Newport RI Real Estate
Welcome to Newport, RI — Rhode Island’s “crown jewel” and biggest tourist attraction. Newport gives all of the advantages of a city, but with a unique abundance of beautiful oceanfront living and historic charm. In fact, the downtown area has the highest concentration of registered historic buildings and homes in the U.S. You’ll be right in the middle of everything here — top-rated restaurants, walkable boutique shopping, preserved historic mansions, music festivals, and a yachting culture unlike anywhere else in the country. Choose from the very best luxury and waterfront homes, urban-style condos, or historic houses in Newport’s unique neighborhoods.
- Established: 1639
- Zip Codes: 02840, 02841
- County: Newport
- Size: 11.9 miles
- Coordinates: 41.4901° N, 71.3128° W
- Population: 24,672 (46% male, 54% female)
- Median resident age: 35.9 years
- Median household income: $160,012
- Median home value: $391,800
- Homes currently available from: $220,000 — $39,000,000
- Tax rate: $9.99 (residential), $14.90 (commercial)
What's it like to live in Newport?
Shopping, Attractions & Things to Do
Broadway, Upper Thames, and Lower Thames are destination shopping spots in Newport. In this four-mile stretch of historic, bustling downtown, you’ll find boutique clothing shops, chocolatiers, jewelry, custom-made accessories, bars, restaurants, and much more. Of course, as a resident, you’ll want easy-access shopping for your essentials, right? Well, that’s also available in short order. Just up Broadway along Route 114 and 138 there are several shopping centers with Stop & Shop, Shaws, and CVS. Or you can visit the shopping plaza on JT Connell Highway, which includes Walmart, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, etc.
Newport Folk Festival: an annual folk-oriented music festival at Fort Adams State Park. Started in 1959, this festival is known for its historic performances and showcase of America’s finest folk and Americana musicians. It takes place every summer in July and hosts a weekend-long line up of musicians from all over the country.
Newport Jazz Festival: established five years earlier to its counterpart (Newport Folk Festival), this annual summer fest is also held at Fort Adams State Park. It has hosted some of the biggest names in Jazz, Soul, and Rock music (Frank Sinatra, James Brown, David Brubeck, just to name a few!). It’s often held the same month at the Folk Festival and continues to showcase lineups of well-known and emerging musicians.
International Tennis Hall of Fame: this extensive exhibit honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis, which includes a museum, grass tennis courts, and both an indoor and outdoor tennis facility. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia – including videos, photographs, audio recordings, tennis equipment and apparel, trophies, and art – highlighting the history of tennis from its origins up through the modern era.
Newport Mansions: The Preservation Society of Newport have made it their purpose to maintain the historic mansions along Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive. You can schedule tours and explore the mansions, attend special events, see exhibits, and learn about the luxurious homes of the Vanderbilts and other famous families of industry.
The mansions and historic homes include:
- The Breakers
- Marble House
- The Elms
- Isaac Bell House
- Hunter House
- Rough Point
- Vanderbilt Mansion
Restaurants & Nightlife
The spring, summer and early autumn seasons in Newport bring in tens of thousands of visitors and seasonal residents every year. Naturally, the food & beverage industry is a highlight here. It’s home to nearly every kind of cuisine you can imagine, from fine-dining to casual dives. Simply walk along America’s Cup Avenue, Memorial Boulevard, Thames Street, or Broadway and you’ll find hundreds of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
White Horse Tavern — officially known as “America’s Oldest Tavern” the White Horse has been serving hungry mouths in Newport since 1673. It’s transformed into a tourist attraction altogether, offering fine American cuisine, a tavern shop, and private event space.
Restaurant Bouchard — one of Newport’s premier dining and lodging establishments. You’ll find artfully-inspired dishes, award-winning hospitality, and a fine-dining experience like no other along Newport’s harbor district.
Castle Hill Inn — situated on an unbelievably picturesque estate on Aquidneck Island’s southern tip, Castle Hill offers a view of Newport that’s unbeatable. You can sit outside on the lawn, enjoy a cocktail and select menu offering or get a reservation at their esteemed restaurant.
The Mooring — one of Newport’s destination restaurants for fresh seafood and dockside dining. It’s an established 35-year classic spot with raw bar offerings, extensive wine list, and private dining options.
Recreation & Activities
Newport Cliff Walk: one of Newport’s biggest summer attractions, the Cliff Walk is open year-round and free to the public. It runs 3.5 miles along the eastern and southern portion of Aquidneck Island and offers unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can travel out onto the rocks and cliffs, gaze the mansions along Bellevue Avenue, and stop at many observation points along the way.
