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Portsmouth RI Real Estate

Portsmouth, RI sits at the northern part of Aquidneck Island in Newport County.  There is a culture here that resembles people living in paradise —  there’s never a good reason to leave the island! With it’s natural beauty, safe neighborhoods, and panoramic views of Narragansett and Mount Hope bay, it’s no wonder. The town offers residents suburban, rural, and waterfront living, all within a 50.3 square miles. Little nooks and basins contain neighborhoods with unique layouts, such as Common Fence Point and Island Park. On any given day, it’s only 10-20 mins to Newport and sits right across the bridge from Bristol and Tiverton.

Community Overview

  • Established: 1638
  • Zip Codes: 02871
  • County: Newport
  • Size: 59.3 miles
  • Coordinates: 43.0718° N, 70.7626° W
  • Population: 17,389 (48% male, 52% female)
  • Median resident age: 44 years
  • Median household income: $172,140
  • Median home value: $367,900
  • Homes currently available from: $149,000 — $5,995,000
  • Tax rate: $15.42 (residential and commercial)
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What's it like to live in Portsmouth?

Shopping & Things To Do

Portsmouth is fairly accessible in terms of shopping needs. There’s a culture among Aquidneck Island residents that “there’s no reason to ever leave the island.” With Newport nearby and plenty of retail outlets and restaurants lining Route 114 and Route 138, you can see why. One store local shoppers love is Clement’s Market, where you can grab fresh produce, prepared foods, groceries, and more. Travel south towards Middletown and you’ll find several shopping plazas (with large retailers) lining Rt. 138 and Rt. 114.

Local attractions

Glen Farm: a historic, 19th century farm house and manor which is now utilized for special events and a co-op Equestrian Center. Glen Farm is home to the Newport International Polo Series and playing field, where you can buy tickets, take lessons, or visit their pro shop. The Equestrian Center and Lower Farm area includes several historic buildings and facilities, and open public-use fields.

Prudence Island & Hog Island: both islands are located in the middle of Narragansett Bay and are now mostly residential areas. However, you can visit the islands and explore them at your leisure. The Prudence Island Light and Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse are cool sights to see and take pictures. Both islands offer plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and lounging on the public beachfront.

Newport Car Museum: a private museum that houses a collection of some 70 rare automobiles. The exhibits showcase seven decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as works of art. From the 1950s to the present, separate exhibits of Ford/Shelby Cars, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, Muscle Cars and Chrysler Mopars have been carefully curated.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Portsmouth has its own little community of local restaurants that attract people from all over the state. The Island Park neighborhood on the northern side of Portsmouth has several spots along Park Avenue, including Island Tap, Flo’s Drive In, 15 Point Road, and Thrive Coffee House. Most of the other restaurants and bars in Portsmouth line Route 114 and 138 heading towards Middletown.

Places to check out:

  • 15 Point Road
  • Fieldstones
  • Cindy’s Country Cafe
  • Rocco’s Little Italy
  • The Gulf Stream Bar & Grille
  • Localz Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Food Works
  • West Main Pizza
  • Flo’s Clam Shack
  • Clements Market
  • Portsmouth Public House
  • Tremblay’s
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Recreation & Activities

Sandy Point Beach: a small, yet beautiful beach located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue. The beach is free to town residents with either a current transfer station sticker or a free sticker provided upon proof of residency (car registration with your name and Portsmouth address). Dogs are not allowed.

Melville Pond & Campgrounds: a 130-acre park located off West Main Road on Bradford Ave. The area includes a campground,  hiking/nature trails, and fishing ponds. The campgrounds have a playground, volleyball courts, basketball, open green spaces, and freshwater fishing.

Portsmouth Dog Park: an open, “leash-free” park located at 50 Smith Road. There is parking available, picnic tables and benches, and fresh water spigots for dogs that visit. Great place to socialize with town residents (and with their dogs!).

Glen Park: part of the greater Glen Farm co-op, this park, is both an open park, sporting complex, and event space. The pavillion area has 13 picnic tables, bathrooms, and an open kitchen area. There are soccer and baseball field open for use if not being used by local teams or official games.

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Schools & Education

The Portsmouth School Department consists of four schools serving the K-12 grades. The department has approximately 2,500 students enrolled each year, with 254 teachers and administrators and 99 educational support staff. According to the department’s “district data dashboard” on their website, there is a 11:1 student to reach ratio and an average class size of 18 students. For more information, visit the department’s website at https://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org 

Portsmouth public schools

  • Portsmouth High School
  • Portsmouth Middle School
  • Hathaway Elementary School
  • Melville Elementary School

Portsmouth public schools

The Portsmouth Abbey School is a private, co-educational, Catholic boarding school for students in grades 9-12. It’s located on 525-acre campus on Portsmouth’s eastern shore. For more information, visit their website at https://www.portsmouthabbey.org/ 

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Transportation & Getting Around

Portsmouth’s town limits take up the northern portion of Aquidneck Island (shared with Middletown and Newport). At the northernmost point, Portsmouth connects to Bristol and Tiverton via two bridges — the Mount Hope Bridge (Route 114) and the Sakonnet River Bridge (Route 24). Travelling south towards Middletown, the two main roads are Route 114 and Route 138. Each travel parallel to each other until connecting in downtown Newport.

Public transportation is available via RIPTA #60, which travels along Route 114 from Providence to Newport. If you’re travelling to Prudence Island, the only public-use ferry departs from Bristol on a daily schedule.

  • Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 34.4 miles
  • Distance to Providence Train Station: 30.3 miles
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Government/city and town links

For more information on Portsmouth community events and government departments, please visit the official website at https://www.portsmouthri.com/

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Williams & Stuart lists homes for sale in all of Portsmouth

  • Bittersweet Farm
  • Black Point
  • Blue Hill Cove
  • Bramans Meadow
  • Bristol Ferry Landing
  • Carnegie Abbey
  • Clearview
  • Clements Market
  • Common Fence Point
  • East Portsmouth
  • Echo Lake
  • Elm Tree Farm
  • Evergreen Park
  • Fairview
  • Freeborn
  • Hathaway
  • Hilltop Estates
  • Hog Island
  • Homestead
  • Hummock Point
  • Indian
  • Island Park
  • Kings Grant
  • Lafayette Heights
  • Lawrence Farm
  • Lilac
  • McCorrie Beach
  • Meadow Brook Farms
  • Melville Park
  • Mount Hope Bay
  • Newport Beach Club
  • Northern Portsmouth
  • Olde Farm
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Pocasset Heights
  • Porbrak Park
  • Portsmouth Abbey
  • Prudence Island
  • Redwood Farms
  • Sakonnet Passage
  • Sandy Point
  • Sea Meadow Farms
  • Sherwood
  • Southern Portsmouth
  • Barnabas
  • Stonegate
  • Sunny Acres
  • The Glen
  • Third Beach
  • Valhella
  • Valley View
  • Vanderbilt Estates
  • Water Street
  • Windstone Estates
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