We live in the Boston area and have 20+ years experience on MV. Our first trips to MV involved bringing our bicycles on the ferry and biking the entire island. After an exhilerating day, we'd grap a cup of chowder and a beer and reluctantly catch a late ferry back home. We knew then we were hooked. We couldn't wait to get back to MV. Then we started staying in charming Inns for long weekends which lead to renting houses with friends over the years in Gay Head and Chappy. During these years we still biked a lot and learned the island very well and agreed that Edgartown was our favorite place to be because it was charming, convenient, and yet not too busy. Once we started having kids, it got harder and harder to haul all our toys for just a week or two during the summer, so we started looking at property and found this gem in 2001 and have enjoyed our MV experiences even more. Based on our own experiences, we try to make it very convenient for our renters by trying to have almost everything you need except for your food and clothes so your rental experience is less stressful and you can concentrate on having a relaxing vacation.
Marcia Macres purchased this house in 2001
I drove by this house a couple of times when it was on the market. It looked very small from the road and I crossed it off my list. My realtor convinced me to take a drive down the driveway and promised I would be pleasantly surprised. I was! It's a hidden gem and much larger than it appears. There is a large garage structure that used to be a woodworking shop. The previous owner built the house as a replica of The Vincent House that is now a museum in downtown Edgartown. The inside of the Main House has a large open kitchen area with high ceilings and all custom cabinetry and flows into the family room that features a beautiful large fireplace/mantle and wide pine wood floors from an old VT farmhouse throughout the house. The house has so much beautifully detailed custom woodwork that it's got 'charming' written all over it. We instantly fell in love with the house.
Back outside, a 1/3 of the huge garage structure was later converted into a 900-sq.ft. 1-bedroom Guest Cottage that is also a vacation rental property.
The house is located right off a paved bike path that goes around the 'Katama triangle'. This is a great walk, bike, run, rollerblading path and is ~5 miles total. The Katama General Store is close by and is a popular destination if you want to grab a coffee/paper/scone in the mornings. You can also head into the cobble-stoned sidewalk of downtown Edgartown for some food or shopping (only 1 mile from house) or the opposite direction on the bike path leads you directly to South Beach (2 miles from house).
Many of our renters have commented that our location is the best of both world. It's close enough to the action but far enough away for some quiet relaxation.