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Do you love New England’s open countryside and beautiful trails? Here are some farms, country reteats and great deals:

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Swimming ponds in the Green Mountains

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Great places to ride at great values

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Trying to please a horse person and a fisherman?

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Or a horse person and a golf/ tennis player?

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To see other country retreats, click here.

 

 
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rjd New Bedford’s Historic Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum Hosts its Annual Dinner Dance June 14, 2014. Swing into summer with the RJD Annual Dinner Dance on the shores of Padanaram Harbor in South Dartmouth. harbor lights

For reservations, check the link:

http://www.rjdmuseum.org/harbor-lights/

Always one of the most popular events of the season on the South Coast, enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction of a wonderful array of trips, art, food and even a picnic on the Elizabeth Islands with LandVest’s Stewart Young. See the selection of silent auction items:

http://www.rjdmuseum.org/2014silentauction/

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Built by shipwrights in 1834 for whaling merchant William Rotch Jr., the Rotch-Jones-Duff (RJD) House and Garden Museum epitomizes the “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick. Greek Revival in style, it was designed by architect Richard Upjohn, a founder and first president of the American Institute or Architects.

Today this National Historic Landmark offers house tours, a variety of cultural programs and changing exhibits, and curriculum-based educational programming to more than 2,000 students annually.

We invite you to visit 396 County Street and step back in time to experience the history of a community closely tied to the sea.

Save the Date!

RJD Annual Dinner Dance

June 14, 2014

While on the South Coast, check out LandVest’s listings that include some of the finest waterfront properties and gentleman’s farms:

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 13 Shipyard Lane  Purrington House  Wunnegin Farm  Rexhame Beach
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In the last 5-10 years, Maine has experienced a surge in the creation of small family farms. As the demand for organic and locally-grown food has risen, Maine has found itself perfectly poised to respond. Combining this with a growing desire among young urban and suburban professionals to reconnect with nature, to find a peaceful and beautiful place to live and raise children, and we find a significant new subsector of the market.

We in LandVest’s Camden office have seen a significant increase in the number of buyers who fit this profile. Most of them are coming from cities, many have connections to Maine, and the majority have young children. They often have successful careers and plan to either work from their new home, commute, or retire in order to farm full-time.

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In just one example, the 133-acre Two Century Farm in Bristol, which we sold last fall, is going back to its roots—the new buyers are going to re-establish a small-scale family farm. The house is one of the oldest in Bristol (it is, in fact, the building where the town of Bristol was incorporated) and the property was lovingly maintained by the seller, whose family owned it since the 1960s. With old stone walls and fields surrounding the ca. 1769 Cape, the land offers rich soils for the seeds of this family’s dream.

Maine offers wonderful options for buyers, and we expect to see more sales reflecting the increasing interest in farming in the months and years to come.

For more information on great Maine Farms for sale, contact Terry Sortwell, Joe Sortwell  or Shannon Thompson.

 
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Is conservation good for the value of properties or does it restrict marketability?
Can you answer this question for your property or for a property you are considering for purchase?

Over 19 million acres of land are conserved through conservation easements nationwide, many of them very valuable properties. With so many of the best properties conserved, it is critical that brokers who serve the high end are well-versed in conservation easements. LandVest has assisted in the conservation of over a million acres,  primarily through the use of conservation easements.  Many of our record sales are of properties subject to easements.

We understand both how easements help to increase property values – by preserving truly unique properties and creating protected landscapes for those properties in perpetuity – and can also seriously impair property value if poorly designed.

Q: ‪What a beautiful view!  Is it protected?‬
A: The first question we often get when a buyer arrives at a special property is “what can happen to mess up this beautiful place?”  Conservation easements can eliminate that risk, increasing the value of the few remaining protected landscapes.  We often say “abuts conservation sells”: protected views, the guarantee of quiet, and access to trail networks make all the difference in value.

Q: How do I know if a conservation easement will work for me or for future buyers?
A: Look hard at the reserved rights: for many properties, the easement is designed to prohibit future development, but to allow the owner to do pretty much what they’ve always done: have horses, build a pool, cut down trees, maintain fields, farm the land.  But some easements are either unclear, or unduly restrictive.  It is important to read the reserved rights section of the easement to make sure that it allows the uses that make the property useful to the broadest market – other than development, of course.

