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Harvard grad buys D.C. house where JFK and Jackie met

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The home is in Georgetown. Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart graduated from Harvard Business School in 1990, but he has more connections to JFK than just his alma mater.

Stewart is now a managing partner at Capitol Seniors Housing, a real estate private equity group based in Washington, D.C., but before that, he lived in Brookline for many years, the city that’s home to the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, the 35th president’s birthplace.

He also has a home on Martha’s Vineyard, another famed Kennedy hangout.

And now, he owns 3419 Q St. NW in Georgetown, the home where Kennedy met Jacqueline Bouvier.

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The home’s kitchen. —Scott Stewart

“I am very much into history and the whole Kennedy family and their history,” Stewart said. “I’ve got strong roots in Boston.” He said the home’s history played a role in his wanting to purchase it, but it wasn’t the driving factor.

Stewart, now an empty-nester, said he wanted to downsize, and in three months, he had looked at 40 houses.

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The patio. —Scott Stewart

“I was in the process of pulling the trigger for a different house and got bogged down in negotiations,” he said. “I went to the Super Bowl, and a friend of mine sent me a link to a Washington Post article saying this was coming onto the market that Thursday [Feb. 8].”

According to The Washington Post, in the spring of 1951, journalist Charles Bartlett and his wife threw a dinner party at the Q Street house, which the Bartletts were renting, with the goal of introducing JFK and Jackie.  The famous couple were married two years later.

Stewart told his realtor, Justin Faust of Samson Properties, that he wanted to get in and see the house the day it was being listed.

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The outdoor fireplace. —Scott Stewart

“Immediately, he knew it,” Faust said, regarding Stewart’s reaction to the Q Street home. “He said, ‘I think this is the one.’ He was completely sold.”

The home has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 1,934 square feet of living space, along with a detached garage.

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One of the home’s three bedrooms. —Scott Stewart

Stewart made an offer on the home that day, Feb. 8, and he closed on March 9 for $1,725,000, the home’s asking price.

“I am in the process of doing remodeling,” Stewart said, but noted he is keeping its historic charm. “[I am] decorating with a mid-century motif.” He even plans to move paintings of JFK and Jackie from his office into the home.

The paintings Stewart is going to put in his new home. —Scott Stewart