Westerly is the westernmost town in South County, Rhode Island, separated from Connecticut by the Pawcatuck River. It’s quaint villages and miles of beachfront attract thousands of tourists and seasonal residents every summer. Real estate prices vary from place to place, as well as the culture. Watch Hill is beautiful, private, and wealthy; Misquamicut has a more relaxed, “get away” vibe with a beach town atmosphere. That said, Westerly homes are highly sought after for their low tax rates, excellent school system, and picturesque location.
According to Realtor.com, in February 2023, the median listing home price in Westerly, RI was $560K, trending up 1.8% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $317. The median home sold price was $482.5K.
* 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
As a year-round resident of Westerly, your main shopping areas (outside of small business or boutique places) are the Westerly Crossings Shopping Center and Franklin Shopping Plaza. Both are conveniently located on Route 1 near the junction of Route 78.
A picturesque beachfront village with quaint shops, top-rated restaurants, and perfect views of the water in every direction. Be sure to visit the Flying Horse Carousel near Watch Hill Beach and the Napatree Conservation Area.
A more casual, relaxed seaside village and home to one of New England’s best-known beaches. Atlantic Avenue is lined with seafood restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
Westerly has one of the most impressive and diverse restaurant scenes on the South Shore. You can find very high-end dining spots here (Ocean House) and electric, local favorites with a unique vibe (The Cooked Goose). Downtown Westerly, Watch Hill, Misquamicut, and Weekapaug all have a variety of choices!
819 acres of forested lands, a popular spot for mountain biking, hiking, and walking trails.
An amazing spot to watch the sunset at dusk in Westerly. A popular spot for swimming, bird watching, or taking a leisurely stroll with the family.
Located at the center of downtown Westerly, this 50-acre park is a perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon with the family. It’s surrounded by all types of restaurants, shops, and historic buildings. There is a gazebo, a small pond, a beautiful water fountain, and events happening here throughout the year.
Private membership clubhouse with rooms available for overnight stays, boating, private beach, kayaking, and more.
Private members club located on the Pawcatuck River just off Route 1A. Great spot for events and dining with a beautiful view of Stonington across the river.
A private, member-owned golf club on 400 acres of land with an 18-hole course. Ranked on Golfweek’s “Best Modern Courses in the U.S.” list.
RV resort close to the shore with a nine-hole golf course. Nice spot for family outings and camping grounds.
A private, member-owned golf club with stunning views of Winnapaug Pond. Considered one of the best nine hole golf courses in New England.
Private membership country club (open to public play) with an 18-hole golf course. A popular place to host weddings and private events or dine out.
The Westerly Public School District consists of five schools covering the K-12 grades. The historic village of Bradford has its own elementary school outside of the school district, but students can choose to attend Westerly or Chariho at the Middle and High School level. For more detailed information on Westerly’s School District, please visit their website
I-95 — The interstate runs just north of the Westerly line, so it’s to access if traveling towards Providence or Newport, or south into Connecticut.
Route 1 (Post Road) — Connects Westerly to the adjoining towns along the South Shore, including Charlestown, South Kingstown, and Narragansett.
Route 1A — The main road which connects Westerly’s villages and downtown area, including Watch Hill, Avondale, Misquamicut, and Weekapaug.
Route 78 (Westerly Bypass) — Expressway between Stonington, CT, and Westerly. Route 78 makes it easier to travel from Route 1 into CT, without having to cross through downtown Westerly or use I-95.
Dunn’s Corner Road — The main road for traveling to and from Bradford, RI, and Hopkinton. Connects with Route 1 and further south into Weekapaug and Misquamicut Beach.
Westerly State Airport: This small regional airport provides flights to Block Island through New England Airlines. It also serves as an aircraft maintenance area for T.F. Green and provides corporate aviation services.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 37 miles
Westerly Station (Amtrak): Exclusive Amtrak train station on the Northeast Regional line. Travels north to Boston or south to New York City and Washington D.C.
Distance to Train Station: Westerly Amtrak Station (in town)
For more information on the town government of Westerly, community information, and ways to contact, please visit the official website