“Fenwick is and always has been my other paradise.”
The Fenwick, Connecticut mansion where Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn spent her summers and lived in the years before her death, is “priced to sell” — at $11.8 million.
The original home that sat on the property, which belonged to Hepburn's family before her, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938. The storm — which the family was unprepared for, considering the lack of hurricane warnings at the time — left almost nothing of the house.
Hepburn and her brother returned to an empty beach where their home used to be the morning after the storm, and “were able to find 85 pieces of silver flatware and their mother’s entire tea service buried in the sand,” according to WNPR. The family rebuilt.
The home was further renovated in 2005, two years after Hepburn's death, according to Sotheby's International Realty.
The New England charmer is 8,368 square feet on three levels.
Nautical inspiration can be found throughout the home, including in the six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. And if that's not enough space, there's a beach house next door for sale for another $5.9 million.
There's a private pond as well as frontage along the Long Island Sound (and a private dock).
“Fenwick is and always has been my other paradise,” Hepburn wrote in her 1991 memoir “Me: Stories of My Life.”
“The historic Katharine Hepburn home remains the quintessential family estate, featuring an extraordinary renovation that maintains its legacy,” said Colette Harron, who is leading the sales team.
The $11.8-million price tag is actually a significant decrease from the previously listed price of $14.8 million. (Though whether or not that's a great value depends on your pocketbook.)