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Just listed: Edith Wharton’s Newport getaway for $11.7 million

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42 Ledge Rd.
The manor house at 42 Ledge Road in Newport, R.I., has eight bedrooms. Lila Delman Real Estate

A home Edith Wharton once owned has hit the market in Newport, R.I., for $11,700,000.

42 Ledge Road has “a history of pedigree ownership” that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, as well as heads of state and socialite Marion “Oatsie” Charles, one of Newport’s last grande dames, according to the listing agent, Kendra Toppa of Lila Delman Real Estate. The oceanfront estate offers eight bedrooms in the manor house and three in the carriage house.

Sited on a 5.6-acre lot overlooking the Cliff Walk and the Atlantic Ocean, the home called “Land’s End” boasts architectural features such as marble and hardwood flooring and antique floor-to ceiling glass doors that open to the backyard’s expansive lawns, which “roll to the sea,” according to the listing. The manor house, which is 10,910 square feet, has eight fireplaces.

The property also features perennial gardens, a saltwater gunite pool, a billiard room, a galley wet bar room, and expansive patios.

Designed by architect John Hubbard Sturgis, the home was built in 1880. The house features motifs by architect Ogden Codman Jr., with whom Wharton wrote “The Decoration of Houses.”

Wharton and her husband “paid roughly $80,000, or about $2,300,000 in today’s dollars” for the property, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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