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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 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

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 North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Walkable to Everything that is Great about Marblehead! Beaches & Pond nearby
average rating of 4.2 based on 10 reviews

Very spacious, new towels and bedding, wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

The 10 of us (6 adults and 4 kids) spent beautiful 5 days in this charming town!

The house, the owners and the location were all wonderful.

The owners were very hospitable, welcomed us with wine and chocolates! :) and provided all directions and sightseeing recommendations.

It was great to have new towels, linen, bedcovers, plenty of cookware and dishes. The house was clean and bright, with large kitchen, 2 dining areas and spacious living room. We also enjoyed our morning coffee & view on the beautiful deck.

I sincerely recommend this property for any type of vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kornelia's family and two other families all were very interesting and perfect renters. They were my first short-term renters (I am new to VRBO), I lucked out with them as they were able to help connect my Verizon FiOS internet and cable TV system. (One of the group was an IT specialist!) They left behind some excellent home-distilled after-dinner liqueur for me! Thanks!
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Charming historic house

  • 4 of 5

We stayed over for three nights over the Spring Break and were very charmed by this historic old house. It is quite large both upstairs and down, and is particularly suited for family reunions. One full bath, several comfortable living rooms, and 4 bedrooms. The two staircases were great for ample cardio activity- lol! The kitchen has all modern appliances- dishwasher, gas stove, microwave, washer & dryer, etc.

The sheets and towels are soft and plentiful which is always nice (who wants to dry off with a postage-sized square), and the hot water is also powerful and readily available. There was no cleaning fee attached with the property so just be aware that part of the house rules is having to do laundry prior to departure.

The house is two houses up from Redd's Pond, and the Old Burial Ground which are so atmospheric, especially at sunset. The house next door has chickens, whose morning clucking, also lends to a cool, country, historic vibe as you drink your morning coffee.

The owner was very responsive, helpful, and kind!! You would do well to rent this house in any season because it really fits all requirements you might have. We enjoyed ourselves, created great memories, and you will too!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice location and house had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice location and house had everything we needed. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Scott and his friends and family have stayed here before and, as always, they were perfect guests.
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0 4

Great large family home!

  • 5 of 5

This house was awesome to stay at. We will be coming back hopefully 4 years to come. It is nice to have a place to know we can come back to year after year. There's plenty of space or a couple families and everything you need to make your stay comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Daniel and his family were a pleasure to host and we look forward to his visit again this summer! They were very careful with the house and left it spotless.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent the Christmas holiday in Marblehead and could not have found a more convenient place to stay. The location is fabulous and within walking distance to Redd's Pond, boating, shopping, and restaurants located in the historic district. We found the home to be immaculately clean when we arrived and had everything we needed to include a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of dishes, glassware and silverware. The family room is large with plenty of space to enjoy and became a central gathering place for us. We were also very fortunate we had great weather and spent some time out on the deck too. The owner provided wonderful literature about the area including maps and places to see in Marblehead. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would definitely rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy was a most gracious, clean guest! She came during a wonderful time in Marblehead - our Christmas "Walk". Santa comes in by lobster boat(!), there are displays at the Lee Mansion of the towns over 200 entries in Marblehead's "best gingerbread house" contest, and all the shops in Old Town do a brisk business. All of these events were a short walk for Nancy and her family.
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Family reunion

  • 4 of 5

We rented this house to be close to relatives in the historic district in Marblehead. Worked out beautifully for our group dinners and gatherings! We had sunny mornings on the deck and wine and cheese evenings at the house before sitting down for groups playing bridge and/or Pictonary! The house had everything we needed except a coffee grinder. Marblehead is a great walking town and is incredible quiet and scenic.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Myra and her group were the most considerate guests - they left the house spotless and it was hard to tell they had even been there! What I like most about VRBO is meeting new friends like Myra and finding out how many nice people there are out there! Thanks, Myra!
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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

Marblehead House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Rates
Sep 25 2017 - Jan 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Winter Rates
Jan 9 2018 - Apr 13 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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