Vineyard Open House, a new real estate firm opening in Vineyard Haven, celebrated its Grand Opening in a series of open houses Wednesday September 25 and October 2. Owner David Lott and Broker Mary Sullivan, both of Vineyard Haven, welcomed friends, family and local businesses to the event.
“We wanted to thank all the people who have been supportive of us, have given us encouragement, ideas and their enthusiasm,” said Lott, who built his first home on the island in 1973 at the age of 22.
“Mary and I are really excited about finally opening our doors and then welcoming our first listing—all in the first week of officially being open for business. Quite a wonderful way to get started, ” said Lott.
The new business is located on Union St. in Vineyard Haven opposite Murdick’s Fudge and will offer full services for the buying, selling and renting of real estate. Its in-town location features a “digital showroom” which showcases the firm’s more than 40 web sites, blogs and social media.
“The digital showroom is a way to not only present all the real estate available on the island and at resort communities around the country,” said Lott. “But to also demonstrate the varied array of internet tools we have at our disposal to market our clients’ properties. ”
“We’re ready to go,” said Sullivan, who is also a lawyer and notary public.
**About Vineyard Open House Real Estate
**Vineyard Open House Real Estate is a new real estate company located in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Its mission is to provide real estate services for real estate buyers and sellers as well as renters.
Vineyard Open House is an outgrowth of Lott’s nearly 30 years marketing resort real estate and master-planned golf and water view communities. In 1995 he founded the GolfCourseHome and WaterViewHome Networks, a 44-Member website network which features more than 100 resort communities in North America and the Caribbean.
Lott also hosts ‘On the House—Real Estate Radio’ on WVVY 93.7 FM. As creator and host he covers Martha’s Vineyard real estate and the unique lifestyle people enjoy on the island. The show airs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 am. You can also listen to the show online at www.WVVY.org.
Deep Island Roots – Red Stocking Fund
The Lott family has deep roots on Martha’s Vineyard, having been coming to the island since the 1890s. Lott’s grandfather, Harris Crist, retired to Vineyard Haven in 1936 from his position as co-owner of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper.
Crist had a 5-BR residence (93 Main) built overlooking the harbor and lived there until he passed in 1946. An avid golfer, Crist played nearly every day of the year at the Oak Bluffs Country Club, a nine-hole layout which eventually became Farm Neck Golf Club.
His wife Addie Crist became an organist for Grace Church. Her greatest legacy is the Red Stocking Fund which she started in 1938 with a few friends who knitted six red Christmas stockings and filled them with gifts for needy island children. The Red Stocking Fund has since grown exponentially and last year distributed toys and clothing to more than 400 islanders.