The Brightwood neighborhood, located in the northwestern quadrant of Washington D.C. is a lovely area filled with well-kept, well-maintained duplexes, detached bungalows, colonials and row houses that is largely populated by retired or retiring professionals. There are a lot of benefits to living in Brightwood, but be aware that it is less accessible to public transportation than many newcomers expect.
Still, the housing prices in Brightwood are very reasonable. Perhaps that is because, many homes here need updating or remodeling to meet the needs of today's families. What's another benefit to life in Brightwood? The ease of parking surprises many area residents as it is much less congested along the streets than comparable neighborhoods.
Brightwood's boundaries are generally considered to be Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Aspen Street to the north. Kennedy Street to the south, Georgia Avenue to the east and 16th Street and Rock Creek Park to the west.
Currently, prices in the Brightwood neighborhood are very reasonable compared to the bordering neighborhoods of Petworth, 16th St Heights, and Shepherd Park. A nicely renovated 3BR/2BA home can be had for $450,000-$600,000, depending on the size. Average rent for a one bedroom apartment is about $1200.
Brightwood is known as a residential neighborhood and does not have a large business district. But that is scheduled to change, as the massive 110 acre site of the former Walter Reed Medical Center is slated for developed. Hundreds of residential units, office space, retail, as well as service facilities are planned for the site, which should have a positive effect on property values in the neighborhood. In addition, Silver Spring and Takoma Park are just minutes away and have ample choices for shopping or a night on the town.
Brightwood has a number of lovely parks and some featured playgrounds and community gardens. Schools in the area are working hard to raise standards and children can enjoy the Fort Stevens Recreation Center or the Emory and Coolidge Recreation Centers on the borders of the neighborhood.
If you've been looking for a home in the Washington D.C. Area, why not visit Brightwood and see if it is right for you?
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