Kalorama Defines Elegance in NW DC

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Technically, there are two parts to Kalorama in NW Washington: Kalorama Triangle and Sheridan-Kalorama. Kalorama Triangle is on the east side of Connecticut Avenue, bordered by Connecticut AvenueColumbia Road and Calvert Street/Rock Creek Park.   Sheridan-Kalorama is immediately west of Connecticut Avenue, located between Connecticut Avenue, Rock Creek ParkMassachusetts Avenue and Florida Avenue.

The chief distinction between the two lies in the more urban character of Kalorama Triangle, and the more removed feel to Sheridan-Kalorama. The latter is notably the most affluent neighborhood in Washington, while the Triangle is comparable to Dupont Circle to its south.   Both the Kalorama Triangle and Kalorama-Sheridan are noted for their park-like settings, large single-family homes, spacious and elegant pre-war condominiums and coops, and prestige as luxurury homes and desirable addresses within the  Washington, D.C metro area.


There are 53 homes on the market as of mid December 2010.  The least expensive in this luxury neighborhood is a pied a terre on Belmont for $159,000.   With nearly 300 square feet of living space, this is a small home for a small price.  The most expensive home on the market at present is the Teddy Kennedy home at 2416 Tracy Place, listed for $6,995,000 by TTR.

FEATURED LISTING: 2416 Tracy Place, NW

The Washington, DC home of the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, is on the market for $6,995,000 — this after being “quietly shopped around,” according to the Wall Street Journal.  The property was originally listed for $7,995,000.

Kennedy’s home is a stately, Federal-style home with a large portico, the semi-elliptical fan transom above the paneled door and a large suspended lantern to guide you home.

Once you enter through the grand foyer, you feel like you have entered a home built in the 19th century although in reality this 9000 square foot home was built in the 1920s.  With 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths,  a study, a library, and a family room, there is lots of room for an extended family.  The dining room can accommodate an event for 50 people and it opens to an adjacent sunroom.  Although the lot is only .10 acres, the gardens and terraces are lovely.

Don’t miss the private retreat which includes the indoor resistance swimming pool – just off the library.   If you would like to see this luxury home that has hosted so many parties and historic events, please give the Lise Howe Team a call to schedule your showing.  If this home is not your dream, just describe the home for sale you are looking for, and the Lise Howe Team can find it!


Nestled on the corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues, the Russia House restaurant and lounge is claims to be

Russia House Noted by Lise Howe, Coldwell Banker

Russia House Dining Room

evocatively reminiscent of the era of the Tsars.  We had a very pleasant meal here and enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev.  The vodka selection was certainly enjoyable, and our waiter did a great job of explaining the difference between the various brands and nationalities.    The service was good and the food was pleasant.  However,  I thought that the restaurant  decor a little shabby, rather than an example of  Russian-European elegance, as it claims on Open Table.

Apparently it is a good place to see the Russian Caps players after some of the home games – at least last year.  Until they start winning again – who knows if the Caps are out at night.

FEATURED EVENT: Politics and Prose – Edmund Morris on Theodore Roosevelt – January 6,2011

Roosevelt book noted by Lise Howe, Coldwell Banker, 240-401-5577
Colonel Roosevelt, the final volume of Morris’s award-winning three-part biography of Teddy Roosevelt, picks up where Theodore Rex left off. Age 50, having just lost the White House to Taft, Roosevelt set out for a grand safari in Africa. As prodigious with a pen as he was with a gun, TR left a huge archive of letters, journals, and books, all of which inform this definitive life story.

With most of then-Washington City contained within L’Enfant’s original plan, the Kalorama area was primarily rural until the close of the 19th century. In 1795, Gustavus Scott, a commissioner for the District of Columbia purchased the property, which had been a portion of Anthony Holmead’s “Widows Mite” holdings. He constructed a large, classically styled house at 23rd and S Streets, which he named Belair. In 1807, the noted poet Joel Barlow bought the property and renamed it “Kalorama”, which translates from Greek as “fine view”. Barlow lived in the home until shortly before his death in 1812. Barlow commissioned White House architect Benjamin Latrobe to enlarge the house and elevate its design. Kalorama (the residence) was destroyed by a fire during the American Civil War while it was used as a Union hospital. The residence was rebuilt and returned to a single-family home until 1887, when it was leveled by the District of Columbia government for the extension of S Street NW.

In the early 1880s, the Kalorama area, being located beyond Boundary Street (Florida Avenue) and thus outside the city limits, which had hithero remained primarily undeveloped, began to be subdivided for urban development. In 1893 Congress ordered L’Enfant’s design of the city of Washington extended out to the rest of the District. Existing developments were exempted, which is why Kalorama is one of the few portions of DC that does not comply with the city’s grid system. Critical to the development of both sides of Kalorama in this period, the Calvert bridge was built in 1891, the Taft bridge in 1907.

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