Real Estate

Chilmark

April 6, Lauren J. Walters, trustee of the Columbia Real Estate Trust, grants by deed in lieu of foreclosure 18 Greenhouse Lane to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., as Indenture trustee for the American Home Mortgage Investment Trust 2007-1 for $2,091,529.42.

 

Edgartown

April 9, David Leighton sold 54 Shady Oak Lane to Michael and Megan Brown for $502,500.

April 10, Noras Meadow LLC sold 5 Nora’s Lane to Scott M. and Megan M. McCaleb for $750,000.

April 10, Russell U. Grant sold 50 Thirteenth St. North to Safe Haven Cornerstone Ministries LLC for $593,275.

 

Oak Bluffs

April 8, Steven M. Collins, trustee of the Item SIX Trust and under the will of Collins Elbert Bunyan, sold an undivided 1/3 interest in 10 California Ave. to Susan Airis Epes, trustee of the Airis Nominee Trust, for $70,000.

April 9, Ralph W. Norton, executor of the estate of Elizabeth L. Norton, sold 87 Shawanue Ave. to Sherry Countryman for $390,000.

April 10, Frederick H. Buckley 3rd and Tracy Buckley sold 25 Pankhanne St. to Dale A. Frank and Dawn Elise Evans for $410,000.

 

Tisbury

April 6, Elizabeth D. Ross, trustee of the Elizabeth D. Ross Revocable Trust, sold 16 Moonstone Way to Thomas and Julie Sneed for $510,000.

 

West Tisbury

April 6, Barbara C. Moment sold 78 Skiffs Lane to Brynn D. Schaffner for $583,000.

Your kitchen garden may also be your medicine chest.

Cultivate echinacea to help cure what ails you. – Courtesy Jardin Mahoney

Some of the most interesting and valuable native medicinal plants on Martha’s Vineyard are usually considered to be weeds and, at least until properly appreciated, will be seen as having little glamour. Do you like towering burdock (Arctium lappa — complete with burrs to catch in your pets’ coats) or curly dock (Rumex crispus) in your landscape? By getting used to the look, you could be availing yourself of an herbal medicine chest.

Burdock, for instance, used as root and seed, offers support for the liver, urinary tract, and skin. The plants have ornamental potential–large, coarse texture, appearing similar to rhubarb. It is eaten as a vegetable and may be made into a large array of dried and fresh herbal preparations.

Dock (in the same family as French sorrel, below) leaves may be eaten young as a cooked or salad vegetable, but should be consumed in moderation as they contain oxalates, which may interfere with digestion. The roots are used medicinally for their high iron content as treatment for anemia.

Source books for wild-crafting and growing herbs include Ancestral Plants: A Primitive Skills Guide to Important Wild Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants of the Northeast, Arthur Haines (Delta Institute, Anaskimin), and The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, Holly Bellebuono (Shambhala Publications/Roost Books) and Growing 101 Herbs That Heal, Tammi Hartung, (Storey Books).

Herbalists usually separate culinary and medicinal herbs, but sometimes they are one and the same. Take for example, coriander (Coriandrum sativum) or cilantro, as the leaf form is known. High in iron and magnesium, cilantro is an essential ingredient in recipes for salsas and guacamole, and figures prominently in the cuisines of Asia, India, Europe, and Central and South America. The seed, coriander, has been used as an aromatic stimulant and spice since ancient times. More recently, cilantro has been used to mobilize mercury and other heavy metals in the brain and spinal cord tissue out into normal elimination systems. Cold-hardy, coriander seed may be sown in early spring, in full sun. If allowed to, it freely self-sows, so learn to recognize the seedlings.

Garlic (Allium sativum) is another garden subject with known culinary and medicinal properties, especially antiseptic and antibiotic. Its organic sulfur content assists in detoxifying heavy metals as well as infectious microbes. On the Vineyard, garlic is planted in autumn, wintered over, and harvested the following summer. Start with quality seed garlic, and grow it in fertile soil — use your best spot or make a special bed — in full sun.

Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) need no introduction as a fruit prized for desserts, preserves, and eating fresh. All parts of the plant have been valued for their medicinal properties as well. Traditionally, leaves are used as an herbal tea to help with chills, colds, tonsillitis, and stomach complaints (Herbs, Phillips & Foy, Random House), and all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Easily grown in a corner of the garden, raspberries respond to fertile soil and annual pruning.

Echinacea, in several species, is a beautiful ornamental and excellent cut flower, which has been widely hybridized to produce an array of colors, heights, and flower forms that were previously unknown. “Advances in immunology have shown that E. angustifolia and E. purpurea … have a marked effect on the body’s resistance to infectious diseases of all kinds, particularly the influenza and herpes viruses.” (ibid.) Root and leaves are used.

Another perennial culinary herb to tuck away in a corner of the vegetable garden is French sorrel (Rumex scutatus), prized as an early spring physic, diuretic, and laxative, and the delicious accompaniment to many fish dishes. It is the main ingredient in sorrel soup. The sorrel plant is used for its leaves primarily. Therefore, flowering stalks are usually discouraged as leaf quality then suffers. The perennial shoots emerge early in spring and are harvested for salad, soup etc as soon as they grow large enough. The flower stalks come later, just like rhubarb, but are cut out, to keep the supply of leaves coming along.

Garden sorrel (R. acetosa) and sheep’s sorrel (R. acetosella) are similar, if less choice, forms than the French. Plant out in rich soil and divide regularly, to keep plants vigorous and producing a continuous supply of brittle, tender leaves.

Raspberries, echinacea and sorrel are grown and sold primarily as container plants; planting them can happen any time the ground is able to be worked, until fall.

Children at the Island Grown Schools program recently got growing at the West Tisbury School. – Photo by Maria Thibodeau

Choose your site

You can really grow food anywhere. Begin by assessing what sort of space you have for your new food-producing garden.

Do you have a large, sunny, chemical- and contaminant-free yard? If so, you can put in raised beds and grow many different types of fruits and vegetables.

Do you live in a small apartment with limited outdoor space? You might want to consider container gardening, and the good news is that there are still many different crops you can grow with limited space.

Don’t have any space? Consider joining a community garden. There is one at Island Grown Initiative’s Thimble Farm. For more information, email Emily@islandgrown.org.

Wherever you choose to place your garden, make sure that your fruits and vegetables receive six or more hours of sunlight a day.

Gather your materials

Food will grow in just about anything. Choose untreated lumber and clean containers with holes for drainage.

