Sale of Iconic Slocum Estate – Newport, Rhode Island
Posted by Lisa Babbitt — October 2, 2018
NEWPORT, RI – Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the sale of the iconic ‘Howard Brown Villa’ located on almost five acres on Newport's famed Bellevue Avenue. The residence of respected diplomat and literary scholar John J. Slocum and his wife Eileen Gillespie Slocum, the estate had remained in the family since it was designed by Dudley Newton and built in 1880. The property sold for $4.4 million, which, according to the Rhode Island Multiple Listing Service, ties it for the 4th highest sale in Newport County and 7th in the state this year to date. Kara Malkovich and Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty represented the sellers and Eric Kirton of Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty represented the buyers.
Eileen Slocum was renowned not only as a gracious social hostess but as a political activist. Inspired by a group of friends who were forming the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Mrs. Slocum volunteered to have her home, which had been in her family for seventeen generations, be the first property to be saved from development. The manor house, built of locally quarried granite trimmed in brownstone, with a magnificent slate "Newton Roof," harkens to the Gilded Age and has 25 rooms, including seven formal spaces and 12 bedrooms. The residence is graced by original period detail, elegant decorative elements, and exquisite craftsmanship with interiors and furnishings designed by the renowned interior decorator, Ogden Codman. The walled Olmsted-designed grounds encompass a full city block and include serpentine gravel paths featuring specimen beech, oak, maple and butternut trees.
Paul A. Leys, co-owner of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty, stated, “the sale of this iconic estate is the eighth sale in Newport County over $4 million in the past two years in which our agency has been involved. This beautiful corner of New England remains an attractive investment for high-net worth buyers.”
About Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty
Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty is a full-service agency specializing in waterfront and luxury real estate and serving all of Rhode Island, including Block Island, as well as southeast Connecticut and coastal Massachusetts. Gustave White has been in business for over 80 years as a leader in the luxury market and became Sotheby’s first affiliate in 1976. Gustave White is also the Rhode Island Regent member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. Paul A. Leys, Co-owner of Gustave White Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, may be reached at 401-848-6706 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational, and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744.