TIVERTON: One of Rhode Island's Best Kept Secrets
AT first glance, Tiverton, R.I., may seem like just another small-town window onto the past. It has the character of a bygone Cape Cod with all its seaside charm, complemented by the nostalgic smell of fried clams in the air. And with the requisite beaches and breezes and boating, Tiverton is a desirable summer getaway, but its fall harvest and vivid foliage extend its season for visits deep into autumn. Factor in the chance to please nature lovers, and this quiet next-door neighbor to popular Little Compton begins to look like a sleeper to pay attention to in the second-home sweepstakes.
Tiverton sits on an 11-mile peninsula on the Sakonnet River, a tidal strait dotted with moorings and marinas that empties into the Atlantic.
The town attracts retirees and families seeking a quiet alternative to popular vacation spots. Its central New England location makes it attractive to people looking to buy a summer cottage but who eventually plan to move there full time.
Tiverton’s strength is its location, with its river views, wildlife preserves, farmland and extensive beachfront. There’s no see-and-be-seen boardwalk or post-dinner stroll through town. And people tend to be spotted in outdoor gear of one kind or another — for boating, hiking or birding.
The Real Estate Market
Local real estate agents say that Tiverton’s arrival as a second-home market was helped by being near Little Compton, a popular beach town whose population doubles in summer.
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