Edith Wharton's Newport Estate sells for $8.6 Million
May 27, 2020 - Newport
The sprawling home, known as Land’s End, was previously listed for $11.7 million but ultimately sold to friends of the current owners for $8.6 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Known as Land’s End, the property sits on about 5.6 acres with a 11,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom main house.
It retains much of its historic detail, including original moldings and stone bench in the entry hall.
It has a chintz-filled living room parlor with buttercream walls, a billiards room and french doors that open up to the ocean.
There is also a formal dining room with parquet hardwood floors and a peach-colored ceiling, as well as a room dedicated solely to the cutting of flowers picked from the garden.
Wharton and her husband purchased the home in 1893 for roughly $80,000, or approximately $2.3 million in today’s dollars.
In her autobiography, she described the property as an "ugly wooden house with half an acre of rock and illimitable miles of Atlantic Ocean."
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