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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.

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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

        Real Estate & Weddings on the Vineyard

        Real Estate & Weddings on the Vineyard

        By Joanna Fairchild, Sales Agent Ocean Park Realty & Wedding Planner, JF Weddings & Events

        Next week is the busiest week of the summer between the Agricultural Fair in West Tibsury and Illumination night to the annual Fireworks Display in Oak Bluffs. It's a time most of us who live and work here begin to take a sigh of relief and know that we can return to business at hand. Not to take a back seat to summer but September, October and November are just as busy in the real estate market and the wedxding industry as the heat of summer. While, everyone is aware of the active real estate market on the Island not everyone knows that allegedly Marthas Vineyard is the second largest wedding destination next to Las Vegas. As a real estate sales agent with Ocean Park Realty and an independent wedding planner I can speak to both markets. There actually is a segue between the two. Many of the weddings book rental homes in Oak Bluffs where some of the vacation homes can sleep anywhere between 8-16 guests it is less expensive option then hotels rooms. One of the reasons the weddings take place mostly in the Spring and Fall is due to the fact that it is not only easier to get here sans the summer crowds but often the room rates and rentals are more reasonable. Oak Bluffs has over over a hundred rooms to offer with Inns such as the Wesley Inn, Madison Inn, Oak Bluffs Inn, Narragansett House, Admiral Benbow Inn (listed with Ocean Park for sale) for guests to book in addition to our many rental listings for vacation homes. While Island wide there are many venues to choose from Brides do not have to look further then Oak Bluffs for exceptional ceremony and reception locations. The East Chop Lighthouse overlooking the Nantucket Sound has been the site for more then 25  wedding ceremonies this year alone. The Tabernacle and Union Chapel plus the availability of six more churches of all denominations are possible as well.  Couples who prefer an elopement or more intimate wedding can book a charter ton the Sea Witch a floating B&B Dreamland and Lolas are all amazing wedding venues and have the unique distinction of a late night curfew due to entertainment licenses that allow them to play music until 1am as opposed to 8-10pm curfew Island wide. The Sailing Camp and Farm Neck are also popular reception choices for those who dont mind an earlier evening. Whether it is real estate or wedding planning both require precise attention to details and we specialize in making those visions come true.

        Summer Fun on Martha's Vineyard!

        Happy Fourth of July!

        Wow! Today is July 2 , 2014 and it is about 81 degrees in Oak Bluffs and very windy. State Beach is definitely showing signs that summer is here on Martha's Vineyard! There are many cars, SUVs, trucks with licenses plates from all over CT, NY, Maryland, Florida, Texas and Florida! I love the Fourth of July because every year my sister Martha and brother in law David visit the island... we go to State Beach, boutique shopping in Edgartown... then back to Oak Bluffs and visit Nancy's on the Oak Bluffs Harbor for some seafood and a sunset cocktail! Of course all the people watching along the harbor and campground cottages is always intriguing! This year is extra special since my entire family is celebrating Martha and David's 30th wedding anniversary! My folks also known as Mimi and Poppi have been preparing food for the special barbecue celebration! Wishing everyone and their families a safe, healthy and Happy fourth of July! If Tropical storm Arthur travels up the coast on Friday please feel free to stop by Ocean Park Realty located at 69 Circuit Avenue to see many affordable homes! There are 2 super terrific move in readyhomes under $420,000! Stop by or contact Marilyn for a private showing! Check out our homes for sale on Martha's Vineyard here. Enjoy everyone! Marilyn Moses 617-462-0381 marilynmoses@oceanparkmv.com [gallery ids="109,110"]

        TOP 15 Things to do on Martha's Vineyard (Photo credit, author, Malerie Yolen-Cohen)

