Jay Leno Paid $13.5 Million for the Historic Seafair Estate

Jay Leno just bought a historic Rhode Island compound. Click through to peek inside the picturesque retreat.
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The main house is over 15,000 square feet.
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Leno paid $13.5 million for the mansion.
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Just one of the 12 bedrooms.
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There are multiple fireplaces.
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Seafair has been on the market since 2013.
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The kitchen is open to an additional living area.
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The paneled library is on the first floor.
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There are original details in the dining room.
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The home is located behind a gate on Ocean Avenue.
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The estate was originally built in 1936.
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The bedrooms are located on the top two floors.
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The pool room is on the second level of the house.
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Aside from the wrought iron staircase, there are also two elevators.
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Looks like Taylor Swift has a new neighbor.
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French doors lead to the covered loggia.
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There's a tennis court, pool and carriage house on the estate.
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And there's a six-car garage.
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It was listed for a staggering $19 million.
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Jay Leno now has even more room for his legendary car collection. The former Tonight Show host and his wife, Mavis, paid $13.5 million for a historic estate in Newport, Rhode Island, with plenty of room for his abundance of automobiles.

The 15,851-square-foot house, known as Seafair, was built in 1936 by James Mackenzie, Jr. The estate was originally known as Terre Mare, and was designed for Vernor Zevola Reed Jr., a Denver mining heir and banker who eventually was appointed as the Ambassador to Morocco under President Ronald Reagan.

The gated compound occupies nine acres of coveted oceanfront property; in addition to the 12-bedroom, 13.5-bathroom main home, there’s a tennis court, pool, carriage house and luckily for Leno, a six-car garage. Considering Leno reportedly owns upwards of 150 automobiles, having an additional place to store a few might come in handy.

A formal entry hall leads visitors into the three-story home, which still has original features like the main salon and a formal dining room with Louis XVI details. A chef’s kitchen is open to an additional living area, and there’s a den and a paneled library.

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno bought a stunning Rhode Island mansion. Kris Connor/Getty Images

French doors lead to an enclosed loggia, per the listing held by Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty; the brokerage declined to comment on the sale.

The staircase has a wrought iron railing, though there are also two elevators, for lazy days. Eight of the bedrooms suites, as well as a pool room, are located on the upper floors.

The master suite includes a sitting room, double closets, a fireplace, an oceanfront terrace and a marble bathroom.

As hefty as the final purchase price was, Leno actually scored a bit of a deal—the home was last on the market for $19 million.

Leno is joining another famous face in the area—Taylor Swift paid $17.75 million for her oft-Instagrammed Watch Hill house back in 2013. Who knows, maybe the Lenos will be the newest additions to Swift‘s Fourth of July party.

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