Confidential real estate: last minute Christmas stocking

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Real Estate Confidential is a bi-weekly chat about new listings, sales or other inside information on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner / broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buying Agents. It appears every other Friday in The minute.

Who among us wouldn’t cry out for joy as we found the keys to a brand new waterfront home in our stockings on Christmas morning? Some of you have a really big gesture in mind for the family, and the gift of a new home is one that will continue to give more than any other. A new home will be a gift your family will never expect. Just let them guess to create some suspense.

Obviously, this will take a bit of advanced basic work. You need to be sure that the house will be the one that all the makers will really like. You might have attended open houses over the years, maybe even just for fun and made mental notes on preferred quarters, size, layout, finishes, and of course my preferred is the color of the front door.

You are about to achieve the ultimate Christmas surprise and of course you will need the help of a real estate agent and a lawyer, so make sure they know not to leave messages; you are preparing for the surprise of a lifetime.

Although I like the concept of stockings, there are several ways to surprise you. If there is no stocking on the fireplace (you may not have a mantle), you can wrap the keys in a box to place under the tree, take a drive out and drive past. house with a giant red bow on the front door, or maybe get a painting of the house, or even have a miniature replica built.

In fact, finding the keys to any of these properties any morning of the year would be pretty amazing.

242 Herring Creek Road has everything your family would love in a waterfront paradise on Lake Tashmoo. Stroll the 4 acres to the dock (with electricity and water). The living space is primarily on the first level, and it has a finished lower level and a second level providing space for several bedrooms. Simply bring your boat, kayaks, clam rakes, and fishing rods, then start enjoying this exceptional location with all its waterfront possibilities. The property is less than a mile on foot or by bike from Tashmoo Town Beach and Wilfrid Pond, as well as Mink Meadows Golf Course, and a five-minute drive from a ferry terminal , restaurants and shops.

West Chop’s new waterfront home in 733, main street offers breathtaking views of the water, spectacular sunrises and a 143-foot private sandy beach. Built to current FEMA safety standards, its elevated position greatly improves the view of Vineyard Haven Harbor. The second story covered porch overlooks the water, the sandy beach and nearby West Chop Meadow. The location is superb – close to downtown, the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Mink Meadows Golf Club, West Chop Club, the 83-acre West Chop Woods nature reserve and the iconic 1891 West Lighthouse Chop.

Another brand new house plus a swimming pool 6 Gooseneck route sits on the waterfront with nearly seven acres and 500 feet of frontage on Jacob’s Pond. The thoughtful interior design allows for water views from most rooms, and the screened porch (everyone’s favorite) has all the smart home features you can imagine – creating the ultimate alfresco dining experience . The house is under construction, giving you the option to customize the saltwater pool and pool area. Bring all your water toys and maybe paddle out to Land Bank Ocean Beach. While the neighborhood offers a rural setting, the property is only 5 miles from the village of Edgartown.

Another outstanding waterfront home, this one on Jane’s Cove, can be found in Boldwater at 13 Boldwater Road. This magnificent resort spans over 5 acres of virgin land and features a sprawling 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom main house and a 2 bedroom guest suite with pond views from almost every room. The house has been clearly designed to take full advantage of its magnificent surroundings. A path winds its way to the water’s edge, where you can go kayaking, boating and canoeing. The Boldwater Association offers tennis courts, a private landing stage and a sandy beach on the South Shore. It’s a rare occasion to call a serene piece of Martha’s Vineyard “home.”

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