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Family-friendly Condo, Panoramic Harbor View, Authentic Rockport Experience

Rockport, MA, USA
  • Apartment950 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Dining Area, Full Kitchen, Harbor Deck, HD cable TV, Wifi

The Mariner is a spacious, bright, custom-furnished condo with all the comfort and amenities one may need to enjoy time in our seaside town. Perfectly located on Bearskin Neck and Bradley Wharf, many of Rockport’s art galleries, shoppes, and eateries are steps outside the Bearskin Neck-side entrance. Rockport Harbor and Motif #1 greet you at the Bradley Wharf-side entrance.

The Mariner encompasses the whole 2nd floor of 35 Bearskin Neck. The first floor of the building has a boutique and reserve lobster tanks for the Roy Moore Lobster Company next door. There are two entrances to the condo. The “front” entrance is on Bearskin Neck and the “back” entrance is on Bradley Wharf.

There are two bedrooms on opposite ends of the condo. The harbor-side bedroom has a king bed and the Bearskin Neck-side bedroom has a queen bed. The Mariner has central air conditioning and heat.

The Mariner has a full-sized, modern kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and blender. There is a full pot and pan set with a variety of utensils. There is a dining area adjacent to the kitchen with seating for up to 4 people and 3 bar stools along the end of the granite kitchen countertop for additional guests.

There is a full, vented bathroom that includes a shower/tub combination. There is a laundry closet in the hallway outside the bathroom with a clothes washer and dryer. Wash detergent is available in the utility closet.

The living area is furnished with a comfortable leather couch and 2 chairs. Entertainment includes widescreen HD cable TV, WiFi, bluetooth stereo, board games, and books. A sliding glass door leads to a deck with a bistro table with 4 chairs that overlooks Rockport Harbor.

Parking is difficult on Bearskin Neck, particularly during the summer season. However, we have a reserved parking spot across from Front Beach, an approximate 10 minute, pleasant walk along downtown Main Street. I meet guests at the Bradley Wharf entrance to the apartment upon arrival and show where to temporarily park the car to unload luggage. I then show the apartment, give keys/parking pass, and answer any questions. Next I show guests the exact location of the reserved parking space to avoid any confusion.

We also provide a complimentary resident beach pass that allows guests to park in the “resident only” parking lot at the popular Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach.

Bearskin Neck is a popular destination for Rockport visitors because of the numerous art galleries, shoppes, and eateries. It can become quite active with people during the summertime and on nice weekends during the spring and fall. Rockport Harbor is home to Motif #1 (the red shack centerpiece of the harbor) and recreational boaters, sailors, and working lobstermen. Lobsters are unloaded from boats about 15 yards from the back door of the condo.

Lobsters and other seafood is sold next door at the Roy Moore Lobster Company. Visitors enjoy cooked lobster and other seafood on their back deck “in the rough”. The Lobster Company is a great neighbor and well-run business that is also frequented by locals. I highly recommend lobster-loving guests to take advantage of the fresh seafood and fun atmosphere!


Justin Mierz

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About Justin Mierz

I grew up in Rockport and graduated from Rockport High School. I attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and graduated with a degree in Environmental Health. I subsequently received a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. I worked for the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston for 13 years. I resigned in 2013 to begin a vacation rental business and spend more time at home with my wife and girls. I met my wife, Marcie, in the North End of Boston. Marcie is a technical project manager in the field of software engineering in the financial services sector. We live with our two girls, Ava Mae (9 years old) and Sadie (6 years old), at on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport.

Justin Mierz purchased this Apartment in 2012

Why Justin Mierz chose Rockport

This property has been in the family for generations. For many years, my grandmother operated the Lobster in the Rough restaurant in what is now the Mariner. At the same time, my grandfather ran Roy Moore Lobster Company. The condo space was renovated in 2012 by my mother and step-father. Marcie and I bought the condo and in 2013 opened the Mariner vacation rental.

