The Block Island Times

Featured Property: Hawkmoor house

By Stephanie Turaj | Apr 04, 2013
Courtesy of: Block Island Realty This quiet Lakeside Drive home that’s close to island nature trails is perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Ample indoor space — complete with an upstairs game room — allows guests to relax at night.

A cool, soft summer breeze blows, sending the aroma of grilled swordfish wafting through the evening air as kids dart across a lush lawn and adults sip on cocktails, all to the backdrop of the sun’s crimson rays setting over the distant harbor.

This is what summer livin’ is like at Tom Moore’s vacation home located at the end of a dirt road off Lakeside Drive.

“It’s one of our favorite places on earth,” explained Tom. “We like the fact that it’s really quiet, and it’s up high, so you don’t get the light pollution.”

As the night settles in, Tom, his family and his friends relax on the almost-two-acre property, lounge in chairs and gaze up at the cloudless sky glittering with stars.

“We like to be outside every time the weather is acceptable,” explains Tom. And it’s easy to see why — the house’s porches provide sweeping views of Old Harbor and nearby nature trails such as the Clay Head Trail. The home’s second story porch, in particular, is a spectacular spot for sunset views.

Nearby blackberries, apples and peaches beckon picking, and ample lawn space provides a prime spot for volleyball tournaments, horseshoe games and bustlin’ parties.

“We had my 50th birthday party here — a lobster dinner for 50 people,recollected Tom.

Seafood is often on the menu, such as swordfish steaks, and guests can enjoy the fixings while lounging on a backyard stone patio. Also in the backyard is a wood-fired hot tub, which is heated just like the name suggests, by building a wood fire underneath the water.

Hawkmoor is great place for kids, who will splash in the salty Block Island ocean, come back to jump in the hot tub and then jump right back into a small backyard pool the family sets up each summer.

“The kids run around like maniacs,” said Tom. “And we have a dog that can’t wait to play with the kids and chase balls.”

But even when the weather turns gray or cold, this fully winterized home provides a welcome retreat indoors. A rainy day won’t get boring, especially because a second floor game room comes complete with a billiard table and provides space for other games.

Tom says he sometimes hosts about 14 or 15 visitors at one time, and the three first-floor bedrooms, separated from the upstairs master bedroom, allow several families to sprawl out.

The home’s open, high-ceiling design is a product of how it was built — originally, the house was a 25- by 25-foot cottage, and after a longer rectangular house was built next to the square one, the two buildings were joined together.

Previous owners lived in the place year-round, while Tom uses it as his summer retreat, and as a rental home when his family is not around.

“Welcome to paradise,” says a sign hanging in the home’s living room.

Paradise, indeed — the night ocean breeze drifts through open windows over sleeping children, exhausted from a day at play, and the sound of laughter can be heard from the backyard as the last few revelers enjoy just one more cocktail.

Hawkmoor is listed at $1,295,000. For information, call Block Island Realty at (401) 466-5887 or visit

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