Historic RI Homes For Sale

Few American towns offer a wider variety of historic homes and antique buildings for sale than Newport, RI. Established in 1639, Newport is known for quaint Colonial streets lined with 17th, 18th and 19th century homes that have been preserved with care throughout the many years that these properties have stood within this community.

Historic home in Rhode Island

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $2M
Lowest Price $179K
Highest Price $17.5M
Total Listings 87
Avg. Days On Market 66
Avg. Price/SQFT $587

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RI HISTORIC HOMES FOR SALE

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333 Tuckerman Ave, Middletown

$17,500,000

↓ $7,500,000

333 Tuckerman Ave, Middletown

11 Beds 9 Baths 8,105 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1317357

Gustave White Sotheby's Realty

New Active
2424 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown

$14,500,000

2424 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown

6 Beds 3 Baths 3,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1325472

RE/MAX Profnl. Newport, Inc.

Active Under Contract
673 Bellevue Ave, Newport

$7,250,000

↓ $500,000

673 Bellevue Ave, Newport

7 Beds 8 Baths 9,803 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1311877

RE/MAX Profnl. Newport, Inc.

Active
826 Beacon Hill, Block Island

$6,595,000

826 Beacon Hill, Block Island

16 Beds 9 Baths 5,476 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1286198

Phillips Real Estate

Active
826 Beacon Hill, Block Island

$6,595,000

826 Beacon Hill, Block Island

16 Beds 9 Baths 5,476 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 1285764

Phillips Real Estate

Active
24 Orient Ave, Jamestown

$6,195,000

↓ $500,000

24 Orient Ave, Jamestown

4 Beds 4 Baths 4,422 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1316295

Mott & Chace Sotheby's Intl.

Active
112 Noyes Neck Rd, Westerly

$5,400,000

112 Noyes Neck Rd, Westerly

9 Beds 8 Baths 5,974 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1319154

Switz Real Estate Associates

Active
31 Old Beach Rd, Newport

$4,395,000

31 Old Beach Rd, Newport

12 Beds 13 Baths 5,838 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1321283

Residential Properties, Ltd.

Active
104 Mill St, Newport

$4,295,000

104 Mill St, Newport

7 Beds 5 Baths 4,336 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1322564

Gustave White Sotheby's Realty

Active
575 Beach Ave, Block Island

$4,250,000

575 Beach Ave, Block Island

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,520 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 1320510

Sullivan Sotheby's Intl.Realty

Active
114 Boon St, Narragansett

$3,499,000

114 Boon St, Narragansett

4 Beds 4 Baths 4,438 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1325354

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Active
519 Bellevue Ave # 1 Thw, Newport

$2,998,000

519 Bellevue Ave # 1 Thw, Newport

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,539 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1312329

Lila Delman Compass

Active
8 Beacon Hill Rd, Newport

$2,995,000

8 Beacon Hill Rd, Newport

5 Beds 4 Baths 5,922 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 1316580

Lila Delman Compass

Active
8 Beacon Hill Rd, Newport

$2,995,000

8 Beacon Hill Rd, Newport

5 Beds 4 Baths 4,128 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1316579

Lila Delman Compass

Active
4270 Tower Hill Rd, South Kingstown

$2,995,000

↓ $300,000

4270 Tower Hill Rd, South Kingstown

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,254 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1304882

Lila Delman Compass

Active
18 Mathewson St, Narragansett

$2,595,000

18 Mathewson St, Narragansett

6 Beds 5 Baths 4,037 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1323243

Lila Delman Compass

Active
1021 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown

$2,495,000

1021 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown

6 Beds 7 Baths 6,939 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1314249

Mott & Chace Sotheby's Intl.

Active
41 Pelham St, Newport

$2,275,000

41 Pelham St, Newport

7 Beds 6 Baths 4,137 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1322175

Lila Delman Compass

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Historic Rhode Island Homes For Sale

Newport's historic district contains many beautiful examples of pre-Revolutionary architecture that’s still intact thanks to thoughtful owners and contemporary champions of historic architecture — including heiress, philanthropist and preservationist Doris Duke. Ms. Duke founded the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1968 to protect Newport's historic properties. Since then, the non-profit has saved and restored 83 antique buildings. 

71 are lovely Colonial homes now rented back to Newport residents keeping them viable for future generations. Duke not only bought these homes but often moved them before painstakingly restoring them to near original condition adding a few modern conveniences like heat and hot water. 

It is said that the craftsmen who put these old buildings back together mined parts from other old buildings salvaging hand forged hardware, iron hinges, door latches, bullseye glass and other antique materials from abandoned period homes. Everything about these homes is authentic.

Some wonderful examples of 17th and 18th century Colonial architecture are open to the public, but most are still in private hands. Many homes in Historic Hill and The Point are historic homes. These neighborhoods are centrally located in Newport close to all the amenities you need including the many shops and restaurants lining Thames Street.

The Newport Restoration Foundation offers guided historic tours and you can learn about everything from Colonial Newport right up to the Gilded age, when the famous Newport mansions were constructed.

Rhode Island History

These incredible homes are palatial in scope and have history packed into every corner, so when you buy historic homes in Rhode Island, you’re continuing on a piece of this great state's extravagant past. 

But what made Rhode Island such an attractive place for so many wealthy folks to settle down? 

There’s lots of answers to this question, but simply put, the three main factors were:

  • Ease of access for trade routes with the ocean so near

  • Already booming natural industries such as oil and coal attracted wealthy tycoons to live nearby

  • The natural beauty of the Narragansett and Chesapeake Bays attracted the eye of many of these Gilded Age industrialists to build summer homes on places such as the now infamous Cliff Walk, affording them uninterrupted views of the ocean.

These famous summer homes have since become the stuff of legend, with the tradition of the wealthy and elite of America making these manors their summer homes and year round abodes into the 1920s and beyond.

Now many of these historic Rhode Island homes are up for sale, and available for you to make your own history in!


If you are looking for a REALTOR® to help buy or sell a Newport historic home, contact Hogan Associates today.

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