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The Carthage Condos for Sale | Kalorama
Located at 2301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
In the posh Washington, DC neighborhood of Kalorama—known for its historic addresses—is an opulent building known as The Carthage. Dating back to 1921, this elegant eight-story Beaux-Arts building was renovated in 1980 and converted to 28 luxury condos for sale.
The Carthage is located at 2301 Connecticut Avenue NW at the corner of Connecticut Ave and Kalorama Road. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also in the Kalorama Triangle Historic District. Interestingly, The Carthage itself has a somewhat triangular shape, with rounded corners. It was designed by Ernest C. Hunter and G.Neal Bell who were prominent architects of the era in DC. Other nearby historic residential buildings of note include 2029 Connecticut and 2101 Connecticut.
Set well back from the street and surrounded by large manicured lawns, this grand old structure is home to two one-bedroom units and 26 larger two-bedroom units, ranging from 1,484 to approximately 2,000 square feet. Condos for sale have recently listed between $465,000 for one of the smaller one-bedrooms, to $1.5 million for a large two-bedroom, three-bath residence.
Step inside one of these lovely city homes and you’ll witness true old world charm, with original hardwood and marble flooring, formal dining rooms, wood-burning fireplaces with lovely mantles, crown molding and distinctive door paneling. Most of the units also have large private outdoor terraces.
The spacious kitchens have been updated with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, while the renovated baths feature granite vanities and frameless showers.
The pet-friendly building has a doorman, staffed front desk, concierge service, secure parking, a clubroom, a business conference room and a roof desk with sweeping views. The location is also a huge calling card, just a couple blocks from Kalorama Park, with the trendy 18th Street Restaurant Row in Adams Morgan just four blocks away. For more information about The Carthage, call District Partners at Compass at 202-798-3600.
Where The Carthage is Located
Located on a triangular-shaped lot where Connecticut Avenue, Kalorama Road and Ashmead all converge, The Carthage is shaped accordingly. While considered Beaux-Arts, there is also a distinct curvilinear Art Nouveau aspect as well. This impressive structure is in the heart of an area that is especially rich with ornate design. The Dresden, which has a more rounded front façade sits directly across the street, while the looming gothic 2101 Connecticut is next-door.
Indeed, take a stroll along the gently curving Connecticut Avenue and its many winding off-shoots and you’ll find a stunning display of buildings all dating to a certain era, yet with distinct differences. The architects of the day—including Hunter and Bell who are noted above—must have delighted in designs that comported to the hodge-podge of streets and uneven topography.
The History of Kalorama
The land that makes up Kalorama once belonged to James Langford, a former servant to King Charles II. James traveled to Maryland by ship along with his parents and brother, receiving the land grant in 1659. After James’ death in 1662, the 625-acre grant land transferred to his brother John (also a former indentured servant). The land in turn passed down to John’s son William, and was again sold during the 18th century to Anthony Holmead, becoming part of Holmead’s large “Widow’s Mite” holdings which included land along the eastern side of the Anacostia River.
Around 1795, Gustavus Scott, an early DC commissioner, purchased the land and built a large mansion known as Bel Air. The lavish home in the hilly terrain overlooking the city, was sold to diplomat Joel Barlow in 1807 and renamed Kalorama, a Greek term translating roughly to a “fine view.” The estate was known for hosting parties for Washington’s elite of the day. The area remained largely unchanged, save for the construction of a few other houses, until around the 1880s. And then things changed in a big hurry, with a wave of sustained residential development that continued for about three decades. The first wave of construction was large single-family homes, with large apartment buildings like The Carthage appearing after the turn of the 20th century.
Transit Options Near The Carthage
Kalorama is a residential neighborhood, without much in the way of commercial businesses save for some local stores. And while it’s a delightful place to walk, the somewhat hilly nature along with winding sidewalks and streets combine to give it a Walk Score of 88, while next-door Adams Morgan claims a 95. But don’t let that stop you from strolling or bicycling.
But residents can certainly exit the parking garage and head out for a drive, either heading south toward Downtown DC via Connecticut Avenue or north, crossing the Rock Creek gorge at either Taft Bridge or Ellington Bridge. This unique affluent neighborhood with its beautiful homes and buildings is truly a gem, surrounded by busier urban communities.