Kalorama Condominiums and Cooperatives

There are few places in Washington, DC better known for grand historic condominiums and cooperatives than the Kalorama neighborhood. Located in a hilly area north of Dupont Circle and west of Adams Morgan, this highly affluent community is home to embassies, mansions, and former apartment buildings and hotels that have been converted to condo or coop use. Many of these buildings are included in historian James Goode’s book “Best Addresses,” profiling a century of distinguished and historically significant apartment buildings.

The Kalorama area is comprised of two neighborhoods, each triangular in shape with the two sharp points facing each other. Each portion is a designated historic district, with the Kalorama Triangle Historic District to the north and bordered by Connecticut Avenue, Columbia Road, and Calvert Street, and the Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District to the south, bordered by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida Avenues.  Kalorama has long been home to business leaders, former U.S. Presidents, and other high-ranking government officials. You’ll find some of the most expensive homes in all of Washington, dotting winding streets in the neighborhood’s hilly areas. But luxury condos and coops are very much part of the housing picture as well.

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Given the protective nature of historic destinations, there isn’t much in the way of new construction condo buildings in the area, one rare exception being the boutique Calistoga, delivered in 2014 with just nine units. What you will find is a nice selection of grand old structures with rich architectural detailing, typically dating back to a period of time between the late 1800s and early 1900s. A few examples include 2029 Connecticut, 2101 Connecticut, St. Nicholas, The Carthage, The Dresden, and the Kalorama Place townhouses.

One of Washington’s oldest neighborhoods, Kalorama dates all the way back to a 600-acre English land grant. A large classically styled home was built by Gustavus Scott in 1795 and named “Belair.” The estate was sold to poet Joel Barlow in 1807, and rechristened “Kalorama” which translates roughly to “fine view” in the Greek language. But more widespread development of the area would have to wait nearly a century. The arrival of the Columbia Road streetcar line in 1897 opened the door to residential construction, with the area subdivided into larger lots in Sheridan-Kalorama and more urban density in Kalorama Triangle. The vast majority of properties were built from 1897-1931.

From prestigious mansions to upper class apartment buildings, Kalorama has always reflected an emphasis on notable architecture, such as Beaux-Arts, Georgian Revival, Arts & Crafts, and Mediterranean.  There isn’t a lot of commercial business in Kalorama, with the neighborhood very much reflecting a time capsule of a bygone era. Local parks include Kalorama Park, and Mitchell Park with its summer movie nights. Walter Pierce Park is right at the northern border line, and Rock Creek runs through the northwestern corner. There are plenty of nearby restaurants in next-door Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle.

To learn more about condos for sale in Kalorama, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040.

Kalorama Condos and Coops, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Are there more cooperative buildings than condominiums in Kalorama?

A: No, the reverse is actually true. There are more condominium buildings, but there are a number of cooperatives as well.

Q: Are there any new luxury high-rises in Kalorama?

A: Kalorama includes two historic districts and new construction is rare.

Q: How far is Kalorama from Downtown DC?

A: The distance is roughly a mile, depending on your actual start and stopping points.

Q: Do most condo buildings in Kalorama offer parking?

A: You will have to check each building on a case by case basis. Some offer parking and some do not.

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