The 2009 Island Dream Tour was a wonderful success, with lots of appreciative home fanciers touring a special selection of homes ranging in price from the $500,000 range up to nearly $3,000,000.
The brainchild of my dear frend Linda Casale, the Dream Tour opens some of the Island's finest homes to those fortunate enough to attend. This year there was much buzz among attendees about the state of the economy, and the housing market, naturally, but I detected much optimism about investing in exceptional Island properties.
Prices are certainly down from a couple years ago, and the inventory of homes is at its peak. Retirement and second home buyers, especially, were delighted to see the array of lovely grounds, fabulous floorplans, gourmet kitchens, exquisite craftsmanship.
The party at the end of the tour, at a gorgeous Sunlight Beach home rewarded all of us for a long day of touring: Peter Casale, chef extraordinaire, put on a feast of marinated mussels, salad of local greens, kabobs, melon, gourmet pizza, chilled wine and much more.
A raffle to benefit Hearts & Hammers (a local non-profit that helps area residents, especially senior citizens, out with home repairs and maintenance they might not otherwise be able to afford) added to the great day.
Kudos to all involved!