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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Newport, Rhode_Island

Newport, Rhode Island has the ocean and harbor on 3 sides, a vibrant, large and interesting downtown, and has one of the largest concentrations of beautiful and historic homes in the country. There are many fine beaches on its extensive coastline.

Where to Retire in Newport and Home Prices

Active adults 55+ can choose to live in a restored home or in apartments.  There are many different neighborhoods – the most posh is on the Cliff Walk along the bay. There is at least one new luxury condominium development in the area. One of the most interesting developments is Harbor House, an independent (and non-profit) living facility with 38 apartments in five historic buildings. According to Zillow, the median home value was $452,200, in mid-2018., and considers it a "Hot Market" at this time.

What is special about Newport

Newport has a lively downtown with broad streets and excellent shopping. There is a concentration of beautiful mansions and historic buildings.The downtown is vital and attractice with many different neighborhoods.

Newport is also home to Salve Regina University, Newport Folk Festival, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

What is not special about Newport

There is traffic in season can be intense. Newport is not inexpensive. You have to want to live in a tourist town

Climate and Physical Environment

Newport is the largest city on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. The superb harbor and surrounding ocean was for many years the home of the America's Cup (ocean sailing) races.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Newport has several important festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Film Festival. There are a number of museums and the largest number of colonial homes in the nation. The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is the nation's oldest lending library. As a tourist destination the restaurant selection is tremendous.

Crime

The crime rate in Newport is slightly above the national average.

Medical facilities

Newport Hospital

Transportation

Green Airport is 18 miles away in Providence;  Amtrak has a station 18 miles away in Kingston.

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