Burleith is a quiet, almost purely residential, community of about 535 households nestled alongside Glover-Archbold Park, with Glover Park to the north and Georgetown to the south. Residents enjoy being within easy walking distance of Wisconsin Avenue shops and restaurants, served by frequent buses to downtown, National Park nature trails and quick access to the major local highways. Though centrally located, the hustle and bustle of the city fades beyond Reservoir Road and 35th Street. A community "Tot Lot" on 35th and S Streets serves the community as well as the Duke Ellington's track and field on 38th and R Streets. The name Burleith was taken from an estate built on the site of the Visitation Convent about 1716 by Henry Threkeld. Threkeld's estate included most of the present Georgetown Visitation School and the present campus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. It also served as home to John Cox, mayor of Georgetown from 1823 to 1845. In the 1920s, Shannon and Luchs built the majority of homes in Burleith, establishing the precedent for row houses and the "American Colonial" style. The Burleith Citizens' Association, founded in 1925, advocates for the community providing representation with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Metropolitan Police Department and the Georgetown Community Partnership ensuring the well-being of the community's safety, transportation and environmental needs as well as providing community and recreational activities. Today Burleith is a diverse community with a rich variety of architectural styles and price points. Homebuyers can find a range of opportunities; from homes ready for renovation and a personal touch to beautifully developed homes with high-end finishes - some within their original footprint and others expanded.
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