Kalorama

Kalorama is one of the few neighborhoods in D.C. that has maintained its upper class style and somewhat aristocratic character throughout the years, standing proud as a monument of times gone by. Unlike many areas that weren’t within the original city limits, Kalorama had already started developing before it became a part of D.C., which accounts for the irregular street system and property lots, giving then neighborhood its own flair and unique charm.

A History of Posh

The name of Kalorama, coined by the poet Joel Barlow in 1808, translates as “beautiful view” in Greek, and to this day it lives up to its name. It took almost a century for the rural single-family home area to be transformed into one of the most affluent neighborhoods in D.C., however. In the 1880s, rapid development projects swept over Kalorama, turning it into a suburban area intended as a safe haven from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

By the end of the 19th century, the idea was completely sold, and with the establishment of a street car line in Kalorama in 1897, people flocked to the neighborhood. The area has been home to presidents William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, whose historic home remains as a museum in Kalorama. By the 1930s, Kalorama was fully developed, showcasing the works of the best architects in the country.

Staying Classy

Following the Great Depression in 1929, many of the spectacular townhomes were bought up by the government. These are now the Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue, which brings diplomats and foreign emissaries to Kalorama. This has made the neighborhood one of the most exclusive and expensive real estate markets in D.C., with median property value of around $1.3 million. Most of these properties are spacious single-family homes on large plots of land or row houses, but there are also a number of luxurious condo and co-op buildings, including the St. Nicholas, the Wyoming and the Cartage.

Kalorama is a true gem in the heart of the city. The classic Beaux Arts and Mediterranean style houses make for some of the most beautiful architecture in the country. At the same time, with plenty of green space, mature trees, a well-kept park and some of the lowest crime rates in D.C. have made Kalorama an exclusive, and incredibly comfortable, place to live.

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Listing information last updated on October 22nd, 2017 at 1:39am CDT.