Fairholme

The iconic Newport estate known as Fairholme, located at 237 Ruggles, has recently been sold for $ 15 million. Melanie Delman, President of Lila Delman Real Estate International represented the seller and facilitating for the buyer.

The sale of Fairholme is the largest residential sale in Rhode Island since 2013 according to data from the Rhode Island Statewide Multiple Listing Service.

Fairholme is a dazzling historic oceanfront estate, superbly sited on 4.3 acres of Newport’s legendary Gilded Age coastline with 425’ of ocean frontage. From the grand Horace Trumbauer designed ballroom to ample spaces dedicated to staff and the efficient performance of their duties, the manor house reflects a bygone era of luxury and refinement. The 1875 Tudor revival masterpiece lies at the heart of an impressive compound that also contains a picturesque carriage house, greenhouses, and an exquisitely tiled swimming pool, complete with a luxurious cabana pavilion overlooking the Atlantic.

 

When asked about the sale Melanie Delman said “Fairholme is one of the most beloved estates in Newport.”

The seller, John Noffo Kahn of Palm Beach, and heir to the Annenberg publishing fortune, was a third-generation owner of “Fairholme,” which was purchased by his late grandmother, Janet Annenberg Hooker, a sister of the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, in 1992, for $3,350,000. Mr. Noffo Kahn occupied the house, with his late father, Gilbert S. Kahn, from 1993 until Kahn’s death in 2010. During their many years in Newport, the Kahns donated millions of dollars to a number of Newport charities–including the Newport Hospital, the Redwood Library, the Newport Art Museum, and the Preservation Society. In addition to Palm Beach, John Noffo Kahn has homes in New York City and Vermont.

The Annenberg family owned Triangle Publications, whose media properties included TV Guide, the Daily Racing Form, Seventeen Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as several radio and television stations. The privately-held company was sold to Rupert Murdoch, in 1988, for $3.5 billion in cash.

The property was remodeled in 1905 by John R. Drexel. Under the Drexel’s ownership the home had many notable visitors including The Duke & Duchess of Windsor, and President John F. Kennedy whose family would often use the pool in the summers. Robert A. Young and his wife Anita O’Keeffe, sister of Georgia O’Keeffe acquired Fairholme in 1955. They had one daughter, Eleanor “Cookie” Young, who became one of the much-publicized “Glamour Debutantes” of the Great Depression -era.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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