Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Jackie Kennedy Onassis – Childhood Home for $49.5 Million
Built in 1919, Merrywood Estate is discretely positioned on seven private acres offering sweeping views of the Potomac River. The stately brick and limestone main residence reflect the finest traditions of the Georgian Style. The formal gardens are timeless and designed for both large scales entertaining and intimate al fresco dining. A sun-drenched pavilion provides a full kitchen, separate exercise studio, an indoor pool, change rooms and access to the tennis court and outdoor swimming pool. A separate carriage house provides staff accommodations, parking for four vehicles and security offices.
Spanning 23,000 square feet, many of the home’s original details, such as the living room’s ornate plaster mouldings, remain. A gracious entry hall opens to public rooms scales to accommodate both large gatherings and intimate family occasions. The interiors are the masterwork of the remowned designer, Barry Dixon. The second floor family quarters include an expansive master suite with his and hers dressing rooms, a private study and an exercise room. Four additional ensuite bedrooms grace this level. On the top level are four more bedrooms and three bathrooms, all comfortably scaled. On the lower level, there is an exceptionally fine, climate controlled wine cellar. An elevator service all four levels of the residence.
Before she became First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier moved into Merrywood in the 1940s following her mother’s marriage to the home’s owner, Standard Oil heir, Hugh Auchincloss. Her summers were spent at Lasata in East Hampton.
Rich in history, Merrywood has hosted Presidents, dignitaries and business leaders. It is without a doubt one of the finest private estates in the Washington, D.C. region and if it sells for list price or near to it, Sotheby’s will be setting a record for the area.