For those who love old Hollywood, modern elegance and Long Island Sound, check out the old Saybrook home formerly belonging to Katharine Hepburn, currently on the market for 28 million. For that sum it could be yours, all 8300 square feet, three and a half acres, (15 rooms, 7 1/2 baths), replete with a romantic history. Subdivided into three lots there are options for buyers as to how much or what part of the estate they would like to buy. I want to refer to this special home as old, since Hepburn's family originally built it in 1912 (for $2400.00), and rebuilt it in 1938 after destroyed by hurricane, but it is anything but old these days. Purchased for 6 million in 2004, a year after Hepburn's death, by Frank Sciame, a construction executive, the whole house has been re-imagined for modern use and enjoyment. With a massive multimillion dollar renovation, countless changes and upgrades were made. Grand rooms with indoor outdoor flow is the desired aesthetic of the day. So, smaller rooms were opened up creating large spaces, that highlight and complement the expansive views outside. Reorienting the rooms was also completed. Most of the integral rooms, including the kitchen, living and dining rooms, were rearranged to showcase the surrounding natural beauty, and satisfy modern needs. So, in many ways it is a completely new house. I Wonder what Katharine Hepburn would have thought of all the grand rooms and modern luxury, the antithesis of what she loved about the old family home with it's spare rustic beauty. Nevertheless, I'm sure many a modern buyer will be looking for these features in such a home, and will be appreciative of the extensive modernizing and updating that this home now boasts. Think about it, a little piece of history could be yours. Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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