Martha's Vineyard Shipbuilder's Custom Near Beach. Piano/Bikes
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Oak Bluffs house 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.)
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Children Welcome:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- 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: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Wood Stove:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Parking Off Street:
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Pool Table
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Water Skiing
- Roller Blading
- Pier Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Ice Skating
- Basketball Court
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
This house was very dirty. When we first arrived the kids were hungry so I gave them a snack while we unpacked. I noticed that they had dropped some crumbs on the floor, so I swept them up and came up with a huge pile of dirt. We also noticed cobwebs everywhere and a sticky dining room table. I called the owner to let her know that the cleaning people did not do a good job, turns out the owner was the cleaning person. She offered to come back over and re-clean, which we agreed to. She spent some time upstairs with a vacuum, but when she left there were still cobwebs everywhere. We finally spent about two hours cleaning the house before we moved our stuff in. Even after that the house still seemed dirty, we couldn’t get the dining room table to not feel sticky no matter what we did. The next morning we noticed ants on the kitchen table. I called the owner again, she came over and put poison out to kill the ants. She said they hadn't had a problem with ants all summer, that this was a new problem and should go away quickly. It didn't. We spent the whole week putting down poison and cleaning up the dead ants we found all over the kitchen. We couldn’t use the kitchen table to put food down. Any food on the table would be covered in ants in a matter of minutes. We ended up eating most of our meals out, which was not planned and really added to the cost of our vacation. I also had to be constantly watching the kids inside the house because there were little pieces of cardboard with poison on them everywhere to try to get rid of the ant problem. We tried to eat outside a couple of times, but the deck in the pictures is no longer there so we had to eat a table on the dirt in front of the house (no grass, just some weeds and dirt). The grill was full of bugs, we decided not to use it. There was no hammock. We were very glad we brought our own bikes as the ones she had were rusty looking. The beach chairs were very dirty and covered in mold, we did not use them. The “play room” in the basement was filthy, we went down to look at it and got a face full of spider webs. The outdoor shower was gross, the floor was slimy. The bike ride into downtown is on a major road with no bike path, not safe for kids.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 07/21/13
- Review Submitted 09/04/13
Clean and cozy. Kitchen had everything you need. Comfortable beds nnd spacious rooms. Returnning next year.
- Guest Steve (Westford Ma)
- Date of stay 09/21/12
- Review Submitted 10/19/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Our Trip to the Island
Our Trip to the Island
Our time spent on the island was lovely. Going before memorial day was a great decision. There was little to no crowd and most of the shops and restaurants were open. The house itself was charming. There was more than enough room for two people. The house was well maintained and clean, for the most part. It was great to have a washer and dryer at our disposal, as well as a dish washer. The only problem we faced was with the state of the yard. The trees could use some trimming and perhaps some sprucing up. We would have used the front yard more often, had it been more inviting and less riddled with shrubbery and yard nick-knacks. Finally, we felt that the driveway needed to be more defined. Overall, the experience was a good one. We slept great on the king sized bed. And enjoyed cooking dinner almost every other night. Thankfully almost everything we could ask for was in the cabinets. The books and informational guides in the books cases were very interesting and helped liven up the lulls. We would most certainly recommend this home for a lovely trip to the island.
- Guest Jacqueline R.
- Date of stay 05/19/12
- Review Submitted 05/27/12
Owner response: I appreciate the feedback about the yard and driveway which is now trimmed back. I encourage renters to let me know what works for them and what they may suggest while they are at the house so I may remedy the situation to make their stay an even better one.
It had been many years since we have been able to get to the Vineyard and this was the ideal place to stay on our recent visit. Everything you could possible want or need was available. Quiet, restful, serene, yet close to many wonderful places to eat and shop.
- Guest Pat (CT)
- Date of stay 09/13/10
- Review Submitted 09/20/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
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7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
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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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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A short walk to this Lagoon Pond beach
Upstairs double bedroom
master bedroom furniture
stone chimney and beams
Sailing Camp beach near house
Upstairs double bedroom
Upstairs bathroom vanity
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