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Katharine Hepburn

                                    LAST UPDATE ON DECEMBER 08, 2003

Hepburn estate for sale at $12 million

The Katharine Hepburn estate in Fenwick, Conn., where she died in June at 96, has come on the market at $12 million.

The house, in an area of Old Saybrook, was built for Hepburn in 1939, following a hurricane that flattened her family's original home on the property. The three-story, white-brick home has nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms and five fireplaces in 8,000 square feet.

The house is on 3 acres and has more than 600 feet of waterfront on Long Island Sound. It also has its own beach and pond. Two long jetties add protection for boats and swimmers. Hepburn swam there daily, even during the winter.

She lived in various places when she was working on films in Hollywood. She rented at the Sunset Plaza Apartments, designed by architect Paul Williams. The 25-unit complex, built about a block north of Sunset Strip in 1938, was bulldozed in 1987.

She also rented the Aviary of the John Barrymore estate, on a hill overlooking actress Candice Bergen's childhood home in the Beverly Hills area.

At another time, Hepburn rented silent-film director Fred Niblo's Wallace Neff-designed house in the Beverly Hills area. The house, built in 1927, is now owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

Hepburn and Spencer Tracy regularly stayed together in a John Woolf-designed guest cottage of a Sunset Strip-area estate belonging to the late director George Cukor, according to Jeff Hyland, an architectural historian and a Realtor at Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.

Hepburn's New York City townhouse is also on the market at $4.9 million.

Colette Harron at the Mitchel Agency in Essex, Conn., has the Fenwick listing.


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