Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with former presidents in this serene and stately neighborhood far from the urban bustle
Depart from the day-to-day worries of life and step into a halcyon neighborhood where magnificent estates sit in repose with D.C. and the Rock Creek Park views. Set away from downtown, Kalorama’s verdant walkways and streets were protected from the expansion of D.C.’s gridded layout. Consequently, this peaceful residential oasis is alluring to some of the most prominent figures in D.C. who want to escape the stress of the lively city and unwind in their sophisticated, upscale homes.
Political leaders, cabinet members, billionaire CEOs, diplomats, and even former presidents have all called Kalorama home throughout the decades, drawn to its private feel and security. What was once a rural swath of land until the early 19th century is now a thriving community of affluent residents and unbelievable architectural variety.
The neighborhood is full of expansive pre-war homes, with stately Colonial and Georgian Revival mansions lining the well-manicured streets and lush lawns. Among renovated historic buildings that house luxury apartments and condos, you’ll also encounter 6-story townhomes, hidden penthouses, elegant Normandy-style estates, and massive Federal single-family homes. The prices can run upwards of $8 million but are more than worthwhile for their lavish amenities, renovations by internationally-acclaimed architects, prestige, and scenic charm.
Relaxation, privacy, and quiet are highly valued in Kalorama, where residents can often be found walking their dogs, reclining on their front porches, and talking about the simple pleasures of life with their neighbors. Highly educated, well-informed, and often commuting into the city for work, those who live in Kalorama know the value of a secluded and tranquil life.
Head just five minutes south of this charming residential location, and you’ll run into D.C.’s famous Dupont Circle, where a bevy of shops and restaurants await to satisfy your retail and dining needs. Among the many options here, you’ll find boutique clothing stores, high-end spirits and liquors, pet bakeries, comic stores, chocolatiers, and art galleries.
However, you don’t have to leave the neighborhood to have an incredible dining experience. Cheerful and buoyant, Bistrot du Coin is a local favorite for classic French and Belgian fare. Their menu is full of delicious traditional dishes like homemade crème brûlée, boeuf bourguignon, and escargots. Entirely unique, Russia House is set in a 4-story historic townhome and offers an intimate fine dining experience where the international vodka list is extensive, and the dinner menu is brimming with mouthwatering Russian cuisine.
In need of the perfect cup of tea to soothe, refresh, invigorate, or simply savor? Teaism is all about crafting the most sumptuous brews and exciting flavors. Their passion for making loose leaf tea an accessible experience has blossomed into a multiple-location brand that serves cuisine inspired by the regions where their teas come from.
Kalorama’s calm residential atmosphere is paired with a rich and vibrant history, a sense of culture, and a surprising international flair. The neighborhood is home to more than 30 international embassies, and during the spring months, these gorgeous buildings invite visitors to explore their cultures. With embassies for countries that include Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and Argentina, Kalorama is teeming with exciting opportunities to dive into international activities, arts, and events.
One of the most visited sections of Kalorama is the Triangle Historic District, which is an architectural enthusiast’s dreamscape. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Triangle Historic District is notable for its 19th-century housing and harmony of styles, which, though eclectic, manage to create a picturesque unity. While you’re taking the time to find historic homes, you won’t want to miss the President Woodrow Wilson House. As its name suggests, this home is famous for being the residence of President Woodrow Wilson. It has been converted into a museum that aims to explore Wilson’s dreams for the future, his life in D.C., and the surrounding history of his life.
Kalorama is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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