Rhode Island’s coastline is dotted with some of the most magnificent oceanfront homes. From Newport to Westerly to Warwick to Little Compton, the real estate found by the ocean in Rhode Island is nothing short of spectacular. The State of Rhode Island is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, but boasts an incredible 400 miles of coastline! That includes offshore islands like favorite summer getaway Block Island. Many of the homes on Rhode Island’s coast harken back to the Gilded Age, where money was no object and opulence abounded in stunning architectural masterpieces. Some of the homes on the coast are newer, but have been constructed in the style of the old summer cottages of the wealthiest Americans from years past. These are among the most beautiful homes along the Rhode Island coast. They range from semi-affordable to outrageous in price, but they all have oceanfront stature and the most breathtaking views money can buy.
254 Ocean Avenue, Newport RI
Newport is known as the place where old money ‘summered’, and it is no different today. Seafair, an expansive estate on the venerable Ocean Avenue in Newport, is situated on its own peninsula. You can catch a glimpse of the home as you wind down Ocean Avenue’s curves. The waves will literally break at your back door in this gorgeous home. The home was built in 1936 for mining heir Verner Zevola Reed Jr., former VP of Chase Bank and Reagan-appointed Ambassador to Morocco. The peninsula encompasses 9 acres of oceanfront land, on which sits the 15,851 square foot main house, along with a Guest Home that is for sale separately. Eight lavish bedrooms and 11 full and 3 half baths ensure that you will be living in the lap of luxury as you listen to the waves lap against your craggy backyard. Living the life at Seafair will run you $19 million.
441 W Main Road, Little Compton RI
I love Little Compton. Often overshadowed by the likes of Newport, Narragansett, and Westerly, Little Compton is less ostentatious but just as beautiful. Missing the sharp crags of the Newport coastline, this town across from Newport and Middletown and bordering Westport, Massachusetts reminds me of farm land that was just plunked down in the ocean. Oceanfront real estate can be had here for a (comparative) steal. This 6,749 square foot farm house set on 127 oceanfront acres may actually be paradise. One of the best parts of this 7 bedroom, 7 bath home? It is decorated minimally and tastefully, so as to not compete with the beautiful surroundings. Did I mention that you can sit out on the back patio and watch the sunset over Newport? All this for $12.95 million.
72 Cormorant Road, Narragansett RI
The architecture of this home is quintessential New England, and it sits on just over 2 acres on the Atlantic Ocean. What more could you ask for? Oh, and the price! At only $3.95 million, it is one of the less expensive oceanfront mansions on the Rhode Island coast. What will that tidy sum get you? Four ocean-view bedrooms, four huge marble-tiled bathrooms, and a back patio with views that are downright enviable. The property has a swath of mature plantings and flowers that lead down to the ocean, making the entire view stunning during any season.
107 Sauga Avenue, North Kingstown RI
With 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5,800 square feet, and incredible oceanfront property, this home is a steal at $1.95 million! The home itself is beautiful and not too over-the-top. While some of the decorating may not be to your taste, an all-glass circular room overlooking the Bay will make up for any errant gold cherubs and green window swag. You wouldn’t spend much time inside this house, anyhow. With a large patio and dock running down to the water, your days would be better spent outside sipping a margarita and watching the sailboats cruise by.
165 Surfside Avenue, Charlestown RI
People forget about historic Charlestown, which is great news for homebuyers in the market for more affordable oceanfront property. Halfway between Narragansett and Westerly, Charlestown is a beautiful little town along Route 1. This home has my heart skipping a beat. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the homes in Rodanthe, North Carolina that are quite literally ocean FRONT, as in they are built ON the beach. The dark shingles and hunter green trim on the outside of the home look especially stunning when lit up against the setting sun. Not to mention, about 12 steps will get you onto the beach. There are ocean views from every room, along with an adorable loft for kids that peeks out onto the beach. At $3.35M, this home is perfect for vacations, or as a beautiful year-round home. Oh, and never fear about losing your gorgeous view. In 2011, Charlestown became the first municipality to ban any size or type of electricity-generating wind turbines.
62 Seaview Avenue, Cranston RI
Okay, the decorating in this home leaves a lot to be desired, but if you can overlook cosmetics, you’ll find a stunning 4 bed 3 full/3 half bath 4,018 square foot home on Narragansett Bay for $895K. Yes, that’s a K, not an M. Find three friends to go in on this contemporary masterpiece with you, and you’ll pay $220K per person. Not too bad for your own piece of waterfront luxury. The windows in some rooms run floor-to-ceiling, letting in ample sunlight, and providing expansive views of the sparkling blue water. If you’re not feeling like salt water that day, you can always take a dip in your indoor pool that looks out over the Bay.
115 Nayatt Road, Barrington RI
Owned by a former golf pro, this home is the utmost in elegance. Every detail from the woodwork to the wallpaper was well thought-out and it shows. Boasting 9,347 square feet, this 8 bed 7 full/3 half bath home has its own private beach on the bay. As if you need any more reason to plunk down the cool $4.38 million for this stately brick colonial, Barrington has the consistently top-rated public school system in Rhode Island. This home would most likely cost upwards of $10 million in the more heavily trafficked Newport. Barrington would beat be described as quaint, but there is lots of money in this town, and the facilities are top notchas a result. In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money Magazine ranked Barrington sixth on its list of the 100 best places to live. Until 2011, Barrington was a “dry” town, but the town council that year approved two liquor stores. Sun, fun, and drinks. What more could you ask for?
Address Not Disclosed, Bristol RI
You know that you’re a fancy house when they won’t even disclose your address. It’s like the ‘price upon request’ under a handbag in a magazine. Generally if it says one of these two things, you probably cannot afford whatever they’re trying to sell to you. Not as outrageously expensive as Newport, this $6.5 million home has direct frontage on the Bay and views of the hundreds of sailboats out for a leisurely ride (or not, many races come by here). With 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, this home is perfect for those with large extended families, or people who just love a lot of space. Spanning 13,516 square feet and situated on a 12.29 acre lot, this English country manor home on Bristol Harbor can also be used as an Inn. Included on the property are a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, tennis court, bocce court, and private gym. In this home, you are also a stone’s throw away from Roger Williams University, one of the pre-eminent research universities in the state. Think of your children playing on the expansive lawn as toddlers, and staying close to home as they venture off to college. Or, think of the re-sale value when the kids go off to college, and you jet off to your new oceanfront paradise in Key West!