Chappy Chic sold at $399,000!

by Idalyn Macchia Gilstad

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This utterly adorable Chappaquiddick retreat sold this month to a family that already knows the ins and outs of Chappy and loves it!  Abutting acres of Landbank property, near several beaches and downtown Edgartown, this home is convenient and affordable. Updates include new granite and cherry kitchen counters, new  stainless appliances, new wood floors throughout, new paint, new doors, new electrical, new chimney cap, new outdoor shower and “dog house” basement entry, new outdoor lighting. Open concept living with high beamed ceilings and a gorgeous raised hearth fireplace for gathering. What a great property!


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Designed by a well known Cambridge architect, this contemporary post and beam structure, with partitions and movable screens, form a nest of discrete rooms and overlapping spaces. Meticulous craftsmanship is apparent throughout.  Floors are oak, trim is pine, kitchen cabinets are cherry, beams are fir and first story ceilings are mango plywood.  The home affords easy access to the Lagoon and abuts both Land Bank and Sheriffs Meadow conservation land.  This very unique home is situated off a country lane on over 2 wooded acres and is within walking distance to town.

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When you visit anywhere, you usually have an expectation or supposition about what to expect. When you visit the Bahamas you expect steel drums and white, sandy beaches. When you visit Orlando, you expect a big mouse, Disney princesses, and roller coasters. And when you visit Martha’s Vineyard, you expect… well, what do you expect?

What I expected was all wrong. And I couldn’t be more pleased about that.

I grew up in southern Florida just north of Palm Beach in a little town called Stuart. I grew up just north of where the rich and famous vacation and play. Palm Beach is an island and has a reputation and an air of exclusivity about it. Martha’s Vineyard is an island. It definitely has a reputation of exclusivity about it. And, for me, that’s where the similarities end.

In my mind, Martha’s Vineyard was full of McMansions built and occupied by the wealthy elite like the duPonts, Vanderbilts, and Kennedys. In my mind, everyone lived like the Great Gatsby and hosted lavish cocktail parties all season long. In my mind, the women wore nothing but the latest Lily Pulitzer dresses and the men wore nothing but seersucker suits. Don’t get me wrong… I know in the Cape that exists. And I’m sure it does on Martha’s Vineyard somewhere. But the Martha’s Vineyard I’ve seen so far is so much better than I ever could have imagined.

The island consists of basically six distinct towns, each with their own unique personality and opportunities. The areas are Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah. The vibe and feeling on this island are nothing short of relaxed and wonderful. I took my first drive across the entire island and was amazed at the beauty and diversity of the Vineyard.

In addition to what you’d expect, there are some, for me, unexpected wonderful surprises. There are working farms, farm stands, and farmers markets across the island. There are old school general stores that have everything you need. Think Target before Target even existed but obviously smaller. A lot of the general stores even stock locally grown produce and products.

“Support local, buy local” is a big deal here, which is evident by the fact that there is only one chain restaurant on the island, a Dairy Queen, and it’s been here for more than 20 years. It’s a part of the community as are the locally owned and operated establishments. It never ceases to amaze me the number of shops and restaurants available to island residents and visitors, some of which are only open seasonally.

I am very fortunate that I was offered an opportunity to work at Viewpoints Realty this summer. I am spending my summer in Vineyard Haven, specifically West Chop. Vineyard Haven and West Chop are on the northern side of the island. Vineyard Haven is the first town you experience when you depart the ferry from Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It hosts a landscape of trees and beach and the New England feel I was so desperately hoping to experience. It’s completely different from the other parts of the island. The majority of homes here are quaint and quintessential New England as the homes are cedar shingled. In West Chop, the majority of homes I’ve seen are large, maybe even sprawling, but not gaudy. Every home is what I pictured and hoped for when picturing my summer home away from home.

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This elegant home located in the heart of the William Street Historic District will grab you the moment you enter the unique doorway. The 2,667 square foot MAIN HOUSE with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms was built by Thomas Barrows in 1840 and has much of its original detail – antique pine flooring on 3 levels, intricate moldings, curved walls, and multiple fireplaces. First floor has front and back parlors, formal dining room, office or small bedroom, full bathroom and kitchen. Second floor has a master bedroom en-suite, two additional bedrooms, full bathroom, and large deck with peek harbor views. Third floor has two rooms with loads of potential and harbor views. In addition there is a 714 square foot 1-bedroom GUEST HOUSE – super charming, built in 2005, all modern amenities. A generous private yard and two garages complete this picture-perfect antique property! Asking price $1,395,000.

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