Iconic Martha’s Vineyard ‘Peach Gingerbread House’ Is For Sale Right Now
I decorated a gingerbread house once. It did not look anything close to this and that mess went straight into the garbage the next day. This cottage, however, is as cute as a peach.
The Peach House, also known as the Sea Shrimp, is one of the most well-known cottages in the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. These homes look like they came straight out of a fairytale and are a must-see for anyone visiting Martha's Vineyard for the first time.
According to Ocean Park Realty Inc., this home was built circa 1870 and features four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Located at 7 Central Avenue in Oak Bluffs, this home has 1,454 square feet of living space and is listed at $999,500.
According to the listing at Realtor.com, The Sea Shrimp has been owned by the same family since 1968. It is now time for this house to see its ninth owner since its transformation from a tent to a wood structure, back in 1870.
This charming year-round cottage is set to the rear of an oversized lot with a beautiful front yard. The large covered porch makes for a wonderful spot to enjoy the action that the MVCMA brings to the area.
In-town location offering all of what Oak Bluffs has to offer are steps away, including Oak Bluffs Harbor with its shopping and dining on the water. Leave your car on the cape and walk on the ferries to Oak Bluffs and land five minutes away from home.
"Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter, you will be able to enjoy all 12 months of the year with your friends and family and have plenty of room in this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath historic cottage which features a first-floor primary ensuite bedroom and a guest bedroom," Ocean Park Realty said.
In the back, a modest-sized deck with an attached shed includes the outside shower and lots of room for storage. The home also features a partial basement with a mechanical room and more space for storage. The second floor has two more spacious bedrooms as well as a full bath. Each upstairs bedroom has access to a bonus front balcony where you will get your best glimpse of the Oak Bluffs Harbor.
See the MVCMA community website for details on this listing.
According to Atlas Oscura, these gingerbread houses were constructed as summer lodgings for traveling Methodists attending retreats. "In the 1800s, this corner of the island was frequented by a group of Methodists that held annual religious retreats and meetings on Martha’s Vineyard. At the time, they slept in tents during these summer gatherings, but as the camp meetings became more frequent the group built permanent cottages to accommodate them year-round."
Take a look inside The Sea Shrimp: