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Martha's Vineyard Shipbuilder's Custom Near Beach. Piano/Bikes

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Last updated: 09/18/2014

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This 3 bedroom, custom, passive-solar saltbox was built by a shipbuilder with the same exotic wood used in the construction of ships. The open living/dining/kitchen area features an upright piano, custom teak cabinets, a large built-in cherry table and a stone chimney with a wood stove. The front faces south and opens by way of French doors to a deck built like a pier. The floors are wood and flagstone with rag rugs. The downstairs bedroom, built like a ship's cabin, opens to a second pier-style deck. It has hexagonal and leaded glass windows and a hatch door in the floor to the basement stairs. The laundry in the basement can also be accessed by the outside door around the back of the house. There is a rec room in the basement with TV, a table and chairs, toilet, sink and folding cot.

The two upstairs bedrooms have openable skylights and cedar closets; one has a stained glass window as well. Both baths have custom vanities, one with inlaid wood and ''crickets'' and the tub is built into a fiber-glassed ''stall.'' Bed sizes: 1 twin, 1 9' foam twin, 1 double, 1 king. Baths: 2 ½ baths, outdoor shower.

AMENITIES: Washer and dryer, outdoor shower, gas grill, outdoor table and chairs, hammock, 4 bicycles, 3 beach chairs, dishwasher, gas stove and oven, microwave, blender, food processor, toaster oven, TV/VCR/DVD, cable, CD player/ipod dock/radio, piano, local telephone, fans. Short walk to bus stop and beach.

My home has the advantage of being on a narrow dirt road without the disadvantage of being too far down the road! It is in a nice quiet neighborhood with a mixture of summer and year-round residents. The yard is well shrubbed and treed for privacy and there is a hammock, an outdoor table set, a gas grill, and several canvas chairs for relaxing. In the shed are 4 bicycles and a bike rack, a badminton set and horseshoes. Around the back of the house is a hot and cold enclosed outdoor shower.

There are many varieties of birds that visit the yard - chickadees, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, crows, blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, and my favorite, the Carolina wren. I have also seen a very occasional hummingbird fly past. There are also squirrels and rabbits that frequent the yard and occasionally deer.

The closest beach is at the Sailing Camp diagonally across Barnes Road and is about a 4 minute walk. It is a large, gentle salt-water pond, which is ideal for small children and for people wanting to have a quiet day at the beach away from the crowds. In June and September, this beach is ideal because the air and water are warmer than the open waters of the Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The sailboats, beach roses, schools of small fish, wild fowl, and shells make this an interesting beach to walk and beach-comb.

The other end of the street leads to a path that winds its way into acres of woodlands and the site of the now defunct Webb's campground which still has out-houses and picnic tables. The adventurer in you might pack a picnic lunch and eat in the quiet and privacy of nature. In the morning and late afternoon, you may spot some deer. I once held eye contact with a doe for several minutes before it resumed its feeding activity.

The house is two miles from town and an easy 10-minute bike ride. If you'd rather, you can call a taxi or you might opt to flag down the buses that travel hourly up and down Barnes Road in either direction. To the right is Oak Bluffs center, where you can go to the beach, shop, see a movie, ride the carousel, play video games, fly a kite in the park, listen to an outdoor concert, attend an art opening, go dancing, sing karaoke, buy groceries, or dine. You can also catch a bus here to Edgartown (right facing the water) or to Vineyard Haven (left facing the water.) Those buses run every 15 minutes. You can get a bus schedule and map on any bus. Buses will stop anywhere en route if you hold up your hand. You can also pick up the bus going left on Barnes Road to the airport or to Edgartown Road, where you can hail down a bus going to Vineyard Haven (right) or Edgartown (left.)

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1025 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be over 21 years old to sign lease....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The house is on a dirt road in a small quiet neighborhood safe for children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Although I love pets, many tenants have allergies, so I have made the house pet-free to accommodate as many people as possible....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • King size beds (1) Platform king is located under a skylight., Double Beds (1) Double bed is located in a bedroom with a skylight and a stained glass window., Twin or Single Beds (2) One standard twin with 9' thick foam mattress beneath it for extra sleeping. Beds are located in a bedroom with a hatch door in the floor to the basement, wood walls and ceiling, a hexagonal window, a leaded glass window, and a door leading to a small deck outdoors....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 3 adult and 1 child's bicycle, piano, horseshoes, tennis, badminton. A bike rack and air pump are also available in the shed....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    a few cds are available....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Extensive DVD library of independent films, several children's videos and a Martha's Vineyard video....moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access:

    Comcast cable modem....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    The gas dryer is in the basement....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for 2 cars in driveway....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Driveway is long enough to accommodate boat and trailer....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local and long distance....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The washer is in the basement....moreless


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Includes lobster pot and several serving dishes and casseroles....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    In addition to gas stove and full sized refrig, several small appliances are available such as blender, food processor, and automatic drip coffee maker....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio:

    Narrow sitting deck and patio has privacy afforded by tall forsythia bushes. Cushions for deck are in the bottom of the bookcase....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. One week minimum mid-June to mid-Sept. 3 nights minimum otherwise at a daily rate of $200-300 per night depending on dates, number of people and length of stay.

50% of total rent due with signed lease to hold the dates. Balance due 30 days prior to check-in date with separate $250 check for cleaning and security deposit.

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4 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1987

About the owner: Martha's Vineyard has always been a special place for me. As a child traveling through the Elizabeth Islands on my father's boat on our way to Menemsha, it captivated my sense of adventure. As an adult with a demanding career, it represented an escape into a relaxing, unhurried lifestyle, far from projects and ringing telephones, a world unto itself. I always knew I would have a home here one day.

Why the Owner Chose Oak Bluffs:
I saw myself in a house in a quiet area near the beach yet accessible to the activities of town life. Oak Bluffs offers a wide variety of activities such as movie theatres, dancing, dining, concerts at the Tabernacle, shopping, beaches, boat rentals and for the kids a carousel, game room, ice cream parlors, and kite-flying in Ocean Park. I pictured that house to be like the one I designed and built off island, a house with custom features such as wood floors, exposed beams, an open living plan and skylights. I was pleasantly surprised when my broker found this house - near the Sailing Camp and only 2 miles from town! Now I enjoy the best of both worlds - the quiet moments of swimming and walking the uncrowded beach along Lagoon Pond and exploring the trails through the Southern Woodlands as well as the entertainment of Circuit Avenue and the harbor!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I have a great view of the birds, squirrels and rabbits through the large picture windows and French door. At night, I like to watch the stars through the skylight over the bed. In summer, it is refreshing to shower outdoors and in spring, the yard bursts with color from the flowering quince and forsythias. In the evening, it is fun to sing around the piano!

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Speaks: english, french



  • front of house

    front of house

  • Living area

    Living area

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • Upstairs double bedroom

    Upstairs double bedroom

  • Upstairs bathroom vanity

    Upstairs bathroom vanity

  • kitchen


  • living area

    living area

  • Exterior


  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • A short walk to this Lagoon Pond beach

    A short walk to this Lagoon Pond beach

  • Upstairs double bedroom

    Upstairs double bedroom

  • master bedroom furniture

    master bedroom furniture

  • stone chimney and beams

    stone chimney and beams

  • kitchen


  • Sailing Camp beach near house

    Sailing Camp beach near house

VRBO #184127

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Date last modified - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Minimum stay: 7 nights
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Speaks: english, french
  • Calendar last updated 09/18/2014
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