“This listing is on a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach, which is a rare find,” says listing agent Donna Simmons, of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. “Watch Hill is a small enclave on a peninsula of land with under 440 homes. Of those homes, only 17 have this sort of white-sand beach, so you can see it’s very rare and special, even in Watch Hill.”
For a sense of the local market, there are only five homes currently available in Watch Hill, and the least expensive option is $2.25 million. It’s an area where homes are meant to be passed down through the generations.
“This is a community where children grow up and have Watch Hill to look forward to returning to each summer. While they might live in two or three different states, what’s nice about Watch Hill is that the children get excited about returning here each summer and bringing their friends and later their spouses back with them,” says Simmons.
Built in 1930, this 4,976-square-foot, six-bedroom home offers views from the Weekapaug coastline to Watch Hill Lighthouse. The home also comes with quite a storied history.
“The house, we think, was built by the Reynolds tobacco family and then sold to the Providence Diocese of the Catholic Church,” Simmons says. The diocese sold the home to the current owners in 2003.
“They bought it so their children would come back one day with their families—and become a part of the Watch Hill community,” Simmons says. “Their children are now adults and living in California, so the owners are selling it to spend more time on the other coast.”
The home features handcrafted woodwork, a double-story grand salon, and balconies and terraces to take in the oceanfront views. The property includes a two-bedroom guesthouse over the garage, a slate-covered gazebo, and a seaside garden.
The acre lot adjoins conservancy land, which means the views will remain unblemished forever.
The property has a premium location along Block Island Sound and about midway between Boston and Providence.
“What makes the area so appealing is that Watch Hill offers a throwback to an earlier time,” Simmons says. “There is a merry-go-round that kids can walk to and get some pizza or an ice cream and walk home. It’s like a slice of small-town America from the 1920s or ’30s.”
While the estate is winterized and ready for year-round living, the agent believes a buyer will purchase it as a summer home.
“It will definitely go to someone looking for a secondary residence,” she says. “It’s the kind of community that quietens down in the fall because it is a resort community. I think the next buyer will be someone with a family who is very interested in giving their families and guests a wonderful summer and incredible memories.”
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