Tiverton is located on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, across the Sakonnet River from Aquidneck Island. Together with Little Compton, the area is only connected to the rest of Rhode Island via the Sakonnet Bridge. Tiverton borders Fall River on the north side and Westport, MA along its eastern border. The town is unique in that the northern, middle, and southern parts of town are distinctly different from each other. Northern Tiverton is fairly urban due to its proximity to Fall River. The middle portion is a gorgeous waterfront area overlooking the Sakonnet River. Finally, the southern part of town is a quiet, historic district just before crossing over to rural Little Compton. That said, the real estate market here is varied and complex, with options all over the map for waterfront, suburban, and rural housing.
According to Realtor.com, in January 2023, the median listing home price in Tiverton, RI was $437K, trending up 1.9% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $303. The median home sold price was $400K.
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Tiverton residents have quite a few nearby options for their weekly shopping needs. Follow Route 81 just over the Rhode Island line into Fall River and you’ll find shopping plazas with Stop & Shop, Burlington Coat Factory, Savers, T.J. Maxx, Staples, South Coast Marketplace, and more. For specialty stores and small businesses, Route 138 on the north side of town (just before Fall River) has small shops, studios, and services.
If you’re looking for arts, crafts, and boutique shops, the Four Corners neighborhood is the place to go. It’s a beautiful, historic district with a strong community of local artisans and creators. Don’t forget to grab a scoop of homemade ice cream from Gray’s...You can actually pet the cows!
Visit the Sakonnet Farm Farmstead for local produce, dairy, and homemade treats. Peek around the several antique shops in the area
Take a drive down Route 77 along Tiverton’s waterfront and you’ll find a handful of amazing restaurants: The Boat House, The Red Dory, Moulin Rouge, Plouf Plouf Gastronomie and more. The seafood selection here is some of the best you’ll find in the East Bay area of Rhode Island. You also have classic “town favorites” like Evelyn’s Drive-in, where you can sit at the picnic tables and enjoy their famous clam cakes and chowder.
Bristol is one of the towns in the East Bay (outside of Newport) that has a strong nightlife scene. The waterfront area along Thames Street has several popular bars and restaurants. Roger Williams University plays a big part in the thriving bar scene due to the population of students in town. As far as dining, you have a great selection of seafood restaurants and local favorites spread throughout the downtown area, including diners, cafe’s, lunch spots, and more.
A black stone public beach on the southern side of Fogland Point. Popular spot for kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, and relaxing. There is a conservation area with walking trails and places to view wildlife. Facilities include changing rooms, showers, picnic benches and a playground for kids.
A newly renovated beach has brand-new facilities, parking lot, promenade, and imported sand. The surf is naturally light here, so it’s a nice place to relax and swim during the summer. Dogs are allowed on the beach as well and Tiverton residents park for free.
An 83-acre natural area with 3.5 miles of trails that take visitors along Sin and Flesh Brook, where they can view many wildflowers, ferns, and animal habitats. Fort Barton is a Revolutionary War-era fortification named after Lt. Col. William Barton. You can climb the observation tower for a great view of the Sakonnet River and Mount Hope Bay.
650 acres of forest and grassland that is protected by the Tiverton Land Trust. The walkable areas have more than seven miles of trails of sloping paths and wetlands. The trails are well-marked and maps are available at the trailhead area. Dogs are allowed but must be leased at all times and horses are permitted.
1.6 square miles of protected woods and salt marshes along the Sakonnet River. The trail system is easy and relaxing with several observation points along the river. Great place for birdwatching as well.
The Tiverton Public School District consists of five schools serving the K-12 grades. The district enrolls approximately 1,800 students per year with 193 teachers. Students in the K-4 grades attend one of three elementary schools in the district — Ranger, Fort Barton, and Pocasset Elementary. As a whole, the district has a 12:1 student to teacher ratio per classroom. For more information, please visit their website
Route 138 and Route 81: both lead north into Fall River. Route 81 travels through the entire town of Tiverton, crossing over Route 177 before reaching Little Compton. Route 177 runs east to west across Tiverton and into Westport. It is run by Tiverton High School and Middle School, Adamsville, and Sandywoods Farm.
Route 24: is the main transportation channel for residents of Tiverton to reach other towns and cities in Rhode Island. 24 South runs across the Sakonnet Bridge into Aquidneck Island, which is the quickest way to reach Newport. 24 North connects to I-195 West towards Providence (which is much faster than traveling through the East Bay).
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 31.9 miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 25.9 miles
For more information on Tiverton community events and government departments, please visit the official website