About the property
- House1800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
Escape the summer crowds - cross over the wooden bridge onto secluded Lieutenant Island (one of Cape Cod Magazine's 'Best Neighborhoods on the Cape' (Aug. 2011)). This house was known as MarshView because of the beautiful views of the Audubon Society marsh and the Bay beyond: just a 5 minute stroll down sandy lanes to either of the uncrowded island beaches. Three decks offer warming morning sun for yoga on the private master bedroom deck, sea breezes and evening sun for family dinner at the large octagonal picnic table (with huge market umbrella) on the main deck and magnificent sunsets from the top deck; at night, the stars are breathtaking - no streetlights anywhere on the Island. The rest of the recently renovated house features all new kitchen (2017); all new master bathroom (2017); roomy bedrooms with comfy beds; updated downstairs bathroom (2011); all new windows throughout (2012); wide plank oak floors throughout and original art from Wellfleet and the owners' travels around the world.
If the water is over the causeway to the Island at high tide, stay Island-side and enjoy the quiet beaches, swim in the warm Bay waters (jumping off the bridge for a swim is fun, too!) or kayak from Deep Hole around the Island - birders will love the many herons and egrets that call the Island home; much of it is owned by the Audubon Society and is undeveloped. The Island also is a major nesting ground for endangered species of turtles, which can be found laying their eggs all over the island in early summer.
Want to really relax? Sling your hammock in the shade of the main deck, kick back with a cool drink and listen to the breeze through the pines that surround the house. Or bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail - minutes to ocean beaches - and pick up fresh local fish from the nearby market on the ride home to grill for dinner! Like oysters? Get your shellfish license and gather your own Wellfleets from the oyster beds at low tide - they don't get any fresher.
Feeling more adventurous? The art galleries and kettle ponds of Wellfleet, the restaurants and street scene of P'town and the shops of Orleans are all just minutes away. See why Cape Cod Magazine called the Island 'a unique spot with a constant breeze and the feel of the ocean in the air.'
Julia and David Schwartz-Leeper
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- May 8, 2018
About Julia and David Schwartz-Leeper
David spent most of his childhood summers with his grandparents in Orleans. He is an avid blue water sailor. Julia, a yoga instructor who runs a not-for-profit social services agency, also loves the Cape and the ocean; they and their adult twin sons and daughter have spent many joyful summers in Wellfleet. Both sons have advanced degrees; one lives in England, the other in Boston. Our daughter is a sophmore in college and an equestrian. We all love animals, especially our mixed black lab, Lucy. Most of us are vegetarians.
Julia and David Schwartz-Leeper purchased this House in 2003
Why Julia and David Schwartz-Leeper chose South Wellfleet
We bought this house because we have spent many years vacationing on the Cape and always dreamed of living there. When we discovered this beautiful Lt. Island house one cold and blustery April weekend, we knew it was perfect.
What makes this House unique
New in 2017: Complete!! Kitchen and bath expansion and renovation! Dishwasher, six burner stove, AC and new heating system! New washer/dryer. We added a luxurious swing for two outside the lower bedroom and a HOT TUB (fall and spring only). The house is cozy and located on a secluded island attached to the mainland by a wooden bridge and causeway that can be under water during a very high tide, which makes it accessible yet feeling remote. Much of the island is owned by the Audubon Society- it is largely undeveloped and serves as a nesting ground for endangered turtles, which can be found very near the house, as well as a haven for many species of water fowl. Art galleries, restaurants, shops, ocean beaches and freshwater kettle ponds are all a short bike or car ride away, but we actually spend more time just enjoying the beautiful beaches on the Island. We love walking around the island in the mornings, coffee or tea in hand, when you may not see another soul - even in August!
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Just spent the last week of the summer on Lt. Island and had the most relaxing and enjoyable week with my family, including our dog. This is a beautiful well equipped home. The home was very clean and well maintained, the beds were comfortable, the kitchen was great with everything you needed and plenty of room for two cooks. The views from the third floor deck felt like you were in the treetops. Constant breezes from across the marshes made the home comfortable and we didn't need the numerous fans the owners provided. Internet access was adequate for 6 people to use their I phones and laptops and stay in touch. Wellfleet and Provincetown are short rides away if you need more excitement or the ocean beaches and great restaurants.
We spent Jewish new year at this magnificent home .
We had family from overseas with us and we had one of the most memorable family vacations ever .
The house is well equipped , kitchen is good by all standards , I spent few years of my life as a cook in several restaurants and whoever says the kitchen isn't good enough just don't know to cook .
The island is great , beaches are empty and morning walks around the island are beautiful way to start the day . Swimming off the bridge at high tide is great as well .
All in all , we loved it , and we highly recommend !
Great place to relax
What a wonderful week we had with some good and old friends. The trip over the bridge was fun and the convenience of places to walk was great. We were fortunate to see seals on the beaches and spent a good part of each day on some amazing walks. We both cooked and ate out and the owners have created a book with fantastic suggestions of where to go. We agreed with all of them and had a great time. My husband loved the outside shower and the decks were comfortable with some great views. While we were close enough to various shopping, restaurants, etc, the island location was still perfect for that feeling of privacy. The house lives up to its pictures and was ready for us to move into upon our arrival.
The landlord advertised the property as having wireless internet and did not give a deduction for the fact that no there was in fact none there. Several of my friends and family came with the expectation that they could do homework there, make work contacts and skype with a girlfriend. After paying at a premium for us all to be together, people had to disperse for long periods of time to find internet in other places. When asked for a deduction, the landlord claimed that we broke items that cancelled the deduction out, which was an outright lie.
In addition, the kitchen is made for two. We had six adults there and there was no room to work or for storage of food items. We had to keep groceries on the counter.
The place was extremely hot when we arrived due to the fact that the large main windows do not have any shades. The main room gets very overheated on hot days. The main deck is in the sun at all times (except one little corner that is set up for two people) and the picnic table has no umbrella so you can't really eat out there because the sun is blazing down.
We would definitely not rent this place again.
a Cape Cod treasure
A perfect place for anyone one who loves the Cape or wants to experience the Cape as mentioned in the song Old Cape Cod. The house is lovely, spotlessly clean and well maintained with one beautiful surprise after another. If you like to cook and at the same time be with friends or family, the kitchen is open to a large and comfortable living room with deck that surrounds it and windows to bring the ocean air and beautiful scenery to the viewer’s eyes. We enjoyed the walks to the beach and collecting the Wellfleet shell sculptures. Coming off the Island to the “mainland” is an adventure as you cross a Cape Cod bridge to dining, shopping, family fun and so many other easy- to-get- to activities. We loved Wellfleet harbor. Even rainy days are great! The family that owns the property couldn’t be nicer! We love the fact that pets are allowed and enjoyed every day and night at this Cape Cod treasure!
Couldn't be better
My wife and I enjoyed a perfect week this past summer at this most cheerful and roomy house rental on Lieutenant Island. Very quiet, gentle breezes off two big decks, a well appointed kitchen, comfortable furniture...all the things which make a summer rental just right. We just loved the great outdoor shower, the perfect pre-dinner ritual each night. The photos only tell part of the story of the quality of this house.
Bordered by Audubon Preserve; walk down sandy lanes to Bayside beaches - 5 mins.; gorgeous sunsets from upper deck; prime turtle nesting area. So many turtles this year! 2017
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Renovation and expansion. Many new amenities. AC, all new kitchen, dishwasher, luxury bath, new shower. Hot tub!