June 13th, 2017

2 George Blog Image

Residential Properties Ltd. is proud to announce the sale of the historic Eliza Ward House on the East Side of Providence for $1,650,000. RPL represented both sides of the transaction, with Sales Associate Jim DeRentis serving as the listing agent, and Sales Associate Gerri Schiffman as the buyer’s agent. According to current Statewide MLS data, this marks the ninth East Side sale of over $1,000,000 this year, with Residential Properties Ltd. proudly representing nine of the possible 18 transaction sides.

Originally built c1814, this stunning Federal style residence is located at 2 George Street in College Hill. The home was first constructed for Eliza Ward, who was the daughter of architect Joseph Brown, one of the four famous Brown brothers and a teacher of mathematics and astronomy at Brown University. Eliza married Richard Ward, a member of the politically influential family from Newport. After the death of her husband in 1808, Eliza lived with her brother until this home’s completion in 1814. The home remained in Eliza’s family until 1892 when Marsden J. Perry, owner of the Narragansett Electric Company, moved in.

Since that time, this colonial era gem has been masterfully restored and updated for 21st century living. With original period details, Dufour wallpaper, classic millwork, professionally designed lighting, updated electrical systems, and 5 zones of heating and air conditioning, this home is the perfect blend of old world charm and modern living.

The listing agent, Jim DeRentis and the buyer’s agent, Gerri Schiffman, are both recognized among the top Realtors® in the state. Both were recipients of the 2016 Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum Plus Award and have been included on Real Trends’ list of “America’s Top Real Estate Agents” each of the past two years. To learn more about DeRentis and view his current listings, please visit ThePVDRealEstateGuy.com. For more information about Schiffman and her current listings, please visit her website at GerriSchiffman.com.


November 9th, 2016

254 Wayland Blog

Residential Properties Ltd. has completed the sale of the James E. & Alice B. Sullivan House on the East Side of Providence for $1,600,000. The RPL Sales Team of Markham + DeRentis Associates was proud to represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction.

This marks the East Side’s 12th sale of over $1,000,000 this year, 10 of which have been represented by Residential Properties Ltd. with the company also compiling an overwhelming 20 of the possible 24 transaction sides.

Built in 1893 by the architectural firm of William R. Walker & Son, this landmark Victorian located at 254 Wayland Avenue was designed for Alice B. Sullivan, daughter of United States Rubber Company President and Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame member Joseph Banigan.

This meticulously maintained, 15,360 square foot property has been transformed into a multi-family residence offering eight separate units. This includes a large master unit offering 2,800 square feet of living space with amazing architectural details throughout.

Markham + DeRentis Associates have listed six of the 12 East Side sales of over $1,000,000 this year, compiling nine of the possible 24 transaction sides. Listed on the Real Trends list of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” each of the past three years, M+D make it their mission to match clients with properties that enhance their lives by offering comprehensive services built on advanced real estate certifications, a trusted network of partners, and specialized knowledge of neighborhoods and cities throughout the area. Learn more at MarkhamDeRentisAssociates.com.

October 20th, 2009

Sustainable Development & Restoration Business Conference

This week I spoke with Rob Bailey, founder of The SourceNewport conference being held this year in Newport, Rhode Island October 21-23, 2009. This Summit brings together financial resources for historic real estate investment and projects, success stories of new businesses in historic communities and a discussion about how Hollywood depends on historic communities, focusing on design guidelines and business solutions for sustainable & historic development.

More than the “green” marketing gimmick, sustainability is really a discussion about the future.  The adaptive reuse of existing buildings is one of the easiest and most cost effective paths towards sustainability.  To that end, SourceNewport is partnering this year with Sustainable Communities, Inc., and will be addressing the aspects of money and local policy.  ”Restoration of community has been the lifeblood of American tradition, and the secret formula for New England is the green economics of preservation and restoration”, according to Bailey, this is why he launched the event in Newport.

This week’s real estate insight:

Great old mills turned into fabulous live-work artist lofts, obsolete factories turned into shopping malls, defunct shopping malls turned into schools, old churches turned into condominiums, an old strip mall turned into a church. These are all examples of adaptive reuse, adapting and evolving existing buildings to suit present day needs. For more information, visit: www.sourcenewport.com.