Edgartown Village Real Estate
Edgartown, the parent community to Oak Bluffs. In the 1600s it was site of the Island’s first English settlement, then called Great Harbour. In the 1800s, Edgartown was a world center for the whaling trade, and all along the harbor today are formidable mansions, built by the whaling captains and ship owners, that testify to the wealth of that era. Fans of traditional New England architecture will be in for a treat in areas like North Water Street, with its stretch of immaculate homes in the Federal, Colonial and Greek Revival styles. The downtown district has a movie theater and a fine assortment of shops dealing in everything from gourmet foods to designer clothes and jewelry.
Along the Edgartown harbor is the Yacht Club, with a parade of impressive sailing craft that lasts all summer. And beside the town’s Memorial Wharf, which has a spacious public viewing platform on its roof, the Chappaquiddick Ferry Service takes cars and passengers back and forth all day to the Island-within-an-Island whose highlights include the remarkable Japanese garden, Mytoi, and the large coastal nature preserves cared for by The Trustees of Reservations.