A raised bed is an easy way to create a nutrient-rich growing space ideal for growing just about any crop. For a four-foot by eight-foot raised bed, you will need two pieces of four-foot untreated spruce and two pieces of eight-foot untreated spruce. Assemble your lumber into a rectangle. Two screws will go into each corner, one on the top and one on the bottom. Screw together all four corners.

If you are gardening in a small space, experiment with different types of containers with drainage holes. You could try growing food in old plastic milk crates, large pots that trees came in, reusable shopping bags, or an untreated wooden pallet.

You will need to fill your garden with good-quality soil, which is sold at local garden centers or from John Keene’s by the cubic foot or cubic yard. To figure out how much soil you need, just use the formula for volume (length x width x height). For reference, a four-foot by eight-foot raised bed will take about .79 cubic yards of soil.

Pick your crops

There are many different fruits and vegetables you can grow. Though there are rules of thumb about what can grow when and where, there are some simple crops that you can get started with right away.

In early spring when the weather is still fickle, it is best to grow crops that are frost-tolerant and hardy. For containers, choose hardy greens like mustard, arugula, kale, or spinach, all of which can be directly sown in your soil, then watered, and will start to grow in about a week. If you have a little bit more space in your garden, then try your hand at growing peas.

Once we are past the danger of frost in late May, you can plant the more warm-loving crops. Visit local nurseries or farms to find healthy starts for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and basil to grow in containers or a raised bed. If you have enough space in your garden, consider growing zucchini from seed.

Make sure to read plant labels and seed packets to learn what soil, sun, or spacing your plants require.

Keep a garden journal throughout the growing season to learn which plants and varieties you like that do well in your space.

 

Milo Brush gets growing at the West Tisbury School as part of the Island Grown Schools program. – Photo by Maria Thibodeau
Milo Brush gets growing at the West Tisbury School. – Photo by Maria Thibodeau

Tend your garden

Once you have planted your garden, set yourself up for a low-maintenance growing season.

Containers need to be watered daily so they don’t dry out, but a raised bed will only need to be watered deeply twice a week. Try setting up sprinklers on a timer near your growing space. To make sure you are watering deep enough, stick your finger into the soil to check (Tip: Plants have been watered thoroughly if the top 2 inches feels evenly moist and continues to be moist below that level. If the first 2 inches feels dry, you need to water more deeply. If the first 2 inches feels soggy, you are overwatering).

Weeds will compete with your plants for nutrients and water, so pull them out, and mulch around your plants with straw.

Gardeners love to share their knowledge, so ask a friend or neighbor if he has any advice for you as you start out on your gardening adventure.

Get your kids into the garden with you and see what you can grow together.

 

Emily Armstrong is the preschool coordinator for Island Grown Schools, the Vineyard’s Farm to School organization. Visit islandgrownschools.org for additional information about the program.

 

Lisa Stewart (right front) with Rhea Cobban (left front) and colleagues (left to right) Leslie Floyd, Ashley Mundt, Sheylah Callen, Trish Lyman. – Photo courtesy Lisa Stewart
Deb Dunn, with her husband Jim Feiner and son Elijah, on a recent vacation. – Photo courtesy Jim Feiner
Deb Dunn, with her husband Jim Feiner and son Elijah, on a recent vacation. – Photo courtesy Jim Feiner

Jim Feiner, Principal Broker
Feiner Real Estate, Chilmark
Home: Chilmark
Number of years in real estate: 25
Specialty: Most people associate me with up-Island towns because we live in Chilmark.
Came to be in real estate: Following college, I was trying to get into a career in advertising, and when no one was hiring me, I decided to get a real estate license just in case. My mother, who was practicing real estate for fun, offered me one of her clients, to whom I sold my first house.
What would you be if you weren’t in real estate? Maybe a photographer or an artist. I like to do mosaics, and frequently do them for clients I sell houses to, as a thank-you.
Any interesting stories about your work? I was selling a piece of property, and at the last minute we got a notification from the state that the best place on the property for a house actually had a 37-person graveyard, which the sellers never notified me about and I never realized. It was unmarked and not obvious, and it could’ve been almost anything.

Fred Roven (center) with friends Liz Pearlson and husband Marco, Real Estate Guide publisher Ruth McGorty and John Davis. – Photo courtesy Fred Roven
Fred Roven (center) with friends Liz Pearlson and husband Marco, Real Estate Guide publisher Ruth McGorty and John Davis. – Photo courtesy Fred Roven

Fred Roven, Owner/Broker
Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents, Edgartown
Home: Edgartown
Number of years in real estate: 17
Specialty: Exclusive buyer agency (we take no listings and only represent buyers.)
Came to be in real estate: I needed a source of income, and had not been on a time clock since college. Real estate seemed like a perfect next step. My fascination with the changes happening in real estate at that time, from sub-agency to buyer agency, was what first attracted me.
How did you come to buy your own house? I had been renting for many years, first with the Island shuffle and then year-round. I walked into my current home, and knew it was mine. I made an offer on it a few days later. I am not certain I was actually looking, but I was ready.

Peter C. Fyler, Owner/Broker
SplitRock Real Estate, LLC, West Tisbury
Home: West Tisbury
Number of years in real estate: 26-plus
Specialty: Exclusive buyer agency
Came to be in real estate: My family owns considerable holdings out of state.
What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? Probably retired, but I enjoy helping people too much. It’s my calling.
Favorite activity on the Island? Landscaping and gardening.
Philosophy: You have to be part psychologist to be good at this. Empathy is important.
People love to buy, but don’t like being sold — they can smell it a mile away. This business should be about service and not sales, but it is too easy to get into and come and go at whim. As the universal law proves, “Do what you love and the money will follow.”

Russell Maloney, Broker/Owner
Russell Maloney Real Estate, LLC, Chilmark
Home: Chilmark
Number of years in real estate: 9
Specialty: Unique antiques, mid-century modern masterpieces, smashing contemporaries
Came to be in real estate? I retired from a career on Wall Street and moved to Chilmark for a quieter pace of life. It was a natural progression for me to share with and show others how great life can be away from the rat race on an Island paradise.
What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? I don’t know what I would be, but I always wanted to be an accomplished musician.
Favorite room in your house? The room with the piano and the paintings.
Any interesting stories about your work? There was the time that a renter in Edgartown met me at 6 am on an August Saturday morning and paid me $15,000 in $100 bills.

