A Day In The Life Of…

As one of Gustave White’s top selling agents, Michelle Drum has created a niche for herself within the Newport real estate market.  Though her work takes her throughout Rhode Island, Michelle has become an expert in selling historic homes in Newport.  She is a fashionista, historian and lover of all things eccentric, eclectic and unique, but above all, she lives the work she breathes.  Located in the heart of the historic district you can find the Drum’s home.

Michelle and her husband, along with their greyhound, Athena, live in an 18th-century schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Georgian style “Trinity School House” was erected in 1798 and then converted into the Shiloh Baptist Church in 1860.  The Drums have lovingly restored the property and created a stunning jewel box of a home.  Their current guest bedrooms have been transformed from former school rooms and the former choir loft is now a splendid master bedroom suite.  The Drum’s always welcome former parishioners into their home, happy to hear them sing their praises.

What is it like to live in a church/school house?  Following along with “A Social Life” as the Mele’s – Nick, Molly and little Johnnie highlight Michelle’s beautiful home.

Photo by Nick Mele


Legacy Properties Instagram Takeover

Greetings from Vacation Land!  Our affiliate friends in Portland, Maine at Legacy Properties are taking over our Instagram Account today.  Ready?!1-sea-street  A Midcoast Harbor family compound like no other. Located at 1 Sea Street in Rockport, Maine, this magnificent #oceanfront #home offers private #harbor frontage, #dock & easy access to #Penobscot Bay’s cruising paradise.  Offered at: $7,500,000 | MLS 1265508   #rockportme #maine #legacyssir #sothebysrealty #waterfront #familycompound #boatersparadise


Take a dip or sit by the #pool and watch the #boats go by.  This private, shingle-style home located at 1 Norumbega Drive in #Camden, Maine sits on 1.4 acres of land with 140’ of #waterfront.  Offered at: $3,200,000 | MLS 1282962 #maine #legacysir #sothebys #stonepatio #waterview


This seaside splendor located at 23 Aldis Lane in York, Maine is sited at the edge of the #Atlantic taking full advantage of 270° ocean #views! With decks, screened porches & thoughtful window placement, you can savor the #ocean vistas from almost everywhere! Offered at: $3,390,000 | MLS 1276362 #maine #legacysir #sothebys #rockycoast #mainerealestate


This exquisite #Maine estate was masterfully constructed with the finest materials including custom German hardwood #cabinetry, honed #marble countertops, walnut butcher block, & Fisher Paykel appliances! This home located at 350 Pemasong Lane in Yarmouth, Maine was gracefully designed and sited to enjoy the natural beauty of the lot and bordering 23 acres of conservation land. Offered at $3,885,000 | MLS 1220931 #legacysir #sothebysrealty #kitchen #luxuryliving #idealforentertaining


ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Instagram Takeover

Greetings from sunny Miami!  Wednesday September 21st, 2016  ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is took over our Instagram to showcase some of their most luxurious properties in South Florida. Are you ready?

10001 Fairchild Way Rd, Coral Gables


10001 Fairchild Way Rd., is a first-class, resort-style property. One of its most impressive features is the home theater, and wine display with a capacity for 256 bottles. It’s your own private paradise. Listing price: $ 6,750,000. Listed by @BenMossGroup #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #CoralGables #LuxuryHome

13150 SW 75th Ave, Pinecrest


Nestled between lush of foliage and palms, 13150 SW 75th Ave in Pinecrest boasts 5 spacious bedrooms impeccably designed with luxury finishes throughout. Listing price: $1,399,990. Listed by @mitbbhuta #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Pinecrest #LuxuryHome

 2980 Paddock Road, Weston


2980 Paddock Road in Weston has an impressive grand foyer, a gourmet kitchen, home theatre, billiard room, and a walk-in humidor with cigar & poker room. This home is definitely one for the books! Listing price: $4,000,000. Listed by @benwestby #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Weston #LuxuryHome

Aqualina – 7875 Collins Ave., Unit 706


Residence #706 in Aqualina is an exquisite beachfront corner unit with extended balconies and unbelievable views. If you’re looking for a resort lifestyle, this is idea the ideal home for you. Listed price:  $4,200,000.  #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Aqualina #LuxuryHome

