Red Gate Farm: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Martha’s Vineyard Estate

Red Gate Farm is a wild and beautiful oceanfront escape etched into the New England coastline. This serene and private 340-acre sanctuary at the edge of Squibnocket Pond, complete with over a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront, was the Martha’s Vineyard estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Red Gate Farm has been treasured and preserved for 40 years, as a summer home and refuge from the world celebrity of Jackie O, and for her children and grandchildren.


The Legacy

Mrs. Onassis purchased Red Gate Farm in 1979. The Aquinnah landholding came with over a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront near the famous Cliffs of Gay Head. The former sheep farm had just one structure back then: a small hunting cabin. Her dear friend Rachel Bunny Mellon designed the estate’s landscapes. A noted horticulturist and landscape designer, Bunny Mellon had redesigned the White House Rose Garden when Ms. Onassis was First Lady of the United States.

Renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobson designed the elegant Cape Cod-style main house and the two-story guest house, which were completed in 1981. Her daughter Caroline Kennedy has continued the legacy of Red Gate Farm, and in 2000 she commissioned Deborah Berke, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, to renovate and expand the main residence, retaining its understated, timeless elegance.


The Main Residence and Guest House

The 6,456-square-foot cedar-shingled main residence was created for entertaining, for gatherings grand or intimate. All rooms except the dining room overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The main level is appointed with a formal sitting room with fireplace, drawing room, living room, family room, library, dining room, and an expansive chef’s kitchen equipped with professional-grade appliances. Two decks, the perfect space for quiet contemplation or alfresco entertaining, face the sand dunes and the sea.

Upstairs are four large en suite bedrooms. The master suite has a dressing room and luxurious bathroom with soaking tub and shower. A smaller bedroom on the lower level is ideal for guests or staff, or as a study. Further highlights include a den, two offices or art studios, two powder rooms, three fireplaces, a laundry room, and basement.

The Shingle-style guest house is part of Jacobson’s original design. The two-story residence offers four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and laundry room.


The Private Beach and Grounds

Red Gate Farm boasts over a mile of private Atlantic Ocean beachfront with dunes, and two freshwater ponds, as well as a vegetable garden and blueberry patch, an outdoor pool, tennis court, and a fairy treehouse, which Ms. Onassis built for her grandchildren. Overlooking Squibnocket Pond is the original hunting cabin. The 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.

This is a legacy estate in the truest sense; Red Gate Farm’s provenance is without rival as is its environmental value: a place where the natural world can be conserved.


Property Highlights:

– 340-acre oceanfront estate with more than a mile of private Atlantic Ocean beachfront
– 6,456-square-foot, five-bedroom Cape Cod-style house with spectacular coastal views
– Two-story, four-bedroom guest house
– Designed in 1980 by architect Hugh Newell Jacobson
– Renovated and expanded in 2000 by Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture
– Pool, tennis court, exercise studio, vegetable garden and blueberry patch
– Hunting cabin, barn, boathouse, two garages, and storage building
– Three-bedroom caretaker’s house and two-bedroom guest/staff apartment

Listing and Article courtesy of Christies International Real Estate

Offered for $65,000,000: This Aquinnah, Massachusetts estate is for sale and has 5 bedrooms, 5 Full Baths and was built in 1981. This estate is listed on the Christie’s International Real Estate website in zipcode 02535 and it boasts 6,456 Sq.Ft. of interior space on a lot of 340 Acres. Nearby neighborhoods include: Aquinnah.

Posted on July 9, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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Happy Birthday America: Your Santa Barbara Guide to July 4th Festivities

With 243 years of tradition behind it – the Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It’s when our nation became united, free, and independent states and we celebrate with a day off, a backyard barbecue and plenty of fireworks. Here’s how we do it in the Santa Barbara area – enjoy!



Montecito’s Annual Village 4th of July Parade

The Village 4th is the Greatest Tiny parade in the world! For decades, the community has supported and come out for this patriotic and community-based annual tradition. The parade starts from San Ysidro at East Valley and ends up in Lower Manning Park. There’s a celebration and country fair at Manning, including food, beverages, live music, and fun for the entire family. Free to all!

11:30 am on . . .

Upper Manning Park | 449 San Ysidro Road | Montecito



56th Annual Fourth of July Parade

Hosted by The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. The parade begins at 1:00 pm at Micheltorena and State Streets and continues down State to Cota Street. It feature entries from the Santa Barbara Fire Department, Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 218, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Pipe and Drum Corps, La Boheme Dance Group, elected officials and more. Spectators are asked to wear red, white and blue for the event, and to bring American flags to wave. Free to all!


