Residents refer to Exeter by a local saying: “The Middle of Nowhere.” Not entirely accurate, since Rhode Island is a small state and you can travel to Providence in under 30 minutes, but it does say something about the vibe and culture of this rural town. Exeter is quiet, peaceful, and secluded. Homeowners here enjoy their privacy and being set back from the urban hustle and bustle of the metro area. Plus, there are an abundant amount of green spaces for recreation and exploring nature. Homes for sale can range between 60K — 2.5 million.
According to Realtor.com, in January 2023, the median listing home price in Exeter, RI was $524.5K, flat year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $301. The median home sold price was $527.5K.
* Tax rate based per thousand - Sources: United States Census Bureau. 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 17 March 2022. & Realtor.com
A large portion of Exeter is “off the beaten path”. Residents usually travel to Wickford via Route 102 to visit the superstores for their weekly and monthly shopping needs. The area right near Wickford Junction contains Home Depot, Walmart, Stop & Shop, Staples, and more. There are also plenty of mom & pop stores throughout Exeter to grab what you need.
Pine Ridge is the largest indoor public shooting range in Rhode Island. It’s a membership shooting club but also open to the public at an hourly rate. There is a retail gun shop offering ammo, targets, and shooting supplies. You can also take a private lesson or group class on improving your skills.
Rhode Island’s first farm brewery located in a historic barn. Take a tour of the grounds, trying a tasting, buy cans to go, and relax in a unique setting.
Although it’s not necessarily a “foodie town”, Exeter has a few dining spots that are well-known and populated throughout the year. Plus, it’s very easy to travel from Exeter to Wickford or East Greenwich for more dining and bar varieties.
Multi-purpose recreation area open for both winter and summer activities. In the winter, buy daily lift tickets or season passes for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Equipment rentals are available in the Pro Shop. In the summer, visit the Waterpark with 750 ft slides and two swimming pools. Summer day camp is also available for children.
An 18-hole public golf course. According to the country club’s website, it’s been rated the best public golf course in Rhode Island. There are a full-service restaurant and bar, plus practice greenways and sandbars for players.
Maintained by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Fisherville Brook is their largest public property at 1,010 acres. Great place for hiking and birdwatching, as well as cross country skiing in the winter months.
430-acre pond shared by Rhode Island and Connecticut state lands. A popular area for fishing and kayaking, though swimming is not allowed. According to the RI State Parks website, anglers might catch largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, and rainbow trout.
Rhode Island’s largest recreational area with over 14,000 acres of open land actively managed for hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Wood River offers one of the best fresh pond fishing opportunities in the state.
Open trails for hiking and mountain biking. Certain areas around Queens River Trailhead are open for hunting season. Also a great spot for kayaking.
The Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District is made up of five schools which serve approx. 1,600 students in the PK-12 grades. The Exeter-West Greenwich high school is rated at number 11 “best schools in Rhode Island” according to Niche.com’s ratings.
I-95 — the interstate runs directly through Exeter and parallels to Route 3. Exit 5 on I-95 in West Greenwich is the closest intersection to access the highway for Exeter residents.
Route 102 — connects the eastern portion of Exeter to Wickford, Route 2, and Route 4. Best way to reach the I-95 interstate within a ten-mile radius.
Route 165 (Ten Rod Rd.) — cuts through the middle of Exeter east to west, from the Route 102 merger to Connecticut. The easiest way to travel to the westernmost part of town and back.
Tripps Corner / Main Rd. — connects Route 2 to Route 108. Also, an easy way to travel to Yawgoo Valley if you live in western Exeter.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 14.6 miles
Distance to Downtown Providence:: 22.2 miles
For more information on Exeter, community events, and ways to contact, please visit the official website