This isn’t a dream; it’s Fenwick…or is it Paradise?” – Katharine Hepburn
[ family estate ]
For the actress and her family, Fenwick, a private beach community off the Connecticut coast, was a place they called home for nearly a century. Now back on the market after an extraordinary renovation, the historic Katharine Hepburn home remains to be the quintessential family estate – a waterfront centerpiece with its own private sandy beach, private dock and Golden Pond.
[ 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 a special and serenely situated home on the Long Island Sound- the home we now call the Katharine Hepburn Estate. It would remain her most prized and cherished possession over the next 65 years.
[ 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 Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guggenheim Museum, 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 seamlessly augmented to create light-filled rooms while preserving the historical integrity of the structure. From restoring the home’s original pine-paneled fireplaces to incorporating oversized windows, coffered ceilings and built-in cabinetry throughout, the executed design is a marriage of history and modern amenities. The result – a quintessential family home, carrying on a most important legacy.
[ the historic home ]
The main residence, set serenely on the Long Island Sound, includes over 8000 square feet of living space on three floors, with six bedrooms each with their own private baths, and seven fireplaces. 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 pond and private dock for boating to the Hamptons less than an hour away. In the 1930s and 1940s, Howard Hughes landed his seaplane directly in front of the home, and today, the same opportunity awaits its new owner. A Den, Chart Room, Potting Room, Pantry, Laundry Room and two-car garage complete the estate.
[ the neighborhood ]
At the eastern tip of Fenwick, the Hepburn residence sits on 1.47 acres with over 200 feet of waterfront overlooking the Long Island Sound. Adjacent, more than three 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.
- Amenities Balcony, Deck, Dishwasher, Library, Tennis Court, Dock, Gardens, Terrace / Outdoor Space, Underground Lawn Sprinkler, Washer Included, Dryer Included, Live Water
- Lot Description Beach, Ocean, View, Water View, Waterfront, Jogging / Biking Path, Ocean Front, Beach Front