Lisa Stewart, Owner
Lighthouse Properties, Edgartown
Home: Oak Bluffs
Number of years in real estate: 24
What would you be if you weren’t in real estate? Architect or interior designer. My husband and I have designed and built a number of homes on the Island, and we would like to get into that again.
Any interesting stories about your work? I once had a house burn to the ground a few days before closing. The sellers had stored some mattresses in a sunroom that had a propane-fired stove, and inadvertently had mattresses leaning against the stove. A fire broke out in the early morning of Thanksgiving Day. The firefighters came and put out the fire, which at that point was contained to the one room. However, the fire did not get completely extinguished, and a few hours later, the fire started again and the entire house burned to the ground. Needless to say, the buyers did not want to go forward with the purchase, and my sale literally went “up in smoke”!

Arthur Smadbeck – MV Times File Photo
Arthur Smadbeck – MV Times File Photo

Arthur Smadbeck, Owner
Priestley Smadbeck & Mone, Edgartown
Home: Edgartown
Number of years in real estate: 25
Specialty: Residential sales
Came to be in real estate: I went into partnership with my mother, Justine Priestley, in 1989.
What would you be if you weren’t in real estate? I was previously in the coal business, and would probably still be if I hadn’t gone into business with my mother.
How did you come to buy your own home? When my wife and I moved here, we looked at many, many houses. The problem was that we had five very active boys, ages 3 to 10, and couldn’t find a house that worked for that configuration. We ended up building a house to fit the need.

Kathleen Kendrick, Broker
Homes on Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown
Home: Aquinnah
Number of years in real estate: 3½
Specialty: Residential and commercial sales and purchases
Came to be in real estate? I had always wanted to work in real estate. My first careers were in special education and then product development. I decided to write a short book that, hopefully, would help young adults with attention deficit disorder. I was working with a graphic designer on-Island, Tjark Aldeborgh, to format the book for Amazon. Tjark had started Homes on Martha’s Vineyard during that time. When he knew I had my license in real estate, he invited me to join his company.
Favorite room in your house? My music room. I can lose myself for hours on the piano. It is also a peaceful room for reading or writing.
Favorite activity on the Island? To walk the beautiful walking trails that we are so fortunate to have here. That includes frequent visits to the Polly Hill Arboretum.

Leslie Pearlson, Co-Owner/Broker
Tea Lane Associates, West Tisbury and Chilmark
Home: Vineyard Haven
Number of years in real estate: 15
Came to be in real estate? My aunt, Eleanor Pearlson, founded Tea Lane Associates 47 years ago with her partner Julia Sturges. I learned the business from her, and took it over gradually, alongside my cousin Abby Rabinovitz.
Philosophy: I see myself as a matchmaker, finding the right fit for our buyers and sellers — whether it is the best property or rental for the buyer or the best buyer or tenant for the owner. This is a very human profession, and we pride ourselves on being instructive, knowledgeable, and intuitive, which is the result of years of experience in this unique Vineyard market. We work with folks who are either beginning their dream, changing their dream, or ending their dream. This can be an extremely intimate and complicated process. I try to softly guide my clients through each step.

Neal Stiller, Broker/Office Manager
Cronig’s Real Estate, Vineyard Haven
Home: Vineyard Haven
Number of years in real estate: 32
Came to be in real estate? I was born on the Island, and have lived in Vineyard Haven my entire life, except during college. After college I was looking for a profession that would allow me to live on the Vineyard. I decided to try my hand in real estate. My great-uncle, Henry Cronig, started Cronig’s Real Estate in 1917. My uncle, Carlyle Cronig, followed him into the business right after WW II. Carlyle’s son, Peter, joined his father in 1979. After one year with another real estate company, I joined Cronig’s Real Estate in 1983.
Favorite room in your house? My den. It’s my getaway room where I can relax.
Favorite activity on-Island? Swimming, whether at the beach or in my pool. Unfortunately the Vineyard summer season is much too short.

Judy Federowicz, Owner/Broker
Coldwell Banker Landmarks, Vineyard Haven
Home: Vineyard Haven
Number of years in real estate: 34
Specialty: Residential properties, with an interest in antique homes
Favorite room in your house? The dining room — this is where the best conversations happen, when everyone is gathered around the table after a wonderful meal. It’s a time of good conversation, lots of sharing, laughter, and storytelling. The room radiates with good cheer.
Any interesting stories about buying your own house? When we purchased our first home, we left the closing with a dime in our pocket and the gas in the car, and that was it! Thank heaven payday wasn’t too far away! We never regretted “stretching” to buy that first house; it was the beginning of building an asset as well as creating a home. Over the years we have owned several houses, usually buying houses needing repair and restoration. We were not afraid of expending some elbow grease, and learned some interesting skills along the way. Owning a home is still the American dream.

Alan Schweikert and son Michael at the beach. - Photo courtesy Alan Schweikert
Alan Schweikert and son Michael at the beach. – Photo courtesy Alan Schweikert

Alan Schweikert, Owner/Broker
Ocean Park Realty, Inc., Edgartown and Oak Bluffs
Home: Oak Bluffs

Number of years in real estate: 41
Came to be in real estate? In the early ’70s I came over here to manage Mattakeeset Properties, along with selling the last few condominiums that were still available. After the season I was contacted by Land-Use Associates to manage and sell their properties in Sengekontacket. In 1979, I opened up Ocean Park Realty.
Favorite room in your house? The great room. It has pleasant visuals into the other rooms, and beautiful views of the meadow, forest, and bodies of water around my property.
Favorite activity on the Island: I enjoy the Island in every respect, in that I love to swim, hike, fish, and play golf.

Stephanie Burke, Co-Owner/Broker
Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Properties, Edgartown
Home: Edgartown
Number of years in real estate: 32
Came to be in real estate? I started in Manhattan at a small boutique Upper East Side firm. I moved to Martha’s Vineyard 30 years ago, kept my license, and worked full-time in hotels that were condominium-owned; occasionally units were shown and sold. From there, I went to work for Linda Bassett Real Estate, and managed her office until 2007, when I bought the business with my business partner, Renee Ortiz.
Philosophy: Real estate is a people business — relationships with clients, brokers, attorneys, and more. In this day and age, technology and social media are key, and this has a huge impact on marketing and public engagement. If you treat your business relationships with care and are honest, ethical, resourceful, and collaborative in nature, you will be successful.

Kerry Quinlan-Potter, Owner/Broker
Breakwater Real Estate, Oak Bluffs
Home: Oak Bluffs
Number of years in real estate: 12-plus
Specialty: Community of East Chop
Came to be in real estate: My father was a broker in Canada. I have always been in sales, having run an advertising and publishing company before moving to Martha’s Vineyard.
What would you be if you weren’t a Realtor? I own a retail shop in Vineyard Haven [The Collection] that satisfies my creative outlet, as well as allowing me to be surrounded by beautiful things!
How did you come to own your own home? My husband and I bought a building lot on East Chop at the height of the real estate market, and built a “spec” house we had hoped to sell. Six or seven years later, we still live in the house, though it is twice the size we need and many rooms are left unused. We are in such a great location that we just settled in, and time has passed.

