- - Thursday, September 1, 2011

While Georgetown has perhaps the best name recognition of Washington’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Kalorama Heights is home to some of the most important properties in the city. Embassies, ambassadors’ private homes and elegant mansions line the quiet streets of this neighborhood, with California Street known as one of the premier lanes of this graceful community.

Among the many standout properties in Kalorama Heights, the home at 2329 California St. often has been noticed for its stately facade. The beaux-arts-style residence, a four-story mansion of limestone and brick, formerly was owned by the Organization of American States (OAS) and served as the residence for the ambassador from OAS.

Built in 1919 and extensively renovated, this home is on the market for $4,675,000.

The home, which has approximately 6,550 finished square feet, rests on a lot of nearly 0.2 acres. The grounds include a secluded multilevel garden, extensive terraces for entertaining outdoors, a large heated swimming pool and a screened-in terrace overlooking the rear garden and pool. The circular front drive allows for easy drop-offs at the double front door of the home and has parking space for up to three vehicles.

The entry level includes a reception hall with natural stone flooring with inlaid marble detailing and two archways leading into anterooms that open into the family room and office. The family room has recessed lighting, carpet, walls of built-in shelving and an entertainment center. The office has natural stone flooring, crown molding, recessed lighting and extensive walls of built-in shelving, cabinets, drawers and a desk. A powder room is adjacent to the office.

The back of this level includes a laundry room, a pantry, storage and utility rooms, and a powder room as well as access to an elevator that reaches all four levels.

The main level, which has 11-foot ceilings, has a central landing with hardwood flooring, a large arched window, a staircases to the upper and lower levels and archways leading into the formal dining room and the formal living room. These two elegant rooms, designed for entertaining, flank the central landing.

The formal living room includes hardwood flooring, crown molding, a fireplace and hidden doors leading into the library. The banquet-sized dining room includes hardwood flooring, a crystal chandelier, recessed lighting, a built-in credenza, built-in china cabinets and French doors to the screened terrace. A butler’s pantry links the dining room with the kitchen, which has natural stone flooring, recessed and pendant lighting, a wood-and-stainless-steel center island, granite counters, top-of-the-line appliances, a glass door to the screened terrace, and French doors to the garden.

The library, a graceful room with a fireplace, a wet bar and multiple sets of French doors leading to terraces on two sides, also includes floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases, hardwood flooring and crown molding.

The landing in the first of two upper levels includes a window seat and recessed lighting. The master suite has a bedroom and a separate sitting room with a window seat and extensive built-ins, including a desk. The suite also has two walk-in closets with built-ins and a luxurious bath with natural stone tile flooring, a soaking tub with a stone surround, a glass-enclosed shower and dual pedestal sinks.

This level includes a second bedroom with a private full bath and two closets; a third bedroom with a double-door closet, a built-in bookcase and hardwood flooring; and a rear hall with a full bath, hardwood flooring and elevator access.

The second upper level includes three more bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms share a hall bath, while the sixth bedroom has an adjacent full bath. The sixth bedroom has hardwood flooring, walls of windows, a built-in desk, built-in bookcases and two built-in twin beds. The fourth bedroom and the rear hall on the top level include glass doors to the rooftop patio.

For more information or an appointment to see this home, contact Realtors Margot Wilson, William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki with Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com.

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