House Lust: Inside the Most Expensive House in RI

This grand turn-of-the-century summer cottage boasts two fieldstone fireplaces, a chef's kitchen and — best of all — 180 feet of beach frontage in tony Weekapaug.

In an interview in 2011, just before his death, famed designer Albert Hadley told Architectural Digest: “Decorating is not about lace curtains and carpets from Paris! I start with the hammer and the saw — moving doors to line up with windows, straightening out the floor plan, that kind of thing. Once the dust has settled, then you can start thinking about fabrics and paint.”

“Oceanwide,” a 5,000-square-foot Weekapaug mansion that tops Rhode Island’s real estate market at $12.5 million, is prime Hadley. It’s classic, yet modern. Brave, but livable. Completely chic, yet whimsical. The Manhattan designer revamped the Gilded Age cottage to its current glory, and everything from the yacht-like sitting room to the blowfish bedroom wallpaper speaks to his aesthetic.

It’s not for everyone; the toniest buyers might not appreciate the appeal of a black-and-white checkered kitchen floor. But the ocean view — from nearly every room in the house — speaks to all tastes. The wrap-around terrace boasts vistas as far as Block Island and Montauk.

For nine months, Oceanwide has reigned as the most expensive home for sale in Rhode Island. See for yourself whether it’s worth the eight-digit price tag:


In case that’s not enough House Lust for you, here’s a stunning video Lila Delman produced of the property:


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