Merrywood on the Potomac
Steve Case, the former chairman and CEO of AOL purchased Merrywood in 1999, the
childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The seven acre waterfront estate
in McLean belonged to Jackie’s mother and stepfather, Janet Bouvier Auchincloss
and Hugh D. Auchincloss. Built in the 1920′s, the nine-bedroom estate has since
been extensively renovated and refurbished by Washington designer Victor
Shargai. It features a 5,000 square-foot pool house and a tennis court.
Washington Life last reported on the home in December of 1999 when Washington
Fine Properties listed the estate for real-estate developer Alan Kay and his
wife Dianne, who sold it for slightly more than $15,000,000 to William Conway, a
founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group. Case reportedly paid Conway
The home has been described as a mock-Georgian brick house
set among 1/2 dozen acres of woods on the high Potomac palisades. From terraced
lawns, there was a steep rocky drop to the river.
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Old Time magazine article about Merrywood: