Enormous $29.9M Newport Mansion Is Rhode Island's Most Expensive Home


One of the largest homes in Newport, RI, has hit the market with a whopping $29.9M price tag. It's now the most expensive home for sale in the country's smallest state.

Boasting 29 bedrooms and 18.5 baths, this 43,772-square-foot waterfront mansion known as Seaview Terrace sits on more than 7 acres along the Cliff Walk overlooking Sheep Point Cove.

Also known as the Carey Mansion, Newport’s fifth-largest estate (following The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and Rough Point) was originally constructed in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, in the late 1800s.

Edson Bradley, who earned his wealth as a whiskey distiller, purchased the home in DC in 1907 and hired architect Howard Greenley to remodel and expand it. It grew to a sprawling 16,000 square feet. It covered more than half a city block and featured a chapel with seating for 150, a large ballroom, an art gallery, and a 500-seat theater.

In 1923, Bradley decided to disassemble the Dupont Circle mansion and move it to Newport, where he had purchased an Elizabethan Revival mansion known as Sea View. Together, the two homes would become known as Seaview Terrace.

The two-year process of moving the French Renaissance chateau from DC to Newport was featured on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” It was one of the largest homes to be dismantled, transported by road and rail, then reassembled.

Aerial view




Handcarved ceiling


Bright living space


Today, it's the largest privately owned home in Newport. It encompasses two addresses and sits on nearly 8 acres. It features rooms that were originally imported from France, installed in the DC mansion, then reassembled in Newport.

Inside, there is an early Renaissance stained-glass window designed for the Milan Cathedral. There's also a great hall with a whispering gallery, where a person at one end of the room can hear the slightest whisper uttered at the other end.



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In all, there are more than 60 rooms in the mansion, including an art gallery and 500-seat theater. It's filled with ornate and intricate details, from the handcarved ceilings and staircases lined with stained-glass windows, to the towering balconies and enormous ballrooms.

Handcarved fireplace


“We have had folks from all over the world come to look at the property,” says Lea Savas, co-listing agent with Aryn Hawks of Hawks and Company. “Some have said they would keep it as a private residence while others were exploring the possibility of turning it into a private club, condos, or subdividing the property. There really is nothing quite like Seaview Terrace.”

Waterfront location


The new buyer will need to set aside money for repairs. The historic estate, which was used for years by a local private university, is in need of extensive renovation.

“Salve Regina rented the property, and their lease ended in 2009,” Savas says. “They had dorm-style living on the second and third stories that would need to be renovated."

And if you think you've seen this iconic home on TV, we're here to tell you that you're not dreaming.

"Seaview Terrace has been featured on the Discovery Channel and Travel Channel, and most notably was filmed in ‘Dark Shadows’ during the late '60s and '70s that was a daytime soap opera about a vampire family that was hugely popular,” says Savas.

Seaview Terrace


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