Merrywood, Jackie Kennedy’s Stunning Childhood Home is now on the market for $49.5 million.
Jackie Kennedy is often associated with homes. The Georgetown townhouse where she and her husband once lived, the Hyannis Port compound where she and her young family often vacationed, and of course, the White House—which she extensively redecorated. But even before the Camelot years, the former Jacqueline Bouvier was well accustomed to gracious and gorgeous interiors.
When Jackie’s mother married Hugh D. Auchincloss, a Standard Oil heir, she and her daughters moved into his McLean, Virginia, home.
Jackie Kennedy with her mother Mrs. Janet Hugh D. Auchincloss
The Georgian-style mansion, known as Merrywood, featured nine bedrooms as well as views of the Potomac River and nearby steep hills. The estate, which was first built in 1919, is 23,000 square feet, with indoor and outdoor pools and 11 full bathrooms. And now, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, the home is currently for sale through Sotheby’s. But beyond its storied past it’s an architectural gem. With its original moldings still intact, and a garden designed by famed 19th- and 20th-century landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand, it’s as breathtaking as a historic home.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘s childhood home is located in the affluent suburb of McLean, Va., the hefty price tag makes the property, called Merrywood, the most expensive in the region.
The estate, which is currently owned by American Online co-founder Steve Case, was home to the former First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier, in the 1940s. The seven-acre property and 23,000 square-foot, Georgian-style mansion sit on the banks of the Potomac River outside of Washington, D.C.
If sold at or near its asking price, the property would set another record, according to Mark C. Lowham of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, who is managing the listing. The same property set the record for most expensive property in the area back in 2005, when Case bought it for $24.5 million.
The sprawling property includes a number of luxurious amenities including formal gardens, housing for the property’s staff, a lighted tennis court, a swimming pool, an indoor lap pool, an indoor fitness center and indoor parking for vehicles. The mansion has nine bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms, and an elevator services all four floors of the house. Just the master suite includes two separate dressing rooms, a private study, a fireplace and a gym.
The entire Merrywood property is enclosed in gates and fences and also has a security system.
“I always love it so at Merrywood — so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” Kennedy wrote as a teenager about the property in 1944, according to Town & Country.
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