September 21, 2022 | Jack Jenkins Homes
It’s Lit: The Spectacular $23M Massachusetts Playground of Yankee Candle’s Founder
The spectacular spread belonging to Yankee Candle’s late founder, Michael J. Kittredge II, has hit the market in Leverett, MA, for a jaw-dropping $23 million. And what a playground it is!
Called Juggler Meadow, the 60-acre estate listed by Kittredge’s son features a total of 120,000 square feet of living space from eight structures.
Located two hours west of Boston, the property offers 16 bedrooms, including five in the main 25,000-square-foot, Colonial-style home.
Maybe it’s no surprise that a candle mogul would build a massive 50,000-square-foot spa with massage and treatment rooms, and a splashy indoor water park inspired by the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
There’s also a nine-hole golf course, four tennis courts, several guesthouses, and a full-size auditorium. There’s even a two-story arcade with pinball machines, slots, and a three-lane bowling alley.
In the main home, there’s a billiard room, two wine cellars, and a 10-seat theater.
‘Your own little world’
“You have to be there to see how truly spectacular the property is,” says listing agent Johnny Hatem Jr., of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “You really feel like you have your own town to yourself. It’s like you are in your own little world.”
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From the fountains and pergolas to the waterfalls and ponds, the manicured property offers the tranquil setting of a country club.
With a professional stage, the late candle founder is said to have hosted private concerts on-site with Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, and KC and the Sunshine Band.
The original home was built in the ’80s and featured just three bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to Hatem. The home was expanded over time, with the final touches completed in 2010.
Details include custom millwork, 11 fireplaces, a two-story great room, and an “oval office” with walls of glass.
The kitchen is designed for grand-scale entertaining with its five islands, seven sinks, and commercial-grade appliances.
The primary suite takes up one entire side of the estate and comes with a fireplace, private balcony, office, and kitchenette.
There are also two climate-controlled car barns.
“I could see the home going to someone to use as a primary residence if they love entertaining,” Hatem says. “It’s also ideal for someone who is looking for privacy and wants their own getaway spot, so it could be a second home as well.”
He adds, “If it’s going to a family, it would be a legacy property. I could also see it transforming into something like a retreat center for executives, or a wellness center.”
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