197 Ruggles Avenue

Newport, RI
$ 29,900,000 Beds 29 Baths 18.5 Sq 43,772 Virtual Tour
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Historic "Seaview Terrace" is perched atop nearly eight acres of seaside property alongside Newport's famed Cliff Walk. At over 43,000 square feet, Seaview is the fifth largest estate in Newport and the largest that remains privately owned. Built in 1907 for Edson Bradley, it was originally located in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. The home covered more than half a city block, and included a chapel with seating for 150, a large ballroom, an art gallery, and a 500-seat theatre. In 1923, Bradley began disassembling his Washington, D.C. mansion and relocating it to Newport. "Sea View", the Elizabethan-Revival mansion already on the site, was incorporated into the design, and lent its name to the new chateau. Rooms that had been imported intact from France and installed in Washington, D.C. twenty years earlier were moved again and reassembled in Newport, and the new building was constructed around them. The ALA awarded Bradley's architect, Howard Greenley, the 1928 President's Medal for the chateau. Seaview boasts many articles of virtu including "The Flagellation" (circa 1544 47) an early-Renaissance stained-glass window designed for Milan Cathedral. The Great Hall features a whispering gallery, an elliptical room reminiscent of Saint Paul's Cathedral, in which a person standing at one end of the foci can hear the slightest whisper uttered at the other. Long used as a dormitory, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to restore and preserve a true piece of history.

Single Family

  • Price
  • $ 29,900,000
  • Lot Size
  • 7.64 Acres
  • Bedrooms
  • 29
  • Sqr Footage
  • 43,772
  • Full Bathrooms
  • 18
  • Year Built
  • 1900
  • Half Bathrooms
  • 1
  • City, Zip
  • Newport
  • Taxes
  • $ 52300
  • County
  • Style
  • Historic/Antique
  • Area
  • Newport
  • MLS#
  • 1291813
  • Zip
  • 02840
Listing Provided by: Edge Realty RI, LLC
Data Source: Rhode Island Statewide MLS (RIAR)



Accessibility Accessible Doors
Appliances Gas Water Heater, Oven, Range, Range Hood
Architectural Style Historic/Antique
Basement Full, Interior Entry, Unfinished
Co-Listing Agent State License # RES.0033981
Community Features Golf, Near Hospital, Near Schools, Recreation Area, Shopping, Tennis Court(s)
Construction Materials Drywall, Plaster, Masonry, Wood Siding
Cooling None
Electric Circuit Breakers, Fuses
Exterior Features Balcony, Deck, Porch, Patio, Paved Driveway, Tennis Court(s)
Flooring Hardwood, Marble, Other
Heating Gas, Hot Water
Interior Features Attic, Bathtub, Cathedral Ceiling(s), Permanent Attic Stairs, Skylights, Tub Shower
Levels Three Or More
Lot Size Square Feet 332798
Other Structures Guest House, Outbuilding
Patio/Porch Features Balcony, Deck, Patio, Porch
Pool Features In Ground, Pool
Property Sub Type Additional Single Family Residence
Property SubType Single Family Residence
Property Type Residential
PropertyCondition Fixer
Sewer Connected
Status Active
Stories 3
Subdivision Name Bellevue Avenue / Cliff Walk
Terms Investor Financing
Total Rooms 53
Utilities Sewer Connected
View Saltwater, Water
Virtual Tour http://domains.luxvt.com/mls/17969/
Waterfront Features Walk to Water
Zoning R60

Interior Features

Above Grade Finished Area 43772
Fireplace Features Marble, Stone, Tile
Fireplace Y/N Yes
Full Baths 18
Half Baths 1
Heating Y/N Yes
Living Area 43772
Total Baths 19
Total Bedrooms 29
Total Fireplaces 10
Window Features Skylight(s)

Exterior Features

Foundation Details Combination
Lot Features Private, Secluded
Lot Size Acres 7.64
Lot Size Area 332798
Lot Size Units Square Feet
Parking Features No Garage
Total Parking 30
View Y/N Yes
Water Source Connected, Public


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Primary On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

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Per Month

Based on the average sale price from the Cranston, RI office

  • Monthly Principal & interest $1,740
  • Monthly Property Taxes $1,062
  • Monthly Home Insurance $67
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High School Unknown High School

Price History

8/31/2021 Listed $29,900,000

Property vs Zip Code Average in 02840

AVG $3.93M
AVG $15,126
AVG 102
Year Built
AVG 1930
AVG 60
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197 Ruggles Avenue Newport, RI is a Single Family Home for sale at $29900000 with 43772 sqft and a lot size of 7.64 Acres Acre(s). 197 Ruggles Avenue Newport has 29 bedrooms, 18 baths and was built in 1900. The property's zip code is 02840 which is in Newport, RI

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