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St. Croix River Summer House in Scandia, Waterfront Access & Views

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Scandia cottage description

Our house on the St. Croix River, less than an hour from the Twin Cities, was built as a summer home by my parents, on property in the family since 1912. Set very close to the river shore, the house enjoys unparalleled river views and easy access down a short path to the shore, to great swimming, a dock and boat landing. The St. Croix River is a federally-protected National Scenic Riverway, with no development whatever on the opposite Wisconsin shore and hills directly across from our house, so the setting is pristine, quiet, and unspoiled. The water is clean, the bottom is sandy, and the swimming is great, as is the fishing. Available for renters' use is our canoe plus two kayaks.
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Originally built in 1940, the house has been added to and updated over the years. The master bedroom suite was added in 1959 and renovated in 1993, and the kitchen was enlarged and fully remodeled in 1993. Facing the river is a flagstone terrace, outside fireplace, front lawn with eating table, comfortable seating, a hammock, and birdfeeders with numerous visitors. Our hummingbirds, goldfinches and woodpeckers are regulars here, and you're sure to hear and see the spectacular pileated woodpecker if you keep the peanut feeder filled.

There are three bedrooms with twin beds, plus a screened sleeping porch closest to the river with two more beds. One bathroom has a tub and shower and the other bath has a stall shower. In addition there is an excellent outside shower, great after a swim.The kitchen is fully equipped, has a round eating table plus a pass-through to the dining area of the living room. The kitchen also has a built-in sofa bed for an occasional visitor, or for relaxing while dinner is cooking. The large living room is comfortably furnished, has a bow-front with large windows facing the river, and a wood-burning fireplace. Kitchen and master bedroom both have ceiling fans and there are several portable fans.

Close to the house is our nice shady tennis court. Our deep shady ravine offers exploring adventures with a spectacular double waterfall and pristine stream that flows into the river next to the house. Fishing is good up and down the shoreline or from the dock.

Next to the property is a public boat-launching ramp, and just a mile south is the William O'Brien State Park, with camping sites, hiking trails, river access with a boat launching ramp and a separate swimming pond with sandy beach. The closest town, 10 minutes south, is the historic village of Marine-on-St-Croix, once a major sawmill for the white pine logging industry during the mid-to-late 19th and early 20th century, when huge log drives were the principal traffic on the river. The larger town of Stillwater,18 miles south on the river, was also a major center of the lumberjack era and today offers antique shops, paddlewheel steamboats and numerous restaurants. The town of Taylor's Falls, known for rock climbing and another Interstate Park, is an equal distance upriver to the north.

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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only:

                No smoking is allowed in the house, please....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Well-behaved dogs are permitted, and guests are expected to keep track of their dogs and pick up after them. Cats are welcome as well....moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

                Master Bedroom...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                The Middle Bedroom...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                The North Bedroom...moreless

              • Sleeping Porch: 2 child bed

                Sleeping Porch is connected to North Bedroom...moreless

              • Twin or Single Beds (6), Child Beds (2), Sleep Sofa in Kitchen (1)

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • South Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Attached to the Master Bedroom, but accessible to all....moreless

              • North Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                ...moreless

              • Outdoor Shower: outdoor shower

                Shower adjacent to kitchen porch, great after a swim....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                A great assortment of books is available on the shelves....moreless

              • Games:

                Many board games are located in the large chest in the living room....moreless

              • Stereo:

                A table model radio and CD player is located in the kitchen....moreless

              • Television:

                No TV reception down in the river valley. Time would be better spent reading a book....moreless

              • Toys:

                Many toys are in a green box in the living room....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Attractions

              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Photography
              • Shopping
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Rural:

                The house is out in the country, in the town of Scandia, but 3 miles from the town center, down in the St, Croix River valley, surrounded by hardwoods and white pine trees....moreless

              • Water View:

                Located very close to the St. Croix River, our view up and down the river is always changing, and never static....moreless

              • Waterfront:

                From our house to our swimming beach and boat dock is a very short path....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Kayaking
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                Round kitchen table seats 4 to 6. Dining table in Living Room can seat 8. Outdoor table in front yard seats 8...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 12 people

              General

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Yes...moreless

              • Fireplace:

                Wood-burning fireplace in living room, with cast iron enclosure, glass door and circulating fan blower....moreless

              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                The great outdoors...moreless

              • Free Long Distance
              • Garage:

                No garage...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Propane wall-mounted heaters are located in living room, kitchen, master bedroom and hall....moreless

              • Internet:

                High speed internet is provided, with modem located on desk in master bedroom. Inkjet printer included....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                Plenty of sheets, blankets and towels....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Comfortable living room with sofa, 3 armchairs, dining table, bookcases, fireplace and river views. See photos...moreless

              • Parking:

                Parking for 3 or 4 cars, located about 250 feet from house....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Yes...moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Yes...moreless

              • Telephone:

                Land-line telephone in kitchen, master bedroom and hall. No cell phone service down in the river valley....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Plenty of bath towels, plus larger swimming towels....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Stacked clothes washer and dryer....moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Fireplace

