April 2016

Found 12 blog entries for April 2016.

Bipeds of Brookland: Introducing the people who make Brookland their home, one step at a time. 
This week: Tom Rooney
Bipeds of Brookland: Tom Rooney

Tom Rooney  was a professor of art at Catholic University for over 30 years. Tom came to DC to study art at CUA after serving in WWII. He met his wife Angela when she was studying at Catholic in the Drama Department. “The first time I saw her she had the lead in Antigone.”


They bought a house on 14th Street in the early 60s for $15,000. “My salary for the year, I had just started teaching at Catholic University, was $4,800 a year.” Tom created the sculptures that can be seen in front of his house. His art studio is in the carriage house behind his wooden home, built around 1900. “In 1900 you had horses. Cars were just coming in.

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4007 21st ST NE Washington DC
Open House Sunday May 1st 1-4 pm
Virtual Tour
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4007 21st ST NE Washington DC Side

Graceful Tudor perched among the trees.

This charming 1920s detached brick house exudes calm and grace. Step inside to the light-filled main floor with gleaming hardwood floors and windows galore.  With a separate dining room, large living room with a wood-burning fireplace, abundant windows and a cozy den this home was designed to entertain. Upstairs find three bedrooms with spacious walk-in closet, an adorable reading nook and finished 3rd level. The finished basement complements the home, easily serving as guest quarters or media room. Notice the ample closet space throughout the house, as well as the private deck. Yard is enclosed with lush greenery and

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For Sale: 7328 Piney Branch RD, Takoma Park MD. $669,000
First Open House Sunday May 1st 1-4 pm
Virtual Tour
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7328 Piney  Branch RD, Takoma Park MD exterior front
7328 Piney Branch RD, Takoma Park MD, Back yard

Tucked between mature shade trees and a babbling brook passing through a park-esque backyard sits a refined but welcoming historic house awaiting a new owner to make it home.  A sparkling fresh coat of paint and just refinished hardwood floors give this old world 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath charmer new life; and the fire pit, sweeping porches and giant backyard invite memories in the making.  This classic craftsman home was smartly updated with a massive master suite with a spa-like master bath and walk in closets large enough to live in; a ductless AC system, radiant heat throughout, and off street parking to boot.  

Come home through a

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Bipeds of Brookland:

Introducing the people who make Brookland their home, one step at a time.

Audrey Aiken

Bipeds of Brookland: Audrey Aiken

Audrey Aiken retired after 41 years as an analyst at the Department of Labor. She entered the Peace Corps and went to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, where she worked in a senior center.  

After having volunteered many years with the AARP in Washington, her main job in St. Lucia was “working with the elderly, to bring programs similar to the AARP’s, because many seniors stayed home alone all day. This island had more centenarians than any other Caribbean island.” Audrey enjoyed her time there and, “At the end, they announced that I had more visitors than anyone else. I had 18 visitors.”

Audrey was born in DC, northeast of Capitol Hill. She

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Bipeds of Brookland:

Introducing the people who make Brookland their home, one step at a time.


Susan Gushue

Bipeds of Brookland: Susan Gushue
Susan Gushue started graduate school in Philosophy at CUA in 1981, but later became a math teacher. “I wanted to be a college professor but I didn’t want to write research papers.”

She and her husband had a son and bought a house in Brookland.  She liked meeting the “funky do-it-yourself people” who lived in Brookland because it was affordable.  They later had four daughters and Susan began tutoring math so she could work part time.

“Before all these little libraries you see now, I did book swaps here probably 20 years ago. On a Saturday we’d have lemonade and some friends would bring books and older kids to help us. You

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Serene Oasis in the Big City!
3609 24th ST NE Washington DC. front yard
3609 24th ST NE Washington DC. Exterior front

3609 24th ST NE Washington DC
Open House Sunday April 17th 1-4 pm.
Virtual Tour   Serene and perfect, this Craftsman home is a treasure. Every inch of this home is loved and cared for, from the grand entrance porch to the extensive varieties of flowers circling the yard. Enter to gleaming hardwood floors throughout and large windows with calming views. Relax and unwind in the living room with fireplace and entertain your guests in a large, separated dining room. The kitchen is endowed with cabinets and counterspace galore and built-in storage. A bonus family room/den with walk in closet completes the main level.

Walk up the gorgeous hardwood stairs to the three large, spacious bedrooms all located off the central…
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For Sale:
1343 Kearny ST NE Washington DC
Open house Sunday April 17th 1-4 pm
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1343 Kearny St NE Washington DC front exterior
Perfection is waiting!

From the moment you step onto the wraparound porch, you'll know that this home is the ONE. Step through the tranquil elegance of the entrance to find a tastefully renovated home with charming original features and new additions seamlessly integrated. The distinct and separate spaces on the first floor allow for easy entertaining and private unwinding. The large windows combine with the gleaming hardwood floors to encourage a light airiness throughout.

Make your way to the back of the house to find the crown jewel of the home: a stunning kitchen, recently renovated with stainless steel appliances, soapstone countertops, glass tile backsplash,

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Stately Elegance in Woodridge

2638 Myrtle Avenue, NE Washington DC
Open Sunday April 17th 1-4 pm

2638 Myrtle Ave NE Washington DC front 

Open house Sunday April 17th 1-4 PM

Virtual Tour

This is the home for you! The spaces of this Four Square are perfectly arranged for maximum ease of living. Wander through the large, airy living room (with a working fireplace!) to the open plan dining room and kitchen with walk-in pantry. Dine al fresco this spring on the back patio overlooking the enormous grassy back yard with mature trees. You could host the whole neighborhood in this yard! Swing set is included.

Upstairs find three large bedrooms and a renovated, modern full bathroom situated off the main hall, all of which have large windows and tall ceilings. Off the master is the

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Bipeds of Brookland:

Introducing the people who make Brookland their home, one step at a time.

E. Franklin Johnson

E. Franklin Johnson

E. Franklin Johnson served in the South Pacific in WWII, and was fortunate never to see combat. The war ended just after he arrived in the Philippines. He moved to DC from Richmond, VA in 1960 and bought his house in Brookland in 1963 with his wife. “It was an affordable neighborhood,” he says. Their third daughter was born after they moved in.

Mr. Johnson worked for the Naval Hydrographic Office, which later became part of NOAA. He remembers storing data electronically on an IBM 360 mainframe computer. “We had keypunch people who put data on paper cards that could be fed into the computers.”  

He retired as an oceanographer in

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1919 Shepherd St NE Washington DC
Open house Sunday April 10th 1-4 pm

1919 Shepherd ST NE Washington DC. front exterior

Welcome home: WOW! This newly renovated Colonial in Michigan Park boasts everything you'd want in a home! Follow the fieldstone steps inside to find a gorgeous new kitchen with quartz countertops and open flow to the dining room. A separate living room, sitting area, powder room, and large screened-in porch on the first floor complete the space. Head upstairs to find three large, well-lit bedrooms, including a master with en-suite bath and sitting room or home office. The finished attic runs the width of the house and would be perfect as a kids' playroom. The lower level is complete with an expansive family room, wet bar, washer/dryer, and another full bathroom. Dual zone

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