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The impressive houses in this neighborhood look out over Rock Creek Park.

The neighborhood of Kalorama is named after the estate that was built there in 1807. Even though the mansion no longer stands, some of DC's most fashionable addresses can be found in Kalorama, including diplomatic homes and embassies as well as Mediterranean, Colonial and Georgian Revival mansions.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A place away from everything.

This residential neighborhood was one of the earliest developments in the city and therefore is exempt from DC's gridded street layout system. The leafy streets feel a world away from the bustling downtown area, despite being right next door.

From picnicking in the three-acre grounds of Kalorama Park to walking up the photogenic Spanish Steps, there is plenty to keep you entertained in Kalorama. It's here you can take a guided tour around the President Woodrow Wilson House, sip on a fresh brew and people-watch at one of the local coffee shops or simply marvel at the historic buildings in the Kalorama Triangle.

The Kalorama neighborhood is located within Washington, D.C.’s Northwest Quadrant, which is famous for its influential residents. Some of D.C. 's elite live in this area, which is about a mile from downtown, including the Obamas, Jeff Bezos, and various diplomats. The region is referred to as Washington’s Beverly Hills because it’s THE place to live when residing in D.C.

 THE LIFESTYLE

No disturbance allowed. 

The rules of this close-knit community are for peace and quiet. It is tightly secured around the homes of former President Barack Obama, current presidential advisor Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Its residents are high ranking government officials or diplomats who come here to escape from their jobs and social lives.

Kalorama is less than three miles away from the White House and is home to 28 embassies, which is partly why there is such a diverse community of residents. The neighborhood, which borders DuPont Circle, also prides itself in having safe, pedestrian-friendly streets and several nurseries. Kalorama Park provides a nice spot to enjoy an afternoon in a comfortable community setting or to take a four-legged friend for a walk.

Public transportation links are also plentiful for frequent travelers, while a number of well-connected roads make it easy to travel to both the National Airport and Dulles Airport. When residents seek nightlife or a larger selection of restaurants and bars, it's only a short trip to head to the lively Adams Morgan neighborhood.

The Kalorama neighborhood is one of D.C. 's most desirable areas to reside, whether you already live in Washington D.C. or are relocating. Its quiet, historic charm, elegant nature, and proximity to bustling D.C. make it an ideal area for living. 

Available from the library's website, Kalorama is a great resource for learning about different cultures and religions around the world. You can access individual embassy email lists to stay informed of public events such as concerts, lectures, and exhibits that take place throughout the year.

Kalorama has two distinct districts: Kalorama Heights in the southwest and the Kalorama Triangle in the north.

Kalorama Heights is the quieter of the two because it’s away from busier neighborhoods like Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle. The Kalorama Triangle, on the other hand, borders Adams Morgan, which has a lively entertainment district.

Both districts are extremely walkable thanks to the ample sidewalks and lack of traffic. There is enough space on these streets for various activities, including walking the dog and jogging.

There is plenty of space for outdoor activities in Kalorama, thanks to the neighborhood’s parks.

Kalorama Park is in the Kalorama Triangle area. The three-acre park features basketball courts, a playground, walking paths, picnic tables, and plenty of green space in a quiet residential section of the neighborhood.

Kalorama isn’t known for its dining or nightlife, but you will find a few good places to eat on Connecticut Avenue and Columbia Road.

If you’re looking for something exotic, Lapis is a modern Afghan bistro that serves home-style dishes cooked with local, seasonal ingredients.

18th Street NW, which is just east of the Kalorama Triangle, is loaded with bars and restaurants within walking distance. 

Grand Duchess is a neighborhood cocktail bar in the middle of Adams Morgan that serves classic cocktails, house-made tortillas, and has a Supper Club option.

There are many more dining options on Connecticut Avenue NW and P Street NW in Dupont Circle. Having access to this dining and nightlife without having it right on your doorstep keeps the neighborhood quiet and is one reason for its popularity with the elite.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT

Easily available parking spaces.

The neighborhood provides a heavily treed oasis of quiet streets with no thru traffic, lovely to walk. All houses have garages so parking abounds, except near Connecticut Ave. 

THE MARKET

This space is hard to come by.

