For Sale/Rent

On the Market: An Adorable Cottage in Newport

Previously a church and a schoolhouse, this 18th century home is now living its best life—and is on sale for less than $400k.


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71 Third St., Newport, Rhode Island
Price: $389,000
Size: 680 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1

For a building with a square footage that could barely contain two tiny houses, this home has lived many lives. Originally built in the late 1700s, the miniature colonial was relocated to its Third Street site in around 1850. Before it settled into its residential ways, the building was once a schoolhouse, as well as one of Newport’s earliest Catholic churches, complete with a belfry—look closely and you can still glimpse some remnants of the stairs that led up to the tower.

Now, the house is serving its cutest purpose, as a coral cottage two blocks from Newport’s harbor. Inside, gray walls and green trim pair with wide-planked pine floors to affect a classic New England aesthetic.

But there are plenty of unexpected notes in the home’s antiquated rhythm: a parakeet yellow sink sunken into a butcher board countertop, modern directional lighting shining onto a wood-burning fireplace, and a canopy of period artifacts that hangs down and pokes out from the lofts above the ceiling.

Make your way through the sea of boats, baskets, lanterns, and more to arrive at a sliding glass door, which opens onto a deck, perfectly sized for a quaint bistro set. Sitting there sipping your morning coffee, you might notice the ambrosial scent of the garden below. Previously featured in Newport’s Secret Garden Tour, the slightly overgrown yard just needs a little TLC to return to its former glory.

For information, contact Bill Sizeland, RE/MAX Professionals of Newport, 71third.com

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