Real Estate

A guide to brokers.

Sheila Morse and her husband, Chris, and children.

David Lott, Owner/Realtor, Vineyard Open House Real Estate, Vineyard Haven

Home: Vineyard Haven

Why are you in real estate? It’s been around me all my life. When I was 9, my parents and I went to Hawaii. And what did they do? Drive around, with me in the back seat, and look at houses. My mother was a Realtor, and I spent a lot of time at her office doing homework. In 2013 I opened my own real estate firm on Union Street in Vineyard Haven, right across from Murdick’s Fudge.

Any interesting stories from your work? The very first clients I worked with were a wonderful couple who had opposing ideas of what their ideal house was. We saw a lot of homes, and I would listen to them “discuss” them in the back seat of the car as I drove them around — divergent views, but a beautiful disagreement, voiced with great respect for each other. When we hit 33 houses, I said with a smile, “Well, you know what they say, the 34th time is the charm.” Then it was the 46th, then the 55th, and finally No. 64. We turned into a driveway in West Tisbury. As we drove down the drive past the trees with the house partially obscured in the distance, this tremendous emotion came over everyone in the car, and I knew we had found the place.

Barbara Meade Twiss, Realtor–Agent Partner, LAER Realty Partners on Martha’s Vineyard, Oak Bluffs

Number of years in real estate: Nine years on Martha’s Vineyard

Home: Oak Bluffs

Why are you in real estate? My late husband Ted encouraged me to get my real estate license over 20 years ago; best advice any one has ever given me!

Philosophy: I go to work every day, try to be better than the day before, and I never forget that there are many real estate agents on the Island, and how fortunate I am when a buyer or seller chooses to work with me. I never take it for granted.

Favorite activity on the Island: Walking the many beautiful Land bank trails, and meeting friends on the beach at sunset.

Best souvenir of the Island: Sea glass and … keys to an Island home, of course!

Lisa Lucier, Owner/Broker, Anchor Realty of Martha’s Vineyard, Oak Bluffs

Years in real estate: 16

Home: Edgartown

Why are you in real estate? I have always loved houses — my father was a real estate broker, one of the many hats he wore. He always told me it was his favorite job. It occurred to me that I could do this, and be good at it, when I was selling my house in Oak Bluffs and moving to Edgartown. I enjoyed the whole process, and said to myself, Why don’t you do this? We started Anchor Realty in September 2014, and have been off to a great start. I have five agents working with me, and we have been very busy.

Favorite room in your house: The den. It’s cozy, and that is where my dog hangs out.

What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? If you had asked me when I was younger, I would always say I want to be a veterinarian; I love animals, and I am the most happy surrounded by them. Animals are a great source of unconditional love — I think we can all learn from them.

Favorite on-Island activity: I LOVE THE BEACH. Hanging out in the sun with my friends on Norton Point.

Sheila Morse, Broker/Owner, Island Real Estate, Vineyard Haven

Years in real estate: 24 years

Home: I live in West Tisbury with my husband, Chris, and our three daughters.

Why are you in real estate? By accident: I was renting a property during the summer with friends through a real estate office on the Island. When the summer ended, the owner of the real estate company asked if I’d like a job while I was in their office collecting my security deposit.

Favorite room in your house? My kitchen — it is a gathering place. Whether we are doing homework, cooking Sunday supper, baking, or making lunch with all the kids from the neighborhood, it is the heart of our home.

How did you come to own your own home? I saw a piece of land that was newly listed for sale. I called my husband to go take a look and call me as soon as he was there. It was a great location, and I said if he liked it, we should put together an offer. We’ve built a house, and have been living there for 13 years.

Favorite on-Island activity: Walking the beach on a beautiful day.

Bill LeRoyer, Co-Owner/Principal Broker, Harborside Realty, Edgartown

Number of years in real estate: 19

Home: Edgartown

Specialty: Residential properties, equestrian facilities, and farms

Why are you in real estate? After vacationing on the Island for a number of years when my parents summered here, my wife and I decided it would be a great place to live, so in 1994 we packed up and moved to the Island from Connecticut with our son Billy. Our daughter Jennifer was off to UMass for her first year. Once on the Island, I needed to find a new career, and thought real estate would be a good fit, as I like working with people, which I had been doing for the previous 18 years while managing equestrian events throughout New England.

Philosophy: Knowing and understanding the needs of your client so you can provide him or her with the best level of service possible.

What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? Probably would still be in the equestrian-management business.

Nya Clarke, Owner/Broker, Martha’s Vineyard Island-Wide Realty, Vineyard Haven

Number of years in real estate: 14

Home: I grew up in Oak Bluffs, and now live in Vineyard Haven.

Specialty: Residential sales and rentals

Why are you in real estate? I had family and friends who did real estate in Boston and New York; it was always an interest, and it developed while in art school for fashion design.

Philosophy: There is always an opportunity to make a match! I’ve always been intrigued by the uniqueness and diversity of the people and properties that are involved in the transaction.

What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? An interior designer or fashion designer.

How did you come to own your own home? It was my listing — a contemporary. Most buyers could not see beyond the shag rug, metallic wallpaper, orange countertops, and avocado-green appliances. I spent so much time showing it, and eventually convinced myself to buy and revamp the midcentury home.

Favorite on-Island activity: My husband owns Martha’s Vineyard Oceansports. I take advantage of having access to boats. I also love biking, paddleboarding— everything outdoors.

Best Island souvenir: Great Vineyard memories.

Bobbi Flake Reed, President/Broker, Viewpoints, Vineyard Haven

Number of years in real estate: 37

Home: Vineyard Haven

Specialty: Waterview and waterfront properties in West Chop and Vineyard Haven

Why are you in real estate? I was a sound and lighting engineer for Disney when I got married, and had to move to Nevada. I could no longer work in my trade, so a fellow ski instructor suggested real estate.

Philosophy: I believe in listening to buyers and sellers; it is about what they want and need, and how best to accomplish that with trust, loyalty, compassion, professionalism, and always a warm smile.

Favorite room in your house: I love my living room/kitchen overlooking my large deck/patio and woods. I have many tropical flowers, which seem to intrigue turkeys, deer, rabbits, birds, and yes, skunks!

How did you come to own your own home? I was looking for a townhouse, and sent out letters. One response said they would sell if I could find them something else. I found them a great house, first house I showed them, and have subsequently resold that house to one of my buyers.

What would you be if you weren’t a realtor? If was not a realtor I would definitely work for ESPN or the Boston Red Sox. I am a die hard sports fan!

