September 27, 2023


New Estate

Rhode Island Equestrian Farm Constructed by the Vanderbilt Household for $5.83M

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Patrons can now leap on the probability to personal a horse farm in Portsmouth, RI, with ties to the storied Vanderbilt household. This historic property is out there for $5.83 million.

When development commenced in 1860, Sandy Level Farm was part of the unique 280-acre, waterfront Vanderbilt property. The property was designed by architect A.S. Walker. A multidecade undertaking, the stables have been accomplished in 1902. At its peak, it was thought of some of the prestigious horse farms in America.

“The property has been such an iconic a part of Portsmouth and American equestrian historical past for over a century now,” says itemizing agent Kylie McCollough, of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty.

Aerial view


Authentic proprietor Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, son of Cornelius Vanderbilt, was a horse breeder and avid sportsman.

Throughout the Gilded Age, the Vanderbilt household loved a lavish way of life of their summer time cottage, The Breakers in Newport, RI. When constructing the magnificent Portsmouth property, the youthful Vanderbilt spared no expense.

Reginald was the daddy of designer Gloria Vanderbilt and grandfather of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Indoor using enviornment


The construction was constructed utilizing cypress beams and options three separate rooflines, with cupolas on the 60-foot peak of the using ring.

“The cypress beams are simply lovely and don’t even exist at present, for those who wished to construct the construction now,” McCollough says.

“I may see [the farm] turning right into a therapeutic using heart like The Shea Heart in California,” she provides. “It is also an excellent equestrian heart like a mini-Hamptons, or it might be an extension of our counterparts in Wellington, FL.”



The 6-acre property features a 24-stall secure, a 15,000-square-foot indoor using enviornment, “grooms’ quarters,” and a visitor lounge. It’s being offered with three adjoining tons.

“Six acres feels like loads, however the unique property was over 180 acres when the Vanderbilts owned it,” McCollough says. “It’s being offered as a number of tons, so there’s a variety of potential.”

McCollough hopes the brand new purchaser can be somebody who appreciates the property and its historic significance.

“The property has all the time been part of American horsemanship, so I may see it going to a nonprofit to doubtlessly reserve it,” she says. “It’s not protected against being torn down. The property is just not in a location that has a Historic District Fee that precludes buildings from being torn down, or having their exterior modified. We hope the subsequent purchaser understands the architectural and cultural significance of a property like Sandy Level.”

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