N St. Properties Linked to Jackie Kennedy Selling for $26.5 Million
By March 9, 2023 0 1812•
Three Georgetown houses on N Street have been put on the market as one package by the estate of David Hudgens, who died in November, for $26.5 million.
The biggest house — 3017 N St. NW — was built in the 1790s and is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Newton Baker House. Adjacent, to the east, is 3009 N St. NW, which boasts a two-car garage and a large American flag at its balcony. Next to that is 3003 N St. NW, a handsome Victorian with bay windows.
The historic 3017 N Street house was occupied by the widow and former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her children from December 1963 to September 1964 — and, coincidently, has a widow’s walk. They left for New York City because tourists had become a nuisance on N Street.
The next famous occupant of 3017 N was Yolande Betbeze Fox — Miss America 1951 — who lived there from 1975 until her death in 2016. Her next door neighbor Hudgens then purchased the house and renovated it.
Reported the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Hudgens started assembling the compound in 1997, when he paid $1.2 million for a traditional brick home next door to the former Kennedy house. In 2006, he added a circa-1880s house on the block for $1.625 million. Finally, in 2017, he paid $5.25 million to buy the former Kennedy house from Ms. Fox’s estate, records show. Soon after, he commissioned architect Dale Overmyer to remodel and combine the homes. While the houses maintain their architectural distinction, there are now connections between all three, Mr. Overmyer said. Mr. Hudgens also built a passage under the properties to allow for access to parking from the Kennedy house.
“The process of combining and renovating the homes took three or four years, Mr. Overmyer said. Mr. Hudgens wanted to create a home where ‘presidents and dignitaries could visit and fundraising events could occur,’ Mr. Overmyer said. ‘He also wanted all three houses to work independently or together.’ ”
But the house at 3017 N is the star of the show and gets the most attraction — something Hudgens learned when he removed one of the old magnolia trees from the front yard in 2018. Curiously, on Google Street View, the image of the house is obscured as of March 8.