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July 30th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment

Ever dream of owning a beautiful Vineyard home in the coveted Fuller Street – Starbuck Neck neighborhood of Edgartown? As you picture your family and friends walking to Fuller Street Beach or into Edgartown proper for dinner the thoughts and stress of owning a second or third home crush your dream entirely. Sound familiar?

Well, that dream can now become a reality!



The Harbor View Hotel & Resort is selling ownership of their beautiful Captain’s Cottages and we have the exclusive on all 18 unique suites for sale.



Located on the grounds of the Harbor View Hotel, between North Water and Fuller Street in Starbuck Neck, this limited collection of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom   cottages offer a select few the opportunity to have the best of both worlds – the true spirit and sophisticated luxury of Vineyard living with the all the services, amenities and convenience that comes with the Harbor View Hotel. (Including a private concierge, landscaping, daily housekeeping, and regular maintenance)



Interior designer, Linda Woodrum, known for her work on HGTV “Dream Homes” and Coastal Living Idea Houses has captured the ultimate Vineyard style and created fresh, inviting and casually sophisticated interior spaces with fine furnishings.


Here is an intimate and exclusive look at our favorite Captain’s Cottage – Captain Collins Suite 24.



This beautiful two-floor penthouse suite offers all the Vineyard charm and then some for your family and friends. Walk up a beautiful staircase  to a vaulted ceiling expansive living room that lookouts onto Harbor View’s gorgeous gardnes, the hotel pool and even Edgartown Harbor.



Captain’s Collin’s  Suite 24 has two spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchen for entertaining and lovely private decks to enjoy the view.



Captain Collins Cottage – Suite 24 Overview

2 Bedroom/ 2Bath

Living Space: 1,437 Sq Ft Indoor/ 116 Sq Ft Outdoor

Price Tag: $2,467,500



Stay tuned for Part II of our exclusive access to the Harbor View Captain’s Cottages as we will further explore some of the other 17 cottage properties on the market.


For more information contact LandVest MV


July 26th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment


Guests will take a peek into some of the most beautiful properties on the island and enjoy a variety of island entertainment, sips and savories while supporting a great cause – the island’s year round community center.


Jack Wills University Outfitters will be providing a special surprise again this year as a sponsor of Cool Pool Parties.  Last year, Jack Wills provided a fashion show to kick off the event.  This year with the Olympics hosted in London, Jack Wills will be celebrating the Olympics at Cool Pool Parties, welcoming Edgartown guests to London, and providing surprises at each party.  Jack Wills will be hosting their own Beach Olympics in the weeks following the Cool Pool Parties.


The event wouldn’t be complete without showcasing the Island’s young talent.  Special surprises will also be enjoyed from the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard Camp Blue, showcasing their accomplishments at camp this year and their favorite things about the Y!


Last year, thanks to the generosity of our event hosts, sponsors and volunteers, the event SOLD OUT and went on to raise over $40,000 for the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard.


It’s an event not to be missed! Take a look at the details of each property below!


Bash on Hatch


Hatch Road, Vineyard Haven – Guests will dance the night away to the sultry pop music of the NYC based band “Andy Suzuki & The Method”, making their premier on Martha’s Vineyard.  The band’s eclectic instrumentation, featuring electric violin, djembe, and piano, pushes the boundaries of the acoustic singer-songwriter genre and has been garnering rave reviews across the country.  Hor d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided by The Kitchen Porch and Vita Coco.


Generously hosted by Kathy & Jim Gidwitz

Take Me Out To….Menemsha


Begins at 7:30 pm – Guests will enjoy spectacular views overlooking the village and harbor of Menemsha and its famous sunsets.  MV Sharks will arrive as special guests and more.  The Home Port Restaurant will be on the mound with Beach Plum Inn & Food pinch hitting.  Beverages will be provided from Our Market and Vita Coco.


Generously hosted by Julie Flanders and Sarah & Bob Nixon



Olympics On The Waterfront


Herring Creek Farm, Edgartown – Guests will be “Welcomed to London” and enjoy water polo games from YMCA swim teams overlooking the Katama waterfront.  Guests will dance to DJ beats while celebrating the Olympics on the big screen.  American buffet will be provided by Jaime Hamlin and Sons and Vita Coco.


Generously hosted by Mary & Dan Stanton, Charlotte & John Klein, and Susan and Jim Swartz


Guests should reserve tickets early to be sure they get the party of their choice.

