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Secluded In-Town Wonder: The Best of Both Worlds

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4+ Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Wonderful contemporary passive solar home built in 1980 and designed by an incredible architect here on Martha's Vineyard who was a protege of the iconic 20th century architect, Louis Kahn. This house has 3 floors of fun to discover and explore. There are great places to gather in the house and plenty of places to find peace and solace. The living room has a 42 inch flat screen Sony TV and a Blue Ray and DVD player. Bring your Roku and access your Netflix or Hulu accounts.

There are a total of 4+ bedrooms and 2 baths, one on the 2nd floor and one on the 3rd floor. The huge back yard feels like a rural location rather than being right in town and is an ideal place for kids to have a glorious fun and safe vacation. Walk to the beach and into the village on tree-lined streets to a good cup of coffee, a kid friendly library, several restaurants, ice cream joints and an old fashioned movie theatre as well as a live theatre where some Hollywood greats play at the theatre in summer.

15 MIN. WALK To The Beach With Life Guard.

Perfect floor plan for a wonderful family vacation. Lots of privacy, lots of room. Contemporary well designed kitchen. Unique and comfortable dining room, Family friendly living room with 42' sony TV with NetFlix, Amazon, Comcast and wifi.

There are 4+ bedrooms (3 with Queen size beds, 1

Bunk Bed for 2), 2 baths, a three story solarium, Great for two families. A large yard in the back. A widows walk above the Roof offers sanctuary and a view out over the town steeples. The house is In-Town with a rural feeling.

Within a Ten Minute Walk: Beach, Harbor, Tennis, coffee shops, movies, summer theater, a health club and half a dozen wonderful restaurants.

Dynamic and Peaceful: at the Heart of the Island - Delightful and Young at Heart.


Pets considered.

Bruce and his family loved it!

My wife and I were talking again today about our wonderful stay at your home in Vineyard Haven last August. The home is unique, truly the perfect place to stay while visiting Martha's Vineyard. We so enjoyed being within walking distance of downtown and Owen Park Beach that became our favorite beach on the island -- and we visited lots of them. Our now 2 year old granddaughter Lilah still talks about the visit and always points out the toys that we bought there and wants to see slide shows and movies of our visit, pointing our your son Nathaniel every time. The Perception Sailing Trip was also a highlight of our visit, a ride no one should miss if they have the opportunity.

If we ever decide to stay on the Vineyard again, I'm sure your home will be at the top of our list of places to stay.


What Lisa Says:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your home and absolutely loved the roof and watching the stars! The design of the home is fun, different and there was lots of sleeping space for everyone.

We have rented on the island for about 12 years now and it was nice to stay in an untraditional home; I loved the feeling of being in a boat! Walking to town and the beach in five minutes was great too.

We aren't sure of plans yet for next summer but will be in touch.


Lisa from summer 2008

Design Notes from the Architect:

This home gives renters a chance to experience a thoughtful Vineyard home that they never forget it. As a student of Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania , James Weisman, the owner and designer of the Look Street House learned about the power of architecture to enhance a sense of wonder through creating places of well-being. This home is one of the most exceptional homes on Martha's Vineyard. It is a place of wonder that allows many people to have a quality time with variety and privacy and joy.

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More Details

marta camargo
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2018

About marta camargo

Note: Sadly James Weisman passed away while visiting one of his daughters in Philadelphia on March 1, 2015. His widow Laura is the owner and is still renting her home in summer to vacationers who appreciate this unique home.

Below is what Jamie had written on this site explaining his home and architecture.

"I am One of The Vineyard's insightful Architects, I studied with Louis I. Kahn, subject of the movie, My Architect. Kahn was one of the greats of 20th century architecture and I was in his Master's Class and recieved many awards, grants and medals during my time at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture.

I live with my family in this home in the wintertime and spend the summers when the house is rented living in the harbor on 'Perception', a 50 foot gaff rigged Herressoff Schooner. I row to work in my office adjacent to the Black Dog Tavern.

marta camargo purchased this house in 1980

Why marta camargo chose Vineyard Haven

Because it is unique, fascinating, loved by all, especially children who learn from its architecture; because it is quiet, but in town with an easy walk to the beach and a cup of coffee, the library and the playground, the harbor and the ferry.

I designed and built this house to be a passive solar home in 1980, before solar panels.

