Legendary stage and silver-screen star Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut estate has come on the market for US$11.8 million.
Born to liberal blue-blood parents in Connecticut, Hepburn’s former 8,400-square-foot home was built by her family in the town of Old Saybrook, along the Long Island Sound in 1939.
The actress reportedly used the colonial-styled house as a summer retreat for the next 65 years. It was also where she passed away in 2003.
Colette Harron, listing agent from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Essex, said: “The historic Katharine Hepburn home remains the quintessential family estate, featuring an extraordinary renovation that maintains its legacy.”
The New York Times reported in 2004 that the property was sold to neighbour Frank Sciame, who owns Sciame Construction. On top of the US$6 million he paid for the property after Hepburn’s death, Sciame poured more money into renovation works in 2005. Sciame is well versed in managing heritage renovations, having completed restorations of New York landmarks, most notably the Guggenheim Museum.
According to the current listing, the three-storey property overlooks a lake and has a private dock in front of the house where you can land a seaplane as film director and avid aviator Howard Hughes did in the 1930s and 1940s. Set on 1.5 acres of land, the home also includes six bedrooms, resorted fireplaces, coffered ceilings, modern amenities, including a state-of-the-art kitchen and blue-stone perch, which is great for entertaining and al fresco dining.
There is also a beach house listed separately for close to US$6 million by the same agent. Built in 2015 by Sciame, the three-bedroom house is set on an adjacent parcel of land that also once belonged to Hepburn. It offers a private beach with approval rights for a private dock and borders more than three acres of open space that was donated to a land trust by the estate of Katharine Hepburn.
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