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Spectacular Views Day and Night from Private Treetop Apartment

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View from deck shows Cruz Bay with St. Thomas in distance.

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Last updated: 11/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cruz Bay apartment 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 a 'mini' banana 'plantation' & flower garden. 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 800' 'down the hill' (even for just the morning paper or freshly brewd 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!)

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

                      • Fitness Center

                      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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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Off Season
                          Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $1,400
                          February
                          Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          $1,700
                          My Standard Rate
                          7 night min stay

                          $1,600

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                          Calendar

                          Last updated: 11/26/2014
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                          Owner info

                          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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                          Photos

                          • View from deck shows Cruz Bay with St. Thomas in distance.

                            View from deck shows Cruz Bay with St. Thomas in distance.

                          • Colorfull drapes may be drawn . Two separate doorways lead to large bathroom.

                            Colorfull drapes may be drawn . Two separate doorways lead to large bathroom.

                          • 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.

                          • April sunset.

                            April sunset.

                          • Bananaquits love the ever-flowing stairway water feature.

                            Bananaquits love the ever-flowing stairway water feature.

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

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

                          • NP mountain forests displayed thru northern window wall

                            NP mountain forests displayed thru northern window wall

                          • Two 6' wide archways interconnect bedroom & kitchen/studio spaces

                            Two 6' wide archways interconnect bedroom & kitchen/studio spaces

                          • Bananaquits feed near deck.

                            Bananaquits feed near deck.

                          • Sunset view to SW from deck

                            Sunset view to SW from deck

                          • Another winter sunset.

                            Another winter sunset.

                          • April sunset sky.

                            April sunset sky.

                          • Another April sunset.

                            Another April sunset.

                          • Private stairway from parking bay past water feature.

                            Private stairway from parking bay past water feature.

                          • Donkeys enjoy garden visits

                            Donkeys enjoy garden visits

                          VRBO #72455

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                          This listing was first published here in 2005.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

                          $1,400 - $1,700 per week (USD)
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                          1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 2

                          View calendar: Updated 11/26/14
                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                          Member since: 2005
                          Speaks: english
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                          • Response rate: 100%
                          • Calendar last updated: 11/26/2014
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