Living in Rhode Island

by Iyna Bort Caruso

There’s an advantage to being America’s smallest state. In Rhode Island, no one is more than a half-hour’s drive to the ocean or bay.  The close proximity to the coast is a major draw for those seeking to purchase real estate for sale in Rhode Island.

The Ocean State is a region of coves, estuaries and some 100 beaches set along 400 miles of shoreline. Narragansett Bay, New England’s yachting capital, is home to more than 30 islands.

Rhode Island has no shortage of affluent coastal towns, many under the radar with deep historic roots. South County, in the southwestern part of the state bordering Connecticut, is a popular second home destination that spans the ages, from period homes to modern beachfront estates. Golf courses, fishing and a long sandy coastline lure summer home buyers, many from Boston and New York, both about two or so hours away. 

A dozen miles off the Rhode Island coast is Block Island, a popular outpost of rolling hills, walking trails and dramatic bluffs, all which have been well-protected from overdevelopment.

Rhode Island has a history of playing a role larger than its size would suggest. It was the first of the 13 colonies to renounce allegiance to the British Crown.  At the turn of the 20th century, Newport, on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, became an international symbol of Gilded Age wealth and a playground for bluebloods.

This city-by-the-sea was the summer home to some of the country’s wealthiest industrialists. Families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts tapped the great architects of the day like Richard Morris Hunt and had palatial “cottages” built that embodied their elite status. Newport reflects more than three centuries of architecture and comprises the country’s largest collection of colonial architecture. Today many of the homes are museums that form the foundation of Newport’s tourism industry. For residents and summer homeowners, Newport, with its international regatta and yachting races and renowned music festivals, continues to epitomize the good life.

Local contact

Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

37 Bellevue AvenueNewport, Rhode Island 02840 United States

Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty

5280 Post RoadCharlestown, Rhode Island 02813 United States

Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty

20 Narragansett AvenueNarragansett, Rhode Island 02882 United States

Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty

100 Exchange StreetProvidence, Rhode Island 02903 United States

Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty

27 Bay StreetWatch Hill, Rhode Island 02891 United States

Sullivan Sotheby's International Realty

PO Box 144 Water StreetBlock Island, Rhode Island 02807 United States