Whether you call it Tisbury (as official documents do) or Vineyard Haven (as most everyone else does), here is one of the most beautiful harbor communities on Martha’s Vineyard. Smaller than Edgartown, less hectic on summer nights than Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven nonetheless bustles year-round as the primary port for the Steamship Authority. From its fine shops to its excellent restaurants, Vineyard Haven offers plenty to do, see and enjoy.
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Vineyard Haven Real Estate
Its natural harbor has always been vital to Vineyard Haven. In fact, in the mid-19th century, the area was one of New England’s busiest ports. Called Holmes Hole until 1871 (the Hole referring to the harbor), it offered protection and provisions to sailing ships traveling through Vineyard Sound.
Those sailors and whalers left their mark here much as they did in Edgartown, with significant structures still standing today: the historic lighthouse of West Chop, the Vineyard Playhouse, Municipal Building and more. But what might strike you most is how the harbor so beautifully centers the town itself, offering a focal point for busy shoppers, beach-goers, strollers, bicyclists, all set to the romance of its famous ferry horn.
There are waterfront properties and astonishing views everywhere you turn, from the Downtown/Historic district to West Chop summer houses and points beyond—Lagoon, Lambert’s Cove and Tashmoo—offering quick water access and a bit more privacy. And you’ll discover a wide variety of classic Island styles here, from shingled cottages to luxury estates, including Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne and Gothic.
The Vineyard Haven Lifestyle
Owing to its unique status as the Island’s main port of entry (Oak Bluffs’ port is seasonal only), you’ll find more primary residents in Vineyard Haven. Their presence lends a constant yearly pace to the town, allowing more restaurants and boutiques to stay open, along with Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the Film Center and the Island’s only year-round professional theater company.
Of course, Martha’s Vineyard really comes to life in the summer and Vineyard Haven is no exception. It’s fun to join the throng strolling historic Main Street, ice cream cones in hand, to visit the Town Beach, to watch boats entering and leaving the harbor, to take advantage of myriad outdoor concerts and art galleries. You’ll find that this close-knit community also maintains a playground, library and playing fields for the athletically-inclined.
Meanwhile, some of the most beautiful beaches on the Vineyard are nearby with perfect spots for picnicking, swimming, kayaking and sailing. Whether your Island dream is summers-only or year-round, Vineyard Haven is here to help you find it.
Is Now A Good Time To Buy In Vineyard Haven?
Like the rest of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Haven prices are high. Yet living here only grows more valuable with each passing year, as home buyers find the Island’s natural style (no billboards, rush hour or traffic lights) ever more desirable. Prices continue to rise, making now an excellent time to give lovely Vineyard Haven some serious consideration.
Vineyard Haven Properties
61 Lagoon Pond Road
List Price: $2,750,000
6 Beds / 3 Full Baths / 2 Half Baths
50 Lantern Lane
Sale Price: $830,000
3 Beds / 1 Full Bath / 1 Half Bath
84 Lake Street
Sale Price: $565,000
2 Beds / 1 Full Bath