Rhode Island is truly an ocean state. Nearly one-tenth of its entire inland area is covered by salt water. No resident is more than 30 minutes away by car from the water’s edge. Narragansett Bay extends fingers into the very heartland of Rhode Island and occupies such a central position that from the air a traveler is likely to feel that the state consists more of water than of land. It is truly coastal living.
The Bay is Rhode Island’s most fascinating and dominant natural feature. Greenwich Bay, the Providence River, and Mount Hope Bay are major appendages, and numerous coves and inlets of rivers provide shelter and safe harbors for fleets of small boats. Narragansett Bay has three entrances from west to east, the West Passage, the East Passage, and the Sakonnet River.
The Sakonnet reaches east to the seaside communities of Tiverton and Little Compton, RI and on the west Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport RI. To the West the Mt Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay border the shores of Warren and Bristol, RI and also Aquidneck Island’s western shore. This coastal region of New England is only 20 miles from Providence and 60 Miles from Boston with easy access to points south as well.
The East Bay
The towns of Barrington, Bristol and Warren collectively create what is known as the East Bay region of Rhode Island. Situated on a peninsula, the East Bay is rich in nautical history and embodies quintessential New England coastal living. Visitors to the East Bay are enchanted by the historical architecture of the homes and mansions, the beautiful tree-lined streets, the eclectic abundance of shops, the delicious variety of local restaurants and the natural beauty of our charming seaside towns.
This region offers real estate ranging from moderately priced single-family homes and condominiums right on up to some of the most spectacular waterfront properties in New England. The East Bay lights up each year with the oldest 4th of July celebrations in America and a grand parade.
Portsmouth, Middletown & Newport
Aquidneck Island is only accessible by one of three bridges the Sakonnet River, the Mt Hope and the Newport Bridge. The towns of Portsmouth and Middletown are small communities with a rich history. You are only minutes from at least 3 beaches that offer great shoreline recreation. There has been great planning for open space and water access in both towns and some of the very best choices for real estate in the East Bay area.
Newport is truly one of the most unique cities in New England, a city by the sea with international appeal. Steeped in history, Newport is one of America’s oldest cities, filled with colonial architecture and breathtaking Oceanside homes. The Gilded Age mansions and grand summer residences reflect the world-class elegance of Newport. Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame, dine in luxurious style on Bowen’s Wharf, walk the scenic coastline on The Cliff Walk, or relax on the vast beaches after a day of sailing.
From outdoor music festivals like the annual Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals at Fort Adams, to spectacular scenery from Brenton Point State Park, Newport is a premiere year-round destination for leisure travel. World famous for its accommodations, sailing community, and active nightlife, Newport presents tremendous opportunities for everyone. Living in Newport offers waterfront life and a vast amount of choices from historic residences and condominiums right on up to a choice address on Belleview Avenue or the Ocean Drive.
Tiverton & Little Compton
Tiverton is cut away from the rest of the state of Rhode Island by water and borders only Massachusetts’s communities. The towns of Tiverton and Little Compton boast some the most beautiful landscapes and vistas in New England. They are quite seaside towns that have not changed much over the years. Their unique character and charm offer so many unique options for living away from the daily hustle and bustle. For those who live here they will tell you it is well worth the small inconvenience of the commute.
Little Compton located in southeastern Rhode Island between the Sakonnet River and the Massachusetts border. With hundreds of acres of protected agricultural land, charming Little Compton is assured of a lifetime of open space, meadows, cornfields, and abundant wildlife. The Commons, Rhode Island’s only town common, with its art galleries, local artisan craft shops, cafes and antiques serves as the focus of this tiny coastal community.
Little Compton, in the heart of New England wine country is also home to the Sakonnet Vineyards, New England’s largest winery. For your sweet tooth, call on Sakonnet River Pie; Explore over 400 acres of open space in the Simmons Mill Pond; enjoy a sun-splashed afternoon at gorgeous Goosewing Beach or kayak the winding Sakonnet River. Rich with history, Little Compton boasts the Wilbor House Museum and the private Stone House Club and relies on an active historical society, which serves to restore and preserve the extensive cultural heritage of this close knit society.
Which ever region you choose on the coastal shores of Rhode Island you will be assured that you are near the water and the smell of salt spray and soft breezes will be a part of your daily life. These are wonderful communities to make a house a home!