At the beginning of the drive to Katharine Hepburn’s property in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, she famously posted a hand-painted sign politely requesting potential lookiloos to “Please Go Away.”
If that wasn’t enough to convince them, a “Keep Out” sign was tacked below it. Gotta love it, especially when she posed next to them with flowers and a big grin on her face. Love this photo of her with it (below):
The film legend died at the age of 96 in 2003; her house sold a year later to Barbara and Frank Sciame for $6 million. They renovated it and just put it back on the market for $28 million. Take a look!
Katharine Hepburn’s Old Saybrook Estate
It’s undergone a lot of changes since Hepburn lived there.
In the photo below you can see how the house looked in 2004, before its extensive makeover:
Here’s how Hepburn’s former estate in Connecticut looks today:
This is the front of the house, facing the drive:
The house was built in the late ’30s and Katharine did little to update it over the years.
The new owners updated it so much that it looks like it could be a brand new house.
The Sciames bought the property as an investment but they say
they fell in love with the house and spent summers here.
The waterfront estate had been in the Hepburn family since 1913.
According to the listing, the property has its own private dock and beach,
with “a pond opposite side securing privacy.”
I love this old photo of Hepburn working in the original kitchen:
The remodeled kitchen looks much different today:
It now has white cabinets and marble countertops.
The Butler’s Pantry:
The eating area off the kitchen has prime views of the water:
The hardwood floors have been painted white.
The Upstairs Landing:
This bedroom has a fireplace, but it’s all about the view:
This one has a fireplace and a cozy windowseat:
Hepburn’s former estate has 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths.
A balcony overlooking the water:
It’s a big house with over 8,000 square feet.
Note the books on the coffee table about the original homeowner:
A long screened-in porch takes advantage of the water views:
Seeing these photos made me think of the beautiful property that filled in for the Hepburn Estate in the Leonardo DiCaprio
movie The Aviator, filmed in Saint-Hubert, Québec:
The house that Hepburn and Howard Hughes would have visited in real life predated the one standing now.
Sadly, a hurricane destroyed the original house shortly after the pair broke up in 1938.
It floated away in the water while the Hepburn family watched it from higher ground.
They rebuilt this house in the same spot, but higher off the ground. (Source.)
If you’re a Katharine Hepburn fan like I am, then check out my post about
her country house from the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby:
You can also revisit the cabin where she filmed On Golden Pond with Henry Fonda in 1981:
Katharine Hepburn’s Haunted Hacienda in Hollywood is for sale:
An aerial view of Hepburn’s Old Saybrook Estate shows how it’s practically surrounded by water,
providing amazing views from nearly every window in the house:
Are you a Hepburn fan, too? You can read more about her house at The Daily Mail and take the video tour where I got some of these screenshots from. (Update: sorry, but they have since taken the video down.)