Real Estate & Weddings on the Vineyard

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Real Estate & Weddings on the Vineyard

By Joanna Fairchild, Sales Agent Ocean Park Realty & Wedding Planner, JF Weddings & Events

Next week is the busiest week of the summer between the Agricultural Fair in West Tibsury and Illumination night to the annual Fireworks Display in Oak Bluffs. It's a time most of us who live and work here begin to take a sigh of relief and know that we can return to business at hand. Not to take a back seat to summer but September, October and November are just as busy in the real estate market and the wedxding industry as the heat of summer. While, everyone is aware of the active real estate market on the Island not everyone knows that allegedly Marthas Vineyard is the second largest wedding destination next to Las Vegas. As a real estate sales agent with Ocean Park Realty and an independent wedding planner I can speak to both markets. There actually is a segue between the two. Many of the weddings book rental homes in Oak Bluffs where some of the vacation homes can sleep anywhere between 8-16 guests it is less expensive option then hotels rooms. One of the reasons the weddings take place mostly in the Spring and Fall is due to the fact that it is not only easier to get here sans the summer crowds but often the room rates and rentals are more reasonable. Oak Bluffs has over over a hundred rooms to offer with Inns such as the Wesley Inn, Madison Inn, Oak Bluffs Inn, Narragansett House, Admiral Benbow Inn (listed with Ocean Park for sale) for guests to book in addition to our many rental listings for vacation homes. While Island wide there are many venues to choose from Brides do not have to look further then Oak Bluffs for exceptional ceremony and reception locations. The East Chop Lighthouse overlooking the Nantucket Sound has been the site for more then 25  wedding ceremonies this year alone. The Tabernacle and Union Chapel plus the availability of six more churches of all denominations are possible as well.  Couples who prefer an elopement or more intimate wedding can book a charter ton the Sea Witch a floating B&B Dreamland and Lolas are all amazing wedding venues and have the unique distinction of a late night curfew due to entertainment licenses that allow them to play music until 1am as opposed to 8-10pm curfew Island wide. The Sailing Camp and Farm Neck are also popular reception choices for those who dont mind an earlier evening. Whether it is real estate or wedding planning both require precise attention to details and we specialize in making those visions come true.

Summer Fun on Martha's Vineyard!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Wow! Today is July 2 , 2014 and it is about 81 degrees in Oak Bluffs and very windy. State Beach is definitely showing signs that summer is here on Martha's Vineyard! There are many cars, SUVs, trucks with licenses plates from all over CT, NY, Maryland, Florida, Texas and Florida! I love the Fourth of July because every year my sister Martha and brother in law David visit the island... we go to State Beach, boutique shopping in Edgartown... then back to Oak Bluffs and visit Nancy's on the Oak Bluffs Harbor for some seafood and a sunset cocktail! Of course all the people watching along the harbor and campground cottages is always intriguing! This year is extra special since my entire family is celebrating Martha and David's 30th wedding anniversary! My folks also known as Mimi and Poppi have been preparing food for the special barbecue celebration! Wishing everyone and their families a safe, healthy and Happy fourth of July! If Tropical storm Arthur travels up the coast on Friday please feel free to stop by Ocean Park Realty located at 69 Circuit Avenue to see many affordable homes! There are 2 super terrific move in readyhomes under $420,000! Stop by or contact Marilyn for a private showing! Check out our homes for sale on Martha's Vineyard here. Enjoy everyone! Marilyn Moses 617-462-0381 marilynmoses@oceanparkmv.com [gallery ids="109,110"]

TOP 15 Things to do on Martha's Vineyard (Photo credit, author, Malerie Yolen-Cohen)

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One summer, in the early 1970s, my brother and I were biking from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard when we came upon a very strange sight. Hundreds of people were on the beach, screaming and splashing in the water in an almost comical way. It seemed like mayhem for no apparent reason. A toothy, wide-mouth mechanical shark sat on a trailer on the sand, and Klieg lights illuminated the already sunlit scene. What the hell was going on, we asked our waitress later that night. "Oh, they're making a movie about a shark," she replied. Of course, that "movie about a shark" was Jaws -- Steven Spielberg's breakout film -- and visitor's can now dip their toes in the water at "Jaw's Beach." But, honestly, the making of Jaws isn't even among the top reasons to visit this appropriately shark-shaped chunk of land just eight miles from Cape Cod. Here's a list of some of the coolest, insider things to do on Martha's Vineyard based on years of personal visits and recommendations from the folks who live here. (For more in-depth recommendations about MV and other Northeast destinations, visit GetawayMavens.com).


