'Wexford' on markket at a 50 per cent discount

By Jim Hayes

Published 24/09/2016 | 00:00

Above: 'Wexford' in Virginia as it looks today. Left: John F Kennedy relaxes with his family at the house in 1963, shortly before he was shot dead by an assassin's bullet in Dallas.
Above: 'Wexford' in Virginia as it looks today. Left: John F Kennedy relaxes with his family at the house in 1963, shortly before he was shot dead by an assassin's bullet in Dallas.

An important piece of Wexford is for sale in the US, and it can be yours for the 'knockdown' price of around €5.3 million.

The asking price for 'Wexford', a sprawling estate named by President John F Kennedy after the county of his roots, has been reduced to $5,950,000, having failed to sell in over two years on the market.

That's almost half the asking price in 2013 when the property was offered for sale at $10.995 million.

The 5,000 square foot house in Virginia was designed by JFK's wife Jackie as a country retreat for the family and built in 1963 before their visit to Ireland and Wexford in 1963. They spent their last weekend together at 'Wexford' before travelling to Dallas where in November 1963 JFK was assassinated.

A photograph in the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum collection shows the Kennedy family leaving church in nearby Middleburg that weekend, with the President holding the hand of daughter Caroline.

Jackie sold 'Wexford' for $225,000 in 1964 but returned to the area in the eighties, renting a small cottage about a mile from the family retreat she built with JFK.

'Wexford', which sits on 166 acres and includes stables, a pool and tennis courts, was also home to President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy during one of his presidential campaigns.

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