While the rest of us are still dreaming of a white Christmas, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno and his wife Mavis are desperately seeking summer with a brand new seaside home in historic Newport, Rhode Island.
According to The Boston Globe, the Lenos paid $13.5 million for the crescent moon-shaped, French chateau-inspired mansion on a private, gated 9-acre coastline peninsula. The estate, called Seafair, features 14 bedrooms, 14 full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms, plus an infinity pool, carriage house, several manicured terraces and gardens, a tennis court, and a private beach.
Sitting at 254 Ocean Drive, one of Newport’s poshest streets, the Gilded Age home features all the Gatsby-esque charm one could want from the New England enclave famous for its cliffside mansions — plus 270-degree Atlantic Ocean views.
Seafair also features a six-car garage and plenty of parking space for all of Leno’s antique cars in the cul-de-sac styled driveway, hopefully the several cars Leno owns in his collection dating from around the home’s 1936 vintage — which the star has painstakingly and famously restored over the years.
Built in 1936, Seafair was designed by James Mackenzie Jr., a New York City-based architect acclaimed for his residential properties — and for later being enlisted in the 1949 improvement program for the Statue of Liberty. Past Seafair Estate owners include Denver mining heir Joseph Verner Zevola Reed Jr., the former vice-president of Chase Manhattan Bank and Ambassador to Morocco under President Reagan.
The property was previously listed for sale in 2013 for $19 million but was recently reduced. Read more about the Seafair Estate’s interior features on Elite Traveler, as well as the history of its nickname as the “Hurricane Hut” on the Gilded Age Era blog, and the full listing details over on Redfin.