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October 2nd, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Landvest is pleased to congratulate Lanse Robb once again for being the #1 Broker on the North Shore in August 2015!
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Clients choose to work with Lanse for his experience, services, shrewd negotiating skills and expertise. Dubbed “the Rolls Royce of North Shore Brokers” by North Shore Magazine, Lanse’s extensive knowledge of Boston’s North Shore residential real estate market is unparalleled.

Essex County (North Shore Region) Ranking:

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His clients have consistently sought his advice and trusted his judgment on multi-million dollar deals year after year. To contact Lanse Robb or find out about his North Shore listings please visit






September 30th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Named the most beautiful lake in the U.S, Lake George in New York’s Adirondack Mountains isn’t just scenically beautiful, it’s also home to some stunning historical architecture. From the late 1800s to early 1900s, a ten mile stretch on the western shore became known as “Millionaire’s Row” for the impressive private retreats built there. The “cottages” as many original owners called them, are far from what would be called a cottage today and are stately mansions. Two splendid examples are both Tudor Revivals just over a mile apart from each other.

Cramer Point

With stunning features everywhere you look, we’re not surprised Cramer Point was recently picked as Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day. The 1926 Tudor has been flawlessly updated and includes the main house with four bedrooms and four baths, a carriage house with a 2,000 bottle wine cellar and 120” drop down movie screen for the ultimate movie experience, three separate outdoor cooking areas and a 1,750 square foot custom designed boathouse.




Built in 1895, Wikiosco’s Victorian and Tudor details include a combination of stucco and rough cut granite on the lower level with upper levels showcasing decorative half-timber framing and gabled dormers. Built for Royal C. Peabody, founder of Brooklyn Edison Company, the interior includes an elevator so wheelchair-bound Mrs. Peabody could reach the upper floors. With interior details as grand as the exterior, Wikiosco has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and, not once but twice, in Architectural Digest.



Historical book The Great and the Gracious on Millionaires’ Row comments that the Peabody’s loved to entertain and “artists, musicians, and theatrical people came for extended visits” with life at Wikiosco being “one continual house-party from June to September”.  Updated for year-round living, now the party can move indoors for winter entertaining as well. With a 4,000 bottle wine cellar, the party is sure to outlast the winter!



For information on LandVest’s services in the Adirondacks, visit our regional listings page.
For more information on Wikiosco or Cramer Point, contact our Lake George listing broker,
LeeAnn Modestino at






September 8th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

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  • High-end $2,000,000+ sales in the first half of 2015 continue to perform at near record levels with 38 sales compared to 39 in the first half of 2014.
  • Inventories are high, nearly record levels, especially at the higher end of the price range.
  • Pent-up demand and a strong stock market are fueling the market, but excess inventory means sellers must compete for buyers.
  • Barnstable (mostly led by Osterville) is the sales leader for the first half of 2015. Last year Chatham was hot, but this year has dropped back by 50% to average levels of sales.


Active Listings and Sales, $2,000,000+, First Half, 2000-2015

On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at the end of June 2015 the inventory of high-end listings was close to record levels with 252 listings compared to an all time high of 271 at the same time in 2011. Typically the listing inventory grows through the first half of the year and then declines in the fourth quarter as sales are closed and properties are taken off the market. Last year there were 248 at the end of the second quarter, 249 at the end of the third quarter, 188 at the end of 2014, and 218 at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Sixty percent of high-end listings are in the $2-3,000,000 range, 20% are $3-5,000,000, and the remaining 20% are at or above $5,000,000. About 5% of these listings are at or above $10,000,000.

The high-end market on Cape Cod continues to perform at near record levels with 38 sales in the first half of 2015 compared to 39 sales at the same time last year. The previous record for the first half was set in 2006 with 44 sales. Post-bubble sales dipped to 17 in 2009 and have been steadily improving with the biggest improvement this year.

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Highest And Median Sale, $2,000,000+, First Half, 2000-2015

According to MLS, the top sale in the first half was 122 Pinquickset Cove in Cotuit, selling for $6,400,000. This Scandinavian-style 7,928 sq. ft. residence has a private 7.6 acre site with limited water views. Overbuilt for the site, this property illustrates the value of patience in real estate, 2,423 days to offer, and the challenge of finding the unique buyer for a unique property.

The median value for high-end sales in the first half 2015 was $2,775,000. The high-end market on Cape Cod is predominately in the $2-$3,000,000 range. Of the 38 sales, 21 in the $2-$3,000,000 range, 11 in the $3-$4,000,000 range, 4 in the $4-5,000,000 range, 2 sales in the $5-$7,000,000 range, and no sales above $10,000,000.

