Listed: A historic two-bedroom ‘dollhouse’ on Martha’s Vineyard

This antique two-bedroom cottage in the heart of Oak Bluffs is now on the market for $629,000. Helena Kirschenbaum

One of Martha’s Vineyard’s whimsical dollhouse-like homes has hit the market.

The antique two-bedroom cottage at 16 Siloam Ave. in Oak Bluffs is listed for $629,000. The 642-square-foot home has a history: Built in 1870, it is one of 13 houses on the 33-acre Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, known locally as “The Campground,” making it a national historic landmark. It is also one of the sites of the island’s annual Grand Illumination celebration, donning lanterns and decorations for the historic festival each summer.

The verge board lining the A-frame roof and the upper deck gives the home its dollhouse look, as does the light-blue casing surrounding the windows and doors. The cottage has arched double doors painted a pastel blue. The front porch hangs off the house on the left side, offering extra space to bask in the views of Sunset Lake across the street.

“For those who really value seaside living, this home is incredibly charming,” said listing agent Helena Kirschenbaum of RE/Max on Island

The living room has white wood-plank walls, and much of the tile floor is covered in blue carpet. Single wood shelves run high along the walls, and box valences on the windows mimic the verge board outside on the deck.

The dining room, accessed via an arched doorway, has the same tile and carpeting as the living room, an exposed-beam ceiling, and a corner closet. 

The tiled kitchen offers a bead-board ceiling, a gas range, and a screen door to a yard with a shower. A window above the double-basin sink looks out over the backyard.

A wall-mounted sink and a mirrored medicine cabinet are in a vestibule off the kitchen, next to a small inner room that houses the toilet and shower. 

A curved wood staircase leads to the bedrooms on the second floor, both of which have hardwood floors, wood-plank walls, and exposed-beam ceilings. Large arched windows in the owner bedroom open onto the front deck.

The backyard is grassy, though the owner occasionally used the yard for parking, Kirschenbaum said. 

The seasonal home comes partially furnished and does require flood insurance. There’s also one small catch for anyone looking to redo the exterior. Because of The Campground’s designation as a national historic landmark, any changes to the outside must pass inspection by an architectural review committee. Any interior renovations, however, are entirely up to the homeowner. 

The history and the views are what make this home special, Kirschenbaum said, and it is ideal for “somebody that would truly like to look at the water from their porch and really take it all in.”

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