- The Washington Times - Friday, September 11, 2009

Visitors to the District, as well as local residents, often admire the architecture of the buildings along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest or on the side streets of the Kalorama neighborhood. The elegant mansions of the 1920s and 1930s feature a variety of architectural styles and are homes to embassies, ambassadors, high-powered attorneys, broadcast journalists, lobbyists and consultants.

A beaux arts, French-revival-style home at 34 Kalorama Circle NW is on the market for $7,995,000. This luxury home built in 1930 has about 7,530 finished square feet. It has an elevator reaching all four levels, a four-car garage and a three-tiered garden designed for entertaining.

Renovated in 2009, this expansive home includes eight bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths. It has a reception area, living room and dining room designed to entertain large crowds. Guests pass through double front doors into a grand foyer, which has a black-and-white marble floor.

Elegant crystal wall sconces and chandeliers add sophistication to the main-level rooms, which include a large living room with hardwood floors, crown moldings, high ceilings and a fireplace. Gently arched, oversized windows add natural light to the room. The equally large formal dining room includes hardwood floors, a crystal chandelier, wainscoting and a coffered ceiling overhead. Double wood-and-glass arched doors lead from the dining room to the terrace and garden. The formal gardens include a fountain and low stone walls.

The updated center-island kitchen, which includes four stainless steel ovens, opens to the adjacent family room. Both rooms have hardwood floors. The family room is wrapped on three sides by floor-to-ceiling windows, transoms and French doors framing views of the garden and the adjacent flagstone patio.

The nearby library features wood-paneled walls, wood floors, built-in bookcases, a fireplace and French doors to the terrace.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features hardwood floors, high ceilings and French doors leading to a generously sized private balcony overlooking the gardens. The master suite includes a dressing room, plus a sleek marble bath with a glass-enclosed shower and a separate soaking tub.

Two more bedrooms on the second level each have a private full bath. The third level includes two bedrooms with private baths and two more bedrooms that share a connecting bath.

The lower level includes a ballroom-size family room/media room with hardwood floors, a wet bar, a fireplace and columns. Nearby, a mahogany wine cellar includes space to hold wine tastings as well as storage. The lower level also has a bedroom, a full bath and a half bath.

For more information, call Realtor Jeff Mauer with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202/487-5460 or visit www.cbmove.com.

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