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Spectacular Views Day and Night from Private Treetop Apartment

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Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Sonnenskuss (sun's kiss - German ) is perched 250' above sea level and Mongoose Junction ( an extraordinarily beautiful architectural landmark ) on the edge of the National Park, yet, only 3 blocks from the center of Cruz Bay - an ideally convenient location with privacy, seclusion and fabulous views.

NP mountain forests are displayed thru an entire northern window wall and the Cruz Bay waterfront, distant St. Thomas, the western sky and everyday sunsets are viewed thru the west wall of screens or from the deck.

Located at the north end of the greater residence, hence, protected from southern exposure, the apartment enjoys a well-shaded interior - space white & bright and accepting of the cooling trade winds passing thru. Ceilings are high. The bedroom is large with a quality, king mattress. The bath is also large and well stocked. The kitchen/studio is fully equipped and interconnected with the bedroom thru two 6' wide archways.

A single, private parking bay (exclusive for apartment guests) is located below an ascending masonry staircase which passes a large, interestingly sculpted waterfall/birdbath surrounded by lush tropical foliage. From the staircase end, one proceeds along a shaded catwalk toward a stand of bamboo and apartment deck. The deck faces the water & sunsets and overlooks garden vegetation. Keep the feeder supplied with sugar and let the bananquits & finches entertain you. Rise early and you'll probably see deer or an occasional donkey eating that same garden.

Sonnenskuss is easily found by walking or driving (all guests in need are picked up at the ferry) 4 blocks from the ferry dock to the far end of Mongoose Junction. From there, turn into the parking lot, proceed 100', and turn left up the concrete road. 3 switchbacks follow - a right, then a left - and Sonnenskuss staircase is on the right, just before the 3rd switchback.

Mongoose Junction is unquestionably an architectural gem exuding a powerful Caribbean ambience & energy. Thanks to a local treasure - artist/architect/builder Glenn Speer - MJ is a wonderful m'elange of shops, salons, indoor/outdoor restaurants, a deli & a taproom/brewery - a delightful convenience a mere 900' 'down the hill' (even for just the morning paper or freshly brewed coffee). Warning: the walk back up can seem twice as long.

The National Park Headquarters Building & rec field is directly across the street from MJ, and Lind Pt. trail (behind bldg.) leads to Salomon, Honeymoon & Caneel Bay beaches (20-30 min.) - very convenient for those not renting a vehicle (& great exercise!)

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Property Type

  • Apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • private parking just for apartment guests at lower end of private entrance stairway...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access:

    Available at Internet Cafe at base of access road....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    plan to install beginning 14/15 season...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    studio...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    office phone (340 776-6149) is available for local, calling card, or message retrieval; or, own cell phone (good reception)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi Internet available via Apple Express from floor above...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    condiments, sugar, coffee filters, cold pressed olive oil, ketchup, mustard...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    long access stairway/walkway past lush tropical vegetation and water feature...moreless

 

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About the owner: Mom & I are the two faces at Sonnenskuss these days since dad's passing in '05. Dad was a champion swimmer, and, with the help of a letter from Gene Tunney, was able to pick Key West, Fla. as his venue of choice to teach aquatic warfare during WWII. Mom, born in Germany (hence,Sonnenskuss), was a beautiful young ballet dancer. Two physical specimens, and just married, the newlyweds were able to live together off base. Dad loved his active duty in Key West (their first son was born at the naval hospital). He loved the heat & the water. Decades later, mom & dad (George & Charlette) began taking regular winter cruises throughout the Caribbean on the 'Bremen'. In '67 mom read about Cinnamon Bay in the NY Times, followed by consecutive annual stays at the campground. Our family fell in love with St. John, purchased a Serendip condo unit ('72-'73), and began the search for an ideal location to design & build a home in paradise. Mom & dad were always a 'perfect team' - proactive with enthusiasm - so, dad designed Sonnenskuss, loaded two 40' containers on L.I. (all bldg. materials, appliances, jeep, etc.) and commenced building in '79. The apartment was never touched by a '96 hurricane which purged the house of it's wooden structure. Rebuilt in masonry in '98, Sonnenskuss winter seasons provided infinite joy for my parents & friends - and continue to provide for guests new & old. Welcome!


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015

    Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015

  • Mongoose Junction rooftops (lower left) & NP Hdqtrs. Building (center right)

    Mongoose Junction rooftops (lower left) & NP Hdqtrs. Building (center right)

  • Private stairway from parking bay past water feature.

    Private stairway from parking bay past water feature.

  • Bananaquits feeding in front of deck

    Bananaquits feeding in front of deck

  • Colorful drapes may be drawn for additional privacy

    Colorful drapes may be drawn for additional privacy

  • Harbor … by the light of the silvery moon

    Harbor … by the light of the silvery moon

  • Another winter sunset.

    Another winter sunset.

  • April sunset.

    April sunset.

  • … and again, with sunset light

    … and again, with sunset light

  • Donkeys enjoy garden visits

    Donkeys enjoy garden visits

  • Wide angle of Cruz Bay harbor with distant STT from Sonnenskuss deck

    Wide angle of Cruz Bay harbor with distant STT from Sonnenskuss deck

  • … with sunset viewing all year round

    … with sunset viewing all year round

  • Apartment deck has sun & shade

    Apartment deck has sun & shade

  • Sliding door faces sunsets … northern windows face NP

    Sliding door faces sunsets … northern windows face NP

  • Two 6' wide archways lead to BR

    Two 6' wide archways lead to BR

  • Bathroom approached from far end of BR

    Bathroom approached from far end of BR

  • Large bathroom/shower

    Large bathroom/shower

  • Winter sunset viewed to SW from deck.

    Winter sunset viewed to SW from deck.

  • Colorfull March sunset (due west) from apartment.

    Colorfull March sunset (due west) from apartment.

  • Daylight view (same direction from deck)

    Daylight view (same direction from deck)

  • Bananaquits love the ever-flowing stairway water feature.

    Bananaquits love the ever-flowing stairway water feature.

  • Kestrel couple perched above apartment deck

    Kestrel couple perched above apartment deck

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 24 hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 07/29/2015
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