Like many other DC neighborhoods, Brookland’s growth was spurred by the arrival of a major transportation line. In this case the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad ran its Western Branch Line through Brookland in the 1870s. The main residence at the time was the Brooks Mansion, which was home to Colonel Jeheil Brooks and from which the community takes its name. Washington’s streetcars eventually expanded to Brookland, helping to develop a middle class suburb just beyond the Catholic University of America Campus and Brooks Mansion.
Quality of Life:
Brookland real estate is primarily residential. It offers a quiet, welcoming environment that is enjoyed by all. Old row houses and bungalows stand as a testament to an older era. Brookland’s agrarian past lives on in the community’s popular gardening culture, which is supported by the Franciscan Monastery’s herb and plant sale.