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Your Guide to Living in Jerusalem, Rhode Island

Jerusalem is a small fishing village that sits in an idyllic location across the Point Judith Breachway from Galilee. Although it's technically part of Narragansett, it's separated from the rest of the town by Point Judith Pond, so you can only access it via South Kingstown.

Living in Jerusalem puts you in a unique position because you'll feel like you're far from the rest of South County, yet you can reach its amenities in a matter of minutes. While small, the village features a combination of humble homes and a gated community, providing various options when searching for a home.

Listings rarely come available in Jerusalem, though, so if you happen to see one, it's wise to jump at it quickly. This village provides a lifestyle unlike any other community in Rhode Island, so here's a look at what it's like to live in Jerusalem.

The Residential Area

Jerusalem is tiny, and most residences sit off Succotash Road on Foster Road, Champlin Avenue, Arbeth Road, Brecka Drive, or Macalder Street. There are some oceanfront properties on Ocean Avenue, Percy Lane, and Beach Row, as well. Beach Row and Percy Lane are part of a gated community on the water.

Every street in Jerusalem is within walking distance of the waterfront and marina, which is a bonus because you won't have to worry about parking.

Succotash Road

The main street in Jerusalem is Succotash Road, which is home to all of the village's commerce. There's isn't much there, but you'll find Skip's Dock and Jim's Dock as you wander the road.

Skip's Dock is a seafood market that's known for its take-out clambakes. You can also get bagels, coffee, sandwiches, and a limited number of grocery items at Skip's. You can enjoy their patio overlooking the water, too.

Jim's Dock Restaurant and Marina is the village's largest venue, featuring a sizable outdoor dining area and a menu with lobster rolls, calamari, and oysters. Jim's is a popular spot with boaters, and the on-site marina gives you a place to store your boat during the summer.

There's also a dock and a small beach at the north end of Succotash Road. The pier is a great place to enjoy views of the water, but keep in mind that it doesn't have a railing and could be dangerous for children.

East Matunuck State Beach

Jerusalem is remarkably close to East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown. This sandy area is over 144 acres in size and features a pavilion, picnic areas, indoor showers, and plenty of space to spread out with your family. There are also concessions, on-site lifeguards, and complimentary sunscreen stations.

You'll undoubtedly spend some time at East Matunuck State Beach after buying a home in Jerusalem because it's rare to have a world-class beach mere minutes from your front door.

Ocean Access

One of the best things about living in Jerusalem is that it sits right at the mouth of the Point Judith Breachway. As a result, you're seconds from Point Judith Harbor and Block Island Sound once you get on the water.

Many locals use Jim's Marina to ensure they can hit the ocean as many times per year as possible, while some residences have private docks, as well.

One thing for sure is that buying a boat will make your time in Jerusalem that much more enjoyable.

Getting There

The one drawback when living in Jerusalem is that there is only one way in and one way out. However, it's easy to navigate because you just follow Succotash Road into South Kingstown. It only takes about ten minutes to drive into Wakefield, so you're never far from grocery stores, dining, nightlife, and retail shops.

The Matunuck Oyster Bar and Cap'n Jack's, two trendy restaurants, are about a two-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Jerusalem, too.

It's also worth noting that most services, including police and fire, are provided by South Kingstown, despite this village being part of Narragansett.

In the end, you might feel like you're in a different world living in Jerusalem because the community feels so isolated. At the same time, it's minutes from other parts of South County, so you don't have to live without essentials.

This location is one thing that makes homes in Jerusalem such hot ticket items whenever they hit the market.


Published July 26, 2021 in Exploring South County, Exploring Our Area