Set on three park-like upland acres on Planting Field Point, Athearn House enjoys sweeping, uninterrupted and breath-taking views of Eel Pond, Nantucket Sound, Chappaquiddick, and the Edgartown Outer Harbor. It is located one mile from the village of Edgartown at the far end of a private country lane safe for walking, jogging, or biking. Athearn House, as the property is known, has long been considered the trophy house of Martha's Vineyard.
The house, meticulously and stylishly restored, is a classic New England Cape of great charm and character, one of the few of its kind left on the island. Its 18th century section was moved to Planting Field Point from Scrubby Neck by the current owner’s grandfather. It retains the original 18th century woodwork and beamed ceilings. The middle section, the Gathering Room, with its arched vaulted ceiling, was added in 1933. The last section, with a tented ceiling, brick floor and glass and shingle walls designed by an I.M. Pei architect, was added in the 21st century.
The interior blends American country antiques with contemporary comforts to give the house a timeless patina. Every room, including 10 of the 11 bedrooms and 7 of the 8 bathrooms, has uninterrupted water views. The exterior's repertoire of Vineyard architectural vernacular -- from the 18th century to the 21st -- can’t be replicated. It has evolved seamlessly from the summerhouse of by-gone days to an inviting year-round home, without losing its sense of place.
Unusual anywhere in the world, property ownership extends to the mean low water line. A 300’ exclusively private sandy beach on Nantucket sound has a gently sloping, firm and sandy bottom that makes it ideal for swimming and boating by young and old. A large raft adds to the opportunities for fun on the water.
The 16’ by 34’ heated swimming pool, built in 2011, also has sweeping views of Nantucket Sound. The pool area includes an outdoor kitchen and covered dining pavilion. An outdoor shower and changing room are close at hand.
In this idyllic setting one can simply relax. Listen to birdsong, or the call of seagulls under wide open skies as you enjoy morning coffee; or over cocktails on the porch or veranda, marvel at the matchless sunsets. At night, drift off to sleep or waken to the sound of waves lapping the shore.
Beauty, privacy and seclusion, plus convenience to the harbor and to the village with its buzz of restaurants and shopping, make this beachfront setting in Edgartown’s most prestigious Planting Field Way neighborhood an inviting retreat for all seasons of the year.
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