1. Check out Martha's Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven on summer Monday nights at 7:30. New play readings sometimes draw your average Hollywood stars, who show up to support their friends. 


2. Peruse the boutiques and shops in Vineyard Haven. Midnight Farm is co-owned by Carly Simon who has deep roots on the island, and Night Heron Gallery features one-of-a-kind goods made by local artists. Pick up a bestseller at indie Bunch of Grapes Bookstore where Barak and Michelle Obama publicly purchased their daughters' summer reading list last year. 


3. Everyone does it, so go for the brass ring -- on the Oldest Carousel in the World -- the Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs., just $2.50 per ride. 


4. Figure on a Photog-Foray to the fairytale enclave of Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs. These delightful mini-homes replaced tents pitched for Methodist summer revivals in the 1700s and were collectively declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978. 


5. After a night of partying, grab a mouthwatering Back Door Donut in Oak Bluffs. Co-Owner, Rita Brown, presides over Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery by day, but at night, a "crew of 10 keeps making the donuts until 1am" and sells them at the back door. 


6. Zen out in Mytoi in Chappaquiddick, an enchanting 14-acre Japanese garden with walkways, drooping Cherry trees, wooden bridges and the most vocal (some would assume, happy) birds on earth. You need to take the 3-car-3-minute "Chappy Ferry" from Edgartown -- a quaint joy in itself. 


7.Tour Chappaquiddick with the Trustees of Reservations. Ride in a jeep or paddle in kayaks to the Cape Poge Lighthouse and other sections of the island, a migratory stop for over a hundred species of birds. 


8. Two miles from Vineyard Haven, it's a quick ride to the lush-lash big-eyed stares of 78 alpacas atIsland Alpaca. With necks like swaying stalks, they are both ungainly and delicate after shearing, and sweet enough to cuddle. Island Alpaca has one of the most well stocked alpaca woolens store on the East Coast.

9. Pay your respects to John Belushi. Many of the original SNL cast members have homes on Martha's Vineyard, but only one is buried here. Visit John Belushi's grave in Abel's Hill Cemetery, Chilmark. 


10. Capture the grandeur of a Martha's Vineyard sunset from either the endangered red brick Gay Head Lighthouse, or the spectacular terra cotta colored clay Gay Head Cliffs overlook -- both on the Western end of MV in Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head). 11. Purchase purple and white "wampum" jewelry, sculpted from Quahog shells, at Stony Creek Gifts on the walkway to the Gay Head Cliffs overlook. Simply beautiful, these adornments are the real deal. 


12. In the postcard-perfect fishing village of Menemsha, pick up freshly steamed lobster, brothy chowder or stuffed clams from Larsen's Fish Market, then picnic right on the working docks made famous in the movie Jaws


13. Order the Crabmeat Guacamole appetizer from Atlantic Restaurant in Edgartown. It's one delicious way to savor the nautical comings and goings of Edgartown harbor. 14. Kimchee Burger at Henry's at the Harbor View Hotel. 'Nuff said. 


15. Ask for a beachy-chic waterview room at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, wake up at 5am and watch the Edgartown Lighthouse, right outside your window, turn pink with the sunrise. All will be right with the world. Photo credit, author, Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Spring & Summer Rentals Oak Bluffs, Edgartown & Tisbury!

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So you havent booked your vacation rental yet If you are one of the many procrastinators out there who dragged their snowy feet and didnt book their vacation home yet and are NOW wondering What am I going to do Dont worry you are not alone. Just call Ocean Park Rentals 508 696-RENT or visit us at www.oceanparkrentals.com and we will take care of you. It is late in the season so your first choices may be taken but we have a lot of very nice rentals still available in Oak Bluffs, East Chop. Edgartown, Vineyard Haven as well as up-island. Try another town on the Island who knows you may like it better- Now is your chance to experience another part of the Island So dont delay and CALL US TODAY.

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Ocean Park Realty is Actively Seeking Homes to List in Downtown Oak Bluffs!

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Daylight savings is here and Spring will be official in 10 days! With that said it is a perfect time to list your home! The inventory in certain markets is somewhat depleted, there are very few homes for sale in downtown Oak Bluffs...The lowest price home in the Copeland district is $440,000 and under agreement...next home for sale is significantly higher $699,000...then to $799,000 and up! This is an indicator that the market is slowly shifting more towards a sellers market...where the inventory of homes is low..! Ocean Park Realty, Inc..is actively looking to market and list in town Victorians, Campground Cottages, year round Colonials, Cape Cod Style homes...all homes ! We need inventory product homes to list & market! There are many qualified active buyers looking...let us help you! We sell the most homes in Oak Bluffs and are located on Circuit Avenue...we have a full service rental department and sales team! For immediate attention please contact us ! For a Free Market Analysis..contact  Marilyn Moses 617-462-0381 today...Mention this Blog! You will receive an AD in the MV TIMES! Email: marilynmoses@oceanparkmv.com...Visit website and view all properties for sale island wide! www.oceanparkmv.com

