Jackie Kennedy's childhood home for sale



2017-07-03 13:54:47

Merrywood, Jackie Kennedy's childhood home, is on the market.

The nine-bedroom property in the prestigious Washington, DC suburb of McLean, Virginia can be yours today…

…so long as you're willing and able to meet the $49.5 million asking price quoted on Sotheby's Realty website.

Jacqueline Bouvier, as she was then known, moved into the 23,000-square-foot home in 1942, aged 12, when her mother married oil heir Hugh D Auchincloss Jr. He had bought it for $135,000 in 1934, and would sell it for $650,000 in 1963.

Image: Sotheby

John F Kennedy was a regular visitor - image: Sotheby's Realty

And although Jackie would go on to live in an even more opulent house in 1960, this place held many good memories for her.

"I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills," she wrote in her diary in 1944, according to book Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life.

John F Kennedy was a regular visitor during his courtship and marriage to Jacqueline, and the couple's wedding party took place here. Kennedy wrote much of his book Profiles in Courage on the third floor.

For your $49.5 million you also get 13 bathrooms, a swimming pool, floodlit tennis court, superb views of the Potomac river, and seven acres of land.

The property was built in 1919 but has been substantially renovated. There's even an elevator so you can move between its four floors.

AOL co-founder Steve Case is its present owner. Case told the Wall Street Journal he's downsizing now the kids have left home. He bought it for $24.5 million in 2005.

Nine bedrooms, 13 bedrooms and a tennis court - image: Sotheby

Nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a tennis court - image: Sotheby's Realty

Should the house reach anywhere near its asking price, it would set a new record for the area.

A significant proportion of the house's value is attributable to the Kennedy connection.

Houses once lived in by famous names regularly sell for far more than comparable homes in the same area.

A US Beatles fan recently bought John Lennon's childhood home for £480,000 ($810,870) – more than trebling the £150,000 local going rate. 

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