Couple buys Nicholson house for restoration, estate to be subdivided

THE HOME at 288 Blackstone Blvd. in Providence has been purchased with plans for restoration. The 3-acre estate has been subdivided, with plans to develop lots facing Slater Avenue, pending final approval. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
THE HOME at 288 Blackstone Blvd. in Providence has been purchased with plans for restoration. The 3-acre estate has been subdivided, with plans to develop lots facing Slater Avenue, pending final approval. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

PROVIDENCE – The Beresford-Nicholson Estate House, located at 288 Blackstone Blvd. and previously set for demolition, has been sold and will not be demolished, according to Residential Properties Ltd. Thursday.

Instead, the home was sold to Melanie and Peter Eleftherio for restoration. The couple has restored six homes on Blackstone Boulevard over the past two years, RPL said.

The sale includes the main home structure on the property but excludes two other properties on the estate.

According to property records, the home was purchased for $850,000. The couple intends to add a swimming pool and bocce court to the 35,000-square-foot property.

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The original lot of the Nicholson estate, which was listed as 3 acres in property records (1 acre is 43,560 square feet), is planned to be divided into eight lots in total, with two fronting Blackstone Boulevard and six lots fronting Slater Avenue. The plan for the six lots on Slater is awaiting final approval, according to the Providence City Plan Commission.

A previous proposal would have seen the demolition of the Nicholson home and the conversion of the property to 10 house lots. The original plan drew resistance from some residents.

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