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Charming Cottage Long Island Sound Separate Studio. Pets Ok!

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Last updated: 06/20/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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.


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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    no party types...moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    ramp to deck ramp from deck to beach...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    can smoke on deck if door closed, or on property $1000 penalty for smoking in house (I can tell, very sensitive nose)...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    dogs must be leased on street, run free on beach if accompanied ...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Detached Unit


  • Bedroom 3

    Office w bookshelves, desk, chair...moreless

  • 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

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • tub & shower area tiled wood floor bedboard floor to 3', then plasterboard window porcelain sink, toilet, medicine cabinet, small storage unit ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Burglar alarm (w fire, police, & panic buttons)-- tho usually leave door open Garbage pickup 2x week...moreless


  • Games:

    scrabble, trivial pursuit, monopoly, Uno...moreless

  • Music Library:

    several hundred cds, also Pandora & Mog on Roku, music channels on TV...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cablevision,, DVR, On Demand Roku box (free Netflix, other movie channels, Pandora, Mog, TED talks, fitness videos, etc...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Private beach on Long Island Sound few people even on weekends, spaced far apart when no one's around i sometimes swim topless...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    main bedroom & office ceiling fans all rooms & studio...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    LAN ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    also outdoor clothesline for drying suits & towels...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    no computer but 22' monitor Brother b/w laser printer Brother multifunction scan/fax/printer computer speakers...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    weights, bands, foot stretcher, yoga mat, foam roller...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    to US, Canada, I think Mexico...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    baseboard electric, oil radiators...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    real town comforters & pillows 1 tempurpedic pillow...moreless

  • Living Room:

    couch & matching armchair 2 coffeetable, other chairs & footstool' standing table & wall lighting, overhead fan...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    gravel driveway, room for 2 cars ( single file)...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    enough room gravel driveway...moreless

  • Telephone:

    cord & cordless cell phone reception...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    regular and beach...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    top loading...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    extra speed, router works even in studio...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    electric kettle automatic coffee maker, espresso maker, french press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    electric kettle, food processor, juice extractor, ice tea maker ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    grill utensils, fish griller, lobster pot, salad spinner, lemon squeezer, plastic glasses outside...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    GE Profile...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    wood cabinets, glass doors tiled countertops double sink water cooler (water delivered) ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Deck / Patio:

    BEACH. wraparound cedar deck, chaise lounges, dining table, breakfast table/umbrella...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    shieded from street by trees, sall but pretty, lawn mostly sand, Adirondack, bench & lounge chairs by garden & outside studio, garden tools, hose...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    propane Weber grill...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    kickboard, fins, foam water 'weights', lifejackets, snorkel vest...moreless



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Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • per night $25
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included


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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Last updated: 06/20/2015
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47 Miles
Nearest Airport
MacArthur (Islip)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Elbow East
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sag Harbor
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
both regular & par-3
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Southold LIRR
19 Miles
Nearest Motorway
LIE (495)
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Elbow East
Nearest Beach
off deck

Car: Necessary

Water park 35 minutes away, 20 minutes

Orient State Park 20 minutes

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


Owner info

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

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Speaks: english


  • Ramp to house

    Ramp to house

  • approaching house thru trees

    approaching house thru trees

  • In the garden

    In the garden

  • sailing


  • large bedroom

    large bedroom

  • office


  • facing couch

    facing couch

  • livingroom, kitchen on left, dining area on right, door to deck center rear

    livingroom, kitchen on left, dining area on right, door to deck center rear

  • Inside dining

    Inside dining

  • down the beach

    down the beach

  • inside studio

    inside studio

  • who needs words?

    who needs words?

  • road


  • deck looking down on garden

    deck looking down on garden

  • breakfast table

    breakfast table

  • sunbathing on deck

    sunbathing on deck

  • small bedroom

    small bedroom

  • bathroom


  • looking from couch to window 
(kitchen is to left, dining area rear left)

    looking from couch to window (kitchen is to left, dining area rear left)

  • kitchen


  • outside dining

    outside dining

  • studio


  • studio garden

    studio garden

  • Sunset from deck

    Sunset from deck

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