Real Estate: On Sale, New Georgetown Property with Kennedy Mystique

In December 1953, newlyweds Sen. John F. Kennedy (D – Mass.) and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy signed their first lease at 3321 Dent Place NW in Georgetown. Still a junior senator at the time, JFK enjoyed hosting formal dinner parties and relaxing in the backyard garden with his bride. This time in their lives was documented in the photo-illustrated book “Camelot at Dawn: Jacqueline and John Kennedy in Georgetown, May 1954.” While the Kennedys only lived on the site for five months, it was the place to be as it was the first home after their wedding (aka the society event of the decade, given the Kennedy family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy’s fortune and ground-breaking role as the first Catholic American ambassador to the English Court of Saint James as well as John F. Kennedy’s rugged good looks and much-publicized heroism fighting in the Pacific in the Second World War).

Rear view of 3321 Dent Place NW. Photo by Oleks Yaroshynskyi.

The book includes over 20 photo sessions shots from photographer Orlando Suero, documenting a typical week in the life of the young couple, including Jack catching up on work at home, painting in the back garden, Jackie gardening, prepping for a night of dinner and dancing and the couple reading the morning papers over breakfast. 

The four-level home has been with the same family since it was built in 1942. The $2 million, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home is currently for sale with Michael Brennan at Compass. The first open house is tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. The home has retained period details including wide-board Canadian oak floors, a wood-burning fireplace, expansive dining rooms with real oak molding and a sunny living room. 

The English garden style backyard is dotted with purple bearded iris and white peonies and leads down an all-brick walkway to a fully-detached garage. The home at 3321 Dent Place NW is in Georgetown’s popular West Village, just a short walk from Volta Park, Wisconsin Ave., M Street and more. 

Then and now. Courtesy Compass.Com.




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