800 Diplomat Pkwy, Hallandale


This Mediterranean masterpiece features 7,404 sq. ft. of interior living space more than 150 Sq. Ft of waterfront and ocean access.  Listing price: $2,850,000. Listed by @lindag.properties  #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Hallandale #LuxuryHome

Segovia Tower / 600 Coral Way, Unit Penthouse & 15, Coral Gables


If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a sky-high residence with amazing views, this is your chance. This three-story penthouse has a breathtaking Mediterranean design with luxury amenities that include a wine cellar, library, billiard room, and much more. Listing price: $10,499,000. Listed by @Saddy_Luxury_Homes and Lourdes Alatriste. Thanks so much for joining us today, we hope you enjoyed our tour! #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #CoralGables #LuxuryHome

Newport’s Historic Swanhurst Carriage House – SOLD!

NEWPORT, R.I — Newport’s historic Swanhurst Carriage House, built in 1851 at 447 Bellevue Avenue, has been sold for $3,271,000.bellevue447-rr-8

The recorded sale of this historic and stunning residence took place on August 26thGustave White Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associate Kate Greenman represented the seller during this transaction.

The historic stone carriage house has 4,550 square feet of exquisitely designed living space, beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds surrounding a Gunite pool and separate guest cottage.

The carriage house was once part of the Swanhurst estate, which included a manor house at 443 Bellevue Ave.
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What’s Trending?

What’s Trending?

Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to announce its upcoming Instagram take-over with local personalities and Instagram phenoms Nicholas Mele with A Social Life and Blair Flynn at Balance with B.  Over the next few months, Gustave White will highlight these homegrown Rhode Island characters in the extraordinary properties we represent.   Follow along on our Instagram and Facebook as we showcase our best real-estate offerings within Newport and its surrounding areas.

A Social Life – The Mele Family’s Photographic Adventures in Wonderland


The Waves – Photo by Nicholas Mele

Nick Mele is an East Coast based photographer whose photographs of America’s remaining “Grand Dames” among others have been featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Quest and Manhattan Magazine.  Nick has recently begun documenting his family’s adventures in Newport and elsewhere in a tongue-and-cheek Instagram profile called: A Social Life.   Follow along as he spins clever and whimsical story lines featuring his wife Molly, son Johnny, and dog Bodhi as they visit Gustave White’s prestigious and exclusive listings.

Welcome Blair Flynn – Yoga, Wellness and Health Food Blogger

Photo by Maaike Bernstrom Photography

Photo by Maaike Bernstrom Photography

As a local Aquidneck Islander, Blair Flynn has a deep love and gratitude for her New England roots.  Blair was raised to appreciate Newport summers, soaking up every last ray of sunshine whilst swimming and boating.  Her recent journey into health and wellness has not gone unnoticed.  Blair has taken her newfound expertise to the next level.  Quickly becoming an Instagram sensation, Blair’s wholesome journey through Gustave White’s luxury properties can be followed here.

$2 Million Is Highest 2016 Portsmouth Sale Year to Date

A waterfront property at 179 Indian Avenue in Portsmouth, sold Wednesday for $2 million.

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This is the highest sale price in Portsmouth this year according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Sales associates Jay Serzan and Jose Aguon of Gustave White Sotheby’s represented the seller.

The buyers were represented by Dina Karousos and Nicki Lucenti also with Gustave White Sotheby’s.

The 1.92 acre property has nearly 190 feet of water frontage with a beach on the Sakonnet Passage.

The property was renovated in 2007 and has approximately 2,590 square feet of living space on one level plus a lower level guest space.

The property was listed in July of 2015 for $2,550,000 and was on the market for 308 days.

