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Prestigious Architect's Fascinating Home

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Vineyard Haven house description

View the stars from the Crow's Nest and walk to the beach and into the village on tree-lined streets to a good cup of coffee, a kid friendly library, an old fashioned movie theatre.
ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE BY A STUDENT OF LOUIS I KAHN.
A rental history of twenty years guarantees that we know how to rent to you. Your needs and desires will be well satisfied.

15 MIN. WALK To The Beach With Life Guard

5 bedrooms, 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.

This house, with beautiful details, was built by a leading island architect for his family's own use.
Dynamic and Peaceful: at the Heart of the Island - Delightful and Young at Heart.

YOU CAN MANAGE WITHOUT A CAR IF YOU LIKE BECAUSE WE ARE A 5 MINUTE WALK FROM ORIGINATING BUS LINES THAT COVER THE WHOLE ISLAND

DOGS may be OK (please inquire)

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.
Bruce

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.
Thanks!
Lisa from summer 2008

Design Notes from the Architect:
This home gives young people a chance to experience a thoughful residence that is so much fun and they never forget it. As a student of Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania (subject of the movie 'My Architect'), I learned about the power of architecture to enhance a sense of wonder through the 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

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • 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 old....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            If you are considering bring a dog, we require that the dog has been treated with "Front Line" for at lest 2 months previous to visit....moreless

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Bedroom 4

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          • Bedroom 5

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          • Convertible bed(s)

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          • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 Sleep Sofa /Futon, a small cubby off one bedrooms with door and window. 
 There are four single futons for kids. Bedroom 2 has an extra small room off of it 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. bedroom 5 is on the first floor with its own door to the outside. good for a teenager or an au pair. all bedrooms have cross ventilation. 
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          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          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, 1double, 1 twin, 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 you 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

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable:

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

              • Television
              • VCR
              • Video Library

              Attractions

              • Cinemas
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

                  • Fitness Center

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Sailing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  General

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Gas Fireplace
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    plenty of room for all...moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                    plenty of room, but no rv's permitted in town...moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Kitchen

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Everything you need...moreless

                  • Ice Maker
                  • Refrigerator

                  Outside

                  • Balcony:

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

                  • Outdoor Grill
                   

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                  Early Summer ... May 01- Jun 14 .... $2000/Week .. $300/Extra Night
                  Peak ........... Jun 15- Sept 4 .... $2500/Week .. $350/Extra Night
                  Fall ............ Sept 4- Oct 31 .... $2000/Week .. $300/Extra Night
                  Weekly Rate .... Jun 15-Labor Day .. $2500/Week
                  Week Off-Season .................... $2000/Week
                  Cleaning Fee $175, Minimum Stay 1 Week
                  

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                  Location

                  COME SAILING ON OUR 50' SCHOONER!: We will take you and all your faimily sailing for a nominal fee, much less than the market price, on our Schooner, 'Perception.' She has crossed oceans and the equator and an afternoon or early evening sail may well be the great high point for your vacation. Sail out bvetween East Chop and West Chop into the storied waters of Vineyard Sound with the great gaff rigged sails pulling in the wind and the sea singing at the bow. She has life lines with kid-safe nets and many places to enjoy the ride. Perception is our summer home so we will schedule a sail for you that works for all of us!

                   

                  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 suring 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 coffe, the library and the playground, the harbor and the ferry.

                  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 icecream 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.Owner Speaks: English, French, Portuguese


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                  Speaks: english

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                  Photos

                  • The Solarium from the outside.

                    The Solarium from the outside.

                  • Top of solarium

                    Top of solarium

                  • bar counter with livingroom beyond

                    bar counter with livingroom beyond

                  • Kitchen with dining to the right and the bar counter

                    Kitchen with dining to the right and the bar counter

                  • 5 1/2 foot bathtub with the solarium beyond

                    5 1/2 foot bathtub with the solarium beyond

                  • the upper Level of the Solarium as viewed from the East Bedroom

                    the upper Level of the Solarium as viewed from the East Bedroom

                  • hatch to the crow's nest (with a prism in the hatch to light the ladder)

                    hatch to the crow's nest (with a prism in the hatch to light the ladder)

                  • Backyard from the Crow's Nest

                    Backyard from the Crow's Nest

                  • Master bedroom desk and loveseat rocker; solarium beyond.

                    Master bedroom desk and loveseat rocker; solarium beyond.

                  • Solarium with eucalytus

                    Solarium with eucalytus

                  • barn door to the bathroom on the third floor

                    barn door to the bathroom on the third floor

                  • Isometric and Plan drawings of the house

                    Isometric and Plan drawings of the house

                  • The Back Yard is deep and pastoral.

                    The Back Yard is deep and pastoral.

                  • Dining Room seats 9

                    Dining Room seats 9

                  • Living room but we now have a 40' sony flat screen with Net Flix, Amazon, Cnn.

                    Living room but we now have a 40' sony flat screen with Net Flix, Amazon, Cnn.

                  • solarium leading to back yard

                    solarium leading to back yard

                  • third floor bathroom is very cool

                    third floor bathroom is very cool

                  • Stairway up to the Crow's Nest

                    Stairway up to the Crow's Nest

                  • Looking down from the Crow's Nest

                    Looking down from the Crow's Nest

                  • West Bedroom on Third Floor with solarium to the left.

                    West Bedroom on Third Floor with solarium to the left.

                  • East Bedroom, second floor

                    East Bedroom, second floor

                  • Shower on the second floor of the solarium

                    Shower on the second floor of the solarium

                  • Sail our Schooner Perception for a family sail at a nominal fee.

                    Sail our Schooner Perception for a family sail at a nominal fee.

                  • Your hosts, but Nathaniel is 8 years old now.

                    Your hosts, but Nathaniel is 8 years old now.

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                  5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

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                  Member since: 2006
                  Speaks: english
                  • Calendar last updated: 04/07/2014
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                  (508) 360-7807 (Massachusetts, USA)

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