House Lust: A Former Convent in Newport is On the Market

St. Augustin's Roman Catholic Church is selling the massive property for a bargain price.

Blessed be the buyer who transforms this former convent and rectory into a magnificent single-family home.

Sure, it’d make a lucrative condominium project or multifamily conversion. But ten bedrooms and seven baths over nearly 9,200 square feet, and in Newport’s Fifth Ward? No such square footage exists in the neighborhood — and, for this price point, really anywhere in the City by the Sea.

The property, which is offered by St. Augustin’s Roman Catholic Church, was built in 1955 as a convent to accommodate the Sisters of Mercy, who ran the church’s parochial school. In the 1970s, the sisterhood withdrew from the church and the structure served as the parish rectory. According to the listing, it’s being subdivided from the church property into an independent 10,000-square-foot lot.

Is House Lust a sin? And, categorically, does it fall under lust or envy — or both? This might be our one and only free pass, folks. Here’s your House Lust:

For more information on 2 Eastnor Rd. in Newport, contact RE/MAX Newport’s Mary Moniz at 401-835-0288 or visit

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