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Rye NH Beach Neighborhoods

Rye NH Beach Neighborhoods are some of the most sought-after places to live in the Seacoast area. This salty little town has the longest stretch of NH coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Rye has a population of more than 5,000 residents and each one has their favorite patch of sand....from rocky Bass Beach and Sawyers Beach (epic surfing spots), over to Jenness Beach and Cable Beach (family favorites), around Rye Harbor (commercial fishing port) to Foss Beach (great for dog walking), and up to Pirates Cove and Wallis Sands Beach (home to The Surf Club).

We didn't include Rye Beach Village (03871)...the 'precinct', as locals call it, is deserving of its very own piece, which you can explore by clicking here.

Our review of beachfront, ocean view and 'within walking distance to the ocean' home sales in Rye NH Beach Neighborhoods in 2020 and 2021 considered more than 50 transactions with an average sales price of $1,083,855.

Jenness Beach Area

The Jenness Beach Area, which includes Sawyers and Cable Beaches, includes a few fabulous Rye NH Beach Neighborhoods; most notably, the collection of iconic oceanfront homes along Ocean Boulevard, Old Beach Road and Straws Point Road. Then there are those tucked back slightly, just a stones throw from the sand, privileged with water views. And just beyond, blocks of former seasonal beach cottages nestled between Ocean Boulevard and Central easy walk to the sea.

Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Jaynee Whitney commented:

beach houses"One of my favorite things to do is walk along Sawyers Beach, especially during the wintertime when it is quiet and uncrowded. Surfing has become really popular here because of the great programs at Summer Sessions…but I'm more inclined to sign up for a yoga class on the sand! When my kids were young, we used to spend a lot of time on the beach. We'd have bonfires with other families, watch the Beach Club's Fourth of July fireworks display, play Bocce…so much fun.

Those fortunate to live here can walk to Sandpiper Cafe for coffee and smoothies, Common Roots for lunch (and yoga!) and The Carriage House for dinner. If you're a Rye resident, but living in the Jenness Beach Area is more of a dream than reality, you can purchase a beach parking permit for the season for $'s your golden ticket to the coveted spots near the public beach access areas at Old Beach Way, Sunrise Path, the end of Cable Road and the permit-only section of Ocean Boulevard near Sawyers Beach.

Recent Sales

  • Beachfront
    • 2330 Ocean Boulevard at $2,900,000
      (T&F in-house transaction, buyer and seller matched prior to public marketing; small year-round home on Sawyers Beach)
    • 23 F Street at $2,400,000
      (T&F in-house transaction, buyer and seller matched prior to public marketing; luxury home on Jenness Beach)
    • 2420 Ocean Boulevard at $2,995,000
      (seasonal luxury home on Sawyers Beach)
    • 2300 Ocean Boulevard at $2,195,000
      (small cottage with large lot on Sawyers Beach)
  • Ocean View
    • 2190 Ocean Boulevard at $1,100,000
      (lovely home with peekaboo ocean views, just a couple of houses back from the sand)
  • Walking Distance (less than 5 minutes)
    • 16 Cable Road at $2,440,000
      (completely renovated luxury home, two 'blocks' from Cable Beach)
    • 56 Cable Road at $1,900,000
      (custom contemporary home, two 'blocks' from Cable Beach)
    • 80 Baker Avenue at $1,125,000
      (charming Cape Cod-style home, two 'blocks' from Jenness Beach)

Wallis Sands Beach Area

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The Wallis Sands Beach Area, including a section known as Pirates Cove (named after a long-gone restaurant), has its own fine strand of beachfront pearls and water view gems overlooking Ocean Boulevard. And east of Brackett Road, small streets dotted with charming bungalows and Capes within walking distance to the sea...including Fairhill Manor, just north of the state beach.

Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Manuela Kutzer shared her thoughts:

moon "I love living on the beach! The views are beautiful and always changing with the weather...the thunderstorms and moon rises over the ocean are magical. There is constant entertainment with big ships, tugs and regatta sailboats passing by. My golden retriever, George, enjoys his daily adventures on the sand...I look forward to power walking along the boulevard and 3 neighborhood loops. Wallis Sands is the closest Rye beach to can be there in less than 10 minutes. And if you need to run to the store for an everyday item, you can't beat the convenience of walking over to Petey's Red Roof Market."

