Watch Hill’s “Sandcastle” Hits the Market at $32.5 Million, Former Diocese Estate

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

GoLocalProv Business Team


Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 8 Manatuck Avenue to market. This seaside estate is known as “Sandcastle” and is a once-in-a-lifetime offering in the village of Watch Hill.


The property is listed at $32,500,000 and presented by Raymond Mott, Broker/Co-Owner, and Donna Simmons, Sales Associate, both of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty.


Currently, the most expensive home for sale in Rhode Island, the c.1930 home, was owned by the Catholic Church for decades and has been elaborately renovated by the current owners. Featuring meticulously finished handcrafted woodwork, the interiors have been tastefully decorated in a classic Newport style. With ocean views from nearly every room, the main house has four bedrooms, three full, and two half bathrooms.


Sited on nearly one acre adjoining protected conservancy land, the property offers 180-degree ocean views that stretch from the Weekapaug coastline to the iconic Watch Hill Lighthouse. The outdoor space features a gazebo overlooking a seaside garden, a fire pit, and a stone terrace. The guesthouse, located over the garage, which was once a carriage house, offers two additional bedrooms and one bathroom, a kitchen, and a sitting area.


“Watch Hill is a unique piece of Rhode Island history and we have become an authority on this special community,” affirms Ray Mott, Broker/Co-Owner of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are honored to represent this exceptional home in a picture-perfect coastal village.”

Ray Mott has been a prominent figure in the South County real estate market for over 37 years. One of the most consistently recognized high-end specialists in the Southern Rhode Island Coastal market, Ray was recognized as Kent/Washington Board of Realtors’ number one top producer an unrivaled six times. His signature Charlestown familiarity has led to his reputation for success, professionalism, and exceptional service.


“Watch Hill is comprised of more than 400 homes, yet only 20 or so are set on direct beachfront,” says Simmons. “And this home is one, with its white sand beach, making ‘Sandcastle’ an ideal getaway for weekends or an entire summer.”

Simmons, a luxury real estate specialist in the Rhode Island and Connecticut markets, represented clients in the sale of 10 Bluff Avenue in 2019 and 12 Bluff Avenue in 2020. The sale of 10 Bluff Avenue is the highest recorded single-family property sale ever in Watch Hill, according to data available from the Rhode Island Multiple Listing Service. In 2013, Taylor Swift privately purchased the home at 16 Bluff Avenue for $17,750,000 according to Business Insider. 10 Bluff Avenue remains the highest known sale in Watch Hill since then.



Contact Geb Masterson: Geb.Masterson@MottandChace.com for additional Watch Hill Real Estate Information.