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November 7th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment


BostonThe Penthouse at 276 Marlborough Street in Boston’s Back Bay was recently featured on’s On the Market section. We’re not surprised, this whole floor penthouse has so much to offer:

  • 21 oversized windows with panoramic 360-degree-views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline
  • direct elevator access to the elegant foyer
  • a beautifully designed kitchen
  • a tranquil master suite
  • 700± square foot private roof deck, access to the 1,300± square foot common roof deck, and two deeded parking spaces
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To learn more, visit the property website, or contact Terry Maitland or Nicole Monahan. To view all of their superb listings in and around Boston, click here.

November 5th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Seven Wings, in the exclusive neighborhood of Penzance Point, is one of the top listings on Cape Cod. In a recent article on Legendary Homes, Christie’s International Real Estate called out its association with Nobel Prize winners and famous scientists.

Along with a medieval castle in France associated with King Richard the Lionheart and a castle in Ireland associated with ancient knights and more recently music and movie stars, Seven Winds combines architectural splendor with a great history.

Seven Winds, Woods Hole, MA
A Look Inside This Legendary Estate
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To find out more about listings in the area visit the regional listings page,
and for more information about Seven Winds you can contact
our Cape Cod listing broker Stewart Young, at


November 4th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Parked on some of New England’s most exceptional properties are some of the world’s most sensational cars. Where better to store them than these exquisite garages that provide extra space to securely keep your automotive collections?

LandVest presents a collection of unique properties for the discerning auto enthusiast:

144 Hopewell Rd, Alton, NH 03809

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Part of the unparalleled Longview on Lake Winnipesaukee, this 9.48± acre waterfront estate is located on the tip of Clay Point in Alton with 733′ of premium shoreline. Two four-bay garages offer abundant space to store your classic Rolls Royce collection or an exclusive Bugatti.


387 Benedict Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091

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The 82-acre hilltop compound includes a 7,000 SF Georgian Revival residence, a classic New England Cape-style guesthouse, a 3-bay attached garage, a 4-bay detached garage set around a cobblestone courtyard, and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.


149 Miles River Road, Hamilton, MA 01982

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Spanning nearly 9,000 SF of living space, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom Colonial with washed brick and clapboard façade has high ceilings, large spacious rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows evoking the grace and charm of a southern mansion. The property includes an attached 2-car garage with living quarters above and an additional separate 3-car garage.

103 Peg Shop Road, Keene, NH 03431

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Built in 1990, this energy efficient 5,287-square-foot residence is sited on 25 acres with views of Mt. Monadnock and Otter Brook State Park and is surrounded by formal gardens and expansive lawns. In addition to the main residence and attached 3-bay garage, there are two detached heated garages, 5-bay and 2-bay, ideal for a car collection or other vehicle storage.


For more information on these and other LandVest listings,
visit or call our Boston office, (617) 723-1800


November 3rd, 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 about their experience, what they love about their homes and some of their history. We spoke with the owner of Georgetown Castle who told us a bit about what he loves about the property and the ideal reasons for owning it:

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Georgetown Castle has been an incredible backdrop to a lifetime of memories, both for our family and all those we were able to share it with.

During our early years, the end-of-the-road circular drive allowed our kids to freely and safely ride their Big Wheels and go-carts.  The tower became a place to launch paper airplanes, scout hide-and-seekers or quietly, doll-in-hand, soak in a top-of-the-world view.

web-1080626Big family gatherings – Later it was the sleepovers at the pool house, with karaoke, dancing and late night swimming in the lighted pool that drew friends in (parental supervision was just a hundred feet away).  It’s hard to imagine even the simple gatherings around the kitchen island and pajama nights around the fire being as memorable anywhere else.

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It is no wonder that old friends are starting conversations with “remember when…” upon hearing that our Georgetown Castle is for sale.

We have loved Georgetown Castle and more than anything have loved sharing it.

For more information on Georgetown Castle, Lunenburg, MA,
please visit the listing page or contact listing broker Keith Ross,



October 30th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

CC_Header_HRMarket Highlights

  • High-end $2,000,000+ sales in the first three quarters of 2015 continued to perform at near record levels with 59 sales compared to a record of 68 sales at this time in 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 (led by Osterville) is the sales leader for the first three quarters of 2015. Last year Chatham was hot, but this year has dropped back by 30% to average levels of sales.