Most of the houses in the neighborhood were built in the early 20th century and they are considered prestigious. The city's elite pay a lot of money to buy one when it becomes available.

Kalorama is a charming neighborhood with a mixture of grand Colonial and Georgian Revival townhouses as well as more modern new-builds. Some buildings also feature interesting Spanish-inspired features that give parts of the area a Mediterranean feel. There are spacious apartments and large detached houses available to buy or rent in Kalorama, which is why the area's properties often sell for above average prices and quickly get snatched up by potential buyers. Despite being so prestigious, the friendly community will welcome you with open arms if you decide to move here!

One reason for the neighborhood’s exclusivity is its hilltop location. The first houses built in the area looked out over the city because of the elevation, and over the years, Mediterranean, Georgian-Revival, and Colonial mansions have appeared on its residential streets. Kalorama is a private, leafy green neighborhood with distinguished estates overlooking Rock Creek Park. Kalorama apartments make a person feel like they’re a world away from bustling D.C. but in fact, they’re quite close. 

There is a serenity to Kalorama as it’s quite literally “off the grid.” The residential streets of Kalorama were exempted from D.C. 's gridded layout system as development expanded outward from downtown. The very walkable Kalorama neighborhood streets are lined with trees, and the historic homes and apartment buildings make this a desirable location for families and young professionals alike.

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH

The enchanting streets and forested views make this area a peaceful place to live.

The walk around Kalorama's curving lines reveals exquisite architecture and manicured gardens. Additionally, the view of Rock Creek Park can be seen from many points along the route.

The historic homes and apartments that line the streets are full of character and will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. The location is also great because you're minutes from downtown and the National Mall. This position makes Kalorama the ideal neighborhood to live in when working in government.

Kalorama is aesthetically stunning, thanks to its classic architecture. It isn’t a modern neighborhood with cookie-cutter buildings. The historic homes and apartments that line the streets are full of character and will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

The location is also great because you’re minutes from downtown and the National Mall. This position makes Kalorama the ideal neighborhood to live in when working in government. Georgetown University is nearby, too. Kalorama offers a mix of serenity and luxury, history, and international flair, which makes it desirable to many.

The classic-architecture homes of Kalorama offer plenty of history. There are two official historic districts – Sheridan-Kalorama and Kalorama Triangle – both of which have this designation because of their vintage buildings.

The President Woodrow Wilson House is steps from Mitchell Park. It’s the home where Wilson spent his post-presidency retirement. Today, the building is a museum featuring artifacts and some of his personal property. 

Present-day Mitchell Park also has historical significance because it’s where Anthony Holmead II built a house in 1795. During the Civil War, the home was used as a Union Hospital. It was later accidentally set on fire in 1865, re-built, turned into the German Embassy, and eventually demolished again.

Mitchell Park is currently a neighborhood park in Kalorama Heights with a baseball diamond and a playground. This dog-friendly park hosts concerts and other gatherings in the summer, making it a cultural hub in the neighborhood. The park is only an eight-minute stroll to The Sedgewick. History is everywhere in Kalorama, and living there puts you in the midst of one of America’s most important historical neighborhoods.

​​Massachusetts Avenue, on the south end of Kalorama Heights, features several international embassies, including Japan, India, Korea, and Turkey. The Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., is also on this street. Massachusetts Avenue is a great place to wander if you’re interested in architecture because many of the buildings have a unique flair to them. There are residences among the embassy buildings, as well.

One of Kalorama’s most recognizable sites is the Spanish Steps. These steps are one of Washington’s most romantic locations because they’re hidden away from the rest of the city and feature a calming fountain and beautiful flowers. 

Heading to the Spanish Steps is always a good choice when looking for an escape because of its peacefulness.

Getting around without a vehicle in Kalorama is simple, thanks to D.C.’s public transportation system.

The Woodley Park Metro Station provides trips on the Metrorail system from the Kalorama Triangle. The Red Line takes you directly to Metro Center Station in minutes, where the rest of downtown is accessible on foot. Metrobus and the D.C. Circulators also have stops in the Kalorama Triangle.

