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Westerly RI Real Estate

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.

Community Overview

  • Established: 1669
  • Zip Code: 02808 (Bradford), 02891
  • County: Washington
  • Size: 74.8 sq. miles
  • Latitude: 41.3776’N, Longitude: 71.8273’W
  • Population: 22,787
  • Median resident age: 34
  • Median household income: $53,165
  • Median home value: $294,985
  • Homes currently available from: $149K — $6.9 million
  • Tax rate: $11.36
  • Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 37 miles
  • Distance to train station: Westerly Amtrak Station (in town)
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Shopping & Things To Do

Popular villages & areas to explore

Watch Hill — 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.

Misquamicut — 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.

Shopping spots for residents

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. Here you’ll find:

  • Michaels
  • Stop & Shop
  • Staples
  • Home Goods
  • PetSmart
  • Home Depot
  • And more…
  • Dining & Nightlife

    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!

    Restaurants to check out:

    • Olympia Tea Room
    • Ocean House
    • The Malted Barley
    • Mia’s Cafe
    • Two Little Fish
    • Dave’s Coffee
    • Bridge
    • Thong’s
    • Ella’s Fine Food and Drink
    • The Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar
    • Sandy’s Fine Food Emporium
    • Haversham Tavern
    • Pick Pockets
    • Maria’s Seaside Cafe
    • The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn
    downtown watch hill

    Recreation & Activities

    Parks and conservation areas

    Woody Hill Management Area — 819 acres of forested lands, a popular spot for mountain biking, hiking, and walking trails.

    Wilcox Park — 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.

    Napatree Point Conservation Area — 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.

    Beaches

    Westerly is home to several miles of popular beaches and waterfront. From Weekapaug to Watch Hill, you can walk along the beach for amazing views of the Block Island Sound.
    • Misquamicut State Beach
    • Dune’s Beach
    • Wuskenau Beach
    • Weekapaug Beach
    • Westerly Town Beach
    • East Beach
    • Watch Hill Beach

    Clubs and golf course

    Weekapaug Yacht Club — private membership clubhouse with rooms available for overnight stays, boating, private beach, kayaking, and more.

    Westerly Yacht Club — 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.

    Short Course at Timber Creek — RV resort close to the shore with a nine-hole golf course. Nice spot for family outings and camping grounds. 

    Shelter Harbor Golf Club — 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.

    Weekapaug Golf Course — a private, member-owned golf club with stunning views of Winnapaug Pond. Considered one of the best nine hole golf courses in New England.

    Winnapaug Country Club — 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.

    Schools & Education

    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 official website at https://www.westerly.k12.ri.us/ 
    • Dunn’s Corners School (K-4)
    • Springbrook Elementary (K-4)
    • State Street School (K-4)
    • Bradford Elementary (K-4)
    • Westerly Middle School
    • Westerly High School

    Transportation & Getting Around

    Main roads & highways

    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.

    Airports & Train Stations

    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. 

    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 Providence: 44 miles
    Distance to Newport: 39.5 miles (via Route 1)

    Government/city and town links

    For more information on the town government of Westerly, community information, and ways to contact, please visit the official website at https://westerlyri.gov/

    Williams & Stuart lists homes for sale in all of Westerly

  • Avondale
  • Beach Street
  • Bradford
  • Bushel Park
  • Chin Hill
  • Church Street
  • Downtown Westerly
  • Dunn Center
  • East Avenue
  • Fieldstone Estates
  • Historic Downtown
  • Mastuxet
  • Misquamicut
  • Ninigret Cove
  • North End
  • Pawcatuck (CT)
  • Potter Hill
  • Robin Hills
  • Shelter Harbor
  • Sherwood Hills
  • Town Center
  • Watch Hill
  • Watch Hill Road
  • Weekapaug
  • Westerly Yacht Club
  • White Rock
  • Winnapaug Hills
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