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Beautiful eight-room waterfront home. Sweeping sky and ocean views from almost every room. Cathedral ceilings, bluestone fireplaces, large bay windows, hardwood floors, & oriental carpets. Open floor plan embraces living room, dining area, kitchen, and adjoining library. Newly furnished (2010) with contemporary furniture and original works of southwestern art. Two master bedrooms have king beds and sliders to decks; 3rd bedroom has 2 twin beds. 4th bedroom is 13' x17' Cabana under the main deck, an apartment-like rec room with a/c,1/2 bath, French doors, two double-bed futon sofas for sleeping or relaxing. Home has large open kitchen; new gas range & dishwasher (2010), microwave, etc, including basic food staples, all necessary utensils; dining room table seats 10-12. Sliders to large deck, overlooking the water; tree-shaded back lawn, flower garden, patios, with hammock & recliners. Private water's edge sun-bathing terrace & beach, salt-water swimming & outdoor after swim hot-water shower.
Water Amenities: This is a waterfront property. Guests enjoy broad, 180 degree water view of the entire Sakonnet River Passage, a mile-wide body of water between the Portsmouth and Tiverton shorelines in Rhode Island, extending 18 miles from Mount Hope Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. The the full length and width of the Skonnenet River Passage is visible from this home, extending to the Atlantic Ocean on the far horizon. The home is safely located 16 feet above sea level. Steps lead through the main seawall to a lower grassy terrace about 2,000 square feet in area and just a few feet above sea level. This grassy terrace provides excellent wind-protected sunbathing, a handy small boat storage and rigging area, and a fire pit for evening conversation and enjoyment. Beyond this terrace is a path leading to the beach. The southern boundary of the property extends to water's edge at high tide.
Swimming: Swimming is excellent. Guests access the beach from the grassy terrace area. The beach is sand-based and covered with fist-size smooth stones and seashells. Beach socks or sandals are recommended. (We have about 20 pairs of beach socks in various sizes which you are welcome to use.) The bottom is gently sloping and uniform across the front of the property and is safe for swimming unless the public is notified by the State of Rhode Island of specific beach closures for any reason. The water temperature is warmed by the Guff Stream, rising to 75-80 degrees by late summer. The water is salty; the wave heights are usually one to two feet; and the swimming overall is wonderful. An outdoor fresh-water shower and a hammock are available for refreshment after your swim. When miles of white sandy beaches and Atlantic ocean surf are wanted, we drive 20 minutes to Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA; or to Second or Third Beach in Newport, RI. or to Scarborough in South County, RI. (Maps are provided showing more than 100 fresh and salt-water beaches in RI.)
Restaurants & Services within walking distance: Lots to do! Within walking distance are five restaurants and two bars that run the gamut from Pete and Flo's (famous for fried clams since 1939) to the delicious casual dining at 'Fifteen Point Road.' We also recommend 'Grazianio's 501 Park Ave Cafe' for breakfast and lunch; and 'Scampi's' for casual seafood, Italian cooking, and a nice sports bar with sharp HDTVs. A children's playground, a marina, public boat launching ramp, fresh seafood, and a good wine and liquor shop are all only a short walk away. At Founder's Brook, 1.4 miles away on Boyd's Lane, is a memorial graden to Anne Hutchinson, who came in 1638 as a founder to Portsmouth after her famous trial and banishment from Puritan Massachusetts for her pursuit of religious and political rights. The Hutchenson home (long gone) was built by her husband on Blue Bill Cove about 1000 yards from our house. Historic Newport, 'America's First Resort' is just eight miles South! Check the web: GoNewport.com for an extensive daily schedule of Newport events, festivals, regattas, mansion tours, museums, plays, music, and much more!
2 Double Futons; sleeps 2 adults or 4 siblings...moreless
Liwing room: 2 sleep sofa /futon
we also offer a queensize Inflatable w/ bedding as needed ...moreless
Master Bedroom #1 is a suite/family room, located on the ground level. Room includes king-size platform bed, bluestone fireplace, and water views. Furnishings include love seat, easy chair, dining table, 40' 1080p HDTV. An eight-foot glass slider leads to patio and beach. Suite has private bathroom with tiled shower.
Master Bedroom #2 is on the second floor; king-size bed, dresser, desk and chair. There is a connecting door to the bathroom and an eight-foot sliding glass door to the deck, with views of the garden and the water.
Bedroom #3 is also on the second floor. It is furnished with two single beds, eachs withhead boards, a desk, dresser, table, and three windows with nice cross ventilation. BR#3 guests share the bathroom with Bedroom MB#2.
BR#4 is the Cabana, a 13' x 17' finished apartment-like room under the deck and sleeps 2 to 4 people on two futon-sofas/double-beds. Cabana has TV, dresser, wicker sofa &1/2 bath; guests use outdoor shower ( or share MBR shower)...moreless
• Bathroom #1 adjoins Master Bedroom #1 on first floor. Tiled floor and walls; toilet, sink and cabinet, and large walk-in tiled shower.
• Bathroom #2 adjoins Master Bedroom #2 on second floor. Also accessible from the hall. This bathroom serves all other guests and can get crowded; but the bathroom is large and well equipped with shower and tub, toilet, double sinks mounted in a long counter top with cabinets under, and extra towel bars.
• Bathroom #3 in the Cabana. 1/2 bath toilet and sink.
• Outdoor swim shower provides hot and cold running fresh water, and a wooden standing grate over a french drain. It is located outside and adjacent to the sliders into the Cabana. This shower is very convenient for rinsing off the salt water after your swim, or sunbathing. Air dry while reclining in the near-by hammock!...moreless
• State of RI has a good mosquito abatement program. Flying insects are rarely a problem in the house, on the deck, or at the beach. All windows and doors have screens if needed
• House is cooled in the summer primarily by fresh air from the ocean and is usually quite comfortable.
