House Lust: A Storybook Gambrel Cottage in the Heart of Aquidneck Island

The affordable 1938 charmer, complete with a farmer's porch and disco ball tub, is close to vineyards, farms and the beach.

Here’s a thing I never knew I needed until now: a teeny clawfoot tub bedecked with mosaic tiles and set, like a disco ball, beneath a pretty stained glass window.

There’s an uncanny amount of “I need that” around every corner of this Gambrel-style cottage in south Portsmouth, which was built in 1938 and hit the market in early October. The home was last sold in 2015 and the current owners modernized with a light hand. Outside of the kitchen — which got a punchy paint job with navy lower cabinets and white uppers — each room in the home was neutralized in grays, beiges, blues and greens. The transformation lends an airiness to an otherwise tiny cottage.

It’s the type of house that’s easy to imagine as home, with an early learning center next door and two vineyards, a berry farm, a bird sanctuary and other family-friendly amenities within walking distance. The downside: Only one bathroom. But wait ’til you see it.

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For more information on 264 East Main Road in Portsmouth, contact Residential Properties’ Paula Silva at 401-996-9855or visit


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