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Island Spring Newsletter is Out!

by Virginia Prichett 18. April 2012 07:49

Read the full version to get market stats, event calendar and tips on getting ready to sell your home!


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A Fun Activity Right Nearby! - Polo at Glen Farm

by Elaine Infantolino 27. June 2011 07:23

Newport vs. Boston, June 25

Last week, I was generously offered a pair of tickets to see a polo match in Portsmouth, just over the bridge from Jamestown.  It is not an activity that I have ever really considered attending or one that I even knew could be found here.  I have always been a horse lover and rode quite a bit when I was younger, but the thought of polo for me just always brought to mind a crowd of people, dressed to the nines with over-the-top hats and white gloves, sipping on champagne, sitting all prim and proper on the sidelines. Well, let me tell you. I was dead wrong. And I’m so glad that I was!

A polo game is not one that will leave you dazed and confused, wondering what the heck just went down over the last couple of hours. No, it is pretty easy to pick up the basics of the game (and it certainly helps to have a seasoned group of regulars sitting next to you explaining every detail). Although the official rules, according to the US Polo Association, take up 55 pages in a book, there are only a few that you need to know to follow. The Newport Polo Club website states: ‘In a nutshell: don’t hit your horse or anyone else’s with a mallet. You can’t play left-handed. No dangerous riding. Abusive play and language are not allowed. If a player comes off his or her horse, the clock can continue to run; if a horse falls down, stop the clock.’

As for the nature of a match, it’s really a fun time! No stuffiness here. It is essentially a big tailgate party. People bring their beach chairs, blankets, grills, coolers, dogs, umbrellas, kids, etc. and set up around the perimeter of the field. Attire is whatever makes you feel comfortable on a warm summer night sitting on the grass. You can expect to be there about 2 hours. There are 6 chukkers to a game, each one lasting 7 ½ minutes. But there are always penalties, time between chukkers to change ‘ponies’ and half time to consider. Half time is entertaining as spectators are invited to the field to help replace the divots. For me, the most exciting part was hearing the thunder of hooves as the horses race back and forth. It is an aggressive game, but beautiful as well. You will be amazed at the speed of the ponies as well as how agile they are when they have to make quick maneuvers. Apparently, good polo ponies know the game just as well, or better, than their human counterparts, and play the game to win. I overheard someone say that if a rider were to make a wrong move, it is not uncommon for the horse to get upset.

The announcer kept us amused with his comments and at the end, I participated in what he called ‘that sweaty hand slapping thing’ where you can line up around the field and the riders will come by and slap your hand.

Oh, and I think I just may have to find the perfect hat for my next match.

Polo matches are every Saturday at Glen Farm in Portsmouth.  Pricing is very reasonable at $10/adult for general admission.  Check out their website for a schedule and more information.  (http://www.glenfarm.com/)



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Hot Off the Press!

by Virginia Prichett 15. June 2011 08:39




Our newsletter is out!  Let us know if there are any topics that you would like to see covered in future issues.  If you would like to receive a full copy, please send an email to homes@islandrealtyri.com.

 

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The Return of Dockwise

by Virginia Prichett 1. June 2011 10:11



Each year in the late spring, the huge orange ship shows up in Newport Harbor to begin its delivery of yachts transported here to Narragansett Bay to spend summer in arguably the best sailing/cruising area in the United States. 

I checked out their website a little while ago. There are 4 ships, including one super sized ship, that travel to about 18 destinations worldwide to pick up and deliver. Destinations include the cruising grounds many of us are familiar with, including St. Thomas and the Bahamas. But in fact, New Zealand, Tahiti, Turkey, France and Italy are among the other interesting ports where Dockwise makes regular stops.

I took this excerpt from their website, but there is lots of interesting information, so I’d suggest you check it out. Meanwhile, if you’re out in the bay, it’s fascinating to watch the unloading of the yachts. And in the fall, the ship reloads and takes its cargo to winter cruising grounds.

www.yacht-transport.com/homepage.html

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) is the world's leading yacht logistics company offering hassle-free yacht & boat transport to the most desirable cruising grounds of the world.
DYT serves its customers with a global network of 10 offices and representatives. With its own fleet of semi-submersible yacht carriers, DYT provides top quality service and reliable scheduling throughout the year.


