- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

The Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington may not be widely known outside the city, but it has a fascinating history. The Web site of the National Park Service describes the Sheridan-Kalorama historic district as home to the city’s most distinguished residential examples of late 19th- and early 20th-century Revival-style architecture.

Perhaps more interesting than the buildings, the residents in this community have included diplomats, foreign dignitaries, presidents and an array of Washington’s elite.

The Tudor-style home at 2443 Kalorama Road NW, now on the market for $5,650,000, has been the home of Iceland’s ambassadors to the United States since 1965. Built in 1928, the palatial 9,500-square-foot home was occupied by Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the first lady of the Republic of China, when she visited the United States to promote her country´s independence.

Surrounded by embassies and ambassadorial residences, this regal home has been designed with both public and private spaces for entertaining on a grand scale. The grounds include terraces, a swimming pool and a lush, professionally landscaped yard that overlooks Rock Creek Park. The heated garage accommodates four vehicles, and the grounds have additional space for off-street parking.

The residence, which was fully renovated in 1997, includes a grand main level that accommodates 150 to 200 guests at one time. There is a formal dining room with seating for up to 35 people.

The dining room, like the rest of the rooms on this level, has hardwood floors. The dining room also has a coffered ceiling, a marble fireplace and two sets of French doors leading to a terrace that wraps around the house.

The formal living room features a fireplace, a tray ceiling and recessed lighting.

The main level also has a restaurant-style kitchen for entertaining a crowd, with a walk-in cooler and extensive storage areas.

The residence has 20 rooms total, with 11 bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms on four finished levels. The second-level master suite includes a tray ceiling, recessed lighting, casement windows and a ceiling fan in the bedroom. This suite also has a separate sitting room with windows on two sides and a closet; a walk-in closet, two double-door closets and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. The second level also includes a library with hardwood floors, built-in bookcases and a fireplace. Adjacent to the library is a kitchenette. A second bedroom with a second full bath completes this level.

The third level includes the family kitchen, guest rooms, private sitting rooms and office space. Many of the bedrooms include private baths, walk-in closets and charming alcoves and dormer windows.

The finished lower level has an informal recreation room, an exercise room, a full bath, a laundry room and extensive storage rooms.

For more information, contact Realtor Chris Wisner with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Georgetown at 202/256-7915 or visit www.coldwellbankermove.com.

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