A neighbor to Georgetown and a short walk to the commercial district along Wisconsin Avenue, Burleith is a leafy community of about 535 homes in Northwest Washington that offers residents a “village feel,” said Lenore Rubino, an agent with Coldwell Banker.
“Burleith is surrounded by green space,” Rubino said. “You walk into Georgetown from Burleith and you can feel the difference in temperature.”
Melanie Gisler’s parents bought her a home on 35th Street in 1982 when Georgetown University ran out of housing for undergraduates, she said. Gisler managed the property during college and lived there until moving to Malta in the late 1990s. Around 2001, she and her husband decided to return to the United States with their young daughter, but Gisler wasn’t sure she wanted to raise her family in Burleith.
“When we left for Malta, Burleith was full of student housing and older adults, but when we returned, the neighborhood was full of kids,” said Gisler, who works as director of membership services and programs for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Nan Bell agrees that it’s a desirable neighborhood.
“I feel very fortunate to have found a house here. It’s terribly convenient to everything,” said Bell, a retired State Department worker whose two-bedroom, two-bathroom rowhouse offers views of the Washington Monument and the Potomac River. “I cherish light, and I have lots of it spilling into my house all day long.”
Arts community: Eric Langenbacher, who serves as president of the Burleith Citizens Association, said that most people have never heard of the community, which adds to its off-the-beaten-path appeal.
“We’re not well known, but we should be,” said Langenbacher, a professor in Georgetown’s department of government. “We have these beautiful rowhouses with cohesive architecture. We have amazing gardens, and it’s such a nice neighborhood,” added Langenbacher, who lives in a 1,000-square-foot Colonial on T Street.
While some people might shy away from a neighborhood that includes housing for undergraduate students, Erik Warga said that was what drew him to the neighborhood.
“We really like the vibrancy that students bring to the neighborhood,” said Warga, who lives in a clapboard house on S Street.
Warga, who’s lived in the community for 14 years, said that he wasn’t deterred by the modest nature of many Burleith houses. He and his wife had outgrown their apartment in Adams Morgan and knew they had room to grow in the neighborhood.
As his children got older and the family needed additional space, Warga, who works as an international trade consultant, said they decided to do a basement renovation to alleviate the “space crunch.”
“Burleith offers a complete package that’s a great place to raise kids,” he said.
While Duke Ellington High School of the Arts is in Burleith, residents can walk a short distance outside the borders to Georgetown to dine at restaurants and to go to the old Fillmore School, which a developer is planning to transform into a creative space for artists, said Langenbacher.
Living there: Burleith is bordered by Whitehaven Park to the north, 35th Street NW to the east, Reservoir Road to the south and 39th Street NW to the west.
In the past 12 months, 25 properties have sold in Burleith, ranging from a 1,234-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $720,000 to a 2,304-square-foot five-bedroom, four-bathroom house for a $1,712,500, said Rubino, the agent with Coldwell Banker.
Two houses are for sale in Burleith: a 1,242-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom rowhouse for $895,000 and a 2,700-square-foot five-bedroom, six-bathroom, contemporary single-family house for $1,995,000, Rubino said.
Schools: Stoddert Elementary, Hardy Middle and Wilson High.
Transit: Burleith is served by Metrobus’s D1, D2 and D6 routes. The community is also a short walk to the nearest stop on the Circulator route at 35th Street and Whitehaven Parkway.
Crime: Since January, there have been five assaults, six robberies and seven burglaries in the police area covering Burleith, according to D.C. police.