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Swim, snorkel, kayak or surfcast on your private beach in the day, relax on lounge chairs in the evening as the sun sets over the water, grill fish at night under the stars. If the sun gets too much go sit in the shaded bower by the studio and watch butterflies and listen to the birds. A tiny piece of paradise, the gray cedar cottage with wide plank pine floors and pecky cypress walls is hidden from the world via Russian olive and cedar trees, babyberry and beach plum bushes and the vivid pink and white of beach roses. There's a wraparound cedar deck---safe to walk on barefoot---with a 51' octagonal table w umbrella, a Weber propane grill, & several lounge chairs on the side by the water. An putside electrical outlet so can plug in radio, computer, etc. On the side nearer the street & garden there's a small teak table and chairs perfect for breakfast dining or working outside away from the sun. Photos are deceptive, as the house is deep rather than wide. The bedrooms aren't large, but the cathedral ceiling and the window of walls in the kitchen/ dining/ living area give the house a very spacious feeling. Looking out the window towards the water and see the pilings that support the deck and the maritime rope hanging between them, you'll feel like you're on a boat, especially during the afternoon sea breezes. With windows on all sides of the house and ceiling fans in every room, it’s rarely necessary to turn on the air-conditioner. (For the rare cool night, there’s baseboard heating.) There’s a separate studio with a big desk and a black modernist couch that unfolds to a queen-size bed with a memory foam top. It has windows on four sides plus a sliding glass door and a high ceiling with a ceiling fan. Although the studio is near enough the house to get WiFi, it’s fairly private as shielded by trees and bushes. There are outdoor lights by the grill and eating area and also by the front walk. The neighborhood is country/suburban until you reach our road, when for a few blocks it suddenly turns into a beach community that looks a bit like parts of Fire Island. The neighbors are mostly long-time residents, friendly and quiet. You''ll run into them on their morning and evening walks, often accompanied by dogs.
The house is on a circular cul-de-sac, safe for children and pets, with a fence preventing one from going further, for the nature preserve.starts there--about a quarter mile down the beach from my house. After which there is nothing but sand, beach grass & osprey nests as far as you can see. Walk around the circle and you'll come to a brackish pond with our two local swans, migrating geese, and enough fish that people drive out from the middle of the island to fish there. (You can catch fish surfcasting or even fly fishing in the Sound, but I'd have a backup for dinner!)
Swimming is wonderful, calm water with a slow drop-off, no undertow pulling you out, waves (very small) only on stormy days. Open your eyes underwater on sunny days and you'll see an enchanting milky green. No need to worry about motorboats--no docks are allowed on the Sound, and the closest marina is miles away. There are amazingly few people in the beach even on summer weekends, and you can swim topless when nobody’s around. (Not that anyone would care, but..) . For people with young kids, the village beach w a lifeguard is 1/4 mile away (luckily you can neither see nor hear it). There's an enclosed outdoor hot/cold shower, as well as a faucet on the deck by the sliding door to wash the sand off your feet before coming inside.
On nights when you're too lazy to cook dinner or drive anywhere, there's a casual restaurant maybe 1/3 mile away--the only commercial establishment in this otherwise thoroughly residential neighborhood.
master bedroom, queen size bed, pillowtop mattress, headboard, closet, built-in bureau, radio, A/C, overhead fan, nighttables, lamps, 2 wall lamps also
small bedroom -3/4 mattres, shelves, hooks, wall and overhead lamps
Studio, very near but not attached to house. Leather couch with queen fold out thick foam mattress, 2' memory foam additional top if like soft. Ceiling fan. Sliding patio door, windows w screens all 4 sides.
Large desk, wall & other lamps, electricity but no water. ...moreless
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Property Damage Protection$99
5 people per night maximum, except for emergencies (must call).
12 people max on property at one time (i.e. no big parties)
no cooking on beach
renters must vacate property immediately upon violation of these terms
cancellations: 50% return on 60+ day cancellations. more recent cancellations reservations will be returned up to 90% if substitute renters found.
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slave cemetery (& other old cemeteries) 15 minutes
Links course 1/2 hr
Tanger outlet shopping 1/2 hour
Astronomy lovers--Custer Institute only public observatory NYC vicinity. Every Saturday from sundown to midnight or later (other days special events). One large movable dome, other smaller fixed telescopes and 8' binoculars.Observatory w number of large telescopes open dusk to midnite Saturdays
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: I'm a writer of novels and non-fiction. I grew up in Manhattan and currently live in a condo in Brooklyn. I used to teach at the Lehman College (part of the CUNY system) and at Washington University in St. Louis.
Why the Owner Chose Southold: I love the look and feel of Fire Island, but constantly having to bring stuff over on the ferry and carrying it to your home is difficult, especially when there's a lot of groceries, computer equipment, etc. I'm also a swimmer, which means I don't like to swim in the ocean. And the huge waves and strong undertow on most parts of Fire Island are especially tricky, and most towns don't have lifeguards. Also, when it rains on Fire Island there's nothing to do. Where I live has the charm, but also movies, restaurants, shopping, etc. Plus a train or jitney to the city if you don't want to drive.
The one love I didn't anticipate was gardening. I planted almost everything on the property by myself, very often just from roots.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Houses right on the water, like Fire Island, only with easy access and stuff to do when it rains. A very quiet beach, with almost no one on it even in the summer; wetlands maybe a quarter mile away so housing stops leaving nothing but sand. Very safe cul de-sac. Friendly but unintrusive neighbors most of whom have been here for decades. The cul-de-sac at end of street means no through traffic, so very safe for children and pets