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Location: Newport, Rhode Island
If you’ve ever been curious how billionaires do real estate, here’s a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island (once the playground of the uber wealthy), that might give you an idea. Known as the Bird House, the property was custom built in 2012 by the late Dorrance Hill Hamilton, a philanthropist and the heiress of the Campbell Soup fortune.
The six-bedroom-eight-bath residence measures nearly 10,000 square feet and sits on over three and half acres on one of the highest points in Newport. Although it is a new construction, the home incorporates elements from Hamilton’s previous homes as well as inspiration from other historic Newport mansions.
The result is an impressive, elegant home that seamlessly blends traditional architecture with modern technology like geothermal heating and cooling. Upon entering, one is greeted by a soaring double-height, balconied entrance hall and wood-paneled living room with massive stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide ocean views.
Other features include an exquisite chef’s kitchen, handsome sitting room and library with coffered ceilings, a formal dining room paneled in green-painted wood, and gorgeous bedrooms including a bright yellow master suite and other wallpapered rooms.
Rounding out the property are multiple outdoor entertaining spaces and lovely landscaping. And, of course, the aforementioned panoramic ocean views. Located at 70 Beacon Hill Road, the mansion is offered at $12.5 million.
Courtesy of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty