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Unique In-Town home with Water Views, Patio/Deck, Walk to Everything

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Townhome, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Experience the historic Cheever-Cheney house, c.1720. Located in the heart of Newburyport's Cultural District and walking distance to explore all of Newburyport's attractions. Enjoy shopping, artwork, dining, hiking, biking, beach, waterfront events, and return to this cozy antique retreat with water views and private patio. The home is filled with historic charm yet updated with a gourmet kitchen and is close to everything. 3 Bedrooms with 2.5 baths, sleeps 6. Private patio, water view deck, off street parking(2).

Step back in time to Colonial America in this seaside home, while enjoying modern amenities of a chef's kitchen and private, relaxing outdoor spaces. Antique, in-town, post & beam colonial with luxury amenities in historic Newburyport’s South End - the seaport's home of golden era sea captains and shipwrights.

Spend your visit in our beautiful antique post and beam home, updated with luxury & sophisticated features - gourmet kitchen, water view, private patio for dining, relaxing, and sun deck with water views!

Walk to Newburyport's many amenities, including shops, restaurants, nearby parks, museums, and waterfront boardwalk.

Launch your kayak across the street in Joppa Flats, and ride your bike to Plum Island's beautiful beaches.

Other amenities include:

- Walking,

- biking,

- kayaking,

- whale watch,

- fishing charters,

- antiquing,

- beaches,

- parks (including Joppa Park, across the street),

- boardwalk,

- children's nature camps,

- fitness trails,

- restaurants,

- free wifi,

- heated tile floors,

- wood buring fireplace,

- 46” LED HDTV & blu-ray w/surround sound & HDMI hookup , 4 TV's w/Netflix, Amazon FIre

- central vac.

- Easy transportation options - to/from Boston Logan and downtown Boston.

Ideal for families or mature groups.

Keywords: 18th Century Antique, modern Amenities, walk to town, in town, plum island, water front, water view, luxury vacation rental, Newburyport South End, Joppa Park, State St

More Details

Steve French
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Steve French

This Georgian Colonial home was dated by a historic architect to 1720. Of course, it was in desperate need of some love when I acquired it 15 years ago. The house underwent considerable renovations, including a restoration of the original beams, wide pine floors, and a replica of the original fireplace.

The earliest owner and builder of this house is unknown, but was likely involved in the trade, shipbuilding, or allied crafts that prospered in this maritime settlement.

The home had a center chimney mass ,which had four fireplaces, one for each quadrant of the house to provide heat and cooking. The fireplaces were likely removed 200 years ago when more modern coal heating became available. The fireplace in the upstairs living room is a historically accurate replica of what the original fireplace likely looked like.

By 1851, a Mr. Philip Cheever, a cooper by trade, acquired the home. He likely added the Ell, a Victorian era addition , which is the now the downstairs kitchen area. This was not an economically prosperous time for Newburyport and therefore construction was less robust. When the house was renovated in 2007, it was discovered the Ell had no foundation and was sitting in dirt. The area had to be jacked up and excavated by hand so a new concrete foundation was laid and many modern improvements added.

In 1872, Captain John C. Cheney, master mariner, occupied the home. Cheney and his heirs owned this property for several decades.

The house changed from a single family home to a mixed use property in the early 20th century. Some of the elderly neighbors remember a candy store occupied the 1st floor. The home later changed to a corner liquor store and was purchased the next door neighbors. They ran the store for some time, but then converted to its current use. This is when I purchased the home and began my restoration project. I hope you enjoy your stay and please read through the welcome book for additional information.

Steve French purchased this townhome in 2003

Why Steve French chose Newburyport

Newburyport is a beautiful town, full of history, water access, shops and restaurants.

The waterfront offers sunset cruises, kayaking, excellent fishing charters, and nearby beaches.

Located just 40 miles north of Boston, and less than 30 minutes drive to Portsmouth, NH, it is a great location for day trips for exploring other New England attractions.

There is something for everybody in Newburyport!

