Nestled in the heart of Georgetown’s West Village neighborhood is a historic home where President John F. Kennedy once lived. The house was initially built in the 1800s but was later renovated by esteemed architect Richard Foster and builder Tom Glass. The 4,659 square foot residence, which has been put on the market for $4,675,000, maintains its classic charm without feeling dated. Read on to take a look at the home’s polished interior and its spectacular views of Washington, D.C.
A Historic Home
The former home of President JFK sits on a charming cobblestone street located near boutiques, restaurants, and historic monuments of Washington, D.C. The house features a modest three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
It also has two half bathrooms, two gorgeous decks with sweeping views, and a study/ library, and laundry room. The black front door is surrounded by detailed glass windows and a striking white door frame that pops against the brick building.
A Classy Foyer
The moment you enter the home, you’re greeted by an elegant foyer. A curved staircase with a chic black and white guardrail and wooden steps descend dramatically into the space.
The windows surrounding the front door infuse the room with natural light while wall-mounted sconces add a gentle glow. Tile floors brighten the room while moulding along the walls gives them a finished look that adds to the room’s overall charm.
An Updated Kitchen
The L-shaped kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a large island, and plenty of cabinetry. Two ovens exist in the space as well as a gas-burning stove. Natural light fills the room by day and recessed lighting illuminates it by night.
The kitchen is one floor up from the home’s entry, offering treetop views through its window. To the right, you can see the lovely staircase that spirals through the center of the home and a red area rug that offers a homey feel.
Additional Cabinetry And Seating
Facing the opposite direction in the kitchen, we see a wet bar across the way and a cozy couch positioned underneath the corner windows. It’s not every day you see a sofa in a kitchen, but this one seems to fit into the space perfectly.
A fold-down table to the right can transform the corner into a breakfast nook. Straight ahead is a wet bar that offers a second sink, a built-in cooler/mini-fridge, and additional counter and storage space.
An Airy Formal Dining Room
Conveniently located directly across the hall from the kitchen is the formal dining room. The spacious room shares a wall with one of two of the home’s decks, offering a place to eat inside or outside.
Two sets of French doors provide ample lighting in the dining room and allow the indoor and outdoor spaces to flow into one another. The room is large enough to accommodate a large table while still allowing plenty of space to move around.
A Lovely Deck
This outdoor deck provides a space to converse with guests or simply lounge outside and get a breath of fresh air. It has room enough to fit outdoor couches, chairs, and tables in a number of arrangements.
The French doors, brick wall, and outdoor wall lanterns are charming features that hold true to the home’s historic origins. The floor’s criss-cross pattern plays on the look of the brick wall without clashing with it or feeling overly busy.
An Attached Garage
Below the deck sits the attached garage. Residents have access to the garage from inside the home as it sits to the immediate right of the foyer. From the outside, the garage is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t stand out too much.
The black garage door matches the front door and the window shutters. A stone wall surrounds the door and is laced with beautiful vines that offer a pop of vivid green.
A Quaint Living Room
Up another floor from the kitchen and dining room is the spacious living room. A large area rug adds comfort to the hardwood floors and suits the traditional design and layout.
Moulding accents a wall that is further embellished with hanging pictures that are illuminated by the recessed lighting. Straight across the way are pillars that are reminiscent of the White House, which isn’t far from this home. The decor is well suited for a president.
A Place To Gather With Family
From this angle, you get a better feel for the living room’s expansive size and can see that it’s surrounded by windows. Being on the third floor, we are sure that the views must offer a beautiful showcase of the city.
In the far corner, a grand piano glistens in the sunlight. The coffee table’s built-in shelving makes use of the space to keep the furniture minimal and promotes seating over storage. Sheer curtains keep the room feeling light and bright.
A Classic Study
Across from the living room is this study, which is referred to in the house listing as a library. The space features built-in shelving and a fireplace, making it a lovely spot to read or to get some work done.
The space is also lined with windows that reveal trees outside. Being that the home has multiple floors and is distanced from the neighbors, there is still ample privacy even with all the windows open.
Additional Rooms In The Study
Viewing the study from the opposite direction reveals two doors, one of which leads to a minibar. The space is complete with its own sink and plenty of cabinetry which can provide extra storage.
The kitchenette makes it an ideal spot for a guest room as an alternative to a study. Additionally, the other door leads to one of two of the home’s half baths which would be a convenience regardless of the room’s chosen purpose.
A Practical Half Bath
Though the home only offers two full bathrooms despite having three bedrooms, the two half bathrooms are a decent tradeoff. This one features a separate toilet area with its own door for privacy and convenience.
