The Home Where JFK Met Jacqueline Bouvier Is Already in Contract

The townhouse where JFK first met Jacqueline Bouvier has a new owner. Click through to peek inside.
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The pair met at a dinner party in the home in May 1951.
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The meeting was arranged by journalist Charles Bartlett and his wife, Martha.
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The Bartletts were renting the house at the time.
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The house was listed for $1.73 million.
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An offer was accepted in just three days.
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The home is composed of three bedrooms.
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It has been expanded and remodeled since the Bartletts first rented it.
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The kitchen contains stainless steel appliances.
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There's a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.
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The home is 1,934 square feet and was originally built in 1895.
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Outside is a brick patio and seating area, plus a garden.
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There's also an outdoor fireplace.
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There are two full bathrooms and one half bath.
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Last week, a Georgetown townhouse with a big Kennedy connection hit the sales market. The Washington, D.C. home is where John F. Kennedy first met his future wife, then Jacqueline Bouvier, at a dinner party in May of 1951.

The gathering was organized by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles L. Bartlett, a friend of the Kennedy family, and his wife, Martha, who were renting the brick townhome at the time. The intention of the dinner was to set up then-Congressman Kennedy with a wife—it was a success, and the Kennedys married in Newport, Rhode Island in September 1953.

When Charles passed away last February, Martha spoke with the New York Times about the dinner party that started it all. “I had befriended [Jackie] three or four years earlier…Washington was a small town then. The circle was very small.”

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy first met at this townhouse. Keystone/Getty Images

Someone must have been very eager to scoop up the three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house, as it’s already in contract—the sellers accepted an offer by February 11, just three days after the home officially hit the market on February 8. Sotheby’s International Realty confirmed to Observer that the home is, indeed, in contract, but it’s not yet clear who the new owner could be. Hopefully, they’re something of a Camelot enthusiast.

The 1,934-square-foot house was originally built in 1895 and it has been greatly expanded and updated since JFK and Jackie’s fateful meeting, per the $1.73 million listing held by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty broker Michael Brennan, Jr.

The couple married in September 1953. WikiCommons

There are still period details like hardwood floors, two skylights and a wood-burning fireplace. The eat-in kitchen is fitted with stainless steel appliances, and there are custom built-in shelves and cabinetry throughout. The backyard contains a brick patio and garden area, plus an outdoor wood-burning fireplace.

It’s no surprise the townhouse sold so quickly, especially not to Brennan, who told The Washington Post last week that he had already received numerous inquiries before the home was officially for sale. “I do not anticipate it being actively on the market for long…It’ll be snapped up quickly,” he, very accurately, predicted.

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