Active Listings and Sales, $2,000,000+, Q1-Q3, 2000-2015

On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at the end of September 2015 there were a record 283 high-end listings. At the same time last year there were 249 listings. 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. 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 59 sales in the first three quarters of 2015 compared to a record 68 sales at the same time last year. The previous record for the first three quarters was set in 2006 with 60 sales. Post-bubble sales dipped to 30 in 2009 and have been steadily improving.

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Highest And Median Sale, $2,000,000+, Q1-Q3, 2000-2015

According to MLS, the top sale in the first three quarters was 96 Tilipi Run in Chatham, for $8,200,000. The 2008, 9,315 sq.ft., residence is sited on 1.9ac among exclusive estate properties with Atlantic water views and an association beach. This sale illustrates the adage: “Good things come to he who waits.” Listed for 2,604 days with a starting price of $8,495,000, then raised to $8,695,000. The owner of this unique property was able to wait for the unique buyer and staging the property likely revealed possibilities unrealized by vast unfurnished spaces.

The median value for high-end sales in the first three quarters was $2,800,000. The high-end market on Cape Cod is predominately in the $2-$3,000,000 range. Of the 59 sales thus far, 30 were in the $2-$3,000,000 range, 15 were $3-$4,000,000, 8 were $4-5,000,000, and 5 sales in the $5-$6,000,000 range.

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Days On Market, Sales, $2,000,000+, Q1-Q3, 2000-2015

Days on market for high-end properties sold during the first three quarters of 2015 increased to 387 days compared to 299 days in 2014 and 419 days in 2013. Recently turnover has quickened compared to 2011 when the average sale took 559 days. For perspective, 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+, Q1-Q3, 2000-2015

Starting around 2002 the high-end market on Cape Cod broadened as the perennial top markets were perceived as being too expensive and as buyers bid up the prices of special properties in other towns. For the first three quarters of 2015, there were high-end sales in 14 of the 15 Cape Cod towns. This compares favorably with only 10 towns at the bottom of the market in 2009. Towns with high-end sales in the first three quarters of 2015 include: Barnstable (17, 8 in Osterville), Bourne (1), Brewster (1), Chatham (13), Dennis (1), Falmouth (7), Harwich Port (3), Mashpee (3), Orleans (5), Provincetown (2), Sandwich (1), Truro (2), Wellfleet (2), and Yarmouth (1).CC_Table_HR

Cape Cod is internationally famous as a summer resort area and is increasingly popular for retirement living. It features miles of beaches, natural attractions, historic sites, art galleries, and four star restaurants and hotels. Outdoor activities include world class yachting, coastal and deep-sea fishing, numerous public and private golf courses, and a wide variety of other informal summer sports. The Cape is just 75 miles from international air service at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Executive jet services are available at the Hyannis airport and there are several other smaller airports.

Cape Cod is divided into four regions: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape, each including several towns and villages and each with their own unique charms. Upper Cape towns include Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Mashpee. Mid Cape towns include Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth. Lower Cape towns include Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, and Orleans. Outer Cape towns include Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.  (For additional information on Cape Cod, check out: )

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.


October 26th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

It’s always about who you know to get the inside track, isn’t it?  We love our partners in the Christie’s network: smart, independent, luxury-focused firms who know the high end of their markets cold.  We’ve asked Turpin Real Estate, our partners in New Jersey, to give us their top five insights on their Northern New Jersey market, which includes some of the loveliest towns and rural landscapes within reach of NYC.

  1. Excellent Schools: New Jersey is the tenth largest public school system in the United States, serving 577 municipalities in nearly 2,600 public schools. Many of these schools are recognized for their top performances in national publications and websites. There are scores of nationally-designated Blue Ribbon Schools as well as a variety of charter and special education schools. Additionally, a wealth of private schools, colleges and universities are in our turf, from small private pre-schools to Princeton University.
  1. Open Space: New Jersey has some of the country’s most progressive environmental policies.  One of the most enduring is the state’s Green Acres Program, created in 1961 to meet growing recreational and conservation needs. Together with public and private partners, Green Acres has protected over half a million acres of open space and provided hundreds of outdoor recreational facilities in communities around the state.
  1. Proximity to New York City: Many communities in New Jersey are less than an hour from Manhattan via interstate, trains, buses or ferries. Residents are also close enough to New York City to enjoy live performances, museums, cultural events, world-class shopping and exceptional restaurants.
  1. Diversity of Housing Stock: Whether your tastes run toward a restored antique home overlooking bucolic meadows or a penthouse with bold views of the New York skyline, we can help you find a great place to live.
  1. History: George Washington really did sleep here, and New Jersey’s history comes alive with its  National and State Parks. Learn about the genius of Thomas Edison at his lab in West Orange, visit the Ford Mansion and nearby Jockey Hollow which served as Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, or tour of one of the historic lighthouses dotting the state’s 130 miles of Atlantic coastline.


