For those who’ve wondered what it’s like to live like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Red Gate Farm, the former first lady’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard plus the swath of Atlantic coastline that goes with it, is up for sale.
Listed at $65 million by Christie’s International Real Estate, Onassis bought the property, formerly a sheep farm, back in 1979. The main Cape Cod-style home was finished in 1981, along with a two-story guest house. The estate has remained under Kennedy ownership since her death in 1994; Caroline Kennedy, Onassis’s daughter, expanded the home in 2000.
The main residence has 6,456 square feet of living space, and the compound expands 340 acres. There are five bedrooms and five full bathrooms, according to the listing. Minus the dining room, all rooms in the house have ocean views.
The home includes a living room, family room, drawing room, dining room, an “expansive chef’s kitchen equipped with professional-grade appliances,” and a library. The master bedroom, one of four bedrooms upstairs, includes a dressing room, plus a bathroom with a tub and a shower; the fifth bedroom is on the lower level. The home also includes two office spaces, which could double as art studios, three fireplaces, a den, and two decks.
Perhaps just as majestic as the home is the estate’s private coastline, which stretches for over a mile, according to the listing. The grounds also include two ponds, an outdoor pool, a tennis court, a hunting cabin, a boathouse, and a temperature-controlled storage building.
The home’s landscaping was designed by Rachel Bunny Mellon, a friend of Onassis, who also redesigned the White House’s Rose Garden while Onassis served as First Lady, the listing notes.
“Forty years ago, my mother fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard,” Caroline Kennedy said in a news release. “When she found Red Gate Farm, it was a perfect expression of her romantic and adventurous spirit. The dunes and ponds and rolling hills of Aquinnah gave her the chance to create a world where she could be so close to nature, close to her family and friends, and, most importantly, close to her beloved books. She even built a fairy treehouse for her grandchildren. Those grandchildren are grown so now it is time for us to follow my mother’s example and create our own worlds.”
Landvest, the Martha’s Vineyard arm of Christie’s International Real Estate, is representing the property locally, while it’s also being advertised worldwide.
“We hope that a new family will treasure this place as we have for three generations,” Kennedy said. “We are excited about the next chapter for Red Gate Farm.”
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