One of the crown jewels of Ocean Drive, David E. Michael restored, renovated, and added a new wing to the Nearsea mansion that was originally built in 1937.

The significant project has taken more than three years to complete in three phases. The first two phases entailed restoring the existing structure that encompasses more than 10,000-square feet.

The third and final phase added more than 3,500 square feet to the formidable house and includes an office, a first floor media room, pool room, sauna and steam room, recreation area, kitchen, and winding three story staircase that begins in the wine cellar and concludes on the second floor landing that gives access to guest bedrooms and baths.

The house now has nine bedrooms, 10.5 baths, two kitchens, and a host of other rooms for various purposes. Phase III of the project also included drilling a granite ledge to accommodate an in-ground 24 by 40-foot bluestone swimming pool with a whirlpool spa. The double doors at the back of the marble-floored recreation room open onto the pool area that overlooks Rhode Island Sound.

In the main house a backlit display wall was added to the living room. The original cut crystal chandelier is still the focal point of the massive dining room that was totally restored. Two doors were added to the living room on each side of the fireplace to connect the main house to the new addition.

Architects Ray Goddard and Mohamad Farzan of Newport Collaborative Architects designed the restoration and addition and Horner Millwork constructed the custom designed spiral staircase. Bess Walker, proprietor of Bess Walker Interiors did the interior decorating and Martha Moore was the landscape architect. Ryan Wallace was the foreman for phase I, which entailed configuring of the children's bedrooms and study areas, and Justin Katz was the foreman for phases II and III.