​JFK Florida Winter White House Available For $38.5 Million

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May 23, 2021

The JFK compound in Palm Beach, Florida, known as the “Winter White House” has gone to market with a colossal asking price. The house was last sold by the Kennedy family in 1995 to a investment banker for $4.9 million.

The 15,000-square-foot Atlantic Beach compound is back with a $38.5 million price tag. Once considered a “teardown,” the 1920s Mediterranean Revival has since been given a $6 million renovation, and judging from agent Linda Olsson’s listing photos, it’s never looked better.

The 11-bedroom abode was built in 1925 by legendary resort architect Addison Mizner for department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker. John F.’s dad, Joseph P. Kennedy, bought the place in 1933 for $120,000. The family would visit for “Easter, Christmas and Spring Break,” where they would “play tennis and spend time on the beach.” Before it became the go-to spot for presidential vacations, Joe Kennedy commissioned an additional wing from high-society standby Maurice Fatio, and also had a tennis court and a swimming pool put in.

Because this was JFK’s parents’ domain, JFK and Jackie also rented a nearby house owned by C. Michael Paul for some visits.

Still, Kennedy is said to have held “press conferences and presidential meetings” in the oceanfront home, in addition to playing golf at the Palm Beach Country Club, getting burgers at Hamburger Heaven, and visiting St. Edward’s Catholic Church with his mom Rose.

“Everyone in Palm Beach considered it a teardown,” the current owner told Fast Company in 2003. “They said the house was ugly and awful, beyond saving. If one of the few gas-fired heaters exploded, I wouldn’t have been surprised.” Still, Castle considered it a “national sanctuary,” and gave it a two-year, $6 million renovation befitting one, also purchasing a large portion of the Kennedy furniture for $80,000, including, as Glam Pad notes, “the beds of Joe, Jack, Bobby, and Ted, the family’s 18-foot-long dining table, J.F.K.’s mahogany massage table, and a chest of drawers with each drawer bearing a label in Rose’s handwriting describing the contents.”

The current listing is surprisingly mum on the details, noting little besides “sweeping direct oceanfront views.”