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Just about one block from the metro and next to the corner of 12th Street, this is Brookland’s absolute best location. This townhouse-style home gives you the conveniences of condo living with a front door that actually gets you outside. All the goodness of row house living without the shoveling or mowing. And if you want to get away from everything for a bit for some real peace, climb up to the private roof for fresh air right next to the treetops and views of the city. There is even a parking space assigned specifically for you included in this sale! This home is a beautiful recent construction with a ton of charm added in. The neighborhood has a ton of new condos popping up and each one that sells will push the prices up, attract more business and push the price up more, so get in while you can still afford it and be closer to the metro than any of the others. Just around the corner on 12th St, a new cafe is going in which will perfect the already spectacular walkability of Brookland. This is a rare find in DC being so close to a Metro and dining, but maintaining the welcoming and quiet atmosphere of Americana neighborhood life. Being on the cusp of urban and neighborhood life is also great depending on your mood; you can either greet the neighbors with a smile as you pass or avoid eye contact like a true urbanite, both are acceptable here. The condo itself has quartz counters, a gourmet kitchen, two en suite baths and a half bath for guests, huge windows, tons of light, hardwood floors where you want them, and a huge washer and dryer on the bedroom level. Having two floors to your living space cannot be underrated in these times of needing to be near, but not too near to loved ones. The ladder to the roof is an invitation to further restoration from the savageries of DC workaholic life. Some of the neighbors are even beautifying the curb plant life and getting the most out of the townhouse-style living. What will you do?
Home to the Catholic University of America since 1887, the Northeast neighborhood of Brookland has been nicknamed “Little Rome.” But the popular neighborhood is also home to tree-lined streets filled with older homes and retro storefronts, and its central arts zone near the Brookland Metro stop offers galleries and performance spaces. Catholic University’s 193 tree-lined acres include Romanesque stone buildings and a grassy central lawn popular for sunbathing and frisbee-playing.
Take a guided tour of the grounds and interiors of some of Brookland’s most famous buildings. This vibrant collegiate area moves to a creative beat, which you’ll see in action on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. The galleries of local potters, painters and crafters line a brick-paved pedestrian byway; visit when they’re open (most weekends) and you can see them in action and buy their wares; think carved wooden busts, pillows decked with vintage souvenir pennants and paintings galore. Nearby, long-running Dance Place offers up 100 plus performances a year starring edgy contemporary choreography.
Dining and drinking spots also dot the area, with offerings on old-timey 12th Street NE like funky gastropub Smith Public Trust (don’t miss its good-weather beer garden) and Steel Plate, which dishes up fancy cocktail and new American chow in a space decked with reclaimed wood and brassy light fixtures. On the arts walk, Brookland Pint pours dozens of beers (including two dozen mostly local ones on tap) in cool surrounds with a mural of the monuments; a pubby food menu is on tap too.
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