What makes this townhome unique

Located in the heart of Newburyports South End, and the Newburyport Cultural District, this home offers historic charm with modern amenities. The home offers private patio space, private deck with water views. Patio dining and a gourmet kitchen are delightful. Walking distance to the area parks, shopping, and restaurants.


Newburyport Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Refunds are provided based upon dates being re-booked after cancellation.
  • Massage therapy studio in adjacent unit appreciates relative quiet during regular bus hours
  • Pets are considered on case by case, allowed only if agreed in advanece by property owner.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated tile floors
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bidet , Inside Master Bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen , with private half bath
    "Orange" Room - 2 twin/ single
    "Blue" Room - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1, new 2017), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds in the third bedroom.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ultra high end kitchen with Wolf gas range, Gaggenau Combi-Oven, Dish Drawers, Sub-Zero, Private Patio for dining, Sun Deck overlooking Plum Island Joppa Flats and Ocean Views. 46' LED HDTV w/BluRay.


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(13 traveler reviews)

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Unique In-Town home with Water Views, Patio/Deck, Walk to Everything
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Very clean. Beautiful modern kitchen. Very charming. Close to town. Across street from Merimac River Estuary beautiful view.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the feedback Rory! I am so glad you enjoyed our historic property in Newburyport, and hope to host you again!
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New England charm

  • 5 of 5

I actually live in Nbpt but had to be out of my house for renovations. I have a very nice house from the late 1800s (not as old as this house) but it certainly doesn't have the view this place does. This house is the epitome of old New England charm with it's wood beams in the ceiling and old wide pine floors and shingled siding. It was warm, cozy and quiet. I would stay here again in a heart beat and I will be sure to recommend it to friends/family that are visiting and prefer their own space. Thank you for sharing your home, not only to me but to my two Shih Tzus as well.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The home was a great mixture of historical, modern and comfort!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved the ambience of this home, the location to downtown Newburyport and the restaurants close to us! I loved the modern kitchen and prepared meals for our special occasion of Valentines Day / Presidents Day. I recommend this home for couples and a small family to vacation near the gorgeous beaches and shopping! Steve has his house well stocked in the kitchen and bathrooms!! Love, love this place! 💕

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at 164 Water Street. Love it even more! Stroll the streets of Newburyport, enjoy seafood by the water, sip wine on the deck of this gem. Thanks for the perfect spot!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC

Great location and loved the upper deck!

  • 4 of 5

Great little Newburyport location with a lot of charm and character. Loved the ability to walk to town and make a quick run down to the beach....and the sunsets from the deck off the living room were awesome.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! I agree the deck at sunset is fantastic, and always look forward to walking into town as well. I look forward to having you back on your next visit. Best, Steve
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Longueuil, Québec, Canada

Perfect location, incredible house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay in this perfectly located house. We spend great time with our 3 teenagers at Salisbury Beach (10 min by car) and Boston (1 hour drive). We enjoyed Newburyport's restaurants and boutiques at a walking-distance from the house. The upper deck is a great spot to have a glass of wine while looking at the sunset colored sky. We just left and we already want to go back! We also enjoyed the historic district walking tour we made with the help of the guides we found in the living room! Thanks for that too!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nancy for your feeback. I am happy to hear you enjoyed you stay, and I look forward to your next visit! Best, Steve
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Boston Logan
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
MTBA to Boston
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Plum Island

Walk to nearby shops, restaurants, waterfront boardwalk, sunset cruises, fishing charters, kayak and bike rentals. Close to beautiful Plum Island beaches (3.5mi). Spectacular sunrise and moonrise over the water from the 2nd floor deck!

Located in the heart of the Newburyport Cultural District:

Special Events:

Sunday Farmers Market up the street at Tannery

Waterfront Concert Series - Free Concerts in the park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Linens & Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $250

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Monthly rate does not include utilities, all other rates are inclusive of utilities, wifi, snow removal.

Security deposit required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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