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Charleston, South Carolina Real Estate. Homes, land, investments. LeGrand Elebash, H.B.S. ’01. Handsome Properties, 843-810-6450, legrand@handsomeproperties.com. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Need help buying or renting in Manhattan? Contact premier Manhattan broker and Harvard alum, Sonia Rehani. Expertise in sales, rentals, relocations and investment properties. Charles Rutenberg Realty, 917-686-9656, srehani@rutenbergnyc.com. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Sales and rentals in Manhattan & Brooklyn. Jason Cunningham. Over 15 years real estate experience specializing as a broker and investor in the New York City market. Douglas Elliman Real Estate. 508-965-1000. jcunningham@elliman.com. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Deborah Nelson, Realtor. Helping buyers and sellers for over 12 years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 978-417-9130, Deborah.Nelson@NEMoves.com, deborahnelson.cbintouch.com. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Amy L. Donovan ’82. Luxury Real Estate Agent. Interested in buying or selling in the Boston area? I can help. LandVest. 617-765-4660, adonovan@landvest.com. www.landvest.com. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Elaine de Reyna, Realtor, SRES. Representing clients throughout Greater Boston and Massachusetts. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 781-308-8894, Elaine.deReyna@NEMoves.com, EdeReyna.CBInTouch.com. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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California Real Estate

Palo Alto. European-style villa of an HBS Silicon Valley CEO. Quiet street of historic homes. Walk to downtown. Grand entertaining spaces. Lots of architectural detail: Coffered ceilings, tile and wrought iron. Home theater system and wine cooler. Romantic garden with five fountains. 4 bedrooms, 3 full + 2 half baths. Separate office building with kitchen and bathroom. 650-906-7172, paloalto1203@gmail.com.

Canada Real Estate

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Hidden gem near the historic village of St. Peter's on the Bras d'Or Lake. In a deep sheltered cove and just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, this 3BR, 2BA home has fabulous views and is ideal for swimming and boating. Private, move in condition, 2 waterfront lots, wharf, boat house, 3-bay garage, 15 min. ride to St. Peter's. Listed at $639,900 (CDN) ~ $480,000 (US), this home is a rare find. For more info or to book a viewing, contat Sherry: sherry@capebretonrealty.com, 877-535-2485. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PARADISE. Waterfront beach house. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 18 foot ceilings, 5 decks. Potential turn-key, fully furnished. Perfect escape for family summer oasis, sabbatical, or rental opportunity. Take advantage of CAD exchange rate. Michael@michaelshomes.com. Video at: bit.ly/peipvl Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Connecticut Real Estate

OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT. Fully modernized, c. 1680 historic gem, formerly the Peck Tavern, was visited by George Washington. 6BR, 3.5BA on 3 landscaped acres with geothermal, architecturally designed kitchen and family room, original wood paneling and unique antique features. On train route half way between NY and Boston in beautiful shoreline town, birthplace of American Impressionism. Listed at $995,000 by Colette Harron, 860-304-2391. charron@wpsir.com. www.15StillLane.com. William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Lovely CT Home for Sale: 70 miles north of New York City, in northern Fairfield County (Sherman, CT). Well-maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath cape on a sunny 2 acre lot. 3 minute walk to private lake club. $375k. Contact peter_bristol@harvard.edu for more information.
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Europe Real Estate

Umbria Villa: Narni, near Rome. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, private, spacious, beautiful views, antiques, fully equipped. $395,000. www.yourumbriavilla.com  kittym@kittymargolis.com. Advertiser is a ’77 alum

Florida Real Estate

Matthew H. Maschler, Esq. Boca Raton, Delray Beach, South Florida. Real Estate Broker, Signature Real Estate Finder, LLC. 561-208-3334, Sales@RealEstateFinder.com. Boca Raton: 7205 Gateside Drive. 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Saint Andrew's Country Club. $1,150,000; Boca Raton: 17713 Middlebrook Way. 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms. Airy floor plan. Tropical backyard oasis. $950,000. See more at: www.RealEstateFinder.com.
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Maine Real Estate

Bar Harbor/Mt. Desert Island Custom contemporary, minutes from Acadia National Park, 3 levels, with master suite on the 3rd floor, radiantly heated workshop space on the ground level & LR with wood stove, DR & custom kitchen, 2 bedrooms with full bath on the second floor. Lovely land with garden shed and nicely planted perennials. $455,000. Tacy Ridlon, Better Homes & Gardens, The Masiello Group, 207-266-7551. tacyridlon@masiello.com.

