245 North Road, Chilmark
  • Posted May 31, 2017

Renovate, renew, and repair...

We're very near the end of renovating this old house and to celebrate we hosted a party last weeek, catered by Jamie Hamlin and Sons, to thank those that have poured their blood, sweat and tears into this project. Sometime in the fall we plan to take the old barn down and rebuild it...before it falls down.

Here's a list of the tradesmen and women and suppliers who worked on our renovation and we highly recommend them for your projects.


  • Posted February 23, 2017

Summer Vacation Rentals

Bright sun and upper 50s today in Chilmark...perfect for a morning walk on Lucy Vincent Beach. I ran into my friend Harriet on the beach. We spoke of many things besides the glorious weather and how lucky we were to be on Martha's Vineyard on this day. Harriet owns a terrific summer rental home with a pool in Chilmark and she wanted me to know she has a few prime weeks available. You can see Harriet's place here: Trail's End.

Summer rentals on Martha's Vineyard come in all sizes, home styles and prices. Some homes will have every amenity and some will, instead, keep the focus on the outdoor spaces, the wondrous seascape and landscape found on the island. Here's a sampling of the wide range of rentals available: Sugar Mill, East Pasture, Squibnocket Pond, and Farm Neck.


  • Posted February 10, 2017

Winter storm Niko on MV

Snowy day on the island. I dug myself out of the driveway, scraped the windows and headed to the post office to see if Amazon had delivered today's necessary implement for the seemingly never ending renovation at our house. Amazon delivered. I rode past everyone's favorite island view, the Keith Farm, on my way home. Snapped this photo with my iPhone. This property and the house that sits on it is beautiful any time of year....and, yes, it's a terrific place to rent in the summer. Details here: Keith Farm


  • Posted January 27, 2017

We found another one...

Jay and I were alerted to see the New York Winter Antiques Show by Barbara Lehman Smith, author of "The Artist Who Lived Twice" a biography of Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones. We have collected four of Jones' work and were excited to go see another titled "A Friend of Mine" 1912. Jones had a troubled life and her work can be categorized as pre and post breakdown. Our four paintings are from her post breakdown period. "A Friend of Mine" is from her early, pre-breakdown period and is stunning, exploding in color with wide, short brush strokes. A treasure and one we wanted to add to our collection (especially since we have the perfect spot to hang it in our Chilmark home). Perhaps someday, priced at $175,000. If you're so inclined you can purchase "A Friend of Mine" here: Jonathan Boos Gallery


  • Posted January 17, 2017

Our house in the press

Valerie Sonnenthal, a columnist for the Martha's Vineyard Times, stopped by recently to take a tour of our house and office. You can read Valerie's article here: http://www.mvtimes.com/2016/12/29/home-russell-maloney-jay-schmidt/


  • Posted January 16, 2017

2017 Ferry Reservations

The Steamship Authority is now accepting reservations for travel to Martha's Vineyard in the summer months of 2017. It's best to reserve a spot for your automobile now and be sure to waitlist for trips that are already sold out. You can book your 2017 summer reservation at this link: Steamship Authority


  • Posted January 6, 2017

Morning on Martha's Vineyard

The first significant snowfall of the winter season fell this morning. I snapped this video clip of our barn and pond in the snow.