Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Perfect location! By Beach, Harbor & Town! Gorgeous Gingerbread Upstairs Aptmt

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 55 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1.25 Baths (Sleeps 4 w/ airbed in living rm)

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.

House Story:

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Sharon Strimling
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

About Sharon Strimling

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

Why Sharon Strimling chose Martha's Vineyard

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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!
Sep 2012
  • 1 of 5

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • One high-quality queen bed in bedroom. One deluxe, full-height queen airbed for living room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Small Cooler
  • wooden decking
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Patio with outdoor shower, designer outdoor fireplace, hot tub all available to upstairs guests during daylight hours only. After dark, they are private to the downstairs. However, the upstairs does have its own private deck with gas grill.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

91% Complete
8% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Perfect location! By Beach, Harbor & Town! Gorgeous Gingerbread Upstairs Aptmt
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 29 reviews
5

Lovely, cozy space; excellent location; super charming building

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Cozy, lovely, convenient.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Lovely flat in the heart of Oak Bluffs

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautifully appointed unit with charm to spare and plenty of space for the two of us. The location was very central, which also meant that there was plenty of road and other noise from pedestrians. This is the only reason I give this property only 4 stars. It is minutes away from shopping, restaurants, the harbor area, the beach and ferry landing. There are wonderful idyllic neighborhoods for walking and enjoying the unique architecture and history of this area.

Sharon is very attentive and gives very detailed and helpful instructions regarding the property, parking, getting there and for the area. She also surprised us with various welcome treats. Unlike other VRBOs we have stayed in, this felt like a true home and not a rental unit.

As first timers to Martha's Vineyard (MV), we arrived by private vehicle, which I would not do the next time we visit. There is fantastic public transport by bus, rental bikes and plenty of taxis if you want to reach more obscure places. You can get to MV by ferry from near the T.F Green airport in Providence Rhode Island. We will definitely be back! We would highly recommend this unit as a comfortable home base for your vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
4

Fantastic location and great pet friendly rental

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic location in Oak Bluffs, convenient to everything you want to see and eat. The oak bluffs beach and park area is about a 5-10 minute walk. Great restaurants within a 2 minute walk, and shops just as close. Amenities were decent, small kitchenette, and bathroom but get the job done. The deck is great. Wish there was an AC unit closer to the bedroom as it was unseasonably warm and the apt was a bit stuffy the first day. But that cleared up with the AC unit in living room and the opening of windows in a few hours and we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our trip. Working with the owner was simple and we highly recommend this rental. We look forward to returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
5

Wonderful location, charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
palm beach gardens, fl
5

quaint, beachy, comfy,great location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
West Roxbury
5

Can't wait to return...AGAIN

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.06 Miles
Offshore Ale
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Oak Bluffs
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Farm Neck
Nearest Restaurant
0.06 Miles
Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
State Beach
Car: not necessary

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.

Photos

Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Oct/Nov 2017
8 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$248
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$376
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas & New Years 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$376
A$2,414
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
May/June 2018
24 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
A$376
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$580
A$3,816
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Aug 2018
27 Jul 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$631
A$4,070
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Aug 2018
27 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$580
A$3,816
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Sept 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
A$508
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest
 
Oct 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
A$432
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$248
From
A$287
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$101.92
Cleaning A$184.73
Refundable Damage Deposit A$637

Check-in is at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 10:00 am.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Contact Manager
Available
Unavailable

Other Holiday Properties