A 130-year-old firehouse in Newport has been converted into a 4-bedroom home — and it just got a $1 million price cut. Take a look inside the 'Chutes and Ladders' house.

  • A historic four-bedroom Newport home nicknamed the "Chutes and Ladders" house is selling for $3.45 million following a $1.2 million price cut in May.
  • Housed in a former 19th-century Rhode Island fire station, it comes with multiple staircases plus an elevator and working firepole. 
  • In 2009, the home received a prestigious restoration award following an intensive and eco-friendly makeover.
  • Take a look inside the historic home, which comes with a scenic rooftop deck and Tesla charging station.
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A four-bedroom home built in a 19th-century Newport fire station is selling for $3.5 million, over $1 million under its 2019 asking price.

Jessica Chase of Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty represents the listing. According to Zillow property records, the home was first listed for $4.7 million in April 2019.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty, Zillow, Hacin + Associates

Known officially as Redwood Hose Station 8, it is located on a residential street in Newport's Historic Hill district, minutes from Gilded Age mansions and the Cliff Walk, a popular coastal walking path.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty, Rhode Island Monthly

The home's owners nicknamed the residence the "Chutes and Ladders House" because of the many ways to travel between floors. There are multiple staircases …

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… plus an elevator and working fire pole.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty, Rhode Island Monthly

In 2009, the home won a prestigious Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award after architect David Hacin renovated the home with a focus on green living.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty, Hacin + Associates

To save the building from major structural issues, Hacin worked with owner and photographer Clint Clemens to 3D image the building, then dismantled and relaid the structure brick by brick. The process took three years.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty, Popular Mechanics

The house now has solar power and geothermal heating and cooling systems, plus a 200-amp Tesla car charger.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty

Residents can live large. The master suite takes up the entire third floor …

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… and opens up to a wooden deck with plenty of lounge seating.

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While the deck is scenic, the rooftop viewing platform above it takes the cake, offering birds-eye views of the neighborhood and sailboat-dotted harbor.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty

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