Monday, March 22, 2004


From a sailing mecca to a ski resort, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, enjoy the trappings of their wealth in at least five homes and vacation getaways across the country valued at nearly $33 million.

Some are private escapes for the family, while others serve as prime spots to host fund-raisers and exclusive gatherings for wealthy donors. All reflect the couple’s status — he is a four-term Massachusetts senator, she is heiress to the $500 million family ketchup fortune.

Each home has a place in the family’s life, with its own history and mission, from the preppy island of Nantucket and Boston’s Beacon Hill to the Pittsburgh countryside, the Idaho mountains and the nation’s capital.

Mr. Kerry is on a weeklong break from the campaign at the home in the wooded mountains of Ketchum, Idaho. Located near the banks of the Big Wood River, the nearly $5 million house is a reassembled barn, originally built in England in 1485 and brought to Idaho by Mrs. Kerry’s late husband, H. John Heinz III. The Pennsylvania Republican senator died in a plane crash in 1991.

The Heinz family has had the house since 1966 and traditionally spends time there in August and during the Christmas holidays — often throwing a New Year’s Eve party capped with fireworks.

While Ketchum provides a respite from politics, the tony Beacon Hill brownstone in Boston has been a more frequent campaign way station for Mr. Kerry and his wife. It is the only residence that is theirs as a couple. And, assessed at nearly $7 million, it is the residence that Mr. Kerry mortgaged last year to finance more than $6 million in loans to his campaign.

Their other homes, ranging in value from more than $3 million to nearly $9.2 million, belong to Mrs. Kerry and predate her 1995 marriage to the Massachusetts senator. Several are still listed under the name of her late husband.

Formerly part of a convent, the five-story, 12-room Boston town house — with six fireplaces, a rooftop deck and an elevator — is Mr. Kerry’s main residence. It is where he is registered to vote and is located blocks from the Statehouse.

While that is their newest home, Mrs. Kerry has had a Massachusetts presence for years.

Just beyond the historic Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket’s harbor is Mrs. Kerry’s $9.1 million waterfront estate. Rimmed by tall hedges, with a wide deck and a lawn that reaches to the beach, the three-story, five-bedroom manse was the site of the couple’s Memorial Day weekend wedding in 1995.

Since then, the house has been used for campaign retreats and Democratic receptions for the party’s big-money donors.

While Mr. Kerry calls Boston home, Mrs. Kerry’s base is Pittsburgh, which is her longtime residence and the headquarters of the Heinz Family Philanthropies, which she chairs.

Located on a $3.7 million, 90-acre family farm in Fox Chapel, the home is a nine-room white colonial fronted with six columns, and at the end of a steep drive, hidden from the road by a curtain of woods. The property includes a deep-red, nine-room carriage house.

This is where Mrs. Kerry raised her three sons and where she is registered to vote.

Their fifth home, in Georgetown, is perhaps the most utilitarian, and is necessary to accommodate the time they spend in Washington when the Senate is in session. Also belonging to Mrs. Kerry, the 23-room, $4.7 million town house, with its wide stairway and landscaped courtyard, is filled with antiques, fine art and family photos.


Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, divide their time among five homes across the country. The couple co-own a Boston residence, and Mrs. Kerry solely owns the other four residences.

• Boston: A five-story, 12-room Beacon Hill town house that serves as Mr. Kerry’s main residence. Assessed value: $6.9 million.

• Nantucket, Mass.: A three-story, five-bedroom waterfront retreat on Brant Point. Assessed value: $9.18 million.

• Washington, D.C.: A 23-room town house in Georgetown. Proposed 2005 assessment: $4.7 million.

• Ketchum, Idaho: A ski getaway converted from a reassembled barn near Sun Valley. Assessed value: $4.9 million. Mrs. Kerry also owns two adjoining lots valued at $1.5 million and $1.8 million.

• Fox Chapel, Pa.: A nine-room colonial on nearly 90 acres in suburban Pittsburgh. The property also includes a nine-room carriage house. Assessed value: $3.7 million.

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