Caroline Kennedy now seeks the next steward for this ecological treasure with residences designed with timeless elegance and living in communion with nature
MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#christies—Christie’s International Real Estate and Land Vest its exclusive Affiliate on Martha’s Vineyard, are honored to present Red Gate Farm, the serene and private estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on Martha’s Vineyard. The 340-acre oasis of beauty with more than a mile of private Atlantic beachfront, has been treasured and preserved for 40 years. When Mrs. Onassis purchased the Aquinnah property in 1979, she was drawn to the untamed beauty of the oceanfront property’s coastal dunes, freshwater ponds, and the abundance of plants, trees, birds and other wildlife, and she fiercely protected it, as has her daughter Caroline Kennedy in the years since.
Ms. Kennedy said, “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. 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. We hope that a new family will treasure this place as we have for three generations. We are excited about the next chapter for Red Gate Farm.”
The estate’s structures are in complete harmony with their natural surrounds. The main residence was designed in the traditional Cape Cod style by the esteemed Hugh Newell Jacobsen, and the landscapes were designed by Bunny Mellon, renowned horticulturist who designed the White House Rose Garden when Mrs. Onassis was First Lady of the United States. Originally completed in 1981, it was renovated and expanded in the same style in 2000 by Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.
Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, said, “The spirit of the property is in perfect balance. The family’s reverence for nature and the joy of their immersion into the natural world is reflected in every corner of this magnificent estate. The peacefulness one feels at Red Gate Farm is a direct result of its complete privacy, the level of care and commitment shown to the land for four decades, and the deep appreciation for the enduring memories created by those fortunate enough to pass through its red gates.”
The 6,456-square-foot cedar-shingled main residence has five en-suite bedrooms, two half baths, a chef’s kitchen equipped with professional grade appliances, two offices or artist studios. Three fireplaces warm the home, and outdoor decks drink in the serene water and nature views with the dunes in the distance.
A two-story guest house has four bedrooms and three baths plus a living room, kitchen and laundry. Outbuildings include two garages, a caretaker’s house with three bedrooms, a boat house, a temperature- and humidity- controlled storage building, and a hunting cabin – the only structure when Mrs. Onassis purchased Red Gate Farm. There is also a pool and tennis court on the property.
Red Gate Farm is being marketed globally by Christie’s International Real Estate, which is represented locally by Tom LeClair and Gery Conover, agents of LandVest, the exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate on Martha’s Vineyard.
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