Flip Flop

A Cottage by the Sea

Renowned New England architect Patrick Ahearn invites Ocean Home inside his very personal and private family beach house on Martha’s Vineyard.

The sense of anticipation is exhilarating. As my car turns off a tiny one-lane dirt track, almost at the westernmost tip of Martha’s Vineyard, the first thing I hear is the crunch of tiny seashells beneath the wheels.

Dense native vegetation, including bayberry, beach plum, clethra, rugosa rose, viburnum and spruce, forms a welcome guard of honor as I drive through a sturdy cedar gate and past a modest shingled shed that doubles as a whimsical gatehouse.

Flip Flop was featured in Ocean Home, December 2015 + January 2016 issue.