The neighborhood of Kalorama is home to some of DC’s most powerful people. In addition to Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Trump, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Kalorama is now home to former President Obama. It’s no secret that this neighborhood is filled with some of the most extravagant, yet classy, homes in the country. When it comes to living in neighborhood of Kalorama, however, its more about showing what you’ve got without showing how much you’ve got.
That’s where the hidden swag of Kalorama comes in. Kalorama, Greek for “a beautiful view” was primarily rural land until the end of the 19th century. It was then that developers began building the fine homes we have grown to love, and expect, in this neighborhood. Being outside the original limit of the city’s plan, Kalorama doesn’t abide by DC’s road grid system, perhaps adding to the charm of the homes to many of the world’s most powerful leaders.
The manicured gardens and beautiful marble fountains found throughout the neighborhood only work to add to the area’s sophisticated, yet simple, atmosphere. This helps the neighborhood retain its family-friendly environment while promoting its suburban elegance. This is especially so when added to the natural beauty of the trees and architecture throughout the neighborhood.
Built in 1911, the steps were originally constructed to solve a problem associated with the steep hillside; carriages were unable to traverse the steep hillside as creating a road would require destroying buildings on either side. Therefore, it was decided to build the steps. Now they have become a must-see landmark in the neighborhood.
Separated by a beautiful lion-head fountain, they get their name from the Spanish Steps in Rome. Though, perhaps, not as extravagant as their namesake, these steps still provide great insight into the history and culture of the neighborhood.
You wouldn’t expect an apartment complex to be in an article about “swag” anything, but when the prices for a single apartment range between $300,000 and $600,000, you’d better take notice. This history behind the building, alone, makes it swag-worthy. The first apartment complex to be built in the Kalorama neighborhood, the Mendota was constructed in 1901. The apartments, alone, offer some of the finest architecture in the neighborhood.
Featuring 10ft. ceilings, oversized windows, and original crown molding, residents of the Mendota are still some of the most elite in the city. Plus, with amenities like a parlor, courtyard, bicycle storage, and a 24-hour front desk, who wouldn’t want to live there.
So’s your Mom Deli
One of the few retail establishments in the neighborhood, So’s Your Mom is one of the staples for Kalorama residents. Despite its crude name, its not rare to find the lobby packed with people wanting to get their hands on some of the local favorites. Their fame could be based on the fact that they have a reputation for using only the finest ingredients on the diverse sandwich menu. There’s no doubt about it, they have an extremely loyal following, even among the most elite in the neighborhood.
Though you wouldn’t know it, the Kalorama Park is one of the busiest places in the neighborhood. This has especially become the case as more kids join the neighborhood. Today, it’s a common occurrence to find several parents at the park, either playing on the playground equipment, or even jogging the well-maintained paths. The influx of families with children over the past few years has brought a once-forgotten splendor back to the park. Now housing a designated children’s area and community garden, the park is a peaceful transition from the power that sits just a few miles down the road.