For more than twenty years, David S. Drinkwater has been setting a quality standard for how real estate should be marketed and sold in the Massachusetts coastal communities of the South Shore - the "Gold Coast" region between Boston and Cape Cod. This is especially true for the luxury end of the market. The towns of Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Norwell and Scituate are HOME to some of the loveliest properties along the Massachusetts coastline; affording a compelling lifestyle opportunity. Boasting stunning ocean beaches, peaceful rivers, expansive salt marshes, beautiful open spaces, quaint New England villages, scenic harbors, gorgeous vistas, centuries of history and, of course, the fabled four seasons, the region beckons buyers from many areas of the country and beyond as a place to call HOME! Located within an easy commute to the Boston Metro Area (with highways and public transportation), these communities champion that "vacation ambiance" while providing its residents with great schools and a high, year round quality of life. Selling luxury properties along the "Gold Coast" is as much about selling that "year round vacation lifestyle" as it is about selling the intrinsic benefits of the community and the physical aspects of the property.
Consistently one of the region’s Top Producing Realtors®, David has earned numerous sales and recognition awards over the years. Just recently, David was recognized in the Boston Top 20 as the Number 1 Selling Agent on the South Shore for May 2015. In February 2015, the nationally based consumer real estate web site Trulia.com recognized David as being in the Top 1% of all agents for 2014. For the decade ending December 31, 2010, David was ranked as one of the South Shore’s Top Four Selling Agents from over 2,000 agents serving the marketplace. Based on dollar volume sold, David was ranked as the Number Two Selling Agent during that decade in the combined five town region of Cohasset/Duxbury/Marshfield/Norwell/Scituate marketplace and the Top Ranking Agent in the Town of Scituate.
In his local community of Scituate, David has dominated sales in all price ranges since the start of this Millennium - based on MLS transactions measured as of August 5, 2015, David has closed more sales (both units and dollar volume) than any other agent – this is true for properties price up to $500,000; as well as for those priced between $500,000 and $1 Million and for those properties priced in excess of $1 Million. Combined, his dollar volume is 66 percent higher than that of the next closest agent.
The October 2004 issue of Boston Magazine named David as the Top Power Broker South of Boston for dollar volume sold in 2003.
In addition to his accomplishments as a listing and selling agent, David has devoted a significant amount of volunteer time to the Realtor® organization, on a local, state and national level. In 1998, David served as the President of the Plymouth County Board of Realtors®; was honored in 1999 as Plymouth County’s Realtor® of the Year and was twice honored with the Board’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service. David served as the 2002 President and chief industry spokesperson for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®, the Bay State’s largest trade association. David chaired the state association’s Agency Task Force, which achieved major success in 2005 by obtaining passage of legislation aimed at enhancing the opportunities for both consumers and practitioners by expanding options in the marketplace regarding the practice of Agency. For the National Association of Realtors®, David has served on the national advisory board from 2003 through 2007 that is charged with examining the issue of housing affordability and availability and developing ways to enhance housing opportunities for all Americans across the country. In addition, David served as the 2006 Regional Vice President of the National Association of Realtors® and as a member of its Executive Committee.
Over the years, David’s professional expertise has been widely sought after by the media. In addition to contributions to numerous articles in Boston Magazine, Unique Homes, Banker & Tradesman, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Boston Business Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the Patriot Ledger, South Shore magazine, Commonwealth Magazine, USA Today, and various Community Newspaper publications, David has appeared several times on the major network stations, Fox 25, PBS, and local cable television programming; on WBUR, WBIX and WBZ radio as a repeating guest on shows hosted by both Anthony Silva and the late David Brudnoy. In addition, David has appeared as a guest lecturer for a number of industry and professional groups. In 2000, David served as the President of the Cohasset Chamber of Commerce.
In recent years, David served on the Board of Directors of Solutions at Work, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, professional skills and financial stability. Of note, David chaired the organization's Strategic Planning Committee and developed a strategic plan to guide the direction and development of the organization in the years ahead.
