Dream Town: Jamestown, Rhode Island

Just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Newport, this nine-square-mile island packs all the maritime excitement of its neighbor in a cozy, quiet package.

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Photograph: Courtesy of listing agent

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Though Jamestown remains deeply rooted in its agricultural beginnings, the biggest draw to the island is its prime waterfront property—nestled between Newport and mainland Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay. Two yacht clubs, two marinas, and a certified sailing school draw coast lovers every summer—and convince many of them to stay.

“It has everything—water, history, great restaurants, no crowds or traffic, and close proximity to whatever you need,” says Carol Hopkins, a real estate agent and fourth-generation Jamestown resident. And housing options abound; prices start at $200,000 for a cottage and $10 million for a waterfront mansion. It’s easy to see why locals like Linda Supron, who settled here 20 years ago, never leave. “I’ve thought about moving to a bigger city,” she says. “But then I’ll look out at the egrets grazing in the water and think, ‘I’m so lucky to live here.’”

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