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5 Best Beaches on Martha's Vineyard

Sunset on Martha's Vineyard beach

The beaches of Martha’s Vineyard are some of the most beautiful in the country. These beaches attract everyone from celebrities to weekend warriors. Here are our picks for the 5 Best Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard:

East Beach

Sandals on Beach in Martha's VineyardLocated on the island of Chappaquiddick, this remote beach receives less traffic than many of the other beaches on the island but it is definitely worth the trip. East Beach offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic, big waves and plenty of privacy. It is also great for bird watching. This beach is accessible by car, bike or the Chappy Ferry out of Edgartown (see ferry info here). Beach admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 15 and under.

Katama Beach (South Beach)

South Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Martha’s Vineyard – and for good reason! This three-mile long barrier beach is about 4 miles south of downtown Edgartown at the end of Katama Road. The waves here are typically pretty large, making South Beach great for surfing. You easily can drive to South Beach and there is plenty of parking, or you can take the Vineyard Transit Authority bus from Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

More commonly known as simply “State Beach,” this 2-mile stretch of soft sand runs along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. State Beach is popular for families, especially with young children, thanks to its calm, warm waters and free parking. There is lifeguard coverage on the Edgartown end of the beach. This beach is famous as the setting for many of the beach scenes in Jaws.

Menemsha Public Beach

Gay Head Cliffs on Martha's VineyardThis north-island beach is located in the historic fishing village of Menemsha, which still receives fresh deliveries of locally caught seafood every day. Menemsha Beach faces the calm waters of Vineyard Sound, which gives beach-goers beautiful views of the Cuttyhunk and the other Elizabeth Islands. This is one of the absolute best places on the island to catch a sunset!

Menemsha Beach has limited parking and public showers and restrooms. It is a short walk to great restaurants, shopping and fish markets.

Moshup Public Beach

Aquinnah’s public beach is arguably the most scenic on the island, thanks to its views of the stunning Gay Head Cliffs, a national landmark. At times, Moshup has very large waves, making this a popular surf-spot on the southern end of the island. Moshup tends to have smaller crowds because it is located “up-island,” which is more rural than the down-island towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.

Spring 2017: Things To Do On Martha's Vineyard For Children

Springtime on Martha's Vineyard is beautiful and the community is bursting with excitement for the upcoming summer season. Here are some great things to do on Martha's Vineyard for families with children. From children's movies to 5Ks, there are events for all ages and interests this spring.


Nature Scavenger Hunt

During the week of Massachusetts' April spring break, the Oak Bluffs Public Library will host a scavenger hunt for children of all ages. This family-friendly event takes place Tuesday-Saturday beginning at 10 am. Prizes are awarded to all who complete the hunt.


April Vacation Family Movie

The West Tisbury Free Public Library will host a Family Movie and Teen Movie viewing every afternoon from April 18-21 at 1 pm. This is a great way to meet other families on Martha's Vineyard.


Pinkletink 5K Run/Walk

The MV Hurricanes Youth Running Club will hold the Pinkletink Pace 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 29, 2017. This event is open to participants of all ages and proceeds will be donated to the Xuchang Orphanage in China. The race will begin at the West Chop Club on 162 Iroquois Ave, Vineyard Haven. The course winds through the lovely neighborhoods of West Chop and offers participants beautiful ocean views.

Click here for race sign up and additional details.


Annual Pink and Green Weekend 2017 (May 12-15)

A weekend-long celebration of Mother's Day and Spring will once again take place in Edgartown. This event will feature a wide range of family-friendly activities including Mother's Day Brunch and tours of historic Edgartown, MA. Find out more information, here.

 

Looking Back: 2016 Was A Great Year For Martha's Vineyard Real Estate

2016 was a spectacular year on Martha's Vineyard – the weather was beautiful and the local economy continued to flourish. Here at Ocean Park Realty, 2016 was a record year for both Sales and Rentals! Our agents have been hard at work for our clients. Contact us to see how our team can help you make the most of your next Martha's Vineyard real estate transaction.

View the 2016 Martha's Vineyard Real Estate Sales Summary

2 Can't-Miss New Construction Homes in Oak Bluffs

6 Coral Avenue, Oak Bluffs MA

This newly constructed home is located in the lovely residential neighborhood of East Chop in Oak Bluffs. This residence has 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, so it is perfect for a large family or those who like to entertain guests. 2 of these bedrooms and bathrooms are part of master suites located on the first and second floors. The kitchen features custom cabinetry and stone countertops.

