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The development of the internet has had a profound effect on almost all of us, with search engines such as Google and Yahoo allowing us instantly to access information on any topic that captures our imagination, however obscure. While this has undoubtedly helped to make the lives of individuals more interesting, the changes wrought by constant connection to the World Wide Web have had an even more profound effect on companies' marketing strategies.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Aerial view of Belcourt Castle, Rhode Island

Belcourt Castle – chateau status in Rhode Island

Whoever said America has no history or culture has obviously not been around enough. Admittedly Rhode Island is both one of the most historical and sophisticated parts of the US, but the elegant Belcourt Castle is an estate that would not be out of place among the finer chateaux of France. Located in one of the most prestigious parts of Newport, within grounds that straddle the water, this 19th century masterpiece is clearly inspired by the styles of la belle France. Constructed under the supervision of Richard Morris Hunt, Belcourt is indeed styled on the original hunting lodge of Louis XIII at Versailles, and the three hundred skilled workmen who laboured on it have left architectural and decorative detailing to rival that of the original palace in France.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
The grand exterior or Fairholme, Rhode Island

Remarkable Newport property invites new owner with a sense of history

There are holiday cottages and there are holiday cottages; obviously Fairman Rogers had something rather more grand than traditional low ceilings and tiny rooms in mind when he instigated the creation of Fairholme in the 1870s. Life was lived on a grand scale then, a fact that is confirmed by the magnificent proportions of this superior Newport, Rhode Island villa. Built for Fairman Rogers, the subject of Thomas Eakins's celebrated 19th century painting, 'Fairman Rogers Four-in-hand', the property was later sold to the Drexel family who, like Rogers, hailed from Philadelphia and who immediately set about renovating and extending it, building the impressive Trumbauer ballroom and turret. Local opinion states that the Drexel residency marked Fairholme's heyday; the family's guest list was impressive, featuring many of the 20th century's most illustrious names.

Friday, June 17th, 2011
Peaceful Rhode Island

Rhode Island on the up

While Britain and other countries still feel the pinch of the economic crisis the US economy is showing itself to be pretty robust. In fact, growth towards the end of 2009 reached an annualised rate of six per cent, quite a reversal on a year ago. However, this is certainly not to say that the US is out of the woods just yet, and in a country as vast as America regional prospects can range from poor to excellent. Rhode Island is currently among those states that seem to have a spring in their step. While this traditional playground of America’s elite did suffer the initial impact of the financial crisis of 2008, it appears to have been reborn in the aftermath of it. Always popular with the wealthy set from New York and New England, Rhode Island lost some of its legendary lustre in recent years, as new summer playgrounds came to the fore

Monday, March 15th, 2010
Rhode Island property

Rhode Island leads worldwide luxury property revival

Rhode Island, long established as the home of some of the finest real estate in the world, seems to be in the vanguard of the revival of the luxury property market. Its otherwise buoyant market dropped off in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis of late 2008, but the early signs point to 2010 as the year in which this region regained its dynamism. The reason for much of the optimism is the fact that no fewer than two of the region’s top listed properties changed hands within the space of a couple of months. As 2009 drew to a close English entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter de Savary returned to Rhode Island, purchasing the iconic Vanderbilt Hall right in the heart of Newport. He plans to convert this gorgeous classical property into a private international club.

Monday, February 8th, 2010
Newport wharf

Newport, Rhode Island – Rhode Island’s gem

Best known as one of New England’s most popular summer resorts, Newport, Rhode Island, has plenty to offer visitors throughout the year. Enthusiasts of naval history will be most familiar with Newport as the location of the United States Naval College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Centre and a major training point for the US fleet. Newport has also played an important part in America’s history, since Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy hosted their ‘Summer Administrations’ here. Pretty St. Mary’s Church in Newport was also the spot where President Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12th 1953.

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Oakwood, Rhode Island

Oakwood – where history and elegance combine

America’s East Coast has traditionally displayed more European influence than any other part of the country and this cultural link is particularly obvious in the beautiful country estates that characterise this quiet, refined corner of the world. Perhaps the most prestigious is the Oakwood estate in Newport, Rhode Island; an historic property that dates to the immediate post-Civil War period when it was owned by Mary Alida Astor, daughter of William Blackhouse Astor.

Friday, October 30th, 2009
Gray Craig

Gray Craig: Property of distinction

There are large, expensive chunks of real estate - and then there is property of true distinction. There is no doubt into which category Gray Craig falls. This gorgeous estate, located in the prestigious neighbourhood of Middletown, Rhode Island is only a short drive from the centre of Newport and is one of the most charming properties currently on the market on America's East Coast.

Monday, August 31st, 2009
Anne Archer and Terry Jastrow

Anne Archer and Terry Jastrow list their Rhode Island golf residence for sale

Offered at US$1.1million, this luxurious golf residence owned by world renowned actress Anne Archer and her husband Terry Jastrow is located within the Carnegie Abbey Club, a private sporting estate just outside Newport. The interior emulates a super-luxury yacht, incorporating design features and furnishings of the highest quality. It is the only residence capturing both west facing views over Narragansett Bay and east facing views of the golf course.

Monday, March 30th, 2009