Kalorama is a prestigious D.C. neighborhood with distinguished architecture.
Distinguished architecture in prestigious D.C. neighborhood
Kalorama is a prestigious D.C. neighborhood with distinguished architecture. Its unique layout predates the grid-style master plan that guided the construction of most other D.C. neighborhoods. Kalorama is a Greek word meaning “beautiful view,” and the neighborhood’s stunning historic mansions make Kalorama more than worthy of its name. Each home is a distinct work of architectural art. Historic Beaux-Arts, Colonial, and Georgian properties share the neighborhood with a handful of newer homes in elegant contemporary styles.
Embassy Row extends into the neighborhood. Diplomatic missions and properties within Kalorama include the grand Jacobean Revival-style French Ambassador’s residence overlooking Kalorama Circle. Barack Obama and his family moved into the neighborhood after leaving the White House, making him the sixth United States President to have lived in Kalorama. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is one of many other elite residents with homes in Kalorama. This private and exclusively residential neighborhood has no restaurants, shops, or other commercial development. However, Kalorama is immediately adjacent to Dupont Circle and close to other central D.C. neighborhoods that offer a huge variety of shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Mitchell Park is a relaxing neighborhood green space with grass lawns, walking paths, and a multi-sport field and court. The park is located in the heart of Kalorama and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mitchell Park was part of a 17th-century estate and became public property in 1918 when it was donated by Elizabeth Mitchell under the condition that her dog’s burial site in the park was not to be disturbed.
The much larger Rock Creek Park spans 1,754 acres and was only the third space in the United States to be designated a National Park. The park features miles of multi-use trails winding through the enchanting scenery of the Rock Creek Valley as well as numerous attractions and amenities. Engage in equestrian pursuits at the Rock Creek Park Horse Center, explore history at the 1820s Peirce Mill, take on challenging elevation changes at Rock Creek Park Golf Course, play tennis or watch ATP World Tour and WTA Tour events at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, and take in outdoor performances at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre.
Just a block away from Mitchell Park, Decatur Terrace lies at the top of a scenic tree-shaded staircase known as the Spanish Steps. The Spanish Steps has four terraces featuring flowerbeds and a lion head fountain surrounded by oaks and magnolias. The uppermost terrace offers incredible views over Embassy Row. Embassy Row’s many embassies open their doors to the public for cultural events and tours throughout the year, including the Around the World Embassy Tour as part of May’s month-long Passport D.C. celebrations.
Kalorama is served by the District of Columbia Public Schools District.
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