- Evenings are cool, and the sleeping is restful, usually with a sea breeze and the sound of waves on the beach. .
- A variable speed attic fan is provided for cooling the whole house when cool air is needed and there is no breeze.
- Various floor and table fans are available to meet individual preferences.
- A 12,000 BTU window air conditioner is centrally located in the library for use on the occasional muggy days when nature and electric fans are simply insufficient. There are also 5,000 / 8,000 BTU air conditioners in all three bedrooms and they are sometimes welcome on muggy nights. The Cabana is also air conditioned. There is a portable dehumidifier if needed for your complete com...moreless
Audio Tape Player
Various board games are stored in the Buffett in the second floor hallway...moreless
Games For Kids
Stereo system includes a 50-CD changer.
Music library includes 70 CDs: classical, jazz & latin music...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
(3) 40' 1080p HDTV in MBR; smaller TVs in BR#2 and in the Cabana. High-speed Internet access is provided at no cost via Cox Communication using a cable modem, WiFi, and wireless eathernet router. There is desk space and eathernet cables to network up to three laptops in the library...moreless
Fishing poles and beach toys are stored in the garage...moreless
Local Services & Businesses
Sweeping water views, easy water entry for safe swimming. Beach is sandy and covered with smooth stones the size of ones hand, and sea shells. Beach socks are provided with several sizes to choose from. Swimming is great: waves are gentle most of the time; water temps. in high 70's. Outdoor after-swim shower....moreless
The body of water in front of our property is over a mile wide and 18 miles long. It is called the Sakonnet River passage. The actual Atlantic Ocean' is visible on the horizon....moreless
Whoel House Atic Fan usually keep house comfortable. If needed, we also have and installed
Mini-split A/C and heat-pump in Cabana and window type A/Cs in each bedroom and in the library. ...moreless
High-speed Internet access provided free of charge via Cox Communication using a wireless cable modem or a 4-port eathernet router and cables. There is enough desk space in library to network up to three laptops. (Computers not provided.)...moreless
Double Garage with remote controlled automatic door opener....moreless
Internet service is provided by Cox Communication
via cable modem, accesssble directly via wired LAN, or wirelessly via a password-protected home WiFi system using a 2013 (AC) wireless Cisco router. ...moreless
Iron & Board
Local Restaurant Guide
Parking Off Street:
Off-street parking available for up to four cars: two in garrage and two more in the driveway (but which block accces to garage doors). No on-street parking in our neighborhood. ...moreless
Emergency 911and local calling on house phones in most rooms via Verizon land-line service....moreless
Winter 2015-2016 Nov 29 - Apr 30, 2016 3 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Spring 2016 May 1 - Jun 24, 2016 3 night min stay
Summer 2016 Jun 25 - Sep 3, 2016 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$1,500
Rent covers exclusive use of the home and furnishings including all utilities, internet, consumable supplies, taxes and basic cleaning fees. Extra cleaning and/or and daily maid service are available for a stipulated additional cost; but there are No surprise charges or fees.
Applications must be accompanied by a Rental Deposit check for 50% of the total rental amount, and a separate Damage Deposit check for $1500 which may be postdated to the arrival date of your occupancy; the check will be marked "void" and returned when the property is returned as you received it, with fair wear and tear being accepted. Balance of rent and 8% RI State Tax due upon occupancy.
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This a waterfront home located in the Village of Island Park, Town of Portsmouth RI. The home is a 15-20 min. drive (8 miles) from Historic Newport, RI. See famous Newport Mansions; Cliff Walk; ocean beaches; the Newport Music, Jazz, & Folk Festivals; Black Ships Festival; sailing championships & boat shows, Naval War College Museum, Tennis Hall of Fame, and many other summer attractions. Home is also 10 minutes from Historic Bristol RI; 30 minutes from New Bedford, MA; 35 minutes from Providence, RI; and one hour's drive from Boston, MA and Cape Cod.
Other Activities: Kayaking
Year Purchased: 1986
About: I was raised in New England and have life-long interests in sailing and photography. I served 26 years on active duty in the US Army retiring as Colonel in 1989 and for the next 18 years I did leadership development consulting for clients in business, government, and academia. My wife, Enedina is a retired college professor and an actress (SAG/AFTRA). She was raised in El Paso where we met in college and were married after graduation in Dec 1961. We celebrated our golden anniversary in 2011. We have two sons and love spending vacation time here with them and their families. We rent this home so we can afford to keep it available to us for family vacations together!
Why Portsmouth: We fell in love with Newport in 1976 when I was a student as the US Naval War College, and resolved to live here in retirement. We chose this waterfront house for its stunning views and ideal location. I worked from this home for 18 years and felt rewarded and refreshed every day by the ever-changing natural environment.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The natural beauty that surrounds this home nourishes, renews, and restores the human spirit. We enjoy vacation time with our family and friends; morning or afternoons dips in salt water from our own beach and we love the outdoor shower, air-drying in the hammock. I enjoy early mornings on the deck with fresh coffee and breakfast. Fresh seafood and on the grill; live theater productions of excellent quality at the 2d Story Theater in Warren, RI; burgers at 501 Park Ave; dinners at nearby 15 point Road, and lots of other excellent restaurants nearby; museum, historic mansions and great entertainment in Newport and Bristol RI; sailing and fishing in Narragansett Bay; nearby ocean swimming and miles of white sandy beaches at Horse neck Beach in Massachusetts, and in Narragansett RI. Green Animal Farms in Portsmouth, RI; Colt State Park in Bristol, RI; RISD museum and Water Fire illuminations on summer evening in Providence, RI; the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA; and the many attractions in Boston, Cape cod, and the Islands.