The Brentwood community in the northeast quadrant of Washington takes its name from Brentwood Mansion, built in 1817 by the first mayor of Washington City, Robert Brent. The greater Brentwood area is also home to Gallaudet University, the nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate school for the hearing impaired. The university was created by an act of Congress in 1864 and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. A portion of the Gallaudet campus is built on the site of the old Brentwood Mansion. The National Arboretum is a 400+ acre oasis near Brentwood and is dedicated to botanical research, and is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Quality of Life:
Much of the housing stock in Brentwood is comprised of townhouses, duplexes and row houses that were constructed in the mid-20th Century. And while it wouldn’t be accurate to call Brentwood a “college town,” nearby universities are an important part of community life.
Brentwood enjoys ready access to the Rhode Island, New York Avenue and Minnesota Avenue metro stops and is served by major roads including Benning Road, New York Avenue and the Anacostia Freeway. Bus service through the area is excellent.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles