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Bipeds of Brookland: Astrid Jöhnk
Astrid Jöhnk

In more ways than one, Hamburg-native Astrid Jöhnk has roots in Brookland.

In 1998, Astrid arrived in America from Germany to pursue a career in hotel management with Marriott. In 2009, she moved into the Brookland home she bought with her now-wife, Shani.

And that’s when the gardening and landscaping started.

“Growing up, I never lived in a house with a yard,” she says. “I never had the space to do any gardening. It just happened that, with our house in Brookland, I wanted to do something with the small front and backyard space we had.”

It helps that Astrid’s neighbor is the headquarters of Casey Trees. One of their tree planting team leaders, Astrid spends much of her free time (when she’s not working as

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Bipeds of Brookland: Carmen Torruella-Quander

 Carmen Torruella-Quander

Carmen painting a portrait of her great grandmother, who was an indigenous Taino Woman in the Dominican Republic.

Carmen Torruella-Quander  grew up in a Dominican family in Adams Morgan and remembers coming to the Franciscan Monastery with her mother for mass in Spanish before it was available in other churches. “Back then, to come from Adams Morgan to Brookland was a good hour and a half or two hours… by bus and a street car.” Brookland always seemed a small town… outside of the city…There were cows at Old Soldiers Home.”

Along with her brother and her now husband, she was one of the first students to integrate Sacred Heart School in 1950.  “We had kids from all over the world and we’re still

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1707 Irving St NE Washington DC
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Enjoy peaceful side-street living with this light-filled three-bedroom/two-bathroom Brookland home.

The first floor’s cozy living room leads into a dining room and an impressive kitchen with Frigidaire appliances, an island (with cabinet space), a floor-to-ceiling pantry, and a separate breakfast nook for lazy weekend brunches. Out back is a fenced-in private backyard where you’ll find a mix of sun and shade, a storage shed, lawn and garden space, and an asphalt drive that can comfortably fit two cars.

The second floor of your home is packed with windows galore. Daylight floods through the master bedroom, which comes complete with its own en-suite shower and

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Bipeds of Brookland: David J Nolan,

 

DJ Nolan
(DJ and Helen with Ray Bowlding Jr)

David J Nolan known to most as DJ, came to DC to work for Catholics for Choice in 1999 after emigrating to the US from Ireland through London, where he had met his wife, Helen Searls. He is now the Director of Communications for the American Academy of Actuaries.

 

DJ spends a lot of his free time each summer at PG Pool.  When their two kids were young, his wife took them for ‘Toddler Swim’ and “fell in love with PG Pool…. We’ve been members since 2003; it is an incredible resource.” He joined the board after being “volunteered” by Helen and became president a few years ago. DJ explains that while membership was very low when they first joined, it is now full and is

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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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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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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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