David Drinkwater and his firm Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. are proud of their beautiful corner of the world - the region is one of the loveliest year round, vacation destinations along the Massachusetts Coast and an area frequented by visitors from all over New England and beyond. The types of properties which David specializes include waterfront, water view, oceanfront, beachfront, properties located along the coast (ocean, harbor, island, river, lake, pond, salt marsh), country homes, estates, tracts of land, single family, condo and land development.
David is the president of Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. of North Scituate, MA, a firm he founded in 2002 after having sold his interest in a real estate brokerage firm he previously founded in 1997. David also holds an active license in Massachusetts as a licensed Certified Public Accountant and has prior experience in the auditing, accounting and business consulting fields. David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) and a Master's Degree in Accountancy from Texas A&M University. David and his family have lived on the South Shore since 1987.
David S. Drinkwater, Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. — Feb 08Grand Gables Moves Market Expectations Up With Recent Scituate Sale
David S. Drinkwater, Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. — May 30Grand Gables Realty Group Recaps $1M+ Sales in the Massachusetts So Shore Market
David S. Drinkwater, Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. — Jul 28
We have moved twenty times over the past 35 years and have had the opportunity to work with numerous brokers around the country. David is by far the best realtor we have ever worked with -- in every dimension (judgment, thoroughness, insight, follow-through, etc.). If Trulia had an excellent-plus category, David would have achieved this rating in every skill area. We cannot recommend David more highly and if we ever move back to the Boston area, we would work with David again without any hesitation.
Mark — Aug 06, 2015
I have worked with Dave on 4 transactions with a combined value of 6 million dollars. Whether we are buying or selling, we would only work with Dave. Real estate is a big part of my net worth. I can't take a chance on anyone who does not have Dave's knowledge, experience and effort. You are the best Dave
Debbie and Rich — Aug 06, 2015
David Drinkwater is the most knowledgeable brokers in our area. He has a mental data base that can quote sales and market conditions over the past several years, not just the recent "comps" that are so widely quoted. His knowledge puts a perspective on current conditions and helped to develop a strategy and timing for our sale that met our goals. David was exceptional when it came to preparing the home for sale, both inside and out. Working with a budget that we set the property presented exceptional curb appeal that attracted a high level of interest. With David's guidance we set a asking price that pushed the upper level of our expectations yet was consistent with current market conditions. We were elated to receive two offers within 6 hours of our first showing that exceeded our asking price. We highly, highly recommend David Drinkwater. He was a delight to work with.
Linda — Aug 06, 2015
Dave is at the top of his profession and the most knowledgeable agent in the Boston area. He helped us every step of the way when considering dozens of properties for more than a year. He professionalism and ability to provide advice was focused completely on finding us the RIGHT house. We considered fixer-uppers, antiques and newer properties and his insight kept us on track until we finally found the perfect house in Duxbury. I would not consider any other agent and highly recommend Dave, whether you are selling or buying real estate. And we now consider Dave a great friend.
Steve — Aug 06, 2015
I met David when he was the listing broker for a home I purchased. I was so impressed with him I hired him to sell my old home. He consistently went above and beyond, guiding me in staging my home, purchasing furniture where necessary, meeting with tradesmen for home repairs, etc. His assistance and guidance was invaluable. He is smart, knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend him.
Kerry — Aug 05, 2015
I have bought and sold several homes with David over the years. I am always impressed by the effort and hard work he puts in on my behalf. No one has any greater knowledge or expertise of the housing market in this area than David. No one is quicker to to respond to any problems or concerns that occur whether you're the buyer or the seller. I can't remember a time when he didn't call me back within the same day. Most important to me is the honesty of his character. He doesn't sugar coat anything, and will never mislead or misrepresent a client or a property.
