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St. Nicholas Condos for Sale | Kalorama
Located at 2230 California Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Located in Washington, DC’s exclusive Kalorama neighborhood, the St. Nicholas is a historic building that has been converted to luxury condos for sale. Featuring strong Beaux-Arts design principles, the six-story structure features two connected wings that project forward. The St. Nicholas is at 2230 California Street between 23rd Street and Phelps Place.
St Nicholas Condominium | Residences for Sale in Kalorama
Built in 1917, the building retains its antique charm and grandeur of a past era, while boasting a number of recent renovations, high-end finishes and modern features. There are 31 very spacious two and three-bedroom residences ranging from 1,300 to approximately 3,700 square feet. At the very top are two huge bi-level penthouses—one for each wing—with private rooftop decks. Recent condos for sale at the St. Nicholas have run from around $775,000 to over $1.5 million.
Enter one of these elegant homes and enjoy high ceilings and large windows, allowing floods of natural flight to bathe the original hardwood floors. All units have private dining rooms and wood-burning fireplaces, and most also have private outdoor spaces. The living spaces have been nicely opened up, flowing organically into extra-large gourmet kitchens with long granite counters, stainless steel appliances and pendant lighting. Also worth noting are the renovated bathrooms with double-sink granite vanities, separate showers and elongated claw-foot tubs with spa fixtures.
The neighborhood itself is also part of the appeal. Known for its embassies and stunning historic properties, Kalorama has long been home to high-level politicians and other notable figures. In fact, former President Barack Obama and family moved to Kalorama after leaving the White House. Other popular residential buildings in the neighborhood include The Carthage and 2039 Connecticut.
Residents at the St. Nicholas are also strolling distance to the lovely Kalorama Triangle Park, as well as a host of top bars and restaurants in Adams Morgan to the northeast and in Dupont Circle to the south. The community is served by the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro and the Dupont Circle Metro. To learn more, call District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.
The Kalorama Story
Kalorama’s story dates back to 1659 when the King of England, Charles II, granted a 625-acre parcel to James Langford. The former servant sailed to America with his parents and brother, settling in Maryland. James would die around 1662, leaving the land to his brother James who eventually passed it down to his son William. The acreage remained virtually untouched, albeit with the addition of 50 more acres, changing hands again later in the 18th century, to Anthony Holmead who added it to his vast “Widows’s Mite” holdings which included large portions of land along the eastern edges of the Anacostia River.
In 1795, the land in the fledgling District of Columbia was again sold, with new owner Gustov Scott building a large estate known as Bel Air. Just a few years later, the mansion was sold to Joel Barlow, a poet and diplomat, who rechristened it Kalorama, roughly translating to fine, beautiful or wide view, depending on whose translation is used. Regardless, the view from the hilly home was indeed fine and panoramic, and many parties and gatherings of the day were held there.
Almost a century later, during the late 1880s, city planners began expanding development with the building of new roads, bridges that would span the deep Rock Creek gorge, and utilities. The first wave of new development was chiefly devoted to large single-family homes, followed around the turn of the century by large apartment buildings such as St. Nicholas, The Carthage, The Dresden, 2029 Connecticut and others. Thus, the neighborhood was cast, and would remain relatively unchanged in the modern era with notable buildings preserved under the Kalorama Historic District status.
Today, Kalorama has the feel of a tucked-away affluent enclave, bordered by Rock Creek along its western edges with the lively urban environments of Adams Morgan to the northeast and east, and Dupont Circle to the south. Kalorama is the sum of two parts—the Kalorama Triangle and Sheridan-Kalorama, also known as Kalorama Heights. The Sheridan-Kalorama area is that which is closest to Rock Creek.
While there are not a lot of businesses within the Kalorama boundaries (those that do exist are in the triangle, closer to the Adams Morgan border), there are nonetheless some interesting places to visit. Those include Mitchell Park, a favorite place for locals to relax and socialize, including summer outdoor movie nights. The area is also known for its many foreign embassies and diplomatic missions, including the Chilean Naval Mission, the French Ambassador’s Residence and the Embassies of Cyprus, Barbados, Turkey, Slovenia, Algeria and Nepal—just to name a few.
Kalorama has historically been home to past presidents and other prominent citizens, including William Taft, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt and currently, Barack Obama. Jeffrey Bezos of Amazon and the Washington Post, as well as Jared and Ivanka Trump, also live in the neighborhood. There’s no local Metro station—the closest ones are Dupont Circle a half-mile south and Woodley Park/Zoo-Adams Morgan, a little more than a half-mile north.