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Location: Princeton, N.J.
The Skinny: Students of political science will remember George F. Kennan as the father of containment, the policy of opposing Soviet expansion and a major influence on the course of the Cold War. The career diplomat and academic was born in Wisconsin, but after attending Princeton University, made Princeton, N.J. his home between stints overseas. He passed away in 2005—and his wife in 2008—leaving behind this professorial home on leafy Hodge Road, just a few blocks from the university campus. Recently renovated by local builder Lewis Barber, the 1920s stucco manse now houses five bedrooms and six bathrooms, with an in-law apartment above a detached three-car garage. Some of the finishes might be a bit fancier than Kennan was used to, but there's plenty of historic detail remaining, thanks to a gracious staircase, a double-door entrance hall, and some fine original hardwood floors. The newfound luxury helps to account for the price, which is a not-so-professor-friendly $3.575M.
· Historic Rebirth [Sotheby's International Realty]