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Location: Jamestown, R.I.
The Skinny: The storied history of Conanicut Park begins in 1885, when the manse was built as the summer home of Rhode Island worsted yarn magnate Charles Fletcher, a free-spending, larger-than-life Gilded Age figure who commuted from this lovely bayfront Victorian to his office in Providence via private yacht. When—as it must to all men—death came to Fletcher, the home became the Point View Hotel, and functioned as an inn until 1972. Now restored as a private residence, the five-story mansion features a bevy of beautiful period touches, not least of which is the living room which—with its vaulted ceiling, grand fireplace, and 660 square feet of parquet flooring—also functioned as a ballroom. Upstairs is an oval observation room with 240-degree views and a widow's walk that overlooks the bay and nearby Prudence Island. The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home is asking $4.475M, a $475K PriceChop from its initial ask when it was briefly on the market last summer.