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Rare opportunity to own a fully detached home in The District. A complete renovation with fenced in yard, located on a tree-lined street in Brookland, you’ll be blown away the moment you step through the front door. An open and bright main level designed for entertaining with gleaming hardwood floors and high ceilings. Your dining room features a custom shiplap accent wall looking onto the gourmet kitchen that hosts an island large enough to fit the entire family, tile backsplash and instant hot water. Step out from the dining room onto your large deck that leads down to your private parking space. The second level is filled with natural light from every direction, with three bedrooms including the master suite, laundry and an extra full bath. The serene master bedroom has a private balcony off the rear of the home, large closet and coffee bar. The master bath feels like a spa with a custom wet room. The beautiful hardwood floors continue to the top floor where you will find a massive loft with full bath and deep closet, ready to be a bedroom, media room, family room or rec room. The fully finished basement is ready for your in-laws or renters with an additional bedroom and den, full bath, complete kitchen and it’s own laundry. With a brand new roof, windows, HVAC and hot water heater, you can be worry-free in your new home. You’re located just under a mile from the Brookland metro – from there you can enjoy Right Proper Brewing, Busboys and Poets, Yes! Organic and more.
Home to the Catholic University of America since 1887, the Northeast neighborhood of Brookland has developed into a church, chapel and monastery-filled zone 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. It’s just across the way from the impressive, domed Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It’s the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America, and one of the 10 largest churches in the world. Guided or self-guided tours of the massive edifice, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, take in numerous shrines to her and a three-story high mosaic portrait of Jesus.
You can also tour the peaceful Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land of America, which was founded by friars in 1899. The Byzantine-style Church of Mount Saint Sepulchre is surrounded by cloisters, a garden with hundreds of roses and replicas of Holy Land shrines like the Grotto of Lourdes. Take a guided tour of the grounds or the church’s interior, where brown-robed monks lead you through the upper church as well into the crypt, with more Holy Land replicas and religious relics. 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. You might catch a South American salsa troupe or local modern dancers.
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 and the National Shrine; a pubby food menu is on tap too.