Best Island souvenir: Sea glass is always a popular souvenir, as are wonderful memories!

Alyssa Dubin, Broker/Realtor, Wallace & Co., Sotheby’s International Realty, Edgartown and Chilmark

Number of years in real estate: 11

Home: West Tisbury

Specialty: Real estate sales in every town on the Island

Philosophy: Honesty, friendly service, and attention to detail. My office is a great place to work. We are a team, and I enjoy working with everyone there.

What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? Probably still wearing my white lab coat. Before I started real estate, I did cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center.

Favorite room in your house: Kitchen. I love to cook, and my kids, especially my 8-year-old son, Caleb, love to help out in the kitchen. Caleb will try just about everything I make — my biggest fan!

Favorite on-Island activity: Despite the crowds, I just love going to Menemsha in the summer late in the day. My kids love to catch crabs and fish at the beach. We grab takeout from the fish market, and watch the sunset. Even after circling the parking lot for 30 minutes, we still go back again and again.

Best Island souvenir: I love the copper fish that Scott McDowell makes. They look great on any wall. His store is the Copperworks, in Menemsha.

The path of true love never did run smooth … until it did.

Island natives Michael Valenti and Emilee Whorton had separate adventures (his included cowboy wrangling) before returning to the Island, meeting (at Trivia Night at the Wharf), and marrying this past April. Their dog, Larry, shares their Edgartown cottage with them. Photo by Michael Cummo

Every tale of young love, especially in this age of high tech and low romantic expectations, is widely

Michael spent five years fighting wildfires with the Forest Service. Photo by Michael Cummo
Michael spent five years fighting wildfires with the Forest Service. Photo by Michael Cummo

different from the next. In the match made almost-in-Heaven of Emilee Whorton, now 30, and Michael Valenti, now 34, both Island natives, it took a while for things to click. If a rom-com were to be filmed about their courtship, it would require a full two hours to tell the tale, although we’ll try to convey it with a few broad strokes:

Michael was born, along with three siblings, on the Vineyard, dad an airport administrator, mom an office manager and, nowadays, a basket weaver. Mike graduated from MVRHS in ’98, went on to major in geology at Plymouth State in New Hampshire, but wait! Here’s the fun part! He joined AmeriCorps, bivouacking in the mountains of Big Bend along the Rio Grande, and soon thereafter following his bliss for five years fighting wildfires with the Forest Service.

It was Emilee's idea to paint the walls turquoise. Photo by Michael Cummo
It was Emilee’s idea to paint the walls turquoise. Photo by Michael Cummo

“I rappelled out of helicopters,” he tells you calmly, the way other men might recount a stint at doughnut making.

He also built up a résumé of cowboy wrangling, once breaking his right hand branding a bull: “He flopped down on top of me.”

In 2008 he returned to the Vineyard, with the intention of merely visiting and, like so many before and after him, ended up staying for the long haul because, after all, this is home. Parents Peter and Patricia own a pastoral, stone-wall-studded property in Smith Hollow, Edgartown, and Michael moved into their cozy guest cottage. He learned to feed his demands for adrenaline rush by climbing poles for the electric company. He’s also a firefighter with the Edgartown brigade.

Enter Emilee, born on the Vineyard, raised in East Bridgewater after her parents’ divorce, but digging deeper Island roots with summers spent with maternal grandparents in their grand old Victorian manor on the East Chop bluffs. Emilee’s dad Everett is a Vineyard contractor, fisherman, and sea captain, familiar to anyone who regularly crosses to Chappy on the iconic ferry. Emilee’s mom, Kathy Wolfe, former biologist, then bookkeeper in East Bridgewater, is pleased to have her daughter repatriated to the Island.

In post–high school years, Emilee, in her own words, “had an educational tour of five colleges before settling at American International for a degree in medical assisting.” She also, along the way, waited tables one winter in Key West, and managed Sun Porch Books of Oak Bluffs in its final summer of 2007, which included organizing the fifth Harry Potter rollout, right down to the midnight crowds, herself clad in a tall black witch’s hat. She also followed her own bliss; in the words of the old Joni Mitchell song, she was “busy being free” before settling down as office manager at Integrated Health Care in Vineyard Haven. To Emilee too, “the Island always felt like home.”

In the fall of 2011, Emilee and Michael met at a Trivia Night at the Wharf in Edgartown. They walked out to

The newlyweds are expanding the south-facing side of the house, where they have views of the pristine woodlands. Photo by Michael Cummo
The newlyweds are expanding the south-facing side of the house, where they have views of the pristine woodlands. Photo by Michael Cummo

their cars together. Soon they were dating, but their balance was off: Michael had gelled into Early Bachelor mentality, which was inconvenient for Emilee, who had already fallen in love with the guy. How to get him to reciprocate? It seemed impossible. They broke up, dated others, dated each other again.

After a while, a routine took hold, as Emilee spent each night in Michael’s cottage. They realized it was foolhardy for Emilee to go on paying rent for her unused abode off Meetinghouse Road. She terminated her rental, and they stashed her last piece of extra gear in the former bachelor’s attic. Did this ratchet up their relationship a notch?

Not so fast.

Emilee maintains Michael first said “I love you” during a visit to Boston that happened to include the Marathon bombing.

“That had nothing to do with it,” he demurs.

So what did have anything to do with it? Michael reflects that, as time went on, living with Emilee felt “more and more comfortable.”

And then on the afternoon of August 22, 2014, the young man suddenly, impulsively — taking them both by surprise — proposed.

The mise en scène was the following: Michael entered the bathroom at the moment that Emilee emerged naked from the shower. If this sounds like Botticelli’s Venus rising from the half-shell, well, that comparison probably never entered Michael’s mind. But he was inspired.

He says today, “I just had a sudden feeling of, Oh what the hell, let’s buy a house, have kids, get married!” Not particularly in that order, obviously.

The wedding took place April 2, with their closest family members, at the East Chop Lighthouse. “It was a gorgeous day,” says Emilee.

They decided on a tiny wedding; they’re saving money for that house and kids. As the newlyweds snuggle into their present lodgings with their endearingly friendly Australian shepherd Larry, they’re eager to expand into a new addition now being built on the south-facing side of the house, replete with skylights and views of the pristine woodlands. Emilee’s influence may be seen in the turquoise living room walls, a nifty kitchen counter, and a jolly-good mattress and box springs from Ocean Breeze.