Here are a few notable properties Turpin is listing in their Northern New Jersey market area:


21 Normandy Pkwy, Morris Twp.


5 beds | 5.2 baths | 2.85 Acres | $3,495,000

51 Peachcroft Dr, Bernardsville Boro

4 beds | 4.3 baths | 6.4 Acres | $3,900,000

1675 Lamington Rd, Bedminster Twp.

4 beds | 3.1 baths | 6.6 Acres | $2,550,000

45 Ironia Rd, Mendham Boro


5 beds | 3.1 baths | 4.14 Acres | $1,250,000


12 Macculloch Ave, Unit 5 Morristown Town


3 beds | 2.2 baths | 1.21 Acres | $819,000

For more information on these
or other New Jersey properties,
we would be happy to connect you with one
of our expert partners at Turpin Real Estate



October 23rd, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

LandVest has been bringing great New England properties to the global marketplace since 1968. It’s particularly fun for us to see a New England Classic re-imagined for the 21st century.   Portland’s Eastern Promenade’s grand-dames, with their magnificent views over the bay, are some of the loveliest places to live in this vibrant seacoast city. Like many urban centers, their fortunes rose and fell and rose again with the revitalization of urban living throughout the country.

130 Eastern Prom began its life at the beginning of the last century as “Ye Longfellow Inn” providing guests with sweeping lawns and summer breezes off Casco Bay.

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Its latest incarnation is a four-unit luxury condominium, with an elevator, three to four bedrooms and three baths. Beautifully finished, each unit has a floor-through layout with decks overlooking the Eastern Promenade and the same great view of the “many of the three hundred and sixty-five islands in Casco Bay” extolled by the early 1900’s postcard above.

Views to Casco Bay, courtesy of Francois Gagne

LandVest’s task was to bring out the new units at record sales levels for Portland–a characteristic challenge for our team. Challenge met: $1,700,000 or $893 per square foot, more than double the previous record for the last decade of $420 per square foot.

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Combine a great property with excellent brokers, superb outreach and top-notch presentation and that’s a recipe for success. Karen N. Reiche and John Saint-Amour of LandVest Portland leveraged their market knowledge and both Christie’s and LandVest’s outreach and top-flight presentation of 130 Eastern Promenade helped deliver the sale.

One unit at 130 Eastern Promenade remains available, if you would your own piece of Portland, Maine history (and those water views!).


Bright and airy kitchen at 130 Eastern Promenade, Portland | 3-4 beds | 3 baths | $1,490,000



Open floor plan with gorgeous views of Casco Bay



Oversized porch with access to the private yard or the street below


For other properties throughout Greater Portland and York County to Mid-Coast Maine, please contact
Karen N. Reiche at (207-874-6159) or
John Saint-Amour at (207-874-6160).


October 22nd, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Little's Point, Swampscott, MA

WCVB Channel 5 in Boston fittingly selected Lanse Robb’s jaw-dropping oceanfront listing in Swampscott, MA for a recent episode entitled “Eye Candy.”  45 Little’s Point is a perfect choice, a cross between sophisticated and cool.

“We are looking for properties that are truly outstanding and visually stunning–eye candy,” said Chronicle’s producer Sangita Chandra.  The property was selected for its clean white lines, soaring ceilings, Portuguese limestone flooring, light-infused, art-loving rooms and panoramic floor-to-ceiling ocean views.  It is the kind of place where you might easily lose track of time, entranced by the unpredictable, ever-changing Sea World cast and oceanographic backdrop.

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The site that was first built upon by successful architect Arthur Little in 1882 is now occupied by a “modern marvel” designed by the award-winning architecture firm Schwartz/Silver. The quick facts boast 8,023 square feet, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms on a private lot of 1.4 acres.  There is a private path that winds around to a boathouse for the exclusive use of the members of the Little’s Point Association.  Philips Beach is 2/10ths of a mile away, and Eisman’s Beach is just a mile away.