Fourth of July Concert

The concert at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden is presented by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra and features patriotic favorites and pieces from Ellis Island: The Dream of America and the world premiere preview of David Stern’s finale to his “Neo Romantic Violin Concerto.” Bring your beach chairs and blankets for this Santa Barbara tradition brought to you by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Free to all!

5:00 pm

Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden | 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara


4th of July Art Show

A day of great weather, people watching, food and fun on the grounds of the Old Mission Santa Barbara. 100± artist including jewelers, glass blowers ceramics, painting, unique objects, woodwork and more. Free admission and free parking.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Old Mission Santa Barbara | 2201 Laguna Street | Santa Barbara



Music | Food | Shops | Fireworks

There will be Fourth of July activities at the Santa Barbara waterfront all day with live music on Stearns Wharf starting at 11 am and entertainment on West Beach starting at noon. Food vendors and a music variety show featuring local musicians. Join in on the face painting, local shops, live bands. End the day with the 9:00 pm fireworks show and music at West Beach. A simulcast of which will be broadcast on 92.9 KjEE.

Logistics: The City of Santa Barbara is closing the Stearns Wharf parking lots between 3 and 9:30 pm although its bike racks will still be available throughout the day. Waterfront shuttles and local buses will run as normal until 3 pm when they will start following an altered schedule available on the MTD website.

11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Waterfront and Stearns Wharf


Santa Barbara City College

Annual fireworks viewing at the Great Meadow on its West Campus as well as the Winslow Maxwell Overlook on the East Campus. The campus, from which the West Beach fireworks are visible, is a family-friendly option for Independence Day, with live music entertainment from 6 to 8 pm and food trucks from 4 to 8 pm Campus rules will be enforced throughout the viewing, meaning no fireworks, alcohol or barbecues are allowed. Proceeds from the $10 parking fee will support SBCC’s athletics program.

Santa Barbara City College |721 Cliff Drive | Santa Barbara



Old Fashioned 4th of July

Goleta’s hometown festival featuring live music and entertainment, hayrides, delicious BBQ, games, local artist, classic cars, old engines show and plenty of family friendly fun! Hosted by the Goleta Valley Historical Society. Adult tickets are $7 and admission is free for children and members of the Goleta Valley Historical Society.

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Stow House & Rancho La Patera | 394 North Los Carneros Road | Goleta


Goleta Fireworks Festival

Bounce houses, face painting, climbing wall and many more games and activities. Try the sack reface or hula hoop contest! Bring you dancing shoes and enjoy the music fro the DJ and main band. The spectacular fireworks show begins at 9:00 pm after the National Anthem and flag raising ceremonies. The Santa Barbara-based band Area 51 will perform throughout the day until the fireworks show, which begins at 9 pm. The Rotary Clubs of Goleta. As a family-friendly event, no alcohol or pets are permitted on festival premises. Adult entry is $10 per person with children 12 and under free.

5:00 pm on . . .

Girsh Park | 7050 Phelps Road | Adjacent to Camino Real Marketplace

Have Fun | Be Safe | Enjoy

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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This May Shock You, But These All-Natural, Homemade Weed Killers Really Work

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By Brooke Showell Kasir | April 12, 2019 | Real Simple

Yes, your lawn is manicured and beautiful and your lawn care regimen is polished to perfection, but did you know that such care can actually make a lawn more susceptible to weeds? Dandelion, crab grass—basically anything with a seed—loves to work its way into neatly clipped grass and Pinterest-worthy gardens.

One natural weed killer to keep those unsightly greens at bay? “Keep the lawn long, so it takes longer for seeds to work their way down the ground,” says Leslie Reichert, founder of Green Cleaning Coach. Or try the old-fashioned, labor-intensive method: “Sometimes you can’t control exactly where the weed killer disseminates when sprayed. If you’re afraid of brown spots in your lawn, a weed puller and a bucket can be your best bet.”

For something a little stronger than old-school weed pulling, but still natural and toxin-free, try these do-it-yourself, homemade weed killers to wage the war on weeds with ingredients most likely laying around the house.

Homemade Weed Killer | Try this homemade weed killer as part of your spring lawn care: a gallon of vinegar, a cup of salt or Borax, and a tablespoon of dish soap. To apply, use a spray bottle where you can toggle the nozzle between a spray or a stream. If it’s a small area, shoot a stream; if it’s an all-over weed situation, go for the spray. Don’t go crazy, though.

“Be careful with it,” Reichert advises. “It doesn’t know the difference between a weed and a flower.” Especially when using the more potent Borax (a naturally occurring substance that doesn’t cause lingering harm to an ecosystem or absorb through skin), the solution can also kill the soil so that nothing else will grow around it. This method works best on a sunny day, as the natural acid will burn the plant and the salt will shrivel it up by sundown (the dish soap helps the solution stick to the weeds). For a quick curb appeal fix, this one is also lasting.

