John Kerry spends $11 million on exclusive Martha’s Vineyard property

10/24/2004 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Senator John Kerry delivered a speech on faith and values at the Broward Center for the Performings Arts on October 24, 2004 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Teresa Heinz Kerry, Kerry's wife, also attended the speech. She did not speak. Kerry was introduced by both Florida Senator Bob Nelson and Betty Castor, who is running to replace Bob Graham's Florida senate seat.To accompany story by Glen Johnson. Photo by Dina Rudick, Boston Globe Staff
John Kerry and Teresa Heinz in 2004. –Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

There aren’t too many secrets on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s an island after all, so word gets around.

Everyone knows, for example, that John Kerry and wife Teresa Heinz just plunked down a small fortune to purchase a historic property up island, far from the madding crowds that characterize Edgartown and Oak Bluffs in the summer.

Indeed, the former secretary of state, who likes to consider himself a man of the people, will be very hard to find at Seven Gates Farm, an exclusive enclave in Chilmark. Kerry and his wife — using a private trust to negotiate the deal — shelled out $11.75 million for the spectacular 18-acre property overlooking Vineyard Sound.

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