Recently Michael broke his wrist in a hot-and-heavy game with his softball team, coming in for a catch with a dramatic slide and too much gusto. Now he’s got a titanium plate in his wrist, and a bulky cast which means time out from his job, skateboarding, bicycling, and work on the expansion, as well as on his treasured outdoor furniture projects.

But happily he’s no schmo on the cerebral front. “Tell her what you like to read!” says his bride proudly as a reporter stands before him with a notepad. He’s shy about this kind of attention, but nonetheless Emilee pries from him the names of several favorite authors: Christopher Moore, Tom Robbins, Jack Kerouac, and wow! Charles Bukowski.

Meanwhile, Emilee changes into denim shorts and a lavender Smoke ’n’ Bones T shirt for her evening waitress shift. “You must get a lot of tips in that outfit!” says the reporter.

“That’s the idea!” she replies.

On the way out, she bids farewell to Larry the dog, and she stoops to kiss her new husband. “I love you,” she tells him.

“I love you,” he says back.

A happy ending. And beginning.

Edgartown

July 24, Robert C. Brown sold 22 Flamingo Drive to Christine D. Mignanelli for $300,000.

Oak Bluffs

July 22, John D. McKay, trustee of 100 New York Ave. Realty Trust, sold 100 New York Ave. to Polly S. Patterson for $540,000.

Tisbury

July 20, Nationstar Mortgage LLC, d/b/a Champion Mortgage Co., sold 698 Franklin St. to Wendy L. Chase for $474,900.

July 24, Edith R. Ruquist sold 14 Center St. to Pennymac Holdings LLC for $682,445.52.

West Tisbury

July 22, Joshua A. Howell and Matthew E. Howell sold 84 Christiantown Rd. to Bernard H. and Judith Baumrin for $565,625.

July 24, Allan C. Sundin, trustee of Beach Pebble Realty Trust, sold 30 Beach Pebble Rd. to Beach Pebble LLC for $1,600,000.

Vineyard Open House Real Estate’s popular “Real Estate Roadshow” will return to its Vineyard Haven location at 10 Union Street this Friday, July 24, from 9 am to noon.

Kristin Zern, director of the Vineyard Open House rental division, will speak on the topic “How to Maximize Your Summer Rental Income.” Tips for vacation homeowners will focus on how to set the most profitable rates, what renters look for in a summer rental, marketing advice, and more, according to a press release. Ms. Zern, who lives in West Tisbury, has been managing rental property on Martha’s Vineyard for the past decade.

Coffee, tea, and Black Dog muffins will be served.

Vacation homeowners are encouraged to bring their questions for a personal response. Vineyard Open House Real Estate is located at 10 Union Street in Vineyard Haven (right across from Murdick’s Fudge). For more information, contact David Lott, owner/Realtor, Vineyard Open House Real Estate, at 508-338-2495.

 

And we got to taste.

Tina Miller and Rachel Fox prepare some dishes you can find at the new Rosewater Market on South Summer Street in Edgartown. – Siobahn Beasley

When Tina Miller worked at Plum TV on the Vineyard several years ago, she produced “Dish with a View’— a segment devoted to great food, made by great Island cooks, served in great Island homes (for sale). Ideally, homes with views.

Chicpea salad.
Chicpea salad.

When we told her about launching The Local, she said “You should steal my idea.”

So we did. You might have noticed we adapted it to a couple stories in our first Local, in April: Yoga poses done (labeled in Portuguese!) in a gorgeous house for sale in Chilmark, and “upcycled” clothing and bags by Noava Wibel in an upcycled Ocean Park home.

Yogurt parfaits and chia pudding.
Yogurt parfaits and chia pudding.

How fitting, we thought, that this month we can feature Dish with a View’s originator as a way to preview a few of the treats she and partners Rachel Fox and Julia Celeste will be featuring at Rosewater Market, which is just about to (or just did, depending when you’re reading this) open on South Summer Street in Edgartown.

Tina, you might remember, wrote one of the first Vineyard farm-to-table cookbooks, Vineyard Harvest about ten years ago, and opened The Roadhouse restaurant when she was a mere 24. She went on after that to own and run Cafe Moxie, and most recently managed Flatbread PIzza.

At Rosewater, where the partners also include Julia’s father, Chris Celeste, and his wife, Nancy Kramer, you can get good food from 6 am (coffee, baked good and newspapers ) to 6 pm every day of the week. The kitchen opens for breakfast sandwiches at 7 am.

Veggie and Smoked salmon-Rye bread with fresh herb goat cheese, grilled asparagus, radish, cucumber, and radish sprout.
Veggie and Smoked salmon-Rye bread with fresh herb goat cheese, grilled asparagus, radish, cucumber, and radish sprout.

“We will have grab and go food,” Tina told us, “and a case with fresh, healthy salads and the makings of a meal — grilled flank steak, seared tuna, smoked brisket, whole Island chickens. There’s no table service but, she said,  “You can grab a table inside or out in our brick patio and people watch. We will provide boxed picnics, breakfast pastry and coffee catering, featuring Chilmark coffee for your business (or you have a house full of guests).” And coming soon: chef-catered dinner parties.

Good luck, Tina and crew, and thanks for the idea. And the gluten-free cream cheese brownies. And the veggie and smoked salmon sandwich on rye, with fresh goat cheese and grilled asparagus.

 

Some Recipes

Cream cheese  brownies and apricot marmalade muffins.
Cream cheese brownies and apricot marmalade muffins.

Cheesecake Brownies (Gluten-free option)

Brownie:

6Tbls (3oz/85g) Unsalted Butter

8 oz (225g)  Bittersweet or Semisweet Chocolate

¾ C (150g) Sugar

1 Tsp or half pod Vanilla

2 large Eggs

¼ C All purpose or gluten free flour

Over a double boiler melt together butter, chocolate and salt.  When fully melted mix in sugar and stir until grains fully dissolve.  Add flour and mix vigorously for one minute or until the batter starts to come together and pull off of sides of bowl.  Pour into a square tin lined with parchment and set aside.

 

Cheesecake filling:

16 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 c plus 2 Tbl of sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 tsp or 1/2 pod of vanilla
Whip all ingredients together until fully incorporate.  Place 8 equal dollops of batter on top of brownie batter.  Being careful not to mix the two instead spreading a separate layer on top of brownies.  Then using a fork or knife, cut through to bottom of brownies swirling in some of the bottom layer without mixing it fully, spreading just enough to make a pattern. Do this in three separate lines.  Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until the cheesecake forms a shiny crust and is a light golden brown color.