The Islanders who put up our houses up share how they got here, and what they love about their jobs.

Jason Forend has been building houses on Martha's Vineyard for 14 years. — Photos by Lynn Christoffers

Jeff Wass of Rosbeck Builders

Jeff Waas — Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Jeff Waas — Photo by Lynn Christoffers

I followed my heart to the Island. I remember visiting for the first time, at 7 years old with my parents, for the Derby, and I came for many years just to fish. From that time on, the Vineyard has held a special place for me. But it wasn’t until a love interest of mine came here that I made the leap. I had been a custom builder in New England, beginning on the crew then working my way up. I then had the opportunity to do a spec house here, which led to many other housing contracts, and a decision to stay and build on-Island full-time. I still work on-site and do everything and anything that needs to be done, from framing to fitting to running the crew.

We are busy all the time, there’s no off-season for us, and I still do everything from framing to craftwork to managing the guys.

The bizarre thing was many years later, I found a Vineyard connection existed in my family long before I stepped ashore. Turns out, my family was among the original settling families here, in the 17th century. After living here for some years, they left and went to Maine to begin a whole new colony. They were adventurers for sure … they even sailed from here to Palestine, bringing people with them, and Mark Twain wrote of their journeying! So, somehow without knowing it, I followed in their footsteps to live and work here.

Because I worked on the mainland as well, I can honestly say that this Island is an incredible place to build. This is one of the key areas in the country, with so many interesting clients, drawing international people with diverse styles — from the stately captain’s homes to very contemporary design with glass and metal. It’s a great opportunity to learn from project to project. And because of this, I can tell you the craftsmanship is of a higher caliber than so many other places.

I love what I do because you truly become part of the family when you work with architects, other craftsman, and the clientele. I had actually built homes for the Rosbecks off-Island years ago. Through those projects we became more than business colleagues, like family, and when I came over with a small crew to work here, I was already well connected with Peter Rosbeck.

We are busy all the time, there’s no off-season for us, and I still do everything from framing to craftwork to managing the guys. Clients all want to enjoy their homes in the springtime, so there’s always a push to move forward faster than humanly possible. Sure, it’s sometimes difficult to be this busy, but I’d rather better to be busy than bored! There is so much responsibility in bringing these projects to realization –– in working hand and hand with the owners, craftsman, subcontractors and the entire crew … there are a million details to manage. But the people who work here really care about what they do. We have such an open, smooth dialogue during the whole process that it creates great work.

You really know when the job you’ve completed is good when the client comes in at the end. You’re making their dream come true, building this home. From a sketch on a bar napkin, to tears when they walk through the doors. It’s really a privilege.

 

Max Guimarães of Holmes Hole Builders
This winter was a dark one. Battling the extreme weather to keep a project moving ahead in this cold is the hardest part. From framing to finishing, we were outside, the whole time exposed. To keep dry and warm, I put on three layers of clothes, two or three pairs of socks, and very good boots. But the change is coming, and all we felt so grateful about this week of dry weather to push forward on a house we are framing out in Katama. Spring is coming, and this is a very good thing!

I am from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and I still have family there. My father first came to the Vineyard to work as a painter and landscaper.
Max Guimaraes — Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Max Guimaraes — Photo by Lynn Christoffers

I am from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and I still have family there. My father first came to the Vineyard to work as a painter and landscaper. My brother, mother, and I followed him 13 years ago. My brother began working as a carpenter for Gary Maynard at Holmes Hole. I saw he had steady work and good pay, and more than that, the job interested me very much. I wanted to build; painting and landscape work, like my father did, just wasn’t for me. I began as a journeyman, and after a few years I began learning from the other crew members … I have these skills because of the great crew members sharing their knowledge.
My life is here now; some people might not understand that completely, and if you ask another Brazilian they may say they miss certain things, but honestly, I feel I belong here more than in Brazil now. I do go back to visit some family, but after 13 years you start to develop roots in this community. My wife works at the walk-in clinic in Vineyard Haven, and my daughter was born here and is in school … this is the place we call our home.

Long hours and long work weeks are just part of the job. I try to balance the work with time for my family; taking my daughter or brother-in-law out on the kayak to fish is something I enjoy doing on my off-time. But I love what I do, day to day. Building is being able to say that what you are doing is adding something special to the Island.

There’s a lot of pride when the job is finished and you can turn around and say, wow, I did that. Then the homeowners come, and for many, this is their vacation home. You are building the place they come to relax and enjoy with their families — that is a very special thing. You can see it in their eyes when they come into the place you built. They are happy, and you feel happy for seeing it through.

Jason Forend of Gary BenDavid Builders
Personally, I absolutely love what I do. You start with nothing on the ground, just the bare materials, and when it’s finished, when you stand in the road and there’s this massive structure in front of you, that you built together as a team … it’s incredible.

We often spend more time together over the year than with our home families, there is a real brotherhood here, complete with little spats and fights, but we all know we have each other’s back.

That feeling hasn’t changed much from when I started down this path as a freshman at Plymouth South Technical High School. My love for carpentry began by being able to take raw wood and be creative, transforming it into something new — there’s a certain freedom in that. I never looked back.

Coming to the Vineyard to work for Gary has been a dream for me. My father lived here, so I would visit, but it was through a family marriage connection that I met Gary and he offered me a job. I feel so fortunate that I took the opportunity 14 years ago (almost to the day), and have been able to grow and learn so much over the years.

Our sole group of guys has been together for nearly a decade; this longevity is a huge asset to the company. We have become a family … because we often spend more time together over the year than with our home families, there is a real brotherhood here, complete with little spats and fights, but we all know we have each other’s back. We know each other’s next step. With clients as well, Gary makes such a comfortable and open working environment, there’s a real sense of community between all of us.

Here on the Island, where it’s such a seasonal place and everyone wants to be in their house for the summertime, to brave the winter weather, two feet of New England snow, ice, and rain, can push everything back. There are limited resources, and with limited time to get it done, there are only so many insulators and plumbers, and all the crews need them at the same time. In our business the weather poses the greatest challenge; for sure this winter we’ve seen how hard it can be.