Stunning Ocean Views

How to Incorporate a TV in Your Decor

An article found in Architectural Digest – Designer Tom Stringer offers tips for displaying—or hiding—your TV

When it comes to your television, figuring out how best to incorporate it into the living space can be challenging. Should it be seen or concealed? While televisions have gotten slimmer, they can still be tricky to design around. “Deciding where to place a television is a big issue when it comes to decorating a room,” says Chicago-based designer Tom Stringer. “It becomes even more complicated when the same room has a fireplace, which already acts as a focal point.” The function of the room and whether it’s a formal or casual space will drive the decision to keep a TV on display or out of sight. Frequency of use is also a strong consideration: Occasional viewers can opt for clever hiding spots, while frequent binge-watchers may give their sets a prime location in open view. Follow Stringer’s simple guidelines to solve this modern design challenge.
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Consider the size of the room. “Generally, the closer you are to the screen, the lower and smaller it should be,” advises Stringer. This TV is mounted next to a fireplace mantel on a rotating panel that swivels out of sight.
If the TV occupies a bedroom or a formal space, or is watched infrequently, it’s best to conceal it. In this bedroom, two flat screens are mounted back-to-back inside the antique-looking trunk at the foot of the bed. “When raised, one TV faces the bed while the other set faces the sitting area,” says Stringer.
“For wall-mounted TVs, having the wall a deeper tone either in finish or paint color will minimize contrast with the screen,” says Stringer. Here, a pocket behind the fireplace masonry was created for a TV to slide out on a large panel.

Country Cottage

Country Cottage

3 Porter Road Middletown, Rhode Island

Enjoy the drive down the rural back roads of Middletown towards this quaint and cozy property situated in a quiet neighborhood near Sweet Berry Farm.  Upon entering the home, buyers are greeted with light filled rooms and an open and airy floor plan.   The residence has been meticulously renovated by the current artesian homeowners.  Beautiful details can be seen in the new kitchen such as white marble and cherry counter-tops, stainless appliances and walk-in pantry as well as hardwood floors throughout.

The current owners – local artist Jessica Pisano and her husband have entrusted Gustave White’s agent Kate Kirby Greenman with their listing.  They are looking for a fresh perspective and inspiration in a new location which will help fuel Jessica’s talent and painting career further.

The house is well-insulated, has new windows and is energy-efficient with solar hot water.  Added perks include a large deck which overlooks the spacious and private yard.  Just a few minutes’ drive to Second and Third Beach and the Norman Bird Sanctuary – this property is perfectly suited for a budding family or as a vacation or summer getaway.

Currently Offered at: $$558,000   │   MLS: 1125761

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The Not-So-Hard Truth on Repairing Concrete Driveway Cracks

One of the most seemingly invincible pieces of your property is your concrete driveway. After all, concrete is hard, durable, and can stand all types of weather, right? Almost right. Like all other things in your home, your concrete driveway needs a little TLC every once in a while, too. One of your first areas of defense to keep your driveway beautiful amidst your curb appeal is repairing any cracks as they happen. According to the Concrete Network, concrete is a mixture of water, aggregate (rock, sand, or gravel) and cement. Even the most well-poured concrete driveway is subject to cracking from soil settling, tree roots, or overweight loads. As the concrete continues to expand and contract throughout the hot and cold seasons, these cracks have potential to grow and splinter off. Repairing the cracks right away will save you more work in the long run.

Begin by identifying all cracks that need to be repaired. Sidewalk chalk is a great option for marking the places that will be filled. Next comes the cleaning of the offending fissure. You may use a hard tool to scrape out larger pieces of debris. Brush out any old concrete crumbles and remove any plants that may have taken up residence. A pressure washer or hose may be used to spray out any leftovers. Be sure to clean the crack well to ensure that the new material used to fill the crack will properly bond with the existing driveway.  Next, prepare your filling. The options for what to fill it with vary, and many of the options depend on the size of the crack and the local area’s weather. Tougher weather conditions call for a sealant, caulking, or concretes that can stand the harshness. For smaller cracks, there are sealants and caulking that are easy-to-use, don’t require mixing, and boast quick curing times. Other options include the tried and true remedy of dry concrete mix. If the crack is large enough, it is recommended to obtain a concrete mix that contains gravel.  Finally, fill the crack. If using a sealant in a bottle resembling a caulking tube, then load your caulk gun and fill away. For the traditional concrete mix, pour the concrete evenly into the space using a tool such as a trowel, and make sure its compressed firmly. Then, use the trowel to scrape away any excess filling and smooth down the area. Now the wait begins. The concrete must be given ample time to cure, overnight at the very least, before anything is driven over the repair. To help maintain the repair and the rest of your concrete driveway, go ahead and apply a high quality water sealer to protect your hard work.