Days On Market, Sales, $2,000,000+, First Half, 2000-2015

Days on market for properties sold during the first half 2015 were down to 355 days compared to 391 days in 2014 and 430 days in 2013. Turnover has been steadily improving since 2010 when the average sale took 589 days. In the early 2000s high-end properties sold in less than 200 days. Despite the high inventory, properties that are selling are selling quicker. Demand is strong, but selective.

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Sales by Town, $2,000,000+, First Half, 2000-2015

Starting around 2002 the high-end market on Cape Cod broadened as the perennial top markets were perceived as too expensive and buyers bid up the prices of special properties in other towns. For the first half of 2015, there were high-end sales in 13 of the 15towns. This compares favorably with only 5 towns at the bottom of the market in 2010. The 2015 towns with high-end sales include: Barnstable (12, 5 in Osterville), Brewster (1), Chatham (5), Dennis (1), Falmouth (5), Harwich Port (2), Mashpee (2), Orleans (3), Provincetown (1), Sandwich (1), Truro (2), Wellfleet (2), and Yarmouth (1).



The LandVest High-End Market Watch is a periodic review of select high-end markets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the Adirondacks. Market data are collected from Multiple Listing Services and do not include private listings. LandVest makes no representation as to the accuracy of the data and therefore is not responsible for any actions taken as a result of use of or reliance on this information.

For additional information about LandVest’s brokerage, real estate consulting, and appraisal services,
please contact:

Stewart Young | ( | 617-359-8930
or click here to view Stewart’s current Real Estate listings.


September 1st, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

We love the red barns and green mountains, but we also love the terrific restaurants, great music scene and engaging urban culture of Burlington, Vermont. When others recognize all our great little city has to offer it’s always nice!

The New York Times did one of their “36 Hours” series on Burlington, highlighting some of the hidden and better known gems of our wonderful city, from Hen of the Wood to creemees, baseball and brewery tours.
So, don’t take just it from us…

Thinking of spending more than 36 hours in Burlington? Here are a few of our listings just minutes from Burlington.


Pheasant Hill, Shelburne, VT


Ordway Shore, Shelburne, VT


Eastlake Condo, Shelburne, VT


Sanctuary Lane, Charlotte, VT

Monarch Lane, Shelburne,VT

For more information on these or other great LandVest listings throughout Vermont, click here
or contact Wade Weathers or Averill Cook


August 28th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Presidents (Obama, Clinton, Kennedy, Grant) and countless celebrities have come to The Vineyard to take in the salted breeze, ocean-infused cuisine, quaint towns, secluded estates and familiar faces of friends and family who return year after year.  Should you visit, be warned, the island has a way of luring visitors back.  Last weekend the Obama’s finished up their 6th visit.  After a certain number of visits, the lure sets firmly, and fortunate vacationers become owners.

Below are a few properties that are president worthy, should they consider to lengthen their stay.

Martha’s Vineyard Homes, and Land for Sale:


10&12 Boldwater Road – $18M


96 Beach Road – $14.5M

4 Gosnold Way  – $10.5M – Land listing

For more information about these properties or about buying
or selling properties on Martha’s Vineyard, please contact:

Gerret C. Conover
508.627.3757  x12

Thomas E. LeClair
508.627.3757  x11

Cheri A. Mason
508.627.3757 x13

Emily V. daRosa
508.627.3757 x10


August 24th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in one of LandVest’s properties? We invite our owners to tell us a bit about their experience, what they love about their homes and a bit of their history. We spoke with the owner of Ordway Shore to tell us a bit about what they love about the property and the ideal reasons for owning it.


Tell us how you found the property? Was it love at first sight?

We relocated to Vermont in the spring of 2009, and focused on lakefront properties. We looked at over a dozen properties ranging from Colchester down to Charlotte. This home was the first we saw, and nothing else came close.


What did you like the most about the property when you bought it?

It was, by far, the best combination of a distinctive, well-built home and perfect, lakefront location, with a lovely stone beach.

The home itself was solidly built and had stood the test of time, had distinctive features, like swooping ceilings in the bedroom and family rooms, and had lovely views of the lake and the Adirondacks. The property had the best of both worlds – privacy and easy access to Burlington.

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Tell us about any major improvements

We added the screened porch, with the wonderful Nana windows. This gave us a beautiful and elegant 3-season room. We also bought the adjacent property, allowing us to expand our beach access as well as move the road to create a truly private enclave. Finally, Val worked diligently and lovingly to create a master garden on the property…truly a showcase yard.


