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Walkable to Everything that is Great about Marblehead! Beaches & Pond nearby

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 BR Updated Home perfect for families with children. Pond & beaches next door.

Everything here for a perfect summer vacation in Marblehead! Four bedrooms, large family room with sunny deck off kitchen, 1 1/2 baths, and formal and informal dining areas. Laundry room convenient to in-kitchen eating area. Private formal living room/den are remote from family room for quiet time! Sunny huge windows throughout feature views of quaint historic neighborhood and cozy backyard. Pond next door is perfect for children's fishing trips. Two spectacular beaches are a short walk away and beach cart/chairs/cooler/umbrella are provided.

Rear of house is adjacent to Dunn's Lane, the narrowest street in Marblehead and on way to the central shopping district. Fabulous seafood restaurants as well as yacht clubs and boat rentals are nearby.

Many concerts, plays, and movies are available throughout the year, and especially during the Marblehead Festival of the Arts in July.

More Details

John Johnson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About John Johnson

We raised our twin children (boy and girl - now 26!) in this home and they spent many happy hours at the beaches and pond nearby. We added on a huge family room, kitchen eating area and back deck in anticipation of our growing family and we spent most of their time there enjoying views on three sides! I am a (near) retired energy conservation engineer working for a large company but I am now travelling a lot (business and pleasure) so renting my home out during the summer is perfect for us (although we hate missing the best part of living in Marblehead - the summer activities!).

I moved here in 1977 straight after graduating my engineering program at University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana campus), since I fell in love with Marblehead at first sight! I have never tired of seeing and smelling the ocean next door and always feel that "Ahhhh!" moment when I drive past Grace Oliver Beach on the way to the driveway after a long hard day at work.

John Johnson purchased this house in 1980

Why John Johnson chose Marblehead

The neighborhood is filled with young children and everyone is very friendly. We are all professionals in the neighborhood and we live here because while the home is near the central Historic District, we all love the open areas and countryside features of the neighborhood. It is a very quiet neighborhood and everyone looks out for each other. That's why I always feel safe and welcome here in this little gem of a neighborhood. You will too!

What makes this house unique

This house always draws a "Wow!" when people first see it. It's a central-entrance Colonial built in 1875, but beautifully maintained and retaining all the original architectural features that made it special in 1875: exterior Greek Revival details, shutters (real ones) that still work, interior mouldings, and many built-ins that make living here both beautiful and convenient.

We added a huge family room that adjoins the conveniently arranged kitchen and allows everyone to join together in activities. An outdoor deck is right off the family room and has couches, chairs and tables for outdoor relaxing and eating.

The best feature, however, is the location - walkable to everything great about Marblehead and on the border of the Historic District. There are so many unique hidden walkways and stairs in Marblehead that you will undoubtedly spend many hours exploring the neighborhood and each time you will find something interesting you missed the last time!


Marblehead House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Main bathroom has tub/shower, vanity sink. Half-bath off kitchen and near washer/dryer.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - Blow-up bed available in Living Room
  • 4 Traditional Bedrooms - two with double beds plus a twin, one with two twin beds, and one with a bunk bed plus a twin bed. Living room has room for a double blow-up bed, if required.
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach gear provided - carts, beach chairs


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
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Walkable to Everything that is Great about Marblehead! Beaches & Pond nearby
average rating of 4.25 based on 16 reviews

Best vacation all year!

  • 5 of 5

Our group had an amazing time here. We explored the town of marblehead and Salem. There are great little walking paths all over town and beautiful pond across the street. The old burial cemetery from hocus pocus is close too! We went to The barnacle, Atomic Cafe, and the muffin shop. We took uber to Salem so we did not have to worry about driving.. there is a bus stop but it ended up being cheaper for an uber since there was 6 of us. Salem was great of course too! We definitely would like to go back !!!

The house is awesome and very large !!! Plenty of room for everyone. There's also a piano room! Got to brush up on our skills. Haha! Thanks John!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy and her friends were great guests and I hardly knew they had been there when they left. They recommended adjusting the door lock a bit, which the locksmith just completed. I appreciated the constructive feedback from them!
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for us. We had a party of 8 and there was plenty of space and rooms and beds and linens. The owner was so nice and accommodating to us. The house was a great host house, it had a big kitchen and a big living room to fit everyone. The town was in walking distance and it was a quick 10 minute ride into Salem. I would definitely recommend it and hopefully come again!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable house for a large group.

