Pick of the Week: Vineyard Artist's Rambling Farmhouse

Pick of the Week: Vineyard Artist's Rambling Farmhouse


House w pond


Town: West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 3.5
Square feet: 3,180
Acreage: 1.5
Amenity:  An inspiring view that will never change
Listed price: $2,125,000

The late Stan Murphy was the quintessential Vineyard artist. He was well known for capturing the unique essence of Martha’s Vineyard through life-like portraits of islanders and striking landscapes. Now you can live in the home where he found so much inspiration.

Mermaid farm oxen

Murphy is known for his work prominently featured in public spaces on the Vineyard such as the four giant murals in the Katharine Cornell theater and this painting residing in the West Tisbury town hall. This pastoral image of Mermaid Farm contains the field and pond behind his home.

Set amidst the stone walls and rolling hills of West Tisbury, the rambling farmhouse at 5 Murphy’s Road looks out onto peaceful meadows and a sparkling pond.The home sits on 1.5 acres surrounded by hundreds of additional acres of conservation land.

Field long shot

The big field behind the house, as well as the surrounding forest are protected from development.

Grazing cows and sheep that dot the field, along with water birds that frequent the pond, provide the home a dynamic landscape. Due to the conservation efforts of the Land Bank, the natural beauty of the surrounding meadows and forests will never be spoiled.

Back yard and cows

A shaded back lawn opens out to the pasture where cattle and sheep graze in the sun.

An expansive kitchen and spacious living room, both with brick fireplaces, provide the first floor lots of room. The L-shaped dining room and adjoining living room offer more than 40 feet of unobstructed space.

Living room (better)

While the furnishings are in transition between owners, the large living room has enormous potential with your personal touch.

The kitchen, living room and master bedroom each feature large bay windows that offer sweeping views of the meadow and pond.

Kitchen III

The bay windows in the kitchen, living room and master bedroom serve as a reminder to enjoy the great outdoors.

With the eye of an artist, Murphy designed the house to maximize the effect of lighting. Once you sit at the kitchen table and see the sunset over the trees, casting light and shadows over the pond and field, you’ll understand where the painter found his inspiration.

Winter field w arms

This winter painting of his field and pond highlights the crimson intensity of the setting sun.

The southern wing of the house features an updated studio with renovated full bathroom. A workroom separates the studio from the rest of the home. This side of the house has a handicap accessible ramp.

House V

This is the welcoming sight of the rambling farmhouse as you pull into the driveway.

The northern wing features a master bedroom, walk-in closet and a private bath. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom at the end of the hall. With five bedrooms, there is plenty of room for guests.

Master bedroom II

The master bedroom has a private bath, walk-in closet and a bay window looking out to the field.

The property features two outbuildings: a detached garage and a separate tool shed. A large greenhouse is also attached to the house.

Green house

The greenhouse is ideal for nuturing seedlings before they are planted in either of the two outdoor gardens.

Clearly, Murphy’s vision for his home was focused on the landscape on his canvas. The new owner may want to re-shape the interior with his or her own vision. The home features a new roof, new windows and a six-bedroom septic system.

Unless you plan to spend all your time in the studio, you can putter around in the attached greenhouse or walk across the road to the neighboring Mermaid Farm for award-winning fresh produce. Or you take a hike on the miles of trails through hundreds of acres right outside your front door.

View from mermaid farm

The view of Murphy's estate from Middle Road and the abutting Mermaid Farm.

The property’s location is very private, but only a mile from the center of West Tisbury. Alley’s Store, the Library and Farmers Market are all within walking distance. It’s a short drive to Lambert's Cove beach and down island towns.

For More Information, or to ask for a showing, call David Lott at Vineyard Open House Real Estate: 203-270-9357 or contact him by email.

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