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The Selling Power of America's First Family, The Kennedys

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The Kennedy clan seems to have been beset by a terrible curse, but that doesn't keep listing agents from name dropping members of the famous political family in their brokerbabble. Sometimes, it is warranted—like when the house is located on the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis—but some of the connections are not so strong, and not so verifiable. Such is the case with this cute yellow townhouse in the D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown. According to the listing, the boxwood trees on the property were "gifted by Jacqueline Kennedy." Located just off of Wisconsin Avenue, the townhouse is currently listed for $1.795M. Besides those particularly pedigreed boxwoods, it boasts a backyard swimming pool, but just two bedrooms. Such is the price of political connections!

? Now for something with a slightly stronger connection to the Kennedys: a mansion neighboring the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. Of course, the brokers go a little overboard, saying the seaside mansion "in the historic Kennedy Compound," rather than next door to it. The Kennedy curse may be responsible for the price chops this place has received. It has been on the market for years, and was formerly priced as high as $13.5M, but has yet to sell, even with the price reduced to $4.9M.

? Ted Kennedy, the long-standing senator from Massachusetts, lived out his life in a beautiful historic home Kalorama, but that home has since sold. The one he lived in prior is a bit lacking in stately architecture, but that doesn't stop it from commanding top dollar. Tucked away in the woods of McLean, Va., the house is currently owned by a scandal-ridden Hong Kong investor and listed for almost $10M.

? And now, back to the Jackie Kennedy name drops. This Ridgefield, Conn. Victorian is said to have been rented to "Mr. and Mrs. John Davis," Jackie's aunt and uncle, and the brokerbabble claims the young style icon spent "many summers" at the home. At least in this case, if the Kennedy connection doesn't pan out, buyers will still be left with an awesome Connecticut classic, with eight bedrooms and 4.5 baths spread over 6,200 well-kept square feet. The turreted manse is listed for $1.949M, $200K less than the current owners paid back in 2003.

? The most expensive property on this list also has the most tangential link to the Kennedy family. This grandiose $20M duplex sits on the fifth and sixth floors of 998 Fifth Avenue in New York, which was, according to the listing, developed by "James T. Lee, the grandfather of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." No, she never lived there, but that didn't prevent a juicy name drop. Still, this is quite the city apartment. Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, the four-bed apartment is more like a townhouse in the sky.

· All Name Dropping coverage [Curbed National]
· 3306 R Street NW [Zillow]
· 27 Marchant Avenue [Robert Paul]
· Super Secret House Formerly Owned By Ted Kennedy For Sale [Curbed DC]
· The Late Ted Kennedy's White House Lingers on the Market [Curbed National]
· 48 East Ridge Road [Zillow]
· 998 Fifth Avenue [Zillow]