With Lila Delman

Anything is possible

A Proud History

Local Legacy... International Reach Since 1964

More than 50 years ago, Lila Delman was not afraid to do things differently. Raising a family and running her own real estate company since 1964, Lila lived and loved history, teaching her children about architecture with the buildings around their Narragansett home.

As real estate developers began tearing down the Gilded Age mansions, Lila took preservation efforts into her own hands— dragging a stone Pelican statue from the demolished Dunemere Estate, and saving a series of antique chandeliers. Her unique vision set her apart and put a dream in motion.That aspiration, the company she built and the artifacts she saved became part of the legacy that thrives to this day.

For the last two decades, owners Melanie Delman and her brother-in-law John Hodnett have transformed their third-generation family business into the first name in Rhode Island luxury real estate with an unparalleled international network. Shaped by its home in the smallest state in the country, Lila Delman Real Estate remains independently owned and independently minded, with a diverse team of local experts who are committed to their customers, their community, and its history. With offices along the beaches of Narragansett, Newport, Jamestown, Watch Hill and Block Island to Providence’s South Main Street, Lila Delman Real Estate has Rhode Island covered, from the Coast to the Capital.

Since 1964

Our History of Excellence Continues...

From The Coast
To The Capital

In addition to our Narragansett headquarters, we are present throughout the state of Rhode Island with offices from the coast to the capitol.

Newport Newport
Narragansett Narragansett
Providence Providence
Jamestown Jamestown
Watch Hill Watch Hill
Watch Hill
Block Island Block Island
Block Island

We're Connected

Christie's International Real Estate

As the exclusive Rhode Island affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate, we’re proud to have been invited to this highly selective network but even more proud to offer our clients access to incredible resources. With Christie’s behind us, we offer access to the world’s leading art auction house as well as their appraisal services for homes, art, and furniture.

Mayfair International Realty

With more than 20 years of experience with the UK Press, consider Mayfair your personal PR firm in London.   As Mayfair’s exclusive partner in Rhode Island, we’re proud to offer their liaison services with publications like the Financial Times, Country Life, the Sun, etc.

Relocation With Lila Delman

Whether you’re looking to move to another state or another country, Lila Delman’s resources will help you reach prospective buyers through domestic and international press. With more than a decade of experience using our referral network to serve our clients, with Lila Delman, you’re taken care of.

Lila's Land of Opportunities...

Since 1964, Lila Delman has offered a boutique real estate experience for customers, clients, and our associates. More than fifty years since our founding, the business is only growing. To apply for a private consultation regarding career opportunities, please contact us.

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Lila Delman Leadership

In The Press


NARRAGANSETT, RI – September 23, 2018 – It is with a heavy heart that Lila Delman Real Estate announces Melanie Delman has passed away after a private, decade long battle with breast cancer. In her final days, Melanie was surrounded by close family and loved ones.   Melanie was a sales visionary and an institution whose impact will be felt in the Rhode Island real estate industry for years to come. Those who have been fortunate enough to work closely with Melanie have lost a friend and an inspiring mentor. Melanie leaves behind a thriving and vibrant company that was a true source of strength for her during her courageous battle. Melanie’s spirit, along with that of her mother Lila, will forever be a part of the foundation of Lila Delman Real Estate.   Under the consultation of Melanie’s business partners, John Hodnett and Pamela Delman-Hodnett, a team of top performing Sales Associates and Sales Managers, who worked closely with Melanie, will carry on her legacy by continuing to provide unparalleled service to luxury clientele.     “Melanie and I have always believed that working collaboratively with skilled Sales Associates garners the best results for the growing needs of our clients,” said John Hodnett. “Her story will live on with the exceptional efforts of our seasoned Sales Team and Lila Delman Real Estate.”   “Melanie had been in the battle of her life for years, and battling with the utmost strength and dignity,” expressed Melanie’s sister, Pamela Delman-Hodnett. “We will honor my sister’s memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work she loved so much.”   *For additional information or questions, please contact publicrelations@liladelman.com.  

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* #1 luxury ranking based on highest total dollar volume of the top 10 single-family home sales in the state of Rhode Island for 2017. This representation is based on information from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors (alternatively, from State Wide MLS) for the period of January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017. The MLS does not guarantee and is not in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.