Block Island Real Estate
Block Island real estate is part of an 11-square-mile seaside resort located 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast, has been heralded as "One of the Last Twelve Great Places in the Western Hemisphere." Its rolling green hills and dramatic bluffs are reminiscent of Ireland, while its beautifully restored Victorian hotels and inns preserve the elegance of a bygone era.
Long public beaches and 365 freshwater ponds are the main attractions of this tiny island, whose people are strongly devoted to preserving the ecology.
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Real Estate Block Island
Discover real estate Block Island and see how the Block Island Nature Conservancy operates a large trail system on the island, offering walking and hiking paths through grassy meadows, quiet woods and along the sandy shore. Shops and restaurants are abundant in bustling Old Harbor, which is served by frequent ferry boats from Point Judith, Rhode Island. An hour long ferry ride is the most popular method of traveling to the island, although some prefer to take the easy 20 minute flight from the state airport at Westerly, Rhode Island.
Block Island has no natural harbor: two were built in the 19th century. Old Harbor was completed in 1876, and New Harbor in 1896. Block Island is a popular destination for local day trips and long-term visits alike. In the summer months, the island's population swells with visitors from all over the world. Summertime daily ferry service is available between the island and Point Judith, Newport and Providence. Ferries also sail from New London, Connecticut and Montauk, New York. At the state airport, both scheduled flights and chartered service provide additional transportation to and from the island.
Block Island Houses
Block Island houses are in the seaside town of New Shoreham, known as "Manisses" by the Narragansett Indians, was named for Shoreham in Sussex County, England. Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian explorer sailing under the French flag in 1524, compared this 10-square-mile island to the Greek island of Rhodes. The island is popularly known as Block Island, named after the Dutch navigator Adrian Block, who visited there in 1614. The first European settlers arrived in 1661. In 1664, Block Island came under the jurisdiction of the Rhode Island colony, and the town of New Shoreham was formally incorporated in 1672. The island is located at the mouth of Long Island Sound, 14 miles east of Montauk Point, and from its shore Fisher's Island, Watch Hill, Point Judith, Narragansett Pier and Newport are visible.
School Info for New Shoreham / Block Island
- Total Population: 1010
- Population per Sq. Mi.: 104
- Occupied Dwelling Units: 472
- Families: 250
- Land Area Sq. Miles: 9.7
For a tour of Block Island RI homes for sale, contact us online or call (401) 680-6588 to speak with a Block Island REALTOR ® at Hogan Associates.