Q: Won’t someone always be telling me what to do?
A: Most conservation easements are held by private non-profits, whose reason for being is in helping landowners conserve their properties in a workable manner.  Usually, their oversight is limited to a yearly review with a land steward, which can be a fun opportunity for the landowner to learn more about the natural attributes of their property.  These encounters can be less enjoyable if a careful review of the reserved rights didn’t happen, and the landowner violates terms of the easement.  But generally, land trusts depend on the good will of landowners to work within the easement language and try to avoid expensive and unnecessary conflict.

Please contact David Rosen, Director, Real Estate Consulting Group or Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, Director, Residential Brokerage, to find out more about the value of conserved properties.  Stay tuned to our blog for features on some of our great conserved properties for sale.

 
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Main_residence_overlooks_fields_and_stone_wallsCoverly Farm was a labor of love for its owner, who designed the house himself and enjoyed it for years with his family. Drawing inspiration from traditional English country manors and the nautical influences surrounding the property, the house incorporates contemporary style with beautiful craftsmanship.

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It overlooks fields and stone walls that sweep to the Bagaduce, a beautiful tidal estuary that forms the Castine peninsula. The guest house is a charming 1- or 2-bedroom post and beam house, and the barn offers a studio space as well as garden and tractor storage. While someone may well just maintain the open fields, enjoying the view and the wildlife that flourish, there’s also the potential here for a full-scale farming operation of some kind. With 40 acres mostly in fields (the woods here really serve to offer privacy on the property borders and cover for wildlife), there are all kinds of opportunities.

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The farm is located just a few miles up the road from one of the oldest villages in the nation, Castine. This historic year-round community is situated on an island-like peninsula on the eastern shore of Penobscot Bay. Its antique grace is preserved by the white clapboard residences that line its streets. Castine is home to Maine Maritime Academy, the Castine Yacht Club, and the Castine Golf Club. A variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants are located in the village and in nearby Blue Hill.ME0901_1N
LandvestFor more information on this property or other waterfront homes in coastal Maine, contact Terry Sortwell, tsortwell@landvest.com, Shannon Thompson, sthompson@landvest.com or Joe Sortwell, jsortwell@landvest.com in our Camden Maine office.

 

 
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Provenance, quality and location drive value. The great properties of Lake Champlain are no exception. Here are three favorite properties from the LandVest team in Burlington, Vermont,  Wade Weathers & Averill Cook:

1.  Wings Point, Charlotte, VT

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Named after Reverend Wing, and later the property of Sir Willfred Grenfell, knighted by the Queen of England, Wings Point is a point of reference to all boaters of Lake Champlain. We are offering a wonderful compound on the 4+ acres: a main house right on the water, a separate guest or caretaker’s house at the driveway entrance, a former boat house and a studio. With over 600’ of lake shore the property is an irreplaceable asset.


 

2. The Pinnacle, Charlotte, VT

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Overlooking Converse Bay, The Pinnacle is a Lake Champlain landmark. Constructed in 1896 by William J. Van Patten, a former mayor of Burlington and lumber magnate whose access to superb timber provided the fine woods in the interior, Mr. Van Patten commuted to his Burlington office right from the Pinnacle dock on the famous Ticonderoga.


 

3. Bay Point, Panton, VT

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Bay Point is one of the finest Gentleman Farms on Lake Champlain. This 125± acre peninsula, one of the few completely private residences on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, is set among fields, stone walls and towering pine and oak trees. A historic marker on the property describes how Benedict Arnold scuttled his fleet in Arnold Bay to escape the British in the battle of Lake Champlain in 1776.


 

Wade Weathers and Averill Cook head up the LandVest team in Burlington, Vermont.
For more information, please call or email them at wweathers@landvest.com or acook@landvest.com
Burlington, Vermont Office: (802) 651-5392

 
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When the national luxury equestrian publication, Equestrian Quarterly, asked LandVest’s Ruth Kennedy Sudduth and Chris Rodstrom to write a piece about conserving horse properties, they immediately focused on the stories behind land conservation.  Three Farms, Three Visions  describes how three landowners’ unique visions helped shape the conservation of these special landscapes.  Whether conserving open country for fox hunting, providing a community resource for eventers or protecting an idyllic farm in Vermont, the sense of stewardship of these properties and the communities that enjoy them is paramount.

