June 12, 2008

Ethel Kennedy reduces asking price for her Hickory Hill estate further, to $12.5M

Ethel Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has again reduced the asking price for her fabled Hickory Hill estate in McLean, Va. to $12.5 million.
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The New York Post's fine celebrity real estate writer, Braden Keil, broke thenews this weekof the reduced asking price for Hickory Hill, which first was listed in 2003 for $25 million. Subsequently, the mansion, at 1147 Chain Bridge Road in McLean, was reduced to $20 million, and then to $16.5 million.

Keil noted that Robert and Ethel Kennedy paid $125,000 in 1957 to purchase the estate from then-Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, four years after JFK had purchased it for the same price. The mansion dates to 1815, although for whatever reason, Virginia public records state that the mansion was built in 1870. Features in the mansion include 12 fireplaces, a movie theater, two pools and a lighted tennis court. The mansion is located on 5.63 acres, according to public records. There's some difference of opinion about the actual size of the mansion; public records state that it's 7,332 square feet, while listing information measures it at 10,524 square feet.

Check out listing information for the house--completewith photos--here.

Speaking of the Kennedy family, the late Patricia Kennedy Lawford's 12-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot summer home in Southampton, N.Y. also is on the market, for $12 million, Keil reported. Dubbed "Chrisyviro" after Lawford's four children, the estate, at 155 First Neck Lane in Southampton, has 10 baths, a large "great room," a sun room, a gym, multiple porches, a servant's wing, a heated pool, a Har-Tru tennis court and a two-stall/caretaker's shed, Keil reported. The mansion is located on a 1.92-acre parcel, according to public records.

Check outlisting information hereabout the Southampton house of Lawford, who died last year at the age of 82.

Lawford, who was Robert F. Kennedy's sister, also owned a four-bedroom co-op unit at One Sutton Place in New York. That unit, which has been listed for $12.75 million, now is under contract, Keil reported. Features in that unit include five full baths, river views from all major rooms, a gallery with a grand staircase, a 31-foot living room with a wood-burning fireplace, French doors leading to a Juliette balcony, a dining room, an eat-in kitchen, three staff rooms, a master with his and hers baths, a paneled library, a balcony that runs the length of the apartment, soaring ceilings and marble in the hallways, according to listing information. Check outlisting information for that unit here.

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