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Best Neighborhoods in DC: Kalorama

Appleton Properties | September 19, 2017


Kalorama Real Estate

The most elegant of DC neighborhoods, Kalorama is populated by handsome colonial and federal-style homes, and within these residences, a bevy of statesmen and ambassadors. At first glance, it is the very picture of an idyllic early 20th-century residential neighborhood, and for the most part, Kalorama is as peaceful and refined as it was a century ago. Here you can enjoy quiet spaces, plenty of well-manicured gardens, and be a part of DC history while being minutes away from Georgetown and Dupont Circle.

A brief background

Kalorama’s history can be traced back to the mid-18th century, when it was all just rural land. In the 1750s, a stately home called Rock Hill was constructed by Gustavus Scott, a former DC commissioner. The property was then sold to the poet Joel Barlow by Margaret Scott, Gustavus’ wife, in the early 1800s, and he renamed the property “Kalorama,” which is Greek for “fine view.”

Kalorama remained largely undeveloped until the late 1880s, when the area was divided for urban development. Although the L’Enfant Plan was largely followed in the building of DC from the turn of the 19th century and onwards, existing developments were left undisturbed, making Kalorama one of the very few neighborhoods in DC to not follow the local grid system.

Today, Kalorama is one of the most prestigious addresses in DC. The exclusive area is divided into two neighborhoods: Sheridan-Kalorama (known as Kalorama Heights) and Kalorama Triangle. Homes in the Kalorama area average at $1.3 million, making it one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Several former US presidents have called Kalorama home, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and most recently, Barack Obama.

What to do

The Kalorama area is primarily residential, but the neighborhood has its fair share of activities you wouldn’t want to miss.

  • Go on a walking tour – Kalorama is home to some of DC’s oldest and most iconic homes, as well as quite a few stately embassies (there are approximately two dozen within the neighborhood limits).
  • Meet the locals at Kalorama Park – Get a feel for the neighborhood by hanging out at Kalorama Park, a 3-acre green space where you can also find the local community garden and the Kalorama Recreation Center.

Where to eat

  • Bistrot Du Coin – Located along Connecticut Avenue, Bistrot Du Coin offers a menu that features French and Belgian cuisine in a vintage bistro setting. Their desserts and cocktails are a definite must-try.
  • Restaurant Nora – Sophisticated and hip, Restaurant Nora brings to the table New American dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, perfect for health-conscious foodies.
  • Sushi Ogawa – One of the best places in DC to get the signature Japanese dish, Sushi Ogawa’s artful omakase meals will elevate the dining experience in DC to a whole new level.
  • Russia House – Enjoy the classic pairing of vodka and caviar at Russia House along Connecticut Avenue, housed in a beautifully decorated townhouse.

Live in Kalorama, DC. For information about Kalorama and luxury homes in Washington DC, contact Appleton Properties today at 301-652-2707 or 202-888-4846. You can also check out our Kalorama community page to learn more about the neighborhood.