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Bristol RI Real Estate
Only 30 minutes from Providence and Newport, and 90 minutes from Boston via Route 24, it’s not surprising that some residents have turned large, stately homes into successful bed and breakfast inns.
Also located within Bristol, are gated communities such as Poppasquash Point, a private peninsula of stately homes on park-like acreages with east and west views across the harbor.
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Because Bristol is a peninsula between Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay, its climate is moderate - warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, than other New England communities - perfect for outdoor activities.
Bristol RI homes for sale are popular because they offer an ideal setting in which residents and visitors alike can enjoy casual, yet elegant coastal living. Children and adults participate in sailing programs offered by the Bristol Yacht Club at the Bristol Marina. Popular swimming beaches in Bristol include: Beach Terrace, Bristol Highlands, Bristol Narrows, and the town beach. As well, Colt State Park, on the west side of Bristol, provides a tranquil retreat overlooking Narragansett Bay. Located on Bristol’s Mount Hope Bay, the main campus of Roger Williams College is a rare, seaside campus in the northeast.
Bristol has many attractions that can be enjoyed year-round. The 14-mile East Bay Bike Path, running from Bristol to Providence, offers beautiful views of Narragansett Bay to cyclists, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers. Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, a 33-acre waterfront estate, is a very popular attraction. Linden Place is another mansion with an interesting history. The Crescent Park Carousel, the Coggeshall Farm (a working 17th century farm), the Audubon Society Environmental Education Center, and several museums are also frequently visited.
As the center for sailing and shipbuilding for well over three hundred years, Bristol’s history can be seen in the historic downtown where a variety of colonial and Federal architecture are located. Some traditions in Bristol such as the annual Fourth of July parade, held in Bristol since 1785, are considered among the oldest and most colorful in the nation.
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When considering Bristol’s history, most people recall the King Philip War. King Phillip kept his headquarters within Bristol while he plotted against white settlers. Still noted today is the spot where King Philip was killed at the foot of Mount Hope, in a swamp.
Bristol was incorporated as part of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1680. In 1746, Bristol was transferred to Rhode Island along with the towns of Barrington, Cumberland, Tiverton, and Little Compton.
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Bristol RI Demographic Information*
- Total Population: 22469
- Population per Sq. Mi.: 2222
- Occupied Dwelling Units: 8314
- Families: 5650
- Land Area Sq. Miles: 10.1
* source: RI.gov & RIEDC.com
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