We have a caretaking arm to the company, so we stay very close with the owners and often return to build an addition or do a renovation. The bonds that Gary creates are very strong, and so it’s never goodbye, and I love to return to the houses I’ve worked on, to continue to be involved over the years.

At the end of the day, when we come together as a group of guys, and we deliver the house to the client’s complete satisfaction, it always makes me proud. But after all these years, our eyes aren’t very impressed by our own work anymore, so when you do that first walk-through with the clients, it’s fresh, and makes you realize what’s been accomplished. All I can say is it’s a wonderful trade, and I feel very fortunate to be working with Gary and our team, and in this beautiful place, Martha’s Vineyard.


Matt Gongola of Squash Meadow Construction

Matt Gongola — Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Matt Gongola — Photo by Lynn Christoffers

I remember working on site, always seeing the project manager driving in and out in his truck and busy on his cell phone, and I would think, ‘Wow, what’s it like to be that guy?’ Now I’m that guy, and I think, ‘Wow, wasn’t it great to be working out there, with the crew, one project at a time?’

My grandfather was a carpenter, and as a little boy, I always looked up to him and knew I wanted to be a carpenter as well.

When you’re in the field, whether it’s framing out a house or installing a kitchen, you can see what you’ve accomplished over the course of a day. But in the office, you won’t have much to gauge your progress by, except a stack of papers or your dying cell phone battery.

Of course, it’s a natural progression to move through these various levels of tradesman to management, and one day I hope to own my own business. In many ways the feeling of pride for what I do has grown as I’ve learned and been exposed to the qualities that make a good manager. As a carpenter you have a chance to hone your skills, whether it’s driving a nail or installing a window. A project manager requires honing of people skills, and at Squash Meadow, I’ve been given a great opportunity by Bill Potter to build a team, lead, and think in new ways.

My grandfather was a carpenter, and as a little boy, I always looked up to him and knew I wanted to be a carpenter as well. I went right into New Bedford Vocational & Technical High School, and I graduated at the top of my class. A friend called me up one Sunday night and told me he had a job lined up for me on the Vineyard. That night I packed up all the tools I had in my truck, and in the morning I headed out to the Cape, following Steamship Authority signs. I had no idea how to get to Woods Hole, let alone knowing that different ships went to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. But I made it. That was 10 years ago.

There was a day I was framing part of a roof, I installed a girder and posted it down far too late, I knew the only way to fix it was take everything apart, and start all over again. It was a gut-wrenching feeling, to have to take it all apart and be set back. When Bill came out and saw I was working on the same thing for two days, I had to tell him: Look, I made an honest mistake and I’m doing this on my own time, because we get paid to do it right the first time. Since that day I think Bill really trusted me, and our genuine friendship began.

A couple years later, we did a renovation for a client whom we had worked for over the years. We had already done his kitchen, bed, and master bath, when he decided to move to the Island full-time and do a lot more work. It included taking off the rooftop. He was a really hands-on client, he worked with us every day, and at first that was a little scary, having the client over your shoulder the whole time, but he was fantastic. He worked side by side with us through a really hard winter. When it was finished he knew, firsthand, everything that had gone into his home, how hard it had been, all the details. We became close friends through the experience, and every time I go back to his place, we reminisce about every detail. There’s a real shared pride which comes from knowing what an accomplishment it was.

You know the old saying: A carpenter’s house is never finished. In my free time I love to work with my hands and put on my tool belt. I bought a house in Oak Bluffs a few years back, and I’ve been working on it ever since. It’s relaxing, but it’s also important to do the work. When you come up with a group of guys in the trade, all starting at the same time, and you end up managing their work, there can sometimes be feelings of resentment, questioning whether you still remember how to do the job. So it keeps my skills sharp.

Needless to say, I’m getting a lot more done in my house now as a project manager than I did as a carpenter. I also volunteer as a firefighter, which I really enjoy, and most of the guys who volunteer in the department are in the trade: plumbers, carpenters, journeymen. So there’s a tight community here, and you work all day together and then see them later at the station — these friendships extend beyond the job site.

Gary Maynard of Holmes Hole Builders
I’ve been building things with my hands all my life. I worked for 12 years as a boat carpenter, restoring wooden boats and ships, including the schooner Alabama. The interesting thing for me is that by bringing together the two things I’ve been passionate about all my life, craftsmanship and sailing, the most important building I’ve ever done has been the building of a team and a company, to create true masterpieces, major projects on the Island, which I could never have done alone.

By bringing together the two things I’ve been passionate about all my life, craftsmanship and sailing, the most important building I’ve ever done has been the building of a team and a company.
Gary Maynard — Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Gary Maynard — Photo by Lynn Christoffers

I came to the Vineyard 28 years ago, and started doing some repair work on someone’s boat; that turned into more jobs restoring boats, and of course, more time to sail. But when I decided to create a building company, I began as my own foreman, running the crew, interfacing with clientele, working with the architects, and working on-site. The demands on management increased, and we grew so now we have several building projects at once, and the complexity of managing all the details is exponential.

What fires me up now is not just fitting woodwork together, but fitting the crew, engineers, architects, and subcontractors together — to work as a cohesive whole, under demanding pressures. I still am very hands-on, and get out to the site daily, but now, rather than swinging the hammer, I am building the crew to help realize the vision of the architect and clients.

Island development issues are fraught with tension, and I understand. I have a lot of nostalgia for the Island as it was when I first came here in the late ’70s, and I think it’s a serious issue that all builders face. The hard work that the town boards have done to maintain the character of the Island is so valuable, and we work to respect not just the regulations but the spirit of those sentiments … yet I have to walk the very fine line of respecting that, realizing the vision of the client for their home, making a living, and being a member of this community.

I have always had a passion for craftsmanship, and on this Island we truly get to build on the cutting edge of residential architecture, going from shingle style to colonial reproduction to contemporary. This world-class craftsmanship happens every day here, and the projects are so dynamic.

Personally, there’s nothing more satisfying than walking away from a successful project, where everyone is happy: The dream is realized for the architect and the client, and all the team members feel satisfied and proud and can earn a living to raise their families here. At that point, we’ve all pulled something off together, and accomplished something rather extraordinary.

Bill Potter of Squash Meadow Construction

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to build two houses on Cape Cod, and it’s night and day over there, in terms of the way the building business is run. On the Vineyard, in general, amongst all of us in the trade, we use simple life principles to run our business: responsibility and loyalty.

