“Johnny Depp’s Horse Farm Auction”
Johnny Depp has been trying to liquidate much of his extensive real estate holdings including a village in France and a series of Los Angeles penthouses. A Kentucky horse farm he has purchased twice is going to auction on September 15th.
Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 and grew up surrounded by horse farms. Early in his movie career in 1995, Johnny bought the 41-acre farm for his mother Betty Sue Palmer. He sold the farm in 2001 but bought it back in 2005.
Depp’s farm near Lexington, Kentucky includes a 6,000-square-foot house, guest house/manager’s quarters, three barns, 15 stalls and ten paddocks. The main house consists of six bedrooms, seven baths, recently renovated kitchen and master bedroom, dining room and wet bar, family room and adjoining sun room. There is also a swimming pool and four-car garage.
The auction will be conducted by Halfhill Auction Group in Lexington, Kentucky. The original list price was $3.4 million, recently reduced to $2.9 million.
“Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut Home Sells”
Katharine Hepburn’s longtime home on Long Island Sound in Connecticut has recently sold for $11.5 million. The original shingle-style home was built for Hepburn’s parents in 1912 when Katharine was four years old, but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938 when Hepburn was already an academy-award winning actress. Katharine had the home rebuilt in 1940, returning to the home for holidays and summers and full time the last seven years of her life until her death at age 96 in 2003. In 2004, New York developer Frank Sciame purchased the property and did a complete renovation and update.
The estate is located in the Old Saybrook borough of Fenwick, a neighborhood of 83 homes established in the 1600s where the Long Island Sound meets the Connecticut River. With views of the home’s dock, private beach, protective jetties and the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, the home includes 15 nautically-inspired rooms in 8,368 square feet, six bedrooms, eight baths and seven fireplaces. A nine-hole, links-style golf course and tennis courts are available to residents of the community. The listing agent was Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Essex, Connecticut.