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It’s that time of the year again -when I am happily taking in the Oscar nominations so that I can share with you my favorites! What a variety of films this year – the quirky Nebraska and Her, the outrageous American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street, and the sobering 12 Years A Slave and Dallas Buyers Club. And the acting!  From the obscure Barkhad Abdi and Lupita Nyong’o to the elder veterans Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep. It’s exciting to watch them all!

Besides the Oscars, this winter is exciting as I am busy selling Martha’s Vineyard real estate! 2013 sales were excellent and 2014 is off to a good start. The buyers are ready to realize their dream of owning, and sellers are getting fair prices, cashing out, and moving on to the next chapter.

So in honor of an exciting winter here on the gorgeous island of Martha’s Vineyard, below are my choices for the Best Martha’s Vineyard Properties AND my 2014 Oscar Picks. Be sure to click on the property address links to see details of these properties. And see you at the movies!

Best Martha’s Vineyard Properties Idalyn’s 2014 Oscar Picks
Best Historic District Home:

73 William St., Vineyard Haven

Best Leading Actor:

Matthew McConaughey

Dallas Buyers Club

Best Chappy Cottage:

4 Pamela Way, Edgartown

Best Leading Actress:

Meryl Streep

August: Osage County

Most Unique Architecture:

29 Mill House Way, Vineyard Haven

Best Supporting Actor:

Jared Leto

Dallas Buyers Club

Best Income Producer:

8 Uncas Ave., Oak Bluffs

Best Supporting Actress:

Lupita Nyong’o

12 Years A Slave

Best Down Island Acreage:

41 Hay Path Rd., Oak Bluffs

Best Director:

Steve McQueen

12 Years A Slave

Best Building Site:

308 Oak Ln., West Tisbury

Best Picture:

12 Years A Slave

Best Original Screenplay:

Bob Nelson


Best Adapted Screenplay:

John Ridley

12 Years A Slave



Another Viewpoints listing is sold! My seller/client was so happy and relieved that her second home is no longer hers!  Now she can move to that lovely development down South and enjoy her new life!  And the year-round buyers were really excited to move right in- a happy ending for all!

The property is located on a quiet dead end street, yet just a walk to down town Vineyard Haven, this charming cape-style home has everything you need in your Vineyard property. Built in 2000, the structure is solid with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, oak flooring throughout, loads of natural light, central air, and a great deck overlooking a grassy back yard. And, there is enough land to have a guest house by special permit. This is a great opportunity for buyers looking for year-round living or seasonal use. Don’t miss out!   Asking $589,000


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162 Clover Hill Dr., Vineyard Haven – This much loved and well cared for contemporary home has so much to offer its new owners! Located on a cul-de-sac in a pleasant neighborhood, this property features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an updated kitchen with 2 Viking ovens, granite counters and large island, a living room with a vaulted ceiling and wood burning fireplace, and a rec room with oak bar and a separate entrance. Outside the heated gunite swimming pool is surrounded by lovely landscaping, patio, deck, and hot tub. Add the 2-car garage and freshly painted interior and it’s a no-brainer! Possible room for a guest house with town officials’ permission.


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This utterly adorable Chappaquiddick retreat with a fresh, stylish new look won’t last long. Tucked in the woods, abutting acres of Landbank property, near several beaches and downtown Edgartown, this home is convenient and affordable. Updates include new granite and cherry kitchen counters, new stainless appliances, new wood floors throughout, new paint, new electrical, new chimney cap, new outdoor shower and “dog house” basement entry, new outdoor lighting. Open concept living with high beamed ceilings and a gorgeous raised hearth fireplace for gathering. Don’t miss out!


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