Seaward Estate is a compound on Ocean Drive that commands a most prominent place among the grandeur of Newport real estate. Previously owned by John Jacob Astor and later by co-founder of the Tennis Hall of Fame, Jimmy Van Alen. (Above and Below) Photo: Courtesy of Compass.com
The last notably expansive oceanfront property in Newport, Seaward is an extraordinary 45+/- acre compound on Ocean Drive that commands a most prominent place among the grandeur of Newport real estate. Previously owned by John Jacob Astor and later by co-founder of the Tennis Hall of Fame, Jimmy Van Alen.
Completed in 2008 over a 4-year period, extreme attention to detail was paid to every aspect of development including the use of granite from the property itself to construct the facade. Given its size and location, Seaward boasts complete privacy and mesmerizing views like no other. The gated entrance presents a striking yet welcoming preview to the exquisite open, spacious, thoughtfully planned, and impeccably maintained interior. The 7,000+/-sf Main House (49 windows) is adorned by a 3,000+/-sf Guest House (33 windows) and limitless views of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Newport Country Club.
The alluring seaside infinity pool overlooks 2 private moorings providing water access to secluded Prices Neck Cove. The ‘Pavilion’, a hallmark of this legacy compound, was specifically designed for events+gatherings to accommodate 1,000 seated dinner guests or a 2,000-person cocktail reception.
Finally and rarely to be found due to Seaward’s strategic elevated location, one can enjoy both beautiful sunrises as well as mesmerizing sunsets high atop this magnificent estate. This signature compound offers an idyllic setting for memories to be made throughout generations to come.
Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, located approximately 33 miles southeast of Providence, Rhode Island.
It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its historic mansions and its rich sailing history. It was the location of the first U.S. Open tournaments in both tennis and golf, as well as every challenge to the America’s Cup between 1930 and 1983.
It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of buildings from the Colonial era.
Newport was a major center of the slave trade in colonial and early America, active in the “triangle trade” in which slave-produced sugar and molasses from the Caribbean were carried to Rhode Island and distilled into rum, which was then carried to West Africa and exchanged for captives. In 1764, Rhode Island had about 30 rum distilleries, 22 in Newport alone. The Common Burial Ground on Farewell Street was where most of the slaves were buried.
Newport was the scene of much activity during the American Revolution. William Ellery came from Newport, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, wealthy southern planters seeking to escape the heat began to build summer cottages on Bellevue Avenue, such as Kingscote (1839). Around the middle of the century, wealthy Yankees, such as the Wetmore family, also began constructing larger mansions, such as Chateau-sur-Mer (1852) nearby. Most of these early families made a substantial part of their fortunes in the Old China Trade.
By the turn of the 20th century, many of the nation’s wealthiest families were summering in Newport, including the Vanderbilts, Astors, and the Widener family, who constructed the largest “cottages”, such as The Breakers (1895) and Miramar. They resided for a brief summer social season in grand, gilded mansions with elaborate receiving rooms, dining rooms, music rooms, and ballrooms—but with few bedrooms, since the guests were expected to have “cottages” of their own.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in St. Mary’s Church in Newport on September 12, 1953.
Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower both made Newport the sites of their “Summer White Houses” during their years in office. Eisenhower stayed at Quarters A at the Naval War College and at what became known as the Eisenhower House, while Kennedy used Hammersmith Farm next door.
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