Vice Chair
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Principal, Vice Chair Board of Directors

Ruth Kennedy Sudduth is a Principal of the firm and Vice Chair of LandVest’s Board of Directors.  She co-leads LandVest’s Fiduciary Real Estate Services team, focusing on advisors and private clients.

Since joining LandVest in 1998 she has orchestrated record sales in in eight states.  Clients have included Harvard University, the Nature Conservancy, MIT, Bessemer Trust, Fiduciary Trust, and private individuals. She is widely respected for her skill in generating active competition and successful sales for unique and complex properties.  

Ruth has particular expertise in the sale of conserved properties.  She is committed to creating liquidity and strong pricing to encourage private conservation efforts. She has been named One of the Top Ten Women in Real Estate, and is a speaker at global real estate forums. She divides her time between LandVest’s Boston and Woodstock offices.
A graduate of Yale University, and with an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was selected as a Baker Scholar, Ruth competed at an elite level in rowing. Prior to joining LandVest in 1998, she co-headed global fixed income at Wellington Management Company. She earned U.S. Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver medals and competed in eventing. While with Wellington Management, Ruth retained LandVest to advise in the acquisition and conservation of land abutting her 18th century farm.

Ruth’s board service in addition to LandVest includes privately-held companies as well as non-profits, including:  Groton School, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Bennington College, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Green Mountain Horse Association,  New England Forestry Foundation, and the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board of Stow, MA.

Representative projects include:

  • planning and record sale of the over 570+ acre conserved Coolidge Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts for MIT
  • sales of numerous gifted properties for Harvard University and trust properties for major national law firms
  • record sales of major properties in the Woodstock, Vermont and Greater Boston areas
  • orchestration of a competitive bid for the Brown family farm outside of Louisville, Kentucky for Bessemer Trust
  • disposition planning and sale of a major conserved 600+ acre waterfront estate on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for Covington & Burling
  • sale of an historic Coast Guard Station on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for the Nature Conservancy
  • assisting the Town of Littleton, MA in the purchase of a large apple orchard important to Town culture
  • management of the conservation sales of the Campbell Trust properties in Groton, MA, properties which are vitally important to the character of the town, for a private family, the Trust for Public Land, and the Groton Conservation Foundation

Significant Sales:

  • 237 Long Neck Point, Darien, CT

  • Hilltop Farm, Woodstock, VT

  • Uphill Farm, Woodstock, VT $4,750,000 Record Sale

  • Melimoyu, Cisne Province, Patagonia, Chile  $10,034,335

  • High Haith Lodge, Squam Lake, NH, $9 million Record Sale

  • Fincastle Farm, Louisville, KY $8,760,000 Record Sale

  • Great Meadows, Concord MA, Record Sale

  • Riverwalk, Lincoln, MA $6,400,000 Record Sale

  • Rich Neck, Claiborne, MD $6.35 million Record Sale

  • Ranch, Cody, WY $6,250,000 Record Sale

  • Bessboro Farm, Westport, NY Record Sale

  • The Coolidge Estate, Topsfield, MA Record Sale

  • Spencer Brook, Concord, MA $4,400,000 Record Sale

  • Cobb Station, Oyster, VA  $4,100,000 Record Sale

  • Hammett's Cove, Marion, MA $4,000,000

  • Lull Brook Farm, Hartland, VT $3,950,000 Record Sale

  • Deer Hill, Cohasset, MA $3,500,000 

  • Vaughn Hill, Bolton MA $2,858,000Record Sale

  • Angus Hill, Groton, MA $2,300,000 Record Sale

  • Southwind Farm, Reddick/Ocala, FL $3.4 million

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I am a partner in the Boston office of law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and deal exclusively with matters relating to private clients. In my practice I act for clients who are buying and selling substantial residential real estate. In additional, as an executor and trustee I sell important real estate for the respective estate or trust. I have used the services of numerous real estate brokers over the years. Ruth has acted for me on several occasions and I have be most impressed at her unique ability to make the client comfortable, to be sophisticated, proactive and hands-on in doing whatever need to be done to close the sale and in addressing whatever legal issue arise during the negotiation of the P & S and pre-closing. In all respects, Ruth is my preferred real estate broker.

— Eric F. Menoyo, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

May 1, 2007

Ruth is top notch in her field. She is bright, articulate and knowledgeable on the best way to market our property. Most importantly she deals with everyone she meets with tact and diplomacy. You can always rely on Ruth to represent your best interests and make an outstanding impression.

— Gary F. Snerson, Harvard Management Company, Inc.

Sep 1, 2010

I would like to strongly recomend Ruth Kennedy from Landvest. She managed to make searching for a one of a kind, multi million dollar home both comfortable and fun, while doing a masterful job of finding the right the right property, doing the research, and dealing with odd owners in a relaxed and effective manner. Highly recomended.

