NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND – Melanie Delman, President of Lila Delman Real Estate International, has listed “Harold Brown Villa,” a magnificent Gilded Age estate once owned by Eileen Slocum, known as the last grande dame of Newport.

“This presents an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a piece of Newport’s history,” said Melanie Delman. The home has a stately presence, with classical interiors, marble columns and fireplaces, and beautiful decorative detail throughout.”

459 Bellevue Avenue was built in 1880 with original plans by Dudley Newton. Sited on 4.85 acres, the residence has a granite exterior with asymmetrically placed bay windows, doors and gabled extensions, and a porte-cochère. The formal interiors were executed by Ogden Codman in French Empire style. The Olmsted brothers designed the estate’s park-like grounds with specimen trees and plantings that allow for privacy.

The home’s 25 rooms include a grand entry hall with marble floors and columns, two libraries, a formal dining room, and an enclosed conservatory. It was the site of many political fundraisers for the likes of President Gerald R. Ford, Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate International recently sold “Ocean Lawn,” the former Firestone estate, for $11.65 million, marking the highest sale in Newport and the top sale in Rhode Island year-to-date, according to statistics maintained by RI Statewide MLS*.

‘Harold Brown Villa’ is listed at $5,900,000. For further information, or to request a showing, contact Melanie Delman at , or 401-284-4820.

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Lila Delman founded the company’s original office in Narragansett over 50 years ago. Since then, Lila Delman Real Estate International has grown to include 6 strategically located offices, over 100 associates, a marketing department that creatively uses online social media, and an award-winning website. Utilizing international marketing partners such as Christie’s International Real Estate, Mayfair International Realty and Luxury Portfolio, the firm is consistently a frontrunner in the luxury market. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact Catherine Cloney at Lila Delman Real Estate International at 401-662-2570 or

*This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the State-Wide Multiple Listing Service. 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.