

The impact the Monroe Street Market development has had on Brookland is remarkable. Besides bringing over 500 apartments and a big fancy Starbucks, it has been a catalyst for development all over the area. Still, there has been one last parcel,  Block E, that has remained undeveloped for all these years. Long hoped to house a grocer, the empty lot between 7th and 8th Streets and Monroe Street NE may finally be lurching towards completion. We learned from this article in Urban Turf that Monroe Street Market is planning on some changes to the mixed use six-story building. From the article:

In addition to having a different color palette and materiality, the new design by Maurice Walters Architect also includes the following modifications:

  • The addition of a second residential lobby on Monroe Street;
  • The creation of a larger landscape buffer abutting the adjacent property on Lawrence Street;
  • Altering the design and size of windows, the design and quantity of dormers, and the design of railings and balconies.

Because demand for parking at the already-delivered buildings has been low, leaving 285 unleased spaces available, the applicant is seeking to remove the second level of parking…

It will probably be a good while before construction is underway, since a zoning hearing has not been scheduled yet. Neighbors interested in learning more about this development should attend the ANC 5E meeting on January 16th at 7:00 pm for a presentation on the changes. The meeting will be at the Friendship-Armstrong Public Charter School in the Cafeteria at 1400 1st Street, NW (1st & P St). We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Start 2018 Off With Bluebird Sky’s Self-Defense Immersion Series Of Classes

Bluebird Sky Yoga

This sounds like a great way to kick off the new year. From the Bluebird Sky Instagram page:

Start your year off strong. Join us for a special 4-week Self Defense Immersion with Fit to Fight Black Belt, Angela Meyer, a seasoned teacher, mentor and champion of individual empowerment. This training will make you more aware, prepared, and ready for any situation that may occur in your everyday life. Students will have the opportunity to practice use of physical and verbal techniques in drills and simulated attack scenarios to ensure your health and safety comes first. This series will be progressive, layering on new skills and practices each week. In a safe, informative environment, be prepared for physical, emotional and mental challenges that are guaranteed to change the way you move through the world.
The 4-week series runs from 8:20-9:40 PM on January 11, January 18, January 25, and February 1.

Sign up via the workshops tab in Bluebird’s MindBody class scheduling app. Bluebird Sky yoga studio is located at 3101 12th St NE.