Widow’s walks. Manicured gardens on historic streets. Fresh catches of fish, clams and oysters, and an iconic lighthouse presiding over all. It would be hard to find a more classic New England seaside community than Edgartown. Close to beach, harbor, shops, great food and (as one of two Island towns where you can purchase alcohol) just the right measure of nightlife, Edgartown offers a perfect blend of serenity and activity.
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The Edgartown Real Estate Market
The oldest as well as the largest and most populous town on Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown savors its colorful maritime past. It was the Island’s first colonial settlement, established on its harbor in 1642. And you can still find many splendid buildings here dating from before the American Revolution. But it was the 19th century that oversaw Edgartown’s lasting legacy of magnificent Victorian mansions, often built by whaling captains.
Of course, whaling was over by the early 20th century. But Edgartown’s historic Village homes and buildings remain, beautifully renovated, in styles ranging from Greek Revival to Cape Cod and Federal. Many were built as summer homes of rare quality, still surrounded by picket fences and immaculate brick walkways, almost all dressed in white per town ordinance.
Today, interested buyers will find that property in Edgartown is more desirable than ever. There’s a wealth of possibilities here, from renovated vintage homes to new construction and striking condos at the Harborview.
The Edgartown Lifestyle
The streets of Edgartown, lined with upscale shops, art galleries and fine dining, were built for casual strolling. Residents and visitors take full advantage of that. It’s true that in the summer when the Island’s year-round population of 17,000 swells to about 200,000, Edgartown can feel busy and crowded. Yet somehow, it has never been “party central.” For that, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Instead, Edgartown offers an easy walk from town to Lighthouse Beach to watch boats—and sometimes sailing yachts—enter and leave the harbor. Close by is the 200-acre Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, just about three miles from downtown. From Edgartown, it’s a five-minute ferry ride on the “On Time” to Chappaquiddick. And just south of town in the sought-after Katama area, there’s three-mile South Beach; for many, it’s a surfer’s paradise.
With its breathtaking mix of town, ocean and sky, painless access by ferry and air, its fascinating history and modern spirit of community, life in Edgartown remains varied, unique and deeply satisfying.
Is Now A Good Time To Buy Real Estate In Edgartown?
Edgartown has grown quite a bit in the past 25 years. That’s meant intense interest in its fine homes, along with an influx of the wealthy and celebrated. Its desirability as a place to live year ‘round or during the summer can only be expected to rise, along with its value. There’s no better time than now to find your place in Edgartown.
Not ready to buy? The Martha’s Vineyard vacation rental market is also robust!
83 Pine Street
List Price: $1,325,000
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List Price: $1,029,000
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