We, the Islanders, along with the various boards like Island Housing, the Land Bank, the select committees of all the towns, and the conservation groups, we’ve all made sure our home has not turned into Cancún.
Bill Potter — Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Bill Potter — Photo by Lynn Christoffers

Out of all the possible roads the Vineyard could have taken in terms of development and change over time, I think we can all feel very proud. It has been a collaboration of thought and planning — we, the Islanders, along with the various boards like Island Housing, the Land Bank, the select committees of all the towns, and the conservation groups, we’ve all made sure our home has not turned into Cancún. And looking at it in that sense, of what could have been, I think we’ve done a darn good job. I make sure that my business stays dedicated to sustainable building — we are the role models for our kids.
I have a deep love for the Island. I spent every summer of my life here; even though I grew up in Hong Kong, I would return to my mother’s house for the summer months. I started out as a house painter on the island in the ’80s to save money for college. I went to Trinity College and graduated with a degree in East Asian studies. I got a job wearing a suit and tie in Hartford, but three months later I was back on the Vineyard painting houses. I just missed it way too much.
The painting turned into carpentry, and carpentry turned into construction. Working, running my crews, learning everything on-site, and building companies along the way. Squash Meadow has been around for the past 15 years. Unfortunately it’s probably been about 10 years since I stopped wearing a tool belt everyday, and certainly, I miss working outdoors, being creative with my hands, and the camaraderie with the guys. Of course, the rewards now come in different areas: Instead of creating with wood, I’m creating on a different level, and there is great satisfaction in that as well.
We are all very familiar with the spring stress that poses a challenge to building here. Everything has to be done by June, because that’s the big arrival for all our clients. The timeline begins in the fall when the rush for resources, building permits, hiring subcontractors, and pouring the foundation before it gets cold sets up the whole season. This winter will deliver a hard spring for us because of all the weather we’ve had. Yet time with my family is very important to me. I fish in the Derby every year, and we love to travel, so we go away when my daughter has school off; I have to take that time. It’s a priority.
The success of a project coming in on time and on budget, with the client happy, is of course important. But I actually focus on a triple bottom line that goes beyond that single product. True success comes from supplying local jobs, supplying local housing, and using healthy materials to build sustainable homes. Contributing to creating a sustainable community is just priceless for me.

 

Never underestimate the value of a good front door.

House in North Tisbury, ca. 1987. – Photos by Alison Shaw

You’ve decided to sell. Your kids are grown, and the house is too big. Or the kids are growing, and the house is too small. Or you’ve inherited the family’s summer home, but prefer to spend your vacations in the south of France. Whatever the reason, you’ve got a chore in front of you, and a lot of questions arise. Should I sell it myself? How do I get the best price for my property? What’s the best season to list it? Should I invest in upgrades? Should I hire someone to stage it?
The Times talked to three real estate experts to find out the answers to these questions and more.

Pricing is key
Jim Feiner, owner and principal broker of Feiner Real Estate in Chilmark, proposes, “As a property owner, you are jaded about the value of the property. It’s hard to look at things from a position without emotion — especially if it’s a property you’ve owned for a long time.”

Lisa Stewart, owner of Lighthouse Properties in Edgartown, concurs. “Houses are always more valuable to the sellers than to the buyers because of the emotional attachment,” she says. “A lot of times people hire us to sell their properties, but they don’t listen to us in terms of the value. So you get stuck chasing the market, and it really adds to the days on the market. There have been many times,” she adds, “after a closing, I’ll go back over a client’s folder and see that the home sold for close to the price I originally recommended,”

Choosing an agent/broker
The consensus seems to be that, on-Island, most of the choices in agents/brokers come from word of mouth or other previous relationships, like rentals from the agent or knowing him or her in another context. According to Jim Feiner, “If you’re someone who’s been on Martha’s Vineyard for a while, there’s a high probability that you know more than one real estate broker.”

What’s important is to find an agent with good communication and integrity. “I see our relationship as kind of a partnership,” Lisa Stewart explains. “So it’s nice to have somebody that you trust — that you feel you have good chemistry with.”

As expected, none of the three experts we spoke to recommended an owner/seller situation. “I’m not sure it’s a good idea,” says Jim Feiner. “Reaching the buyers is difficult because most of them are affiliated with a brokerage firm.”

Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyers Agents in Edgartown, who looks at the issue from a buyer’s point of view, advises owner/sellers to list with a broker. “It’s the best thing to do,” he says. “It’s the quickest, and provides the best bottom line for the seller.”

Should you have an open house?
“It doesn’t work,” says Lisa Stewart. “It’s done primarily for our sellers. It’s not like in Boston, where people spend weekends going to open houses. You can’t do open houses very easily in the summer, because most houses are occupied or have tenants. You can do an open house in spring and fall, but oftentimes you just sit there for two hours and you get, like, a neighbor or something.”

Clean it up!
To stage or not to stage? Fred Roven says that staging can help, but more important is getting rid of clutter. “Make the house look as spacious as possible,” he advises. “Get rid of oversize furniture. Even get rid of some pieces of furniture that might not be necessary.”

As far as professional staging, Lisa Stewart says yes — but with reservations. “It depends on the property and the price range,” Lisa says, “because that can get expensive. It’s not necessary if what you have there is clean and neat and well presented.”

So, a coat of paint, shampooed carpets, decluttering, raked leaves, and creating a feeling of spaciousness are cheaper and about as effective as out-and-out staging.

Fred Roven touts the value of a good front door. “It’s the first thing people really see or experience when they come into a house,” he says. “If there’s anything at all wrong with the front door, replace it. The color is important. The quality of it is important. An old, rusty metal front door, even on a nice house, could leave someone with a bad feeling about it. It’s one of the few things you can get your money back on when you sell your house.”

To upgrade or not to upgrade

Curb appeal in Edgartown.
Curb appeal in Edgartown.

“People are really looking for updated kitchens and updated bathrooms,” says Fred. “People can paint and refinish floors, but [a complete upgrade] can become a $50,000 to $100,000 expense. Sellers can do it to sell a home — it might help to sell the house quicker— but they will probably not get their money returned on it.”
Jim Feiner states it succinctly: “It depends on the house and the market. If you’re selling at the bottom of the market, I would be less likely to advise people to invest heavily in fixing their houses up. If you’re thinking about selling a house that’s in the upper part of the market — say, in excess of the high hundred-thousands — it depends upon what it requires. Fresh paint? Carpeting? Buyers are more likely to pay a premium for a completely finished house that has nice taste and style versus buying a house with a lot of issues they’re going to have to address. Even though the issues may cost [only] $10,000 or $20,000, there’s the hassle issue that does, in fact, lower their financial motivation — maybe even unconsciously.”