Tell us about the design and build team, the property is beautifully constructed:

John Anderson and Peter Close were the original architect and builder. The screened porch was designed by Brian Mac and built by Birdseye Builders.


Why are you selling?

We have relocated to Chicago. We are sad to be leaving this beautiful place, but happy for the next phase of our lives.


What are the top 5 reasons someone should buy this property?

  1. Fabulous location on the lake, with 300’ of private beachfront and lovely views of sunsets over the Adirondack Mountains.
  2. Distinctive and unique home, with many interesting features like swooping ceilings, a large kitchen island (with a reclaimed tree), bamboo ceilings in the main floor bedroom, and a fully finished basement with media room, rec room, workout room and large sauna.
  3. Privacy combined with easy access to amenities and Burlington.
  4. Fabulous garden-scape.
  5. High-quality dock, and two moorings for convenient boating.


For more information on Ordway Shore, contact Wade Weathers or Ave Cook. For other blogs featuring this beautiful lakefront property, click here .

September 9th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment

A collection of our favorite moments this summer….Martha’s Vineyard is known for the most stunning entrances and exits of the sun….and here are the ones we can’t take our eyes off of….



Sunset at Wood’s Hole….



A Vineyard Sunset that we can’t seem to get enough of…



The Island Home golden from the setting sun….



From the boat…



Inkwell at the beginning of another famously gorgeous day…



Vineyard Haven Harbor mid-evening…



Oak Bluffs Harbor – fading from pink to purple to champagne yellow…



Beach Road headed to Edgartown at the brink of what might be one of the best days ever…  Come here and just maybe, stay forever.


September 3rd, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment


September has arrived and it is time to say, “So Long to Summer” and welcome the Fall back-to-school season. Saying see ya to Summer does not have to be so bittersweet when you live on the water.

Here are four LandVest MV Waterfront Properties on the market that will ensure you never miss seeing the water even if it is not summer.




North Neck  – Edgartown 35



For the first time in over 100 years, this incredible waterfront property and golf course has come to market and offers one of the islands most unique and intriguing opportunities. The 18-acre assemblage includes a 5 bedroom “Big Camp” home with classic stone pillared, wrap around porch, and a separate two bedroom cottage are perched on the edge of a windy bluff. This superb location offers spectacular sunsets and panoramic views back to Edgartown harbor, out to East Chop and the distant Cape.



    • 18 Acres & 2,829 Sq Ft
    • 6 Bedrooms/3 Bath
    • Style: Camp
    • Waterfront, Waterview, Deep Water Dock, Golf Course & Private Beach
    • Price Tag: $12,500,000




21 East Lane – Chilmark


The signature home at Stonewall Beach sits high on a bluff with breathtaking waterviews toward the Atlantic Ocean, Stonewall Pond, and Stonewall Beach. This Contemporary Cape features include a gorgeous great room with winding stairway and stone fireplace, exposed timber framing, a gourmet eat-in kitchen and custom french doors that open to an outside deck with spectular views.



    • 3.7 Acres & 4,700 Sq Ft
    • 5 Bedrooms/5 Bath
    • Style: Contemporary Cape
    • Waterfront, Waterview, Beach Cabin & Private Beach
    • Price Tag: $6,900,000




453 Main Street – Vineyard Haven



This powerful waterfront estate consists of a spectacular contemporary featuring breathtaking views of Vineyard Haven Harbor and Nantucket Sound in an estate setting of 2.6 acres. The expansive grounds offer a tennis court, a detached 2-car garage with a studio above, a private sandy beach and a deep-water pier with water and electricity. Exceptionally maintained, uniquely located – a rare opportunity.



    • 2.6 Acres & 4,561 Sq Ft
    • 5 Bedrooms/6 Bath
    • Style: Contemporary
    • Waterfront, Waterview, Private Beach, Deep Water Pier & Tennis Courts
    • Price Tag: $9,900,000




Road to Great Neck – West Tisbury



The Road to Great Neck is a beautiful +/-13 acre waterfront parcel in West Tisbury with 1600 ft. of frontage on Tisbury Great Pond. Situated at the end of a peninsula on Tisbury Great Pond between Short Cove and Pear Tree Cove, there is a 1.4 acre building envelope that will accommodate up to three new structures….The perfect waterfront landscape canvas to build your very own Vineyard dream house/family compound.