Newspaper | Even professional landscapers are known to use this simple, natural weed killer. If your garden is infested, use a weed whacker to address the culprits, then lay down yesterday’s headlines. Newspaper blocks beginning weeds from growing and new seeds from forming by shutting out sun and air. Top it off with mulch and the weeds won’t show up, Reichert says. The newspaper will break down eventually, too, so there’s no clean-up.

Boiling Water | Talk about a DIY weed killer: This one is inexpensive, simple, effective, and completely free of chemicals. For areas like cracks in sidewalks and driveways, take a pot of boiling water and pour it on the weeds; it will kill them right away, Reichert says. Be sure to get close to the plant and pour slowly, to avoid being splashed. If the weeds re-grow, repeat the process until the area is free and clear.

Note that boiling water won’t kill the weeds at their roots, according to Chris McGeary, chief marketing officer at Lawn Doctor, a lawn care company. This option isn’t a permanent one, as the plants can grow back, so use it only as needed. And, of course, take safety precautions to avoid burns.

Lemon Juice |This pretty fruit not only grows in the garden; it also helps keep it pristine, since lemon juice serves as a natural acid to kill weeds. Fill a spray bottle with lemon juice and saturate any perpetrators—the natural solution will dry up and kill the leaves within one or two days. If you don’t have an abundance of lemon trees in the backyard, a bottle of ReaLemon also does the trick. For an extra-strong formula, mix the lemon juice with acidic vinegar. The kind sold at garden stores or nurseries is stronger than supermarket options, so there are ways to make this homemade weed killer more potent.

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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Dream of Homeownership is Still Alive for California Renters

Despite affordability challenges, California renters continue to hold homeownership in high regard and aspire to purchase a home eventually, according to a consumer survey released by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today.

C.A.R.’s 2018 State of the California Consumer Survey, which examines the attitudes and behaviors of real estate consumers, found half of California renters rated homeownership as very important or extremely important, and that four out of five renters want to own a home someday.

Renters see the advantages of homeownership as more than just a roof over their heads. Twenty-one percent of renters said homeownership would provide them with a good long-term investment, while 19 percent said it would give them the freedom to do what they wanted with their home. Twelve percent of renters said a benefit of homeownership would be having the stability to plant roots.

“It’s encouraging that the majority of renters still believe buying a home is more than just a shelter over their heads,” said C.A.R. President Jared Martin. “While they may not be there yet, many renters are motivated to become homeowners as they recognize the many benefits.”

Report highlights:

Nearly half (45 percent) of renters said they would purchase a home if they got a new job, a raise, or a promotion, while another 40 percent said they would be motivated to buy a home if they got married or were starting a family.

Renters who want to become homeowners someday are generally younger and more diverse. They have been renting a median of eight years and are at a median age of 35, with over half being millennials. Nearly three-fourths are non-white, with almost half being Hispanic. Renters who plan to buy have a median income of $40,000 and currently spend a median of 45 percent of their income on housing costs.

While many renters want to own a home, they either feel they are not in a financial position to become a homeowner or don’t have the financial knowledge. Only four in 10 renters are familiar with the credit and loan criteria needed to purchase a home. Further hindering renters from becoming homeowners, many renters also don’t know how much down payment is required, with 14 percent under the impression that more than 50 percent down payment is needed for a home purchase. Nearly 40 percent of California renters believe that more than 20 percent is required to become a homeowner. This misconception results in many renters delaying their home purchase or possibly even giving up on the dream of homeownership.

California renters pay a median monthly rent of $1,300, but the cost of renting varies across the state. Renters who live in the Bay Area pay the highest rent at a median of $1,800, while those in Southern California pay a median of $1,390. In general, renters spend 45 percent of their income on housing, with nearly seven in 10 spending more than the recommended 30 percent. The rent burden is especially heavy for the younger generations, with millennials spending half their income on rent.

California renters typically have lived in their current home a median of three years but have been renting for a total of nine years. While the majority are unsure about how much longer they plan to live in their current residence, one-fourth of renters plan to move next year. Nearly two-thirds of renters plan to rent after moving from their current residence, with older generations more likely to continue to rent than younger ones.

In a sign of optimism, three-fourths of those who plan to rent again said they want to own a home eventually.

The 2018 State of the California Consumer Survey was conducted online between May 9 and July 9, 2018, aiming to understand the process of home buying and selling, as well as the motivation behind renting and owning from the perspective of the California consumer. Surveys were sent to 470,803 consumers ages 18 and older in the state of California, resulting in 6,144 participants, a 1.3 percent response rate. The margin of error was ±1.2 percent at a 95 percent confidence interval. For the renters section, 1,856 respondents were renting a home in California at the time of survey participation.

