For sale: one Georgetown mansion with a pedigree — the circa 1794 home was where Jackie Kennedy briefly moved her family in 1963 after her husband’s assassination. Subsequent buyers included New Republic publisher (and onetime KGB spy) Michael Straight, who sold it to colorful socialite Yolande Betbeze Fox, who lived there until her death earlier this year.
Price tag: a mere $10 million, according to Georgetown blogger Carol Joynt, who first wrote about the private sale.
Since the property is currently what’s known as a “pocket sale,” or an off-market listing, there’s no gallery of photos for lookee-loos to gawk at. But Joynt describes the manse at 3017 N St. NW, which is being sold by Fox’s heirs, as a bit of a fixer-upper. The buyer will no doubt will be paying for the prestigious address — and for the home’s history.
Jackie Kennedy picked the brick home as her post-White House residence, but decamped to Manhattan after less than a year, apparently less than enchanted by the attention from rubbernecking tourists (perhaps a cautionary tale for the Obamas, who are on the hunt for their next Beltway address?). Straight bought it, and later lived there with his second wife, Nina Auchincloss Steers, who coincidentally was Jackie Kennedy’s stepsister as well as the half-sister of writer Gore Vidal. In the 1970s, Fox — a former Miss America whose eclectic résumé also included stints as an off-Broadway producer and a civil-rights activist — purchased the property.