The View From Up Island
Blue Heron Farm, the up island expansive and lush property where Presdient Obaa stayed the last few summers sold this past week for 21.9 million dolars to and investment group for out of state. This might mean that the President and family will not be back to the Vineyard this summer, or that they may move to a new location.
President Clinton stayed in Edgartown near the Great Pond when he was a sitting President and only later moved to the up island area of Chilmark. Or perhaps the President will find another picturesque summer vacation spot. The celebrity news has been interesting this Fall ;as Lady Gaga’s rumored move to the Vineyard and purchase of a secluded building lot on Chappaquiddick seems to have been just that a rumor.
( photocredit dr.huxtable)
A quick note from Forbes which informs us that Lady Gaga is not building a mansion on Martha’s Vineyard.
“Set atop a steep bluff, Gaga’s reported parcel at 21 North Neck Road boasts commanding views of Edgartown Harbor and offers a high level of privacy; Chappaquiddick is only accessible by way of a ferry from town.”
Here is a link to the story which seems to dispel the rumor! Click Here
A few weeks ago Walter Cronkite’s home on Martha’s vineyard was sold. The home has some historic connections. Located in Edgartown the home is situated on a parcel of land,where historians claim the first white men made camp and spent the winter in 1632. The harbor front property gradually rises from the water up to high ground and would have been a natural choice for the explorers who arrived in the 1600s.
Although Mr. Cronkite was a very visible figure on Martha’s Vineyard over the years his home was very low key. Mr. Cronkite devoted a good deal of time in the summer months on Martha’s Vineyard to sailing , which was one of his passions. He was supportive of the island’s sailing programs for young people and could often be seen taking guests on an afternoon sail in the Edgartown outer harbor aboard his sail boat named Wyntje.
Mr. Cronkite was fond of a smaller sail boats as well and owned one of the famous Hereshoff 12 1/2s . The classic 16 foot sail boat is very popular on Martha’s Vineyard for both racers and pleasure sailors.
In the years before his death he was active in racing the smaller sail boat with the fleet in Edgartown that is associated with the Edgartown Yacht Club.One would hope that the new owners of the Cronkite property would also be active supporters of the sailing traditions that are a part of Martha’s Vineyard Island.