On the Market: An Iconic Mansion on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue
Owned by noted art dealers, it's no surprise that this residence is an interesting, beautiful masterpiece inside and out.
328 Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island
Size: 6,929 square feet
This home is no McMansion. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th-century construction is an appealing mishmash of styles, including Shingle, American Colonial, Arts and Crafts, and most notably Queen Anne.
The interior is equally majestic and eclectic. As noted art dealers, the current owners have festooned the residence with their collection, turning jewel-toned walls into small galleries and using built-in shelves to showcase many an objet d’art. But the home itself is a work of art: Take a closer look at the intricately patterned tiles that adorn the floors and fireplaces, the dark coffered ceilings in the living room, and the irregularly arched doorways throughout.
Those hoping to throw a Gatsby-sized soiree will fall for the two-acre yard, which encompasses a clay tennis court, a gunite swimming pool, and a patio and piazza which, all together can host more than 250 people. The sellers took such a shining to entertaining on the property that they even installed a second kitchen that has its own entrance, and includes a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and wine fridge. The catering kitchen lives in the caretaker’s wing, which is also home to a new bathroom, a bedroom, and a living room.
As for those who love to explore the nooks and crannies of an old home, this one definitely does not disappoint—window seats, walk-in closets, and winding hallways abound. But the best untapped space is the entire third floor, which remains unfinished but has exquisite cathedral ceilings and endless potential. Though the owners inserted a ceiling to close the third floor off from the foyer below, taking it out would reveal a glorious three-story entrance. What could be more fitting for a famed Bellevue Ave. mansion?
For information, contact Kylie McCollough, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, mottandchace.com.
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