Whether you live on the island all year, or visit between seasons, we all know that every day on Martha's Vineyard feels like Earth Day. We're lucky to be part of a community that ascribes a high value to our natural surroundings. I think we have a heightened level of consciousness of how time, weather, and use affects the beaches, properties and landscapes for three reasons.
First, we can see the effects so clearly and so iconically. When the Lucy Vincent cliff finally splintered off, we all saw pictures from many different sources, and there never needed to be a caption, it was obvious what it referenced, and everyone can recognize that cliff like it was in their backyard where they grew up.
Second, we like being here, and we recognize that its not only hard to be here sometimes, its hard to get here, its exclusive. It's like a big shared secret, and we naturally want to protect that which we hold sacred, holy or just perfect.
The third reason is illustrated on virtually every Pinterest Account in existence, on the "Dreamy Vacation House" Board, where you see the inevitable beach house dangling at the edge of the dune, with THE MOST spectacular view. Real Estate on Martha's Vineyard is a full time activity for part-time island residents and visitors, as much as sailing, golf and the AgFair is. I imagine people get through their year, in New Jersey, Boston, New York, CT...by day dreaming of their perfect little beach house on the island, their escape, refuge, oasis, the culmination of hard work, and being able to treat yourself and your family to the island. Unfortunately in some cases that dreamy little house is literally falling into the ocean!
The shore line will always be changing, and now with all the awareness and accepted responsibility we also change, and adapt with new building techniques, and conservative measures to protect dunes and native species. The greatest feats are often borne of necessity, and its very exciting seeing the popularity of Green Building rise and become commonplace and even desirable.
My father is Director of Construction at Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod, where I see their team of architects (Hutker Architects, designs many of the cape cod houses), engineers and volunteers consistently prove that even affordable housing can be Green. The energy efficient homes they construct are amazingly chic and would be perfectly suited for any HGTV reality show.
I am about halfway through completing my National Association of Realtors GREEN Designation. So, today, on Earth Day, I will pack every bit of Green knowledge I can into my portfolio, to better serve my clients, my island and my planet. Namaste!
Rose Ryley Courcier