Featured home: Turn back time on Hog Island

Hog Island is home to a small summer vacation colony, and at 196.97 acres, it is the fifth-largest island in Narragansett Bay.


If you have ever wished to truly get away from it all, look no further than this cute cottage located on nearby Hog Island, the island to the left as you’re coming over the Mt. Hope Bridge from Portsmouth to Bristol. For some peace and quiet and a true sense of life as it was in days gone by, this cottage is just the ticket.

Charlene Venancio, the listing agent and owner of the cottage, said very few Hog Island homes come on the market, since they usually transfer within the families that own them.

“It is a wonderful place in the summer if you have children, as friendships and bonds are made with other families in the community that last a lifetime.  If you do not have children, it’s a great place for privacy and peace and quiet. The beauty of the place is that you make it what you want it to be,” she said.

There are about 150 cottages and homes on the island. There is no public transportation to and from the island, which means you must either make arrangements with someone on the island for a ride, or have your own boat. 

Moorings are permitted from the Town of Portsmouth, usually a nominal annual fee, with a maximum of two moorings per property. 
Most homes are fueled by propane and solar. Refrigerator, hot water, stove and any heating units are usually run on propane, and lights are usually run by solar — there is no electricity on the island.

This cottage, with just less than 1,000 square feet, has a modern kitchen, full bathroom and sleeps four to six comfortably. The roof was recently replaced. The inside is campy, but solid. The floors are laminate to keep it maintenance friendly regarding beach sand, etc.

The home is fueled with a generator run by propane. This home has a new septic system.

The Hog Island Little Dock Association offers a community dock membership if you choose. There is a one-time, buy-in around $700, with a yearly fee of $50 to $75 (depending on what repairs are needed and the funds in the kitty). Propane delivery and trash delivery are available on the island at reasonable rates.

Most homes still have cesspools, though some are updating to septic systems as the DEM regulations dictate.

There are two community wells on the island that are regularly maintained and in good working condition. The mode of transportation on the island is by golf cart. There is a sandy beach that is the spot for several community get-togethers, including a Fourth of July parade on the island complete with golf cart decorations, Field Day (games, contests, food and laughs), Chowder Cook-off, steak fry, and outdoor drive-in with movies (except with golf carts).

This island getaway is really quite special for the perfect individual or families who wish to turn off their computers, cell phones, televisions and enjoy the quieter side of living.

Ms. Venancio will be scheduling showings starting this weekend. She has a boat and will pick up clients at Bristol Marina. 


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