The bricked-and-columned behemoth at 3017 N Street, Northwest, is nothing close to turnkey. Known as the Kennedy house for the period when the widowed Jackie lived there, it last belonged to her friend Yolande Fox, Miss America 1951, who bought it in 1975. An 8,196-square-foot mansion trapped in amber, it retains a butler’s pantry, a creaky back stairway up to the maid’s quarters, and, according to the sales brochure, a kitchen “rumored to have the same cabinetry and colors that the first lady installed in 1964.”
Listed last June for $9.95 million, it is an upper fixer-upper. But look past the well-trodden carpeting and scuffed hardwood and there’s a faded glory channeling old Hollywood—walls of celadon silk, murals of midcentury silver-screen stars, a wet bar on the second-floor landing—relics, likely, of Fox’s days as the wife of a Universal Pictures executive. When she died last year, she was remembered as “the last of the Georgetown grandes dames.”
The home is currently in the hands of another grande dame, Washington Fine Properties super-agent Nancy Taylor Bubes. At 62, she rules the high-end markets of Georgetown, Kalorama, and Massachusetts Avenue Heights with a Bluetooth and a Rolodex rivaling that of any of the bigwig lobbyists in town. She’s the top-selling real-estate agent by sales volume in DC. According to the Wall Street Journal/Real Trends, she ranked 34th in the country in 2016, with more than $174 million in sales. Over that year, she sold more than 70 homes, ranging from $365,000 to $9.1 million.