On the Market: A Candy-Colored Martha’s Vineyard Cottage
Serving a slice of sunny cheer at a coveted Oak Bluffs campground.
25 Butler Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Size: 787 square feet
You can’t look at this seasonal pink Victorian gem and not smile. First built in 1870, the latest renovations included a 2017 repainting of the tongue and groove pine walls, which fit together like puzzle pieces. And just how to describe that exterior color? Cotton candy? Bubblegum?
“It reminds me a piece of birthday cake,” the homeowner says. “It’s just visually so delightful.”
With white filigree-like wood detailing that you’d swear was cake icing, expect lots of neighbors to breeze by and chat about the house’s charm. “We joke that when we purchased the pink house, we didn’t know it would come with friends,” the homeowner says of the neighborhood. The house is one of 312 Victorian-era cottages in the tight-knit Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, which has welcomed families every summer for over the last 150 years. The homeowners love the area so much they’re not going far—just seven doors down to a bigger home for their expanding family.
Past its pink exterior, the inside is sugar-white, with refinished pine floors and wood detailing throughout. While the campground may be a gingerbread village of candy colors, Victorian structures are often dark inside. This home, though, lightens things up. The picture window at the side of the house, while not original, is the only one of its kind in the campground and floods the living room with light. Three arched gothic doors—one at the front, one at the side, and one leading from the main bedroom to the front balcony—open to welcome warm breezes and sunshine. The stained glass window of the second-floor guest room, which opens with a hinge out onto a small side balcony, looks almost like a hard candy confection.
Inside, the first level includes the living room flanked by that picture window, along with a dining room, bathroom, and kitchen with its angled roof and exposed beams. Upstairs, sloped ceilings crown the main and guest bedrooms. Outside, recent improvements include adding a brick patio to the backyard and a new stone alleyway.
One parking spot is available to lease from the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, though you can just as easily skip the wheels—the grocery store, playground for the kiddos, restaurants, and more are just a quick walk from this sweet spot.
For information, contact Lisa Lucier, Anchor Realty, anchorrealtymv.com.
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