You have heard of Levittown right?
Most people immediately think of the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts when they think of John F. Kennedy’s home. But a lesser known house in Virginia that JFK and his wife Jackie had built the year that he died has surfaced in the news again this month.
According to a recent Zillow article by Erika Riggs,
In the winter of 1963, John and Jacqueline Kennedy purchased 39 acres in Middleburg, Virginia. While the president preferred the family home in Hyannis, Mass., the first lady wanted the pastoral land to pursue her love of horseback riding.
They finished the home in October 1963 and spent only two weekends there. The family last visited on Nov. 10, 1963, just 12 days before JFK was assassinated in Dallas. Jacqueline withdrew to the home after his death to grieve, but within a year, she sold the estate.
Now three owners and 50 years later, the custom estate has entered the news cycle again. Nicknamed Wexford — in honor of the Irish county where the Kennedy family traces its roots — the house is listed for $10.995 million.
This is huge news in the real estate world because this gem has not been on the market for 22 years, and was largely forgotten. But with all the recent hub-bub from the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, there is renewed interest in this bucolic hidden-away ranch.
I love Original Owner Houses (OOH).
They are essentially frozen in time from whatever generation the original owner hails. This OOH recently sold in LA after only being listed for a short time.
Not only was this an original owner home (built in 1964), but the sellers were the ones who picked out the lot and commissioned the architect!
The architect was none other than Paul Wuesthoff of the firm Pearson & Wuesthoff – known for their design of movie theatres in the American southwest in the 60’s and 70’s.
So you know we’re in for a treat when we approach this mid-century time capsule.
Come on in……
On a tree-lined residential street in Kansas City, Missouri, amidst older colonial style homes, sits the neighborhood blemish. You know, the one that makes drivers slam on their brakes and say – “Look at THAT thing!”
The Nichol House was designed by child prodigy/architect guru of funkiness Bruce Goff. Known for his organic twist on modern home design, Goff began apprenticing with a Tulsa, Oklahoma architectural firm at the age of 12. In his mid twenties, he made firm partner.
The Nichol House was designed in 1965 by Goff and built the same year by Michael Rothstein Construction.
The Nichol House has many groovy and unexpected features, first and foremost being the octagonal floor plan with a central fireplace and water feature. The great room at the center of the house also features a suspended genuine Sputnik satellite.
Not only was Bruce Goff a bona-fide boy-wonder genius, he was also a kid at heart. He died in 1982 but many of his far-out designs continue to enliven and embolden the American mid-west.
If you have kindergarten nostalgia, or are otherwise easily entertained by primary colors, I have another “happy house” for you!