Martha's Vineyard, known by the locals as simply, "The Vineyard," is the 58th largest island in the United States and the third largest island on the East Coast. It is also one of the most sought after vacation spots for celebs and the affluent looking for an upscale summer haven. The Vineyard is considered a summer colony and getting there is no easy job. It is only accessible by boat or air, yet still, the summer population has continued to grow as well as the number of year-round residents. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the streets have been walked by American royalty such as the Kennedys, Clintons and Obamas, making it not only a summer paradise, but a place rich with American history.
It is not only political personalities who have brought Martha's Vineyard the notoriety it now enjoys. In 1974, Steven Spielberg filmed the iconic classic, Jaws in one of the small fishing villages there and used many locals in the film. Beloved comedian John Belushi is buried there and his grave is a popular site for visitors to the island. Other celebrities who have been known to frequent The Vineyard include Carly Simon, David Letterman, Diane Sawyer and author Judy Blume. Although some consider this summer place a "mini Hollywood", the locals tend to be protective of the celebrities who come to this island for peace and anonymity.
Martha's Vineyard is made up of six towns, with Edgartown being the largest and Tisbury being the main point of entry. Oak Bluffs has a busy night life and Chilmark is one of the more picturesque including the fishing village of Menemsha. Though this is one of the most beautiful areas in the United States, it is certainly not one of the cheapest. Housing prices are 96% higher than the national average, and as you will see from the list below, even renting will cost you a pretty penny. Below are some very exclusive vacation homes available for rent on The Vineyard. Prices quoted are based on a seven night stay.
10 556 Chappaquonsett, Vineyard Haven: $12,000
9 55 Jewett Lane, Vineyard Haven: $16,000
8 61 Oldfield's Path, Chilmark: $16,500
7 2 Osprey Lane, Chilmark: $18,000
6 31 Tower Hill Road, Edgartown: $20,000
5 11 Half Inch Lane, Chilmark: $22,000
4 69 Cape Higgon Way, Chilmark: $35,000
3 61 Naushon Rd, West Tisbury: $45,000
2 1 Plantingfield Way, Edgartown: $50,000
1 58 Oyster Watcha Road, Edgartown: $60,000
It doesn't get any better than this over the top, luxurious 10,000 plus square foot waterfront compound. This house has direct access to over half a mile of sandy coastline, including a beach so exclusive and private that the last two acting presidents have made repeat visits to it's sandy shores. The property also includes a six bedroom main house and a gorgeous two bedroom guest house with 180 degree water views. The kitchen is a chef's dream and there is a soaring solarium, a fully stocked wine cellar with attached billiards room and a gym and steam room. Perhaps you would enjoy spending time in the 50 foot solar heated pool equipped with underwater sound system while enjoying a beverage from your fully stocked bar. This estate also has organic orchards and vine covered loggias for beautiful outdoor dining. 58 Oyster Watcha Road has been featured in Architectural Digest and is truly one of a kind.
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