June 13th, 2017

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Residential Properties Ltd. is proud to announce the sale of the historic Eliza Ward House on the East Side of Providence for $1,650,000. RPL represented both sides of the transaction, with Sales Associate Jim DeRentis serving as the listing agent, and Sales Associate Gerri Schiffman as the buyer’s agent. According to current Statewide MLS data, this marks the ninth East Side sale of over $1,000,000 this year, with Residential Properties Ltd. proudly representing nine of the possible 18 transaction sides.

Originally built c1814, this stunning Federal style residence is located at 2 George Street in College Hill. The home was first constructed for Eliza Ward, who was the daughter of architect Joseph Brown, one of the four famous Brown brothers and a teacher of mathematics and astronomy at Brown University. Eliza married Richard Ward, a member of the politically influential family from Newport. After the death of her husband in 1808, Eliza lived with her brother until this home’s completion in 1814. The home remained in Eliza’s family until 1892 when Marsden J. Perry, owner of the Narragansett Electric Company, moved in.

Since that time, this colonial era gem has been masterfully restored and updated for 21st century living. With original period details, Dufour wallpaper, classic millwork, professionally designed lighting, updated electrical systems, and 5 zones of heating and air conditioning, this home is the perfect blend of old world charm and modern living.

The listing agent, Jim DeRentis and the buyer’s agent, Gerri Schiffman, are both recognized among the top Realtors® in the state. Both were recipients of the 2016 Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum Plus Award and have been included on Real Trends’ list of “America’s Top Real Estate Agents” each of the past two years. To learn more about DeRentis and view his current listings, please visit ThePVDRealEstateGuy.com. For more information about Schiffman and her current listings, please visit her website at GerriSchiffman.com.


May 26th, 2017

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Residential Properties Ltd. Sales Associate, Jim DeRentis has completed the sale of the historic Frederick E. & Albina Bodell House for $1,625,000. According to Statewide MLS data, this marks the fifth sale of over $1,000,000 on the East Side of Providence this year, with Residential Properties Ltd. representing six of the possible 10 transaction sides.

Located at 25 Balton Road, this classic English Manor home was originally built c.1929 by Boston architect William T. Aldrich. The original owner, Frederick Bodell, was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and founder of the Bodell & Co. brokerage firm. As a naturalist, Bodell’s property was recognized for its beauty and extensive flower gardens. Today, the home showcases over 8,300 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and 8.2 baths. Gorgeous architectural details are found throughout the home’s spacious floor plan, complete with two family rooms, a gourmet kitchen, quiet study, and home gym.

The listing agent, Jim DeRentis, has already completed 13 sales on the East Side of Providence this year alone. Ranked as one of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” by Real Trends each of the past two years as a member of Markham & DeRentis Associates, DeRentis specializes in matching clients with properties they love. To learn more about DeRentis and view his current listings, please visit his website at ThePVDRealEstateGuy.com.

May 16th, 2017

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On June 2-3, 2017, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will present the Festival of Historic Houses in the Upper Elmwood Historic District. The festival will grant guests self-guided access to more than one dozen private, historic homes. It will also coincide with a neighborhood fair and the third annual PVD Fest, representing aspects of the area’s rich art, architecture, and cultural diversity.

The Festival kicks off with A Night at Knight: Festival of Historic Houses Preview Party, 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday, June 2, at the Webster Knight House (c. 1897). Tickets are available at providencehousetour.com, cost $125 and include Saturday tour admission. Proceeds will benefit PPS and the Knight Memorial Library.

Self-guided private house tours will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to tour Upper Elmwood’s distinct architecture, ranging from Queen Anne Victorian to Colonial Revival style. Saturday registration begins at 9:45 am at the Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue. Tickets will be $35 for Elmwood residents, $45 for PPS member, and $55 for all other guests. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended at providencehousetour.com where tickets will be $35 for Elmwood residents and PPS members, and $45 for all other guests.

Join PPS at ppsri.org/ membership for updates and savings on the festival and more throughout the year.

PPS’s Festival of Historic Houses is supported by a grant from the Providence Tourism Council as well as by corporate and individual sponsors. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit providencehousetour.com.