Tickets available at: and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard

$150 Ticket tax deductible includes:

–       Hors d’oeuvres and drinks

–       Entertainment

–       Spectacular views

–       Annual Y donors are listed in the Y Annual Report, Donor Boards and featured in donor relations pieces with supporter stories in Y newsletters.


All info provided by the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard

July 22nd, 2012 | + | 1 Comment

Picture driving down a scenic rural road to an expansive yet secluded property and having the distinct pleasure of calling this quintessential Vineyard house your home.


This custom built home nestled on a private, 1.4 acre parcel in Deep Bottom Pond, offers you and your family a classic Vineyard lifestyle embodied by the natural combination of beautiful rolling farmland with charming nautical elements all in close proximity of each other.


The main living room is undeniably this home’s focal point with beautiful built-ins, a stone fireplace and an abundance of light shinning through the french doors.



The kitchen offers understated elegance with top of the line amenities, home appliances and finishes.



Additional features include 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, two private offices, a finished basement and incredible outdoor-screened patio with wood burning fireplace. Plenty of unique spaces for family time, entertaining houseguests or just enjoying a leisure weekend day.



The main house is accentuated with a heated swimming pool, pool house with a generous one bedroom all with sweeping views of the horse-filled meadow.



  • 1.39 Acres/ 3,802 Sq Ft
  • 6 Bedrooms/7.5 Bathrooms
  • Custom Built Home
  • Association offers tennis courts and Deeded Beach access to Tisbury Great Pond


Can you picture it, because we can…



July 19th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment

A Day In The Life of LandvestMV from LandVest MV on Vimeo.


Sometimes we find ourselves driving around this beautiful island of ours and never looking up – we live here and often take just that for granted.  So this past week we challenged ourselves to look up and see the beauty around us, the gorgeous homes and real estate, the views, and the people who visit. It was an experiment that we are dedicated to replicating weekly, because, well it allowed us to have a new found appreciation for that place that we rarely get to ‘see’.  We ‘saw’ it with fresh eyes and feel in love.  So much about our lovely home comes in the careful and thoughtful development of homes, neighborhoods, and roadways. It’s a pleasure living here and this short glimpse into what a day in our shoes feels like.

July 15th, 2012 | + | Leave a Comment

Only picking four of our fantastic favorite Edgartown real estate properties on Martha’s Vineyard was extremely difficult because any Vineyard home is stunning and full of Cape Cod character.  After some serious thought and a myriad of discussions amongst ourselves, we are pleased to highlight these top 4 real estate gems for your enjoyment and viewing pleasure.


1. 27 Cottage Street – Edgartown


This Classic 1930’s colonial style home located just a short half block distance from Edgartown Harbor features a wonderful structural flow and all the period details of “a day gone by”.


  • .32 Acres & 4,600 Sq Ft
  • 6 Bedrooms/5 ½ Bath
  • Pool, Home Spa & Fireplace
  • Price Tag: $5,650,000



2. 9 Fowler Avenue – Edgartown


This incredibly charming home lies only steps from the properties private beautiful white sandy beach and abuts 150 acres of conservation land.


      • .46 Acres & 3,018 Sq Ft
      • 4 Bedrooms/ 3½ Bath
      • Waterfront Property with Mooring
      • Price Tag: $2,750,000




3. 1 North Neck – Edgartown


This most extraordinary property consists of five secluded acres with 1,750 feet of water frontage at the end of John Oliver Point, in Cape Poge Bay on Chappaquiddick Island. This private peninsula offers 360-degree views and is virtually at the center of Cape Poge Bay, known for its fantastic fishing and scalloping.


      • 5.2 Acres & 3,501 Sq Ft
      • 6 Bedrooms/5 Bath
      • 360 Water views & Waterfront property with gorgeous sunrises & sunsets
      • Guest Cottage & Mooring
      • Price Tag: $9,500,000




4. 1 Planting Field Lane – Edgartown


This classic Cape lies on over 3 acres of prime private beachfront and represents one of New England’s finest properties with stunning waterfront views and meticulously manicured lawns and gardens. The compound is located at the end of a scenic country lane, but is only a short distance to downtown Edgartown.


