|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
This lovely, in-town, impeccably renovated 1800's historic Oak Bluffs upstairs apartment 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, and original architectural details, the apartment is truly an oasis in the heart of Oak Bluffs.
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.
The apartment is a very short walk along beautiful Ocean Park from the ferry, a couple of blocks from the islands exceptional transportation system, a couple of blocks to State Beach, a block from exceptional restaurants and bars, practically next door to performances at the Tabernacle or Union Chapel, a block from the Methodist Campgrounds with their spectacular and colorful historic Gingerbread houses, a few blocks from the Harbor with its magnificent sunsets and waterfront restaurants and nightlife, and the ice cream shops, arcade, movie theatres and 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. Oak Bluffs truly has everything, and in my heart is the jewel of Martha's Vineyard Island.
The apartment 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 bedroom with meditation nook and skylight.
The house is very special, with beautiful energy from all the wonderful people who have stayed there and graced its walls and gardens. Up to four people are welcome in this apartment. The living room has a deluxe full height, very comfortable full size air bed.
There may be very carefully selected pets in this rental.
I fell in love with this house the minute I saw it. It took me a full winter to be able to be able to call it my own, because when I made the offer the owner was concerned about disappointing someone else, though they had was no contract at all. She was so kind, she spent a few months trying to find this person, who was out of the country and difficult to track down. In the meantime, 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 she had MV ties, but I instantly adored her and her work and hired her on the spot and sent her here to do a massage. 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 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.
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 14 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 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 movie theater down the street calls to them from time to time as well!
Sharon Strimling purchased this apartment in 2000
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!
My husband and I spent a weekend away in the fall. The upstairs apartment was cozy and perfect for the two of us and the location was fantastic. We were close to all of our favorite places!
Sharon is a fantastic person who went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect including the welcome "goodies " she provided.
We hope to come back again in 2013! Thanks!
Wonderful place in the middle of oak bluff, walking distance to everything in the area. 2nd floor very clean and nicely done, good mix of rustic charm and new. The Bed is increadible by the way!
Sweet little spot in a great location, literally steps from the best of Oak Bluffs. Sharon is a great host and on top of everything. She goes the extra mile to see that you have a great time and all the comforts of home. Perfect for a romantic getaway as my wife and I were spending our anniversary. Highly recommended.
My husband and I previously stayed in the downstairs unit with our son, and we had a really wonderful, memorable trip that inspired us to come back. So, this summer, since we’re childfree, we decided to rent the upstairs unit. The accommodations were just perfect for the two of us, with plenty of space to hang out together and/or do our own thing if we wanted (e.g., my husband watched TV in the living room while I read in bed).
Notably, Sharon attends to every detail, both functionally and aesthetically. She ensures that guests have all the amenities they may need, including two baskets of toiletries in the bathroom closet in case one forgets sunscreen, lotion, etc. Also, for example, we made breakfast every morning and the kitchen is well stocked with utensils and dishes.
Lastly, Sharon is incredibly responsive to any questions that guests may have. We asked a few questions and she responded in a very timely manner. However, I should note that ALL of the info we needed was actually in the materials we received prior to our stay and was provided on the kitchen table in booklet form. Next time, we’ll be sure to read everything thoroughly before picking up the phone to text!! :-)
My husband and I left on Monday and are already looking forward to returning next year. We couldn't ask for a better place to stay in terms of location, space/amenities, and owner!!!
Our 2nd year at this property. Great location !!
My wife and I came here for part of our honeymoon. We had stayed in a hotel on Nantucket for a few days before getting to Matha's Vineyard and were so relieved to have a little more space in the upstairs unit. The upstairs unit was the perfect size for our needs. It was great to use the deck on nice evenings and retreat to the living room or bedroom to hang out and relax. Sharon keeps the place in immaculate condition and has everything you need to enjoy your stay. On top of that the house is mere feet away from all the amenities of Oak Bluffs.
We enjoyed exploring Oak Bluffs as well as the other towns on Matha's Vineyard which are all very accessible from the town. It's definitely on our list to come back and we would plan to stay here again!
The apartment is fabulous--great location! Easily fit a family of 3. Very bright with tons of natural light. We never heard the downstairs tenants.
Sharon is great! Quickly responded to questions. Helpful booklet on where to eat on the island. Thank you Sharon!
This apartment is a very short walk along beautiful Ocean Park from the ferry, a couple of blocks from the islands exceptional transportation system, a couple of blocks to State Beach, a block from exceptional restaurants and bars, practically next door to performances at the Tabernacle or Union Chapel, a block from the Methodist Campgrounds with their spectacular and colorful historic Gingerbread houses, a few blocks from the Harbor with its magnificent sunsets and waterfront restaurants and nightlife, and the ice cream shops, arcade, movie theatres and 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.
Oak Bluffs truly has everything, and in my heart is the jewel of Martha's Vineyard Island.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Check-in is at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 10:00 am.