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House for Sale: Affordable Martha's Vineyard

From there we headed “up island,” as the natives refer to the more rural southwestern half of Martha’s Vineyard, to West Tisbury, which, Jon told us, has wonderful beaches that only town residents and summer renters can use. The seven-room, two bathroom house we looked at (#7), a five-minute drive to one of those beaches, is on a lovely 1.57-acre lot, with a great deck as well as a screened-in porch. Abuts a state forest, too.

On our return drive, Jon pulled into Tisbury Antiques and Interiors and introduced us to the owner, Ann Vincola. She showed us her wares and then introduced us to her fiance, Alan Vottace, a distinguished-looking gentleman. “We were high-school sweethearts 45 years ago,” she said, giving him a hug. Seems they’d just met up again this year after all that time, as well as marriages to others. “This is the girl I should have married,” he said, laughing and hugging her back. Because they intend to live in South Carolina, Ann’s antiques shop (#8) is now available through Jon. The place was jammed with customers the day we were there.

The listing agent for our next property, in Vineyard Haven, was Doug Reece, another friend of Jon’s. He greeted us from the large second-floor deck of a three-level, eight-room house (#9) nestled among oak trees on a small lot that’s also quite close to the harbor. There are nice open living areas on both the first and second floors.

The last place Jon took us to that day was also in Vineyard Haven. It was a four-bedroom farmhouse (#10) with a spacious backyard and a huge eat-in kitchen, located within a 10-minute walk of Tashmoo Pond (a.k.a. Lake Tashmoo). Built in 1950, it was renovated in 2005, with full baths on both the first and second floors.

It was now getting to be late afternoon, but Jon could have continued showing us properties that day. He had plenty more–a few running into the millions. But we were tired and more than ready for a lobster dinner and some rest.

“There are no bad places to live on Martha’s Vineyard,” Jon said as we headed back to Edgartown via picturesque Beach Road. By this time, we didn’t need convincing.

For details, contact Jon Hartzband, P.O. Box 625, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; 508-415-4239;;

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Updated Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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