What makes this Apartment unique

The Mariner is a very fun place to stay on a Rockport vacation for adults and children because of its location on Bearskin Neck and Bradley Wharf. Guests get to enjoy a panoramic view of Rockport Harbor - including Motif #1, known to be the most often painted building in America. Restaurants, ice cream shops, boutiques, eclectic shops, and local artists' galleries are steps away... and fresh-cooked lobster is always available downstairs.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Downtown
            • Ocean View
              Panoramic views of Rockport Harbor
            • Oceanfront
              Bradley Wharf is steps outside the back door.
            • Village
              Rockport is a picturesque New England seaside town.


                • Adventure
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Iron & Board
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          A parking spot is located across Front Beach, about 0.4 mile and short walk through downtown.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  The kitchen bar also has 3 bar stools.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Deck / Patio


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • library
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • festivals
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • swimming

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              53 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              A Peaceful Sanctuary in Historic Rockport

                                                              Holly R.

                                                              A friend and I stayed in the Mariner for a weekend writing retreat, and this was one of the nicest condos I've ever rented through HomeAway. There is a stellar view of Rockport Harbor, with its fishing boats and Motif #1 (a red fishing shack painted by many artists), and it's located within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and beaches. We didn't use our car once the entire weekend. I loved this place!

                                                              lovely lovely VRBO

                                                              lorel Z.United States

                                                              beautiful space; well-kept; helpful owner

                                                              beautiful setting - lovely Rockport!

                                                              and easy trips to Gloucester to round out the short vacation....

                                                              Terrific accomodations and service!

                                                              Heidi M.

                                                              The Mariner is a wonderful home away from home on Bearskin Neck. The condo is beautiful and very well maintained. Everything you could possibly need is there and Justin is very helpful if there are questions about anything. We highly recommend The Mariner.

                                                              Quintessential New England

                                                              Beth B.

                                                              The perfect picture of New England. Boats in the harbor, fishermen loading early to sail out, bringing their catch back to the wharf after the day at sea. An endearing vision that leaves me longing for my next return. The Mariner puts you right in the middle of it all. It is amazingly appointed & lacks nothing you would need to thoroughly enjoy your stay and the panoramic view is to die for. Situated on Bearskin Neck, quaint shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants are just a few steps from your front door. Roy Moore Lobster Company, which is a must eat, is literally right over the rail, and the guys who work there are an absolute trip! The parking is offsite, which is a slight inconvenience, but the walk to your vehicle is pleasant. Be sure to watch the sunrise at the point, you won't be disappointed. All in all, a truly incredible visit that left me with nothing more than an even greater love for the area.

                                                              A great stay in a great location.

                                                              Thomas M.

                                                              A great stay in a great location.


                                                              Linda M.

                                                              Amazing views. Every detail was thought about in the kitchen cabinets. Immaculate clean. Great mattresses. Beautiful linen. The ONLY two things that gave it 4 stars were being up above a restaurant noisy... so windows needed to be closed and trucks coming in late at night for delivery and I think garbage pick up. Finally it did not bother us but if you are old it is a bit of a "walk" to the parking so if it were raining or if you are unable to walk a bit that may be an issue. However, the location, view and unit were just wonderful.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you, Linda, for the review. It was a pleasure hosting you and Margaret!

                                                              I think it’s important to clarify a couples statements made regarding our neighbor - Roy Moore Lobster Company - and their deliveries to avoid misconceptions for future guests. First, their trash is most always picked up in the mornings because the driver prefers to not navigate Bearskin Neck and Bradley Wharf during the day when it’s busy with people. Moreover, picking up trash “late at night” would prove to be difficult in the darkness of Bradley Wharf. Secondly, Roy Moore Lobster Company closes at 6:00 PM. After cleaning up, the guys are usually gone by 8:00 PM. There are *usually* no deliveries “late at night” because Roy Moore is closed and there is nobody there to accept late night deliveries. Also, to be specific, the walk to the reserved parking space is about 0.4 miles or about a 10 minute walk. Parking for non-residents is nearly non-existent on Bearskin Neck/Bradley Wharf.


                                                              Rockport, MA, USA

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