"Catydid" is an upside-down house completed in 1989. The second floor includes the original cottage built by my wife's father in 1967. We had it moved aside by a crane, while a full basement and brand-new first floor were constructed. Afterward, it was hoisted atop the new construction and enclosed. We expanded and renovated it again in 1999.
Thus, the house is a blend of old and new, as are the mix of contemporary furnishings and antiques.
From the western balcony, you can see most of Madaket Harbor as well as glimpses of Eel Point and Tuckernuck. A quarter mile to the south lies the Atlantic, where surf-lovers can enjoy one of the longest and most uncrowded beaches on Nantucket.
Keywords: beach house, vacation property, vacation rental
My wife grew up on Nantucket and insisted her two daughters spend as much time as possible enjoying life near the water, just as she did in Madaket as a young girl. That's why "Catydid" isn't just a vacation house--it's our second home.
My wife inherited the original cottage now known as "Catydid" from her father, Mike Todd, former marine contractor, town selectman, and well-known island figure. They can trace their lineage back to the whaling era.
Madaket for Nantucketers means access to the water, either by swimming and fishing in the nearby surf or boating on Madaket Harbor and points beyond via Hither Creek Marina. It has some of the most picturesque and uncrowded beaches on the island, all accessible from our house by walking or at most a short car ride. If you love the water, and spectacular sunsets from the beach, give us a call.
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