Brookland DC Neighborhood Guide
NorthEast DC • Catholic University • Affordable • Arts Walk at Monroe Street
1 BR: $1712
2 BR: $2322
Transit Score: 71
Metro: Red Line
Brookland is a Northeast Washington D.C. neighborhood located four miles from the Capitol and centered around 12th Street NE. The area has earned the title of “Little Rome” because of the prominent church, chapel, and monastery presence throughout the neighborhood. Catholic University, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land of America, located in Brookland, are three major destinations for those looking to explore the “Little Rome” influence in the neighborhood. There is a prominent art scene here as well – Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market and Dance Place are local spots where residents can appreciate and enjoy the Brookland Art Scene. Brookland has a very friendly, neighborhood feel to it, and there is a friendly mix of people of all sorts living here.
Our Favorite Brunch Spot
For the greatest brunch in Brookland, our go-to spot is Brooklands Finest, a bar and kitchen serving classic American meals. They feature a seasonal menu, using local and seasonal ingredients, only serving their customers the best they can. Brunch occurs on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM through 3:00 PM. The brunch menu contains the typical American brunch items you would expect: a classic Country Breakfast, Shrimp and Grits, Juevos Rancheros, Seasonal Fruit Waffles, and several other delicious options. While they don’t have any sort of drink deal during brunch, there are 10+ cocktails on the brunch menu to enjoy.
Our Favorite Happy Hour Spot
Smith Public Trust is a craft beer and live-music hot spot located right in the Brookland neighborhood. Smith Public Trust is a local favorite – it is directly across the street from the Brookland metro stop, serves a wide variety of craft beers, has a performance stage for live music, and an outdoor patio. Happy Hour takes place daily from 5:00PM – 7:00PM, and lasts all day long on Mondays. Happy Hour deals include $5 drafts, wines and cocktails. While there is not any food on the menu, there are several reasonably priced good eats on the menu that can be enjoyed at any time. Smith Public Trust happy hour is something everyone should experience when in the Brookland neighborhood.
Best Place To Work Up A Sweat
Excel Pilates is a Brookland based studio known for being the District’s first Pilates studio. The studio offers a full range of class options – both group and personal classes utilizing Reformers, Wall Units/Towers, Cadillacs, Wunda Chairs, and Mat Pilates. Excel offers an Intro Package, and recommends it to everyone, regardless of his or her experience with Pilates. The Intro Package, offered for $180, consists of three private sessions where you will gain insight on the Pilates Method, the equipment, and the studio itself. The pricing varies for individual sessions and group mat/equipment classes. There is drop in pricing as well as package pricing, with the package pricing typically being the better option. The instructors at Excel are the best of the best – they must have a minimum of 700 hours of active training, as well as 16 hours per year of continuing education. With that much experience, you are guaranteed to have an effective, challenging, and safe Pilates experience.
Best Way To Get Around
Public Transportation is the most convenient way to get around Brookland, and there are a few different means of Public Transportation to choose from. There are 19 different bus lines passing through the neighborhood, and there is a Brookland Metro Stop that is on the Red Line. Driving through Brookland is another convenient way of getting around – compared to other D.C. neighborhoods, navigating and parking are not as complicated. While walking can be a means of transportation here, Public Transportation is still the most convenient way to get around.
Brookland is known for having a strong sense of community – the residents are friendly, look out for each other, and have a strong sense of pride in their neighborhood. There is, and always has been, a mix of residents living here, bringing a diverse feel to the area as well. Residents love the diversity, and hope that as the neighborhood grows, new developments don’t take away from the community. The diversity of the neighborhood, the friendliness of the residents, and the strong sense of community make Brookland a great place for all sorts of people to call home.
Living In Brookland
The housing options in Brookland add to the neighborhoods diversity. You will see some row houses and duplexes, but single-family homes are the overriding theme here. Colonial, Victorian, and Bungalow style homes are available, adding to the strong neighborhood feel that Brookland is known for. Apartment living is available as well. A variety of apartment complexes are scattered throughout the neighborhood. Overall, the cost of living in Brookland is lower than much of D.C., but still considered high compared to other cities.