Fort Adams State Park: a public-use, historic park with panoramic views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. It’s home to historic, well-preserved Fort Adams, a large military fortress built in the 19th century. The park offers guided tours of the fortress, online gift shop, and rental of their barracks rooms for private events. The outside grounds have public-use facilities for fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, picnicking, and more. Fort Adams is also home to the long-running Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festivals.
Battery Park: a “hidden gem” park situated in a residential neighborhood in Newport. Amazing views of the Newport Bridge and East Passage. It’s one of the best places to watch the sunset in a quiet, well-kept place along the waterfront. Also dog-friendly, with plenty of green space and benches to relax for a picnic.
Brenton Point State Park: Occupying the former grounds of one of Newport’s grandest estates, Brenton Point State Park has one of the most commanding and spectacular views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, and fishing.
Miantonomi Memorial Park: located on the highest natural point in Newport in a beautiful wooded landscape. At the top, you can climb the 80-foot-tall Memorial Tower for a spectacular view of Newport and Narragansett Bay. There are also public-use facilities in the park, including picnic tables, playground, and an open playfield.
Ocean Drive: a ten-mile road along Newport’s ocean cliffs and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. See the luxurious, historic cottages and mansions along the water or hike along the rocks in Brenton Cove. It’s a great place for a bike ride or to watch the sunset.
Gooseberry Beach: located along Ocean Drive about a mile from Bellevue Avenue, this small beach is set back in a cove and naturally protected from big waves or ocean surge. It’s open to the public, but the beach club is private. Seasonal passes are available.
Schools & Hospitals
The Newport Public Schools District consists of three primary schools and three alternative schools. As of 2013, all elementary schools have been consolidated and now attend Claiborne Pell Elementary, with a small percentage attending classes at the Pell Annex in the John F. Kennedy School in Newport, RI. As a whole, the district enrolls approximately 2,200 students per year and has a teaching staff of 293. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.npsri.net
Newport Public Schools
- Claiborne Pell Elementary School
- Frank E. Thompson Middle School
- William S. Rogers High School
- Newport Area Career and Technical Center
- Pell Annex at the John F. Kennedy School
- P-TECH Early College Academy
Post-Secondary Schools & Universities
Salve Regina University is a private, non-profit university located on a beautiful, 80-acre oceanfront campus along Newport Cliff Walk. The university enrolls approximately 2,600 students per year and has been ranked in U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges-Regional Universities (North category). Due to the close proximity to U.S. Naval War College and matriculation agreements, many senior military leaders are alumni of Salve Regina University.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is the official staff college of the United States Navy. It’s one of the senior service colleges of the United States Military, including the Army War College, Marine Corps War College, and the Air War College. The NWC is home to nine individual colleges, research centers, and specialized groups of study. The college’s campus is included within the Naval Station, a 27-acre base that’s also home to 50 military commands, institutions, and services.
Newport Hospital is a private, non-profit hospital and member of the Lifespan Health System. The hospital offers emergency care, diagnostic imaging, birthing services, behavioral health services, intensive care, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehab. For detailed information on Newport Hospital’s centers and services, visit their website at https://www.newporthospital.org/
Transportation & Getting Around
Getting to Jamestown / South Shore: The Newport Bridge (Rt.138) runs directly from downtown Newport to Jamestown and continues over the Jamestown Bridge to North Kingstown.
Getting to First & Second Beach: from downtown, take Rt. 138A (Memorial Blvd.) east past the Newport Cliff Walk. Continue past First Beach to Purgatory Road and follow until Second Beach.
Getting to Fort Adams State Park: Take Thames Street or Bellevue Avenue south to Ruggles Avenue. Travel west to Beacon Hill Road / Harrison Avenue until you reach Fort Adams.
RIPTA Bus #60: runs from the Newport Gateway Center through the entire East Bay area (Middletown, Portsmouth, Bristol, Warren, Barrington, East Providence) before ending in Providence. Very cheap and efficient way to travel for residents.
RIPTA Trolley Bus: pay only $2.00 for a ride from Newport Gateway Center through downtown and Bellevue Avenue. It’s a tour bus, but also a convenient way to get around Newport.
- Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 26.7 miles
- Distance to Kingstown Train Station: 33.5 miles
Government, city and town links
For more information on Newport community events and government departments, please visit the official website at http://www.cityofnewport.com/
Williams & Stuart lists homes for sale in all of Newport
- Bellevue Ave.
- Castle Hill
- Cliff Walk
- Easton’s Pond
- Fifth Ward
- First Beach
- Historic Hill
- Newport Heights
- Newport Hospital
- North End
- Ocean Drive
- Ochre Point
- The Point
- Upper Broadway
- Van Zandt
- Washington Square
- Yachting Village