        One summer, in the early 1970s, my brother and I were biking from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard when we came upon a very strange sight. Hundreds of people were on the beach, screaming and splashing in the water in an almost comical way. It seemed like mayhem for no apparent reason. A toothy, wide-mouth mechanical shark sat on a trailer on the sand, and Klieg lights illuminated the already sunlit scene. What the hell was going on, we asked our waitress later that night. "Oh, they're making a movie about a shark," she replied. Of course, that "movie about a shark" was Jaws -- Steven Spielberg's breakout film -- and visitor's can now dip their toes in the water at "Jaw's Beach." But, honestly, the making of Jaws isn't even among the top reasons to visit this appropriately shark-shaped chunk of land just eight miles from Cape Cod. Here's a list of some of the coolest, insider things to do on Martha's Vineyard based on years of personal visits and recommendations from the folks who live here. (For more in-depth recommendations about MV and other Northeast destinations, visit GetawayMavens.com).

         

        1. Check out Martha's Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven on summer Monday nights at 7:30. New play readings sometimes draw your average Hollywood stars, who show up to support their friends. 

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        2. Peruse the boutiques and shops in Vineyard Haven. Midnight Farm is co-owned by Carly Simon who has deep roots on the island, and Night Heron Gallery features one-of-a-kind goods made by local artists. Pick up a bestseller at indie Bunch of Grapes Bookstore where Barak and Michelle Obama publicly purchased their daughters' summer reading list last year. 

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        3. Everyone does it, so go for the brass ring -- on the Oldest Carousel in the World -- the Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs., just $2.50 per ride. 

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        4. Figure on a Photog-Foray to the fairytale enclave of Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs. These delightful mini-homes replaced tents pitched for Methodist summer revivals in the 1700s and were collectively declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978. 

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        5. After a night of partying, grab a mouthwatering Back Door Donut in Oak Bluffs. Co-Owner, Rita Brown, presides over Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery by day, but at night, a "crew of 10 keeps making the donuts until 1am" and sells them at the back door. 

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        6. Zen out in Mytoi in Chappaquiddick, an enchanting 14-acre Japanese garden with walkways, drooping Cherry trees, wooden bridges and the most vocal (some would assume, happy) birds on earth. You need to take the 3-car-3-minute "Chappy Ferry" from Edgartown -- a quaint joy in itself. 

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        7.Tour Chappaquiddick with the Trustees of Reservations. Ride in a jeep or paddle in kayaks to the Cape Poge Lighthouse and other sections of the island, a migratory stop for over a hundred species of birds. 

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        8. Two miles from Vineyard Haven, it's a quick ride to the lush-lash big-eyed stares of 78 alpacas atIsland Alpaca. With necks like swaying stalks, they are both ungainly and delicate after shearing, and sweet enough to cuddle. Island Alpaca has one of the most well stocked alpaca woolens store on the East Coast.

        9. Pay your respects to John Belushi. Many of the original SNL cast members have homes on Martha's Vineyard, but only one is buried here. Visit John Belushi's grave in Abel's Hill Cemetery, Chilmark. 

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        10. Capture the grandeur of a Martha's Vineyard sunset from either the endangered red brick Gay Head Lighthouse, or the spectacular terra cotta colored clay Gay Head Cliffs overlook -- both on the Western end of MV in Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head). 11. Purchase purple and white "wampum" jewelry, sculpted from Quahog shells, at Stony Creek Gifts on the walkway to the Gay Head Cliffs overlook. Simply beautiful, these adornments are the real deal. 

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        12. In the postcard-perfect fishing village of Menemsha, pick up freshly steamed lobster, brothy chowder or stuffed clams from Larsen's Fish Market, then picnic right on the working docks made famous in the movie Jaws

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        13. Order the Crabmeat Guacamole appetizer from Atlantic Restaurant in Edgartown. It's one delicious way to savor the nautical comings and goings of Edgartown harbor. 14. Kimchee Burger at Henry's at the Harbor View Hotel. 'Nuff said. 

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        15. Ask for a beachy-chic waterview room at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, wake up at 5am and watch the Edgartown Lighthouse, right outside your window, turn pink with the sunrise. All will be right with the world. Photo credit, author, Malerie Yolen-Cohen