Kalorama Heights is close to the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle Metrorail stops. The only bus stops in Kalorama Heights are on Massachusetts Avenue near the embassies. This station is a four-minute stroll from The Rodney and 1830 R St NW and a five-minute walk from The Sedgewick.

Kalorama Neighborhood Guide 2

Embassy of India building in the Kalorama neighborhood in the

Newest Kalorama Homes and Condos for Sale

$497,000
1 Beds 1 Baths
WILL CONSIDER ALL OFFERS! NO underlying mortgage! Fee breakdown: $1,086.61 Maintenance and Operations + $167.39 Monthly Taxes =$1,254 Total Monthly Fee. Own a piece of history! The Mendota was the first apartment building in the Kalorama Triangle area of Washington, D.C., and it is among the oldest luxury apartment buildings in the city. Featured in James Goode's book, "Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses," the Mendota has been home to many prominent residents, including Jeannette Rankin, the first woman member of Congress. Located near the heart of Adams Morgan, unit 55 features high ceilings, original hardwood floors, large windows with airy natural light, ample storage space and gorgeous historic features. Relax in the living room with the original tiled fireplace, though not useable, it is a beautiful focal point for this room. Complementing the living room are floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving with wonderful window views where you can watch the colorful, celebratory fireworks from the National Mall on July 4th! The updated, spacious kitchen has plenty of counter space, cabinets, and all new appliances. The large window brings in natural light for ease of food prepping and cooking. The formal dining room includes a bay window, gleaming chandelier and the original built-in china cabinet. The oversize bedroom has a large closet and decorative sconce lighting. The bathroom has the original floor tile intact from the early 20th century! Both the bedroom and bathroom feature charming wooden shutters over the windows. There is no lack of closet and storage space; there are a total of four closets in this unit: large closet in the bedroom, hall closet, utility closet and walk-in storage closet located by the front door. Find unique storage spaces throughout the unit; a wine nook located under the window in the kitchen, an alcove above the walk-in closet by the front door, a built-in cabinet outside the bathroom as well as a nook within the bathroom - great for toiletries. Very nice amenities in the charming Mendota include the beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard, the Parlor Room in the lobby, secure package room for your incoming packages, an individual storage unit in the basement, and access to a secure bike storage room. There is also a community laundry room but it’s possible to add your own in-unit laundry! Enjoy living in the Mendota in the charming Kalorama neighborhood with close and easy access to Woodley Park and Dupont Circle Metros, Adams Morgan and Dupont neighborhood shops, restaurants and parks, as well as Connecticut Avenue, Columbia Road and 18th Street. Unit 55 updates: Bathroom overhead lighting brought up to code in June 2021. New stove – May 2021. New sink faucets in both the bathroom and kitchen – August 2021. New dishwasher – January 2022. New fridge – July 2022. New microwave – August 2022. The co-op completed its ambitious re-tiering project in unit 55 in June 2022, which features new piping, water shutoff valves and updated electrical wiring. Co-op fee Breakdown includes: Taxes, Maintenance and Operations Costs. All utilities, with the exception of electric, are included in the co-op fee.

2220 20th St Nw Unit #55, Washington

Listing courtesy of Evers & Co. Real Estate, A Long & Foster Company. Contact:

$1,500,000
1 Beds 2 Baths
Like the famous gargoyles flanking Notre Dame in Paris, striking dragons adorn the intricately-carved portico of 2029 Connecticut Ave NW, warding off evil and guarding all who enter here. Among those who've entered (and lived here) since it was built in 1916 are President William Taft and Lena Horn, along with other distinguished and historical DC figures. The Parisian-inspired building remains upscale and exclusive today, with only 26 total residences. Here in the heart of Kalorama, the luxurious, historical details from the original building construction have been preserved. Richly-paneled entry doors give way to inlaid, parquet wood floors and swooping 13-foot ceilings. The rooms are embellished with grand-scale, shuttered windows, elegant wall paneling, and classical plaster mouldings and cornices. A spacious dining room framed by chair moulding allows for the best in entertaining. In the living room, a stone fireplace and delicately-carved mantel are beautiful enough to serve as the focal point of the seating area, unifying all the Parisian elements of the residence that create a regal atmosphere. Chandeliers and classic wall sconces add subtly to the opulence of the preserved design. Modern elements and renovations, of course, have not been overlooked. A historical kitchen has been modernized with updated stainless steel appliances and a distinctive pop of cherry-red in the Italian Bertazzoni oven and stove. This spacious one-bedroom, two full-bath home features a contemporary, glass-walled shower with rainshower overhead. In addition to the bright, gorgeous lobby that greets residents each day, amenities include a deeded parking space, 24-hour concierge, on-site manager, exercise room, rooftop deck with catering kitchen, and private storage room. This home is must-see when seeking a luxurious and private flat in the chic, quiet Kalorama neighborhood.

