Martha’s Vineyard Kennedy Estate for Sale
Red Gate Farm is a wild and beautiful oceanfront escape etched into the New England coastline. This serene and private 340-acre sanctuary at the edge of Squibnocket Pond, complete with over a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront, was the Martha’s Vineyard estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
It is on the market for $65 million.
Red Gate Farm has been treasured and preserved for 40 years, as a summer home and refuge from the world celebrity of Jackie O, and for her children and grandchildren.
“Forty years ago, my mother fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard. When she found Red Gate Farm, it was a perfect expression of her romantic and adventurous spirit,” Caroline Kennedy said in a news release announcing the property listing. “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.”
Mrs. Onassis purchased Red Gate Farm in 1979. The Aquinnah landholding came with over a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront near the famous Cliffs of Gay Head. The former sheep farm had just one structure back then: a small hunting cabin. Her dear friend Rachel Bunny Mellon designed the estate’s landscapes. A noted horticulturist and landscape designer, Bunny Mellon had redesigned the White House Rose Garden when Ms. Onassis was First Lady of the United States.
Renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobson designed the elegant Cape Cod-style main house and the two-story guest house, which were completed in 1981. Her daughter Caroline Kennedy has continued the legacy of Red Gate Farm, and in 2000 she commissioned Deborah Berke, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, to renovate and expand the main residence, retaining its understated, timeless elegance.
The Main Residence and Guest House
The 6,456-square-foot cedar-shingled main residence was created for entertaining, for gatherings grand or intimate. All rooms except the dining room overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The main level is appointed with a formal sitting room with fireplace, drawing room, living room, family room, library, dining room, and an expansive chef’s kitchen equipped with professional-grade appliances. Two decks, the perfect space for quiet contemplation or alfresco entertaining, face the sand dunes and the sea.
Upstairs are four large en suite bedrooms. The master suite has a dressing room and luxurious bathroom with soaking tub and shower. A smaller bedroom on the lower level is ideal for guests or staff, or as a study. Further highlights include a den, two offices or art studios, two powder rooms, three fireplaces, a laundry room, and basement.
The Shingle-style guest house is part of Jacobson’s original design. The two-story residence offers four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and laundry room.
The Private Beach and Grounds
Red Gate Farm boasts over a mile of private Atlantic Ocean beachfront with dunes, and two freshwater ponds, as well as a vegetable garden and blueberry patch, an outdoor pool, tennis court, and a fairy treehouse, which Ms. Onassis built for her grandchildren. Overlooking Squibnocket Pond is the original hunting cabin. The ancillary structures include a three-bedroom caretaker’s house, a barn, two garages (one with a two-bedroom apartment), a temperature-controlled storage building, and a boathouse.
This is a legacy estate in the truest sense; Red Gate Farm’s provenance is without rival as is its environmental value: a place where the natural world can be conserved.
– 340-acre oceanfront estate with more than a mile of private Atlantic Ocean beachfront
– 6,456-square-foot, five-bedroom Cape Cod-style house with spectacular coastal views
– Two-story, four-bedroom guest house
– Designed in 1980 by architect Hugh Newell Jacobson
– Renovated and expanded in 2000 by Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture
– Pool, tennis court, exercise studio, vegetable garden and blueberry patch
– Hunting cabin, barn, boathouse, two garages, and storage building
– Three-bedroom caretaker’s house and two-bedroom guest/staff apartment
The estate once owned by former Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham currently holds the record after the property sold for $32.5 million in January. That estate was listed in August 2018 for $39.5 million.
Christie’s International Real Estate is represented by Tom LeClair and Gery Conover, agents of LandVest, the affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate on Martha’s Vineyard.