-Ginny Prichett

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Go For a Ride in Jamestown!

by Vicki deAngeli 26. May 2011 08:10

While cycling around the island recently, an off-island friend asked if Jamestown has been mentioned as one of the top ten beautiful places to bike.  I am not aware of such a list, but if there is one, Jamestown would definitely be on it!  Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Jamestown “home” are acutely aware of our beautiful surroundings, and being an avid cyclist, I have always believed that there is no better way to see a place than by two wheels.  To tour Conanicut Island on your bike makes for some wonderful times.


A bike tour of the island will include a bit of everything: rolling hills, spectacular water views, sightings of magnificent sailboats, Block Island, lighthouses, Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, and picturesque tree-lined streets.  Of course no outing would be complete without stopping in town for an ice cream cone or dish of gelato.  After all, you earned it!  For those of us who have spent the winter on our trainers, riding outside is something we anxiously look forward to.  I find that riding regularly - at last 5 days each week, provides a great balance to my busy work days at Island Realty.

There is a Jamestown Bike Path Design Committee, which is working to create a bike path on the Island that will enable cyclists to get from the north end to the in-town area via a bike path along North Road.  The Jamestown Press reported that there may be possible funding for this project from RIDOT. Read about it here.

An annual Jamestown cycling event is the Jamestown Classic, a US Cycling Association race held on Columbus Day.  For 35 years, the Jamestown Rotary Club has sponsored this event and it has brought cyclists fromall over the country.  With the help of many volunteers, this event is truly something worth watching, or better yet, hop on your bike and compete! 


Now that the warm weather is here, get out your favorite bike and see Jamestown in a whole new way.

-Vicki deAngeli

 

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Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm of Jamestown

by Elaine Infantolino 9. May 2011 08:57

As a newcomer to living in Jamestown, I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a place that may be of interest to new residents or visitors.  Or maybe even spark the interest of longtime residents who may have seen signs for this spot, but never stopped by to explore.  The place I’m talking about is Watson Farm on North Main Road.  This past weekend, on May 6, the farm held its annual Sheep Shearing Day.  And what a fantastic activity for the family!  It was wonderful to have such an experience right here, minutes from home.  We didn’t have to venture over either one of the bridges for a day of learning and hands on experience  (Do I sound like a true Rhode Islander yet?)


Founded in 1796, Watson Farm is a 265-acre property and is a working family farm.  The original farmhouse is still standing and is used by the Minto family as their home.  The animals on the farm are grass fed during the year and a rotational grazing method is employed.  Raising the animals on grass, as opposed to grain, reduces labor and costs.


The Sheep Shearing Day is an opportunity for visitors to see the animals up close and personal.  And when I say up close, I mean my 3-year old daughter was able to hold baby chicks and ducks in her hands and pet newborn lambs.  She was able to see the sheep losing their ‘coats’ and understood that no, it did not hurt them.  Then she made her very own small sheep out of a pipe cleaner and pink wool, spun from a previous harvest. We saw a Red Devon cow, lots of cats, a rooster and the border collies that are used to herd the sheep.  We hiked up the hill to see bright green fields and a herd of sprightly sheep bounding up and over one another.  She got to see that in fact, there are black sheep, like in the song she’s been singing over and over. The expansive views of Narragansett Bay are like a painting.
 

And to top it all off, there was the best tree swing ever!  This was quite possibly the favorite activity for many of the kids.  The swing was made of a big piece of wood and tied to a huge tree by good, strong rope.  So simple, yet so entertaining.  We watched the ‘big’ kids go swooping up high, where you know they could feel that little twinge in their bellies.  My daughter mustered up her courage and didn’t try to stop me as I loaded her up a little more, a little more….Then I let go and swooooooshhhhhh!  I could hear her giggling and the people standing in line saying, ‘Look at that face!’  She was loving it!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  Or we busy ourselves with activities that cost a lot of money, or make you interact with machines, or keep you cooped up indoors.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes these are great, and necessary.  But I have to say, this was such a nice escape.  Things my daughter has read about or discussed in school became a reality.  And I felt like this activity really gave us the chance to connect on a more personal level.

