The Connecticut home where Katharine Hepburn spent her summers is now on the market for $11.8 million and the beach house next door at $5.88 million. Properties are listed separately but can be purchased together to make a large family enclave, as reported by toptenrealestatedeals.com.
Hepburn’s lived in this longtime home for seven years until her death at the age of 96 in 2003. The original home was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938 and rebuilt by Katharine. The rebuild was further completely renovated in 2005 by New York builder Frank Sciame. Separately for sale is a three-bedroom beach house next door built in 2015, previously offered at $6,880,000, now listed for $5,880,000.
Originally listed for $14,800,000, the home consists of 15 nautical-inspired rooms in 8,368 square feet, is white, sunny and spacious with six bedrooms and eight baths and good views out of every window. There are seven fireplaces to keep it cozy and expansive porches and verandas to take in the views.
The Hepburn estate, with views of the home’s dock, private beach, protective jetties and the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, is located in the Old Saybrook borough of Fenwick, a community of 83 homes established in the 1600s where the Long Island Sound meets the Connecticut River. A nine-hole, links-style golf course and tennis courts are available to residents of the community. Across from the entrance are three acres of conservation land with a large pond.
The properties are two hours by car from Manhattan and Boston, adjacent to more than three acres of open space that was donated to a land trust by the estate of Katharine Hepburn. Approval rights to construct a private dock on the Long Island Sound are also included with the purchase. The listing agent is Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
Photo credit to William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.