Martha's Vineyard Waterfront Inventory

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Where have all the houses gone? Inventory is plummeting as we speak! According to leading governmental indicators, residential home prices in 2013 posted their largest gain since 2005. And, more recently, sales of newly built homes surged by 9.6% in January from the previous month. Most of this activity has taken place in the Northeast sector of the country. The resultinventory is disappearing; especially with quality properties that offer special amenities..like docks, water front etc. In Oak Bluffs there are just 2 properties with deep water docks! Dock

Oak Bluffs Open House 8 Puritan Drive 2-1-14 ...Tower Ridge 12pm to 2pm!

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8 Puritan Drive  1.20 Acre!

8 Puritan Drive 1.20 Acre!

The days are getting longer and Spring is getting closer! Come take a look at this Beautiful Custom Built home " Shows like a BRAND NEW HOME" 5 Bedroom, 4.5 baths, wood floors, Central AC, Irrigation, 2 car garage, apartment above garage, finished basement w/media and recreation room! Separate utility rooms, storage rooms.........oh a waterfall ! Year Round waterfall!! GORGEOUS LANDSCAPING ! AND MUCH MORE!! Offered at $995,000Bright & Open Floor Plan! DIRECTIONS: 8 PURITAN DRIVE IN OAK BLUFFS, OFF COUNTY ROAD FIRST RIGHT AFTER FARM NECK GOLF COURSE ON RIGHT...Look for Tower Ridge Rock ..follow straight Tower Ridge Road! left and 2nd house on left..look for Open House Signs! Call Marilyn Moses for more info! 617-462-0381 or email at marilynmoses@oceanparkmv.com


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OAK BLUFFS: Modern Contemporary Cape located in the lovely private development of Hidden Cove. Offering private dock and boat mooring! This home offers an OPEN BRIGHT SUNFILLED LIVING AND DINING AREA.. 3 sliders in dining area OPEN to a LARGE NEWER MAHOGANY DECK AND BRICK PATIO! ... First floor bedroom and full bath, wood burning fireplace. Second level offers 2 more AMPLE SIZE bedrooms each with SLIDING GLASS DOORS TO OWN PRIVATE MAHOGANY DECK! Full bath and washer dryer on second level. Full basement and garage lots of storage space! THIS HOME IS VERY SPECIAL offering privacy and SPECTACULAR SETTING!