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Uphill Farm, in Woodstock, Vermont, exemplifies thoughtful conservation.
This 88± acre “gentleman’s farm, perfected” is offered for sale for $4.95 million.
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LandVest is proud to have assisted clients in the conservation of over a million acres of land, helping navigate complicated (and potentially conflicting) goals for conservation and future marketability.  LandVest is an industry leader in the brokerage of conserved properties from suburban estates to major working forests.  For more information on how LandVest can assist in the conservation or brokerage of special properties, please contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth at rkennedy@landvest.com or 617-357-0455.

 
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Holiday banner_3For all you procrastinators, here is part three of our holiday gift list!  Among this three part gift guide series (click here to see all lists) you will find a special property for just about everyone on your list.  Which property is the best fit for your special someone?  We’d love to know!

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For the avid hiker:

Sited high above the treetops, Sumner House is located on 4± acres abutting Acadia National Park giving you backdoor access to some of the most spectacular trails on the East Coast. The newly constructed, contemporary, year-round residence incorporates many antique materials from a nearby estate and large multi-level decks surround a heated pool.

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For the sailor:

Acadia Lodge is located on 2.9± acres on Acadia Mountain with incredible ocean and mountain views. The property includes 400± feet of waterfront and deep water dock on Somes Sound, revered by sailors for dramatic views and fabulous cruising.

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For those who crave a private island:

Centrally located in Johns Bay near Christmas Cove, this 28± acre island offers a secluded retreat in close proximity to a private mainland base. With a rich history, the property was the home of boxing champ Gene Tunney in the 1920s and visited by President Kennedy. The property also includes a mainland base in South Bristol, with an apartment, storage, and dock.

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For the ultimate romantic: – a Victorian Lodge on Lake Champlain:

Overlooking Converse Bay on Lake Champlain, The Pinnacle is one of Lake Champlain’s most notable homes and the most famous in Charlotte. Rich in history, this classic Victorian offers impressive views over the lake with Camels Hump and The Green Mountains to the east, Diamond Island and Westport, NY to the south, and Split Rock and the Adirondacks to the west. Other features include over 300′ of shoreline, a 56′ floating aluminum dock, 2 established moorings, a woodworking shop and a 2-car detached garage with storage on the circular drive with parking for 7+.

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MA1563_1 For those who want a family compound with plenty of room for your family: Located in charming Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA this waterfront compound has  a separate 2,000± square foot two-bedroom guest house complete with great room, direct oceanfront access to private sandy beach and a boat house at the water’s edge.

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Paynter Farm in Essex, MA  is one of the last truly unspoiled salt marsh farms available on the North Shore of Boston today. With a 4000 square foot home located on 10± acres and frontage on Lufkin Creek  for you to explore and for your horse, sheep, and chickens to roam.

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For the lover of cool and private in the heart of Boston:

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Holiday banner_1In honor of the season, we are devoting Friday blogs to assisting in the search for unique gifts!  LandVest’s gift bag of great New England properties has  something for everyone.  If  you do not see a property that matches your “someone special”, stay tuned for next week’s list!

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For those who love bold ocean and contemporary style:

45 Littles Point in Swampscott, MA

Exceptional in design, this sleek contemporary is sited on 1.4± oceanfront acres on Little’s Point with 320′ of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean and panoramic views of sea and sky.

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For the adventurer who loves the combination of beauty, comfort, and conservation:

Valle California in Patagonia, Chile, a place that will forever remain spectacular.

Valle California, within the Chilean Patagonia Sur Portfolio, is one of seven best-in-class scenically and ecologically significant properties.  The portfolio – approximately 60,000 acres (25,000 hectares) – provides international buyers with an innovative opportunity to purchase properties benefited by comprehensive planning for conservation, and sustainable development. Visit a world-class portfolio of pristine lands, ride, fish, raft, hike the glaciers and forests of ancient trees, drink mate with the gauchos supported by an outstanding U.S. and Chilean team.

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For those who dream of a classic Vermont farm retreat, with all the toys (even a ski hill):

Uphill Farm is the Vermont Gentleman’s farm, perfected.

This final offering price is 22 percent below the purchase price of over a decade ago, an extraordinary value. Exquisite private hilltop location with big views over 88± acres of meadows, ancient maple trees, wildlife pond, stocked trout pond and rushing brook.

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The Birches on Moosehead Lake
in Rockwood, Maine

offers a turn-of-the-century lake-front resort complete with lodge and cabins perched at water’s edge for the hospitable investor.  The property boasts 8,600 acres± laced with miles of hiking and ski trails, along with southeasterly panoramic views across Moosehead Lake to the Appalachian Mountains.  The resort features a well-managed timber investment, and is currently operated as a profitable business…

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For island lovers in touch with their inner child:

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own island but how about inviting your friends to your island with your own fort?! With over 24 acres to explore, 5 sandy beaches, 2 piers AND your own historic fort, who can top that?

