House Lust: 3 Hog Island Homes for Sale

Hands down, little Hog Island offers the most affordable coastal living in the Ocean State. Could you trade cars and utilities for ocean views and neighborly camaraderie?

Last summer, photographer Mike Cevoli and I set out to capture the five upper Narragansett Bay islands recited in the Colonial-era poem: “Prudence, Patience, Hope and Despair, and Little Hog Island, right over there.” The subsequent photo essay — with stunning imagery, historical facts and “if you go” details — appears in this month’s issue of Rhode Island Monthly (on newsstands now!). All that island hopping got me thinking: Do I have what it takes to live on a rustic bay island?

The property owners I interviewed paint a very pretty picture. For Hog Island, I caught up with Lenny Long, a relative newcomer; he purchased his cottage, a stone’s throw from the water, a few years back. Lenny told me summers on Hog, which is a ten-minute boat ride off the coast of Bristol, “are a little slice of paradise.” The RISD lecturer said he wished he bought his place sooner. The rustic living — No stores, but barbecues! No cars, but golf carts! No ferry, but speed boats! No power, but candlelit dinners and solar arrays! — doesn’t bother him. The community is tight-knit and welcoming, but also has its own set of unwritten rules and quirks.

The affordability of Hog Island was part of the appeal, too, Lenny told me. The island is private, which you’d think would come with a hefty price tag. Instead, Hog offers some of the cheapest coastal real estate in the Ocean State. Here are three little slices of paradise — all for less than $165,000 — that you could call your own this summer:

Be sure to pick up a copy of Rhode Island Monthly‘s June issue for the full rundown on Hog, plus a daytrip on Prudence Island and close-ups of Patience, Hope and Despair islands. Check back next week for a “House Lust” roundup of properties on the market on Prudence.


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