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4701 Connecticut Avenue: Harry Truman Slept Here!

4701 Connecticut Avenue:  Harry Truman Slept Here!

Between January 1941 and April of 1945, Harry Truman lived with his wife Bess and daughter Margaret in Apartment 209 at 4701 Connecticut Avenue NW.  It was a 1250 square foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment, with a kitchen, living room and sleeping porch. 

When President Roosevelt died and Truman became the new president, the family moved to first Blair House, then to the White House.  While Mrs Truman is said to have loved their apartment at 4701, she spent most of her husband's presidency in their home back in Independence, Missouri instead of living in the White House.

The building opened as rental apartments in 1928.  It underwent a major renovation in 1973, then converted to condominium ownership in 1977.

It's now called Truman House, named after it's most famous former resident. 

Most of the units are large 2-bedrooms, similar to the one where the Trumans lived.  The only unit that is currently for sale is a smaller 2-bedroom (1073 square feet) with a parking space.  The asking price is $525,000.

It's now called Truman House, named after it's most famous former resident. 


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Comment balloon 15 commentsPatricia Kennedy • July 04 2012 08:27PM


The Truman House has a cozy feel, Pat. No wonder Mrs. Truman enjoyed living there!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Patricia

Patricia my friend, being that I'm a Missourian and personally knew the Truman family, plus knowning that you are from Kansas. I sure think that its mighty cool that you have the listing of one of the apartments at the Truman House.  

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

Maria, Mrs. Truman was not terribly fond of Washington in general, but she was supposed to have really liked this building.

And Dale, the unit that is currently for sale isn't my listing, but I'd love to show it to anyone who might want to live there.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Hi Patricia, that is a great listing! I wish you the best of luck!

Posted by Sergio Rebollo Jr. (Real Estate TeamMates) about 8 years ago

Not too many communities can make this sort of claim Pat.

The building looks like it has been well kept and renovated.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 8 years ago

Cool, I didn't know Harry Truman slept there.  I used to live a block away on Connecticut avenue on the 4800 block.    Nice area and convenient for the metro.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

Pat pretty cool and interesting to know how the condo got its name.  It is a beautiful condo.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) about 8 years ago

Pretty amazing, the history that is everywhere in that big, beautiful city!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 8 years ago

Excellent post on the Truman House.  Thanks for sharing the history.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago

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Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 8 years ago

I have been by that building 1000 times, literally, and never knew Truman lived there!  I was by it just the other day!  Next time I'll look!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Pat:  I just love learning little bits of history like this.  Washington DC just has so much to offer.  Good Ol' Harry Truman.  Our 'if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" President.  (or something close to that... LOL)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Washington DC is a wonderful city to visit and I LOVE the history. For those us who grew up on the west coast, it's almost overwhelming to actually see the things we read about in History books.  It would be fun to visit this apartment complex...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 8 years ago


Nice bit of DC facts. Maybe the fact that Bess was almost never with Harry, maybe this is why he always had such a grumpy look?????? cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) about 8 years ago

What a charming building with so much character and history. I can't imagine getting the opportunity to live somewhere like that. Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 8 years ago