Evoking images of 19th century summer houses along Newport's famed Ocean Drive, 1716 Greenspring Valley Road is steeped in luxury. Framed by tall urn-topped posts the wrought iron gated entrance welcomes guests up the graceful estate drive to a paver block circle at the main entry portico, accented by the peaceful cascading of a central water fountain in a round topiary garden. Stone steps lead to the two-story loggia with paired columns supporting striking arches and classic balustrades. Sweeping valley views immediately reveal the flawless choice of this glorious home site.
Three sets of French doors surmounted by arched windows open into a lofty and perfectly balanced Great Hall with soaring coffered ceilings, stunning black granite floors, a Neo-classical fireplace and a semi-circular staircase. Three archways architecturally mirroring the three entry doors line the breathtaking two-story Gallery Hall. Almost sixty feet in length, the Gallery Hall flows through matching portals to the enchanting two-story Living Room, architecturally identical to the Great Hall with a coffered ceiling, Neo-classical fireplace, arched banister overlooks from above and three sets of French doors to the bluestone Terrace. Adjoining the Great Hall, the banquet-sized formal Dining Room features black granite floors, a full-length bay window, fireplace and an ambient-lit tray ceiling.
Adjacent to the Dining Room, the comfortably elegant Family Room features a French style fireplace and chimney wall, attached octagon vaulted wet bar with Sun Room pass-through, custom built-in entertainment center and open flow to the custom gourmet Kitchen. This delightful epicurean space enjoys radiant heated limestone floors, custom cabinetry, granite counters, an octagonal vaulted Breakfast Area, and an over-sized island flowing into a private chef’s table perfect for testing out culinary masterpieces with ease while entertaining. Awash in natural light, the adjoining octagonal, vaulted Sun Room is an oasis of relaxation, leading out to the bluestone Terrace and pool complex beyond. Fixed at the opposing end of the Gallery Hall, a Foyer gives access to the Library, Master Suite and jewel-box formal Powder Room. The cherry paneled Library features custom built-in cabinetry and matching desk, bar, fireplace and access to a private Patio. Double doors open to the wide private hall of the sumptuous Master Suite. A bright and airy Sitting Room with custom bookcases flows to the richly appointed Master Bedroom with ornate fireplace, full-width bay window and hall to the Master Spa Bath with a large custom fitted Dressing Room. Classic columns on the tub platform supporting a barrel vault frame the tall arched stained glass window, a stunning backdrop for the spa tub in this resort-like space. A heated marble floor, separate vanities, double steam shower stall, private laundry and an additional custom fitted dressing room complete this space. The Back Foyer, Laundry Room and thoroughly customized four-car Garage complete the main level.
The curved main staircase rises through a graceful archway to a second floor Hall with two en-suite bedrooms, one with a sitting room. A dramatic Gallery with six arched banister overlooks to the Great Hall and Living Room below leads to two additional en-suite Bedrooms, a Laundry Room, vaulted 2nd Floor Recreation Room and an open back staircase descending to the Main and Lower Levels.
All encompassing in scope for the active family, the Lower Level provides for all forms of leisure. On two levels, the ceramic tiled Recreation Room includes a fireplace seating area, retro 'Diner' wet bar, billiards area, hardwood dance floor and access to a full Bath. A plush Home Theater with deep leather theater seating awaits beyond double doors. An expansive Home Gym adjoins the main room, comprised of two rooms with walls of plate glass mirrors. French doors from the Recreation Room open to an arched Loggia flowing to the lawn and gardens with a curved bluestone staircase to the Pool area.
A wraparound Terrace traverses the full width of the back of the house, featuring a radiant heated bluestone surface, classic balustrades and French doors from many of the main level rooms. A walled garden and lawn with fountain and grill center flows through garden gates and a picturesque pergola to the Pool enclosure. Surrounded with garden walls accented by wrought iron fencing, the heated pool is sited beautifully among expansive bluestone patios and lush border gardens. Matching the house and facing the Pool is the vaulted Pool House with Kitchenette, full Bath and ceramic tile floor accessed by three sets of arched French doors. An enviable 2-story vaulted Sports Barn and large paved sports surface provide the perfect locale for an active lifestyle.
Expertly and meticulously crafted to answer any desire, this magnificent Mediterranean style villa embodies the height of luxury at every turn with over nine professionally landscaped acres, state-of-the-art systems, stunning views and unparalleled indoor and outdoor living spaces.