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February 11th, 2016 | + | Leave a Comment

Recently, the Boston Globe featured LandVest listing, the Ark in their article, “What $3 million gets you in the suburbs”. The Ark, a 30± acre horse farm includes the main residence, seven-stall barn, heated indoor and regulation outdoor dressage arenas, workshop, garage with storage, greenhouse and ample parking for horse trailers. Top-notch updates include a new cedar shake roof, copper gutters, radiant heat on the first floor of the residence and an imported fiber and sand mixture in the indoor riding arena.
What else can you get for $3 million in the Boston suburbs? Have a look at some LandVest listings below:

315 King Caesar Road, Duxbury

1.2 acre waterfront property with 275± feet of shore frontage including a private sandy beach.

23 Pine Summit Circle, Weston

Located in Highland Meadows, Boston’s premier 55-plus community, this custom condominium offers maintenance free living for the active adult lifestyle.

38 Gardner Street, Hamilton

Sited on over 11 private acres of lawns and meadows in the heart of Hamilton, the original 18th century farmhouse has been gracefully expanded to be open and bright.

Nashawtuc Hill Estate, Concord

This Colonial Revival house is set atop Nashawtuc Hill on a private and protected 2.8± acre terraced lot with distant western views over abutting conservation land.

For more information about these and other LandVest listings,
please contact our headquarters at (617) 723-1800.


February 3rd, 2016 | + | Leave a Comment

CC_Header_HRMarket Highlights

  • 2015 was a repeat of last year’s record for the high-end $2,000,000+ market with 93 sales vs 69 in 2013 and the previous record of 92 sales in 2012.
  • Inventories grew to record levels with 232 listings at year-end vs 188 at the end of 2014.
  • Barnstable is the high-end sales leader in 2015 with 26 sales, 12 in Osterville. Chatham followed with 18 sales.
  • Pent-up demand has been fueling the market and turmoil in global stock markets makes U.S. real estate an increasingly attractive investment. Turnkey condition and value pricing are critical.


Active Listings and Sales, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2015

On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at the end of 2015 the inventory of high-end listings expanded with 232 listings compared to 188 in 2014 and the previous record level of 215 listings at the end of 2013. 127 (55%) of these listings were in the $2-3,000,000 range, 64 (28%) in the $3-5,000,000 range, 27 (12%) at $5-10,000,000 and 14 (6%) at $10,000,000 and above. 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. In 2015 there were 218 at the end of the first quarter, 252 at the end of the second quarter, and 283 at the end of the third quarter.

High-end sales boomed to record levels in 2012, declined by 20% in 2013, and roared back in 2014. The first two quarters of 2015 were on track, but faltered in the third quarter. Recovering in the 4th quarter, 2015 ended with 93 sales repeating last year’s record. The previous record was 92 sales at the end of 2012 and the recent low was 41 sales in 2009.

Highest And Median Sale, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2015

According to MLS, the top sale in the 2015 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 2015 was $3,000,000. The high-end market on Cape Cod is predominately in the $2-$3,000,000 range. Of the 93 sales, 46 (49%) were in the $2-$3,000,000 range, 25 (26%) were $3-$4,000,000, 13 (14%) were $4-5,000,000, and 9 (11%) in the $5-$6,000,000 range. There were no sales above $9,000,000.

Days On Market, Sales, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2015

Days on market for high-end properties sold during 2015 were down slightly to 378 days compared to 386 days in 2014 and 324 days in 2013. Properties are taking significantly longer to sell since 2010, but the range is wide with some properties selling in days and others taking years. Inventories are growing particularly at the higher end of the market with 2.8 years of inventory at the $2-3,000,000 price range and 4.6 years at $5,000,000+. While pricing is always key, turnkey properties continue to be favored.

Sales by Town, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2015


In 2015, there were high-end sales in 14 of the 15 Cape Cod towns. These towns include: Barnstable (26, 12 in Osterville), Bourne (1), Brewster (1), Chatham (18), Dennis (4), Falmouth (10), Harwich (6), Mashpee (6), Orleans (10), Provincetown (3), Sandwich (1), Truro (4), Wellfleet (2), and Yarmouth (1). Although the total sales were the same as last year, there were notable changes in some towns: Barnstable up 53%, Chatham down 22%, Falmouth down 41%, and Orleans up 33%.



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:

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February 2nd, 2016 | + | Leave a Comment

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In 2015 the luxury real estate market in New England and the Adirondacks continued to perform at historically high levels due to a combination of pent-up demand, price reductions, low interest rates, and improving consumer confidence.

