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slides: Rhode Island Dream House of the Week: Newport’s Wild Moor

Saturday, August 03, 2013


Did we mention it was for sale? Yes, this spectacular estate on Hammersmith Road in Newport is on the market for a cool $9.9 million. But take a look at what you get for that pricetag: more than 23 acres with classic Newport ocean views, and a truly historic property. Enjoy Rhode Island's dream house of the week--Wild Moor.

To see Wild Moor's full page and all its photos, go here.

To see more incredible Rhode Island real estate (including your potential dream house), go here.  

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Wild Moor

An extraordinary residence on more than 23 acres, Wild Moor is on a rocky hill that is the second highest peak in Newport, Rhode Island.

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On the main level, a well-lit entry hall with a fireplace, oak beams, and handsome paneling leads to a morning room with fireplace. Leaded glass windows on the grand staircase and tiles on multiple fireplaces were created by Tiffany.

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Boasting an architectural aesthetic envisioned to expertly match the natural splendor, today the resulting building, now restored, is one of the finest examples of renowned firm McKim, Mead & White's classic and extensively documented style.

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The second floor includes a master suite with luxurious bath and three additional bedrooms and baths, while the third floor provides flexible space currently used as 4 bedrooms, an exercise room, family room and full bath.

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In addition to an exquisite living room and a spacious dining room, a pantry kitchen and a cozy library with a half bath complete the ground-level amenities. 

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When completed in 1887, Mild Moor was sold as a luxurious summer getaway to a large family, whose members continued to maintain the home until 2010, through several generations, providing the stewardship that is so evident throughout the lot and its structures.

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The 17-room granite main house spans 6,840 square feet of living space and offers sophisticated but comfortable living within an extensively renovated historic structure. Tile and woodwork displaying the highest quality of craftsmanship are found throughout adding to an atmosphere of consummate luxury.

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Newport chic

Comprising artists, musicians, geologists, an archeologist and amateur naturalist, the family had an abiding love for the pastoral environment. It can only be imagined the flow of visitors through Wild Moor's welcoming spaces. 

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Frederick Law Olmsted, renowned for masterminding New York City’s famed Central Park, conceived a sanctuary that envelops the main house in lush greenery, placing it within the landscape amid gorgeous views over broad lawns, many gardens, stately beech groves dense thickets and wetland meadows.

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Green-thumbed gardeners, look no further. Wild Moor offers an extraordinary greenhouse complete with cold frames for the preparation of plantings and beds of blooming flowers to decorate the landscape.

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Summer sponsor

GoLocal's summer content is sponsored by Newport Polo. 

What better way to complement the beautiful life at Seafair, than with a day at the polo matches in nearby Portsmouth? See for yourself, at www.nptpolo.com.


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