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Location: Newport, R.I.
The Skinny: Built in 1890, this towering ashlar stone pile in Newport, R.I. was designed by William Ralph Emerson, cousin to Ralph Waldo Emerson, at the behest of a Providence philanthropist. Recently updated, the 12,000-square-foot mansion now feels like an odd amalgamation of old and new. For instance, the facade is stately as ever, but the rooftop deck, complete with hot tub in the tower, outdoor kitchen, and penthouse addition don't really jive with the whole Gilded Age look. Inside, there are some highlights, like the grand ballroom with windows facing the sea, and lowlights, like the excessively-marbled master bathroom, but all the space and luxury one might expect for $7.9M. Sited 100 feet above sea level, the house enjoys broad views, sometimes as far as Martha's Vineyard, and is situated on 11.72 acres, with space to build another grand mansion should the next owner not take a liking to ol' Frankenstein here.
· Wyndham Estate Newport [official site]