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                Electric drip coffee maker, plus an electric tea pot....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Fully supplied with everything needed...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Fully supplied with everything needed....moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                New dishwasher 2013...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Eat-in kitchen, fully equipped, has sofa-bed and has river view...moreless

              • Microwave:

                No microwave...moreless

              • Oven:

                Electric, with downdraft exhaust...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Everything one could want...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Has bottom freezer...moreless

              • Stove:

                Gas stove top burners wtih electric griddle and electric oven...moreless

              • Toaster:

                Includes a toaster/oven plus a two-slice toaster....moreless

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                Flagstone terrace facing the river...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                One canoe is provided for renters' use, plus two single kayaks. Life jackets are provided....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Front yard, facing the river, plus a grassy meadow south of the house....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Gas grill and a charcoal grill...moreless

              • Tennis:

                Our own hard-surface tennis court is just 250 feet from the house....moreless

              Payment Type

              • Mastercard
              • Visa
               

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              Rent per week (Saturday noon to Saturday noon) :June $1750; July $2100
              Initial deposit to hold and guarantee the rental (non-refundable): $750
              Housecleaning fee (following departure): $125
              Final paynent (rent balance plus cleaning fee) is due 14 days prior to occupancy.
              Rent includes utililties: electric, telephone, internet, propane, trash removal.
              

              Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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              Location

              The St. Croix River, on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, is a national treasure, forever preserved under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, managed and protected by the National Park Service. It is primarily a canoeing and kayaking river, plus small outboard motorboats and pontoon boats. In summer, the river is too shallow for large and fast motorboats, and waterskiing and use of jet skis are not appropriate and are discouraged. The bottom is sandy, and the swimming and fishing are great. The Wisconsin side of the river is federal property and is totally undeveloped, so we see no lights across the river at night - just solitude and quiet.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1940

              About the owner: During most of the year my wife and I live in Masschusetts, but every August and September we look forward to our St. Croix River House, where I spent every summer of my youth with a large band of cousins and friends whom we still see every year. It's a special place, close to our hearts, and every June and July we offer it for rent to others to enjoy life on the St. Croix.

              Why the Owner Chose Scandia:
              The property has been in my family since long before my time. My grandfather built the original house in 1912, now owned by our cousins, located along the river 100 yards downsteam from our house. My connections to this place go back a long way, and we care deeply about it.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
              Unique to our property is the close proximity of the house to the river, with easy access to swimming, fishing, the canoe and kayak and the dock, which we share with our next-door cousins. Being so close to the river allows us to experience directly the river in all its splendor and sometimes dramatic moods. Reclining in the front yard and watching the full moon rising over the darkened Wisconsin hills and reflecting in the the calm waters of the St. Croix is a sublime experience.


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              Speaks: english

               

              Photos

              • View From the River

                View From the River

              • Early Morning Mist on the St. Croix

                Early Morning Mist on the St. Croix

              • South Meadow near the River

                South Meadow near the River

              • River View from New Kitchen Porch

                River View from New Kitchen Porch

              • Dramatic River Weather, Storm Coming from Downriver

                Dramatic River Weather, Storm Coming from Downriver

              • Morning Sun in the Living Room

                Morning Sun in the Living Room

              • Sunny Kitchen

                Sunny Kitchen

              • Kitchen View with Sofa-Bed and Eating Table

                Kitchen View with Sofa-Bed and Eating Table

              • Master Bedroom with Twin Beds

                Master Bedroom with Twin Beds

              • Middle Bedroom with Twin Beds

                Middle Bedroom with Twin Beds

              • North Bedroom and Sleeping Porch

                North Bedroom and Sleeping Porch

              • Tennis in the Shade, on Our Otisville Court

                Tennis in the Shade, on Our Otisville Court

              • Sunny Morning in the Front Yard

                Sunny Morning in the Front Yard

              • Approaching from the Car

                Approaching from the Car

              • Morning Sun in the Front Yard, Looking Downstream

                Morning Sun in the Front Yard, Looking Downstream

              • St. Croix River Big Sky, Looking Upstream to the North

                St. Croix River Big Sky, Looking Upstream to the North

              • Our shoreline at low water level.  Note that water can rise to cover the beach.

                Our shoreline at low water level. Note that water can rise to cover the beach.

              • Living Roomwith Pass-Through to Kitchen

                Living Roomwith Pass-Through to Kitchen

              • Kitchen With Pass-Through to Living Room and River View

                Kitchen With Pass-Through to Living Room and River View

              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Master Bedroom with Computer Desk

                Master Bedroom with Computer Desk

              • North Bedroom, Sleeping Porch 
Beyond

                North Bedroom, Sleeping Porch Beyond

              • Sleeping Porch with River View

                Sleeping Porch with River View

              • Pileated Wookpecker, an Impressive Frequent Visitor

                Pileated Wookpecker, an Impressive Frequent Visitor

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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

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              Member since: 2012
              Speaks: english
              • Calendar last updated: 05/04/2012
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              617-868-7029

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