The Kennedy Compound, Reagan’s House, and Other Homes of Presidents

At left, the Kennedy Compound; at right, Ronald Reagan’s Bel Air home

When Sen. Ted Kennedy, died on Tuesday, Aug. 25, it set off talk about the future of the Kennedy Compound, located at 50 Marchant Ave, Barnstable, MA 02630.

According to the Boston Globe, the Kennedy Compound could be turned into an historic site, public museum or retreat center.

“My understanding is the senator wants that property to go to the public,’’ said someone close to the Kennedy family, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “He wants it to be a historic property, similar to Franklin Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park.’’

Three Kennedy homes are located in this area, but the Marchant address is the most visibly recognizable with its white clapboard siding and huge porch — perfect for watching the family play football on the lawn and swim and sail along Nantucket Sound. Patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy purchased this property in 1929 after renting it the previous three years and sons John F. Kennedy and Robert purchased adjacent properties to accommodate the huge Kennedy clan.

All the President’s homes

Looking for more presidential history? We’ve pulled together an exhaustive list of Famous Homes of U.S. Presidents. Featuring 30 homes in all, the list covers 15 current and former presidents — from George W. to the original George W. (Washington, that is!) — as well as the two presidential opponents in the 2008 election, Barack Obama and John McCain. Of course, the White House will always be the most famous residence, but it’s fascinating to see where the presidents came from and where they went after office.

We’ve got possibly the most famous presidential home of all — the Kennedy Compound (see satellite view of home). There’s Ronald Reagan’s Bel Air estate, George W. Bush’s Midland starter home, and Bill Clinton’s Washington, D.C. and Chappaqua, NY houses (you can even see what appear to be secret service cars parked out front on the satellite view of home). There are also some lesser-known presidents represented — uh, Chester A. Arthur, anyone?

So, before you rock the vote, brush up on your presidential history: Check out our full list of Famous Homes of U.S. Presidents.