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Conomo Point Essex, MA

Conomo Point - as described by Wikipedia.  Conomo is a summer community that is over 100 years old. There are 104 seasonal cottages and year-round homes on Conomo Point, a picturesque summer colony on town-leased land. In 1819, Essex separated from the town of Ipswich on the condition that Essex took care of their poor. To fulfill this agreement, the town of Essex found four properties ideal for a Poor Farm or Alms House in 1825. Since these waterfront properties were not good for shipyards, dry fishing, and farming, these properties had very little value.

From the time from 1850 to 1900, the feelings felt toward waterfront property changed. This was due partly to the shortening of the work week and the expanding middle class. The town voted to allow "leasing of rights to build shanties on Town Farm Road. Then another group of shanties were established on Robbin's Island. Conomo Point was no longer populated by only by Essex citizens by 1900.Due to the construction of the railroad in Essex in 1892, Conomo Point was far more accessible to people from close towns.

Since the beginning, Conomo Point residents paid real estate taxes on the land they rented as well as personal taxes on their cottages. The town of Essex expected to profit from its land. The rents increased by 25% in 1927 by vote in a town meeting. In 1951, rents were increased another 5%. Then in 1961, rents were raised even higher by 25%.

From 1950 to 1970, the town of Essex sought to maximize its rental income while at the same time avoided increasing rental rates. Because of this there was a rapid growth of the Point. Over these years, the town of Essex approved new lots to be leased for the sake of cottage construction.

Since the water supplied to Conomo Point from Essex was rusty due to rusty pipe lines, Conomo residents drilled personal wells. Since year-round living never came up before because the water lines were turned off in October, Conomo Commissioners were nervous with these new well constructions. Therefore, they were cautious in granting permission to Conomo residents to drilling wells. Conomo Point Commissioners knew that if the residents of Conomo Point had fresh water year-round then the issue of year-round living would come up. In response the Board of Health stated that no wells could be made on town-owned land.

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Windhill Holiday Party at Ipswich Country Club 2015

We ended the year with a bang! Great times had by all at the 2015 Windhill holiday party held at Ipswich Country Club featuring this beautiful cake by Jessica Murphy celebrating our 10 years in business! We invited the great Groove Alliance band to perfom and help us celebrate! Oh what a night!


Spreading Cheer!

Thank you Ipswich Community and thank you Team Windhill for your kindness and generosity. Lynne Gibbs met us at the Ipswich Food Pantry today where we delivered a truck-load of food items just in time for Christmas. Meanwhile, over $300 in gift cards was being delivered to Grace Center of Cape Ann to provide homeless guests and secluded seniors with some unexpected holiday cheer. 

Giving Back - You Can Make a Difference

Every holiday season we identify a handful of local organizations in need and spread out our efforts to help. This year is no different and we are in the middle of our holiday giving. Thinking about making a donation to the Ipswich Food Pantry? Stop by! We are open Monday-Friday, 9-5 and Saturday 9-3. Bring non-perishible (not expired) food items. We will make sure the pantry has it in time for Christmas. 

We are also trying to help out Grace Center this year. Grace serves 50-70 homeless and lonely seniors daily. They are based out of 3 different locations on Cape Ann and for $5 you could make someone's day. Read more about Grace Center and how you can give the gift of grace this year here.


In addition to Grace Center and Ipswich Food Pantry, we are also supporting Ipswich Caring with books for children and Ipswich Humane Group through the Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm. If you haven't visited Marini's lately, stop by this weekend and check out the Jubilee. All proceeds go to Ipswich Humane.


Help Give the Gift of Grace

Grace Center in Gloucester serves 50-70 people a day. When the shelters close at 8a.m. the homeless have to find safe, warm shelter elsewhere. Grace is open from 8:30am-4pm and its guests are welcome to stay the entire day and have lunch. Although the majority of guests are homeless, some are simply seeking companionship, a break from the loneliness of their single rented room above the YMCA. 

Looking a little deeper, I spoke with Christine from Grace Center to better understand their needs and if there was a way we could help. "Ideally, we would love to have a closet, where we could store coats, hats and gloves," said Christine. She went on to say (with hope in her voice) that unfortunately, for now, they don't have the space for coats. Everything would have to go out, the day it came in. It's just not practical right now. They operate out of 3 different locations.

But, we can do SOMETHING. Christine filled me in. Hats, gloves and socks are small items, in high demand, small enough to store in her car, something she does frequently. Also, razors, combs and feminine products can NOT be purchased with food stamps. If someone has NO money, ONLY food stamps, these items are out of reach. She went on to say how valuable a $5 gift card to McDonalds or Family Dollar is to a homeless person. I had no idea. $3 is not enough and $10 is too much (could be sold). $5 is the magic number. That $5 allows them to sit in a toasty warm McDonalds, because they are a paying customer, and have something to eat. The Family Dollar $5 gives them the ability to buy a snack or a drink, be inside the store, where it's warm, something I take for granted. Grace gives these gift cards out, especially this time of the year, to guests for things like being kind to another guest. Heartwarming.

Listening to Christine talk about Grace makes you want to pay it forward. 

Visit Grace Center's website and see the impressive list of services they provide. 

Feel like helping Grace? We are accepting donations of hats, gloves, socks, $5 giftcards (Family Dollar & McDonalds) and personal hygiene items from now until December 21st. 

National Association of REALTORS« Conference & Expo in San Diego! Betty Slatko in the House!

Betty Slatko represented us, this past week, at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego. The packed event featured over 100 speakers on varied topics including, Residential Market Trends, Economic forecasts, Federal Issues and community outreach programs as well as classes on Expanding Housing Opportunity, the newest ‘Smart Home’ technologies, and current consumer expectations and concerns. Also featured was some impressive talent: Emmitt Smith, the Dallas Cowboy's 3-time Super Bowl champion and Dancing With The Stars champion, musician John Legend and HGTV stars of Property Brothers to name a small few. 

Betty Slatko, 2016 NSAR President pictured with MA REALTOR® of the Year, Eileen Jonah-Daly, 2015 NSAR President and Amy Walick 2013 NSAR President.

Betty Slatko NSAR 2016 President with Eileen Jonah-Daly voted REALTOR® of the Year


Betty being honored around town locally...



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    20K Realtors in one place. Now that's something to see.

    Donovan Family of Ipswich, MA Wins Patriots Tickets!


    The Donovan Family of Ipswich, MA won 2 tickets to the Patriots/Bills game happening on 11/23/15. “Are you serious?!” Tim Donovan shouted into the phone when we reached him while at a middle school event last Monday evening. Tim showed up with his daughter, decked out in full Patriots garb, obviously big fans, to pick up their tickets. They were so excited and we couldn’t be happier! The raffle took place over the course of our 2-day, 10-year anniversary celebration at The Windhill Building. Over 100 people attended. We are proud to be part of such a supportive community that embraces local business. Our ten year celebration continues! Congratulations to the Donovans!