All that from a little farm on Jamestown.   

For more information, go here.

 

-Elaine Infantolino

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How's the Jamestown Market?

by Carol Hopkins 5. May 2011 08:26



As a full time real estate broker and part owner of Island Realty in Jamestown, RI, I am very active and visible in my community.  I usually begin my day with a visit to Jamestown Fitness.  With just a cup of coffee under my belt at 7 AM, I crawl over to the treadmill.  I estimate that the day will begin and end with the same questions: “Hi Carol, how’s the real estate market?  Good?  Bad?  Slow?  Crazy?  How are prices?  What’s the village home on the market for? What did that waterfront home sell for? Here’s the good news.  People recognize me without any make-up on with a red pony tail sticking straight up in the air…and they think of real estate when they see me!  And the day goes on with visits to McQuades, East Ferry Deli, Bakers, Slice of Heaven, Bill Del Nero, the Trat….the list goes on.

My answers are based on what I do, every day.  I sell and list real estate primarily in my hometown of Jamestown. The market is all of the above! How’s that for a clear answer?  I can usually answer the value questions as well!  Aren’t I something?

So here’s the real scoop…There is healthy inventory on this small island, with houses for sale in the mid $200,000 range all the way up to 9 million.  As of today, almost 100 properties total!

Prices are down from the “good old days” of 2006 and 2007.  Houses are selling but the competition is stiff and buyers are very knowledgeable of what the market looks like right now. My advice is that if you are a Seller or are thinking of selling, get ready to negotiate. Your home should be staged and in tip top shape. The biggest mistake a Seller can make right now is to “test the market”.  You will not pass the test!  An overpriced property will sit and not sell.  A perfectly priced property will sell quickly, especially if there is no deferred maintenance.  Keep in mind, statistically buyers are looking on the internet for approximately six months before even getting in the car to look at real estate.  They have access to what is listed, what has sold, and what has been on the market “forever”!!

My advice to Buyers is to see a banker or mortgage broker prior to viewing homes and making offers. Having that piece of paper puts you in a much better position to negotiate on your behalf.  It is a “Buyers Market” at the present time. When and if you are involved in a multiple offer situation (and they are happening on perfectly priced homes), keep your offer as “clean” as possible with few contingencies.  You are likely to have an offer accepted if you can forego a mortgage contingency or inspections, but ONLY if you are in the right position to do so.  Don’t take chances you can’t afford.  Also, for those of you that have been waiting to finally afford something here, the time is right.  If you are a first time homebuyer, there are many programs available such as FHA and R.I. Housing.  For the first time in a long time, these programs can help you afford a home in Jamestown!

I close with many thanks for being able to work and live in such a great town and always welcome questions and chatter about real estate. I invite you to stop in our office and meet our wonderful team.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Hopkins



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Spotlight on Jamestown's Fort Getty

by Company 27. April 2011 06:06

Fort Getty is a town park located west of Mackerel Cove Beach.  The southern part of Narragansett Bay is split in half by 8 mile long Conanicut Island (aka Jamestown), forming East and West Passages.  Fort Getty overlooks West Passage and offers campsites for both tent and RV campers.  The park also offers a boat ramp, fishing area, camper services and showers.

Historically, Fort Getty was used as a U.S. Military Fort.  In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British Navy arrived in Newport and shortly after invaded Jamestown. They attacked Fort Getty and Fort Wetherill.  During World Wars I and II, it was used for observation and protection of the entrance to Narragansett Bay.  For more information, call (401) 423-7264.


