Historic House Listings

Oceanfront Studebaker Mansion, Circa 1917. Over two acres in NH. $3,995,000

May 16, 2019

The Studebaker Mansion is an oceanfront property. It was built in 1917. It is located on 2.3 acres in Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Built for auto executive Clement Studebaker Jr. The house has a cloak room. Just imagine the Gatsby like parties back in the day. I read one article talking about one such party where they had Studebaker cars lined up along the lawn.

The Solarium has views of the Atlantic Ocean. In one of the parlors is a 7×7 fireplace. The marble mantle came directly from the Guggenheim. The home has custom made book cases, a lovely morning room with French doors, and the kitchen still has the original cast iron stove that is in working order. Seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and 9,874 square feet. $3,995,000

From the Zillow listing:


www.2595oceanboulevard.com -History and elegance are embodied in the Studebaker Mansion at Rye Ledge, New Hampshire’s most pristine coastal landmark. This is where auto executive Clement Studebaker, Jr., built his magnificent home (c.1917) on the rocky New England coast. This magnificent Italian Estate has been meticulously preserved, maintaining all historical detail in both the interior and exterior design, while at the same time furnishing the best of modern conveniences.

As you enter the 23′ Reception Hall, enriched with original imported English brick, you are immediately transported through time and find yourself among those who summered on the Rye Beach coast in the early 1900’s. Deliver your dinner jacket to the Cloak Room attendant and wander past the majestic winding staircase to the salon, where a string quartet plays soft background music to match the unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean beyond the Solarium.

Of particular note in the Main Salon is the 7 by 7 foot fireplace on the west wall. Its magnificent marble mantlepiece was originally commissioned in 1907 and came to the Studebaker Estate directly from the Guggenheim. The fireplace and its surrounding elegance augment the antique custom-made bookcases placed in their own individual alcoves on either side of the French doors, providing a grand entrance to the Morning Room. The east end of the Salon carries floor to ceiling arched windows and french doors leading to the Solarium which presents stunning 180-degree ocean views. You can almost hear the string quartet and tapping shoes of guests dancing in the moonlight bouncing off the crystal chandeliers as it shines through the Solarium’s wall of oceanfront windows.

The expansive Kitchen and its casual dining area anchor the house, designed for the gathering of friends and family around the massive granite island. The space contains the original cast iron stove still in working order; the ample Butler’s Pantry and Wet Bar; an office area; and is flanked by the Billiard Room on its west side and the Formal Dining Room on its east side.

The second floor, reached by either of the mansion’s two generous winding staircases, contains 7 bedrooms, with multiple baths. The Master Suite is graced by his and hers offices, leading to the Upper Terrace, which faces the ocean and provides astounding vistas.

This 21-room estate is beyond comparison with its extraordinary ocean views, lush grounds and extensive perennial gardens. Let the history and grandeur of the Studebaker Mansion become the inspiration for your own special family legacy.

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