Portsmouth is a wellspring of fresh air, rolling hills and fields; a comfortable, safe suburban atmosphere. It is ideally located for those who want to be equally close to Newport and Jamestown, as well as Tiverton and Little Compton, not to mention a short ride to the East Bay area.
Historic homes, new construction, luxury condominiums and planned communities abound in this peaceful stretch of rustic land. The town has an excellent school system and is also home to the Portsmouth Abbey School which is a highly regarded coeducational institution in a placid setting. The Green Animals Topiary Garden is a country estate with eighty fun, unusual topiary pieces; an integral member in the Newport Mansions community of historic properties. There are 56 miles of shoreline along the Bay with numerous farms, pastures and green space.
Portsmouth encompasses some smaller islands and villages, including Despair Island, Dyer Island, Gould Island, Hope Island, Hog Island, Patience Island, Prudence Island, Bristol Ferry, Cedar Island, Common Fence Point, Corey Lane, Homestead, Hummocks, Island Park, Melville and Quaker Hill.