Allow to cool fully before serving.  Cut off crust on all four sides, then cut into equal portions. Makes six equal rectangles.

 

Apricot Marmalade Muffins w/ Blueberries

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Kamut Flour

¾ Cup Spelt Flour

¾ Cup Yellow/Blue or White Corn flour (fine ground)

2 Tsp Baking Powder

2 ¼ Cup Sugar (I prefer wholesome sweetener unbleached raw sugar)

¾ Cup + 2 Tbl Butter

4 Eggs

1 Tsp Salt

zest of 1 lemon

½ Vanilla bean pod or 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

2 Cups Buttermilk

½ cup Apricot Marmalade

8 oz Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Method:

Line a muffin tin with parchment paper or muffin liners and heat oven to 350 degrees.

Whip together sugar, butter, salt, vanilla bean  and lemon zest until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time allowing to regain light fluffy texture with each addition.

Sift flours and baking soda together.  Using the 1:1 measurements incorporate milk and dry ingedients in 3 parts.  Mix until just incorporated.  Add blueberries and gently mix until well distributed.

Fill tins half way. Use a tablespoon to spoon marmalade into tins and then cover with more batter filling to tins to the brim.

Bake for 35/45 minutes of until batter is set and cakes are golden brown. Cool and enjoy!

These muffins keep for 4 days out or 1 month in the freezer.  If freezing toast/reheat before eating.

About that House

FoodView-11.jpgThe house with the view is a 5BR/3BA and 2 1/2 BA on 3.44 acres just off Tea Lane, built in 2002 by noted Island builder, Heikki Soikkeli, who is known for his work at South Mountain and later on his own, most notably at Blue Heron Farm. The homeowner, Howard Pitsch,  will tell you that he “designed the house like a big bow tie”…that is the kitchen in the center, the living / dining to the right and the first of two master suites to the left.

FoodView-15.jpgThe homeowner, a Brooklynite, used to run a book store back in the day on the site of what is now the Chilmark Tavern.  The home is being offered completely furnished and Mr. Pitsch is even including his 2001 Subaru.. the ideal Island car.

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Russell Maloney Real Estate, LLC

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508-645-2478

cell: 774-563-0633

Chilmark

July 7, Carol M. Porter, trustee of Keohane Family Irrevocable Trust, sold 15 Hewing Field to Eric W. and Lori J. Raichle, trustees of the Raichle Family Trust, for $950,000.

July 8, Santander Bank NA, successor by merger to Martha’s Vineyard National Bank, sold 517 South Rd. to the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank for $1,006,000.

 

Edgartown

July 6, Joshua Johnson Weeks sold an undivided one-half interest in 14 Fuller Street to William Howard Weeks and the Northern Trust Company, trustees of the William Howard Weeks Article V Trust, for $2,200,000.

July 8, Michael and Rebecca Hegarty sold 15 Crocker Dr. to Rosemary O’Brien and Eigil D. Rothe for $2,315,000.

July 10, 25 Vickers LLC sold 25 Vickers Way to 25 Vickers Street Edgartown LLC for $1,511,250.

 

Oak Bluffs

July 7, Marianna M. Cornelius sold 26 Shirley Ave. to Catherine Gargiulo for $715,000.

July 8, Nina Shapiro and Daniel E. Smith sold 21 Island Inn Rd., Unit 34, to Herbert N. and Molly M. Baker for $124,500.

 

Tisbury

July 7, Vincent Hockmeyer, Jr., trustee of 343 State Road Realty Trust, sold 15 Mechanics St. to Island Copper Inc. for $425,000.

July 9, Robert G. Bannish and Gregory Gullickson, trustees of the Harry B. Duane Trust-1996, sold 15 Duane Way to Prospect Girls LLC for $2,200,000.

West Tisbury

July 9, William H. Davis sold a lot to Thomas L. Norton for $238.20 dated 1863 and recorded on 7/9/2015.

July 9, James A. Taylor and Mary R. Hudson sold 6 and 64 Ephraim Allen Rd. to Ephraim Road LLC for $1,999,999.

July 10, Donald R. Lassman, Chapter 7 trustee for the Bankruptcy Estate of Edward J. Stevenson and not individually, sold 28 Pond Lane to JM Partners LLC for $35,000.

July 10, Robert P. and Victoria M. Boatti sold 165 Vineyard Meadow Farm to Victoria M. Boatti for $59,539.50.

Peter Norris brings color to Chilmark, via the hills of Nepal

“My reward for doing all this is to see people light up when they see things they didn’t expect,” said Peter Norris, whose Chilmark garden boasts rhododendrons rarely if ever (until now) grown on the Island. “When they say, ‘I never knew a rhododendron looks like that, that’s my reward.”

Far beyond growing the rhododendrons that are so familiar — those tall, fat-leaved evergreen bushes bearing frothy pink or white blossoms — Mr. Norris delights in variety, the lesser-known plants. Unbeknownst to garden novices, the diversity within the rhododendron family is enormous, Mr. Norris said, leading this Times writer and photographer on a tour of his extensive 4½-acre garden.

No typical weekend gardener who buys some shrubs, plants them, and watches them grow, Mr. Norris is a horticultural explorer who has learned by doing, watching, researching. Passionate about rhododendrons, he has not only grown them for decades, he has investigated their history, their origins, visited their native habitats, familiarized himself with hundreds of specific species, searched for others, and is even working to create some new ones. “Maybe it’s part of the scientist in me,” said the recently retired, MIT-trained solid-state electronics engineer.

Tucked into gently sloping woodland just below the Norris home, the sun-dappled garden is serene and enticing on a warm June afternoon. Narrow walking paths meander through the woods, beside plantings, mounded earth set with shrubs, occasional flowers, delicate grasses, unusual trees.

A pond, partly covered by green plants and algae, is a haven for frogs. Rounded boulders, fallen tree trunks, small statues, and stone walls accent the growing things. Simple wooden chairs and benches call out to passersby to stop, rest, and reflect.

“This is a ‘Janet Blair,’” Mr. Norris says, stopping before a tall rhododendron with fluffy pink blossoms, perfectly suited to the 1930s movie star for whom it is named.

In the midst of the garden, “the Nursery,” surrounded by a high wire-mesh deer fence, is temporary home to some 200 fledgling plants. Only inches tall but already boasting big oval leaves, the baby rhododendrons will live in this protective shelter until sturdy enough to thrive in the larger garden. Mr. Norris points out a delicate little rhododendron with tiny, glossy green leaves and a single vibrant purple blossom. Barely 10 inches high, this perky miniature will continue to grow, he said, but so slowly it will take decades to attain even modest stature.

