Property Crush

There’s a Mini Victorian for Sale on Martha’s Vineyard — and It’s Brimming with Vintage Charm

published Jun 24, 2021
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The details

  • Address: 19 Butler Ave., Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
  • Price: $605,000
  • Size: 646 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 0.5
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Why we have a crush on this property

If the first day of summer hasn’t prompted you to dream of gentle sea breezes, then this impossibly adorable cottage for sale on an island will. Nestled in Martha’s Vineyard’s historic gingerbread cottage cluster, this 1870 mini Victorian brims with vintage charm.

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The home is part of a historic community called the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, a grouping of more than 300 antique gingerbread-style homes in the town of Oak Bluffs. The colorful neighborhood dates back to the early 1800s — it was formed as a religious camp, and the cottages are built around a central tabernacle. Now, the area is a National Historic Landmark District mostly inhabited by seasonal residents.

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From the outside, this 646-square-foot house flaunts lots of little embellishments. Scalloped trim, arched windows, a tiny covered porch, and other decorative elements make for a welcoming entrance. The pint-sized magic continues inside as the front door opens to a small living area with ample seating, exposed ceiling beams, and so many opportunities for displaying art. The floors here are painted a muted lime green, while white-washed wood walls lend airiness to the otherwise tiny space. 

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Beyond the living room, a colorful kitchen with a seafoam green Smeg fridge and blue-painted floors opens to a small dining nook brightened by an overhead chandelier. The home’s two compact bedrooms, meanwhile, boast cathedral ceilings. And while the place only offers one small half-bathroom, an outdoor shower (a Cape and Islands summer favorite) has your post-beach day bathing needs covered.

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A back door off the kitchen leads to a patio and a good-sized backyard. It’s all steps from the water and many of Oak Bluffs’ main thoroughfares. The jewel of a home is listed for $605,000 by Helena Kirschenbaum with RE/MAX On Island.

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