On the Market: An Elegant Oceanside Villa in Jamestown, Rhode Island
Embrace island living on this antique estate, filled with French and Italian treasures.
256 E Shore Road, Jamestown, RI
Size: 9,002 square feet
A little breezeway can go a long way in maximizing a home’s square footage. Just look at this 19th-century farmhouse that, thanks to a 2008 renovation, connects to a flagstone carriage house via a French bluestone corridor with radiant heating. Not only does the sheltered passageway mean not having to go outside to fetch groceries from the car, but in effect it adds another three bedrooms and two baths to the single-family. One bedroom sits on the ground level just off the garage, and the others sprawl out on a second floor.
In the main portion of the home, a pastiche of European imports have reimagined the antique farmhouse as a countryside villa that happens to be inches from the ocean. All of the main-level floors are made of French limestone, as is the fireplace in the living room. Directly above the hearth, amid original weathered posts and beams, hangs an iron chandelier sourced from an Italian homestead that also yielded the grapevine-painted tiles on the kitchen counters. The pearly antique marble sinks throughout the residence, meanwhile, hail from Italy and France. But it’s not all relics from the past. The carefully collected curios intermingle with contemporary luxuries, too, including a Sub-Zero fridge and a double oven in the kitchen, as well as a bedroom walk-in closet with a washer, a dryer, and whitewashed poplar walls that give the room a beachy vibe.
The property is, after all, located on an island. And, with more than five-and-a-half acres, the estate is one of the largest plots on East Shore Road. Slip on your sandals and step outside to fully appreciate the home’s exterior, covered in a combo of Venetian plaster, cedar shingles, and flagstone. Then, dip your toes into the saltwater pool, mosey over to the potting shed, or bring a day bag down to the deepwater dock—from there you can hop in a boat and tie up at Newport in 10 minutes.
For information, contact Nicole Carstensen, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, mottandchace.com.
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