Katharine Hepburn Former Estate
10 Mohegan Avenue Old Saybrook, CT 06475 United States
Bedrooms: 6 Full
Partial Baths: 1
Interior: 8,368 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Single Family Home
About This Property
“This isn’t a dream, it’s Fenwick. or is it paradise?” Katharine Hepburn THE HISTORY In 1939, Katharine Hepburn bought a large set of building blocks from F.A.O. Schwarz and used them to construct a model of her dream home. Later that year, she and her family constructed the home in Fenwick. It would remain her most cherished possession over the next 65 years. In the 1930s and 1940s, Howard Hughes landed his seaplane directly in front of the home. Today, the same opportunity is available to the owner. In June of 2004, Sotheby’s Auction House sold 695 lots of Katharine Hepburn’s possessions. Every item included in the sale sold, many at multiples of the estimated price, including a 3 inch sculpture of Spencer Tracy which sold for over $300,000. This is an opportunity to own the most personal and prized of her possessions. THE RENOVATION In 2005, New York Builder Frank Sciame embarked on a complete renovation of the property. Bringing to bear his experience restoring some of New York City’s greatest landmarks including the New York Public Library and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he oversaw the project which included raising the structure five feet to protect it from the Long Island Sound. All new systems were installed, and the historic structure was seamlessly augmented to create light-filled rooms while preserving the historical integrity of the structure. The home, taken together with it’s private setting, has no equal. THE PROPERTY At the eastern tip of Fenwick, the Hepburn residence sits on 3.4 acres, surrounded by the waters of the Long Island Sound to the south and a pond to the north. Adjacent, more than 3 additional acres were designated by Katharine Hepburn to remain forever open. The conservation parcel is now owned and maintained by the Lynde Point Land Trust, thus assuring privacy and unobstructed views in perpetuity. Fenwick, a community of 83 homes, was established in the 1600s and is located where the Long Island Sound meets the Connecticut River. The private community is known for its golf course, swimming and boating. THE HOME The home includes over 8000 square feet of living space on three floors. There are six bedrooms, each with private bath. The cook’s kitchen features an AGA stove and Sub Zero refrigerator and is adjacent to the living room and dining room, both of which overlook the Long Island Sound. A Den, Chart Room, Potting Room, Pantry, Laundry Room, and 3-car garage complete the estate.
- See Katharine Hepburn Through the Years (bellasugar.com)
- Bella Donna: Katharine Hepburn (bellasugar.com)
- Holiday (waldina.com)