Thirty miles south of Providence, the fabled resort city of Newport still attracts visitors and residents from all over the world. This is the home of majestic Gilded Age mansions, world-class yachting, renowned music and film festivals, fine dining, spirited nightlife and shopping galore. Newport is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, where the greatest players in the history of the sport are enshrined.
One hundred years of America’s Cup yacht racing has left Newport with a legacy as the Sailing Capital of America. Sailing lessons, yachting charters and fishing trips are abundant here. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Newport Harbor is packed with so many boats of all shapes and sizes hailing from all over the world.
This wonderful neighborhood fronts the Newport Harbor near the famed Pell suspension bridge and is bordered by Washington, Bridge, Thames, and Farewell streets and Van Zandt Avenue, is a nice mix of Colonial and Victorian period homes nestled into cozy streets and two waterfront parks. It’s a charming place to explore with a quaint neighborhood restaurant and charming Bed and Breakfast Inns. The Point serves as the gateway to the Newport Shipyard and the bridge to Goat Island where you can find a dizzying array contemporary and classic sailing and motor yachts.
The famed Colonial neighborhood is bordered by Thames, Bellevue, Memorial and Broadway streets boasts one of the largest collection of period historic wooden Colonial homes, with a nice mix of Victorian estates intertwined throughout the gas-lighted streets. Historic Hill is located adjacent to Newport Harbor with many homes offering views to the harbor from their upper perches on the Hill. This neighborhood is ideal for those who want to walk to the wharves and Bellevue and Broadway business trades. There are a number of beautiful churches in Historic Hill including Trinity Church, an Episcopal built in 1726 that is located on Queen Anne’s Square a beautiful park overlooking Newport’s Harbor. Residents and visitors enjoy an eclectic collection of galleries, antique shops, boutiques, eateries and B&Bs of Historic Hill.
Kay/Catherine Estate Area
For a quieter residential area with an impressive number of beautiful period Victorian and contemporary architecture, the Kay/Catherine estate area offers a number of options. Bordered by Bellevue, Kay Street and Memorial and Gibbs streets, this neighborhood offers a large number of single family homes and Victorian homes. A number of the large estate homes have been renovated to create beautiful condominium residences with stunning architectural detail. Most of the residential options boast large lots with beautiful gardens. This neighborhood tends to be residential with very few B&Bs.
Bellevue Avenue/Ocean Drive
At the turn of the 20th century, one needed a blue-blood pedigree and millions in the bank to be invited inside the palatial Bellevue Avenue dwellings owned by America’s elite. Today, many of the homes have been restored into beautiful condominium and single family residences. The homes along Ocean Drive tend to be estate properties, with sweeping views to the Ocean or private acres of mature gardens. Homes located in neighborhoods off of these famed avenues offer a wide array of estate homes mixed with more modest Victorian, bungalows and contemporary homes.
Newport’s bustling harbor hosts international mega yachts, America’s Cup 12 Metre Yachts, a fleet of competitive sailing fleets, fishing vessels and pleasure craft from May through late October. Framed by historic Fort Adams (lighted at night), Goat Island and Newport’s iconic Pell suspension bridge, this picturesque setting is sought after. There are limited ownership opportunities with direct harbor access. Vanderbilt International Properties hosts a number of offerings including Brown and Howard Wharf and nearby wharves. For more information see our Featured Properties.
Yachting Village and Fifth Ward
During the summer, Newport’s Yachting Village is alive with tourists enjoying the shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants crowded on the edge of Newport Harbor. Bordered by Newport Harbor, Bellevue Avenue, Memorial Boulevard and Ruggles Avenue, the Yachting Village and Fifth Ward offers a unique mix of new and period homes. Many of the houses in the Yachting Village were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and are compact, set close to each other on the streets rising up the hill from the harbor. St. Mary Church, where Jacqueline Bouvier married John F. Kennedy in 1953, is on Spring Street in this charming neighborhood. Today, some of the houses are rentals, second homes, or used as small inns and bed-and-breakfasts.
Easton’s Beach (1st Beach)
Newport’s largest beach and recreation area. Only area beach that has a carousel, aquarium, rentable beach cabanas and food concession area. Great for kids and families. At the end of the beach, a popular outdoor restaurant and patio bar (Atlantic Beach Club)offers guests drinks, food and live music on weekend afternoons. Fees range from $5 to $10 to park and season passes are $45 for nonresidents
This is a very small beach located at the intersection of Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive. Accessible only by foot or bike, it is a great place to stop on a bike ride and relax and watch the surf. The larger area of the beach past the rocks is private and part of the Spouting Rock Beach Association. Free.
Located just beyond Bailey’s Beach on Ocean Drive, Gooseberry is a great family beach because it lies in a protected area away from high surf. Fees are $10 for parking or $125 for season pass.