DC’s Hidden Places: Brandywine Place

by Nena Perry-Brown

DC's Hidden Places: Brandywine Place: Figure 1
Homes on Brandywine Place

This week, UrbanTurf visited another of DC’s Hidden Places, a two-block street tucked between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW and 2nd Street SW.

Brandywine Place (map) is located in the Bellevue neighborhood on the lesser-known side of the Southwest quadrant, east of the Anacostia Freeway. The street is a short walk from the newly-constructed William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library, as well as the upcoming retail being constructed along South Capitol Street.

DC's Hidden Places: Brandywine Place: Figure 2

On this quiet stretch, the chirping of the birds is usually louder than the sounds of traffic or neighbors. Many of the residents are retirees, although some younger people have also been purchasing homes on the block.

Chris Bailey has been in DC for almost a decade and moved to Brandywine Place from South Capitol Street last year. “It’s very quiet, as opposed to the South Capitol Street side, and it kind of feels like I’m back home in [North Carolina, but] with being close to everything else in the city.”

DC's Hidden Places: Brandywine Place: Figure 3

Brandywine features several mid-century two- and three-bedroom semi-detached homes that run just under 1,000 square feet and do not come on the market very often. Bailey waited two years before he was able to buy a home on the block.

DC's Hidden Places: Brandywine Place: Figure 4

Residents on Brandywine Place enjoy a lot of green space, both in their front- and backyards and at the historic Shepherd Parkway where the street dead-ends.

DC's Hidden Places: Brandywine Place: Figure 5

The 205-acre Parkway is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and local residents regularly band together for volunteer clean-up efforts of the stretch of parkland (including a session slated for this Saturday). The site contains the remnants of two Civil War forts: Fort Greble and Battery Carroll, and also offers views of the Potomac River and the city beyond.

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