When to sell?
Because the bulk of the real estate market on the Island is second homes, there is a seasonality to the market.

Says Jim Feiner: “Probably the biggest buying season starts in mid-February and goes through till May. People are trying to buy houses that they can move into or rent for the summer. There’s also a fair amount of buying that goes on during the summer, because the houses look their nicest and the most number of people are here, so we end up with a lot of closings in the fall.”

Intangibles

LIttle details matter. Campground House, ca. 1991.
LIttle details matter. Campground House, ca. 1991.

According to Lisa, a good move on the part of the seller is to convey to the broker what she calls “intangibles” — assets that wouldn’t normally be included in the listing. “We have a lot of properties on the Island that have some very neat features that wouldn’t show up in an appraisal,” she says. “Little innuendoes of location, rentability — things like that.”

So, if you made your mortgage and then some with summer rentals, tell your broker. If Ulysses Grant slept in your house after being ejected from the Campgrounds, let her know that. If the property abuts protected land, quiet-seeking buyers will be interested. Two-minute walk from the golf course? Tell her. Zoning laws? Construction rules? Hiking trails? Incredible morning light? Spill!

Japanese maples, and the upside of fish guts.

From left, Lori, Jack and Paul Mahoney.

You would think that it would be difficult for an avid gardener and someone who has worked with plants since he was a little kid to pick his favorite plant. I asked Paul Mahoney, my dad, to do just that, and he came up with an answer pretty quickly. He replied almost immediately, “Japanese maple, because there are so many different kinds that can fit into so many different environments. They are versatile, and can enhance any atmosphere in a garden.”

Japanese Maples. – Courtesy Jardin Mahoney
Japanese Maples. – Courtesy Jardin Mahoney

From red to green, upright to sprawling, a thick dense canopy to a very open and translucent appearance, Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) really can be used in many different ways. I love when the late afternoon sun shines through the tree’s canopy and really shows the colors of the leaves, more so with the reds than the greens. I have designed quite a few gardens, and have incorporated Japanese maples to complement the other plants in the landscape. For example, I like using the more upright varieties, like the ‘Seiryu’ (green) or ‘Emperor I/Bloodgood’ (red), to soften the corner of a house. Another benefit to including these trees in landscapes is that because they tend to have a more open canopy, you can underplant them very nicely without taking away from the beauty of the tree. The lower-growing, sprawling varieties can make a nice addition to the foreground of a bed, or even hanging over and down a retaining wall. I really like how the bold red foliage looks against a light stone wall. Japanese maples truly are a very versatile plant.

Japanese maples like fertile but well-drained soil, and can tolerate part-shade to sun. Usually when planting, I recommend amending the soil with a compost mix. I often use Mahoney’s Compost Planting Mix, which has Bio-tone, great for helping plants to get established. I also like the Coast of Maine Compost and Peat and Coast of Maine Lobster Compost, which are both certified organic. Japanese maples tend to be low-maintenance, and require little pruning. They should be fertilized heavily in the spring and more lightly in the fall for overall plant health. I like using Espoma Tree-tone, but if you don’t want to buy a whole bag for one tree, the Espoma Plant-tone is a great all-purpose fertilizer, and works just as well. I remember when I was probably about 5 or 6; we had a ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maple planted right outside our kitchen window. One day my dad took me fishing, and we saved all the leftover remains after filleting them, and buried them around the tree. I was so excited that we were feeding this tree with something else from nature. That tree soon became the focal point of our foundation planting. It’s funny the things you remember doing when you were little; now I’m out there in my own garden doing the same thing 20-odd years later. Now that I have a son of my own, I am looking forward to teaching him all the things that my dad has taught me about plants and gardening.

Fifty years: Same love, different places.

Holly and John Alaimo fell in love and got married 50 years ago. They've moved around on Martha's Vineyard, and opened Dragonfly Gallery 20 years ago. Now, they're in a cozy house on Webaqua in Oak Bluffs, where there's room for Holly's art, John's music, and all their stories. –Photos by Michael Cummo; old photos courtesy the Alaimos

“There’s a story to everything,” said John Alaimo recently when he and his wife, Holly, opened their home on Webaqua Avenue in Oak Bluffs to the MV Times. He stood over a pair of back-to-back Mission-style sofas in the couple’s light, bright, and beautifully appointed living room. “Holly saw these over 30 years ago in the window of a Goodwill shop down from where she worked [as a seamstress for the Boston Ballet]. The sofas were $15. Holly only had $5 in her purse, and by the time she returned to work, her boss had already purchased them.” The boss promised that someday they’d belong to her, and, sure enough, only 25 years later on the Vineyard, after she’d long forgotten about them, the former employer had the sofas delivered by van.
Indeed, the saga of the Alaimos’ life together unspools with the high adventure and changes of scenery of Dr. Zhivago, only without quite so much snow, and in this case, Omar Sharif and Julie Christie are still together.

Holly and John on the beach in the late '60's.
Holly and John on the beach in the late ’60’s.

It was back in ’65. John was a 25-year-old jazz pianist and Holly, 18, an aspiring painter and working waitress: They lived in the same apartment building, Holly on top of John, in Hermosa Beach, Calif., without actually having met. A mutual friend kept trying to fix them up, but Holly had plans to move, so no dice.

Destiny, however, was busy making other plans. On Holly’s moving day, she lugged her bags from the building, and tripped and fell on the beach, whereupon John gallantly appeared to help her, and soon they were hitchhiking up the coast together. And tumbling deeply into love.

At a bus stop north of Santa Barbara, a half-mad, homeless, itinerant minister married them, and although they organized a legal marriage some four years later, they have always clocked their anniversary to that bus stop ceremony, April 10, 1965, 50 years ago nearly to this day.

Another date required fixing: Holly originally told John she was 23, thinking he’d find her more adult at that age. On their first day thumbing rides, she said, “I need to tell you something. I’m really 22.” Each day, as he accepted the racking down of her age, she renegotiated another year less, until she arrived at 18. Even that he found acceptable. Conceivably the success of this 50-year marriage may be attributed to the innate amiability of both Alaimos.

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Holly and John in Cambridge in the 70’s, with their children Jessamin and Naaron.

From a room costing $18.50 per week in a San Francisco flophouse, located where the cable cars turned around (“It was very noisy,” said Holly), to a fishing-shack share with painters, musicians, and other assorted hippies in Larkspur outside Sausalito, Holly and John, before their peripatetic year was out, made their way back to the East Coast where both had grown up, to settle in Cambridge, where they gave birth in ’65 to son Naaron (“It’s a town in Scotland,” said Holly, “but I never checked the spelling,” to which John added, “When we arrived at the hospital, the power went out. It was the start of the big blackout that swept the whole eastern seaboard.”). Daughter Jessamin was born in ’71.