The handwashing area is spacious and features a warm, cherry wood vanity with plenty of storage space underneath. Light sconces modeled after candles pay homage to the home’s age by making it feel as though you’ve traveled back in time.
An Adorable Space
This bedroom is the first of three and features recessed lighting, crown moulding, and built-in cabinets. Due to its smaller size, it’s been staged as a “bonus” room rather than a bedroom, but it could easily accommodate a bedroom set.
The space could be transformed to suit a variety of purposes, such as a nursery, an office, a yoga or art studio, a children’s playroom, or a guest room, depending on how much space is needed.
The second-largest bedroom is this lovely space, which features three windows covered in sheer drapes that have been gracefully tied back. A large, cream-colored area rug has been cut to the shape of the room so that it allows just a strip of the hardwood floors to peek out.
A flat-screen television is mounted to the wall to take up less space. Recessed lighting and crown moulding give the area a polished look that’s consistent throughout the home.
Another Charming Bathroom
Aside from the master en suite, this is the only full bathroom and it’s just as stylish as the other rooms in the house. The space features two separate sinks, both with plenty of storage underneath, which is especially convenient since it would likely be shared.
A partial wall separates the toilet area, and fogged glass provides privacy while infusing the room with natural light. A large mirror opens the space up and features two light sconces.
The Stunning Master Bedroom
The master bedroom is the largest in the home, offering plenty of space for a king-size bed, dressers, a bench, nightstands, and more. A large area rug ties the room together and brightens up the hardwood floors.
An arched wall cutout framing the bed and double crown moulding add a touch of character. The walls are painted a light taupe color that encompasses the brown, gray, and cream color scheme of the interior design beautifully.
A Fireplace And Treetop Views
Facing the opposite direction in the master bedroom reveals a protruding wall where a mounted flat-screen television sits atop a lovely fireplace. Matching windows and lounge chairs create symmetry echoed in the wall art and dresser to the right.
A double tray ceiling further embellishes the double crown moulding, architectural features that make this master bedroom feel like much more than simply four walls. The rich tone of the hardwood floors grounds the otherwise light-colored room.
The Glamorous Master Bathroom
Off the master bedroom is this luxurious master en suite. The long countertop has plenty of storage underneath and offers his-and-hers sinks. A massive mirror opens up the space and reflects the treetop views out the window.
Matching light sconces offer a soothing atmosphere and are reflected in the mounted flat-screen television, which hangs just above a triple towel rack. The glossy stone of the countertops is mimicked in the floors, walls, and tub for a spa-like aesthetic.
City Views From The Tub
The master bathroom’s dominating feature is its spa-like tub, which overlooks the city. Its corner position places it in between both windows, which not only offers views for miles, but can also let in a pleasant breeze on nice days.
Straight ahead and just to the right, you can barely make out the Washington Monument in the distance. Being situated on a higher level provides natural privacy, further enhanced by the tree canopies that surround the home.
A Spacious Laundry Room
This house has an impressive dedicated laundry room with a side-by-side washer and drier. An expansive countertop offers plenty of space to fold clothes and has a sink to rinse out stains or to clean your hands.
Cabinets line the wall above and below the counter, offering ample storage space for towels, blankets, and more. A laundry rack is built into a wall cutout straight ahead to hang dry delicates.
A Convenient Wet Bar
At the top of the home’s staircase is this wet bar surrounded by rich, wooden cabinetry. The glossy countertop reflects the trees outside and a window with a gorgeous view of the city is positioned directly above the sink.
Lights are hidden underneath the floating cabinetry to illuminate the counters. Outlets enable the use of small appliances in the area, which is much more than just a hallway leading to the top deck. Crown moulding and recessed lighting complete the space.
An Expansive Rooftop Deck
The house is topped with a large deck that provides panoramic views of the city. Adjustable lounge chairs offer a place to relax and enjoy the fresh air or soak in the sun.
Wooden planks keep the ground cool for bare feet and are low maintenance as they don’t easily reveal dirt and debris. Homeowners who have a green thumb may enjoy utilizing the space to make a garden where the sunlight is plentiful.
This image shows the incredible views from the rooftop deck. Straight ahead and slightly to the left is the Washington Monument, which was built decades after this home was constructed.
The view also reveals that the home stands as tall or taller than many of the other houses in the neighborhood, giving the feeling of floating above the city. The deck is just high enough that you can see miles beyond the building, all the way out to the horizon.