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Area Info

The land from South Tiverton to Little Compton, Rhode Island, extending along the coast east to Westport and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts encompasses the home base of Country and Coastal Properties. Our region lies midway between Newport, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, in one of the least densely populated coastal areas of the Northeast. This area was first settled by Europeans in the late 17th century, and the towns have existed within their current boundaries for over 200 years.

The special character of our region is formed by the confluence of rolling open space and the sea. Few areas of New England can boast of our productive and varied use of agricultural land, while the many ponds, rivers and salt marshes create an extraordinary diversity of ecosystems, microclimates and viewsheds. In short, there is a little something for almost everyone, as some of the photographs presented here will attest.

Recreational opportunities abound here. The area attracts fisherman of all kinds, whether drawn to the deep sea, quiet brackish waters or freshwater ponds and streams. Boating is likewise diverse, from offshore yachting to canoes and kayaks, and everything in between. The summer season sees many visitors drawn to area beaches, and quiet country roads are favorite destinations for bicyclists. The four towns have no less than seven golf courses, with a number of others nearby. Less athletic pursuits include visiting several local wineries and some fine local shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Visitors include day trippers, overnight or weekend guests at many local Bed & Breakfasts, and summer renters.

For additional cultural pursuits, a forty-five minute drive will get you anywhere from the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford to all that the cities of Providence and Newport have to offer.

Little Compton Town Commons -  Artist:  Bert Wright of London, UK


Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust Land Transfer Tax

As of July 1, 2016, all real estate transactions in Little Compton are subject to a transfer tax on real estate transactions. After a $300,000 exemption, there will be a 4% tax on the balance of the proceeds. This assessment, to be paid by Buyers, is for the purpose of raising funds for the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust. The funds are used to purchase property and/or development rights over prime land in Little Compton in an attempt to preserve farmland, fresh and saltwater marshes, estuaries and adjoining uplands, and open space which lends so much character to this seaside community.