Carl — Aug 05, 2015
We have worked with many realtors over the years and there is simply none that even comes close to David Drinkwater. He is outstanding in every dimension from thoroughness to insight to follow through. But he is so much more than that. Recently we had a loss in the family and we turned to David to help us sell the property. We were not living nearby and he stepped up in ways that were simply heartwarming. He went above and beyond helping us find ways to dispose of items in the apartment, giving almost every item not claimed by family a second life. After the property was sold, we received a box in the mail from him. In it were items from a drawer we had completely overlooked, old aprons from the 1950’s and my mother-in-law’s recipe file. Someone else might have tossed these things; David realized the potential sentimental value and saved them for us. David is not only an excellent realtor; he is an amazingly caring human being. We can’t recommend him highly enough.
Ilana — Aug 05, 2015
My husband and I had a complicated move--one that involved selling a cooperative out of state and relocating to the South Shore with two young children in tow. David worked tirelessly on our behalf--not just by walking us through every intricate step of the buying process--but by acting as our eyes and ears on the ground, scouting homes for us that we could not always see for ourselves, given our location. He steered us away from busy streets (for our kids' safety) and went the extra mile, making sure the properties that interested us weren't near flood zones or other potential hazards. When it came time for us to make an offer and negotiate, David was masterful, getting us an ideal purchase price. We can not recommend David Drinkwater highly enough to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home in the South Shore. He transforms a traditionally stressful process into a true and rewarding pleasure.
Liana — Aug 04, 2015
David was the seller's agent on the home that we purchased. He was extremely fair and trustworthy. He was very responsive and thorough, and anticipated our questions before we even asked. What struck me the most about David was the support he gave to the sellers. They were an older couple and David went out of his way to help them. After the sellers moved out and before we moved in, there was an issue with the garage door which was caused by one of the contractors. David came out and got everything resolved for the sellers. He genuinely loves his job and really cares about the people involved. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell their house.
Jenn — Aug 04, 2015
My husband and I have been working with David since early March. Our goal was to buy a home in Duxbury, MA. David has made this a truly wonderful experience. He has been totally committed to helping us find our ideal home. We wanted someone very knowledgeable of the South Shore as we were also considering Scituate. We looked at a variety of homes in our price point and settled on Duxbury as the right town for us and a beautiful Antique Federal as our home to purchase. We close on the home in just a few weeks and David has been a critical force in getting this deal completed. He even went with me to town hall to look at permits and seek out other info on the property. Went thru the home inspection process with us, was so impressive throughout the negotiation. I don't think we could have found a better agent. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a home on the South Shore.
Janet — Aug 02, 2015
Our experience with David Drinkwater has been nothing but positive. We sold our house and bought our new one with his help. In both endeavors he was the consummate professional, delineating clearly both his roles. He is highly knowledgeable about every facet of the real estate business. He knows the area, the towns, the neighborhoods, the houses, the prices, the financing options, and all the pluses and the minuses, and happily shares his knowledge freely. In short, he understands the tempo of the market and he listens well, so that he was able to find us a close match to our needs and wishes. Through it all, he advised us with the most personable style, revealing tremendous competence with an easy informal manner, and a delightful sense of humor. Though he was working with a number of other clients, he was always generous with his time, so that we generally felt we were his only clients. We cannot contemplate working with any other agent.
Bob and Diane — Aug 01, 2015
We have bought two homes and sold one using David and his team. Having moved nine different times in different states and working with various Real Estate agents. I would place David at the top of the list. David is extremely knowledgeable of not only the real estate market but all the various stages of the process of either buying or selling a home. I found David to be very truthful in all his dealings, which contributed to a high level of trust. I would highly recommend David and I'm sure your will enjoy working with David as much as we did.
Steve — Jul 31, 2015
We have not bought or sold a home in more than 25 years and were nervous about engaging in the process. David was/is very supportive, positive and helped keep us on track on a timeline that would surely have dragged on without him. Knowledge of the area, availability, honesty, responsiveness and attention to detail are all qualities we look for and David is the "real deal" possessing all those qualities and more! He truly works for the client and goes above and beyond time and time again. We couldn't ask for a more complete package. David delivers!
