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New Residential Community, Newport Beach Club, Opens for Residents

The Newport Beach Club was created by Brian O'Neill, owner of The Carnegie Abbey Club.

The following is from a press release. 

opened over the Fourth of July weekend, offering new waterfront property in town. 

The Newport Beach Club is a classic New England seaside village currently being constructed on 150-acres of waterfront facing the Narragansett Bay on Aquidneck Island. The entrance is located off Bristol Ferry Road. 

The club offers its members a newly constructed Olympic-style equestrian riding facility, a championship tennis facility with four Har Tru tennis courts and two heated paddle tennis courts. 

Fishing enthusiasts will find sport-fishing slips that can accommodate yachts up to 120 feet. Owners wishing to kick back after a day of sporting can relax at their exclusive beach club with resort-style pools and cabanas.  

The Newport Beach Club joins The Carnegie Abbey Club as the first comprehensive sporting estate communities of their kind, designed and constructed on the east coast. 

The architectural inspiration is a classic 19th century New England beach village with beach paths, intimate streets and shingle-style architecture. Authentic design is tightly managed by a team of “town architects” who review each home plan prior to construction. The club is an environment designed to encourage walking, golf carts, bicycles and horseback riding. There are indoor and outdoor equestrian riding facilities, as well as stables for up to 80 horses.

Heading up the architect team is Fred Bissinger.

Bissinger has spent 40 years designing architecturally authentic period-style luxury homes ranging in size from 2,000 to over 30,000 square feet. Teaming up with architect Michael Flores, who specializes in luxury Victorian beach-style homes, homeowners can build their own custom home that blends beautifully into the natural landscape of the New England coast.

The grand opening and introduction of The Newport Beach Club brings a whole new level of luxury living to the area. Future members will have access to room service, championship golf, five-star dining, an Elemis spa, tennis, equestrian, polo and a beach club contingent upon which membership they choose.

Jillian Pritchard Cooke of Des-Syn home decorated the recently completed Tennis Cottage model. The Tennis Cottage homes epitomize authentic New England architecture while offering open plan living spaces designed for and popular with today’s active family. They incorporate “Wellness within our Walls,” which ensures that materials utilized in the construction and interior design promote a healthy environment. Every feature of the Tennis Cottage is controlled via an iPad. 

The first classic American beachfront house is 3.5 stories with extensive wraparound porches, two-story family rooms and a private beach directly on the bay.

Tonsandbunches July 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Makes a person sad to see this going on, when "affordable" housing is a much greater need.
Lee July 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Look on the bright side. Horses will need stalls cleaned out, good jobs for summer hires when school is out, buildings will need manitenance, good for some of our unemployed skilled maintence and construction types, many personal services will be required from these residents. This will increst our tax base and put more money into our local businesses, trickle down economices 101.
TAMORI July 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Yes, what Lee said! All those things will (hopefully) put money into our coffers. With “affordable” housing WE pay for all or most of that stuff.
TAMORI July 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
...assuming that by “affordable” do you mean low/no income public housing?
Michelle S. July 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
How about "affordable" to the average person???
Lee July 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What is average? A tradesman(an average joe) working on homes in the new division and elsewere could enable him to afford a home, maybe not in portsmouth (outside of Island Park) but somewhere close, maybe Tiverton or Sakonnet. Not everyone can live in Portsmouth just like not all of us can vacation at the Cape with the limosine liberials and.
Linda Phillips July 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
By bringing and upholding an excellent housing standard in Portsmouth, this community will add both tax revenues and jobs, as Lee says, as well as improving the waterfront over old, unused and abandoned piers. I say Hooray!
Sandy McGee (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
There's an interesting conversation going on here. All of you raise very good points. Do others agree? Does Portsmouth need "affordable housing" or to offer more "luxury" living to raise tax revenue?
Michelle S. July 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I guess I'm not sure what average is anymore, but I'm pretty sure the average taxpayer was not delinquent on an almost 2 million dollar tax bill. I just wonder what would have happened to the average taxpayer had they been so delinquent. Tax sale? Loss of home? Just curious. Yes, I realize I'm beating a dead horse.
Debbie July 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I guess the question would be how many clubs does the town of Portsmouth need where the Real Estate just sits empty. Do we really need another neighborhood that sits empty with no real buyers filling the properties. With out real homeowners there are no benefits that these club/neighborhoods provide the town of Portsmouth. The only way the town benefits from tax revenue is when taxes are actually paid and on time. Hopefully this new neighborhood won't be a flop like the last development by this same developer.
Tom Walsh July 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
As a year around resident in Portsmouth, I think these new developments offer an excellent opportunity for "volunteers": people to help our community. We should think of these new property owners as more than just increasing the tax base; we should welcome them and seek ways to involve them in service. There is a lot more to life than golf, tennis and horseback riding.
weather manny July 28, 2012 at 09:12 AM
For the Corporate Pig in you life.... We need a AQUIDNECK ISLAND DEFENSE LEAGUE! NATIVES UNITE!!!
weather manny July 28, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Oh yes we can't have enough peasants working for free! Bulldoze it all under and put the grass an trees back!!!
BobG August 31, 2012 at 01:16 PM
These type of developments are a pure windfall to the town. Tons of taxes raised with little direct need for additional town services (a minimum of police patrols and very few kids in the local schools). A lot of jobs for the construction trades as well as opportunities for young people to work at the various venues planned for the community. Prime waterfront property is very expensive - we should encourage people of means to build here and spend their money at local businesses - a win-win for everyone in my view.
Michelle S. August 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Yet, we still have a town and school system in need of funds, roads in need of repair, and I still have to dispose of my own garbage for an additional fee. I look forward to the day we see the windfall from these developments.
NineToNine April 12, 2013 at 03:41 AM
It's a free country, you idiots. Don't like the club? Want "affordable housing" for others? Get up off your asses and make it happen, like these guys are doing. Sitting back whining about life not being fair is what got you where you are. Standing up and getting to work is what got the club members their yachts. #work

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