Photos: President John Kennedy’s Georgetown & Honeymoon Homes For Sale
JFK – the most iconic president of our times – is known not just for his stellar ruling record but also his exquisit taste. Not to mention his wife Jackie Kennedy’s fashion sense. So news that two Georgetown homes with significant connections to President John F. Kennedy are now for sale, a slice of Hollywood history.
His Washington home is for sale at $4.68 million. And a Beverly Hills estate well known for memorable scenes in the ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Bodyguard’ and where the newlywed Kennedys stayed in 1953 is for sale at $125 million. Both homes are featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
The Beverly Hills house is where the couple spent their honeymoon. Built in 1927, Beverly House features 18 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, two swimming pools, exquisite formal water gardens and six separate structures.
Designed by Gordon Kaufmann, who was the architect behind the Hoover Dam. JFK first met Jacqueline Bouvier at a nearby neighborhood dinner party when introduced by a mutual friend. According to the friend, Jack reached across the table for the asparagus and asked her for a date. Today, after extensive renovation and updating, the stately home is on the market at $4.68 million.
Since Washington’s first days as America’s capital city in the 1790s, politicians, lobbyists, and journalists have gravitated to the Georgetown neighborhood for the city’s best restaurants, schools, art galleries, quaint shops and homes. It has been home to Francis Scott Key and Alexander Graham Bell. Both John and Jacqueline Kennedy, prior to and after their marriage, lived there. The Clintons, Pamela and Averell Harriman, columnist Drew Person, Henry Kissinger and many of the country’s movers and shakers have called Georgetown home. With Georgetown University on the community’s doorstep, several of the capital’s embassies including France, Sweden and Thailand are located in the neighborhood. Well known to film fans, Georgetown has been the setting for a number of movies including ‘Topaz,’ ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘The Exorcist.’
On a tree-lined, cobblestone street, Kennedy’s former residence is located only a few blocks to Georgetown University and the Potomac River. The circa-1800, three-bedroom, four-bath house measures in at 4,659 square feet of living space with large windows, high ceilings and is cheerful and bright with sunshine spilling into the large rooms. The ground floor has a dramatic foyer with suspended circular staircase, formal living and dining with large entertaining terrace and a beautifully paneled library. Every inch of the residence has undergone extensive renovation and updating.
Despite coming from one of America’s wealthiest families, Kennedy was not much of a home owner almost always choosing to rent instead of buying – including his free White House residence. He also had the unlimited use of his parents’ mansions in Palm Beach, Florida and the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod.
The Georgetown home that JFK rented in his early congressional days is for sale at $4.68 million. The listing agents are Christie-Anne Weiss and Christopher Ritzert of TTR Sotheby’s, Washington, D.C.
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