The Doll House: on East Chop's Crystal Lake and Vineyard Haven Harbor
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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Exquisite cottage compound on Martha's Vineyard’s exclusive E. Chop Dr. directly on Crystal Lake and across from the ocean. For YouTube video: 'Tour of the Doll House' - please ask us. The sun rises over E. Chop Light and sets over W. Chop from a yard perfect for entertaining. Less than 2 miles from Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven restaurants, shopping, beaches & ferries. Fully appointed and totally remodeled eat-in kitchen with lovely lake views. Sunny living room with summer breezes and views of the ferries and sailboats on Vineyard Haven harbor. Living room with island charm, beach stone fireplace and exposed beams. Light and sunny master bedroom looks out onto the lake, as does the eat-in kitchen. The wrap-around porch has a fairly private sleeping area with sofa bed with views of the ocean. Charming guest house has two bedsrooms, a full bath and outdoor, mahogany shower with window with lake view. The little 'boat house' with 360-degree water views has been converted to a delightful room for romantic meals or for quitet writing. Owner uses the property a lot.
Improvements & Repairs since 2008: Both a one-person and two-person kayak are available
Added Internet service with wireless access
Added Cable TV to guest house and wireless access point
New dining table and chairs
New couches and furniture in living room
Completely renovated main bathroom
Added baseboard heat for all bedrooms (spring and fall usage only)
Installed 3 new windows in master bedroom for complete water views
Added outdoor lighting for yard and outdoor shower
Installed new and larger hot water heater
Replaced windows in kitchen and bath
Installed new French doors in kitchen
Replaced most of roof
History of the Dollhouse - Part I: It turns out that 312 East Chop Drive is one of the more widely known homes on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s traditionally been called the “Dollhouse” or the “Tom Thumb House.” (Don't worry - it's a fully sized house - I'm 6' and don't remotely have a problem!) It’s actually quite famous. The story is that Sarah and Lucy Adams, two little people who were sisters and had a home in Oak Bluffs and Chilmark, lived here. They were in the Barnum and Bailey circus with Tom Thumb.
While they did not actually live at 312 East Chop Drive, the story is widely believed because tour buses used to stop outside the house and tell the passengers that it was so. Many people on the island believe the story. In fact, from what I’ve been able to learn, the people who actually lived there (it was in the same family for almost a century), used to get down on their knees on the outside porch and wave at the buses as if they were little people.
- 1400 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- The master bedroom in the main house is spacious with plenty of drawers and closet space. I has great views of the property and Crystal Lake with 4 windows. The guest house has 2 bedrooms, one with a queen and the other with 2 singles that can be pushed together if desired. The latter is equipped with an HDTV. The guest house also has great views of Crystal Lake and East Chop Light. A full-size sleep sofa on the porch is good for children or guests. Baseboard heating has been added to the three main bedrooms for spring and fall comfort. All bedrooms have strong wifi....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Clean and comfortable. The bathroom in the main cottage completely renovated in 2009. The guest bathroom was completely renovated in 2013. Most people like to use the outdoor shower, which is especially nice because it's lighted, roomy, and has a large window with a great view of Crystal Lake...moreless
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Games For Kids
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Near The Ocean
sports and adventure activities
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Mountain Biking
- Surf Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Roller Blading
- Freshwater Fishing
- Dining Area
- Sofa Bed
- Activities Guide
- Washing Machine
- Parking On Street
- Wireless Internet
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Local Activities Guide
- Ceiling Fans
- Parking Off Street
- Alarm Clock
- Living Room
- Broadband Access
- Local Maps
- Iron & Board
- Clothes Dryer
- Pantry Items
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Lobster Pot
- Ice Maker
- Coffee Maker
- Outdoor Grill
- Porch / Veranda
- Lawn / Garden
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Kayak / Canoe
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7 night min stay
Discounts: 14 nights or more $650 nightly
Aug 11 - Sep 2
7 night min stay
Sep 3 - Oct 31
4 night min stay
Discounts: 14 nights or more $400 nightly
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: I'm Executive Director of the performance-arts nonprofit Passim in Harvard Square, which is a successor to the old Club 47, where Joan Baez and Bob Dylan got their start in the '60s. My educational background is in law and psychology and I was on the Harvard Faculty in psychology with a long career as a management consultant doing team-building, leadership development, competency modeling, and executive coaching. I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts and have three grown children.
Why the Owner Chose East Chop:
My girl friend and I found this property in 2012 and instantly fell in love with it. When you're in the backyard, you have amazing privacy and the feeling of being in the country, although you're less than two miles from the center of Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven. The drive to and from the Doll House is one of the prettiest on the island and it's one of the best walking areas, as well. The house exudes charm and is a true island home.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Privacy, charm, convenience to two of the major towns on the Vineyard, great sunrises over Telegraph Hill and sunsets over West Chop; home is completely updated. Great water views, both of the lake and the ocean.
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Aerial view of the Doll House on East Chop Drive
The view of the lake from the house.
Another view of the lake and yard
'The boat house' - where we almost always have dinner.
East end of the living room
Eat-in area of the kitchen
Master bedroom with views to the lake
Front Inside Porch with Sleep Sofa
The west bedroom of the guest house.
Front outside porch
A view of the lake from the guest house
Front of the Doll House
The yard with the guest house in the background.
The boat house, which has water views from all four sides!
West end of the living room
View of the kitchen from the living room
The main kitchen area
Master bedroom closet and storage
The east bedroom of the guest house.
The view from the outdoor shower.
A view of the lake and the yard.
Another view of the lake and yard.