House Hunter: $250,000-Range Homes in Rhode Island

The median home value in the Ocean State is $253,000. Here's what's on the market.

Which Rhode Island real estate fantasy is for you: the waterfront cottage or the country estate?

According to real estate site, Zillow, the median home value in Rhode Island is $253,900. Values are expected to rise 4.3 percent over the next year, and realtors are heeding those predictions in a hot market; the average Ocean State listing price, says Zillow, is $299,000.

What, exactly, can you get for a quarter of a million dollars in the Ocean State? Here are a few properties on the market:

  1. Country Estate, $259,900

Via Zillow/Keller Williams Realty

This place, built in 1813, is super dreamy. It sits near a pond in Smithfield’s Georgiaville neighborhood and has all the ancient-yet-trendy details: wide-plank pine floors, a claw foot tub, a big farmhouse sink in the kitchen and robust gardens. Three beds, two baths; 1,760 square feet. More info here.


2. Waterfront Cottage, $259,000

Via Zillow/ReMax

Here we have a tiny house built in 1950, way before tiny houses were cool. At 700 square feet, the Exeter lake house doesn’t offer a whole lot of breathing room (think: shower stall bathroom; tight U-shaped kitchen without room for a dishwasher). But that’s okay; you’re meant to be outside, paddling around Boon Lake or chilling on the porch or lakeside patio. (Bonus: the property comes with a sweet paddle boat.) A bright screened-in porch with yellow shiplap adds to the charm. Two beds, one bath; 704 square feet. More info here.


3. The ‘Burbs, $257,000

Via Zillow/Coldwell Banker

There’s even a white picket fence. This Barrington house, which nearly straddles the border with Warren, has a little porch and a little backyard and little mudroom for the (ahem) little ones to hang their coats. A large chalkboard in the kitchen and fluid first-floor layout add to the family appeal. Three beds, one-and-a-half baths; 1,163 square feet. More info here.


4. Small Luxuries in the City, $249,000

Via Zillow/Sotheby’s

No, you don’t get the whole place. C’mon. But you do get a townhouse smack dab in the middle of Benefit Street in Providence. The living space is on the first floor — with a little deck out back — while the bedroom and bath are subterranean but surprisingly bright. Here, you’re buying into the nearby action: “dynamic amenities (arts, architecture, academia),” according to the listing. One bed, one bath; 670 square feet. More info here.


5. Log Cabin by the Beach, $259,888

Turns out, you can have it both ways — beach and cottage. Admittedly, it’s a little weird and it needs alotta work. Nevertheless, we’re fascinated by this Bonnet Shores log house, complete with rustic details, a big old wood stove and a third of an acre of land. (A dandelion endemic adds to the charm.) One bed, one bath; 928 square feet. More info here.


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