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Prepare to fall in love! Stylish, light-filled, and surprisingly spacious 3BR/1BA rowhouse in the hip Brentwood neighborhood of NE DC! Spacious living room, formal dining room (wow!) and a to-die-for kitchen, featuring a subway-tiled backsplash, 42-inch cabinets, butcherblock countertops, and stainless appliances! Original hardwood floors have been refinished and enhance the home’s old-world charm. The bedrooms and bathrooms are lovely. Spacious, fully finished basement has great ceiling height! There are front and rear porches and off-st parking! Steps to Ivy City dining and shopping! 1 Mile to Rhode Island Ave Metro. Perfection!
Brentwood is a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C. and is named after the Brentwood Mansion built at Florida Avenue and 6th Street NE in 1817 by Robert Brent, the first mayor of Washington City. He built it as a wedding present for his daughter Eleanor on her marriage as the second wife to Congressman Joseph Pearson, and it stood for a hundred years before burning down in 1917.
The mansion stood on a large expanse of land, a farm owned by Mayor Brent, that also went to Eleanor. Congressman Pearson also purchased additional properties and expanded the estate further. The property then known as Brentwood was larger than the present (2007) neighborhood known as Brentwood. The design of Brentwood Mansion has traditionally been ascribed to the Capitol’s architect, Benjamin Latrobe. The most notable achievement was the development of the Union Market. For years called the Florida Avenue Market, it still operates after 80 years as the city’s principal wholesale food and produces market. In the early 1940s, the District of Columbia used eminent domain to acquire a large parcel of the Patterson land known as “square 710”, on which is the new headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The seizure of square 710 led to a suit asserting that the compensation offered by the District was inadequate. Winslow won the suit and a judgment for a larger sum, whereupon, according to the family, the District informed him that it simply didn’t have the money to pay the larger judgment. Regardless of payment or nonpayment, the title had vested in the government.
Over the decades, much of the land was acquired by or donated to Gallaudet University, a prominent school for the deaf. Cogswell Hall, a residence hall of Gallaudet University, is said to be built on the site of the old Brentwood Mansion. According to a website on Washington ghost stories, students have reported that it is haunted by the spirit of a little girl. Allegedly, blankets have been yanked off, and unplugged alarm clock went off, papers have moved with no draft or breeze, there are feelings of being watched, and at least one student has been tapped awake with no one there. Brentwood neighborhood as it is today is trapezoidal in its geography. It is bounded by New York Avenue to the south, Montana Avenue to the east, Rhode Island Avenue NE to the north, and the tracks of the Washington Metro’s Red Line and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor to the west. The area also is the site of a major rapid transit rail maintenance facility of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), the principal public transit operator in metropolitan Washington, D.C.