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Taft Bridge in Kalorama

Taft Bridge in Kalorama

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Kalorama: One of DC’s Commuting Friendly Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods

(This post is sponsored by the Keri Shull Team, one of the top real estate teams in the DC Metro area.)

After a prolonged period of being perceived as a dangerous and crime-ridden city up though the ‘90s, Washington, DC since 2000 has made enormous strides to clean up the city and open itself up as a fun, welcoming and safe space for families, young professionals and even retirees. All throughout you’ll see tasteful street art honoring the city’s rich cultural history, and in between you’ll find pockets of new developments and regeneration giving areas a much needed refreshing.

With the influx of interest back into the District, there’s no shortage of exciting, up-and-coming neighborhoods within the nation’s capital. DC’s evolution into the crisp, cool city that it is becoming today can largely be divided into three main facets: as the luxurious but private residences of a neighborhood like Kalorama, as the rejuvenated cultural center of Petworth, and as the timelessness and quality of Eckington. Each aspect captures a different element of the District, but together they encapsulate the changing and modernizing character of the city.

Today, you’ll learn about Kalorama.

Kalorama | 20009 | The Neighborhood of Beautiful Views

Red Line (Woodley Park/Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle)

The luxurious residential neighborhood just a stone’s throw from the buzzing activity of Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, Kalorama is home to some of the most ambitious and high quality developments found in the District.

Despite historically having some of the highest real estate values in the city, there has been ever increasing demand to live in and move to Kalorama. Although this means it can only attract a limited clientele, interest has been especially spurred on lately since the Obamas decided to make it their home. In fact, it has quite a history of housing former presidents and other notorieties - with now 6 Presidents who have there including Woodrow Wilson and FDR, plus now Jared and Ivanka Trump and countless other politicos.

What is it about Kalorama that attracts these high-flying dignitaries? A few factors stand out, including its storied reputation and its prime Northwest DC location. But it all ultimately comes back to its function as a peaceful refuge away from the busy city life surrounding it. It’s rare to find such a sanctuary in a city, and it’s even harder to maintain it as such. But to have all that peace so near to so much entertainment – it’s a real estate investors dream come true!

Free Attractions

    Kalorama Park - a small but well maintained park and community garden; recently renovated in 2016

    Smithsonian National Zoo - The pandas at the free Smithsonian National Zoo are just a short walk northwards from the Kalorama Triangle


    Morton Fine Art - Fine art gallery opened in 2010 with focus on African American and African art

    Sitar Arts Center - Public arts center specializing in local community and youth art projects and programs


    Woodrow Wilson High School - Named after the former President and Kalorama resident, Woodrow Wilson High School is the largest comprehensive public high school in the District and is routinely the top performing non-magnet high school in DCPS.

    Oyster-Adams Bilingual School - one of the top rated middle and elementary schools in the District, Oyster-Adams provides a high quality bilingual English/Spanish education


    Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant - Widely regarded as among the best Ethiopian food in the district, eating at Ababa is a highly authentic dining experience and will transport you right to a whole other world of spices, music, delicious food and coffee, and more

    Sushi Ogawa - Headed by a true master in the sushi craft, Sushi Ogawa puts quality and authenticity before all else, providing diners with an omakase experience unparalleled in the district

Be on the lookout for our other profiles of up-and-coming DC neighborhoods, courtesy of the Keri Shull Team.

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