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House Hunt: Where Can I Live on the Vineyard?

Your new Patch editor is living in a borrowed house and running out of time. Is there a year-round rental out there somewhere on Martha's Vineyard for a hard-working journalist, a handyman and a very good cat?

I've been back on the Island for less than a week, but I'm already starting to get nervous about finding a place to live when June rolls around.

For now, the boyfriend, cat and I are cozily ensconced in a kerosene-heated summer house, thanks to the kindness of family members.

But come summer, this little cottage is rented and we can't afford another in the neighborhood where I grew up.

Paul and I don't need beach access, a pool, a gourmet kitchen or a place to tie up a boat. We're just looking for a modest home to live in while we search for a house of our own to buy.

If you know of such a place anywhere on the Island, I'm all ears. The boyfriend is a handyman and former licensed contractor, if that helps.

Have you had to look for a year-round rental in this summer paradise? Do you have any tips to share? Please leave a comment if you do. We'll be grateful.

For more about Patch editor Louisa Hufstader, please see:

  • What Do You Love About the Vineyard?
  • Vineyard to Vineyard: Patch Editor Comes Home with the Storm
  • Vineyard to Vineyard: Of All the Gin Joints ... 

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Fred Roven February 15, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I just heard about a basement apartment on a horse farm in West Tisbury. How can I contact you?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Thank you, Fred - You can email me at louisa.hufstader@patch.com or just click my name in the byline of this story.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Yes, thanks Jason! We drove out to a lovely horse farm this morning, but felt we were not the right people for that particular spot, so called to cancel our appointment.
Ewell Hopkins February 15, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Press Release: The Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment (MVHNA) Study Committee would like to invite members of the public to attend an information session and discussion session regarding the First Interim Report of the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment Study. Our consultant, Ms. Karen Sunnarborg will present key findings from the MVHNA Study so far as well as facilitate discussion on how the Island can continue to promote affordable and community housing, and will outline the next steps for the study. The two Information Sessions are scheduled for the following dates: · Wednesday February 13th at the Oak Bluffs Library Conference Room from 6:30 – 8:30 pm · Tuesday February 19th at the Chilmark Library from 6:30 – 8:30 pm For more information contact Christine Flynn at the MVC (508)693-3453 or email flynn@mvcommission.org.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Thank you for posting this, Ewell! Our free calendar and announcements are also available to you any time at marthasvineyard.patch.com/events/new and marthasvineyard.patch.com/announcements/new - The latter is a great place for press releases and the former puts your event in our calendar. Your events and announcements also get slots in our daily newsletter, which is emailed to thousands of subscribers. Is the assessment report available online?
Ewell Hopkins February 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM
See the interm report here: http://www.mvcommission.org/doc.php/Martha's%20Vineyard%20Housing%20Needs%20Assessment%20Study%20v4%201_7_13.pdf?id=4509
Ewell Hopkins February 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM
http://www.mvcommission.org/doc.php/Martha's%20Vineyard%20Housing%20Needs%20Assessment%20Study%20v4%201_7_13.pdf?id=4509
Fallon Aiello February 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Hi Louisa, just sent you am email with rental information. Good luck!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Thank you so much, Fallon, I sent a message. Hope your move is a happy one.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Many, many thanks for this. Digesting now.
Lori Nelson February 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Hi Louisa..! How are you ? I came across your page while searching for a year round rental on Marthas vineyard. .. My x husband and I have shared custody of our 15 year old Son We lived 5 minutes apart in Acton for 6 years and did a great job of co-parent ing our Son Last April , my Son's Father moved to Edgartown for work. .and is now staying there permanently This has put me in a very bad position , as my Son wants to be around his father and I ! I don't want him to go and live with his Dad and me stay behind , so I'm making a plea to you or anyone else that may have a year round rental to please consider the importance of my Son being raised by both parents and contact me asap I'd really appreciate any help/advice you could give me. . Thanks so much for your time Sincerely , Lori I can be reached at 978. 807. 9111

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