Our East Chop Waterview Victorian Cottage is in an excellent location to enjoy all that Martha's Vineyard has to offer. It is outside of town on a quiet dirt road, but close enough to everything to either walk or ride your bike.
The house overlooks a pine and oak forest to the West and Nantucket Sound to the East where the sun rises out of the water in the summer. Wake up with your coffee and walk 5 minutes to Jetty Beach, Oak Bluffs harbor or the East Chop Beach Club for an early morning swim.
Walk around the harbor from either Jetty Beach or along East Chop Drive to Oak Bluffs, passing the town's public boat ramp and waterfront houses. Pass the moored sailboats in the harbor and walk along the quayway into town where motorboats and charter fishing boats rest in their slips.
Pass newspaper and coffee shops, restaurants, bicycle rental stores, movie theatres and the Flying Horse Carrousel on the way to Circuit Avenue & Ocean Park, all before breakfast. Life is good!
There have been many upgrades in the last several years, including; a new roof and windows, new downstairs bathroom with warm floor tiles, a rebuilt porch, shingling, painting and an updated kitchen with all the conveniences to help make it as warm and comfortable in the spring and fall (with the fireplace's Vermont Casting propane stove) as it is in the summer. Many guests return year after year in the summer or for off-season weeks. Others come back intermittently for weddings, romantic weekends, and family gatherings. Everyone seems to race to his or her favorite bedroom upon arrival!
In the most recent update in the fall of 2013, the deck was rebuilt and raised to provide a more comfortable and attractive location for sunning and barbecues. Old fencing was also replace with new. We can't wait for spring to enjoy it!
History: Our former Methodist Campground cottage was moved from downtown Oak Bluffs by horse and cart, around the harbor and up the hill to East Chop Highlands sometime before 1896. Photos of the house in 1896 and 1910 offer a historic perspective.
The house has been added onto extensively since its move. The photograph from 1896 shows the house with old gingerbread trim on a gabled end, a balcony that no longer exists, as well as an older woman sitting in a rocker on the porch. Her age in the picture and the age of the photo indicate that she may have been born around the time of Jefferson's presidency. An extensive description of the house and how it has been renovated over the decades appears in the back of the 'Guide to East Chop Families'' written by Jane Meleney Coe.
The house is fully equipped in the kitchen, in the dining room, on the porches and for beach picnics, as well as on the deck where barbecuing and dinner under the stars is a favorite activity. The house is ready for your laptop with wireless broadband service. The living room has a flat screen TV with cable.
Outside furniture, beach chairs are available in the basement, which is near the hot and cold water outside shower and changing area. Trips to town are easy for walkers or bikers, and local restaurants, like the Ocean View, and convenient newspaper, food and liquor stores like Our Market and Tony's Market are close at hand. The house has a lawn with an underground sprinkler system. A hammock and Adirondack furniture are hidden in the woods, and bird feeders and innovative ''yard art'' sculptures grace the gentle setting.
Please contact the owner via email for questions you may have. We hope you plan a visit to our summer home this year.
Ted and Kate have been coming to Martha's Vineyard all their lives and met on the Vineyard.
Our house is in a wonderful location, away from traffic and the noise of downtown Oak Bluffs, but close enough to enjoy its benefits. Fully equipped and close to the beach and harbor, guests can enjoy the best of all worlds; the beach, walks, boating, birding, fishing, biking, the woods, and an upstairs water view. Older children can walk to the beaches by themselves.
With or without a vehicle, our house is convenient to ferries arriving in Oak Bluffs. You can walk from the boat to our house in about 15 minutes. Ride your bike in about 10 minutes, or drive in about 5 minutes. The house is a wonderful mix of modern and antique, comfortable for everyone and a return destination for generations of families. We hope you will love it.