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About Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States of America, tucked between Massachusetts and Connecticut in New England. Nonetheless, it has over 400 miles of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and islands such as Aquidneck Island, home to Newport, the "City by the Sea".

In historical perspective, tiny Rhode Island is actually the state that instigated the Revolutionary War when it denied any attachment to the British Crown. Oddly enough and counter to historical trends, the Ku Klux Klan posed a significant threat in the state following the Civil War. The huge influx of immigrants through all Northeast ports also drove their ire.

Economically Rhode Island is not capable of keeping up with other state productivity levels, but they have become known for healthcare. CVS, the pharmacy giant, makes its home in Rhode Island as does Amica Mutual Insurance.

Newport is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The city, located on Aquidneck Island, is a collection of downright magnificent mansions. The properties remain largely privately owned. The stately mansions were built by the wealthy from both the south and the north. Newport is also the site for the annual Newport Jazz Festival. This music event draws thousands eager to hear the best in jazz and blues in one of the most beautiful environments in New England. In past years jazz and blues greats such as Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis have dished up legendary performances.

The results of a survey of the Santana Center in 2007 shows that Rhode Island (RI) has a thriving equine industry. Using both veterinary and owner surveys, they were able to determine that horse numbers in Rhode Island in 2006 ranged between 6814-7301. Due to the small size of the state and the concentrated rural areas, the density of horses in Rhode Island may be one of the highest in the country. With a land area of 1,045 mile2, the horse density would be approximately 6.5 - 7.0 horses/mile (if uniformly distributed). If only non-urban areas are considered, horse density would be between 11.8 - 12.7 horses/mile.

Rhode Island was historically one of the most important horse areas of the country. In the 1600's, breeding farms shipped Narragansett Pacers to all of the sea coast colonies and as far as the Caribbean for use on plantations. RI was the only colony that allowed horse racing and a one mile track was maintained at Sandy Neck Beach in South Kingstown. Rhode Island continues to be horse country. Even though you may not see many large sprawling farms, horses are tucked into backyards, small stables and back fields.

  Rhode Island in Numbers:
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img Horse Population : Approximately 7000
img Total Economic Impact: over $ -- billion
img Population : 1,076,189
img Land area : 1,045 sq. miles
img Capital : Providence
img Counties: 5
img Highest Point : Jerimoth Hill: 812 feet
img Lowest Poin : Atlantic Coast – sea level
img 10 largest Cities :
 
  • Providence: 176,862
  • Warwick: 87,233
  • Cranston: 81,614
  • Pawtucket: 73,742
  • East Providence: 49,515
  • Woonsocket: 44,328
  • Newport: 25,340
  • Central Falls: 19,159
 
$1,500,000
Horse Property for sale.
Modern Country Estate

Foster, Providence County, Rhode Island


Meadow Brook Farm may be the country estate you’ve been searching for. The property has endless possibilities: corporate retreat center, multigenerational home, gentleman's farm, bed and breakfast. The centerpiece of this 110 acre property is the modern brick chateau with THREE private master suites. Two are on opposite ends of the first floor, one with a fireplaced den; the third is completely private on the second level. Upon entering the large foyer, you’ll pass a grand staircase into the large, fireplaced living room with multiple sliders leading to one of the two patios. To the left of the foyer is a great room with a wood beamed vaulted ceiling and wood stove that provides much of the heat for the main areas of the home. Gorgeous hardwood floors gleam throughout most of the first level. A partially finished basement makes a perfect home office, workout space or game room. Parking is a breeze with a 3 car garage in front and a 2 car garage in back. You’ll love to entertain guests on the expansive stone patio with a salt water infinity pool and salt water hot tub overlooking the garden and pond. An outbuilding behind the home offers a huge workshop and garage space with heat, electricity, and running water. The building also houses a wood burning furnace. The property is currently in the farm/forest program (farm designation) with hayfields generating revenue, and providing tax relief.

Chad Dupuis , Coldwell Banker Coastal Homes

110.00 ACRES
7 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
5571 SQ FT
 
$6,785,000
Horse Property for sale.
elegant equestrian estate: rolling hills, pastures, stone walls & 5 stall barn

New Shoreham, Washington County, Rhode Island


In the heart of Block Island. 1501 Beacon Hill is a rare, captivating estate with rolling hills, pastures and stone walls all nestled among almost 12 acres of immaculate grounds and top-notch equestrian facilities. Meticulously cared for grounds lead from 2 separate winding driveways to the main residence and each building all perfectly sited on this expansive and skillfully landscaped property. This property has been loved as an elegant equestrian facility, but we invite you to consider the possibilities… a gentlemen’s farm, private residence, family compound.... the potential is endless! The manicured grounds and carefully maintained structures include 5 separate contiguous lots of record surrounded on 3 sides by 80 acres of conserved/undeveloped land. On the first lot is the main residence which is a natural light filled and spacious architect designed home including 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a detached 3 car garage under a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment above. The second lot is a large state of the art 5 stall barn with a huge storage/hay/studio loft, tack room, farrier station and attached double depth 3 bay garage. The remainder of the property has been attractively maintained with painstakingly rebuilt original stone walls and board rail fencing enclosing 4 separate grass paddocks, a 100’ by 200’ professional riding arena surrounded on 2 sides by Nathan Mott Park & Enchanted Forest areas of conserved land. This property qualifies for the designation of Open Space affording significant tax advantages should a new owner choose, or the lots can be developed separately. Take this opportunity for sustainable living and enjoy this exquisite, extraordinary Block Island property.

Rosemary Tobin , Lila Delman Real Estate

11.60 ACRES
10 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3603 SQ FT

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