2029 Connecticut Ave Nw Unit #4/6, Washington

Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. Contact:

$1,275,000
2 Beds 2 Baths
Welcome to The Kalorama Unit 304, a beautifully updated residence featuring open concept living, two private balconies and gorgeous views! The Kalorama is a boutique condominium building originally built in 1911 and meticulously renovated in 2001. An open floor plan beaming with sunlight greets you upon entering the unit. The spacious living area with gas fireplace and dining area opens to two balconies with beautiful views. An updated kitchen offers a new backsplash, top of the line appliances including Viking range, Subzero refrigerator/freezer, granite countertops and seated breakfast bar. Crown molding, glass balcony doors with sidelights, designer fixtures, unique architectural features and gleaming oak hardwood floors throughout are just a few of the special details. Step outside at the end of the day to enjoy a cocktail and peaceful western sunsets, entertain guests or simply relax… this home offers the space for the life you’ve been searching for. The location of the primary suite at the far end of the home creates complete privacy and features a spacious bedroom, large walk in closet and ensuite bath with soaking tub, separate shower with marble surround and dual vanities. At the opposite end of the home you’ll find the 2nd private bedroom surrounded by windows with Murphy bed hidden behind custom cabinetry. The architectural design of the building’s turret creates a lovely rounded wall found only in a few select premium units. A 2nd full bath off of Bedroom 2, laundry closet and coat closet complete the interior. Secured Garage parking and a storage unit are included with this unit. City living at its best with shops, world class restaurants, parks, transportation and all that charming Kalorama has to offer just steps from your front door.

1882 Columbia Rd Nw Unit #304, Washington

Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. Contact:

$1,875,000
5 Beds 5 Baths
Kalorama Gem Elegant turn of the 19th century Townhouse with high ceilings, crown moldings, 4 decorative fireplaces and hardwood floors. There are 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 2 kitchens that includes a private Guest suite. From the exquisitely tiled entrance vestibule, you step into the foyer that leads to the formal Living Room with 10’8” ceilings and beautiful crown moldings, a Bayfront window facing East and Fireplace. Powder Room located off the foyer. There is a convenient wet bar with granite top and glass case separating the Living room from the formal Dining Room with fireplace plus access to a charming patio surrounded by greenery. Perfect for your morning coffee or evening drinks. The efficient kitchen includes a gas oven-range, granite counters and glass tiled back splash. On the second floor, a generous bedroom with fireplace, that has been converted to a perfect library/ study with great desk space and lots of room for books. French doors connect the Study to the Primary bedroom with fireplace and bay front windows and 2 baths. Laundry is conveniently located off the hallway. The Primary bathroom with great storage space, has a generous marble tiled shower complete with seat and storage niche, and the second tiled bathroom has a tub/shower. The third floor with 2 bedrooms, has a full bath, plus a custom walk-in closet that would be an envy of a clothes horse. The front bedroom also has a bay front window. The lower Level has a studio apartment with kitchen, decorative fireplace, full bath and laundry. Plus just steps up to the charming patio. In addition, there is ample storage in the basement area, including a thermostatically controlled wine cabinet. Located in Embassy Row Kalorama, near the Spanish Steps and easy walk to Dupont, Metro, restaurants, Dupont Farmer’s market and Georgetown. Rock Creek Pky to Reagan Airport within 20 minutes. Zone 2 parking available, plus off hours Embassy street pkg. 1 yr Home Warranty included

1620 22nd St Nw, Washington

Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. Contact: (202) 966-1400