    • 12.9 Acres
    • 1,600 Ft. of Frontage on Tisbury Great Pond
    • 1.4 Acre Building Envelope
    • Waterfront, Waterviews & the Design – Endless Possibilities
    • Price Tag: $4,500,000


For more information contact: Stacy Ickes at

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August 28th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment

Labor Day on Martha’s Vineyard is often thought of as the last big Horrah – it’s our chance to full appreciate summer one last weekend, to enjoy our kids frolicking on the beach before they head back to school, to savor the flavors of summer in the most summery ways, and to wish well all our seasonal Vineyard neighbors, family and friends.  There will not be a shortage of Labor Day party invites nor a shortage of energy surrounding our famous island…but take some time out to head to the water, whether a beach BBQ or on the waterfront deck of one of your friend’s lovely coastal gems – indulge in the sea air, the classic summer foods and good friends. Here are some of our top picks for a lovely and memorable Labor Day Waterfront BBQ…



Easy Lemon Sword Fish Steaks


Grilled fish done simply – with a splash of lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper speaks for itself.  It’s the true flavor of the sea with little more than just that.  Make sure to keep your eyes peeled at the market for local sword fish….it’s delightful this time of year. Check out some tips on how to make perfectly done grilled fish here.




Watermelon Arugula Salad


The Atlantic Fish & Chop House in Edgartown serves one of the most delicious salads that screams summer…made with ice cold watermelon, spicy arugula, briny Kalamata olives, creamy feta cheese, drizzled with a rich balsamic reduction. We have been trying to replicate it for a year or so and we just can’t do it justice…so we decided to head into the restaurant when we need the real thing – but as a substitute for our Labor Day BBQ we love this rendition.  You’ll love it too.



Grilled Sweet Corn with a Trio of Flavored Butters


Grilled corn on the cob can’t be beat and then throw in a trip of flavored butters – chili, sundried tomato and truffle butter – wow.  The char of the grill, the sweetness of the corn and the creamy, salty, flavor-packed putter combos are well heavenly.   We love to grilled the corn in the husk for a portion of the and then give it a quick char with the husk removed.



Rice Paper Rainbow Rolls


The first word that comes to mind when we hop into Morning Glory Farm is – color.  Meander through the aisles of produce and pick your favorite vegetables and make this recipe all your own. You can even throw in some cold shrimp, tofu or boiled chicken.  These are perfect for on the go and can be made about 12 hours ahead of time.  These are healthy an can change with the season so start brainstorming your favorite fall vegetables to add to them once the trees change.




Grilled Watermelon


Grilled watermelon has a smoky quality and an intensified sweetness, all at the same time. A perfect melding of summer’s flavors, the result is truly splendid. This grilled watermelon recipe is easy to prepare and lends its slightly exotic flavor to a variety of different dishes.


Enjoy it as-is, straight from the grill, put it into a traditional fruit salad, or drizzle it with a sweet honey lemon sauce for dessert. Alternately, you can enjoy grilled watermelon as part of a savory dish. Combine it with different cheeses, vinaigrettes, and salad ingredients for an elegant twist on the summer staple.




The Classic ‘Shandy’


Popular in the U.K., where it’s also known as a Shandygaff, this drink mixes equal parts beer with either ginger ale, ginger beer, or carbonated lemonade (some folks even use Sprite or alcoholic sodas like Smirnoff Ice and Mike’s Hard Lemonade). If the drink has multiple sources of alcohol, it’s called a TurboShandy. In the following recipe from Gourmet, fresh lemonade and mint are used instead of bottled products.



The Timeless Pimm’s Cup


A gin-based cocktail – a blend of dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices, spices, lemon soda or ginger ale, enter the Pimm’s Cup.  Perfect to be mixed in a batch before the party, to let the mixture marinate a bit.   Everyone doesn’t love gin but everyone loves a Pimm’s Cup – a crowd pleasing drink to make all make everyone a little schwilly.



…Cheers to an amazing Labor Day BBQ….

August 24th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment


It’s not everyday that your best friend calls you on an random Wednesday morning and says….Pack Up….We’re going to Cuttyhunk for the day. It’s quite a rare occurrence and a lovely one at that.  Iphone – Windbreaker – Boat Shoes – Cold Beers = and a young boat captain who welcomed us onto his boat ‘Big Smith’ with such nonchalance that we wondered if he had a second life over on Cuttyhunk.  The water was calm, the sun was warm and the company was supreme.   Take a glance….we’re brought you along for the ride….  (Click the photo to watch the video or click here)

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