He leads the way to another one with light salmon blooms from the Heritage Museums and Gardens, once owned by rhododendron hybridizer Charles Dexter. The deep scarlet flowers of ‘Henry’s Red’ glow through the trees. Nearby is ‘Festive Feast,’ one of the few rhododendrons with a scent — this one a faint, vanilla berry.

Here are an azalea, and a mountain laurel with intricate peaches-and-cream flowers, both close relatives of the rhododendron, Mr. Norris explains.

Mr. Norris strides briskly through the looping paths, visitors hustling to keep up. He calls attention to a shrub here, a flower, a delicate Japanese maple, a towering metasequoia planted in September 2001, and countless rhododendrons. He knows them all intimately, his varied flock. He calls them by name, and has a story about every one.

Complimented on his ability to keep the plants’ names, both scientific and familiar, as well as their origins, characteristics, and growing habits on the tip of his tongue, Mr. Norris modestly says it is a good exercise to keep the memory supple.

Mr. Norris said he could not name his favorite rhododendron, especially because some are at peak beauty at different times of the weeks-long flowering season. “Sometimes you fall in love because they are little gems, or because one is a beautiful giant,” he added.

As Mr. Norris affectionately introduces individual plants and describes how they came here, and the care taken to keep them healthy, one begins to think of them as animals. They seem like friendly exotic creatures, whisked from distant homelands to this nurturing sanctuary. And Mr. Norris is their vigilant caretaker, always working to create optimum conditions, protecting them from predators, binding them up after storm damage, giving them a drink when days are dry.

They come here not from the steamy African jungle, but mountainous, often remote regions of Asia, most often China, Nepal, and Thailand. Only three types of rhododendron are native to the United States, Mr. Norris says. But those from abroad are legion.

Figuring out what plants can survive here, and how to help them thrive, is one challenge that Mr. Norris loves. It goes hand in hand with his drive to bring diversity to an uninspired rhododendron scene. Not surprisingly, he names the late Polly Hill as inspiration and mentor.

In the 1970s he volunteered at the Polly Hill Arboretum before it was an established public garden. Later he was a board member for nine years, served as treasurer, and co-chaired the fundraising committee. He worked with Ms. Hill, and credits her for much of his learning and inspiration.

He recalled her comment that “Martha’s Vineyard is surrounded by horticultural poverty,” and how she set herself to changing that. Mr. Norris holds deep respect for Mrs. Hill’s adventurousness and determination to bring new and unfamiliar species to the Vineyard.

“She pushed the envelope,” he says with admiration. “She planted things to see whether they would survive here.”

Although he does not presume to be a horticulturalist of her stature, Mr. Norris is a follower in her footsteps. He is excited to introduce new plants here, especially rhododendrons, that come in many more shapes, sizes, and colors than people generally realize. “I love it when people say, ‘I didn’t know that was a rhododendron,’” he explained.

And like Polly Hill, he delights in experimentation.

“I try things people more experienced wouldn’t try, because they wouldn’t be likely to succeed,” he said with a laugh.

Although Peter Norris was neither raised nor trained as a horticulturalist, gardening has been a constant theme in his life. He was born in New York City, and the family later moved to suburban West Hempstead, N.Y., where his parents grew perennials and flowering shrubs

In 1960, young Peter Norris headed to Cambridge to attend MIT. There he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and finally a Ph.D. in electronics engineering.

His own first garden came in 1968, when he moved to New Jersey for his first job after college.

“Once I had a place of my own, I began gardening,” Mr. Norris recalled. He was drawn to rhododendrons from the outset.

A few years later he and his wife returned to Cambridge, where he established a quarter-acre urban garden in the fertile Cambridgeport area. Rhododendrons again were the stars.

Seasonal visitors who had rented here for many years, the Norrises bought a small home on the Island in 1980. Along with providing a vacation retreat, the West Tisbury property offered Mr. Norris a new gardening opportunity.

In 2000, the couple acquired a house and compact barn on 16 serene wooded acres in Chilmark, “because the place in West Tisbury was only ⅘ of an acre, and I had filled that up with rhododendrons and needed more space,” Mr. Norris chuckles.

Mr. Norris admits that today when he sees the “big, mature giants” that thrive on the West Tisbury property, he finds them a little boring. But he explained that was all that was available in nurseries at the time.

“There wasn’t much on the palette. Everyone had white and pink and purple blowsy things. That was it.”

“People ask, How did you get interested in rhododendrons?’” said Mr. Norris. “I wish I had a good answer. I saw them, I got interested, I wanted to have some of them. It’s been a love affair that’s grown over time.”

That horticultural romance got a burst of fireworks in the mid-1980s with the advent of the Internet. Suddenly Mr. Norris could view and purchase rhododendrons from nurseries across the country, predominantly in the Pacific Northwest.

His wife would awaken at 2 am and find him poring over nursery websites, entranced by the vast array of rhododendrons. “My jaw would just drop open at what I saw. I had no idea that rhododendrons could be so varied in color! That was a real epiphany for me. That opened my eyes. That was really what I was after.”

He began buying seedlings less than a foot high, very different from the tall, mature plants sold by local nurseries. He was enthralled to find rhododendrons with uncommon leaves, in varied shapes and sizes.

“I liken it to wine tasting,” said Mr. Norris. “People start out with just red or white, then once they start learning about it, they learn all the varieties, the individual vineyards, the vintages. It keeps getting more and more complicated the deeper you get into it.”

“The rhododendrons are exactly the same way. I started off with just red and white, what I could get at the local nurseries, then through mail order from nurseries, then the Rhododendron Species Foundation and American Rhododendron Society. I started to see what a wide variety of plant material was available,” he said. He now serves on the board of the Rhododendron Species Foundation.

The more Mr. Norris learned, the more deeply he wanted to explore. He and his wife went on plant-hunting expeditions with the Rhododendron Species Foundation to remote Chinese provinces, searching for specific rhododendrons in their native habitats.

“It’s very exciting,” said Mr. Norris. “And there’s detective work, trying to track down from sketchy reports where plants are located.”

The trips put him in mind of the groundbreaking work of 19th century British plant explorers who risked their lives to search out rhododendrons in Asia and bring them home.

Asked whether his wife, Amy Rugel, shares his interest in gardening, Mr. Norris smiled: “She’s a good sport.” He added that she enjoys the horticultural expeditions, and maintains her own vegetable garden.

