Neighborhood of the week: Poppasquash Point and Case Farm, Bristol

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Bristol's Poppasquash peninsula earned its unusual name because it was the place where Bristol’s original residents, the Wampanoag Indians, were said to have hidden their children (papooses) and women (squaws) when they feared attack from their enemies.  It remains a serene enclave, peaceful, quiet, and very much set apart. Jutting into Narragansett Bay, with Bristol Harbor on its east and views of Prudence Island and the West Bay to the west, today’s Poppasquash point is home to some of Bristol’s finest properties, with much of the southern end of the point gated.

Depending on which side of the peninsula you are on, you may enjoy morning sun reflecting off Bristol Harbor to the east, with a view of historic Bristol and the Mount Hope Bridge, or you may have a panoramic view of sunsets on Narragansett Bay and the West Bay shoreline.

"The Point" as residents call it, abounds open space, natural beauty and wildlife. Deer  are regular visitors, as are turkey, coyote, fox, mink and, in winter, harbor seals. Only a few hundred yards separates the harbor and the bay, and the fishing and shellfishing opportunities are fantastic.

Many of the homes on Poppasquash are sited within Case Farm, formerly a working farm, that was initially subdivided as a luxury residential community in the 1980’s. These days, Case Farm is a private community within Poppasquash Point consisting of 17 homes on two to eight acre lots. A homeowner’s association with by-laws and elected officers governs the neighborhood, and a single project architect designs all structures and positions them to maximize views while protecting the views of neighbors, ensuring a tasteful and complementary ‘look’ to the neighborhood.

Poppasquash Point is also the home of the Bristol Yacht Club, Coggeshall Farm and the 464-acre Colt State Park, as well as the East  Bay Bike Path, a 14.5-mile scenic bikeway following the seacoast to Providence. Poppasquash is a coastal, private retreat that makes you feel a world away, yet it’s a short commute to Providence, Boston and Newport.  It’s a wonderful place to raise a family and an affordable alternative to Newport County.

Homes currently on the market in this neighborhood include:

  • 18 Reliance Drive (pictured); Lila Delman Real Estate; Kristin Parella; 401.848-2101
  • 198 Poppasquash Road; Keller Williams Realty; Grace Cimo; 401/845-9200
  • 125 Poppasquash Road; Gustave White Sotheby's Realty; Kate Greenman; 401/849-3000

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