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A Look Inside Jackie Kennedy's Childhood Home Now Worth $49.5 Million

Merrywood, a Georgian-style estate in McLean, Virginia, has 11 bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and formal gardens.
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When young Jacqueline Bouvier wasn't spending her summers at Lasata in East Hampton, she spent her childhood at a nine-bedroom Georgian-style mansion built in McLean, Virginia in 1919.

Merrywood, which is perched on the banks of the Potomac River in a suburb of Washington, D.C., is now on the market for $49.5 million (TTR Sotheby's International Realty and JLL have the listing). America Online co-founder Steve Case purchased it in 2005 for $24.5 million, a record for the region at the time. Case and his wife Jean, the chairman of the National Geographic Society, are selling it because "they are empty-nesters and are traveling more," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Before she became First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Bouvier moved into Merrywood in the 1940s after her mother married the home's owner, Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss. "I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful… with the river and those great steep hills,” Bouvier wrote in 1944 when she was a teenager.

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Scroll down to see inside the estate, which is the most expensive property for sale in the area.

The enormous house is 23,000 square feet.


It includes nine bedrooms and 11 full bathrooms.

Original details, such as the living room's ornate plaster moldings, remain.


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Interior designer Barry Dixon did the current interiors.


An elevator provides access to all four floors of the residence.


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The lower level includes a climate-controlled wine cellar.

The master suite has his-and-hers dressing rooms, a private study, and a gym.


Landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand oversaw the formal gardens, which include "a series of outdoor garden rooms" for entertaining.


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A pavilion includes an indoor swimming pool, exercise studio, changing rooms, and a full kitchen.


There's an outdoor pool, too.

The house is set on seven acres and located about eight miles from downtown Washington, D.C.


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The grounds also include a tennis court and a carriage house with staff quarters.

If Merrywood sells for anywhere close to its asking price, it will set a record again.


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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