After his recent retirement from a long and successful career in solid-state materials and electronics engineering, Mr. Norris began living year-round on the Vineyard, and dedicating more and more time to his gardening. His daughter, Rebecca Norris, lives in Edgartown with her husband, Times graphic designer Kris Rabasca, and their daughter Hannah, 13, who loves to visit her grandfather’s magical up-Island garden.

Mr. Norris is quick to emphasize he does not maintain the garden singlehandedly. Suzy Zell, who logged many years working for the Polly Hill Arboretum, is head gardener. “She’s my right arm — and my left arm; we’re a team,” he said, grateful for her dedicated expertise. Artist/gardener Rick Hoffman oversees lush perennial beds. Surprisingly, Mr. Norris said he had neither master plan nor model for the graceful garden layout, but simply added a little at a time.

These days Mr. Norris is immersed in his newest passion, hybridizing. He is working to create new rhododendrons combining chosen characteristics from parent plants, to make them both attractive and suited to the Vineyard environment.

The enterprise requires patience and dedication, for potential pitfalls are many. The flowers he has pollinated may not produce seeds; the seeds may not germinate; the seedlings may not thrive. Not only that, a rhododendron can take years, even decades from seed to flower.

But it is evident that Mr. Norris finds the rewards well worth the work and risk, as he leads us to a second nursery and points to rows of young, custom-blended, hand-grown, ‘Chilmark Blueberry Ridge’ hybrid rhododendron seedlings, basking in the sun. These plants, he said with satisfaction, don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

Though seemingly always ready for a new challenge, Mr. Norris predicts his hybridizing project will keep him busy for some time. But should things slow down, his next intriguing step is to begin creating interspecific hybrids, combining rhododendrons and azaleas.

The garden is becoming known among rhododendron enthusiasts. Mr. Norris offers occasional tours to groups, such as the 20 members of the American Rhododendron Society’s East Coast Chapter who visited in May. He welcomes guests each year at the Garden Conservancy’s Open Garden Day, a nationwide program. He said he has no desire for notoriety, only that those who wish to see his plants will have the opportunity, and he is confident that will happen.

“People who are interested will find my garden,” he said.

 

Rhododendron Tips by Peter Norris

 

I’d like to quote from a far more experienced rhodo plantsman than I, the late Hank Schannen:

 

12 Criteria for success in planting rhododendrons

 

  1. Drainage
  2. Drainage
  3. Drainage
  4. Drainage
  5. Drainage
  6. Drainage
  7. Acid soil pH
  8. Dappled shade
  9. Able to water when needed
  10. If pot-grown, loosen roots [viciously]
  11. When in doubt, plant it HIGH!
  12. Hmmm – more DRAINAGE!!!

 

8 Ways to Kill a Rhododendron

 

  1. Site it on the SW corner of a house
  2. Full sun
  3. Heavy clay soil
  4. Wet — poor drainage
  5. Downspout nearby
  6. Neutral/alkaline soil pH
  7. Plunk the pot-grown plant into the ground with root ball in pristine condition
  8. Ignore 1-6 and 12 on first list

 

Just looking for a simple plot of land, for a wee abode.

Pretty much the whole house: Kathy at the dining table, across from the kitchen. Above is a sleeping loft for guests, and behind her is the bathroom, left, and bedroom, right. – Photo by Micheal Cummo

Kathy Rose — you might remember her from the Wooden Tent, which was both a place in which she lived and taught photography, and an actual “wooden tent” that had been moved from the Campground — is about to downsize.

Kathy's porch can be swept in just a few strokes. – Photo by Michael Cummo
Kathy’s porch can be swept in just a few strokes. – Photo by Michael Cummo

She’s got the house: a 144-square-foot abode (that’s right, about 12 by 12. The whole house. It’s called a tiny house for a reason). Now she just needs a place to put it.

When Kathy, who’s 78 now, learned last June that she would need to move from her home, she visited housing and elderly housing offices, and learned about the long lists of people waiting for similar places. So she had to get creative. We started our conversation on the way to see her tiny house.

Valerie Sonnenthal: When did you first become interested in tiny houses?

Kathy Rose: I first became interested when I started looking online at the end of last summer. There was a tiny house newsletter, a tiny-house journey someone was taking around the United States. I didn’t know anyone who had one. They’re mostly in California, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Idaho, Washington State.

A loft for guests — just big enough.
A loft for guests — just big enough.

I really liked them. You could order one online, and say what you want, and they’re around $60,000, all set with kitchen and bathroom. My friend Amanda Dickinson said one day while we were watching a Patriots game, “Someone said they saw an ad for a tiny house in the paper.”

I said, “Wh-a-t? That’s good to know.” So I went and looked in the previous three Martha’s Vineyard Times, and I found this little ad, and I called the number of the photographer who’d done the pictures of the tiny house. She gave me the number of the guy who had the tiny house on the Island.

I remember walking inside and just saying, I feel like I’m at home here. I said I’d give him a down payment, which I gave him the next week. And then I spent two months trying to find financing for the rest. I contacted like 10 banks, online banks, other banks on the Cape, and I just couldn’t get financing. I’m not sure what it was — maybe my age. My credit was excellent, so who knows? And then I went to the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, and they said OK. It was Jan. 30.

So I signed on the house, and then all the snows came, so there was no way to get in it with all the snow piled up in front of it.

VS: Did the person you bought it from build it?

KR: It was built in Vineyard Haven and then moved as a shell by truck, and then [the former owner] built the interior and the rest. The problem is finding somewhere to move it.

A combination bedroom and study.
A combination bedroom and study.

VS: Do you have many books?

KR: My computer has most of what I need, and I go to the library a lot. I like to read books on my iPhone, because you just flip the page, and I’m a slow reader.

VS: The house is … miniature, but you’ve got lots of people to visit. And when it’s warm, who wants to be in their house anyway?

KR: It’s got a little porch, and I can make a patio with a table and chairs.

VS: How have you tried to reach out to people besides posting on Facebook that you are looking for a place to house your tiny house?

KR: There’s a website called tinyhousecommunity.com that has lists of people who can give you land to live on. I called two friends who have enough land, but cannot help because of town rules. The next Catch-22 is they want me to have a trailer license. Insurance won’t insure me because they don’t know about tiny houses, and I said, Just insure my trailer. And just call it a load. Nantucket just passed an ordinance allowing tertiary dwellings, which essentially means tiny houses. So now you can put in a house that’s under 400 square feet.