Tom and Jo — Jul 29, 2015
In the last 15 years we have worked with a number of realtors. By far David is the best. His attention to detail, knowledge of the market and the surrounding areas is unsurpassed. He was always available whenever we had questions or concerns about the process. From the first moment we met we were impressed by his professionalism and genuine concern for our needs. He helped make the selling of our house go as smoothly as possible and then helped us with the purchase of our condo. We highly recommend David to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Martin — Mar 20, 2015
Dave was our broker to sell our house and is now helping me buy one, which has not been an easy process. I have and will continue to recommend Dave to family and friends. I have been so impressed with all he has done to make the process as easy as possible, explaining all documentation, open to discussion, his knowledge of the area, the housing market, and the legal aspects of it all.
Joan — Mar 10, 2015
David was a huge asset in our family's decision to leave another town and move to Norwell. Our oldest son was a little nervous about a new school, especially middle school years, and David had a private talk with our son and it went a long way. David also was involved in all aspects of the purchase and the realtor of our other house we sold to put it all together. Always willing to stop by in the middle of the day so my wife could stop by the house to let her make absolutely sure she wanted to buy our house. David offered all the details about Norwell and the other homes in the neighborhood explaining all the pro's and some con's which we appreciated. We are very happy we made the decision and it all came together as we stopped by an open house and were just looking and David made us feel at home and now we call that house our home.
Steve — Mar 08, 2015
Dave is great to work with. He helped me through the process of preparing, staging and selling my house. I was a very reluctant seller, having built and lived in the house for some 35 years, but Dave preserved! He was calm but firm with me and keep the process going. He sold my house on the first day it was on the Market.
Don — Mar 07, 2015
David provides support throughout the finding and purchasing process. If you are looking for someone who can go beyond your expectations, David is the one to work with. He is very knowledgeable about the market and real estate law.
Carolyn — Feb 20, 2015
David is a focused professional. His high sense of urgency keeps everyone focused on the task at hand. In our case David represented us as sellers and guided us thru the process. He also worked closely with the buyers making sure they were aware of the steps necessary to complete the process.
Dick — Feb 18, 2015
Three years ago, while looking for another realtor, I found David quite by accident. I was intrigued by his comments and suggestions, and later asked him to sell my mother's house. We were impressed with David's recommendations regarding fixing up the house, pricing, and negotiating with the buyer. He helped us plan an upgrade of the landscape, and spent a Saturday morning digging up fifty year old azalea bushes with us. He did all the photography and staging himself. We had a successful contract on the house before the public Open House, and a sale by the end of summer. That was almost three years ago. Since then, David sold my aunt's house in Cohasset. My husband and I sold our own house in Maryland this past fall (2014). Our realtor, although quite experienced, could not compare with David. Whenever our realtor gave us her advice, I would later ask myself, "Now, what would David do in this situation!" Great guy and a great staff!
Sue — Aug 03, 2014
Dave Drinkwater was a pleasure to work with! As first time home buyers we had lots of questions and Dave was there every step of the way to help us understand the process. He was always quick to return any phone calls and was readily available to meet. Moving from North Carolina to the South Shore could have been difficult, but Dave made it a piece of cake! With a baby on the way and a large dog Dave ensured we found a property that was family and pet friendly. He works tirelessly to find the perfect home for his clients. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about the South Shore and we will recommend him to all of our family and friends! We cannot thank him enough!!
Krista — May 19, 2014
After looking at homes for over a year and not finding anything we liked, we purchased our home in Scituate and Dave was the listing agent. We did not have a buying agent and Dave helped us with the offer and contract and he was very professional. During our home search we can across many agents who were dishonest and not very well trained on the homes. Dave was not one of these people and he was honest and kept his word through the whole process. I would highly recommend Dave to anyone looking to purchase or sell a home.
Mike — Mar 14, 2014
David is a true professional in all aspects and goes beyond what one would expect. He actually made curtains to help with staging. He made me feel as though I was his only client. He's the only realtor I would use in this area.
