Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s Red Gate Farm in Aquinnah is for sale.
A magnificent private enclave of 340 acres on Martha’s Vineyard with a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront, the property was purchased by the former First Lady in 1979, just four years after the passing of her second husband, Aristotle Onassis. Here she was surrounded by a serene pastoral setting that helped her both heal and regenerate.
Following her purchase, she commissioned renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen to design her dream house, and named it Red Gate Farm.
Over the past 20 years, Onassis’s daughter, Caroline Schlossberg, and her husband, Edwin, have enlarged and renovated the house. After years of enjoying it with their growing family, Carolyn has put it on the market priced at $65 million. Send me more information about Red Gate Farm.
A Mile of Atlantic Beachfront
A former sheep farm, Red Gate Farm sits at the edge of Squibnocket Pond near the Aquinnah (Gay Head) cliffs. The property stretches out to the ocean to encompass more than a mile of private Atlantic Ocean beachfront with dunes and two freshwater ponds.
A vegetable garden and blueberry patch provide fresh produce, while an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and a fairy treehouse, which Onassis built for her grandchildren, offer outlets for activity.
Sited within this magnificent private retreat is Onassis’ cedar-shingled, Cape Cod-style home and matching two-story guest house, which were completed in 1981.
In 2000, Carolyn Schlossberg commissioned Deborah Berke, the dean of the Yale School of Architecture, to expand the home while retaining its style and character. Send me more information about Red Gate Farm.
House, Guest House & More
Today at 6,456 square feet, the home has five bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms. On the main level are the formal living and dining rooms, family room, library and chef’s kitchen.
All rooms,except the dining room, overlook the ocean. Numerous decks are available for sunning, dining and entertaining.
There is also a small bedroom for staff or extra guests, plus a laundry and basement. Additional rooms include a den and two offices/art studios. Three fireplaces add to the comfort and peacefulness of the home
The upper level contains four ensuite bedrooms with the master having its own dressing room.
The original two-story guest house, architecturally matching the main house, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living room and laundry. Send me more information about Red Gate Farm.
Hunting Cabin, Barn, Boathouse
The property’s original hunting cabin still stands and overlooks Squibnocket Pond.
Additional 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. Send me more information about Red Gate Farm.
Listing agents are Gerret Conover, Tom LeClair and Kathleen Coumou of LandVest Inc., Christie’s International Real Estate, Martha’s Vineyard.
Special Features: Red Gate Farm, Aquinnah
- 340 private, upisland acres
- 1 mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront
- Frontage on Squibnocket Pond
- Main house, 6,456 sf w/ 5 BRs/5 BAs and 2 half-baths
- Two-story guest house w/ 4 BRs/3 BAs
- Hunting cabin, barn, boathouse
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Stone walls, trails, wildlife sanctuary
- Send me more information about Red Gate Farm
Photo credits: Christie’s International Real Estate