Skip to main content

WaterFront - Edgartown, Mass.

Spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor form an ever-changing panorama in John and Carolyn Connors’ home on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and the traditional exterior blends with the neighboring early 19th-century whaling captains’ homes.

The Edgartown, Mass., home was built in 1995 to blend with the neighboring historic whaling captains' homes.

To take maximum advantage of the view, the couple removed a harbor-facing wall, converted the former waterfront deck to a living room with three window walls and built new decks on the main and upper levels.

“We wanted a light, bright, airy interior [with decorating] that reflects the environment and the town’s maritime past and present,” says Connors, 76, who retired from the publishing business in 1995.

Because the Connors own and live in a home nearby that can accommodate occasional visits from their five children, grandchildren and friends, they put their .37-acre North Water Street property, which has a fully furnished three-bedroom, three-bath house, water frontage on Edgartown Harbor’s entrance, a private sandy beach and private pier with multiple slips and 8-foot water depths, on the market for $10.9 million. The house generates more than $200,000 in annual rental income.

The white clapboard house, with a full-length columned porch, is reminiscent of a Charleston, S.C., single sideyard house. The interior off-white walls, white woodwork, paneled doors and many small-paned windows, including floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the water, fill the house with light and air. Wide board maple flooring and beadboard accents create a casual, yet elegant ambience.

White woodwork, glass-front cabinets and maple flooring give the home a relaxed, yet elegant ambience.

In the dining room, opposite the front door, the entertainment center is built into one side of the chimney. On the other side of the gas-log fireplace is a wet bar with glass-fronted cabinets and a wine cooler. A pocket door opens to the adjacent compact kitchen, which is equipped with identical cabinets, granite countertops, a ceramic tile backsplash and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances.

The central dining table is convenient to the living room, separated only by a short stairway and a low bookcase wall that does not obstruct the light or water views through the living room’s three window walls. Just outside, the first-floor deck offers water views, with Edgartown Lighthouse front and center.

The first-floor master bedroom and en suite tiled bath are streetside, away from the entertaining areas. A wall of built-in bookshelves, closets and drawers provides ample storage. Upstairs the streetside guest bedroom, furnished with bunks and a twin bed, has a vaulted ceiling and a private bath.

The master bedroom's beamed tray ceiling and wall of windows provide plenty of easterly sun. The door leads to the second-floor deck.

The second-floor hall and a small laundry room provide privacy for the master bedroom, which has a beamed vaulted ceiling. A wall of built-in closets and drawers adjoins the tiled private bath. Located on the eastern end of the house, the master bedroom and its private deck have panoramic water views.

The walk-out concrete full basement opens to a brick waterfront patio beneath the first-floor deck. The year-round home has central air conditioning, gas-fired forced hot air heat, public water and sewer. Annual taxes are about $26,000.

The lawn and gardens slope down to their private sandy beach and 150-foot wooden L-shaped pier equipped with water and power. The pier and two floats can accommodate as many as 10 boats, including a 60-footer on the face, where mean low water depths are 8 feet.

Deck loungers enjoy panoramic views of the harbor.

Wendy Harman (cellphone, (508) 274-5363) of Point B Realty, Edgartown, Mass. (, (508) 627-4567, lists the property.

November 2012 issue