      • 3 Acres & 6,747 Sq Ft
      • 8 Bedrooms/7 Bath
      • Waterfront with beautiful private sandy beach
      • Carriage House, Pool & 4 Fireplaces
      • Price Tag: $19,500,000





July 10th, 2012 | + | 1 Comment

When planning for a cocktail party or an intimate gathering, summer cheese plates and respective pairings are the way to win hearts and take your guests’ on a perfect pairing palate journey.


Our friend, Mark Venette from Black Sheep/Trio is the perfect local Martha’s Vineyard artisanal cheese monger and charcuterie to help educate and expand our palates while offering great entertainment décor options.


Three important elements Mark considers before making his cheese selections: textures, flavor contrasts  & cheese accompaniments should always be complimentary not contrasting. Depending upon the size of your summer gathering, cheese plates usually present 3 to 5 selections.



– While considering the summer heat, Mark recommends the Rougette Bavarian style Brie because no matter the temperature or location, this beautiful triple cream will not run all over. The texture is slightly different and pairs beautifully with fresh fruits or a paste.  Apricots are always a lovely summer accompaniment.



Perfect Pairing: French Chardonnay – Nicolas Reserve



– Americans do it better! We may think English Cheddar is the way to go, but this cheese tends to be a little creamier. American cheddars tend to be dryer and more crumbly.  Beechers Flagship Reserve – Seattle


Perfect Pairing: Nice Summer Red – Yali Cabernet/Carmenere, Chile




– A firm cheese with a wonderful nutty flavor.  The Ewephoria Sheep’s milk Gouda absolutely lives up to it’s name and brings culinary euphoria with every savory bite.


Perfect Pairing: Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc –

Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc, CA


Blue Cheese – Smokey Blue Cheese

-A smokey blue cheese with Black Sheep’s homemade bacon onion jam is an absolutely mind-blowing combination sure to be a crowd pleaser.


Perfect Pairing: California Chardonnay –  Bianchi Chardonnay, CA

(Not a Chardonnay fan, no worries!  Try a Spanish white – Destinos Bianco)



Charcuterie – MEATS

With any charcuterie choice the meat should be placed at room temp until the golden glistening indicator appears on the meat.  Once that beautiful sheen is spotted, your charcuterie is ready to be served.



Proscuitto, Serrano Ham, Salami’s & do NOT forget the pate! Black Sheep’s Chicken Liver Mouse Pate with bourbon soaked cherries will create a feeding frenzy so be sure to buy a little more than anticipated!


Another meat, we must mention is the Mangalica Ham, which is a wintery wooly pig that is a cross between a sheep and a pig. This charcuterie choice will absolutely melt in your mouth.


Backyard/Patio Entertaining

– Mark’s Top Recommendations: Create a beautiful arrayment of cheeses, charcutier and fruit.  Consider using butcher paper to cover your tabletop and treat your guests to a culinary map of perfect palate pairings. Use a marker to label selections and draw arrows to exceptional pairings!



Boat/Yacht Entertaining

– Top Recommendations:  A firmer cheese, salamis’, dips and spreads.  Keep your culinary choices in easy portable containers that are arranged accordingly and ready to rock once you step aboard the deck.

For more information and culinary expertise, stop in at Black Sheep/Trio on S. Summer in Edgartown and talk to Mark or his wonderful staff to create the perfect pairings for your summer party.


July 4th, 2012 | + | 1 Comment

Patriotic – pa·tri·ot·ic – (adjective)Having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country

Whether entertaining a large party or just family and friends, here are some patriotic culinary ideas that we will be serving and sipping on this fabulous 4th of July!



Apps & Anchors Away

Watermelon & Feta

Cool, Refreshing & Looks Fantastic (Check out Recipe Details Here)


Garden Fresh Herbed Cucumber Bites

What’s more refreshing than lemon, cucumber & mint?  (Check out Recipe Details Here)


Onion Jam and Goat Cheese Toasts

Carmelized onions on top of goat cheese and organic toasts, yes please!  (Check out Recipe Details Here)


Some delicious and refreshing cocktails we will be sipping on while celebrating America today


Red, White & Blueberry
 On the Rocks

Grey Goose, Soda Water & Fresh Local Berries


GBA Kiroyale

Veuve Clicquot, Dash of Chambord & Local Berries


Watermelon Firecracker

Don Julio Tequila, Lime Juice, Triple Sec, Watermelon puree, fresh basil and the secret ingredient, a little dash of your favorite balsamic reduction


Berry Patriotic Ice

Throw some of your favorite local berries in an ice cube tray, freeze and viola a berry patriotic ice-cold beverage.




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