— Jean-Marc Berteaux, Wellington Management Company

Sep 1, 2010

As a civil engineer specializing in the real estate development field, I work with dozens of real estate agents on a regular basis. Of all the agents I've dealt with, Ruth Kennedy Sudduth of LandVest is far and away the best! Intelligent and articulate, she is a true professional who has a thorough understanding of the market and the real estate development business. I have seen her formulate complicated deals that subdivide the existing residence from surplus land, produce additional value with limited development of the land, and secure tax deduction for the seller from the donation of conservation restrictions and open space to a conservation organization. The seller maximizes the dollars in her pocket and the preserved open space becomes an asset for the entire community to enjoy. Furthermore, Ruth is able to explain complex projects such as this in a relaxed, common sense way that even people with no real estate background can easily understand. Without hesitation I enthusiastically recommend Ruth Kennedy Sudduth of LandVest


Mar 1, 2007

Good morning Ruth and Story, We are finally settled after down- sizing from thirty-six years in our Norwich farm to our new life style in Hanover NH. As you knew it was a challenge to make such a dramatic shift in lifestyle and leave our beautiful property to explore new venues. We both want to thank you so very much for all the help and support you gave to us during the last couple of years. You both were always encouraging, honest, and so hard working on our behalf. We have not bought or sold property for many years and you made the whole experience a positive one. Your professionalism and your support system through Christies Real Estate was so helpful and far reaching. The web site was superb and most of all, you heard our concerns and questions and always tried to address them in a timely fashion with the expertise that we so needed and were grateful to have found. Your personal approach, attention to detail and willingness to be helpful was appreciated as you prepared us for each step in the process of selling our property. You made a great team. Story, you were amazing with all your attention to detail. We will continue to recommend you to any one who might need your help and please feel free to call us anytime if we can help you or your clients in any way. We hope we can get together in the future and our love of horses will bind us all. Thank you for your support of GHMA. That was a wonderful gift. Sincerely, Sarah and Steve S.

— Sarah and Steve S

Jul 15, 2013

Ruth Kennedy Sudduth did a terrific job marketing and selling our home. After over 20 years in Woodstock, we were quite attached to the homestead, and yet wanted to move on. Ruth made us feel she loved the old house as much as we did, and understood how to position it in a thin market. She worked with us on what improvements to make - a sanded floor here, a cleaned out shed there. So when Ruth listed the house, the pictures were taken and the property mapped. We took her professional guidance on price, and the house was under agreement for full price in one weekend. If you are looking for a real pro, and one that is a bucket of fun to work with, look no further than Ruth Kennedy Sudduth of LandVest.

— Georgia Murray and Mark Maloney

Jun 22, 2015

We are grateful for - and our transaction benefited significantly from - the focused, tireless and wise leadership by Ruth Kennedy Sudduth in the management of the disposition of an important family property. Given the characteristics of the property and the local residential market, this was a far more complex process than we expected it would be but the team LandVest assembled to work with us was there at every juncture, leading the way with directly relevant experience, anticipating requirements, suggesting responses when required of us and addressing with sensitivity every aspect important to all parties on both sides of the sale. It has been a great privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Ruth and her team at LandVest.

— Edward and David Lawrence, Trustees, Lawrence Homestead Trust

Oct 25, 2019

Ruth's keen intelligence manifested itself as our broker. She knows the market and trends. In our case, over and above the regular data of the property, she was able to effectively communicate to the buyers the details of our Conservation Restriction and our Chapter 61 designation. We felt confident that her interactions with the buyers were always open, honest and correct, all the while keeping our interests as top priority. Ruth's demeanor is very pleasant and engaging. She always responded immediately to every text or call we made, regardless of day or hour. In fact, we're quite certain she never sleeps. We would highly recommend Ruth and her LandVest team.

— Seller, Record Sale, Stow, MA

Jun 5, 2019

Ruth is so sincere and supportive as she guides her clients through their choices. I recommend her as the best leader in her field. Her breath of experience and professionalism is unusual as is her temperament. She was a delight to know.

— Sarah Spencer, client, Norwich Vermont

Jun 6, 2019

Ruth Kennedy Sudduth is a thoughtful, make-it-happen deal maker. If she can't sew it together herself, she will find the team to make it happen. I highly recommend working with her.

— M Elisayeff

Aug 31, 2018

Ruth epitomized excellence in representing our family property in the midst of a complicated market environment. She was thoughtful and strategic in positioning the property; she brought a great team to help on the technical and marketing dimensions; and, she was universally appreciated and respected by all thoughout the process. We were entirely pleased with the experience and outcome. For special and unique properties, do yourself a favor and retain Ruth!

— B. Albright, Wayland, MA

May 11, 2020