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Luxury home: Condos near embassies, zoo, Dupont Circle

- - Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kalorama-Sheridan, a Northwest Washington neighborhood that appeals to ambassadors and diplomats from around the globe, offers a distinctive charm.

Nestled between Connecticut Avenue and the Embassy Row section of Massachusetts Avenue, the community includes a mix of dazzling mansions, elegant condominiums and grand diplomatic residences. Narrow streets, mature trees and small parks add charm to this part of town, which manages to seem secluded in spite of its location within walking distance of a multitude of city amenities.

Residents can walk to Connecticut Avenue's shops, to restaurants in Woodley Park and Dupont Circle, and to Adams Morgan. Rock Creek Park is easily accessible, along with Wisconsin Avenue, Georgetown and downtown Washington.

Murillo/Malnati Homes is building the Calistoga Condominium at 2225 California St. NW, three blocks from Dupont Circle. Each of the nine residences in this boutique building has a patio, balcony or roof deck. Buyers have the option of purchasing a garage space or reserved outdoor parking space, depending on the unit chosen.

The homes have 978 to 2,012 square feet, with base prices from $625,000 to $1,750,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $360 to $740.

The homes have open floor plans with floor-to-ceiling windows in the living rooms. Standard features include wide-plank white oak or maple flooring in the living areas, carpet in the bedrooms and marble tile in the bathrooms. Most homes have 9-foot-3-inch-high ceilings, and ceilings in the penthouse homes are 10 feet high or higher.

Other features include individually controlled heating and air conditioning, full-size front-load washers and dryers, recessed lighting, security systems, and high-tech audio-visual and home-entertainment systems. Each open kitchen has a 9-foot island; oak or maple cabinets; and upgraded appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a natural-gas cooktop, a built-in microwave and a dishwasher with a custom cabinet panel.

All of the baths have rain shower heads and marble flooring, marble vanity tops and marble walls. There are deep soaking tubs in the secondary baths. The master baths have frameless glass-enclosed showers with built-in benches and double-sink vanities.

Penthouse 2, on the fifth floor, is a two-level home with 2,012 square feet. This residence, base-priced from $1,750,000, has three bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room.

The home has a foyer entrance leading to a hall with a powder room, a coat closet and a laundry closet. The main living area of this residence has an open floor plan with a kitchen featuring a breakfast bar, a dining area and a living area with windows on two sides.

The master bedroom has a private balcony, a bedroom with windows on two walls, a walk-in closet, and a luxury bath with a dual-sink vanity and an oversized shower. The second and third bedrooms, on the opposite side of the foyer, have a window and a closet each. They share a full bath off the hall.

Upstairs are a loft with two walls of windows and a wet bar, a third full bath, and access to a private roof terrace ready for buyers to install a hot tub.

Unit 302, which has 1,672 square feet, is priced at $1,095,000. This home has an open living and dining area and kitchen with a breakfast bar and windows on two sides. Nearby are a powder room, a stacked washer and dryer and a coat closet.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, a luxury bath with an oversized shower and a dual-sink vanity, windows on two sides of the bedroom, and a door to a private balcony. Two more bedrooms and a second full bath complete this home.

For more information about the Calistoga Condominium, contact Natalie Hasny, an associate broker with Capital Residential Properties at 202/309-8530 or visit www.mmgdevelopment.