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

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Last updated: 07/13/2014
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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

          Suitability

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Kitchen

          Amenities

          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street

          Other Amenities

              • Private Parking

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet:

                WiFi Internet available at Mongoose Junction at base of access road ...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

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

              Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio

                  Location & View

                  • Ocean View
                  • Water View

                  Activities

                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Shopping
                  • Boating
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Surfing
                  • Sailing
                  • Tennis
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Swimming
                   

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

                  $1,700
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                  7 night min stay

                  $1,600

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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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                  Photos

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

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

                  • Tranquility of view from apartment deck

                    Tranquility of view from apartment deck

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

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

                  • King bed in large bedroom/sitting room.

                    King bed in large bedroom/sitting room.

                  • 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

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

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

                  • 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 - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

                  $1,600 - $1,700 per week (USD)
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                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 2

                  View calendar: Updated 07/13/14
                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                  (540) 948-6467 (Virginia USA) May-Dec

                  Speaks: english
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