Brookland, an artsy neighborhood, lies in the District’s Northeast quadrant. It is perhaps best known as the home of the Franciscan Monastery and its beautiful shrines, church, and peaceful gardens. Brookland is also very close to the Catholic University of America and The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is located on Metro’s Red Line and buses service the neighborhood.

Brookland History

For most of the 19th century, the area that is now Brookland was farmland owned by two prominent local families. Brookland’s major growth came with the arrival of a major transportation line in the 1870s, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Western Branch Line. The community was named for Civil War-era Colonel Jeheil Brooks and his residence, Brooks Mansion.

Brookland Real Estate

Brookland real estate is primarily residential. It offers a quiet, welcoming setting with historic rowhomes and bungalows.

Brookland Community

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association organizes picnics, social events, community clean-ups, a spring yard sale, and other activities throughout the year. Brookland’s history as farmland continues today with the community’s popular gardening culture, which is supported by the Franciscan Monastery’s herb and plant sale.

Brookland Entertainment

The Brookland Arts Walk is a collection of 27 artists’ studios showcasing with a diverse array of art. Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society is a not-for-profit jazz club that offers nightly shows for just $5.

Brookland Favorites

Enjoy some neighborhood favorites including the local watering hole, Brookland Pint, or grab dinner at the popular Prim Rose a French-inspired wine bar and bistro. Brookland’s Finest Bar and Kitchen is also a great place to grab a bite in the neighborhood. 


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