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John F. Kennedy’s Stately Georgetown Home Hits Market For $4.7M

If you’re going to have to live with your sister, you may as well do it in style.

A full decade before John F. Kennedy Jr. took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he lived in this hundred-year old Georgetown mansion with this sister, Eunice. The pair lived there from 1949 to 1951 when Kennedy was in the middle of his tenure in the House of Representatives. He had yet to meet Jackie Bouvier and could still hang out at his favorite Sunday brunch spot without being mobbed by strangers. The siblings rented the home from Louise Cromwell (first wife of General Douglas MacArthur) who herself was a prominent socialite in D.C. circles (and has gone down in history with a job description of: heiress, flapper). One of the subsequent owners of the home was Jonathan Ledecky, current part-owner of the ice hockey team the New York Islanders and former part-owner of the Washington Capitals. Ledecky had substantial renovations carried out but sold the home in 2008 for $4.25 million to the current owners.

Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington D.C. and too many politicians to count have lived on these streets. As one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city, these homes routinely ask over a million for even the smallest of square footages, with prices easily rising over $5 million for many homes. For houses sold within the Washington D.C. border, this is considered near the very top of market for most sales during any year.

This house is asking $4.675 million for 4,659 square feet—a large footprint for the Georgetown neighborhood. There are three bedrooms and four baths, plus one garaged parking space (also a rarity for this part of the city). The wide plank floors and traditional molding is still visible, but with recessed lighting and upgraded windows as part of the remodel. The picture of the library (above) shows

The foyer still has a grand staircase.

A modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances is another part of the revamped property.

The main bedroom has a fireplace and attached bathroom.

Here’s the view from the street where you can see its original brick exterior still intact and the terrace above the garage.

For more information go to the listing page with Christie-Anne Weiss and Christopher Ritzert of  TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

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