After years on the market, the waterfront beauty, which served as the actress’s family home since the early 1900s, sold for $11.5 million.
Katharine Hepburn is known as a Hollywood starlet, but the true star in her own life may well have been this stunning beachfront estate.
Hepburn, four-time Oscar winner for films like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Lion in Winter, spent her summers on this idyllic stretch of Long Island Sound for nearly a century, beginning in 1913 when her parents purchased the property in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
The Hepburn family lived full-time in a previous home until it was destroyed by a hurricane, prompting the actress to rebuild completely in 1939. The reincarnation is this three-floor, six-bedroom, 8,368-square-foot mansion, set on one-and-a-half acres of prime beachfront property.
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It was owned by Hepburn until her death in 2003, after which architect Frank Sciame—known for his work on New York landmarks like the Guggenheim—snatched up the property and beautifully restored it with a sophistication that feels befitting for its Old Hollywood roots.
Inside, elegant moulding and stately columns add architectural interest without detracting from the amply sized windows that draw the eye toward stunning views.
A massive chef’s kitchen with a marble-topped island, farmhouse-style sink, and loads of natural light is a major selling point for aspiring Ina Gartens.
Upstairs, each bedroom has its own bath, and many also boast bonuses like gas fireplaces and resort-worthy views. While walls throughout are painted white, vaulted and beamed ceilings, as well as clever accents of exposed brick, keep the spaces from blending together.
While there’s plenty to gawk at inside, what makes the home truly special is the surrounding land. A dock, children’s play area, tennis courts, nature trails, and private beach (where Hepburn is rumored to have taken daily dips, no matter the season) all come with the package. An additional three acres of protected land, designated by Hepburn and maintained by the Lynde Point Land Trust, ensure privacy and unobstructed views.
We have to admit: We’re more than a little jealous of this lucky buyer.