Three Martha's Vineyard properties owned by the late New York developer and philanthropist M. Anthony Fisher and his wife, Anne, including their prized Blue Heron Farm and a piece of a premium private beach, were sold for $20.35 million. It is the second-highest price recorded for a residential property on the island, island real estate specialists said. The buyers are William and Mollie Van Devender of Mississippi.
The Fishers and four others were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed in April 2003 while traveling from Fitchburg to the Vineyard. The Fishers' daughter Tora, then 13, survived the crash.
The 30-acre estate, with its heated stable and 1,800 square feet of frontage on Tisbury Great Pond, reportedly entered the market at a record-setting $25 million. The sale was actually a series of recordings at the county Registry of Deeds.
One $19.94 million transaction was for a 29-acre property with a 10,134-square-foot house and several outbuildings on Cobbs Hill Road in Chilmark, and a 3.7-acre property on nearby Pond View Farm Road. A separate 0.3-acre sliver of the private, gated Quansoo Beach was sold to the Van Devenders for $410,000. (Another parcel of nearly four acres that was part of the Blue Heron Farm was sold to different buyers for just over $1.1 million earlier this year.)
An original investor in the Vineyard Golf Club, William Van Devender is an outdoorsman and is listed as the president of the nonprofit Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He also is president of Gulfcoast Plywood and cofounded the Coastal Paper Co.
Bill Janovitz (right), the rocker/real estate agent, has put his four-bedroom Colonial on Bedford Street in Lexington on the market for $589,000. The property, of course, is listed with Coldwell Banker, where Janovitz is a broker. The 2,144-square-foot house was built in 1920 and has 1 1/2 baths, a fireplace, and a new deck that overlooks the backyard. Janovitz is well known in local rock circles for his work as the frontman of Buffalo Tom and for backing up others including Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
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