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Brookland Washington DC Community Guide Home of Catholic University of America

Updated 4/21/2023

History and Flavor 

Located in Northeast DC, Brookland is a neighborhood that centers on 12th Street NE. It is on the Metro Red Line and is the home of The Catholic University of America. Called “Little Rome” because of the many churches, schools, and chapels serving the Catholic community, it is also home to thriving art, food, and an entertainment community.

Because of its proximity to Catholic University’s 193-acre campus, Brookland’s development has often been connected to the church. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located here, the continent’s largest Roman Catholic Church and one of the largest in the world.

This is a more affordable section of DC. Most homes for sale are single families with a wide variety of architecture, including Queen Anne, Victorian, Tudor, and Colonial, with spacious lots. There are two subway stations and several bus lines for an easy commute. 


Music & Parks

  • Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market – Part of Art on 8th, the Arts Walk teamed up with Dance Place and ArtSpace Lofts to offer DC’s artistic community an exciting place to create and exhibit their work. Visit the studios to shop—and join us for free music, dance, and more at Monroe Street Market.  
  • Dance Place–  A center of dance activity in Washington, DC, offering performances every weekend, dance classes for adults and kids, and arts in education programs for youth.
  • Langdon Dog ParkThis dog park had recently added lighting for visitors during the evening hours in the fall and winter. Lights go out at 9 pm every night. Enjoy the extended time with your furry friends.
  • Noyes Recreation Center– The park is 1.1 acres and is an open site, sloping gently westward toward 10th Street. Playgrounds, adult fitness, walking paths, and more.
  • Fort Bunker HillBuilt in the fall of 1861 by the 11th Massachusetts Infantry, and was named after the Revolutionary fortification at Bunker Hill, Massachusetts.
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation CenterHere you’ll find a gym, weight room, toddler room, computer lab, and indoor pool. Outdoor amenities include a basketball court, a baseball field, a field with a walking track, a playground, covered picnic areas, tennis courts, a spray park, and a parking lot.


Popular Shopping & Eats

  • Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center Unfussy strip mall with discount grocery & clothing stores, a nail salon & automotive services.
  • Brookland Plaza Stripmall with everything from pizza to a salon to a veterinary hospital.
  • AnalogAnalog is an independent boutique and workshop featuring handmade stationery, paper goods, vintage clothing and accessories, and home goods.
  • The Museum DCA creative space that looks similar to a museum that brings people under one roof with fashion and art for a unique shopping experience.
  • Brookland Pint– American/Southern fare & big craft-beer list in rustic reclaimed-wood digs with multiple USB plugs
  • Menomale – Bright, narrow bistro serving wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, calzones, sandwiches & craft beers
  • CityCenterDCCityCenterDC is a mixed-use development consisting of two condominium buildings, two rental apartment buildings, two office buildings, a luxury hotel, and a public park in downtown Washington, D.C. It encompasses 2,000,000 square feet and covers more than five city blocks.
  • Brookland Farmers Market Farmer’s market style grocery store
  • Right Proper Brewery and Tasting Room Beer for the soul and food for the belly.


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Median Home Price

$690,000 as of 2023

Renters: 32%

Owners: 68%


Population 7,484

Median household income –  $83,000

Median age: 39

Families with children – 26%

High school diploma or equivalent – 17%

College Degree: 75%

55% African American

32% White

7% Hispanic

3% Asian

3% Other