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197 Ruggles Ave, Newport, RI – $29,900,000

  • 29 Beds
  • 19 Baths
  • 43,772 Sqft
  • 7.64 Acres
  • 29 Beds
  • 19 Baths
  • 43,772 Sqft
  • 7.64 Acres

197 Ruggles Ave

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.

Essential Information

  • MLS® #1291813
  • Price$29,900,000
  • Bedrooms29
  • Bathrooms19.00
  • Full Baths18
  • Half Baths1
  • Square Footage43,772
  • Acres7.64
  • Year Built1900
  • TypeResidential
  • Sub-TypeSingle Family Residence
  • StyleHistoric/Antique
  • StatusActive
  • HOA Dues0.00

Community Information

  • Address197 Ruggles Ave
  • SubdivisionBellevue Avenue / Cliff Walk
  • CityNewport
  • CountyNewport
  • StateRI
  • Zip Code02840


  • UtilitiesSewer Connected
  • FeaturesPrivate, Secluded
  • Parking Spaces30
  • ParkingNo Garage
  • GaragesNo Garage
  • ViewWater
  • WaterfrontWalk to Water
  • Has PoolYes
  • PoolIn Ground, Pool


  • InteriorHardwood, Marble, Other
  • HeatingGas, Hot Water
  • CoolingNone
  • FireplaceYes
  • # of Fireplaces10
  • FireplacesMarble, Stone
  • # of Stories3
  • Stories3

Interior Features

Attic, Bathtub, Cathedral Ceiling(s), Permanent Attic Stairs, Skylights, Tub Shower


Gas Water Heater, Oven, Range, Range Hood


  • Lot DescriptionPrivate, Secluded
  • WindowsSkylight(s)
  • FoundationCombination


Drywall, Plaster, Masonry, Wood Siding

Exterior Features

Balcony, Deck, Porch, Patio, Paved Driveway, Tennis Court(s)


Drywall, Plaster, Masonry, Wood Siding

Additional Information

  • Date ListedAugust 23rd, 2021
  • Days on Market52
  • ZoningR60

Listing Details

  • OfficeEdge Realty Ri, Llc
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Listing information last updated on October 25th, 2021 at 7:03am EDT.