We thank the crew at Chronicle (Sangita Chandra, Judi Guild, Ellen Boyce, Shayna Seymour and  Anthony Everett) for  choosing 45 Little’s Point. They did an exceptional job of producing this really great program (of course we want you to take a look at Lanse Robb’s listing, but check out that new Rolls Royce, also featured in the show!
Click here to view the “Eye Candy” episode:

Click here our video on 45 Little’s Point:


For more about 45 Little’s Point or assistance with buying or selling property on the North Shore
contact Lanse Robb,


October 10th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

There is nothing like fall in New England; the weather, the fairs, and of course, the foliage. There are the big cities and towns that tourists tend to flock to during this time of year, but there are many other New England gems that are beautiful in the fall. Recently, Smarter Travel released their list of “8 Secret New England Towns Perfect for Fall”, and while we agree with their suggestions, we also have our own favorites to add to the list.

Rockport, MA

Rockport is well known for its multitude of summer activities; however, this seaside town should not be missed in the fall! In October, locals look forward to the annual Rockport HarvestFest.

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Little Compton, RI

The charming town of Little Compton is wonderful place to spend a crisp fall day exploring the town commons or strolling along Goosewing Beach. Experience the local flavor picking apples at Peckham’s Greenhouse, wine tasting at the Sakonnet Vineyards, or cooking up dinner with produce from one of the many local farm stands.

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Montpelier, VT

Montpelier offers small town charm and big city flavor. Exquisite historic buildings are home to Vermont’s state government, shopping, commerce and world-class dining and arts. What better way to enjoy the colors of autumn and explore this pedestrian and bike friendly city than on the two shared-use “rails to trails” paths that connect to Montpelier along the Winooski River.

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Peterborough, NH

Located in the Monadnock Region, Peterborough is a community that offers abundant cultural and arts activities including the Peterborough Players and MacDowell Art Colony. The scenic countryside is dotted with farms nd equestrian properties that frame the historic vibrant town center.

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Castine, ME

Castine is a very special and beautiful coastal town. Quintessential and unspoiled. Take time to bike around historic Castine and neighboring Penobscot and revel in the autumn views of Maine.

Black Duck Estate

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Concord, MA

Steeped in history with easy access to outdoor activities, Concord is an ideal town to enjoy autumn in. Take your kayak down the Concord River and admire the foliage as you pass historical landmarks, like the Old North Bridge. Or you can spend time in the town center where there are a variety of restaurants and shops to pop into.

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Shelburne, VT

Shelburne is a classic Vermont village located on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. The maple trees that line the central village green are ablaze with color in the fall making for a perfect stroll through the village shops which never get too crowded. Fall is also a great time to visit the famed Shelburne Museum or learn about cheese making at Shelburne Farms.

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Ordway Shore

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Tamworth, NH

Tamworth is a picturesque town in the White Mountains offering dramatic mountain views including the most photographed mountain in America Mt. Chocorua. It is home to the oldest repertory theatre in the United States, the Barnstormers, which boasts an eclectic summer program of plays, and its natural beauty and recreation opportunities abound in any season.

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Woodstock, VT

Woodstock, Vermont is one of the classic destinations for fall, from great walks up through the Marsh-Billings National Historic site up Mount Tom, wandering around the Green, to watching glass blowing at Simon Pearce, pottery making at Farmhouse Pottery, or exploring the creaking wood-floored aisles of Gillingham’s Store, let alone sampling the gourmet delights at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market, there is plenty to delight the eyes and the palate!


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For more information on these and other LandVest listings,
visit or call our Boston office, (617) 723-1800


October 9th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment

Over the last calendar year, LandVest brokered sales transactions across the Island with aggregate sales surpassing $100M. Benchmark sale prices have now reached previous historical highs, including three $20M+ sales transactions in the last calendar year.

Please see a selection below of some of these premier properties, and thank you to our valued clients and friends for your continued support and business.

295 Katama Road, Edgartown
$15,000,000 | November 2014

Nearly three acres, Direct Edgartown harbor front, 7000 sq ft main house, Dock



48 Witchwood Lane, Edgartown
$22,000,000 | January 2015

Three acres, Direct Edgartown harbor front, 13000 sq ft main house, Dock



4 Gosnold Way, Chilmark
$12,750,000 | May 2015

Forty waterfront acres of prime, build-able, North Shore land



58 Oyster Watcha Road, Edgartown
$24,750,000 | July 2015

Fourteen private acres on Oyster Pond, 14000 sq ft main house, Private Beach



34 Crackatuxet Cove Road, Edgartown
$23,000,000 | October 2015

Four waterfront acres in Herring Creek Farm, 7800+ sq ft main house, Private Beach



For more great Martha’s Vineyard listings click here or contact:


Gerret Conover
Tom LeClair




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