Holly kept working, in real estate, at bartending, and sewing for the ballet company, a job that included fitting Nureyev in his costumes. Meanwhile John, a piano prodigy from the age of 12 who lost four of his right-hand fingers in a machinery accident at the age of 19, had taken an executive position with Polaroid, though all the while he went on playing — on the West Coast with the iconic jazz keyboardist Hampton Hawes, in the East with equally revered drummer Bunny Smith.

It was Smith who lured the Alaimos down to Martha’s Vineyard, where the two musicians jammed with other band members at the fabled Sea View Bar. Holly said, “It was my job to clean and sanitize the rooms we stayed in upstairs.” It was also the only time Holly and John enjoyed vacations, their kids safely stowed with babysitters in Cambridge.

A longing for a Vineyard summer place took root, and a small legacy left by the death of John’s father made the acquisition of something none-too-pricey possible. One day Islander Sara Crafts sent the couple photos of an abandoned trio of shacks on Duke’s County Ave.

Holly said, “The place was a shambles. Ivy grew into the smashed windows, covered the floor, and grew up the other wall and out the opposite windows.” The price was, not surprisingly, low. They moved in on their anniversary, April 10, 1995. “Snow was in the air,” said John, and there was no furnace. Holly said, “The steps to the bedroom had collapsed, so we slept on the floor downstairs.”

Just when the cold and the horror of their surroundings began to overpower them, May appeared bright and balmy, and they discovered the joy of an outdoor shower. Meanwhile, Holly was a dab hand at painting even a broken-down shack into a place of whimsy, with royal-blue cabinets and pretty pots hung on colored hooks. What they hadn’t counted on was that, once installed, they dug in. The Vineyard was their new and permanent home. By that time their kids were established in the world, with kids of their own. The Alaimos sold the last of their mainland houses, this one in Lexington, and with the money began to fix up their hovels.

John said, “The odd thing that happened was that people kept knocking on our door or even barging in as we sat eating breakfast. They thought this was a shop. They were picking up on old Arts District vibes, and the building itself was chock-a-block with the street.” Holly decided to follow an old passion and open an art gallery.

And thus Dragonfly was born in ’96. “I’ve always had dragonflies land on me,” said Holly. “Once a dragonfly crawled up my leg and sat on my heart. I talked it down and out of the house and onto a birdbath, because we had tenants arriving.”

The Alaimos bought a beautiful wooded parcel in West Tisbury off Indian Hill Road, with a main house and a guest cottage, both designed with a Japanese flair. “We were always doing the Vineyard shuffle,” said Holly. “When the gallery was closed, we stayed there, renting out the West Tisbury places. Sometimes we simply lived in our garage.”

Nowadays, with the Indian Hill Road houses and the gallery sold in 2010, the Alaimos are comfortably installed in their Webaqua abode, with a rental unit next door, their back bedroom converted to John’s studio, presided over by his baby grand piano, the hallway transposed to Holly’s office/laundry room. “If you have good art, you can make a room out of anything,” offered Holly. There’s a skylight-lit storage loft and playroom upstairs, the entire home made perfect by Holly’s art-cultivar of an eye, blending color with old and new treasures. The jewel in the crown is cast-iron owls in the fireplace hearth, red flames glowing through avian eyes.

Perfect. Just like this 50-year marriage.

Home buyers in Massachusetts puts deals under agreement at a faster clip in March compared with last year. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced Tuesday morning that pending home sales for the month were up more than 14 percent compared with last March, the State House News Service reported. The median price of a home placed under agreement last month was $320,000. Pending condo sales last month were up 12.1 percent, and the median condo sale price rose 3 percent, to more than $309,000. The association’s market confidence index has been down 15 of the past 16 months, but still registered 69.18 on a 100-point scale, with 0 representing the weakest market and 100 the strongest.

Edgartown

March 31, Ann B. Floyd, Susan T. Baker as trustee of Susan T. Baker Revocable Trust (formerly Executrix of the Estate of George Barnard Baker a.k.a. George B. Baker), Timothy B. Baker, Carrie Bright Storm f.k.a. Caroline B. Baker, and Benjamin P. Baker sold Lot 1 on Tom’s Neck Farm Way to the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission for $5,170,000.

March 31, Ann B. Floyd, Susan T. Baker as trustee of Susan T. Baker Revocable Trust (formerly Executrix of the Estate of George Barnard Baker a.k.a. George B. Baker),Timothy B. Baker, Carrie Bright Storm f.k.a. Caroline B. Baker, and Benjamin P. Baker sold Parcel 28.2 on Chappaquiddick Rd. to Marsh Hawk Trust Inc. for $5,000.

March 31, Ann B. Floyd, Susan T. Baker as trustee of Susan T. Baker Revocable Trust (formerly Executrix of the Estate of George Barnard Baker a.k.a. George B. Baker),Timothy B. Baker, Carrie Bright Storm f.k.a. Caroline B. Baker, and Benjamin P. Baker sold a beach lot off Dike Road to Christopher A. and Barbara G. Cole for $200,000.

April 2, Peter Ferris Rentschler a.k.a. Peter F. Rentschler, Mary Rentschler a.k.a. Mary A. Rentschler f.k.a. Mary Rentschler Alley individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Sarah Yorke Rentschler, Alexandra Angevin Thompson, a.k.a. Alexandra A. Thompson, and Phoebe Cole-Smith f.k.a. Phoebe Rentschler Cole, sold 11 Angevins Lane to Eel Pond LLC for $1,700,000.

Oak Bluffs

April 2, Paul and Pamela Steudler sold 10 East Side Road to Geoghan E. Coogan, trustee of Totowah Nominee Trust, for $825,000.

April 3, Robert and Joan Celusak sold 28 Beach Road to John and Lisa Reagan for $400,000.

April 3, David W. Lammers, d.b.a. Wynot’s General Contractors, sold 46 Pond View Drive to Joshua Liebowitz for $212,500.

 

Tisbury

March 30, Robert R. Breth sold 4 Lagoon Pond Road to 4 Lagoon Pond Road LLC for $1,100,000.

March 30, Jessica Steele sold 27 William Street to Halcott and Catherine Grant for $600,000.


West Tisbury

April 3, Kathleen F. Rosenfeld sold 20 Manaquayak Road to Lisa B. Epstein and Ivory Littlefield 3rd for $235,000.