Donna — Mar 04, 2014
In early 2006 we were in detailed discussion with our financial advisor on the possibility of early retirement. By the end of 2006 we had retired and we spent Christmas in our home in Florida. We then spent many months reviewing memories of our life in Scituate. It is a difficult task to decide which items to keep, which to donate to charity, and others to say goodbye to. Late in 2007 we were ready to make a permanent move to Florida and to sell our home in Scituate. We contacted David at this point and proposed a price at which to sell our property. David was a gem, taking photos which showed the newly restored hardwood floors and views of Bound Brook at the bottom of the garden. It was at this point that my wife and I left for Florida. We had been so impressed with the professionalism of David that we felt entirely secure in our decision. We may have been fifteen hundred miles away, but David communicated each viewing with feedback, that we were never left wondering how things were going. David had to step in to deal with issues with the new septic system, which we had not foreseen, with the town administration. We could not have asked for a more dedicated individual to guide us through the sale of our home. We stay in touch with David after these years and are happy to have him as friend.
Ian and Maxine — Feb 24, 2014
David is very thorough and has great insight about the area he services. He has great relationships within the real estate community which helps get things done! David takes the time to get to know his client therefore making him a great resource when looking for just the right home. I highly recommend him and would utilize his services again if and when I am ready to make my next move. In fact, I have utilized his services to buy two homes in Scituate and to sell one home!
Robin — Feb 14, 2014
David and his team are remarkable. When you collaborate with David, you have the feeling that you are his only client. He is such a clear and creative thinker. He focuses on EVERY transaction detail from the preparation of the showing through to the final closing. He is bright, cheerful and a pleasure to work with. We hope we might have the opportunity to work with David again in the future. He is second to none! He IS simply the best!
Bob — Feb 06, 2014
We found our experience while working with David when selling our home to be a very pleasant one. He was extremely helpful through the entire process. He is highly professional but also brings humor to the table. He is very understanding and flexible as well. We enjoyed working with him.
John and Eileen — Jan 31, 2014
David is one of a kind . He made selling and buying easy.
Nora — Jan 30, 2014
David Drinkwater sold our Scituate home in 11 days for more than we expected. That's the bottom line. The longer story is that before the sale, he helped us to decide what we should do and what wasn't really necessary. His skill in staging really made the place look great, and his sense of humor made it fun. Dave worked hard for us. He's a real pro in today's world of paper-thin wannabe's
Brad — Jan 25, 2014
Our family used Dave Drinkwater's real estate company, Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc., to help us find and purchase a home for our son in Marshfield, Ma. From start to finish, Mr. Drinkwater was a consummate professional. In addition to showing us over 50 homes, he also recommended several mortgage lenders, home inspectors, and a real estate attorney to help us through the process. My husband and I are not new to the real estate market having purchased homes in New Jersey and Scituate, Ma. before meeting Mr. Drinkwater through the recommendations of several neighbors. We are also lawyers (criminal law) and have high standards for excellence. Mr. Drinkwater did not disappoint. He also has a remarkable ability to transform his "clients" into personal, lifelong "friends!" I would recommend Mr. Drinkwater and Grand Gables without reservation.
Carole — Jan 23, 2014
My husband and I are now about to sell our 3rd home. We only wish that David Drinkwater lived near us in North Carolina. He is hands down the most professional, driven, helpful, trustworthy, and knowledgeable realtor we have ever worked with. We loved everything about our experience with David. We would recommend him to anyone who is selling their home. Love, love, love David, and trust him implicitly! Top notch realtor and great person!
Erica — Jan 23, 2014
David was a thorough, thoughtful and tireless worker in helping find a home that was the right fit for our family. David was unlike any realtor I have worked with in my 20 years of purchasing and selling homes and anyone who has him as his representative will be grateful they did.
Lance — Jan 14, 2014
David is the most thorough, committed realtor I've ever experienced. He has your back and front! He is also very patient and understanding. Top notch!
Colleen — Jan 14, 2014
David was incredible! He helped me to "present" our home for sale after 28 years of living there. He was patient, understanding and encouraging at all times, and never lost his sense of humor! He had a wonderful network of people whom we could contact for help as we prepared our home for potential client visits. I miss him and highly recommend his service.
