Russell Maloney Real Estate, 245 North Road, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted February 7, 2019

MV Land Bank and Hannah Malkin

I recently had the pleasure of working with a client who had spent the last 50 years at her summer home in Aquinnah. Hannah Malkin and her husband Moses acquired 17+ acres in 1969 and built their home on a small rise in order to take advantage of the wide views across Vineyard Sound and Menemsha. Now 98 years young, Hannah asked for my help in selling her home and land parcels. She generously gave nearly two waterview acres to the town of Aquinnah and 13+ acres to the University of North Carolina. The University hired me to sell the property and I was fortunate enough to broker the deal with the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank. The land that Hannah and her husband so loved will soon be open to the public for their enjoyment. You can read more about Hannah and her generosity here: Conservation Patchwork Protects Morainal Lands in Aquinnah


Russell Maloney Real Estate, 245 North Road, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted January 13, 2019

Sometime in New York City

Winter weekends on the other island, steel on the skyline.


Russell Maloney Real Estate, 245 North Road, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted November 24, 2018

Going Up!

And so our long planned barn house is going up. The Douglas Fir frame pictured here was up in two and a half days. The exterior of the frame will be covered with structured insulated panels (SIPS) starting Monday morning. We hope the barn will be weather tight by the end of this week. Thank you to Doug Friant at Vermont Timber Works, our architect Gabe Stadecker, Kim Baptiste of Tashmoo Boatyard and Crane Service and the crew of Doug Best Construction who, as usual, did an amazing job. Stay tuned.


Keith Farm, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted October 25, 2018

One of Those Days

Chilly, sunny, driving to the bank, pulled over to the side of Middle Road in Chilmark and snapped this photo of the Keith Farm. My favorite island view. The Keith Farm is also a beautiful vacation rental. Have a look inside here: Keith Farm in Chilmark


56 Old Courthouse Road, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted August 21, 2018

A Place for Guests

I see a lot of houses. A lot. And I take pictures of a lot of houses. And every once in a while I find myself opening yet another front door with camera and tripod in hand and I smile because I know what a pleasure it will be to photograph this new listing. 56 Old Courthouse Road is three separate buildings on three idyllic acres in West Tisbury. There is the three bedroom main house, a converted garage studio, and a guest cottage all lovingly cared for and colorfully decorated. This property didn't last long and was sold in late fall to a newlywed, island couple who are first time home-buyers. Have a look inside here: 56 Old Courthouse


Slice of Life, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted June 29, 2018

Slice of Life

It's funny where life sometimes takes you. Years ago I attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan as I once thought I wanted to quit Wall Street and open a New York restaurant. It was at this time that I was offered a new job at a premier investment firm and I couldn't bring myself to say no. Life moves on and I eventually moved to Martha's Vineyard. And I found myself entertaining the restaurant idea again. So, one summer I took a job in the kitchen at Slice of Life in Oak Bluffs. I lasted all of two months in the 100+ degree August heat in the kitchen. Life moves on again and now I'm selling real estate and my new listing, the Slice of Life. Have a look inside here: Slice of Life


14 Ben's Way, Chlimark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted May 12, 2018

Jethro Athearn House

At one time James Cagney owned quite a bit of land from North Road to the North Shore, well over 100 acres. Our house is on some of Cagney's land and just across North Road we can see the fields of North Tabor Farms and through the trees alongside the fields we get a glimpse of the Jethro Athearn House. This house was originally built in 1735 in the town of West Tisbury. Jump ahead 250 plus years and the house was dismantled board by board and moved to Chilmark where it was painstakingly reassembled. Have a look inside here: 14 Ben's Way


Old Farm Road, Chlimark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted March 17, 2018

Old Farm Road

Sometime back in May I met a woman who lived in a very unique house which was designed by her architect son. The home is small, just 800 square feet and is made up of two 400 foot structures. One structure holds the kitchen, powder room and upstairs, a master bedroom and bath. The second structure is reminiscent of a classic New England barn and provides a living room with fireplace, sleeping area and powder room. Old Farm was my most popular listing and deservedly so.

15 Old Farm Road has sold, selling price $1,050,000. You can see more photos of this special property here: 15 Old Farm Road


Lower Makonikey, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted February 17, 2018

Two Houses in Two Towns

New to market - This three acre property is found in both West Tisbury and Vineyard Haven. There are two beautiful homes, one in each town. Two towns and two beaches to choose, one just down the path and the other at Lambert's Cove. Learn more about this special property here: 162 Gay Head Avenue

Update 2/25/2018 this property is under agreement.


Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted January 18, 2018

Stairway to Vineyard Sound

The trails at Menemsha Hills are a terrific place to walk all year round. Follow one of the trails to the end and you come to this new staircase that leads down to the beach. Get to the staircase at just the right time of day and you can snap a beautiful picture...just aim the camera, the view does the rest.

Ferry reservations for summer travel are now being accepted online. Book your vacation rental here: Russell Maloney Real Estate - Vacation Rentals

You can read more about the Menemsha Hills Trails here: Trustees of the Reservations


Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted January 5, 2018

Menemsha

I'm often asked what it is like in the winter on Martha's Vineyard...and I always answer..."Beautiful!"


Quitsa Pond, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted December 20, 2017

Quitsa Pond

The light and clouds put on quite a show this last day of fall afternoon. Heading up island to show a property in Aquinnah I drove past this view, thought better about that, turned around and snapped this pic of Quitsa with my phone. I need to start traveling with the Nikon.


Sheep Meadow, Central Park
  • Posted November 30, 2017

Sometimes New York

Sheep Meadow in Central Park


245 North Road, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted November 26, 2017

Blazing Sunset

If you've been to Martha's Vineyard you are familiar with the spectacular sunsets that occur here. There are one bazillion photos of a Vineyard sunset available online or on your favorite app of the moment. Here's Vineyard sunset photo number 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,001 that I snapped in our yard as I was taking the other half to the airport. We had a very enjoyable five days together here for the Thanksgiving holiday. The blazing sunset was a fitting end. For more, less interesting sunset photos, simply search #martha's vineyard sunset.


Squibnocket Beach, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted November 16, 2017

Squibnocket Cairns

Big changes coming to Squibnocket Beach....new causeway will provide access to Squibnocket Farms and consequently the town of Chilmark will have a new public beach at Squibnocket. Here's hoping all goes according to plan. You can read about the Squibnocket project here: https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2017/10/05/work-begins-long-debated-squibnocket-causeway The tower of beach stones (pictured here) is known as a cairn. Some think they are a work of art, others think they are beach graffiti or litter. You can learn more about beach cairns here: Is it art?


Lambert's Cove, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted September 27, 2017

Three Faces of Ewe

I'm often asked to go have look at properties and I'm always surprised at the places I've never seen in the 15 years I have been living here and selling real estate. Here's a photo of my Wednesday morning.


Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard
  • Posted September 3, 2017

Crowds and Clouds are gone

It's been a somewhat cold and rainy summer on Martha's Vineyard. Today was no exception. Just as the day was ending the skies brightened a bit. The throngs of tourists and traffic on the island has thinned considerably. And so I hopped in the car and went to my first Menemsha sunset of 2017.


245 North Road, Chilmark
  • Posted July 4th, 2017

Happy 4th!


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 week, 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 wait list 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.