Newport Mansion Right on Famed Cliff Walk Wants $11.4M

Driving down Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, it’s easy to picture the Vanderbilts and Berwinds riding about in decorated carriages. After all, this is where the Gilded Age elite decided to make their summer getaways, custom-built “cottages” that are the equivalent of European palaces in America and inspired the name of Cottages & Gardens. Right off this road sits a rare home for sale that harkens to this bygone era. The manor, dubbed Plaisance, keeps the Newport fairytale alive and will cost a buyer $11.4 million.

With big names like Jay Leno and Judge Judy owning nearby, Newport is still as star-studded as ever and summering here is the crème de la crème. Located on the famed Cliff Walk, this abode has far more of a genuine cottage feel than the coyly named, museum megamansions nearby. Manicured gardens and an antique brick façade give an air of charm to the oceanfront estate that is both lavish and inviting.

An addition in the 1950s, a complete restoration, and a 3,200-square-foot carriage house/guest house recently constructed make this six-bedroom compound primed for modern living. The expansive outdoor terraces and private beach are the cherries on top.

Once the longtime home of prominent society figures James M. Beck and his wife Mary, Plaisance has not been on the market many times. The couple’s son sold the property in 2014 to the current owners and now someone new can create a storied legacy here, just down the street from Marble House and Rosecliff.

Kimberly Doherty of Lila Delman Real Estate has the exquisite listing.