Leading the way… ® in California real estate for more than 110 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®( is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 190,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of California Associate of Realtors | December 3, 2018

Posted on June 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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Now This Is How You Update a ’90s, Cookie-Cutter House

Interior designer Dina Holland is known for her refreshingly modern take on New England style. You can often find her posting inspo and sharing wild ideas on Instagram (professionally as @honeyandfitz andas her down-the-rabbit-hole alter ego @pleasehatethesethings with 167k followers), where she entertains thousands with her style and sarcasm. Dina’s bold, brazen approach is exactly what one Massachusetts family needed to transform their two-story Colonial. The house was stuck in 1995 with builder-grade standard features, from tiny track lights and a hexagon island to Palladian windows and layers of sponge paint. In effort to jump two-and-a-half decades forward, the designer pulled out her favorite paints, patterns, and modern-day tricks.

“We really tried to take it from ‘90s blah and add more traditional New England elements to the house,” Dina says. “The biggest way we did that was incorporating built-in details where we could.”



Custom built-ins—window seats, bookcases, and paneling—added instant architectural interest. The biggest change was in the living room, which had a huge, vaulted ceiling that stretched two stories high. “It made the space feel really cold. Literally. In New England, that’s a lot of space to heat, and figuratively, it just didn’t feel cozy,” Dina says.

To give the room better scale, they had to create a new ceiling, which subsequently added newfound square footage up top, allowing for a more casual area they call “the pajama lounge.” Down in the suddenly sophisticated living room, Dina flanked the fireplace with built-in bookcases and window seats that are dressed up with punchy paisley drapery. For a final formality, Dina drenched every wood surface in her signature navy blue (Benjamin Moore’s Hudson Bay, in case you’re curious).


Dina set the look for the home right off the navy blue and white entrance, creating a tone for the rest of the home that’s “a little bit formal but playful.” JESSICA DELANEY


“If you have a room that doesn’t have a lot of interesting architectural details, painting the entire room one color will elevate the entire space,” she says, stressing the word entire, to include walls, crown, baseboard, and windows. “Don’t skip the windows! It creates a cozy and really luxe base to build on.”

In the formal dining room—a Boston commonality—they kept the layout but updated the shell of the room. Ditching the former maroon and forest green color scheme, they echoed the established blue and white palette with fresh, Kelly green tones—the client’s favorite. They swapped out tired grapevine wallpaper for a Christopher Farr print that adds instant prep. A traditional dining set carried over from the family’s last home looks current thanks to the lively, leafy pattern, plus hits of brass on the drapery rod, mirror, and oversized geometric light fixture, which replaced a heavy crystal chandelier. “There’s not much that’s more New England than navy blue and brass!” she says.


Pale blue shades hang overhead Chippendale-style barstools from Ballard designs with seats Dina recovered in JF Fabrics Crypton.JESSICA DELANEY


Riffs of blue and brass pop up in the powder blue powder room and in the kitchen where the color palette skews lighter and beachier with sky blue pendants and Chippendale-style barstools. The old hexagon ‘90s island got 86’d for a new, sleeker rectangular one, taking those odd angles out of play. An adjacent breakfast room was “super dated with sad window treatments and an equally sad light fixture.” Here, Dina opted to keep the crazy vaulted ceilings since they were surrounded by windows that overlook the backyard. Because the clients don’t need privacy, Dina tossed the floral valance and opted to leave the windows bare. To give the room a wow factor, she accented the space with a big, beaded light fixture (in navy, of course) that’s cool and elegant yet seems less stuffy than the frosted-glass version before.

If you were to do one thing to go from blah to whoa, Dina says to pay attention to scale and lighting. “Nothing gives away a spec home more than bad, tiny lights,” says the designer who sells her favorites as part of her new Honey & Fitz Collection. “Swapping all the lights for over-scaled, statement lights immediately made this house feel more special and like something that someone really spent time putting together—because believe me, we did!”


Courtesy of House Beautiful By 


Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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As warmer weather approaches, party planners start buzzing about outdoor entertaining. For many people, nothing can beat a springtime garden party, mid-summer poolside gathering, or early fall bonfire. With good planning and vision, your outdoor gathering can boast just as much luxury and style as any indoor soiree.

In general, the trend for outdoor entertaining in 2019 will be a blend of comfort and elegance, with well-designed outdoor spaces, thoughtful food and drink, and bursts of creative flair like unique flower arrangements or craft cocktails. CONTINUE. . .

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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