Kalorama: funny name, serious real estate. Although it sounds like a cheesy band that might have been borne of the 1980s, two neighborhoods that bore this moniker represent some of Washington D.C.’s most desired living areas. They are Kalorama Triangle and Sheridan-Kalorama, and as you might expect they sit right next to each other in D.C.’s northwest quadrant. Among other distinctions, Sheridan-Kalorama is the city’s most affluent neighborhood, while Kalorama Triangle trends more upper middle class. Here’s what else you need to know.
“Kalorama” roughly translates to “fine view” in Greek, and it made a fitting name for a 19th century estate that once stood in the area. Kalorama Triangle came into being in the late 1800s after the construction of streetcars and bridges made the land more accessible; the city limits encompassed it by 1893. The scenic, hilly terrain and accompanying breezes made it attractive for D.C’s prosperous residents, who occupied a medley of fine apartment buildings and attached houses on curving, leafy streets.
The architectural styles prevalent in Kalorama Triangle include Arts and Crafts, Georgian Revival, and Mediterranean Revival. Eventually small stores made their way into the mix, giving residents the convenience of nearby shopping. This urbane lifestyle, sometimes compared to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has made its way to present day and is considered a major selling point. Add to that the nearby charms of Dupont Circle, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a spectacular walking neighborhood.
Sheridan-Kalorama is right next to Kalorama Triangle but presents a notably different character that’s almost suburban. The lots are larger here, and single family homes make up much more of the housing stock. On Massachusetts Avenue, stately rowhouses form an elegant Embassy Row. Beside the lack of apartment buildings, this neighborhood differs from Kalorama Triangle with its preponderance of Colonial Revival and Beaux Arts architecture. Commercial options in the neighborhood are also more limited, but the proximity of Dupont Circle makes this largely a non-issue.
Both neighborhoods are well served by the Dupont Circle and Woodley Park Metro Stations. The smallest condos in Kalorama Triangle typically start in the low $200s, and the neighborhood’s rowhouses can reach $2,000,000. The price range in Sheridan-Kalorama is typically $1,000,000 - $5,000,000.
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