February 1, 2011 – OPAL Community Land Trust accepted an unprecedented gift: a two-story, two-bedroom, one-bath house on a one-acre parcel of land in Eastsound, owned and generously donated by Philip Rife, who has lived on the property for 11 years. Rife, 65, is moving to a retirement community on the mainland.
“I have been very blessed in life and I’d like to give something back,” he said. “I don’t need the assets from the sale of the property. I decided to donate the house and land so someone who has not been as fortunate as I have can have a home.”
The Rife house will become OPAL’s seventh scattered-site dwelling, joining other individual properties in Olga and Eastsound. Plans are to renovate the house and have it ready for new qualified low- or moderate-income buyers by the summer.