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The Hepburn Estate

Location: Fenwick, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Price: $28 million
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 8
Square Footage: N/A

Whip-smart, independent, and possessed of a devil-may-care sense of fun, Katherine Hepburn was unconventional for her era and remains a model for many sassy heroines today. She co-starred with Spencer Tracey in romantic comedies such as “Desk Set,” “Adam’s Rib,” and “Pat and Mike,” and carried on a longtime love affair with him off-screen.

So for those who like their ladies fiery and with upper-class enunciation — or for those who aspire to be that way — here’s the dream estate on Long Island Sound that was in the Hepburn family since 1913. Young Kate used to summer there, then lived in the mansion full time for the last seven years of her life. The original house was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but this rebuilt version has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation that raised the house from flood dangers, enlarged many rooms, and brought in much more natural light.

William Pitt Sotheby International Realty