Get to Know Katharine Hepburn’s Coastal Enclave: Fenwick, Connecticut

“To me, it is — well, as I said — paradise.”  This is how Katharine Hepburn refers to her Fenwick beach home in her 1991 autobiography, “Me: Stories of My Life.”  This is how the Boston Globe began their recent article “Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut”: “Set on narrow lanes, and designated a Historic District in 1975, Fenwick is a tidy place, yet untamed. (Sound like Hepburn?)”

Connecticut real estateSeemingly unchanged in the last century, this tiny community within Old Saybrook, Connecticut has a breezy informality and a sense of intimacy that feels like a throwback to a time where kids ride bikes to the beach and neighbors greet one another along the narrow lanes between the grey-shingled houses.

Even simply turning into Fenwick and following the winding road along the golf course, slows the pulse and calms the mind. The lanes meander among lawns and hydrangeas and cars are met with smiles and waves. Despite its unspoiled and relaxed character, Fenwick is a vibrant community, evidenced by the smell of fresh paint, new shingles going onto rambling summer cottages and kids and dogs out enjoying the sunshine.

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With direct frontage on Long Island Sound, this classic shingle-style beach cottage sits prominently and proudly overlooking a white sandy beach and ocean. Located within the Fenwick Historic District, this 7,740 square foot home has 12 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a lovely wrap-around porch, fir bead board paneling and numerous original details throughout.

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The property offers elevated southerly views of two well-known lighthouses, located in a storybook enclave with golf, tennis, sailboat races, and family gatherings on the coast.

To find out more about this listing, or other Fenwick Luxury Real Estate listings contact: Joanna Dresser at, or Terry Boyle at