The story behind Jackie Kennedy’s Georgetown house that’s now up for auction

Jacqueline Kennedy's former home, at 3017 N Street in Georgetown, is going up for auction this weekend. (Courtesy Sotheby's)
Jacqueline Kennedy’s former home, located at 3017 N Street in Georgetown, is going up for auction next month.

In March, the 1790s federal style mansion, measuring 16,300 square feet with 13 bedrooms was listed at a price of $26.5 million.

The original list price was reduced to $22.5 million in May, and reduced again in July to $19.5 million.

“This was the house she moves into, after John F. Kennedy was shot,” said Rick Massimo, author of “A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set.”

Massimo said Jackie Kennedy was grieving when she moved from the White House into the home on N Street, a block and half from Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin Avenue, where JFK had proposed to her.

“Your husband was shot and killed, you’re going through this entire process, and also you have to move out, basically immediately,” Massimo said. “She ended up living here with her kids,” Caroline, who was 6 years old, and 3-year-old John, Jr.

Massimo said many of the row houses in Georgetown don’t appear to be large from the street: “This one, on the other hand, you walk up and go, ‘Holy moly, this is a big house. This is a grand house.'”

Kennedy and her children lived there for approximately a year. “When she lived there, her phone number was in the book — ‘Jacqueline Kennedy, 3017 N Street,’ and then her phone number.”

“She spent a weekend in New York, and when she came back somebody asked how it was, and she said, ‘You know what, nobody came up to me, nobody approached me,'” Massimo said. “Legend has it, she put the house on the market the next day. She loved being able to be a relatively normal person in New York.”

According to Sotheby’s,Concierge Auctions,  in the years after Jacqueline Kennedy lived there, two other homes — at 3003 and 3009 N Street — were added to hers. Sotheby’s said starting bids for the auction, which begins October 10, are expected to be between $5 million and $11 million.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the date of the auction. It will start on October 10.

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Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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