This is a comfortable, bright three-bedroom, two-bath house that contains about 1350 square feet of living space and sleeps six to eight people. The large master bedroom, which has a new queen-size bed and its own full bathroom with shower, is in the back of the house, looking out onto the back yard and towards the conservation land beyond -- a marshy area where frogs, turtles, foxes, possums, and wild turkeys live right beyond the back fence. The other two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two singles) are both on the west side of the house, and both look out on Jenkins Pond. We also have a futon couch, which folds out to a... double bed, in the sun room -- which, like the master bedroom, is at the back of the house, looking down towards the conservation land. The sun room is a nice, with a good open feeling, but it's open to the kitchen and isn't private, so I myself wouldn't want to sleep there -- but a lot of people have done just that and have had no problem.
The living room, which has a gas fireplace, has a nice view of Jenkins Pond and terrific sunsets. In the kitchen you'll find a glass-topped range, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, blender, and coffee-maker. The dining area has a table seating six, and there's another dining table in the sun room. At the side of the house is a deck with a propane grill. The house is centrally air conditioned (though my wife and I have almost never felt the need to turn it on). The house has wi-fi, basic cable TV, and DVD and VHS players (with a big selection of VHS tapes). We have an 8-foot pool table (whose top flips over for air hockey) and a washer and dryer downstairs in the walkout basement. There's an auxiliary shower under the sun room -- not exactly an outdoor shower, since the previous owners closed in that area with windowed walls, but not a bad place to rinse the sand off with warm water when you're coming back from the beach.
The house is in a great location -- a lovely, restful area (on a street with virtually no traffic) just a few hundred feet from the closest Jenkins Pond beach. Jenkins Pond is one of the cleanest lakes on the Cape and a great place for swimming, kayaking, or fishing. The water remains calm and quiet because motorboats are prohibited, and it stays shallow a long way out so is great for kids. We have an inflatable three-person rowboat and a one-person kayak you can use on the lake. The road around the lake (about 2.2 miles) is a pleasant walk, jog, or bike ride -- or, if you're into biking, try out the 11-mile Shining Sea bike path from North Falmouth to Woods Hole.
We’re in a great location. Two or three miles from the town center, one mile from the bus to the Martha's Vineyard ferry, and a short drive to ocean beaches, movie theaters, and golf. If you're more interested in ocean beaches than in Jenkins Pond, there are plenty of those around. Our favorite is probably Old Silver Beach (on Buzzards Bay), which is a great place for kids -- warm, shallow water, with very small waves. It's about five miles away. For bouncing up and down in the waves, we love Craigsville Beach, on the way to Hyannis, the most. And Chappaquoit is also lovely -- accessible from the bike path, and a good place for kite surfing. But every time we go out we find a new favorite.
No smoking in the house, and -- sorry, Fido -- no pets. Price is lower in June or September. Contact us soon by email. Please note that some of the furnishings and decorations shown have changed since the photos were taken. We're open to reasonable offers -- we just want to get the place rented out to people who will really like this place and have a good time here. But wherever you decide to stay, have a great time on the Cape!
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