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Bipeds of Brookland: Bethlehem House
Bethlehem House
Left to right- Dominique, Dolores, Tom, Helen, Colleen

Bethlehem House was opened by Dolores Wilson in Brookland in 1986, after she had been a Catholic Sister for 37 years, and had worked at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, near Providence Hospital, teaching children with disabilities.  She first taught in a regular Catholic school but, “I had in my heart a desire to work with children with special needs and lo and behold the Kennedy Family came to build the Kennedy Institute.  In 1959 the Kennedy Institute was blessed and opened. I was there for 25 years.”  She recalls “Eunice (Kennedy) Shriver was our best friend, at the time we couldn’t afford to pay a physical fitness teacher so she came for two years, once

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417 Independence Ave SE Washington DC | $749,000
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417 Independence Ave SE Washington DC exterior front

Welcome home to a charming 2-bedroom/1-bathroom townhome in Washington’s popular, picturesque Capitol Hill neighborhood.

An expansive wood-floor living and dining space (capped with two dramatic chandeliers) leads you back to a kitchen updated with stainless-steel appliances and beautiful marble countertops. Those cool spiral stairs? They take you up to a comfortably carpeted second floor. There, you’ll find a full bathroom with tile and brass fixtures and a washer/dryer. The home’s two bedrooms are enormous, featuring epically long closets and comforting views of your back and front yards.

Speaking of the backyard, yours is fenced in with

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1500 Lawrence St NE Washington DC | $599,000
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1500 Lawrence St NE DC exterior front

Discover why so many people love to call Brookland home with this cozy, quaint 3-bedroom/1-bathroom home located just a few blocks from the Brookland-CUA Metro station.

 Outside, you’ll find a spacious fenced-in front yard shaded by trees and leading up to a stucco façade and a welcoming front porch perfect for at-home happy hours. Inside, beautiful original wood floors run through a spacious living room whose folding doors reveal a dining room complete with a beautiful built-in hutch, as well as an adjoining kitchen featuring a walk-in pantry.

Upstairs, you’ll find a full bath and two massive bedrooms, as well as a third smaller room that can

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Bipeds of Brookland: Julee Dickerson-Thompson
Julee Dickerson-Thompson

Julee Dickerson-Thompson was born in Brookland, a middle child of six, just after her parents had bought a house and begun renovating. “Which is why I have no baby pictures. They were knocking down walls around me. They went at it with a vengeance.”  Her father was an architect who also enjoyed playing tennis, which is how he met her mother.  “They met on a tennis court, and I met my husband on a tennis court. . . Tennis is such a family thing.” Her mother was an artist who started a program called ‘Second Time around Boutique.’  “She taught teenage girls to recycle, nobody knew what recycling was then.”  She made beautiful clothes out of tablecloths and upholstery fabric and ties.

Julee has followed in

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Bipeds of Brookland: Christina Scheltema
Christina Scheltema

Christina Scheltema’s grandparents were Dutch immigrants who met at the Dutch School of Landscape Architecture and came to the US in the 1920s. They settled in the Washington area and left her with a love for plants. “I’ve been gardening since I was knee high to a grasshopper.”  She studied Biology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and now works as a regulatory manager for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs.

Christina has lived in Brookland and walked her two dogs around the neighborhood since 1994. When she moved “My mother asked me if there were any Catholics in the neighborhood and I laughed, and said ‘Mom, I’m surrounded.’”

She always appreciated the friendliness of neighbors. “I remember the

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520 Beaumont Road, Sliver Spring, MD
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4 Bedroom | 2.5 Bathroom | Renovated Kitchen | Massive yard | 2 car garage | $493,500
520 Beaumont RD, Sliver Spring, MD. Exterior front

There are backyards. Then there are backyards like the one attached to this 4-bedroom/2.5-bathroom ranch home: a wide stretch of lawn with plenty of sun and shade, perfect for lounging, tumbling, grilling, kicking soccer balls, building snowmen, planting vegetables, bird watching, and all other sorts of outdoor activities.

Not to be outdone is the home’s light-filled inside, whose open living and dining areas feature generous windows from which to admire your suburban seclusion, as well as a fireplace for cold and cozy winter nights. Follow the tile and hardwood flooring into

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2921 Chancellor's Way NE Washington DC
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3 bedrooms plus office | 3.5 bathrooms | 4 levels of living space | Garage parking | Private roof deck | Walk to Metro |$799,000
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 2921 Chancellor's Way NE Washington DC Front Exterior

This modern townhome has quite some height to it – four levels of urban luxury living that include 3 bedrooms (each with its own private bathroom) and a top level opening out onto a private roof deck with a view of Brookland’s architectural icon: the Basilica.

Large and bright ground-floor office space is perfect for the work-from-home set. The spacious garage towers with exceptional storage potential.  Rich, dark wood flooring leads you up into a main level that includes an impressive and open gourmet kitchen complete with

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Bipeds of Brookland: Rick Naylor

Rick Naylor
Rick Naylor  was born and raised in DC to a family that has been here since the 1820’s. When his father worked as a projectionist at the Howard Theater, he used to play poker with Duke Ellington. In 1954, his father bought a house in Brookland. Five years ago, Rick and his wife moved into the house he grew up in. “In every square inch, there’s a memory.” When he was 4 or 5 years old “the National Guard was camped out across the street after Martin Luther King, Jr., got shot.” Rick talks of playing basketball and riding sleighs behind Holy Name College, now Howard Divinity, and remembers his father talking about losing a framed newspaper article from the day Lincoln was shot. During his renovations, Rick found the article

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1352 Kearny St NE Washington DC
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3 Bedrooms | 1.5 Bathrooms | Central AC | Off street parking | Fenced back yard | Walk to Metro |$639,000
1352 Kearny St NE Washington DC living room

Beautiful home with expansive, landscaped yard in the heart of Brookland! 3 large bedrooms and 1.5 baths offer open space, lots of natural light, comfort, and convenience. Fully updated with charming original details. This semi-detached house is a quick walk to Metro and all that Brookland has to o er.

Generously sized living and dining rooms with a wood-burning replace, shiny hardwood floors, and a convenient half bathroom. An impressive updated kitchen has stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and rich wood cabinetry.

A large,

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5049 10th ST NE Washington DC
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Central AC | Hardwood Floors | Renovated Kitchen | Fenced back yard | Walk to Metro | $449,000
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5049 10th ST NE Washington DC Entry

Welcome to a charming, light-filled Michigan Park duplex that’s ready to be yours. Located footsteps from tranquil park space and within walking distance of the Fort Totten Metro station, this 3-bedroom/1.5-bathroom home blends urban connectivity with suburban quiet.

Right away, the open floor plan on the main level offers promising potential for great memories. The huge living room, just waiting for a comfy sofa and flat-screen television, is matched by a renovated kitchen that includes granite counters, recessed lighting, and stainless-steel

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