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Location: Bedford, N.Y.
The Skinny: The late Ambassador Francis L. Kellogg, who served under Henry Kissinger, led a charmed life. Educated at Choate and Princeton, Kellogg established himself as a fixture on the New York social scene, wedding department store heiress Fernanda Wanamaker Munn, before divorcing and marrying Mercedes Tavacoli, now better known as Mercedes Bass. Kellogg served as chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, sailed in seven Newport-to-Bermuda yacht races, claimed ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, and, in his spare time, "raised miniature Dexter cattle, aquatic birds and exotic chickens" at Mill Pond Farm, this 25-acre estate in Westchester County. The main house, painted a most preppy shade of pink with green shutters, measures 4,500 square feet, with five bedrooms and five baths. Originally built circa 1700, the house was added on to by the venerable architecture firm of McKim, Mead, & White and decorated by none other than Billy Baldwin. For sale for the first time since 1919, the ultimate blue-blood gentleman's farm is listed for $5.9M.
· 121 Stone Hill Rd [Zillow]
· Francis L. Kellogg [New York Times]