Sales volumes increased by 7% compared to 2014 (1,275 vs 1,192 sales). Compared to 2006 (861 sales), our baseline year, sales are up 48%, and have recovered substantially from a bottom of 533 sales in 2009. Across the board these high-end markets continue their strong recovery. While demand is strong, inventories are high, particularly in vacation markets and at higher price levels. We also continue to see turnkey properties favored over renovations. More detailed year-end reports for selected markets can be found at

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Stewart Young, LandVest’s Regional Manager on Cape Cod and in Boston’s western suburbs, compiles the LandVest Index. According to Young,

“In 2015 we witnessed continued record numbers of sales in most primary residential markets and strong performance in most vacation markets. Around Boston, Essex County was off 9%, Norfolk County up 8%, Middlesex County up 34%, and Suffolk County single families off 13% with high-end condos up 10%. In the vacation markets of Massachusetts, the Berkshires were up 35%, Martha’s Vineyard up 30%, while Nantucket was off 10%. Barnstable County (Cape Cod) was flat after being up 35% last year. Other markets with significant improvement were Southern Vermont up 88%, the Mt Desert area of Maine (Hancock County) up 44%, Adirondacks and Lake George up 27%, and New Hampshire up 15%.”

Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, LandVest’s Managing Director of Residential Brokerage, observed:

“2015 continued the pattern of solid performance by the luxury market throughout New England. The best deals continue to be for country properties in Mid-Coast Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. The tightest markets are in town and the nearby suburbs of Boston and Portland, Maine.”

LandVest, founded in 1968, provides real estate advisory and brokerage services for buyers and sellers of land, luxury real estate, timberland, and other special assets in New England and beyond.

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The Edgerly Estate on Lake Winnipesaukee Breeze Hill Farm Worthington Rd., Brookline, MA

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 information about LandVest’s marketing of residential real estate, contact Stewart Young.
For more information on great New England country and waterfront homes, contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, Director, Residential Brokerage.

Stewart Young | | 617-359-8930
Ruth Kennedy Sudduth | | 617-359-5584

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January 29th, 2016 | + | Leave a Comment

LandVest North is proud to support Rockport Music, as a corporate associate of the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rockport Music enriches the community and fosters the appreciation of music through its exceptional concerts series and wonderful education programs. The North Shore is lucky to have such an amazing concert venue and LandVest is happy to show our enthusiasm for the performing arts with our support.


Residents of Cape Ann have an opportunity to enjoy this magnificent music hall so close to home. Ann Grieco and her husband Richard, clients of LandVest and owners of 11 Gap Head Road in Rockport, have been lucky enough to attend performances at the Shalin Liu and love that the venue is so close to home. See additional information on 11 Gap Head Road, for sale by Lanse Robb.

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January 28th, 2016 | + | Leave a Comment

20151014_184100 When I think about the most remarkable residential real estate stories in Boston during 2015, the word “soaring” comes to mind. Mega-tall luxury condominium buildings, ultra high-end building amenities, and sky-high prices. As we head into 2016, the bar is set literally at uber heights for emerging new luxury condo residences in the city.

1. Millennium Tower’s Soaring Heights

From what was once an unsightly crater in the center of Downtown Crossing, there has emerged a crown jewel, Millennium Tower. The building was nearly completely sold as of the end of 2015. Final completion is scheduled for Q3 2016, yielding a building approaching 60 stories that combines nearly 450 residential condominiums, office space and retail areas. The top 5 floors enjoy commanding views from the highest residential points in Boston. The Grand Penthouse is a palatial 12,000+ square foot residence with a 2,000 square foot terrace that occupies the entire top floor. Its sale will surely be a record-buster on all measures for condo sales in the city — price, square footage, and price per square foot.


2. Buzz about One Dalton Street

News about a development near the Christian Science Plaza in Back Bay added to the stir about large scale residential buildings in 2015. One Dalton Street will slightly edge out Millennium Tower as the tallest residential building in the city. At 61 stories, twthe building will house luxury residential condominiums and a new Four Seasons hotel. Boston will join the ranks of other global cities, including London, Shanghai, and Singapore, in having 2 Four Seasons Hotels. Each residence will have a fireplace and those on the top few floors will have balconies. There’s a resident-only restaurant lounge on the 50th floor as well. When completed in 2017, the building will be the third tallest in the city.

