Middletown, Rhode Island
$2,495,000 / Italianate
Restmere is a magnificent Italianate villa designed in 1857 by Richard Upjohn, who also designed Trinity Church in NY City. Architect John Grosvenor and author Cheryl Hackett restored Restmere and had this landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beyond the veranda, double doors open into a vestibule and entrance hall with grand staircase. The first floor features a living room, dining room, and library—with 12-ft ceilings, parquet floors, fireplaces, and period lighting. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, wood floors, fireplace, antique lighting, and glass-fronted cabinets. The second floor boasts 10-ft ceilings, pine floors, marble fireplaces, laundry, and three bedrooms with private baths. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a ribcage shower. The third floor can be used as an apartment. The former kitchen ell has been transformed into a two-bed/two-bath townhouse. The above-grade basement has brick walls, arched windows, studio, laundry room, and four rooms awaiting conversion. A landscape architect reimagined the parcel with stone walls, patios, paths, a pergola, fireplace, hedges, and rose gardens.