$15,800,000 | Built 1929 | 13,428 Sq. Ft. | 11 Beds | 8.5+ Baths | 5.53 Acres
601 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, United States, 02840
One of the last grand houses to be built towards the end of Newport, Rhode Island’s Gilded Age is on the market for $15.8 million. Champ Soleil, set on 5.53 acres on Bellevue Avenue, was designed by Polhemus & Coffin who drew inspiration from the hunting lodge at Versailles, La Lanterne, and was built in 1929 for Lucy Drexel Dahlgren, the granddaughter of Joseph W. Drexel. According to Mansions of the Gilded Age, “The second owner was Roberta & Robert Goelet, who had the house enlarged and decorated by the famed french decorating firm Maison Jansen. The estate was later owned by Russell B. Aitken and his wife Annie Laurie Aitken.” The Daily Mail revealed, “McKinney-Zarrilli and his husband, real estate developer Kenneth Zarrilli, 68, first moved into the sprawling mansion in 2003.” The couple told the Wall Street Journal that they spent nearly $10 million renovating and restoring the mansion.