Maryland Home of NASA Pioneer and Former Sen. John Glenn Lists for $1.65M
John B. Carnett/Bonnier Corporation via Getty ImagesThe Maryland home of the late astronaut and four-term U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is on the market for $1.65 million.
Last month, hundreds of people lined up for a four-day estate sale at the house, which included (among many things) Glenn’s old leather flight jackets, his Senate seat, an official china set only given to sitting U.S. senators, and clothing from his 1998 NASA mission, where, at the age of 77, he became the oldest person to fly in space.
Built in 1990, Glenn’s five-bedroom, five-bath Cape Cod-style house served as his home base for years while he worked on nearby Capitol Hill. Located on a more than half-acre lot at the end of a cul-de-sac, the house overlooks the TPC Potomac golf course in Bethesda, MD.
Backyardrealtor.comThe house has a perfectly symmetrical design, with double doors that open to a two-story foyer. Stairs lead up to the bedrooms, and down to a ground-floor recreation room and the patio outside. There are fireplaces in both the formal dining room and den, which has a wall-length, built-in bookcase.
Denrealtor.comThere’s an open-concept kitchen, informal dining area, and living room with another fireplace. Large, sliding-glass doors open to a second-story deck.
Kitchenrealtor.comGlenn’s master bedroom had 14-foot-tall vaulted ceilings, with a loft platform leading to the home’s upper level.
Downstairs, there’s a large recreation room, wet bar, and a row of French doors that open to the patio. Glenn’s office was located on the ground floor (the listing photos show a model rocket on his desk). Elsewhere, there’s a wine cellar, firepit, and a three-car garage.
Officerealtor.comGlenn died in late 2016, at the age of 95. He had, unquestionably, one of the most interesting careers of any American born in the 20th century.
He joined the U.S. Marines at the outbreak of World War II, and flew combat missions in the Pacific, and later, fighter jets in the Korean War. By the mid-1950s, he had signed up as an experimental test pilot, routinely flying dangerous missions in supersonic jets. As a test pilot, he set the transcontinental speed record—flying from California to New York in three hours and 23 minutes.
NASA recruited Glenn after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, sparking the space race. In 1962, with 135 million people watching on TV, Glenn climbed aboard the Friendship 7, and spent nearly five hours orbiting the Earth—becoming the first American to do so. He later served in the U.S. Senate from 1974 to 1999 in his home state of Ohio.
Glenn’s children, Carolyn Ann and David, organized last month’s estate sale and are coordinating the home sale. While preparing for the estate sale, Glenn’s family discovered a mysterious vial in his sock drawer, filled with what appeared to be small rocks, NBC Washington reports. The vial was sent to NASA Goddard for testing.
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