VS: Which we do not have. We have that it’s illegal to have a house under 400 square feet.

KR: Right, and then the housing manager here told me I had to add a foot or something, because you had to be 150 square feet to be a secondary dwelling.

VS: That seems ridiculous, because this is a primary dwelling.

KR: For me it is. That’s right.

VS: Here you are, the pioneer on Martha’s Vineyard, ahead of the trend. It would be so great if we could have four of these on one lot with a shared space. You could minimize your kitchen and eating area, and there would be a shared space for that, creating a supportive living situation.

KR: That’s what they’re building in Vermont, up above Montpelier. And California, and Oregon. And Jay Shafer is planning a whole tiny house community.

VS: Here?

KR: No, out in California.

I just have to get a place, hopefully on an Island farm. There is a place up in Vermont, but I don’t want to really move. I love Vermont; we had a house up there for 10 years. I used to go skiing up there, fishing, but we still had the house on the Vineyard. I don’t want to leave the Vineyard.

VS: Have other people on the Island contacted you about tiny houses?

KR: Oh yeah! I put a post on Islanders Talk [on Facebook], and I got over 100 comments. And it started a discussion about fair housing. I felt that was really good. There was nothing on the town docket in this year’s election. Other people wrote me notes that it needs to be discussed, go for it, love the idea, why don’t we have them on the Vineyard, and I’m also going to start a petition to change the ordinances — in each town, first Tisbury, and you only need 10 signatures. The towns don’t accept tiny houses without a septic system, which is about twelve grand. I don’t have what they call blackwater, I only have graywater from the sink and the shower. And what I’m going to do is buy all biodegradable products, so that all the graywater can wash out. I got another thing, which is really amazing, for $50 on Northern Tool. Once you charge it up, it’s got 4,000 watts [of power], and it’s got a plug on it. It’s really for your car battery, and you can plug in 2 USBs.

 

VS: Good for emergencies or dark days.

KR: Only $50.

VS: Where are you going to put your winter wardrobe, now that it’s summer?

KR: My winter wardrobe? Oh, well this is what you do. If you’ve ever watched anything about tiny houses, you lay out all your stuff and then you cut it down in half, and then you cut it down in a quarter. Oh, and my builder just loved it — he expected not be able to walk in here, not to like it, because he’s 6’3”. He said it’s got fir wood in there and here, really good wood. And this is my favorite wall covering.

VS: Beadboard.

KR: That’s very Campgroundy. And I’ll have two folding chairs and two director’s chairs. I can’t wait to just sit in there with my computer.

 

Welcome to our jungle.

Jennie Slossberg's Garden Angels, from left, Jessica Donahue, Caleb Carr, Jen Slossberg (owner) with dog Diamond, Sydney Dunbrack, Nicolai Evans, Dalia Bennett, Lily Bennett, and Grace Clark. – Photos by Lynn Christoffers

For a largely rural Island with a modest population, Martha’s Vineyard boasts what seems to be an inordinate concentration of professional gardeners. But between the ever-rising tide of seasonal homeowners, and a great body of landlords who want gardens on their properties to entice and satisfy renters, there’s a confluence of demands that justifies the size of the Island gardening pool, and pushes its capabilities a little bit more every year. Herein are some of the stars of that pool — gardeners who are among the best in New England. In the midst of their annual feat of marshaling people, plants, and materials in a high-stakes dance of logistics and artistry, they graciously took breathers to talk with The Times and share their stories. To appreciate the ultra-time-sensitiveness of their work, picture if you will a piece of coal burning in their hands for every minute they paused to talk and be photographed. That piece of coal is the Fourth of July.

 

Jen Jamgochian, Owner, Multiflora, Chilmark

 

Jen Jamgochian
Jen Jamgochian

No suit for me: I started gardening as a job right out of college — despite my grandmother’s purchase of a suit for me for job interviews. I was happier spending the winter skiing and gardening in the summer. I feel fortunate to say I love what I do. I love that my job entails pushing my imagination, using my hands, problem solving, and spending every day with people I adore, who are as passionate about what they do as I am.

 

On blue flowers and exotic August selections: Never underestimate the power of a perfectly placed tropical in the garden, especially in August. Passionflowers, lemons, limes, a ginger, an hibiscus, or gardenias (with their sweet smell) are all great examples of tropicals that are perfect specimen plants you can use in your garden. Cool nights and warm days make dahlias bloom like mad, and they are an amazing August plant. They are worth the hassle of digging them up in the fall and planting in the spring. I am a blue flower fanatic, and some of my favorite blue-flowering plants in August are: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides [leadwort], caryopteris, and sapphire-blue salvias — all deer-resistant, as well!

 

Favorite lesser-known shrub: One of my favorite underused shrubs would be Neillia thibetica. Its feathery foliage has a pretty darkish hue. The flowers are a perfect shade of pink.

 

Peggy Schwier, Owner, Peggy Schwier Gardens, West Tisbury

 

Peggy Schwier
Peggy Schwier

Musings on the Island and nature: I love gardening. It keeps your feet on the ground and teaches you to be humble. It also teaches you patience, adaptability, acceptance — you can only do what you can do, then nature takes over. It’s a beautiful, amazing thing when plants remember to grow tall again, colors fill out the flowerpot and astound you, and locations develop into gorgeous vistas. Every part of the Vineyard has so much to offer, it just swallows you up in greens and blues, in hills and stone. It’s very satisfying to have a business where you help enrich clients’ connection to it all.

 

On the mystery of annuals: Annuals mystifying? Not necessarily, they just keep blooming and blooming, and then don’t survive winter’s frost. I suppose they say that every annual is a perennial somewhere, just not here, and some tolerate cooler temps than others. Annuals offer great solid blooms all summer (when deadheaded, particularly). That quality makes them essential for pots and planters. I love to do color themes for planters: blends of blues only, multicolored carnivals, all whites, dripping/trailing and tall.

 

Favorite lesser-known shrub: Enkianthus is a favorite shady shrub of mine. It blooms in hanging clusters of small bells. ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea is also a favorite, and also loves the shade. It brightens up a corner with its green, then ivory flower balls — sometimes they’re green for a little bit, then ivory, then green for the last of the season.

 

Jennie Slossberg, Owner, Garden Angels, Chilmark

 

Jen Slossberg
Jen Slossberg

Love of gardening: I love several aspects of my job, such as creating outdoor rooms with color, texture, height, and fragrance. I’m a sculptor at heart. Horticulture is my medium. I love teaching and learning with my crew. Lastly I love creating healthy environments for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial creatures, including people and pets, to thrive in.