Jan — Jan 13, 2014
I had tried other local real estate agents and the house was receiving very few showings and no offers were made. I took it off the market and was going to wait. A friend suggested David Drinkwater and the difference was immediate and amazing. First he not only showed me what I needed to do to make the house more attractive, he helped me do the work. The next thing I knew we had an offer I could live with. David handled everything telling me where to be and what to sign. This had been my first home and I had no idea how to sell it particularly in a challenging market. David made the process work for me. A bonus is that David and I became friends and have kept in touch.
Susan — Jan 13, 2014
David spent so much time with us helping decide on a price for our house.. He spent almost a full day helping me to stage it before we ever showed it.. David was in constant communication with what was happening... Could not have had a better experience with anyone else... Recommend David to anyone trying to sell a house.
Jack — Jan 02, 2014
My wife and I didn't know David Drinkwater before we listed our house with him earlier this year. I can say that we never regretted our decision. As an agent, we found him to be articulate, responsive and professional, as well as a natural problem solver. He was alert to our questions and concerns, and was able to guide us throughout the process of selling our home within a short time period. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about property on the South Shore, and we highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to purchase or sell a property in this area. An experienced real estate agent, Dave will really work for you and do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth and successful transaction.
Tom — Dec 22, 2013
After looking at many "maybe" homes for my family and me Dave saw a new listing that was nothing like I had said I wanted but he thought it would be great for us. He got me in on the second day it was listed and by the third day I had made an over asking price offer, outbid several other people and got the house. We love our home in Scituate and would never think to use another realtor other than Dave. No one knows more about the area and cares more about what is right for the customer. Highly recommend Grand Gables and I love their new office, so homey and comfortable and just where you want to be when dealing with a fairly stressful thing like buying or selling property.
Laurie — Nov 05, 2013
My husband Andy and I were anxious to sell a house we owned in Scituate, MA., since we now lived 2500 miles away. Maintenance and upkeep were impossible to oversee when we were at such a distance away. When we bought the house from Grand Gables Realty, we told David Drinkwater, our realtor, that when we were ready to sell, he would get the house to sell. When we bought the house, he was straight-forward with answers to all our questions, paid attention to all the details and we couldn't have been happier with our purchase. This summer, Andy traveled back to Scituate, and counseled with David about putting the house on the market. The current residents were moving and this was the perfect chance to sell the property. David helped Andy with problems that we encountered because the tenants had left an enormous amount of belongings behind that they were unable to take to the smaller apartment where they had moved to. David had connections with the people we needed to assess the value of the items. Not living in the area, we would have had a difficult time finding the right people to deal with this. He helped direct Andy to the companies who do the Title 5 inspections, making it easy for Andy to have the inspection done in a timely manner, since staying in MA. was limited. He said he knew people who might be interested in buying the house and he had it sold very quickly. Grand Gables Realty and the legal associates he works with are the very best on the South Shore. We were thrilled that the whole process from beginning to end went smoothly and flawlessly. Anyone thinking of buying or selling a house on the South Shore should call Grand Gables Realty where David's attention to details is outstanding!
Linda — Nov 05, 2013
David was a tireless partner in our finding us our first home. Above and beyond best describes the help and support we received before, during and after the purchase. I have and will happily recommend David to any person seeking a home. Thanks David your not just an outstanding agent/broker you became a friend.
Erin — Oct 24, 2013
Dave guided me through the sale of my first house and helped me find within 2 weeks my second house. His negotiation skills allowed me to pay 10% below asking price and 15% what the original seller had paid. Dave's diligence helped me to become informed buyer and understand the potential problems of owning a 300 year old historical house in Duxbury.
Zoe — Oct 24, 2013
Having David represent us as buyers was a great experience. He knows the South Shore and coastal marketplace with expert knowledge. He provided great advice to us every step of the way and he is a great listener too. Very patient and a real nice guy too. I would highly recommend David.
MIke — Nov 10, 2011