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A leafy oasis in the heart of Washington, DC, Burleith offers location, a welcome sense of community, and a different architectural vibe from surrounding neighborhoods. Often associated with the next-door Hillandale gated community, Burleith was one of the District’s first master-planned subdivisions - that doesn’t mean it resembles the modern cookie cutter developments that you’ll find in suburbs across the nation.

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Burleith Real Estate Stats

Average Price $2.5M
Lowest Price $1.3M
Highest Price $3.7M
Total Listings 6
Avg. Price/SQFT $792

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In Burleith, there are some 535 residences, mostly built between 1923 and 1928, in a mixture of Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, Georgian, and Tudor designs, with brick, clapboard, and stone facades.

Homes in Burleith are often conjoined in a rowhouse fashion, although not like most prototypical Victorian or Federal designs. Instead, there will typically be more traditional and taller house-like structures at each end, with a row of townhouses in-between. Flat roofs might quickly segue to gambrels, or vice-versa.

The number of expansions and remodels over the years has also resulted in more modern looking, structures interspersed with low-rise Dutch styles. Then again, you may simply find long and uninterrupted rows of semi-colonial structures, while the other side of the street features porch-front two-story rowhouses, similar to those found in Petworth.

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Burleith is snuggled up against Glover Archbold Park on its western side, with Whitehaven Parkway along the northern boundary. To the south is the Hilldale community, along with Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the large Duke Ellington Track and Field. Reservoir Road forms the southern border with Wisconsin Avenue to the east.

Visitors will often remark on the unique nature of homes that can change in style from one block to the next, while still retaining certain similar characteristics. It’s also worth noting that luxury is certainly part of the picture. Homes may have been master-planned at the neighborhood’s inception nearly a century ago, but they are now very desirable. Prices start a little over a million dollars and quickly climb from there.

Burleith owes its moniker to a long-ago 18th century mansion and estate named “Berleith” that included 1,000 acres of land spreading north from the Potomac River, through Georgetown, and ending somewhere in the vicinity of Whitehaven Parkway. Shannon & Luchs, one of the largest real estate companies in the region, purchased a swath of that land and began building mail order homes for those of “moderate means.”

Flash forward to the present day and those somewhat modest homes of yesteryear have long since become highly sought after. Not only have many of the residences become renovated and remodeled inside, but some of the exteriors have dramatically changed as well. A case in point is a modernist showcase on R Street that was completely revamped by noted architect Travis Price, with a highly stylized glass and steel façade.

In addition to the eclectic collection of homes and the leafy surroundings, residents are also able to walk to a string of popular shops and restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue. Plus, Georgetown is right next-door! To learn more about luxury real estate in Burleith, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

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Burleith, District of Columbia FAQ’s

Q: Is Burleith a historic district?

A: No. In 2018 after two years of debate and consideration, the Burleith Citizens Association elected not to pursue historic district consideration for the neighborhood. The BCA announced that most residents opposed historic district status for their neighborhood.

Q: Is there a large inventory of homes for sale in Burleith?

A: No. This is a community with fewer than 600 residences. The active inventory at any given time is relatively small.

Q: What us the price range of properties in Burleith when they do come on the market?

A: Recent list prices have ranged from around $1 million to $4 million.

Q: Are there any restaurants in the neighborhood?

A: There are a number of restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue at the eastern edge of Burleith. Additionally, there are many more next-door in Georgetown.

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