Watch Hill, Rhode Island

“In early summer, the air is redolent of wild roses, honeysuckle, and beach pea, and at all seasons of the bracing salt of the sea. As summer progresses, adults and children flock to the sandy beaches and take to the water in boats. They play tennis and golf and sail and swim at the clubs. They gather on manicured lawns for parties. They worship at the Chapel. And for three months, they live a life of active sociability or quiet relaxation in a charmed place…"

—Chaplin Bradford Barnes, Watch Hill Through Time

Discover the Community

The charmed lifestyle of Watch Hill pales in comparison only to the natural beauty of its setting. Situated on a peninsula, it is impossible to avoid stunning views of the Block Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay. Napatree Point, one of Watch Hill’s natural treasures and an ornithologist’s delight, is a sandy peninsula that juts into the bay and is protected by the Rhode Island Audubon Society. Whether you are looking for long, quiet walks along pristine white sand beaches or gentle surf just steps away from the quaint downtown packed with delights for all ages, Watch Hill is an excellent location for your next property. Watch Hill is home to Rhode Island’s only Relais & Chateaux, triple Five-Star resort, the Ocean House. Characterized by the New York Times as a community “with a strong sense of privacy and of discreetly used wealth,” Watch Hill is truly a picture-perfect coastal village. The sprawling Victorian “cottages,” with their rolling lawns spilling over the bluffs on the Atlantic Ocean, set the gold standard for coastal living in the region.

Watch Hill

“Known primarily as a summer place, Watch Hill is in fact a place for all the seasons. And for those fortunate enough to have spent all or parts of their lives here, year after year, there is nowhere they would rather be. Careers may have taken them across the country, even around the world, but in the end, this is where they always truly come home.”

—Chaplin Bradford Barnes, Watch Hill Through Time