“Chelston”, one of Bermuda’s most impressive and historic properties has been listed for sale via Christie’s International Real Estate local affiliate John Sinclair for $45 million. The photos below, courtesy of JP Rouja/LookBermuda [link], show a glimpse of the property, which is located on Grape Bay Drive in Paget.
Originally constructed in 1939–1941 for California oil baron Carbon Petroleum Dubbs, “Chelston” was conveyed to the US government in 1964.
The prestigious Paget property served as the official Bermuda residence of the United States Consul General for more than 30 years.
During that time famous guests included President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle, Senator John Kerry, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Democratic Presidential contender Michael Dukakis, actor Michael Douglas and model/actress Brooke Shields, to name a few.
The 10,000-square-foot main house occupies a commanding position approximately 200 feet above sea level with panoramic views of the sea, the city of Hamilton and the gardens and sweeping lawns that comprise the 14-acre estate.
A team of international architects, builders, and craftsmen spent three years renovating the property which boasts 15 bedrooms and 19 baths in all, including three guest cottages and a staff cottage.
Deluxe features include a salt-water aquarium with a living coral reef in the library, a home cinema, a gym, a nearly Olympic-size swimming pool, a rare outdoor Chinese stone fireplace in the shape of a five-armed dragon and a croquet lawn.
With 15 bedrooms and 19 baths in all, including three guest cottages and a staff cottage, the main house is on three levels with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple sets of French doors and generous room proportions.
The lower level includes a well-equipped home cinema, a family room and a gym, as well as a two-bedroom/two bathroom manager’s suite.
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