Gaspee is for Lovers

November 15, 2009

Gaspee is for Lovers

Recently, I showed a house on the water in the Riverside neighborhood of East Providence. It was an improved but disrespected Victorian beach house converted to a 3-family, probably directly across Narragansett Bay from the photo above. The time had changed and 5:00pm was sunset so the sky and the view provided an infinite sense of space and made the unremarkable home on for $278,000 remarkable. I realized that it had been a long time since I’d left the city.

The other day, I opened the paper to read that Governor Carcieri vetoed a bill passed by the house and senate with only one “nay,” allowing domestic partners to claim each other as next of kin and to make funeral arrangements for the deceased spouse. The Governor vetoed the bill saying that it jeopardizes the institution of marriage. My local representative in the house, David Segal, noted that this bill has nothing to do with marriage, and a more recent article quoted Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts saying that the bill must be passed for “simple human decency.” On the same front page as the Governor’s veto, a headline announced Rhode Island’s deficit for 2009 at $200-million. Currently about 70,000 Rhode Islanders are out of work, almost 14% of the population, and this number is expected to rise. In addition, median home sale prices are expected to drop to about $181,000 from almost $250,000.

I wrote a letter to the Governor, saying that his actions promote bigotry and create a hostile environment in the only state in New England where gay marriage isn’t recognized. I am shocked that our educated Governor would focus on this act of segrigation with such global issues at stake. What is his plan for our economy and recovery, and what can we do to help?

Gaspee is for lovers. I’ve felt the need to remember why I love Rhode Island, so I’ve taken time out of my schedule to explore. This week took me to George Salter Park, on Narragansett Parkway in the Gaspee Section of Warwick. I’ve driven past it on the suburban throughfare for 25 years, but on Sunday I stopped, with the dog. We walked through an autumnal field and onto a sandbar near where the HMS Gaspee was burned by John Brown’s gang in 1774 in the fight for our collective freedom. Take the sandbar to a footbridge and then you’ll reach the break wall, where I encountered the lovers and Narragansett Bay.

Its exhilarating to live in a state with such potential, and the gubernatorial election is coming up in a year. In the mean time, where else can you live on the water for $278,000? We’ve got the chance to save this special place, and I intend to do my part for our collective future.


The Commencement of Realbook

November 10, 2008

Another day in real estate.

My name is Ian Barnacle and I am a Realtor rookie in Providence, Rhode Island. I am entering my second year in real estate, and since I started, I have learned more and worked harder than I ever imagined. I graduated from Hampshire College and Brown University in May 2007 with degrees in English & Photography, and, in my anxiety about the future with a BA, I took my mother’s advice and signed up for a real estate course.

I am a third-generation Rhode Island Realtor!

My mother is Sally Lapides, co-founder and President & CEO of Residential Properties Ltd., Rhode Island’s largest privately held real estate company. This is the story that I was told: My grandmother went into real estate when her children were in college, and my mother, jobless like me after graduation with a BA in Art History, tried real estate before beginning grad school. She never made it to grad school, and in 1981, my mother and Liz Chace were ambitious Realtors in a marketplace commanded my men. When mortgage rates were at 17% and women were new to the Providence business scene, Sally and Liz set up shop in an historic storefront on Wickenden Street in Providence. The rest is history.

I don’t know what the future holds for me. One thing is for sure: my family and I are committed to Rhode Island. It is the place that called me back from college, and that I knew growing up. Real estate is a localized business, and it is important to be an expert in your field/location. This is my home state, and I love helping buyers and sellers solve real estate problems in an area where I grew up and currently live.

Welcome to my Realbook; this is my life, and these are my real estate adventures.