What may seem like a difficult project is rather simple when broken down. Simply use the above steps as a guideline, follow your chosen concrete filler’s instructions to a tee, and in less than 48 hours your once cracked driveway will be restored to its solid former self.

4 Steps for Moving into a New Kitchen

Along with the dishes, you’ll be doing a lot of prep work at the sink. Remember that if you have an island in your kitchen, the cabinets in the island directly opposite of the sink are also convenient.Have you heard of the “kitchen confusion dance?”  It’s where you dance around the kitchen opening and closing cabinet doors in search of utensils, plates and bowls or a small appliance.

Moving into a kitchen, whether in a new-to-you home or after remodeling, is full of decisions. After assisting countless clients as a professional organizer and seven moves of my own, I’ve got more tricks up my sleeve than a magician.

As you pull a jumble of kitchen items from boxes, you really do have a goal. It isn’t just to get everything stashed out of sight in your new cabinets, but to create a smooth, working kitchen. You’ll want to maximize all of the storage provided by your cabinets and be very selective about what you choose to leave out on your counters so that you have plenty of room for food preparation.  Consider these tips, then use some sticky notes to temporarily label your kitchen cabinets. It will make unpacking much easier if you take a moment to plan before diving in.

Start at the Dishwasher: There is no task you will do more often than unload your dishwasher. Make it as easy as possible by locating the most common items as close as you can to the dishwasher.

  • Drinking glasses: Choose the cabinet closest to the dishwasher. You can carry a stack of plates across the kitchen, but you can only carry a few glasses at a time. Put them in the easiest-to-reach location.
  • Silverware: Choose the drawer closest to the dishwasher that is large enough for your collection.
  • Everyday dishes: Choose the next-closest cabinet for plates and bowls.
  • Coffee mugs: There are two great options depending on your cabinet locations: either near the dishwasher, or decide upon your coffee maker location and place the mugs close to that.
  • Children’s dishes: If you have sippy cups and plastic ware for your young ones, choose a shelf or drawer in a lower cabinet so the children can easily reach their own cups, plates and bowls.

Explore Near the Sink: Along with the dishes, you’ll be doing a lot of prep work at the sink. Remember that if you have an island in your kitchen, the cabinets in the island directly opposite of the sink are also convenient.

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  • Dish washing: Claim half of the cabinet space under the sink for dish and kitchen cleaning products. If you have a young family, make sure to take appropriate safety precautions.
  • Chef knives: Place your knives near the sink, either in a block or use a nearby drawer.
  • Cutting boards: Locate cutting boards under the sink or in a lower cabinet very close to the sink.
  • Colanders and Strainers: You’ll be grabbing colanders or strainers for rinsing berries or other produce. Choose a location close to your cutting boards and knives.
  • Towels: Wet hands at the sink means you’ll grab for a towel. Choose a near-by drawer or even a basket under the sink.

Warm Up to the Stove: Gather everything you use for the stove and oven and locate it nearby. An under-the-oven drawer is great for broiler and baking pans, saucepans and lids or skillets.

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  • Pots, Pans and Skillets: Locate in a deep drawer or cabinet convenient to the stove.
  • Casseroles and Baking Pans: Both upper and lower cabinets or deep drawers can work for these.
  • Cooking Utensils: Collect all the spatulas, scrapers and spoons you use at the stovetop and locate them nearby in an attractive crock or close-by drawer.
  • Pot holders: Add a couple of removable stick-on hooks inside a door close to the stove and oven for pot holders.

Allocate the Rest: Now that you’ve assigned storage to the basics, you can allocate your cabinet space to the remaining items. There will always be odds and ends, such as plastic leftover dishes, so think in categories and put like-items together.

  • Food Storage: If you don’t have a dedicated pantry, choose several kitchen cabinets located next to each other and turn those into your pantry. You don’t want food spread all over the kitchen.
  • Baking: Creating a baking center is a great way to organize all the things used for baking. Place cake pans, muffin tins and cookie decorating tools into one area.
  • Small Appliances: If you use it daily or several times per week, leave it out. Otherwise, store it away. Lower roll-out shelves are perfect for these.
  • Entertaining: Items for entertaining, such as chip and dip sets and platters, are perfect for storing in out-of-the-way cabinets over the fridge or stove.

Source: TheRealEstate Book