About this listing
Renovated Beautiful Historic 1800's House. In the heart of Oak Bluffs and 2 blocks to the beach. Enjoy the best of Martha's Vineyard, with restaurants, parks, beaches & shops all a few steps away! Each floor aptmt can be rented separately as well.
This lovely, in-town, impeccably renovated 1800's historic Oak Bluffs cottage is adored by all who stay here. With landscaped gardens, a beautiful patio with a hot tub, outdoor shower, and an outdoor designer Rais fireplace, ruby glass windows and original architectural details, the house is truly an oasis in the heart of Oak Bluffs.
This beautiful historic house, which can be rented as one house or as two individual apartments, (see other airbnb listings for the single floor apartments) is nestled between picturesque State Beach, Oaks Bluffs' finest restaurants and bars, the Campgrounds Gingerbread houses, Oak Bluffs Harbor with its magnificent sunsets and waterfront restaurants and nightlife, and the shops, movie theaters, pubs and the 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.
The downstairs apartment has a large and sunlit gourmet kitchen with skylights, a viking stove, designer refrigerator and super quiet Miele dishwasher, a lovely living room with a Crate and Barrel pull out king bed, french windows and doors, antique furniture, and a small but zen queen bedroom that opens out to the gardens and patio. The upstairs has a sunlit living room with beautiful breezes through many new windows flanking both sides, a kitchenette, full bath, and a lovely and spacious sunlit queen bedroom with meditation nook and skylight.
Surrounded by all the vibrant and colorful life of Oak Bluffs in every direction, there is never a need to commute into 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 to the downstairs or to the whole house, cars are unnecessary to many vacationers in this location.
Other Things to Note
The tale of a perfect little house
I fell in love with this house the minute I saw it. It took me a full winter to be able to purchase the house because the owner did not want to disappoint another person who'd looked at the house previously, even though there was no contract of any kind. She risked losing the sale to do this, but felt it was only right to try to find this person who was by then out of the country and difficult to track down. 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 that she had a Vineyard connection, but I instantly knew she was special. I hired her on the spot and sent her here to do a massage on a client who had just come in. 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 beautiful 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.
There are two real bedrooms with excellent queen beds, one tempurpedic, one traditional top-of-the-line firm with pillowtop. Additionally there are two living rooms with 2 brand new high-end sofabeds, and there is a full-height queen airbed that can be set up if needed.
All my properties are selectively pet friendly. :) I try to make it possible for people to be with their four-legged loved ones when while on vacation, but have some terms to discuss in advance, and accept them on a case by case basis. This way I can make sure any pet visits will work out for you, the guests after you, and for the houses. There is an $80 pet fee that will be applied to cover a little additional cleaning, so that the people after you will have a meticulously cleaned house, whether a pet was ever there or not. I am happy to answer any questions and hope to welcome you and your pet to Martha's Vineyard!
We rented the entire house for a long weekend and had a fabulous time. It's a beautiful house, within 1-3 blocks walking distance to the beach, the ferry, and everything in town. We also made good use of the grill and hot tub! Sharon was also very helpful and hospitable. Thanks for a lovely visit!
This is a heart house with amazing craftsmanship deep to the bones of the space. Sharon has poured her heart and soul into this place over 10 years, and is now renting out the space for others to experience. The quality and feeling of the space is amazingly restful. The space is BEAUTIFUL, and the main living room feels like a ship. My boyfriend is an engineer by trade, and a meticulous craftsman in all else, and he loved the floors, walls, beams, space, Viking stove, fridge, cabinets -- everything done to great and fine detail.
We rented this space as our family was staying nearby -- 16 of them in one house -- and we wanted our own retreat. It was perfect. I loved the front gate wit the roses, the two-person hot tub, the outdoor shower, and the courtyard where we cracked crab. And Sharon herself is an amazing person, who supplied us with all the guidance and resources for an amazing trip.
This is also a place I would feel quite peaceful in renting alone as a solo woman traveler (I do a fair bit of travel). It just feels safe and lovely;restorative.
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About the Host, Sharon
I have lived on Martha's Vineyard full time for 20 years now, but vacationed there as a child. Martha's Vineyard has always been a very special place to me, and I love it dearly. I found this home about 12 years ago and fell in love with it immediately. A massage therapist on Martha's Vineyard, voted 'Best of the Vineyard' in the Vineyard Gazette, I once did massage out of this house, and people adored being there for their massages! You will see - the home is a true, historic beauty, and has a special feeling to it as well.
My favorite morning routine is to go for a run through the beautiful nature trails a short jog away, have a healthy smoothie in the hot tub, and then walk down the street to the local coffee shop for a wonderful cup of tea and to say hi to the other locals gathering there.
My nieces and nephews on the other hand, get far more excited about the late afternoon or after dinner walk down to the arcade and ice cream shop to lick their ice cream cones while watching the nightlife walk by on Circuit Ave!
Oh - and of course, the two movie theaters down the street call to them from time to time as well!
Why this location?
There is no location on Martha's Vineyard like downtown Oak Bluffs, and nowhere in the world I would rather be. With the coffee shops, restaurants and shops in town, the beach just a couple of blocks away, Ocean park separating the house from the ocean, the Tabernacle a block in the other direction, the Flying Horses carousel for children, Union Chapel with its performances and the harbor just down the street, it just doesn't get any better than this. I will never look to be in any other location on Martha's Vineyard than in the charming and lively town of Oak Bluffs!
Unique benefits to this rental:
House call massage, or holistic life coaching are available by appointment. Appointments should be booked well in advance to assure availability, but I would be happy to work with you!