Alan Schweikert Celebrating 40 Years at Ocean Park Realty, Inc

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alanresizedAlan Schweikert, owner and principal broker at Ocean Park Realty in Oak Bluffs, started selling real estate 40 years ago. He and his agents now sell more than a third of all homes sold in Oak Bluffs. We asked him a few questions about his four decades in O.B. Q.: What year did you first arrive on the Vineyard? Alan Schweikert: It was 1971. I got my MBA from BU [Boston University] and was living in Boston (I'm from New Jersey). My first job was at Brandeis University and the V.P. there had a connection on the Vineyard. He said "I have a guy who needs some help with management," and they flew me down here and I went to work for Stan Snyder at Mattakeesett. I'd never been to the Vineyard before. They offered me a job I couldn't refuse car, apartment. I was in charge of 25 18-year-old girls. I was probably 26 at the time. Stan Snyder said, "If we can reproduce this [Mattakeesett], we'll put them in different locations around the country." But there was a recession, so I went back to Boston, and took a trip around the world for a while. When did you start selling real estate? AS: Well, when I got back there was a note to call Peter Rosbeck. He said "I understand you know something about Martha's Vineyard..." and I said, "Something." He said, "Well, there's a development down there that needs some help; will you go down there and represent me?" So I went to Sengekontacket in 1973. I thought: here I am a striving MBA type; would I rather be selling Jello in the midwest somewhere, or down here clamming and fishing and learning how to do all the things I really love in life? So I just kind of mellowed out and enjoyed it here. I worked for Peter all I did was sell land for him Island Grove and Sengekontacket. I built my first house there in 1976 the year of the Tall Ships. I never sold a house until 1977. I thought: Jeez, this is fun. How much did that first house sell for? AS: The first house I sold here in town, I'll never forget it. It was a Victorian over on Pequot Avenue, a block from the beach. And I sold it for $38,000. The people their deal was subject to financing. In those days everyone used Dukes County Savings Bank. So I had to meet their home inspector over there guy named Carlisle Cronig. He came over and he looked at the house, and he looked at me, and he said "You sold this for thirty-eight thousand dollars!? You must be one hell of a broker!" It was funny. Then I sold a campground cottage to a chef on the Island and we sold that for $19,000. When did you go into business for yourself? AS: You remember Tubby Rebello? We had R & S Real Estate. Tubby and I were living in Sengekontacket. And he lured me away. He said "You and I could be a great team. I run the town, and you're young and ambitious..." So that lasted about two years. We sold some funny little houses. I left him and decided to go on my own in O.B. and I opened up Ocean Park Realty. It was incorporated in 1979. What has been the biggest change in Oak Bluffs in the forty years you've been selling real estate here? AS: When I was here in the 1970s, everyone wanted to buy in Edgartown. All of a sudden, people started looking at Oak Bluffs differently. Places like Sengekontacket, and Waterview Farms... It wasn't a broken down honky-tonk town....it was up and coming. Then in '81, '82, you got Farm Neck and the golf course. We still have a fun crazy in-town town, lots of activity, lots of tourists. But O.B. has really come into its own. There are beautiful, multi-million dollar homes. This is something people never thought would happen here. O.B. became a popular destination place. But the one thing that never changed was the whole multi-cultural heterogeneity of it. It's just such a fun place. I got very involved in and committed to Oak Bluffs. I loved it, being a Victorian town, by the water, was just amazing like fantasy land. What would you say has changed most about your business? AS: In the 70s and 80s we would get an offer; we would do it handwritten in short form, sometime on the back of a car. Then you'd have to mail it to someone to get the seller to sign it. I was in the middle of a million-dollar deal up in Chilmark, and I got a call from Ron Rappaport and he said, "We have something new in our office" this was maybe '81, '82. He said, "We have a facsimile machine. We can get the seller's signature from New York City..." So I said: Can I get one of those? All of a sudden you could make a deal in one day and get two signatures. That changed the nature of the business for me. And when computer technology came in it was a long time coming before that got really sophisticated. Now here we are in 2013, and we try to keep our office at the cutting edge of everything brand-new state-of-the-art website. I have a computer tech who I feel like is part of my staff. Search engines, the whole thing. Marilyn [Moses, another Ocean Park realtor] is really helping with technology. We have an Internet marketer we're working closely with. When you go to the website you can immediately search, along with key listings, and properties we've sold. Any near disasters? AS: I think one of the worst things I ever went through: I was selling a piece of land up in Gay Head, for a local. And I knew their attorney quite well, and had done many deals with him. The person who was buying the land was from somewhere in Boston. Maybe somewhere in the North End. He was sort of a no-nonsense person. So the attorney said, "I'll hold on to the escrow money." I'd done many deals with the attorney and thought everything would be fine. We all went to the closing, and the attorney didn't show up with the money. Matter of fact he didn't show up for about a month. He is no longer an attorney.... Then the guy from North End...the buyer? AS: He looked at us and said, "Unless something happens quick around here, you're all going to have cement shoes." What did happen is the seller ended up selling him the land, but didn't get the escrow money. The deal went through. Since it was the seller's attorney, they said "This is your issue." I don't know if he ever got it. And of course the attorney...pretty much gave up his license. Any feel-good deals? AS: Most of them were feel-good deals. You know, I never realized I was in the real estate business for a while. I just thought I was a businessman who helped people find things. I thought of myself as a country broker...and I did very well at it. That's why I was so taken with this community, because it was so good to me. I had a philosophy that if you treat people right, and you take care of them, you're going to make money. You never have to worry about it. It's always going to come. Over the years, I became a salesman, but I became one without trying to sell things. You just listen to people. And if you listen to them long enough, their questions, they'll take you right to the right house. Is most of your business still in Oak Bluffs? AS: I'd say maybe 80 percent is in O.B. I don't take listings outside of O.B., but the rest of the agents in my office do. I stick to this town. I do everything in this town I swim in this town, I belong to Farm Neck, I shop at Reliable. This is the only town that doesn't have traffic, and I refuse to get stuck in that. Your son is in the business now? AS: Yes, he's trying it out. He's been very helpful to me I have almost like an assistant; he can learn it if he wants to learn it. He can do a lot of the stuff I just don't want to do anymore. He's got a couple listings. How many people do you have coming to you who know nothing about the Vineyard? AS: We do get some good walk-ins here, but from people who know nothing about M.V., they don't usually buy right away. You talk with them, you let them have a good time here, then you keep encouraging them, sending them things. A lot of time people like that will com
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