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Secluded in-Town Wonder: the Best of Both Worlds

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Last updated: 06/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Wonderful contemporary passive solar home built in 1980 and designed by an incredible architect here on Martha's Vineyard who was a protege of the iconic 20th century architect, Louis Kahn. This house has 3 floors of fun to discover and explore. There are great places to gather in the house and plenty of places to find peace and solace. The living room has a 42 inch flat screen Sony TV and a Blue Ray and DVD player. Bring your Roku and access your Netflix or Hulu accounts.

There are a total of 4+ bedrooms and 2 baths, one on the 2nd floor and one on the 3rd floor. The huge back yard feels like a rural location rather than being right in town and is an ideal place for kids to have a glorious fun and safe vacation. Walk to the beach and into the village on tree-lined streets to a good cup of coffee, a kid friendly library, several restaurants, ice cream joints and an old fashioned movie theatre as well as a live theatre where some Hollywood greats play at the theatre in summer.
15 MIN. WALK To The Beach With Life Guard.

Perfect floor plan for a wonderful family vacation. Lots of privacy, lots of room. Contemporary well designed kitchen. Unique and comfortable dining room, Family friendly living room with 42' sony TV with NetFlix, Amazon, Comcast and wifi.

There are 4+ bedrooms (3 with Queen size beds, 1
Bunk Bed for 2), 2 baths, a three story solarium, Great for two families. A large yard is surrounded by fields. A widows walk above the Roof offers sanctuary and a view out over the town steeples. The house is In-Town But Very Rural with its back yard surrounded by fields.

Within a Ten Minute Walk: Beach, Harbor, Tennis, coffee shops, movies, summer theater, a health club and half a dozen wonderful restaurants.

Dynamic and Peaceful: at the Heart of the Island - Delightful and Young at Heart.


Pets considered.

Bruce and his family loved it!
My wife and I were talking again today about our wonderful stay at your home in Vineyard Haven last August. The home is unique, truly the perfect place to stay while visiting Martha's Vineyard. We so enjoyed being within walking distance of downtown and Owen Park Beach that became our favorite beach on the island -- and we visited lots of them. Our now 2 year old granddaughter Lilah still talks about the visit and always points out the toys that we bought there and wants to see slide shows and movies of our visit, pointing our your son Nathaniel every time. The Perception Sailing Trip was also a highlight of our visit, a ride no one should miss if they have the opportunity.
If we ever decide to stay on the Vineyard again, I'm sure your home will be at the top of our list of places to stay.

What Lisa Says:
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your home and absolutely loved the roof and watching the stars! The design of the home is fun, different and there was lots of sleeping space for everyone.
We have rented on the island for about 12 years now and it was nice to stay in an untraditional home; I loved the feeling of being in a boat! Walking to town and the beach in five minutes was great too.
We aren't sure of plans yet for next summer but will be in touch.
Lisa from summer 2008

Design Notes from the Architect:
This home gives renters a chance to experience a thoughtful Vineyard home that they never forget it. As a student of Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania , James Weisman, the owner and designer of the Look Street House learned about the power of architecture to enhance a sense of wonder through creating places of well-being. This home is one of the most exceptional homes on Martha's Vineyard. It is a place of wonder that allows many people to have a quality time with variety and privacy and joy.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 is the minimum age for the lease signer....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We abut an elementary school way in the rear of the property and children adore the architecture of this home. There are also a lot of kid's books and toys geared for a 4 year olds and up....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    If you are considering bringing a dog and we give you approval to take along your dog, we require that the dog has been treated with 'Front Line' or Advantage at lest 1 month prior to visit. All dogs that are accepted must be licensed, and have up to date rabies shots. All dogs must be on a leash when walking about town. Any waste must be picked up on the lawn and about town. We reserve the right to not accept certain dog breeds due to home insurance restrictions. We accept a maximum of 2 dogs at the house. There is a $100 pet fee per dog, maximum of two. No others animals are accepted. No cats, no ferrets, no birds, no reptiles, and no untrained puppies! ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    This home is on 3 levels which is great for 2 families sharing the house but not wheelchair accessible. There is no bathroom on the first floor....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 bunk bed


  • Bedroom 4+: 1 child bed

    small room connected to Queen BR best for child...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (3), , Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 Sleep Sofa /Futon, a small cubby off one bedroom with door and window. There are four single futons for kids. Bedroom 2 has an extra small room with window that is ideal for an infant or a child. bedroom 1 is the largest bedroom bedroom 3 and 4 are on the third floor with cathedral ceilings. all bedrooms have cross ventilation. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Bathroom and laundry on 2nd floor. There is a shower and a clawfoot tub. The toilet is in its own room off the bathroom. On the third floor there is the second bath with a shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 5 minute Walk through a New England village to beach, dock and harbor, stop on the way at the bookstore or at a coffee shop. 5 bedrooms plus a cubby: 3 queens, 2 twins, plus 4 single futons to use as you wish. Widows Walk roof deck above the roof. go a movie at our old fashioned movie theater or take in a play at the Vineyard Playhouse or work out in the extensive gym at the Mansion House. Take your kids to the playground at the old elementary school around the corner, play tennis on the public clay courts, shop to your hearts content or fish off the pier or beach. Rent a sailboat or watch the sunset over the boats in the harbor, all within a 10 minute walk through tree lined streets of our quaint New England Town. Or stay at home in the bucolic back yard, surronded with fields and trees. Get in your car or walk to the bus that will take you anywhere on our enchanted island....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    42' sony flatscreen tv with blue ray dvd player...moreless

