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In Remembrance of Peter de Savary (1944-2022) Co-Founder of Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd.

Affectionately known as "PdeS", Peter de Savary was a well-known, larger than life international entrepreneurial businessman, who applied his skills in many areas, including the petroleum industry, shipping, shipyards, property, import/export and the club and hospitality industry amongst others. His activities have spanned three continents.  His thoughtful real estate developments and restoration of private homes, castles and historic mansions were legendary.   He co-founded Vanderbilt International Properties with Stacie Mills, broker/owner, in 2010 after Stacie sold him the historic Vanderbilt Hall Hotel in Newport.   He was also as a partner in the successful Newport harbor front development, Vanderbilt Residences on Brown and Howard Wharf.  Prior to co-founding VIP LTD, Stacie worked for PdeS from 2001 on signature real estate projects in the Newport, RI area, Devon, England,  Abaco, Bahamas and Grenada, West Indies.  

Peter de Savary became enchanted with Newport, RI after he led the British syndicate in the 1983 America's Cup.  He founded Carnegie Abbey Club (now The Aquidneck Club) in 1999, a 350-acre sporting estate with a championship "links-style" golf course, equestrian, tennis and an Adirondack-styled clubhouse along the signature 18th fairway on Narragansett Bay.  He owned and restored a wide array of private historic homes and mansions in Newport including "Wildacre", "Vernon Court", "Ivy Tower", "Oakwood", "Merrillton"  and "The Orchard".  A knowledgeable sailor and yachtsman, de Savary could be seen on one of his many sailing yachts or navigating in his vintage Riva on Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.  

A man of tremendous vision, with exacting attention to detail and impeccable taste, PdeS was a tremendous mentor and true friend.   He is greatly missed by us all at Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd.  however, his spirit and business acumen shall live on in our company. 

Photo courtesy of Cory Silken Photography, LLC
Photo courtesy of Cory Silken Photography, LLC

About Vanderbilt Founded by Stacie Mills and Peter de Savary

Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd. (VIP Ltd.) is a boutique real estate firm specializing in unique and luxury Properties in Newport, RI and the surrounding areas. The real estate firm was founded by two partners, Peter J. de Savary and Stacie E. Mills. Peter de Savary ( was a well- known international entrepreneur who created, marketed, and sold very high value real estate. While the firm was formed in 2010, Stacie and Peter’s working relationship dates back to 2001. Through fifteen plus years of their successful working relationship, they built an impressive network and database for marketing and selling luxury real estate.

Stacie Mills Principal Broker

Originally from Texas, Stacie has worked in sales and marketing for new developments for over 30+ years, with over 25 years experience in the real estate industry. Stacie has brokered deals from Chicago to England, Atlanta to Abaco, and Grenada to Barbados, although today, the Newport area is Stacie’s primary focus.

When not working on a client’s marketing campaign or negotiating a real estate deal, Stacie enjoys hosting tailgate parties at Polo, sailing around Aquidneck Island and working on a number of charitable causes. Stacie and her faithful furry friend, Sargent, live in Newport.

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Mary Waddington Senior Sales Associate

Mary is very familiar with the Newport area and has lived with her husband and two sons in Jamestown since 2001.⁠

Mary’s well rounded background includes real estate, resort hospitality and several years with the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. Mary is a valuable asset for anyone relocating to the area and has a vast knowledge of schools and organizations to help with the move of a new family or individual to the area. Besides being a knowledgeable licensed real estate agent, Mary also enjoys sailing, hiking and relaxing on the many beautiful RI beaches.⁠

Michelle Aumann Real Estate Agent

Michelle is a consistent multi-million dollar producer with over 20 years of real estate experience. She brings a vast knowledge of the Newport and surrounding areas. She is diligent in her communication and negotiations skills to ensure a wonderful buying and selling experience for her clients. She started her career in Chicago and made her way back to RI to raise her children and embrace the quality of life that Aquidneck Island affords.⁠


What Our Clients Say

“My recent purchase of a home at The Aquidneck Club with the help of Stacie Mills and Mary Waddington of Vanderbilt International Properties was a fantastic decision for me and my family.  The transaction, one of many real estate investments I have made, was the most positive I have ever had.  Mary and Stacie were informed, kind, professional and made the transaction simple.  Living at The Aquidneck Club since closing in May 2021 has been more wonderful than I had hoped, affording me and my family a beautiful piece of real estate with Narragansett Bay view, a robust social life with exciting and interesting people, amazing and challenging golf and the full-service amenities of a world class resort.  I am also enjoying working just a stones-throw, not a commute, from play  …   I play where I live now.”

-Tracy B.

“It has been a pleasure working with Stacie Mills and the Vanderbilt team when purchasing my home and Narragansett Bay Club. The VIP Ltd. team continue to follow-up with us long after the sale of the property.  Stacie is the Steve Jobs of Real Estate….I may just sell this house and buy another so I can work with her again…” -Steve M.