House Lust: The Prettiest Mansion on the Market in RI

It doesn't hurt that the realtor is a "Real Estate Wars" reality TV star.

Take a gorgeous Newport mansion owned by a renowned art couple, add a reality TV realtor, and top it off with coffee table-worthy photographs. The result? Pure listing gold.

Snug Harbor on Bellevue Avenue in Newport was listed last month at $5.95 million. It was built in 1877 for Charles H. Baldwin, a U.S. Navy admiral who played an integral role in recapturing New Orleans during the Civil War. After the war, he pursued the infamous Confederate commerce raider, the CSS Alabama, for a full year — sometimes missing the sloop-of-war by a couple of hours. Baldwin’s ship never caught up. “A” for effort, though.

The home is currently owned by Bill and Alison Vareika, proprietors of William Vareika Fine Arts, a gallery just up the road at 212 Bellevue Avenue. The couple’s artistic influence is evident throughout the mansion — Oh, the paintings! Oh, the Turkish rugs! — which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Snug Harbor will also be featured in a forthcoming book, American Eclectic: The Architecture of Robert H. Robertson. The listing features stunning imagery from the book by photographer Francis Dzikowski.

Another fun fact in a listing full of fun facts: The sellers are represented by realtor Kylie McCollough of Gustave White Sotheby’s, who starred in the inaugural season of Bravo’s Real Estate Wars” last fall. McCollough was living and selling in Orange County at the time of filming, but has since moved to Rhode Island with her husband, two sons and golden retriever. (Her decision to leave was marked on the show by a very melodramatic dinner scene with her team. McCollough kept her cool while her colleagues pandered to the cameras and stoked the drama.)

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