This lovely, in-town, impeccably renovated 1800's historic Oak Bluffs apartment is adored by all who stay here. With landscaped gardens, a beautiful patio with a hot tub, outdoor shower, outdoor designer Rais fireplace, and original architectural details, the house is truly an oasis in the heart of Oak Bluffs.
Surrounded by all the vibrant and colorful life of Oak Bluffs in every direction, there is never a need to commute to town for the islands most popular events. The August Fireworks, Illumination night, concerts on the park are all around the corner. And while parking is available, cars are irrelevant to many vacationers.
The house is a very short walk along beautiful Ocean Park from the ferry, a couple of blocks from the island’s exceptional transportation system, a couple of blocks to State Beach, a block from delightful restaurants and bars, practically next door to performances at the Tabernacle or Union Chapel, a block from the Methodist Campgrounds with their spectacular and colorful historic Gingerbread houses, a few blocks from the Harbor with its magnificent sunsets and waterfront restaurants and nightlife, and the ice cream shops, arcade, movie theaters and live local music of Circuit Ave. The breathtaking bike path from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown, with water on both sides, begins just a few blocks from the house, and running and walking paths through nature trails are a short jog away. Oak Bluffs truly has everything, and is the jewel of Martha's Vineyard Island.
This first floor apartment has a large and sunlit gourmet kitchen with skylights, a lovely living room with antique ruby glass windows (that can serve as a second bedroom with a pull-out couch), a small, zen, queen bedroom, a full bath and an outside shower, patio, hot tub, outdoor fireplace and gardens. The outdoor features are shared with the upstairs apartment during daylight hours (unless renting the whole house) and are exclusive to this first floor apartment after dark.
Most guests find this home to be a generally quiet oasis for being right in the center of town, but just a reminder that the house IS in the center of town. ;)
The house is very special, with beautiful energy from all the wonderful people who have stayed there and graced its walls and gardens. Up to four people are welcome here.
There may be very carefully selected pets in this rental.
I fell in love with this house the minute I saw it. It took me a full winter to be able to be able to call it my own, because when I made the offer the owner was concerned about disappointing someone else, though they had was no contract at all. She was so kind, she spent a few months trying to find this person, who was out of the country and difficult to track down. In the meantime, she knew how much I loved the house, and after several long months she called to say it was mine if I still wanted it, and I could take a few days to let her know. I told her I didn’t even need a few minutes. No other house that I had seen captured my heart as this one had.
It took great amounts of work to prep this house to be my massage center, as it would be for some years before I could make it my home. One day, at my other massage center in Vineyard Haven, I interviewed a lovely massage therapist from Louisiana. I had no idea she had MV ties, but I instantly adored her and her work and hired her on the spot and sent her here to do a massage. Twenty minutes passed, and the phone rang. “You are not going to believe this, Sharon, but this is the house my grandmother grew up in.”
Oma (grandmother in German), came right over the next day from West Tisbury, where she then summered, brought me this photo of her parents and this house as it was in 1908, and gave me a tour of the house, telling me where all the original details used to be. Oma was beautiful, and her granddaughter is beautiful, as was the previous owner. I just kept feeling that it was no wonder that it feels so special in here. Since that time, my friends, family and guests have only added to that feeling. Time and time again, people walk in and comment on the energy of the home. I feel it deeply myself.
To top off all of this wonder, the last bit of amazement for me was the dog in the photo - a dog with a half black and half white face, split down the middle. On the other side of the couch, you can see the photo of my dog, Haffa, at the time. A dog with a half black and half white face, split down the middle, almost 100 years later.
Life is magical, mysterious and beyond imagination.