Newport, R.I., is "very much a happy beach town," says Teri Degnan, town resident and owner of Teri Degnan Real Estate & Consulting.
She says it has "all the water activities -- like sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, water skiing, surfing, swimming and boating." Plus, Degnan adds, "There's a lot of culture," and it's a college town.
That milder weather plus the fact that residents can -- and do -- walk everywhere "makes a big difference," Degnan says. "There's less stress. You don't have to worry about traffic. You don't have to worry about freezing in the winter or dying in the (heat of the) summer."
And while Newport is known for its mansions, "Regular people live in regular places, and there are plenty of those, too," she says.
The house: $375,000
This Victorian has four bedrooms, three full baths and 1,931 square feet. Situated on a little less than one-fifth of an acre with lush plantings and a garden, the home dates back to at least 1900, "but it could be older," Degnan says.
The entryway and first floor feature hardwood floors and moldings. The living room has arched windows and a fireplace with a Buck stove, she says. The updated kitchen has a breakfast bar plus a separate formal dining room.
The master bath has a whirlpool tub, marble floors and pedestal sink.
Listed by: Teri Degnan Real Estate & Consulting.