Maryland Real Estate

Annapolis, MD. Ideal second home with inspiring water view, 3BR, 3BA, fireplace, garage, (optional: fully furnished, 26' sloop, 2 kayaks), access to deep water pier, community beach, and boat ramp. $740,000. 202-203-8360. dmj@icrd.org. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Massachusetts Real Estate

TYRINGHAM, BERKSHIRES. Dwell in Elmwood, a 5+ bedroom, 3 bath home on 53 acres as surveyed in 1761. Meadow, cobble, stream, glen, orchard, secret garden. Owned by only 2 families since before the Revolutionary War. Lovingly maintained [no makeover here]. Authenticated Shaker staircase, replete with objects that witness our nation's histor before the French and Indian War. 13 miles from Tanglewood. Instant roots! Exclusively available: Chapin Fish, Broker. 413-528-4859, brockmanrealestate.comHarvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Martha's Vineyard Gem—Privately situated on 2 acres with close proximity to golf club and sandy association beach. 3 bedroom, 2 bath with garage, has expansion possibilities. Exclusive: $875,000. 508-693-0222. viewpointsmv.com. Viewpoints Martha's Vineyard Real Estate.
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Waterfront home, located in Marion's private beach community, Piney Point, minutes away from the Kittansett Club. The home overlooks Wing's Cove and Buzzard's Bay and consists of a private dock and beach. Marion is located 1 hour from Boston and Providence. Suitable for year-round or seasonal living. $3,350,000. Converse Company Realtors. conversecompanyrealtors.com, 508-748-0200. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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New Hampshire Real Estate

GRANITE WAY RETREAT. Amazing 7,757 square foot, seven bedroom waterfront home is set on 4.2 acres with 425 feet on Eastman Lake. This Yankee Barn home was designed as a family retreat. Grantham, NH. $1,250,000. MLS # 4644465. Judy Cashman, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty, 17 1/2 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH 03755. Judy.Cashman@FourSeasonsSIR.com. Office: 603-643-6070. Cell: 603-998-9386. FourSeasonsSIR.com. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.
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New York Real Estate

Manhattan: Three bedroom hotel suite, across from Lincoln Center. You can be part owner for a fraction of the price. Over 2,000 sq. ft., 3 bed, 3 1/2 bath. Genuine hotel services from the front desk to the staff, including daily housekeeping., Bose Entertainment System, complimentary washer and dryer, access to Equinox Sports Club. Ownership share: 1/8 for $350,000. For more details, contact: a.tedeschi@comcast.net. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Waterfront cottage on Oak Island, Long Island: one hour from NYC! Two-bedroom studio, large screen porch facing marsh with direct frontage and dock on bay, and easy access to Fire Island beaches. Fully furnished including Boston Whaler. $395,000. Contact owner: alanna@clocktower.org. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP Manhattan: For sale is a fractional share at a luxury, member-only Residence club across from Lincoln Center. Professionally managed spacious 1 Bedroom Unit with full amenities and complimentary access to Equinox. For information, please contact: mcinali@aol.com.

Essex: Spectacular, fully renovated, Architectural Digest quality Federalist National Register stone house. On Lake Champlain. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, high ceilings, drawing rooms, three fireplaces, chef's kitchen, additional summer kitchen in finished basement. Large attic studio, hardwood, crown moldings, architect pro windows, high end heating system, state of the art lighting. 45 mins. to Lake Placid and Burlington via Essex ferry. $900,000. Seller financing available. 617-877-4881 or smastrovich@verizon.net.

Ohio Real Estate

CLEVELAND: Mid-century home nestled in nature lovers’ paradise. 20 acres in prime location in quaint Gates Mills. Close to many Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital facilities. Easy commute for those in the medical field or others wishing to work or play in downtown Cleveland. Close to world-class Art Museum, Orchestra and airport. Walking distance to Gates Mills Village amenities—library, restaurant, and historic bridge. Mid-century fixer has spectacular views and wonderful sunsets. Huge flat area, ideal for children to play. 2 gorgeous ponds and scenic stone bridge. An acre of recently planted native habitat is the perfect place to learn first-hand the joys of nature; it helps feed endangered pollinators & provides a source of food & shelter for birds. A conservation easement ensures protection of natural beauty in perpetuity. Priced below appraised value. 7650 Deerfield Rd. Jann Holzman: 440-785-9125, Jann Holzman jannholzman@howardhanna.com. Howard Hanna.

Oregon Real Estate

Grande Ronde River Recreational Property. Troy, Oregon. 69 Incredible Acres. 1,700+/- of River Frontage. $1,400,000. The Whitney Land Co. Christopher Stuvland, Broker. 541-969-5383. chris@whitneylandcompany.comHarvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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South Carolina Real Estate

Seeking a rental

HMS faculty member seeks place to stay M-W, June/July through the summer, preferably near Harvard Sq. She is neat, quiet, and would be the perfect house checker for an academic family away for the summer. Alternatively, she is willing to pay for a lovely small space 3 nights/wk. Contact: khf5677@yahoo.com, 617-512-7160.

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