Word on the street is that the Georgetown mansion that was former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s post-White House home is on the market for a cool $10 million. Not a crazy amount in these times of outlandish prices for notable real estate. This one brings real history with it, too, as it is the home Jackie bought for herself and her children after the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy.The handsome house easily is Georgetown’s (and perhaps Washington’s) most notable trophy house, with bragging rights that best the next three, each the home of a famous Washington grand dame: Katharine Graham’s 2920 R Street home, the 3038 N Street home of Pamela Harriman, and the 34th Street mansion (with ballroom) that belonged to Evangeline Bruce. Their sale prices were in the millions, but none for a price as high as $10 million. The sellers are the heirs of Yolande Betbeze Fox, who lived in the house for decades, until her death earlier this year.
And why do you want to jump on this? There aren’t many pieces of real estate left with this kind of solid Kennedy provenance. Also, it is a fine house with good bone structure. Classic. Will it need a makeover, and the ordeal of approvals with the Old Georgetown Board? Yes. But when buying history, what’s $20 million (half for the house, half for the redo) and some red tape? For more about Yolande, Jackie and the colorful story of the house, please read this.
For more about Jackie, and other modern First Ladies, please join us at The Q&A Cafe tomorrow, when the guest is Kate Andersen Brower, author of the bestseller "First Women," an informed and alarming behind the scenes look at life in the East Wing of the White House. Noon. The George Town Club. Everyone is welcomed. $35 for full lunch. Reservations: 202-333-9330.