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Narragansett, Rhode Island
Narragansett, Rhode Island | Realtor.com

Narragansett, Rhode Island

$429,000

This two-bedroom, two-bath town house is just a five-minute stroll to the beach, says Ray Mott, broker/owner of Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty.

Built in 1999, the New England-style cedar-shingle town house has a white picket fence, two brick patios and a lovely garden, he says.

Inside, the 1,682-square-foot home has an open living and dining room with a gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows and french doors to a patio. The eat-in kitchen with a sunny bay window overlooks the second patio, Mott says.

A little about Narragansett

Narragansett is an old fishing community that became a popular tourist spot in the 1880s, thanks in part to its Gilded Age casinos and the pier, says Laureen Koch, Realtor with Lila Delman Real Estate in Narragansett. As a result, the town has a lot of great architecture, she says.

And the average home sale is $458,432, according to Realtor.com.

In the 21st century, the town "remains the perfect escape," says van der Meer, formerly of Coastal Living.

"It's very relaxed," she says.

These days, Narragansett is also a foodie favorite, known for restaurants and fresh seafood, as well as a lively arts scene. "It's a pretty busy place year-round," says Koch.

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