This grand house is located in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, one of the East Coast's most attractive and best preserved coastal areas. Watch Hill was developed as an exclusive seaside resort of substantial dwellings during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today it continues to be a charming seaside summer resort of multi-million dollar residences.
The house, on nearly 4 acres, is situated on one of the highest points in Watch Hill with panoramic views of the countryside and Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1931, and designed by Architect Warrington G. Lawrence for the Clarence Bitting Family, the house has been elegantly and beautifully maintained by its current owner. The exterior of the house is partially masonry with freshly painted wood shingles and shutters, a slate roof and insulated windows. The living area is over 16,000 square feet and consists of 20 rooms, including 12 bedrooms and 8 full baths plus lavettes.
The entry to this grand residence is through a 100' X 24' veranda, glassed in on three sides with original Art Deco chandeliers and French doors leading to the main house. The living room, main foyer, and formal dining room are all connected for an ideal flow for entertaining. All these rooms have 12' ceilings with ornate moldings, antique chandeliers, custom wall paneling, and a total of 10 fireplaces in the major rooms. Under the plush carpeting, there are original oak and walnut hardwood floors throughout the home. Pantry and kitchen are updated with custom oak cabinets, granite countertops, and built-in appliances.
A grand walnut stairway leads to the second floor encompassing two master bedroom suites with elegantly tiled bathrooms. The adjoining deck on the second level (100' X 24') provides views of the ocean and Block Island. At each wing of the house are additional bedroom suites, allowing for four distinct separate guest areas.
This truly magnificent house awaits its next owner.