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Great Neighborhoods in Washington, DC: Sheridan-Kalorama

Great Neighborhoods in Washington, DC:  Sheridan-Kalorama

If you were very prosperous and moving Washington to serve in William Howard Taft’s cabinet, you’d need a fabulous house.  And 1909’s most elegant new subdivision was just up the hill from Dupont Circle, called Kalorama  -  from Greek meaning “beautiful view”.

 Kalorama is divided by Connecticut Avenue into two very different neighborhoods.  The section to the west of Connecticut, Sheridan Kalorama, is the more distinguished of the two sections.

Whether your move to Washington is to serve a President or to represent clients for a major DC law firm, you can still find an impressive home in Kalorama.

Just before leaving the White House President Woodrow Wilson bought his wife, Edith, a beautiful town house at 2340 S Street NW, where they spent his post presidential years.


One of my favorite Kalorama homes is a lovely place called "The Lindens".  In the 1930’s, it was transported to Washington from Danvers, Massachusetts.  This historic 1754 home was taken apart and shipped here in six boxcars, with each piece labeled and numbered, for "easy" reassembly!  This home was extensively restored again during the 1980's, this time leaving it in place. 

Another neighborhood treat is known as The Spanish Steps, going up from Decatur Place to 22nd Street. 

In addition to being a beautiful neighborhood, Kalorama shares a border with Rock Creek Park, with easy access to hiking and bicycle paths.  And being so close to downtown makes it hard to imagine that, in the early 1900’s, it was considered to be a Washington suburb.

Times have changed, but the appeal of this lovely old neighborhood has endured.  

Currently, there are 13 homes for sale, with prices ranging from $1,995,000 to a high of $6,995,000.  Here is a link to their full listing information.

If you are planning a move to or from the Washington area, I can help.  I am licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Email me a t or call 202-549-5167. 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsPatricia Kennedy • December 26 2012 01:32PM


Sheridan-Kalorama sounds like a delightful neighborhood and I enjoyed reading about it!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 8 years ago

This is a redo of a post that I originally wrote in August of 2008.  I rewrote it for the Out with the Old, In with the New Contest.

It has many more links than the original, and while I used the photos from the original post, I did edit them in I-Photos.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

This is a great post, Pat, and well worth the remake.  That must have been some feat in 1754 moving an entire home.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 8 years ago

Pat, These stately old historic homes have so much appeal. Some things just never get old.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 8 years ago

Ah Kalorama!  I remember it well.  One of the most elegant communities in town.   In some of the higher areas on Conn.  Ave., you can see the vista of DC quite a ways.  A lot of those elegant homes especially the rows have been converted to condo and many to office condo.  Still beautiful.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Larry and Sheila, it's a wonderful place to live on so many levels.

Jane, OK, they built the home originally in the 1700's.  They moved it down here in the 1930's. 

And Debbie, many of them have been beautifully restored, and the ones that haven't could be.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Pat, what a wonderful post about Kalorma, it is beautiful there!!! Wow, looks like one place I will have on my list when I make it to DC!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 8 years ago


I love this area of DC and remember seeing a house there with you when I visited before. You've captured the look and feel beautifully.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Patricia,  The Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhoods certainly do hold a great community appeal. There is a lot of history there too. The prices seem to reflect the character and beauty of the neighborhood.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 8 years ago

Pat, I think it would be so cool to represent such historical homes on a regular basis. There are not very many of them out here but I do live only a block away from our Historical District and have been fortunate enough to sell a couple. nIf I'm ever in your neighborhood I hope you can/will show me around.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat, I think in my previous life, I must have lived there , perhaps as a past cabinet member. These homes , I have visited a few, always make me feel like I have been there before. The Bishop Home in particular. If I were wealthy and especially with my love of our capital, I would be happy to put up with the snow and the colder temps in the winter because of the charm and grace of these fine homes. I think I was meant to have served in our federal government. Should've, would've could've but didn't. :-), Next life for sure. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 8 years ago

Pat, what a wonderfully written post.  All the incredible details you have shared here really make it obvious that YOU are really the right Realtor to help folks in the Greater Washington, DC area with their housing needs.

If this wasn't already a Featured Post... I think I'd find a way to "suggest" it multiple times, if I could.

I just love the part of your post where you shared about "The Lindens" being taken apart and moved from Massachusetts to DC and reassembled.  What a great home.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Hey Pat!  I love Kalorama!  our post really did the area justice - thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Wow, look at those numbers. They sure make you stop and think!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 8 years ago


The Sheridan -  Kalorma is an outstanding Neighborhood in Washington DC.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Pat I remembered the old post and you have improved it.  Kalorma sounds like a great neighborhood.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 8 years ago

Hello Pat - I'll echo the sentiments that this is a such a well-written post filled with the behind-the-scenes information that allows your local and in-depth knowledge of the Washington DC real estate market to really shine.   Lots of great details, photos. MLS links -- definitely feature-worthy.   Very nicely done.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 8 years ago

Well that's a great neighborhood and definitely the high rent district.  This is a really well written article to give me a good sense of what it's like to actually be there.

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 8 years ago

I love this contest, although i was too busy to get it all done. I had some other things to accomplish this month. I will rewrite some of my posts anyway as my new WordPress platform and AR could use some new content!! and it can easily be a good rewrite from before. It makes perfect sense to write this, and this one is a great example of the "how to" accomplish the goal!!! Congratulations on the Feature Pat!!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat, I remember meeting you at a dinner in Atlantic City last year. This is a very attractive and well done blog post. I may model one of mine after it - thank you for the good idea.

Posted by Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist (Catamount Realty Group) almost 8 years ago