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Joy No 76 Island Time Nice Catch Image Credit: Country Living
Joy No 76 Island Time Nice Catch Image Credit: Country Living

Joy No. 76: Island Time - Nice Catch

When a Massachusetts couple falls hook, line, and sinker for modest fishing shacks on Martha’s Vineyard, the end result is a real keeper of a cottage.

Elizabeth Jenkins

When Marsha Ahearn went hunting for beach plums with friends on Martha’s Vineyard five years ago, she had no idea she was going to find a plum location instead. “My friends took me to this secret little spot in Edgartown,” she says. “I thought I knew every street on the island, but this place was tucked away. The houses there were like the ones in the movie The Summer of ’42—funky and far from perfect.”

She returned to her home in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with two goals top of mind: finding the perfect Edgartown summer house, and then convincing her husband, Patrick, to buy it. For the first part of her mission, she turned to the internet and soon found a pair of charming old fishing shacks built in the 1950s. Once she accomplished the first task, she brought in some muscle to take on the second. “Our youngest daughter, Taylor, was my secret weapon. Somehow, with the two of us ganging up on him, Patrick agreed to go see it,” says Marsha.

With one look at the three-acre secluded beachside property, Patrick was smitten. “Sand gets added to the beach here, not taken away, and no one else can build cottages on this land anymore. This place will forever stay the way it is. It’ll always look like the 1950s and 1960s,” he says. 

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