Classic Modern House on its Own Point of Land with Astounding Views

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:11
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Designed by a student of the famous architect Walter Gropius, our house was built in 1949. The house is open and light, with floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors, a fireplace with a 50's "conversation pit" for cozying up in, perfect for an evening of charades or quiet reading. The giant dining table has room for a large family to spread out, or have a group of friends over for a long summer dinner. The multiple couches and seating areas suit a grandma reading aloud to small ones while in another area teenagers chat or grownups have cocktails on the porch, looking at the serene view of the nature preserve across the pond. There is a good layout for two families with children to share the house. It is also a romantic spot for two people to enjoy a beautiful private place.

We have lots of amusements and we are TV free, but there is Wi-Fi. We have a fantastic collection of children's books, from picture books to favorite read-alouds and young adult books. There is a croquet set and lots of rainy day games and little kid toys. We have a modest but peaceful writers cabin/shed that can be used for quiet work time (no Wi-Fi there).
Our point of land the house sits on (see map) is 9/10ths surrounded by water, Menemsha Pond on one side and Quitsa Pond on the other. Part of the 11 acres is conserved land and the view is beautiful from anywhere. Children love exploring the mowed paths and most likely will find the hidden tree house. Chockers Point has always been occupied by sailors and you can beach a sunfish easily. It is also excellent for jumping into a kayak and exploring the ponds. We provide 2 single kayaks. We also have clamming supplies, our beach is rich with steamer clams in the summer.

This house is perfect for small children, the third generation of our family is now proving that. Children can toddle or paddle about on the private beach on Menemsha Pond, 'Short Beach' (we share it with the other houses on our short road but there is always room) where we all learned to swim. Beach passes for the restricted town ocean beaches are available for purchase from the town with your lease. The free Menemsha public beach and it's great fish markets are nearby. There is a fantastic local farmer's market in nearby West Tisbury twice a week.
Chilmark has a wonderful community center summer camp program that runs every weekday morning for children up to 12, where your kids can play sports or make glorious messes. You can sign up by the week. Retrieve your children at noon and go across the street to get a pizza for lunch from the popular Chilmark store. The Chilmark library is excellent and has a lot of kid's programs.

In the fall it is a great spot for quiet adult time. The island is more peaceful and the colors are spectacular. The weather is generally wonderful then and if it is not the wood stove is exceedingly cosy.

This is not a fancy house. It is built very simply, in a style of '50's summer camp minimalism. The comfortable furniture is a little worn, but it's classic style (Eames etc) echos the house. We have only one full and one half bath and a beautiful reconstructed outdoor shower. The house has a very warm feel that we hope you love as we do.

We do not rent for under 1 week, NO weekends. We give discounts for long rentals.

Keywords: Summer House, Derby, Kayaks, Dogs

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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 10/17/2016

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility:

    Most of the house is on one level. There is a 10 inch step to the central porch.The main bathroom door is narrow but the one bedroom with the half bath was designed with a grandmother in mind. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house at all. Please dispose of all outside cigarette butts ....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Additional fee required. Well behaved dogs that stay off the furniture on approval. NO cats please, family allergies significant....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Renters may use the nearby but separate little 'cabin' used as a writer's work room. The small out of sight guest house on Quitsa Pond, occasionally used by family, is not included in the rental....moreless


  • Books:

    Wonderful collection of children's books for all ages. Moderate collection of nature books. A hodge-podge of novels and non-fiction...moreless

  • CD Player
  • Toys:

    Lots of well loved children's toys, appropriate items for ages 1 and up....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront:

    Salt water ponds with opening to Vineyard Sound...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Table seats 12 with a little squeezing in. We have even gotten 15 there....moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    The Wi-Fi sometimes needs to be re-set, easy to do....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove:

    Very efficient wood stove in the kitchen half of the house. It does a great job for chilly fall evenings....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    ice Cuisinart...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Very well supplied, including lobster size pots....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plentiful, enough for 15 people, not matching but quite decent....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 single kayaks with paddles and PFDs. A waiver is required for their use....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    There is some basic beach equipment including sand toys, some boogie boards, folding chairs and usually an umbrella....moreless



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Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $600
  • Pet Fee $200


I/2 at signing lease, second payment 1 month before the start date.

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There are many fishing charter boats that go out from nearby very charming Menemsha harbor, where you can also get wonderful local seafood, cooked to eat on the docks or bring home to cook. There are also a multitude of really good restaurants on the island where the foodie scene is very active.

Our beautiful beach on Menemsha Pond ("Short Beach") is really near the house. It is the best place in the world for little ones to play and swim.

The Chilmark Community Center has a great morning day camp that is easy to join by the week and a good way for kids to meet other kids. Then at noon, pick them up and walk across the street for the popular pizza at the Chilmark Store. And then, for a perfect day, take them to one of the town ocean beaches. The local library is fantastic, available for your use and good for a rainy day activity.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1946

About the owner: This house has been in our family since it was built in 1949. The fourth generation is now enjoying it, with their parents, cousins and grandparents. We love it and are grateful for the loyal renters who also enjoy the atmosphere and activities of this special place.

Why the Owner Chose Chilmark, MA, USA:
Very child friendly with the perfect little kid beach Within very easy reach of ocean beaches Perfect for kayakers and clammers and swimmers Great for the Bluefish Derby (fish right from our sandbar) Ideal for quiet autumnal exploration of the many island nature preserves A unique house harking back to simple summer pleasures Magical feeling of being on your own island

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Mooring available for the Bluefish Derby

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Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 10/17/2016

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  • the whole property from the air

    the whole property from the air

  • the view from the big porch

    the view from the big porch

  • the corner garden

    the corner garden

  • the 'coversation pit,' center for a rainy day with games and books

    the 'coversation pit,' center for a rainy day with games and books

  • the little writing house

    the little writing house

  • one of 2 bunkrooms off the playroom

    one of 2 bunkrooms off the playroom

  • the front of the house

    the front of the house

  • single bedroom

    single bedroom

  • Map of a magical place

    Map of a magical place

  • Buddha's sandles

    Buddha's sandles

  • A toy shelf

    A toy shelf

  • fall color

    fall color

  • From the front door, the dining table and through to the outside

    From the front door, the dining table and through to the outside

  • across the living room

    across the living room

  • Our beach

    Our beach

  • soapstone counter and custom sink in kitchen overlooks the large central porch

    soapstone counter and custom sink in kitchen overlooks the large central porch

  • master bedroom with own 1/2 bath

    master bedroom with own 1/2 bath

  • a bedroom wall, the sea stories shelf

    a bedroom wall, the sea stories shelf

  • a place for tea or a cold drink, in the kitchen

    a place for tea or a cold drink, in the kitchen

  • The water is deep blue in the fall. The berries turn red.

    The water is deep blue in the fall. The berries turn red.

  • Bedroom view in fall

    Bedroom view in fall

  • Highchair


  • The Gypsy Queen

    The Gypsy Queen

  • Front door wren's home

    Front door wren's home

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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