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Ciellodonna is located in an exclusive neighborhood in a peaceful harbor side setting with lovely views that overlook Chocolate Hole Harbor. The house faces southeast and is blessed with sun the entire day, plus gentle cooling breezes and beautiful views of boats at rest on turquoise waters. A private path leads from the house to the water and you can walk along the shore for swimming and snorkeling at the small beach at the head of the harbor. It’s an easy 6-minute drive into Cruz Bay and about one mile to the spa, fitness facility, restaurants and beach at the Westin Resort.
Ciellodonna is a spacious and very comfortable 2-level home with 2400 sq/ft of interior space and another 3400 sq/ft of decks. Parking is on the upper level where you enter into the large great room, which contains the living, dining and kitchen areas, plus a half bath. Six sets of screened sliding glass doors open to the large upper deck which runs the full length of the house. The upper deck includes lovely views, a living/lounging area and a gazebo that provides shade for outdoor dining or relaxing. Two master bedrooms are located on the upper level and two more bedrooms are on the lower level, which is accessed by an exterior stairway. The bedroom loft is above the kitchen. The pool is on the lower deck, along with a large sun deck, a complete wet bar and another well furnished living and lounging area. All four bedrooms are roomy master bedrooms with harbor views, a/c, tiled floors and quality furnishings. The upper west bedroom is the owner's bedroom with a 4-poster king bed and cable TV/DVD, while the upper east bedroom has a queen mahogany sleigh bed and cable TV/DVD. Like the lower bedrooms, the upper bedrooms are located on the ends of the house for excellent privacy. The lower right bedroom has a queen 4-poster mahogany bed and the lower left bedroom has a canopied king bed with a queen size sleep sofa for children. Two more kids can sleep in the loft bedroom on a full sized futon, and altogether Ciellodonna can sleep 12 people. All four master bedrooms open to a deck and all have beautiful tiled baths and showers. The comfortable great room is defined by cathedral ceilings, Italian tiled floors, stone walls, big furniture and harbor views. There is a stereo/cassette/CD and a 42' cable color TV/DVD, plus high speed internet. The mahogany dining table seats 8-10 in the formal dining area while large exterior dining tables are located under the gazebo and on the lower deck. The kitchen features tiled countertops, mahogany cabinets, a gas stove and oven, a dishwasher, microwave and all necessary cooking utensils and dinnerware. A washer/dryer is located off the kitchen and there's a gas barbecue on the deck.
All four bedrooms are roomy master bedrooms with harbor views, a/c, tiled floors and quality furnishings.
In a downstairs bedroom there is a pullout sofa.
In the loft there is a queen size futon couch. The loft does not have a/c. ...moreless
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Ciellodonna is located in an exclusive waterfront setting, with lovely views overlooking Chocolate Hole Harbor. The house faces southeast and is blessed with sun the entire day, plus gentle cooling breezes and beautiful views of boats at rest on the turquoise waters. A private path leads from the house to the water and you can walk along the shore for swimming and snorkeling at the small beach at the head of the harbor. It’s an easy 6-minute drive into Cruz Bay and about one mile to the spa, fitness facility, restaurants and beach at the Westin Resort.
Year Purchased: 2000
About: We’re a big family from New York who absolutely love to get away to St. John for a tropical vacation, especially in the midst of a harsh NY winter. Like most families we love to be together, but sometimes we also need some privacy and our own space. So we designed a roomy villa that brings people together by creating multiple areas for socializing, but it also provides many comfortable and private spaces where someone can have a moment to themselves. When we started looking at the cost of building on St. John, an island without an airport, we went into a state of semi shock, and the awe came much later. But we said, what the heck, let’s do this right, so we hired one of St. John’s best builders and also retained a great interior designer and we built a really nice home in a really sweet location. This is a home of contrasting themes; it’s big enough for 12 but also cozy for two or four, it’s well-appointed and comfortable but not lavish or overdone, and it’s elegant and yet still casual. The upper level is perfect for one family or 1-2 couples, and when you add in the lower level you more than double the living space and create so much room that even with 12 people its never crowded. The wet bar, pool and large decks make this an ideal villa for luxurious outdoor living, and the great floor plan does the same for indoor living. Whether you’re a big family, or a single couple, we bet that you’ll love Ciellodonna.
Why Chocolate Hole: We chose this harborside location because we wanted to be on the water, but we wanted a calm, protected shoreline where our kids could enjoy snorkeling, swimming and paddle boarding without high winds, pounding surf and rough seas. We also really enjoy looking at the boats floating lazily on the turquoise waters of the harbor; there’s something very soothing about this beautiful seascape. We live in inland New York where there are no ocean cruising sailboats in anyone’s front yard, but they’re here in St. John and they’re a constant delight to gaze at. It’s hard to describe but sometimes this harbor view, with its midday brilliant water colors and early evening stillness, has a stress reducing, almost hypnotic effect. Even though we adore this tranquil location, we also love being an easy 8 minutes from the fabulous restaurants and the fun Caribbean atmosphere of Cruz Bay. Fortunately, that’s the beauty of St. John, tranquility and excitement can coexist within a 2 mile radius. We found both, and you will also, on the water’s edge at Chocolate Hole Harbor.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: We’ve seen quite a few St. John homes and our villa design seems to be somewhat unique. Designing and building a home with a curved front creates much more of a challenge, but it is esthetically more pleasing, and because of the curvature people on the bedroom decks don’t see each other, thereby creating precious visual privacy. The poolside wet bar is not unique, but it’s much appreciated when we’re having pool parties for the kids, and especially liked by the older kids in the evening. Of course our location is not completely unique because there are other homes on the harbor, but thanks to the lush tropical vegetation we can only see the villas across the harbor. However we really think that this harborside setting offers a view that is as calm, comforting, and hypnotic as you can find on this island, or anywhere else. The hill on the other side of the harbor softens the trade winds, so they’re gentle and soothing and you never need a jacket on these decks, even long after the sun has set. Speaking of the sun, you get plenty of it because the house faces southeast, but both decks have covered areas where you can be outside enjoying the view and also be sheltered from the sun.