Are you a Katharine Hepburn fan? I’ve never watched any of her movies but I had to check out her previous home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut when two readers of BNOTP e-mailed to tell me it was on the market. (Thanks Linda and Deb.)
The home is located in the borough of Fenwick at 10 Mohegan Avenue and is currently listed for purchase at Sotheby’s.
This was the original home built on the property in 1913 by Katharine’s parents. Photo below is from 1938. Looks like a neat house, doesn’t it? I love the complicated roof line with all the peaks and the dormer windows on the sides.
(Photos above and below are from Yahoo Homes.)
This is what happened to the original home! This isn’t a photo of Katharine’s home, but it’s a photo taken by a Westport Connecticut photographer of another home in the area being washed away in the same awful hurricane that washed the Hepburn’s home away.
Fortunately, the Hepburns had left their home for higher ground. Their home was eventually located wedged into a stone bridge near an opening into the Connecticut River. Can you imagine having your entire home just vanish?! This makes me terrified to ever live right on the water. I’m already a chicken about large bodies of water…this picture gives me chills!
A home was built back on the same location and it’s where Katharine lived her whole life until she passed away at the age of 96.
Over the last few years, the home has seen a complete, multi-million dollar renovation by the current owner. The renovation even included raising the home 5-1/2 feet up to prevent future flooding.
A view from the road entrance. Interesting how different the windows are in size and location.
Beautiful entry showing off all the different levels of the home.
The family room has a wonderful coffered ceiling. That’s a screened-in porch we see just beyond!
I love the warm wood of the fireplace in the family room. Notice how they combined it with the painted cabinetry. I don’t know if I’d care for combining stained and painted wood in a room in most homes but I do like it for this beach home. What do you think?
Update: Found this view of the room on Amazon and you can see how it looked when Katharine Hepburn lived there. You can see the wood around the fireplace.
The dining room…
This fabulous screened-in porch is off both the dining room and the family room. What a view!!! Notice how the grill has a covered porch over it. I tried to get my builder to add a porch type roof over the deck on my home, the one that houses my grill and he refused.
Beautiful kitchen with a huge island. Love that sink!
Don’t you know the views are amazing from up here!
This one has a window seat to take in the views.
Wow! I could stand waking up this every morning!
This is my favorite bedroom. I love the exposed brick and the window seat!
A great place to read and relax…
One of the bathrooms…
I like the pergola design. Pergolas are one of the least expensive ways to add character and beautiful design to a ho-hum back patio or deck.
In this aerial view, you can see how the home is situated on the land. There’s a pond behind the home where Katharine swam as a child and continued swimming there even as an adult. She called this place “Paradise” and it’s easy to see why.
Are you a big Katharine Hepburn fan? What is your favorite Hepburn movie?
Photos in the post were found in the listing at Sotheby’s.