 

The rigors of maintenance: Upkeep for my two commercial accounts — the Harbor View Hotel and the Kelly House — is actually pretty meticulous, because these two specific hotels host continuous events, so we always approach our weekly maintenance in a very detailed manner. I have residential accounts where we are required to remove every single yellow or brown leaf, while at others we just keep things tidy. It can really depend on the frequency of your visits and budget of clients.

 

Gardener’s garden: At home in my own garden I’m enjoying the Siberian iris in bloom beside my budding peonies and colorful Salix integra ‘Hakuro nishiki,’ as well as my oriental poppies, salvia, and amsonia.

 

Favorite lesser-known shrub: My signature shrub is the beautyberry [callicarpa], because it’s a showstopper, unique and extremely easy to care for.

 

Rob Chaunce, Owner, Evergreen Landscape, West Tisbury

Rob Chaunce
Rob Chaunce

Plant love, late spring, and abused hydrangeas: I love plants. I enjoy being outdoors and working with them — watching and encouraging them as they grow and change through the seasons. I really don’t like to see them butchered. I’ve seen a lot of hydrangeas and roses butchered this year by impatient homeowners. It was a tough winter and a short spring. It took a long time for the snow to melt. That set everybody back a month. There was a lot of dead wood this year, but you can’t tell that without waiting. You have to be patient. The plants woke up late, so I waited longer than usual to prune. Some hydrangea did surprise me and gave me a little more growth in places I didn’t think they were going to get it — but not the butchered ones.

 

Favorite lesser-known shrub: That would have to be a Franklinia, a deciduous shrub (or small tree) usually growing 15 to 25 feet. In late summer/early fall, just as its leaves are turning shades of red and orange, it blooms with white flowers. The flowers smell something like bubble gum. You can’t beat the extra color and flowering it gives to the three-season garden.

 

Carly Look, Owner, Carly Look Design, West Tisbury

 

Carly Look
Carly Look

On drawings: My drawings tend to be very sketchlike as I work through various ideas. They will become more and more refined as a way to organize spaces, know numbers, locations, and types of plants for softscape drawings and stonework particulars for hardscape drawings. But I also like to stay open to how things might shift once we start to lay things out on the site, and then let the existing givens of a site impact the design in ways that can maybe improve the initial idea. It becomes a shared creative effort between me, the various landscape subcontractors, and the site.

 

It takes a daughter and a team: So much is happening so fast I couldn’t make all the decisions alone! Samantha [daughter] is both designing with me in the office as well as out in the gardens. Rachael Curtin and Laurel Wilkinson are in the field designing aspects of the existing gardens, and there is a strong and creative crew of helpers. It takes all of us to make all this happen!

 

Cobbler with no shoes: I love plants, particularly flowers. I’d say I am a flower collector, and can’t go to a garden center without coming home with something that caught my fancy. But my own gardens have become neglected these days, as so much energy goes into the gardens we maintain for the clients I have designed landscapes for over the years.

 

Favorite lesser-known shrub: My current favorite is viburnum ‘Summer Snowflake.’ This is a cultivar of the popular doublefile viburnum. But it is not as wide-spreading; it is taller than wide. And it has the beautiful white doublefile blooms, heavily this time of year, but also has a less heavy blooming throughout the summer. It has all the multiseason attributes of the wonderful viburnum family, with the summer blooms.

 

Mary Wirtz, Owner, Wild Violets, West Tisbury

 

Mary Wirtz
Mary Wirtz

Neighborly influence: When I was really young, 5 or 6, my next-door neighbor had a beautiful garden, and she used to let me come over and pick strawberries and cut flowers — I just loved the way that felt. I’ve gardened ever since then.

 

Magic of the mind’s eye: I’m not schooled in gardening, and I’m not a landscape architect — pretty much everything’s just in my head. I can go to a property and just visualize what it has the potential to be. And I can execute it just out of my head. I love to create all sorts of gardens, including vegetable gardens, but I love cottage gardens in particular. Nothing gives you more freedom in color, texture, and shape than the lovely cottage garden.

Mother-and-son operation: My son Josh runs the business with me. He has a really good eye for landscaping. It’s pretty cool to have your son want to work with you. We have a lot of fun together. We laugh a lot.

 

Favorite lesser-known shrub: Callicarpa. It’s got these beautiful purple little berries that form on it in the fall. It’s really a graceful plant. I love it.

Chilmark

June 29, Mary E. Shands sold an undivided 1/6 interest in 8 Chockers Lane to Kathryn N. and Paul Shands for $612,500.

June 30, Edward J. Higham a.k.a. Edward J. Higham Sr. sold 5 Old Farm Rd. to Edward J. Higham Jr. and Jean Rose Tostanoski for $1,400,000.

July 2, Jennifer S. Rako, executrix of the estate of Anne B. Vytlacil, sold 21 Squibnocket Rd. to Up Island LLC for $1,525,000.

 

Edgartown

June 30, Phillip A. and Jennifer V. Tammaro sold 78 Old Purchase Rd. to William S. Minton Jr. and Karen A. Sawyer for $525,000.

June 30, Elizabeth S. and Melvin C. Hauck sold 52 Prices Way to Marc A. and Heidi Cohen Glasser for $626,250.

June 30, Molly L. Gasnick, executrix of the estate of Margaret Gasnick, sold 64 Clevelandtown Rd. to Robert and Amy Harkins for $685,000.

July 1, WMMV Real Estate LLC sold 15 Plains Head Lane to Paul Lonergan and Anne Tallon for $1,981,250.

 

Oak Bluffs

June 29, Leo F. Waldron and Katy Ann Waldron, trustees of the Waldron Family Revocable Trust, and Barbara E. Thompson sold 78 Isaac Ave. to Gary and Gloria Cardoso Santos for $142,500.

July 2, Joseph G. Parham Jr. a.k.a. Joseph G. Parham sold 33 Perkins Ave. to Alfonse Demeo 3rd and Elizabeth H. Demeo for $402,000.

 

Tisbury

June 30, Bernice Phifer sold 95 Summer St. to Kathleen L. Monahan for $300,000.

 

West Tisbury

July 1, Fanny Q. Howe, trustee of the Howe Trust Agreement, sold Lots 1, 2, and 3, at 1091 State Rd. to Bluebird Holdings LLC for $570,000.

July 2, Joel P. Antony sold 99 Charles Neck Way to Hugo R. and Ariana F. Leoncio for $600,000.