Bo and Sunny have a lot of territory to explore around their new home in the District’s Kalorama neighborhood.
Barack and Michelle Obama are staying in town so daughter Sasha can finish high school. Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner bought a house about a three-minute walk from the Obamas’ home. Jeffrey P. Bezos is also staking a claim in Kalorama. The Amazon.com founder and Washington Post owner bought the former Textile Museum, a total of 27,000 square feet, to convert to a single-family home.
The historic area, between Connecticut and Massachusetts avenues NW, has been home to many prominent people, including at least five presidents.
Some residents may be wary about having such prominent families as neighbors, bringing with them security measures and traffic, but many are excited about living so close to the former president and first lady. And if those residents are dog lovers, all the better.
Resident Dana Howard, a bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, believes the Obamas will be excellent neighbors. Her dog, Bugs, is “excited to meet Bo, but not as excited as she is about these squirrels,” Howard joked as her dog strained against the leash.
Kalorama features great dog-walking spaces such as Mitchell Park (S and 23rd streets NW), and The Spanish Steps (22nd Street between S and Decatur streets NW), named for Rome’s grand staircase.
If the Obamas walk Bo and Sunny, they may see Open Door Market (2160 California St. NW), a small grocery store and laundromat. Store manager Eugene Um likes to wonder what it would be like should Michelle Obama and Ivanka Trump end up in his store at the same time. Open Door Market is among the few commercial spaces in the community. Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and Woodley Park are nearby.
On a walk toward Adams Morgan, one can find So’s Your Mom deli, and north of Dupont Circle is Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St. NW), which features a bar with a large selection of craft beer and $4 drafts all day.
Also in dog-walking distance: Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar (1726 20th St. NW), which offers French press coffee, and Woodley Park’s Open City diner (2331 Calvert St. NW), known for its brunch.
And if Bo and Sunny are good, maybe their owners will take them to the Cheeky Puppy (1709 Connecticut Ave. NW), a shop stocked with pet supplies and gifts.