Information about homes in Southern Rhode Island and Newport County.

 What Buyers & Sellers need to know.

Earlier this year Rhode Island's Congress amended the Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007 to help clean up Narragansett Bay and protect our drinking water. The new changes go into effect January 1st 2016.

Amended? What was the Cesspool Act originally?

For the past few years only homes within 200 feet of the water or watershed areas were required to meet Phase Out inspection criteria including acceptable water flow and a passing grade on mandatory annual inspections.  If a property was sold in these areas, the new buyer was given a timeline to replace the system.

The original act was intended to make the process and expense more manageable for homeowners, while improving Rhode Island's water quality.


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Everything you need and more. 

The stunning design of this Newport boathouse offers soaring ceilings. nautical styling and luxury details that feel just right. With three bedrooms, four well-appointed baths and an exquisite chef's kitchen you have enough room to entertain summer quests and have your own private 3rd floor getaway too. Boasting more than 3,700 square feet of living space and 2,200 square feet of workshop space, just imagine having your home office perched above your very own marine workshop. It really doesn't get much better than that. 

The ground floor marine workshop is perfect for working on your boat or simply storing it for winter - and alternatively works as the coolest garage on the block. Just steps from the harbor, this home…

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8% short-term rental tax effective July 1, 2015.

Here are the details:


  • Private Home Owners who rent their homes for fewer than 30 consecutive days will be required to obtain a sales tax permit and collect an 8% tax (7% sales tax plus a 1% hotel tax). Real estate commissions and cleaning fees included as part of the lease are also subject to the tax. Refundable damage deposits are not taxed.


  • Homeowners are responsible for collecting taxes from tenants. Homeowners are also responsible for collecting the tax if their tenants sublet their property (with or without their knowledge).

This is an excerpt of the DRAFT regulation distributed 6/24/15 regarding Agents' responsibility for tax…

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What makes the perfect RI Beach House?

Everyone has their own criteria for RI beach house perfection. For me it's the sound of the surf at night, walking out the door onto the beach, a fried clam shack nearby (serving the "real" kind with bellies and tartar sauce), ice cream cones scooped by industrious kids seeking "tips for college," and, oh yes, I want to do these things with all the people I love, all at once, in one house big enough for togetherness and solitude.

Enter 115 Purgatory Rd, Middletown: Beach House for Sale

You might think this heavenly situation - a beach house for sale with all the right elements - is easy to find on Aquidneck Island. In fact, only a handful of homes have direct access to ocean beaches. 115 Purgatory Rd. is one…

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If you’re buying a new home in Newport County, it’s important to know how much energy it will consume. After a winter like this it’s nice to see the housing industry offering a Home Energy Rating (HER) for new construction homes. The HER certificate estimates the annual energy cost for new construction homes, and buyers are wise to ask their builder how homes stack up.

HER ratings range from 0 to 500. Zero is the best rating meaning “off the grid” or not using any energy at all.  500 means, well, let’s just say it could be very expensive to heat and cool a property with such a high rating.


Most older homes on Aquidneck Island fall into the higher end of the HER range.  New homes with more modern materials and mechanicals are…

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Living in a Colonial in Newport brings American History to Life.

Opportunities like this do not come around that often...

This historic treasure was built in 1751 and sits on its original foundation. It is located on Prospect Hill Street in the Newport National Landmark Historic District which was established in 1968 to preserve the architectural integrity of this colonial neighborhood. This amazing gambrel style home is referenced on the 18th century Newport map created by Ezra Stiles in 1758. It is also mentioned in the book "Architectural Heritage of Newport, Rhode Island 1640-1915.

This  house features it's original center chimney with 6 fireplaces and many period features including interior doors, woodwork and wide-plank pine floor…

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Acreage, Water & Views....!  Take the Fly Over!

 Rich in history and riddled with quintessential New England charm, these 49 acres of waterfront property along the Kickemuit River are not only just plain breathtaking, but they could probably tell a story or two about its unique settlers and current residents. Dating back to 1720 and known as "Touisset", which comes from the Native American name meaning "at the cornfield", this very special spot feels as if you have gone back in time where the smell of the salt air and the sound of  gentle breezes blowing through beach grass was all that inhabited this great peninsula. You would never know that just beyond the stonewalls, wildlife refuge and working farms exists the vibrant city of Providence, the…

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The Newport Raised Ranch

Throwback Americana

Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and few styles evoke one's inner Don Draper like a classic American Raised Ranch. This simple 2-story structure was the product of the post war housing boom.  It's sturdy, sensible style suited veterans back then, and it's finding a whole new audience now.

Ranch Fundamentals 

First some history, a Raised Ranch House is a two story house with its foundation serving as one level of the structure. It’s an Architecture style which originated in the USA and primarily in the Western states post war era.  To meet the housing boom, builders had an easy fix for accommodating a demand for more living space. Build more houses, but on smaller parcels of land, make them affordable,…

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 3 Newport styles, 1 Perfect Location!

It’s one of those interesting times where three uniquely fabulous Newport, RI homes find themselves for sale at the same time, on the same ever-so-desirable street. 7, 11 and 6 Greenough Place each embody what is so wonderful about living in an architecturally rich city like Newport.  

7 Greenough is an impressive white Colonial with large open rooms, beautifully restored moldings and floors and original detail. 11 Greenough, a pretty Dutch Colonial flooded with sunlight, charm and a show stopping perennial garden….and then there’s 6 Greenough, a Gothic Revival stunner.  

It’s what we love about Newport - turn to the left it’s one architectural style, to the right, another and to the back, well…you get the…

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The "Big 3" for Newport, RI home sales

It's simple really.  Buying a home in RI requires careful consideration of location, condition and price.  If 2 of these 3 components are excellent, you can usually compromise a bit on the 3rd. Every once in a while, however, you find a home that has all 3 - good location, good condition and a good price.  That's when you want to make your move, and that's the situation at 11 Greenough Place, just listed in Newport, RI.

Location? Check!

Few Newport locations offer all the advantages of Greenough Place. It's a pretty little dog-leg-of-a-lane tucked away from the through streets of the Kay Catherine neighborhood. Yet it's within easy walking distance of town, beach and beautiful Bellevue Ave. What's…

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