Lansmere, one of the finest examples of pre-Civil War stone architecture in Newport, was built in 1852 for a Harvard Divinity School professor. Tucked away off famed Bellevue Ave, Lansmere is located among private mansions and Preservation Society estates. The property is defined by an impressive stone wall and is surrounded by mature trees including a 150 year-old beech, and oak and horse chestnut trees. Lansmere’s well-appointed and park-like grounds transport you away from the bustle of Bellevue and downtown Newport.
In typical victorian fashion, this property is packed with history. From the 1870s-1890s Lansmere was owned by Eugene Ketaltas, a NYC based property owner, and decedent of a wealthy Holland-born merchant. The George James Guthrie Nicholson family of Connecticut owned Lansmere between 1922 and 1932. Then Norman Ogden Whitehouse, US diplomat, and his wife, Princess Tamara Bagration Moukrani of Russia, purchased Lansmere in 1933. They owned the estate until sometime after Mr. Whitehouse’s death in 1977. Today Lansmere has been converted into luxurious estate condominiums.
Unit 7 at Lansmere, current listed for sale with LKRE, is the perfect combination of historical detailing and modern amenities. The front foyer leads into a grand living and dining room. This space boasts spectacular detailing, 11 foot ceilings, and a decorative marble fireplace. The kitchen has been redone, keeping period detail in mind. Upstairs there is a separate laundry room and two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and closets. Outside the updated master bathroom, there are linen closet shelves. The unit has 2 skylights, which keep the unit in this stone building cool during the summer months.
Relish in the best Newport has to offer; living at Lansmere means enjoying walking distance to the Cliff Walk, the harbor, restaurants and shopping along Thames Street and on the wharves in the heart of Newport. Lansmere is also just a short drive or bike ride to the beaches and Ocean Drive. If you are looking to occupy such a spectacular building, take the virtual tour and call us to schedule your showing.
(History info source: https://digitalcollections.smu.edu/digital/collection/ryr/id/554/)