3. Amenities Galore

Luxury buildings in Boston are vying for the best amenities to offer their discerning residents. These days, it’s baseline to have a fitness center, a movie screening room, and conference space. The newer amenities include perks specifically customized to the needs and interests of residents. Millennium Place and Towers both offer a “lifestyle” program featuring a calendar of educational, cultural and social events, such as Fireside Chats with a guest speaker, Casino Night, Boston Harbor outings, and more. In other luxury buildings around the city, you’ll find an in-house stylist and tailor, a rooftop fire pit, an outdoor dog run and washing station, and electric car charging stations.

4. Spotlight on Liberty Wharf

The Seaport is teeming with growth, as companies have located their businesses there and employees have followed. This accounts for some of the whopping price appreciation during 2015, as reported by LINK. The average selling price in 2014 at the Seaport was $855,000. In 2015 that rose to $2,425,000. Investors account for a good portion of this boom. Three condos at 22 Liberty Wharf are already listed for re-sale in January 2016. Most residences closed in late November and December 2015. Two of the residences at the high end are listed for 40% more than they were purchased for, and in one case, closed only ten days previously. These resale prices are commanding around $2,500 per square foot. Of course, that’s still below the city’s record-breaking sale of 2015, at Heritage on the Garden, where a 5,100 square foot expansive residence, created from two combined units, sold for $15.4 MM, or $3,029 per square foot. These soaring city prices will certainly be a trend to watch closely in the year ahead.

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December 4th, 2015 | + | Leave a Comment


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We are excited to announce the opening of our new office on the North Shore located at 48 Central Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea. This is just the latest expansion of LandVest’s leadership in the luxury real estate market throughout New England.

Lanse Robb, Principal at LandVest and Regional Director for the North Shore, is the #1 broker in Essex County for high-end sales (as reported by the Multiple Listing Service), a position he has held for over 20 years.  He will be leading a team of experienced professionals including Nicole Monahan, Richard Church and Sophie Soman.  Jim Monahan with LandVest’s Real Estate Consulting Group is readily available to provide a wide range of advisory services including land planning, conservation planning, feasibility analysis and all levels of appraisal services

Interested in learning more about how LandVest has been bringing great New England properties to the global marketplace since 1968?

For more information, please contact:
Lanse Robb, Director of North Shore, Principal
617-357-8996 |


November 21st, 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 owners of Crosswinds to tell us a bit about what they love about the property and a few ideal reasons to own it.

What are some of the reasons you were attracted to the property?

We chose this location for the extraordinary views of the lake and mountains in every direction. Set in a private location at the end of a peninsula, the house is beautifully constructed with granite boulders magnificently fit together. With a rambling interior, the house has nooks and crannies perfect for children’s games, rainy days, and hiding away with a good book.

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What significant improvements have you made?

We added a new kitchen, new hot water baseboard and radiant heating powered by propane, new flooring where needed, new and/or remodeled baths, removal of 1960’s era paneling, trim, and wallcoverings. Outside we created new patios, walls, plantings, and walkways; added a whole house generator; a new Arts & Crafts boathouse with entirely new cribs from the lakebed up and magnificent custom woodwork, and a new garage with substantial storage.

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Tell us about some of the property’s special features.

We love the granite lintels over the first floor windows and the half-moon shaped terrace out on the tip of the peninsula. It’s perfect for catching the sunset. And, of course, everyone loves the calm and protected swimming area with its sandy bottom. An inside favorite would have to be the large fireplace in the living room.

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Do you have a favorite spot on the property?

It’s hard to choose just one! The patio off the kitchen is a favorite gathering spot. It’s a very easy flow from kitchen to patio, so sitting with a morning coffee or an evening drink is effortless. Another favorite is the dock, with its massive footprint and large sitting area; it’s a perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon.

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We know you’re reluctantly moving due to relocation. Can you share your top reasons someone should buy this property?

  1. Location. Location. Location.
  • With 569’ of frontage on a private peninsula, there’s majestic views of Lake George to the north, south, and west.
  • Ideal for boats and swimming, the boathouse is located in a sheltered bay.
  • The Pilot Knob area offers easy access to Saratoga, Vermont and to the interstate. An association for area residents offers a sense of community and social get-togethers…even Thanksgiving Dinner!
  1. It’s a perfect lake house. It’s easy to live in, warm and approachable with nooks and crannies and broad overhangs to keep house cool and breezy. (did we mention the views?)
  2. All the hard work on the property is done so the next owner can move in and just really enjoy the property.
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For more information on Crosswinds, contact our Lake George listing broker
LeeAnn Modestino at
For information on LandVest’s services in the Adirondacks, visit our regional listings page.



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


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