This is a beautiful home located in one of Martha's Vineyard's most desirable neighborhoods. Contact Ocean Park Realty today for more information!

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25 Dreamers Way, Oak Bluffs MA

The residence at 25 Dreamers Way in Oak Bluffs is currently being constructed and once finished will be a thing of beauty. This home will have gorgeous wood floors and a modern kitchen equipped with all of the latest appliances and technology. The lot is south facing and gets plenty of sunshine. The pictures below are representative of what 25 Dreamers Way will look once complete. Stay tuned for more info and contact Broker Marilyn Moses for details.

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5 Holiday Activities on Martha's Vineyard for Families

Christmas tableWhile Martha’s Vineyard is well-known for its beautiful beaches and summertime activities, locals know that the island comes alive with the magic of the holiday season.

Here are 5 festive things to do on Martha’s Vineyard Vineyard during the holidays:

Christmas In Edgartown

Christmas in Edgartown has been voted Best of the Vineyard for the last three years for good reason. This year, the weekend of festivities takes place from Dec. 9-11 and will feature family favorites like photos with Santa at the Harbor View, the 24th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at the Edgartown School, the Christmas In Edgartown Parade, and the  Family Dance-O-Rama at the Vineyard Square Hotel.

Decorate Gingerbread Houses

Join the folks at the Vineyard Haven Public Library to decorate gingerbread houses on Thurs. 12/15 from 3:30-4:30pm. This popular annual event is free open to children 5 years and older.

Wintery Songs In Eleventy Part Harmony

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and 88.7FM have partnered to bring you a musical performance featuring singer/songwriter Jennifer Kimball and friends performing a medley of classic secular and spiritual songs. This event is perfect for all ages and is a great way to get in the spirit of the season. This event will take place Dec. 17 at 7:30pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven.

Winter Solstice Stargazing

Welcome in the official start of the winter season by stargazing at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Wed. 12/21 from 6-8pm. This free event will feature a local astronomer to point out constellations and delicious holiday snacks and drinks.

Winter Scavenger Hunts

The Oak Bluffs Public Library will host a scavenger hunt for children, both readers and non-readers, with prizes for everyone who completes the challenge. This is a great event for children during December break. This event will take place Tues. 12/27 from 10am-7:30pm.

Spring Time on Martha's Vineyard

Ocean Park Realty

Summer of 2016

Blog written by: Joanna FairchildMartha's Vineyard park

 

It’s May, and while it has been a cold start to our Island season we are finally beginning to see flowers blooming and leaves popping.  The Lilacs, a sure sign of summer days ahead are in full bloom.  Another sign, according to local fishermen, is the return of the stripe bass. The shops on Circuit Avenue, Main Streets in Edgartown and Vineyard Haven that were dormant all winter are busy getting ready for their openings.   Some of the popular restaurants in Oak Bluffs, like Red Cat, Fat Ronnie’s, Back Door Donuts and Look Out, to name a few, have opened to a brisk business.  Those of us who stayed throughout the winter were not without plenty of options, but it is always fun and exciting to have more choices on where to dine. Everywhere you look folks are working in their yards or spring cleaning.  Last year alone tourists brought over $150,000 million in revenue so it is important to put our best effort forward. 

 

Oak Bluffs is gallantly holding its own these days.  Between the upscale restaurants, million dollar homes, a state of the art library, a new Bowling Alley, Farm Neck Golf Course, major events like Illumination Night and the end of summer fireworks led our rental office to sell out August right after the New Year.  OB has waterfront beaches, four different ferries running all summer, a public transportation hub, exciting harbor activity, the historic and fairy book campground of over 300 cottages, restaurants of every type, the oldest carousel in the country and even a designated Art District. All these appealing amenities showcase Oak Bluffs, the Victorian town by the sea,  making the town one of the most popular spots to rent and buy a home.

The real estate market continues to show a strong surge in sales.  We are urging people who have thought about putting their home on the market to think about it before the summer influx.  Inventory is low, especially for the first time homebuyers who are eagerly hoping to find a home in the $400,000 to $600,000 range.  Ocean Park Realty has seen more first time homebuyers this year due to the advantage of the low lending rates still in effect and of course buying into a sound investment. Oak Bluffs, Marthas Vineyard

Many projects are in the process of completion as we get ready for the upcoming season.  Oak Bluffs famous for its parks, completed the renovation of historic Niantic Park as well as the Sailing Camp’s development of over 15 acre walking trails available to all members of the community from dawn to dusk.  The new Fire and EMS Station safeguarding Oak Bluffs is now operating as one department.  The North Bluff seawall replacement and boardwalk project is scheduled to be completed by the end of June, providing better protection against storms and surges

The town is also working on major beach nourishment projects and bought a beach rake to enhance and maintain the local beaches.  The 10 year construction project of the Lagoon Pond Drawbridge will finally be completed by July 4th and once again both residents and visitors alike will enjoy the new open space, landscaping and waterfront access under and around the bridge.

