Welcome to Brightwood
An upscale and tranquil residential neighborhood with a rich history
Brightwood is one of the oldest and most affluent neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. area. Situated five miles north of D.C. and referred to as the Upper Northwest, this charming community is nestled between Manor Park, Takoma, Petworth, 16th Street Heights, and Brighton Park. Brightwood is known for many things, but the most significant is that it was the site of the only Civil War battle in Washington, D.C. Even though this quiet residential neighborhood is minutes away from Capitol Hill, you wouldn’t know it as there is a serene and laid-back presence that is highly coveted.
Those commuting into D.C. can access the metro at the Takoma Red Line Metro Station and several bus routes. Brightwood's real estate options can feature beautiful tree-lined streets and single-family homes, as well as townhouses and rowhouses, many of which are brick, Colonial, bungalow-style. With minimal commercial businesses or downtown, the neighborhood has a private suburban feel that makes it so attractive to call home. Minutes away, locals have access to top restaurants, shopping, and parks.
What to Love
- An upscale and highly sought-after neighborhood
- Next to excellent hiking at Rock Creek Park
- Brightwood's tasteful homes for sale
- City amenities of downtown D.C., a brief five miles away
Brightwood is a quiet, affluent neighborhood in the Upper Northwest region of Washington D.C. that is a highly in-demand place to live. Residents value the privacy, slower pace, and suburban feel yet minutes from the bustling streets and attractions of D.C.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
As a predominantly residential section of D.C., there are only a few eateries and shopping available, but more than enough options in nearby Takoma, Petworth, and D.C. Liberty Tavern is a top Brightwood favorite serving delicious Persian cuisine in a refined yet casual setting. With books as the main décor, it is what you would imagine if you combined a library with a tavern. If you desire artisan pizza that is quite delectable, Brightwood Pizza & Bottle won’t disappoint. And they have a generous list of ciders to sample by the glass or flight that makes for a fun evening out with friends.
It might be casual, but the soul food at Oohhs & Aahhs is nothing but fantastic and the ideal comfort food. Choose from the tastiest wings, catfish, shrimp & grits, collard greens, and fried chicken. Busboys and Poets is a fun and unique venue as it serves as a restaurant, coffee shop, and bookstore. The lively atmosphere adds to the delicious traditional American dishes with elevated flavors that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Republic is a Takoma neighborhood hotspot with top-notch seafood and New American entrees that source most of their ingredients from local farms and the Chesapeake Bay.
Every Saturday from May through mid-November, the Uptown Farmers Market provides a vast assortment of fresh produce, baked goods, oils, bread, coffee, and more for residents to select from.
Things to Do
On the western border of Brightwood is the lush Rock Creek Park that feels like you are miles away from the city when in reality, this nature retreat is just a few miles away. It is the best place to hike in the city, with several miles of trails to explore. Within Rock Creek Park is Rock Creek Golf Course offering a nine-hole course or a five-hole loop. It is one of three courses in the National Links Trust and a fun course to play a few rounds of golf.
Fort Stevens is in the center of Brightwood, which has historical significance as the only Civil War battle in Washington D.C. Former President Abraham Lincoln was also present on the battlefield that day. Today, you can tour the fort and learn about the history of its part in the Civil War.
South of Rock Creek Park is the National Zoo, among the most popular attractions in D.C. In the center of D.C., you have the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, and superb museums such as the Smithsonian.