  • Television:

    42 " Sony Flatscreen TV with Blue Ray DVD player. ...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Family


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Wonderful New England town with many Whaling Captain's homes proudly facing the Vineyard Haven Harbor. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Cozy table that miraculously seats 9 at a minimum. There is also a bar in the kitchen with bar stools near the Dining Area. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 9 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window AC unit in one bedroom on 3rd floor and one Window AC in one bedroom on the 2nd floor...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Living Room:

    Large flat screen TV, 2 comfortable couches....moreless

  • Parking:

    Enter on Rogers where there is parking for 2-3 cars. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    plenty of room for all...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:



  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you need...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    fabulous kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    A widow's walk on the roof overlooks the village and the stars...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio Garden area with a grill and table and chairs...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Huge private back yard...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2015
Jun 28 - Aug 16, 2015
7 night min stay

Late Summer 2015
Aug 17 - Sep 13, 2015
7 night min stay

Fall 2015
Sep 14 - Oct 25, 2015
3 night min stay
$425 $450
Fri, Sat
Summer 2016
Jul 3 - Sep 4, 2016
7 night min stay

Fall 2016
Sep 5 - Oct 29, 2016
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Security Depo $500
  • Taxes Not included


Rentals are Sunday to Sunday. There is a 5% discount for multiple weeks.

50% deposit on signing lease. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival. The refundable security deposit of $500.00 and the Cleaning Fee of $200.00 is due with the final payment. If all is in order the refundable security deposit is returned to the guest within 30 days of guests departure.

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Last updated: 06/15/2015
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Martha's Vineyard Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Oak Bluffs
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Vineyard Haven
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tashmoo and Cedar Neck
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Little House
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Owen Park Beach

Car: Recommended


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1986

About the owner: I am One of The Vineyard's insightful Architects, I studied with Louis I. Kahn, subject of the movie, My Architect. Kahn was one of the greats of 20th century architecture and I was in his Master's Class and recieved many awards, grants and medals during my time at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. I live with my family in this home in the wintertime and spend the summers when the house is rented living in the harbor on 'Perception', a 50 foot gaff rigged Herressoff Schooner. I row to work in my office adjacent to the Black Dog Tavern.

Why the Owner Chose Vineyard Haven:
Because it is unique, fascinating, loved by all, especially children who learn from its architecture; because it is quiet, but in town with an easy walk to the beach and a cup of coffee, the library and the playground, the harbor and the ferry. I designed and built this house to be a passive solar home in 1980, before solar panels.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Being part of the year round community of Vineyard Haven gives you a unique ability to participate in a wonderful way with the Island. You can walk on tree shaded village sidewalks everywhere from beach to an ice cream cone or a cup of coffee or the library to an old fashioned movie theatre with one screen and popcorn. A playground is a few hundred feet away. The home is secluded with fields around the yard in back but just open the front gate in the picket fence, go down the steps and walk down to mainstreet and Owne Park Beach. There are buses nearby that go everywhere on the island and you have the option of just wandering in a magnificent New England town. Owners Speak: English, French, Portuguese

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Speaks: english, french, portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Back Yard is deep and pastoral.

    The Back Yard is deep and pastoral.

  • Light filled LR

    Light filled LR

  • Top of solarium

    Top of solarium

  • Kitchen with dining to the right and the bar counter

    Kitchen with dining to the right and the bar counter

  • Shower on the second floor of the solarium

    Shower on the second floor of the solarium

  • Solarium with eucalytus

    Solarium with eucalytus

  • the upper Level of the Solarium

    the upper Level of the Solarium

  • Sail on our 50' Schooner

    Sail on our 50' Schooner

  • Jamie Weisman creating a Vineyard home.

    Jamie Weisman creating a Vineyard home.

  • The Solarium from the outside.

    The Solarium from the outside.

  • bar counter with livingroom beyond

    bar counter with livingroom beyond

  • Dining Room seats 9

    Dining Room seats 9

  • A Queen Bedroom on the 2nd floor

    A Queen Bedroom on the 2nd floor

  • 5 1/2 foot bathtub with the solarium beyond

    5 1/2 foot bathtub with the solarium beyond

  • Backyard from the Crow's Nest

    Backyard from the Crow's Nest

  • solarium leading to back yard

    solarium leading to back yard

  • Isometric and Plan drawings of the house

    Isometric and Plan drawings of the house

  • Alley's General Store in West Tisbury. President Obama shops here with his kids.

    Alley's General Store in West Tisbury. President Obama shops here with his kids.

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