  • 4 of 5

My family stayed at the Johnson house for a weekend wedding in Marblehead. The downstairs of the house was comfortable with plenty of space for everyone to gather together or to spread out. Upstairs, two of the bedrooms are very small and crowded with beds which proved challenging for the family members that were assigned to them. We would highly recommend moving the bunkbeds to another room and having just a double in the small room. The location is ideal, close to everything, and the owner John was available if anything was needed. We would definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelly and her group were wonderful guests and I appreciate her suggestions. We will look into moving the beds around to make the overall house more comfortable for our guests. Antique houses like mine generally have somewhat small rooms, unfortunately, and the bunk bed room was intended as a child's bedroom primarily.
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Great location and great space

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here for a family wedding in Marblehead. Two families with older children stayed (total of 11) all comfortably. A couple of things to note: 1 shower, not a lot of outlets (but all found a place to charge devices). If this will not be a problem for you this space is perfect with great location in easy 5-8 min walk to water and town, quiet neighborhood and great character to the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house is great for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We visited Marblehead in early June to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. This house worked very well for us. Not everyone was able to make it so only 4 of us stayed there. The house is big and spacious with a lovely deck. There would have still been tons of room if all 10 of us were there. As it was the four of us enjoyed the space to spread out! There was a heat wave during our stay and we were very grateful for the air conditioners! It is so easy to walk anywhere in Marblehead from the house and the neighborhood was quiet and friendly. We would definitely rent this house again for our next excursion to Massachusettes

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a cool old house, but it was dirty when we arrived and in need of care

  • 3 of 5

My husband & I have stayed at many places in the country, many places we've never seen before and are trusting that what we are told is what we are getting so we have experiences to compare. I have also lived in a house built in 1925 that is not updated, so I don't think my expectations are out of line, especially when we are paying ALOT of money for this house. But let me start out by telling you the PROS about the house.

PROS - It's a really cool old house, piano for plunking, great location, Redd's Pond is fun for kids, w/in walking distance of old town Marbletown, Quiet neighborhood, Lots of room, Great for families w/ young children/large groups, plenty of parking, great water pressure, washer/dry. Owner is very responsive and kind.

CONS - I had a laundry list of cons after we left, but the owner has corrected some of the issues or made a promise to correct the situation for future renters. That said, you should be aware of this:

*Paint peeling from ceilings all over entire house, especially bedrooms and bath. The house looks tired.

*Outside of house needs repairs and paint - many of the houses in NE need outside paint in general but it would be nice if they at least started painting the entrance.

*The bed my husband & I slept in the first two nights was so old & broken we kept rolling towards each other during the night. Worst sleep ever, sore neck/back. I've mentioned to the owner that this bed should be replaced.

*The house was not clean when we arrived - owner refunded $500 as a good faith effort and says he has hired professionals on a go forward basis.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: During Jennifer M's stay, we responded immediately to all of her stated concerns and offered additional cleaning and other services, but she declined since they performed the minor clean-up tasks themselves. Her other complaints would have been addressed immediately as well, but since they were not expressed until this review was published I was never given a chance to address them. Previous renters have used the same beds described above without any complaints (I verified this with previous renters after this review was published). Nevertheless, I have purchased new memory foam mattress tops and pads for future guests. Any minor painting tasks have been accomplished inside and outside, and subsequent guests have complimented us about the cleanliness and condition of the house.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Boston Logan Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Mattie's Sail Loft
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Salem Ferry to Boston
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Salem Greens
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Salem Train to Boston
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Route 114 (also 128/I-95)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Barnacle Seafood Restaurant; The Landing
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Loon Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Grace Oliver Beach 1/4 mi & Gas House Beach 1/4 mi
Car: not necessary

Marblehead is a world-famous yachting capital as well as a quaint historic New England village. The home is walkable to everything important in Marblehead and very close to beaches, a pond (fishing allowed) and restaurants/bars. Marblehead has a vibrant arts scene and many local art museums, galleries, and art cooperatives. Many shopping opportunities are a short walk or drive away. The summer arts programs (including classes) are well known, featuring a 4-day-long "Marblehead Festival of the Arts", over the July 4 weekend, with art shows, performances at Crocker Park (free), and street performers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.