For those in the know, the Kalorama neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is the place to be if you want to rub shoulders with powerful people. These D.C. mansions tucked into a posh neighborhood in the northwest corner of the capital have included residents such as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and more recently, Ivanka Trump. The name is fitting, as Kalorama means “fine view” in Greek, and these houses are indeed fine.
Other well-heeled, well-known residents have chosen to live outside of D.C. but in the DMV area. Maryland – particularly Potomac – has also been home to names of note: John Glenn, Ted Koppel, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone, Mike Tyson. And Virginia – especially Middleburg, The Plains, and Arlington – has also had its fair share of famous residents: John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Kent Cooke, Paul Mellon, and more.
Although most celebrities living in the DMV prefer to fly under the radar, there are some whose identities are too public to hide. Here’s a list of several of the DMV area’s current famous who’s who houses.
After paying $23 million for the 27,000-square-foot mansion in 2016, Bezos immediately began a renovation that cost $12 million. The upscale Kalorama location makes sense for the founder of Amazon since the company selected nearby Arlington as its second headquarters. The Bezos mansion was formerly the Textile Museum and before that was two separate homes dating to the early 1900s. The home is said to have 11 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, five living rooms, two kitchens, two libraries, two workout rooms, two elevators, a ballroom, a whiskey cellar, and a wine room.
Barack and Michelle Obama
The former President and First Lady purchased their Kalorama home after renting it for a time. They bought the eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom, 1920s Tudor home for $8.1 million. They then renovated and expanded it to 8,200 square feet complete with an au-pair suite and gated courtyard.
Kellyanne and George Conway
In 2017, the (now former) counselor to former President Donald Trump, along with her attorney husband, George, purchased a 15,000-square-foot home in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, D.C. The couple reportedly paid $7.785 million for the eight-bedroom, 13-bathroom house on a little over half an acre. Built in 1927, the house also includes a spacious library, a family kitchen, a catering kitchen, and a pool with a cabana suite.
Probably best known as the actor who played “Wonder Woman” in the 1970s television series, Lynda Carter and her late husband, Robert Altman, raised their children in an 18,000-square-foot estate in Potomac, Md. She still lives in the mansion, which sits on seven lush acres that include a tennis court and in-ground pool with a waterfall and hot tub.
Washington Wizards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also lives in Potomac. The 28-year-old shooting guard purchased the 11,800 square foot property for $4.9 million in 2021. The house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a pool, a home theater, and of course – 14-foot ceilings fit for a pro basketball player!
The actor, director and producer, Robert Duvall, has chosen to make The Plains, Va. his home. Duvall is a winner – an Academy Award, two Emmys, and four Golden Globes – but his house in the quiet rolling hills of Fauquier County is his more recent prize. Known as “Brynley,” the 250-year-old, 362-acre estate is in the heart of Hunt Country. The house is a traditional Georgian, and the barn has been transformed into a dance hall.
Salamander Farm, a 177-acre estate in The Plains, Va., is home to Sheila Johnson, a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television, vice president of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, part owner of the Wizards and the Capitals, chief executive and founder of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and more. Her business enterprises are many, as are her humanitarian, education, and arts endeavors. The original section of the stone manor house at Salamander Farm is more than 100 years old. Johnson worked with architects to double its size and worked with landscape and interior designers to make it her own.