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Elementary my dear buyer

Nick Churton from Residential Properties’ London office, heads off to Rhode Island’s rocky shores to find a ready-made waterside home in one of the loveliest settings imaginable.

The Property: 450 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, Rhode Island

The Broker: Residential Properties

The Agent: Kris Gladding Chwalk

If I were going to live on a peninsular, then I think I would like to live on Poppasquash Point, Bristol, Rhode Island. Poppasquash is such a lovely American Indian name. The very sound of it makes me want to live there. Originally, the word could have meant partridges or broken rocks or, perhaps, both. But it doesn’t matter which now, because for those in the know, Poppasquash has now surely come to define where earth meets water – more particularly, a spectacular, jagged and dramatic point jutting out into the expansive and beautiful Narragansett Bay.

Water is as vital as earth to Rhode Island. Both elements play an essential part in the state’s history, culture and economy. Poppasquash, situated about halfway between pretty and bustling yachting-super-city, Newport, and the elegant state capital, Providence, emphasises this elemental co-dependence and offers a quiet retreat from both urban centres.

The house I visited would suit not just those seeking peace, but also those who like messing around in boats, as the property has private mooring with the possibility of a dock.

From the broken rock shore, a delightful three-acre, wild-garden walk or golf buggy ride takes one to the house. And what a house! Every room seems to be designed to make the most of the sensational bay views – often with breath-taking, over-water sunsets. Generous living rooms grace the ground floor while upstairs four bedroom suites each offer spacious and comfortable privacy. This house has the lot – or as much, if not more than most would demand. Just look at the details and please note, it is green constructed for low-maintenance and no-conscience living with geothermal heating and lots of other bells and whistles to make living easy – including an elevator.

Should you make Poppasquash your address? I think you should. It’s elementary.