Welcome to Kalorama

A storied city neighborhood with distinguished estates overlooking Rock Creek Park.

Kalorama is an exclusive community in Washington, D.C.’s Northwest Quadrant. The neighborhood is bordered by bustling districts such as Georgetown and Dupont Circle but is outside the grid-based masterplan that most of central D.C. was built to follow in the 1790s. This leafy neighborhood offers a unique atmosphere of refined style and privacy that has made it popular among the D.C. political and business elite. Kalorama’s high-profile residents include Barack Obama, who purchased one of our previous listings here. We also sold former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson his Kalorama home, and Ted Leonsis’ son Zach bought a $9 million property through us in this neighborhood.

Kalorama consists of the distinct neighborhoods of Kalorama Triangle and Sheridan-Kalorama, the latter of which is also known as Kalorama Heights. Most properties are lavish historic residences with gorgeous old-world design inside and out. There are also a few stylish contemporary condominium buildings and beautiful Kalorama DC homes for sale.

What to Love

  • Prestigious neighborhood
  • Elite residents
  • Exquisite homes
  • Embassies
  • Close to Dupont Circle and Georgetown

Commute Times

Metro Center 20m by train, 16m by car

Union Station 26m by train, 28m by car

Dupont Circle 11m by train, 6m by car

Regan National Airport 55m by train, 26m by car

Nearest Metro

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People & Lifestyle

When Barack Obama and his family moved into the neighborhood at the end of his presidency, he became the sixth U.S. President to have lived in Kalorama. The grand residence of the French Ambassador is located in the neighborhood, and other prominent figures to have purchased property here include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and several Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Secretaries, and Federal Reserve Governors.

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Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Kalorama’s quiet residential streets are within easy reach of some of D.C.’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment areas. Columbia Road at the eastern edge of Kalorama Triangle features upscale dining spots including oyster bar Johnny’s Half Shell, chef-driven French-inspired cuisine at Mintwood Place, and Afghan bistro Lapis. More high-end restaurants line Connecticut Avenue between Kalorama Heights and Dupont Circle. Standouts here include elegant caviar and vodka spot Russia House, lively French eatery Bistrot du Coin, and French-Indian fusion cooking at Le Mirch. Vibrant Georgetown is directly across Rock Creek from Kalorama, with hundreds of places to eat, drink, and shop.

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Things to Do

Much of Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row runs through Kalorama, with a total of 28 embassies within its boundaries. Some of the countries with embassies in the neighborhood include Greece, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey. These international institutions frequently open their doors for special events showcasing their nation’s culture. The Russian Culture Center was established in a Kalorama mansion in the 1890s and regularly hosts events such as Russian film screenings, language classes, and theatrical and musical performances. Kalorama’s Spanish Steps are a romantic hidden landmark of tree-shaded stairs and terraces. Three-acre Kalorama Park is a relaxing neighborhood green space with trees, lawns, and a children’s playground. There are also gardens, walking paths, and sports fields at Mitchell Park, along with events like outdoor theater performances and movie nights. The sprawling 2,000-acre green space of Rock Creek Park is a short distance north of Kalorama, with attractions including Smithsonian National Zoo, a professional tennis stadium, the Carter Barron AmphitheatreRock Creek Horse Center, and miles of trails for hiking, jogging, cycling, and horseback riding. Located just beyond Kalorama’s southern boundary, The Phillips Collection is the United States’ oldest institution dedicated to exhibiting modern art. The Phillips Collection exhibits over 600 artworks, including paintings from masters such as Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Rothko, and Van Gogh.


Public schools in Kalorama are operated by the District of Columbia Public School District.

  • Eaten Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Hearst Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Murch Elementary School at UDC, Public, PK-5
  • Oyster Adams Bilingual School, Public, PK-8
  • Edmund Burke School, Private (Nonsectarian), 6-12
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For more information on prime Kalorama DC homes for sale, contact McFadden Partners today. We can help you find your dream Kalorama luxury home for you.