On Island we consider April, May & June our shoulder season and one of the industries that keep the atmosphere alive and well is the destination weddings.  Out of the 300-400 weddings a year that we host on Marth’s Vineyard, most of them are planned in the spring and fall months, taking advantage of the lower hotel rates, accessible cottage rentals and easier access to ferry reservations.  Call our rental department at 508-693-3037 for favorable rates and availability.

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    2015 Real Estate Insight: Martha's Vineyard & Oak Bluffs

    Here you'll find the latest real estate data for Martha's Vineyard for 2015. We have included the Annual Sales Summary and Sales By Quarter for both the entire island and Oak Bluffs. If you have any questions about the Martha's Vineyard real estate market or are interested in buying property in Oak Bluffs and the surrounding towns, please don't hesitate to contact our team here at Ocean Park Realty - We would love to hear from you!

    Martha's Vineyard Real Estate Market Data 2015

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      Oak Bluffs, MA Martha's Vineyard Sold on Thursday Dec 18, 2014

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the new owners of this wonderful property in Oak Bluffs, Tower Ridge!

      Sold for $950,000 8 Puritan Drive by Marilyn Moses !

      Oak Bluffs: Move right into this custom built home in PRISTINE CONDITION! Offering 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths!  GAMBREL STYLE HOME LOCATED IN TOWER RIDGE ON A 1.20 ACRE LOT SHORT BIKE RIDE TO TOWN!  Home is amazingly SPACIOUS THROUGHOUT! Gourmet kitchen with granite counters ..  Bright airy open floor plan, great room with gas fireplace .. First floor Master suite.. The second floor offers 4 comfortable bedrooms, full tiled bathroom and a 1 bedroom studio apartment! Incredible finished basement offering an additional 1446 sq ft..Plus a 784 square foot workshop under the 2 car garage! INVESTMENT POTENTIAL FOR RENTALS & large families ! MATURE PLANTINGS AND LUSH LANDSCAPING THROUGHOUT! GORGEOUS THROUGHOUT! MUST SEE!

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        Christmas in Edgartown Saturday December 13,2014..Deck the Halls, Eggnog, Finger Foods, Ocean Park Realty in Edgartown...Cheers!

        “Deck the Halls and Celebrate the Holiday Season at

        Ocean Park Realty

        In Edgartown!

        Open House
        Saturday December 13, 2014
        2:00 PM - 4:00 PM…

        Eggnog, Wine & Spirits, finger foods, hot chocolate and cookies! 

        For more information Call Marilyn Moses   617-462-0381

        or  email marilynmoses@oceanparkmv.com

        Office Address:

        Mariner’s Landing

        256A Unit #1

        PO Box 1222

        Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road

        Live the Lifestyle...Live on the Vineyard!

        Live the Lifestyle...Live on the Vineyard: By Leslie Kidwell, Realtor at Ocean Park Realty,.

        Live the Lifestyle

        A lifestyle unique and all its own is just off the coast of Massachusetts, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Vineyard Sound. It offers everything from private waterfront retreats, the serenity of coastal living, sprawling farms, and the seclusion of up island heath land. All with arguably the most beautiful beaches and superb yachting on the East Coast. Island living offers its homeowners an upscale idyllic environment. Live on the water, live in one of our historic towns or live a rustic rural lifestyle. They are all the life on the Vineyard.

        Live on the Vineyard

        Martha's Vineyard is well known for its historic past, as well as the structures and institutions found around the island. Nestled in Edgartown harbor, are whaling captains' white homes in Greek revival and Federal styles. Arts and Culture thrive on Martha's Vineyard. Authors, painters, sculptors, dancers, and filmmakers infuse the Island communities with a vibrant cultural life. More than a dozen public galleries display an eclectic mix of work by internationally renowned and island artist. Sail, bike, golf, kayak and hike on "the Vineyard". Then dine at some of the finest restaurants on the east coast. Live the lifestyle...live on the Vineyard.

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