House Island in Casco Bay

is a great place for kids and the young at heart.

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For those who love a picnic by the lake: 

Nothing says more than having family and friends get together for summer fun at the lake.

Sebago Lake Estate

offers 19± acres with your own private sandy beach, extensive dock for your boats and water toys, plenty of outdoor space for those lawn games, and a magnificent home with a massive stone fireplace and plenty of room for all.

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For those who want the beach at their doorstep:

Imagine stepping off your porch and putting your toes into warm sands, strolling the beach in search of shells, wading in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean by day; listening to the lull of the waves while you dine alfresco at night.  With 3± acres of privacy amidst natural surroundings,

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is perfect for those who love to summer at the shore.

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For those whose home is their Castle: 

Surrounded by 355± acres with distant views,

The Rice Mountain Estate

combines historic structures and incredible craftsmanship. The 10,275-square-foot main residence is comprised of four distinct structures the Dudley Friedman House, the Norman Tower, Peak House, and Tudor Tower all blending together to create a unique castle–like mountain top home. The property is currently offered with 95+ acres and includes the main residence, the Howland Barn as well as an 1800-square-foot log cabin, barn and storage building. Other configurations of the property are available.

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We are asked all the time  “What’s the coolest thing you have on the market?”  and “What’s the best deal on a great New England property?” Here are LandVest’s top picks for properties offering great values for sheer cool, romance and privacy:

What could be cooler and more romantic than a modernist penthouse, privately listed in Boston’s Back Bay?

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LandVest is known for great country places (like the ones seen below) but we also have the edge on wonderful in-town properties.  Ask Terry Maitland, tmaitland@landvest.com, 617-357- 8949 and Nicole Monahan, nmonahan@landvest.com, 617-948-8038 about this sleek beauty (and check out the photos- how about the shower!).

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For romance, how about crashing surf and a “Teddy-Roosevelt-stayed here”
shingle “cottage” perched on a cliff on Mount Desert Island?

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A super cool place to spend the hottest summer months, and an investment you can really enjoy.  Contact Story Litchfieldslitchfield@landvest.com, 207-276-3840.

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Love the idea of a super cool rustic retreat, but want it on a Vermont lake?

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The Pinnacle  is a late 19th century Great Camp on a perfect point of land on Lake Champlain, with a two-story living room opening up to a balconied gallery:  all the romance of the Victorian era, completely unspoiled.  Contact Wade Weathers, wweathers@landvest.com, 802-651-5392 for a private tour.

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Prefer a romantic Vermont farm for your private getaway?

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Want to “bring your toothbrush” (and maybe your horses and skis, too, the snowcat is already there) and enjoy the country in perfectly done comfort? And, would you like to purchase the property for 22% off its purchase price of over a decade ago?  Check out Uphill Farm  in Woodstock, Vermont, the “Gentleman’s Farm, perfected”, and definitely take a look at the video and then contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, rsudduth@landvest.com, 617-359-5584.

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How about complete privacy, and a very cool Vermont mountaintop location?

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Sweet Farm’s, 500+ acres amid 6,000+ acres of conservation land, at the end of a private drive at the end of a dirt road.  Can’t get more private than that.  And for romance and cool factor?  180 degree views, a completely redone house, a great barn and guesthouse, and miles of trails, streams and waterfalls.  Even cooler?  A great value at $1.75 million.

Like the hilltop but have to please a serious horse person in your life (or an astronomer)?

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How about your own private mountaintop?  at the end of a mile-long driveway.  There’s a 20-stall barn and an indoor arena…and an observatory, too!   Ask Wade Weathers, wweathers@landvest.com, 802-651-5392

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Looking for the perfect blend of natural and designed beauty to inspire the artist in you?1

Halfway between Boston and Amherst is a beautiful private estate surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest, the home to one of the more significant American contemporary art collectors?  How about the Holman Street Estate, with its terraced landscape accentuated by elegant sculptures, leading down to a private pond ? And a great deal at $995,000.   Contact Chris Rodstrom, crodstrom@landvest.com, 617-357-8988 or Keith Ross, kross@landvest.com, 978-544-5767 for more details.

 
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