Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island was an important colonial port. Today, 24,000 people live in the city, although that number increases substantially during the summer months when tourists visit. With average highs ranging from 38 degrees Fahrenheit in July to 78 degrees in January, Newport offers a pleasant climate with a change of seasons for people who enjoy watching the leaves change color.
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Water, water, everywhere! Newport is surrounded by water and offers plenty of opportunities for sailing, fishing, surfing and swimming. Charter a 70-foot yacht from 12 Meter Charters and enjoy a day on the open seas. Residents can brave the waves at several city beaches, including Easton's Beach, Bailey's Beach and Gooseberry Beach.
Beautiful old buildings! Newport has more colonial homes than any other place in the country. Visit the Newport Historic District, which covers 250 acres and is home to Trinity Church, the Old Colony House and countless private homes. Some of the area's most famous old mansions offer tours, including Rosecliff, Marble House and The Breakers, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt's lavish home.
Unique properties! With so many old homes, you won't find many cookie cutter houses in Newport. New residents who are interested purchasing a home or are considering rent to own homes will find no shortage of charm and architectural detail. Look for homes in downtown Newport, Bellevue and the Point. The median price for Newport homes is $317,000.
Food and drink! Whether you're looking for a quick meal after a day on the beach or a fine dining experience, you'll find just what you want at one of the city's many restaurants. The Ocean Breeze Cafe on Thames Street offers a large selection of sandwiches, soups and salads, while the Spiced Pear offers New England dishes with a French flair. Spiced Pear diners enjoy ocean views while dining on the restaurant's New England Tasting Menu, which features six or nine courses of New England favorites.
Diverse rental properties! Rentals range from grand old houses to small apartments above busy city stores. Renting can be a little pricey, particularly if you're looking for a rental property during the height of the tourist season, but reasonable prices can be found if you're willing to venture past the grand old homes in the center of town. Look for rentals in Kerry Hill, Thames Street and Van Zandt.
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