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Nantucket retreat frequented by John Kerry sells for $17.5m

A view of John Kerry's house on Nantucket in 2004.Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images

The retreat on the idyllic island of Nantucket once frequented by former secretary of state John Kerry has been sold for $17.5 million.

The property at 5 Hulbert Ave., which was owned by Windy Point Trust, was sold to 5 Hulbert Avenue LLC, said Amanda Furtado, administrative assistant in the Nantucket Registry of Deeds. Furtado had no information on who was behind either trust.

But the Globe reported in June 2016 that the mansion owned by the trust on Hulbert Avenue in the desirable Brant Point community had been quietly placed on the market. The Globe reported at the time that Windy Point Trust included Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and members of her family.


The mansion sold this week, the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror reported.

Kerry had seemed at home on the island. He was spotted there over the years sailing, wind-surfing, kite-boarding, and biking.

In addition to being secretary of state from 2013 through 2017 under President Obama, Kerry was a US senator from Massachusetts and was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004.

The wind-surfing made for memorable pictures and video in August 2004 during the campaign, with the normally suit-clad nominee cutting through the waves.

Kerry can keep up with the water sports, if he wants to.

He has simply switched islands, moving to the larger Martha’s Vineyard, another island off Massachusetts.

In March 2017, Kerry and Heinz bought a historic waterfront home in Chilmark, the town where the Obama family spent summer vacation when they inhabited the White House, the Globe reported.

Kerry spokesman Matthew Summers had no comment.

Images like this of Kerry windsurfing off Nantucket made a splash during the 2004 campaign.Laura Rauch/Associated Press/File