2017-07-12 / Real Estate News

For sale: Jackie’s home during teens

Steve Case of AOL asking for $49.5M

Even though she was the First Lady for less than three years, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy is one of the most famous of the president’s wives in U.S. history. Jackie was 13 when her mother’s marriage to Standard Oil heir Hugh Auchincloss precipitated a move to his home in McLean, Va., in 1940.

The Merrywood estate and the wholesome family environment were a far cry from the turmoil Jackie and her sister Lee experienced in her parents’ Manhattan and Long Island homes where their father’s drinking and extramarital affairs kept the household in constant conflict. Jackie slowly started to blossom at Merrywood.

She graduated from George Washington University in 1951 and when to work for the Washington Times Herald as a roving reporter. In 1952, she met Congressman John F. Kennedy, whom she married in 1953 after he had been elected as United States senator from Massachusetts.

Living at Merrywood was the catalyst that put Jackie in the right place at the right time to eventually become the 35th First Lady of the United States.

In Washington, D.C.’s, most elite suburb, Merrywood was built in 1919 on 46 acres above the banks of the Potomac that extended to the water’s edge. The property now consists of a more manageable seven acres. It has changed ownership several times and is being sold by its current owner, America Online co-founder Steve Case.

The 23,000-square-foot, four-level mansion has nine bedrooms, 13 baths and an indoor swimming pool. It has been extensively renovated and updated with original architectural details carefully preserved. Outside are terraces for dining and entertaining, a full outdoor kitchen and various vegetation enclosed garden rooms along with a terrace overlooking the river. The grounds also include a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool.

The property is co-listed for $49.5 million by Juliana May, JLL and Mark Lowham of TTR Sotheby’s. ¦

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