Lucky locals enjoy a short stroll over to Petey's Summertime Seafood for some of the best chowder and lobster rolls around...and down to Kook's Beach Bar for a 'Rye Tai' cocktail. Rye residents aspiring to live in the Wallis Sands Beach Area can purchase a seasonal beach parking permit for access to the prime spots at the end of Wallis Road and near Concord Point, across the street from Petey's restaurant.

Recent Sales

  • Beachfront
    • 1138 Ocean Boulevard at $3,500,000
      (private sale; luxury home)
    • 1308 Ocean Boulevard at $3,250,000
      (luxury home with attached 2-car garage)
    • 1178 Ocean Boulevard at $1,850,000
      (T&F listing, seasonal beach cottage)
    • 1310 Ocean Boulevard at $1,850,000
      (luxury home)
    • 1278-1280 Ocean Boulevard at $1,800,000
      (T&F in-house transaction, buyer and seller matched prior to public marketing; 2 seasonal cottages)
  • Ocean View
    • 1252 Ocean Boulevard at $1,000,000
      (vintage beach home, tucked one house back from the sand)
    • 1359 Ocean Boulevard at $960,000
      (T&F listing; updated year-round cottage with accessory dwelling)
  • Walking Distance
    • 4 Robin Road at $1,265,000
      (renovated beach home, less than a block the the state beach)
    • 25 Appledore Avenue at $1,111,000
      (T&F listing; spectacular custom home, two 'blocks' from Pirates Cove Beach)

Foss Beach Area

While the Foss Beach Area does not have any properties directly on the sand, there are a few waterfront homes at adjacent Rye Harbor. Most residences in this Rye NH Beach Neighborhood are on the other side of Ocean Boulevard, with ocean views and west-facing backyards that extend to Awcomin Marsh.

Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Associate Broker Lynne Joyce commented:

"When I first moved to Rye, I lived near the end of Washington Road with a pretty view of Foss Beach, the ocean and husband proposed to me on this beach and it's where we'd walk every day with our first black Lab! At high tide, the ocean comes right up to the rocks, so this beach isn't quite as popular with tourists...but it's great for locals who are in tune with the tide schedule. At lower tides, you often have the beach to yourself as you stroll to Rye Harbor State Park and back. Awcomin Marsh is one of my favorite natural landscapes in fact, I have a special painting of it in my study, created by local artist and friend Barrett McDevitt."

The upstairs bar at Ray's Seafood is a popular gathering place for locals looking to unwind after a long day, with cold beverages and steamed lobstahs! And whether you have a beach parking permit or not, you can always park on the stretch of Ocean Boulevard between Rye Harbor and Washington Road...grab some 'fluffy chowder' and lobster rolls from nearby Rye Harbor Lobster Pound, park with ease and enjoy a seaside picnic along Ragged Neck at Rye Harbor State Park.

Recent Sales

  • Ocean View
    • 1631 Ocean Boulevard at $1,550,000
      (renovated, expanded year-round cottage across the street from the beach, backing up to marsh)
    • 1701 Ocean Boulevard at $1,300,000
      (T&F listing; year-round raised ranch cottage across the street from the beach, backing up to marsh)
    • 1491 Ocean Boulevard at $944,000
      (classic cottage across the street from the beach)
    • 1627 Ocean Boulevard at $1,085,000
      (multi-family with 3 units, across the street from the beach, backing up to marsh)
    • 1761 Ocean Boulevard at $979,500
      (T&F in-house transaction; surrounded by marsh, lovely harbor views)
    • 1617 Ocean Boulevard at $975,000
      (contemporary beach home across the street from the beach, backing up to marsh)
    • 1515 Ocean Boulevard Unit 7 at $599,000
      (T&F listing; 3-bedroom condominium)
  • Walking Distance
    • 84 Washington Road at $1,050,000
      (small ranch on a large lot, a short walk to the north end of Foss Beach)

Rye Community Guide

For more insight on things to see, do and eat nearby, check out our Rye Community Guide!

Curious to know what's currently For Sale throughout Rye NH? Click here. For more information about Living in Rye NH Beach Neighborhoods or anywhere in the NH Seacoast area, please Contact a member of our real estate sales team. At Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty, we pride ourselves on having in-depth knowledge of our market area. We'd like to share that knowledge with you.

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