Celebs

Jay Leno Just Bought a Newport Mansion and It’s Jaw-Dropping

The price tag? Only $13.5 million.

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Jay Leno is going to be spending a lot more time in New England next year. He just bought a gigantic mansion in Newport, Rhode Island and, in a word, it’s jaw-dropping.

The more than 15,000-square-foot residence boasts eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and seven fireplaces. It was a bargain at $13.5 million, too—the former Tonight Show host shaved four million off the home’s asking price of $17.5 million.

Seafair, as the castle-like mansion is called, is situated on a nine-acre oceanfront property. The lot has private beach with a mooring for boats, as well as a tennis court, an infinity pool, and a carriage house.

Leno, an Emerson College alum who hails from Andover, probably took particular interest in the property’s six-car garage, as he’s amassed an impressive collection of more than 150 cars and motorcycles. According to USA Today, Leno is a frequent visitor to Newport, and often stopped in the town’s Audrain Automobile Museum.

Leno’s new mansion is about 80 years old. It was built in 1936 for Verner Zevola Reed Jr., a Denver mining heir who became vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank, and later, ambassador to Morocco. According to Lila Delman Real Estate, the crescent-shaped home was built to complement the curve of the coast and boasts sweeping ocean views from every living space.

See the rest of the property (and those views) below.

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International

Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate International


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
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