78 Washington Street Newport

5 2.1 2,227 sq ft

The Property

Waterfront on the Point!

A very special opportunity to own a piece of history, along with one of the most magnificent sunset porch views in all of Newport.

The Finch House, an important colonial home on historic Newport Point section’s prestigious Washington Street, is offered for the first time after being in the same family for over a century.

The historic classic colonial was built circa 1770, by Captain William Finch, a Privateer and Commander during the Revolutionary War. Captain Thomas Brownell, sailing master under Oliver Hazard Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie, was the 19th Century owner.

Set on one of a limited number of plots with direct waterfront and direct beach access, and unobstructed views of the Harbor and Newport Bridge, the lot has a large tiered yard with a seawall leading to the beach and pilings for a dock.

One of the jewels of Newport’s best preserved historical neighborhoods, the Finch House retains the character and authenticity of homes from another era, and is waiting to be lovingly restored by its new stewards.

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Lot Size:

0.19 acres


  • Basement: Full
  • Clapboard
  • Needs Work
  • Porch
  • Wood
  • Fireplace: Brick
  • Heating: Central Heat, Forced Water, Zoned
  • Heating Fuel: Gas,Oil
  • Garage: Detached
  • Corner
  • Waterfront
  • Waterview
  • Type: Colonial,Historic
  • Year Built: 1770
  • Water Amenities: Access, Beach, Dock, Mooring, Ocean Front, Saltwater Front, Saltwater View, Walk to Salt Water, Walk To Water

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