Veteran news anchor Diane Sawyer has made the difficult decision to part ways with her cherished Martha’s Vineyard home, known as Chip Chop. This stunning estate, situated in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, consists of two expansive lots spanning a total of 20.2 acres.
Awe-inspiring views surround the private compound, with an impressive 2,000 feet of beach frontage along Vineyard Sound and an additional 1,600 feet on Lake Tashmoo.
The property boasts a collection of four distinct dwellings. The main house, featuring three bedrooms, serves as the centerpiece of this remarkable estate. A charming two-bedroom caretaker’s cottage and two beach cottages named The Shacks offer breathtaking water views that will leave guests in awe. For additional accommodation options, guests can enjoy staying in the Pond Pavilion and the Ocean Pavilion, both detached bedroom suites.
This historic property has a rich past dating back to the 1940s when renowned stage actress Katherine Cornell resided here, hosting esteemed guests like Eleanor Roosevelt and Laurence Olivier.
In 1995, Sawyer and her late husband, acclaimed stage and screen director Mike Nichols, purchased the estate. Throughout their ownership, they meticulously updated the property while honoring its remarkable history with the guidance of neoclassicist architect Eric Gugler.
Designed for grand-scale entertaining, Chip Chop features a scenic half-mile stretch of sandy beach that overlooks Vineyard Sound. To complement the luxurious lifestyle it offers, the property is equipped with a refreshing pool and a tennis court.
Diane Sawyer, 77, is famously known for her role as an anchor on “ABC World News Tonight,” “20/20,” and “Good Morning America,” among others. Mike Nichols directed iconic films such as “The Graduate,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and “Catch-22.” As a member of the prestigious EGOT club, Nichols achieved the incredible feat of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award before his passing in 2014.
To learn more about this remarkable Martha’s Vineyard estate, please contact listing agent Mark Jenkins at Wallace and Co. Sotheby’s International Realty.
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