What makes this house unique

Being part of the year round community of Vineyard Haven gives you a unique ability to participate in a wonderful way with the Island. You can walk on tree shaded village sidewalks everywhere from beach to an ice cream cone or a cup of coffee or the library to an old fashioned movie theatre with one screen and popcorn. A playground is a few hundred feet away. The home is secluded with fields around the yard in back but just open the front gate in the picket fence, go down the steps and walk down to mainstreet and Owne Park Beach. There are buses nearby that go everywhere on the island and you have the option of just wandering in a magnificent New England town. Owners Speak: English, French, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us come and stay and enjoy your wonderful house! It was such a treat to get out of the urban jungle heat and relax in such a peaceful home. The Vineyard is such a special place to get to spend a week especially in such a convenient and fascinating place.
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vineyard Haven in Dukes County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathroom and laundry on 2nd floor. There is a shower and a clawfoot tub. The toilet is in its own room off the bathroom. On the third floor there is the second bath with a shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Bunk Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Two comfy futons can be placed in rooms for kids
  • Queen size Beds (3), , Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), a small cubby off one bedroom with door and window. All bedrooms have cross ventilation. There is a window AC on the main bedroom on the 2nd and 3rd floors. There is a fan in every room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
5 minute Walk through a New England village to beach, dock and harbor, stop on the way at the bookstore or at a coffee shop. 4 bedrooms plus a cubby: 3 queens, 2 twins, plus 3 single futons to use as you wish. Widows Walk roof deck above the roof. go a movie at our renovated old fashioned movie theater or take in a play at the Vineyard Playhouse or work out in the extensive gym at the Mansion House. Take your kids to the playground at the old elementary school around the corner, play tennis on the public clay courts, shop to your hearts content or fish off the pier or beach. Rent a sailboat or watch the sunset over the boats in the harbor, all within a 10 minute walk through tree lined streets of our quaint New England Town. Or stay at home in the bucolic back yard, surronded with fields and trees. Get in your car or walk to the bus that will take you anywhere on our enchanted island.


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Secluded In-Town Wonder: The Best of Both Worlds
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful house and Superb location

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable time staying in this uniquely and lovingly designed, magically personable house. There were so many delightful and brilliant features to this house - it is truly one of a kind. The house was comfortable and roomy for our two families to work, lounge, read, and gather. The airy, light-filled solarium that soared from ground floor to the third floor - with balconies, a shower, eucalyptus, and fig trees - was enchanting; and we enjoyed the "widow's walk" view from the top of the house. We all agreed that the convenience of being able to walk to shops, ferry, beaches, restaurants in ten minutes was a huge plus. The process of rental was easy, accommodating, helpful, and welcoming. This was our fourth summer rental on MV and it was the best experience.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay in a Special Place

  • 5 of 5

Our two families had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the house immensely. It is like no other place we've ever been and has a truly unique feel, yet also built with practicality in mind. The second floor "outdoor" shower in the solarium is great, as are the little details designed by Jamie who clearly had a love of sailing. Many nautical influences. Love that there are eucalypti trees growing in the solarium and the sun just pours in. Our only complaint is that there is no bathroom on the ground floor, but that wouldn't stop us from renting again. Under 10 minute walk to town, which made everything easier. We would recommend this home.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that the 2 families, each with young kids, had a wonderful experience at our home in Vineyard Haven. There are so many facets to this home that kids enjoy. It is a lot like a big puzzle or lego project for kids. And adults see the value in the design and the practicality in each room.
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A wonderful house that everyone in our family enjoyed.

  • 5 of 5

The most wonderful thing about this house is the rural feel, yet its in the middle of Vineyard Haven close to the Library, Main Street restaurants, entertainment and shopping. You couldn't have a better location. The house itself was interesting and clearly a labor of love by the architect. The kitchen was well designed and easy to cook in, there was a charcoal grill in the backyard along with tables and chairs. The house has three floors, the first has an open floor plan with LR, DR and Kitchen, The bedrooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Each floor having a full bath. Our family was very comfortable here and amazed how cool the house was even without AC. The owner/architect told us that he keeps the house cool with the design which allows hot air to rise up and create cool breezes. We never needed to use the fans that were in each bedroom. The Weisman's were wonderful to deal with regarding our rental details. Our family plans to make our annual pilgrimage to the Vineyard to this house.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Flying Horses Carousel
"The oldest Carousel in America!"
Offshore Ale Company
"Great family and others dining. Informal and delicious. Go at 5pm to avoid the line"
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
"Most Likely the best independent bookstore in America"
Oak Bluffs
"For the longest time, the preeminent Victorian cottage city in America"
Lobster Rolls at Grace Church
"A local tradition. Late Friday afternoon only!"
Mocha Motts -- CLOSED
"Definitely the best coffee place on island. Try their soup or a loaded veggie hummus rollup ..."
Scottish Bakehouse
"Phenomenal bakery with great lunches and tables outside under the trees."
The Net Result
"The best retail and take out seafood on Island"
Linda Jean's Restaurant
"Great for families"
Mad Martha's
"The best icecream"
Steamship Authority
"The ferry to the Island is close by"
Artcliff Diner
"A great resaurant"
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Programs
"good for kids to learn all about the world around us"
Blue Canoe Waterfront Grill -- CLOSED
"excellent hi end restaurant"
Offshore Ale Company
"Great family and others dining. Informal and delicious. Go at 5pm to avoid the line"
Mocha Mott's
Le Grenier French Restaurant -- CLOSED
"Great French restaurant with a street café for steak frites"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Martha's Vineyard Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Oak Bluffs
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Vineyard Haven
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little House
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Owen Park Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off season
3 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2018
29 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £107.53
Refundable Damage Deposit £358.45
Cleaning Fee £179.22

Rentals are Sunday to Sunday. There is a 5% discount for multiple weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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