A Personal Perspective – from owner Ginny Prichett


Last week, I saw Jeff McDonough's photo in the Jamestown Press of the cement blocks being laid for the new boat ramp at Ft. Getty.  It brought back memories for me of our 22' catamaran that we used to launch at Ft. Getty every year. So I took my camera and went for a ride on a lovely Monday to see what action I could see on the construction of the new ramp. A couple of photos are attached to this blog, but that's not why I'm writing.  I'm writing because Ft. Getty is one of Jamestown's gems. This gorgeous peninsula juts into Narragansett Bay with a 360 degree view from RI Sound, to the Dutch Island lighthouse, to West Ferry. Protected from northeastern breezes, with easy access to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this area is just gorgeous. The only other people out there when I visited on April 25 were the 2 men working on the new boat ramp, and I believe it was about quitting time. So the next time you are looking to take a walk in a very special place, this is my recommendation.






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All in Good Time - How I Helped My Buyers Find their Perfect Home

by Dianne Grippi 20. April 2011 09:09
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“Good Evening -  Just a note to tell you that we used
Island Realty as a buyers agent
for a recent home
buying transaction in Wickford.  I would like to say that
your agent
Dianne Grippi provided exemplary service to
the customer.  She was thorough, very
accommodating,
and was very professional.  She was available late at night
and was a driving force to help us close the deal…Yeah Dianne 
you are a star!!!! I would recommend Island Realty to all of myfriends because of the great service that Dianne Grippi provided for us. 

Thanks again,
Nat Kopcyk

Ok April...now it's your turn to sing Dianne's accolades.

I do think Island Realty is the best choice for a realtor for sure, 
after observing them
in the community for over a decade. I always 
knew I would use Island Realty when I
bought or sold a house.”
-April Lorenzen

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I had a wonderful time working with April and Natalka.  I enjoyed learning many things about them and it appears they had a wonderful time working with me!

I began looking at homes with them about 2 years ago.  At that time, we went over their 'wish list' and looked at quite a few homes.  I realized they wanted space for a home office, their grown children, and possibly longer term visits from an older parent who would need a first floor bedroom.

As we toured various homes, we came to the realization that they just were not ready to move forward.  When buyers see a home that fits all their criteria and they don't pursue it, there is always a reason. I had listened to their goals and knew they needed more time.

I suggested the buyers take a bit of a break and re-evaluate their needs and time frame.  I told April and Natalka that I would be ready when they were.  

 

They called about 6 months ago, ready and willing, pre-qualification letter in hand!  Children, jobs and families had been taken into consideration and they knew the time was right.  More importantly, they knew the home we found was right!


-Dianne Grippi




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A Perfect Balance in East Passage Estates of Jamestown

by Joan McCauley 4. April 2011 04:26

 

East Passage Estates is a tranquil little enclave on the north end of the
island.  It appealed to us because it offers quiet, privacy and lots of
room. I do admit that when we moved there I was concerned about how much
privacy from passersby our front porch offered.  So, we did a little
planting just to give ourselves some screening.
 

East Passage Estates lot sizes begin at just under 2 acres and most lots
are right about that size. House styles are varied, as are their
inhabitants--singles, young families, empty nesters and retirees.   A nice
mix of perspectives and experiences.  There are two fresh water ponds with
walking trails, and at this time of year it’s a great spot for red-winged
blackbirds. The neighborhood association operates unobtrusively, except
for the annual neighborhood picnic.  The street in front of the ponds is
blocked off, the association grills hot dogs and burgers, and everyone
shows up with a dish to share. There’s even entertainment!
 

We love our front porch--use it as soon as, and as long as, we can.  As it
turns out, it‘s not that quiet; birdsong fills the air from sunrise to
sunset.  And privacy--forget it.  There’s a constant parade of birds at
our feeders, squirrels in the trees, and apparently, we’re in a
hummingbird flyway!  Very special neighbors include white-tailed deer.
We’ve seen fawns born, watched their development, and worried when we
don’t see them for a few days.  We have lovely, deer-resistant, Deer Off
sprayed gardens. And passersby . . . Where?

-Joan McCauley


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