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Lovely 2-Story Family Home with Lofty Sunny Decks, Garden and Breezy Porch

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Last updated: 04/08/2017
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  • Minimum stay:6-8 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6), AC

Comfortable, tastefully decorated, newly renovated family home in the family community of Seaview, Fire Island. It's only about an hour by train or car from New York City, but it is truly another world. Once you are on the ferry boat, you have entered a low-key, old-fashioned place where there are no cars, no traffic, only bare feet and bikes and wagons. If you want to pop up to the beach in the middle of the night to gaze at the full moon shining on the waves, you can just walk up the block, without a care, and sit at the top of the wooden steps at the top of the dunes. Going to the beach during the day, even at the height of summer, does not mean fighting for a parking spot. All you do is ride your bike or walk seconds or minutes up the block and there you are. From Seaview, you can also easily walk down the beach for about 20 or 30 minutes to arrive at the unspoiled, natural protected area of Sunken Forest, where the houses stop and a boardwalk leads through the bayberry and beach plum to a holly forest that is below sea level. If you want a little action - seafood restaurants, diners, clothing stores or ice cream - you can reach the village of Ocean Beach in about 5 minutes on foot.

Our house, which is lifted high above the ground and has wrap-around decks, catches the breeze and the sound of the ocean waves. It also has whole-house air conditioning. The living room is airy and open, with a high, dramatically slanted ceiling, architectural open staircase and large sliding glass doors leading to a sunny deck on the first floor. This deck has a round dining table shaded by an umbrella, and chaise lounges for relaxing. The large, sunny second-floor deck, open to the master bedroom through sliding glass doors, is a secluded aerie above the treetops, catching the sun and the ocean breezes, and is a great place for star and moon gazing at night. A breezy screened-in porch, open on four sides, with a ceiling fan and hammock, connects to the kitchen so it can be used for al fresco dining when the golden light of sunset pours in from the west, as well as for just relaxing in the shade in the hammock throughout the day. The porch also has windows that close so that it can be enjoyed in all types of weather. The house, which my parents bought in 1964, and which I renovated last year, has a warm, homey atmosphere, not the anonymous, sterile feel of houses created specifically for renting.

The large master bedroom, with a glimpse of the bay in the distance, fills the entire upstairs and opens through sliding glass doors onto the private sunny deck surrounded only by sky and treetops, perfect for quiet sunbathing or reading, or for late afternoon tea, with the last rays of the setting sun. There is nothing better in the morning than to walk out onto the deck to greet the day, with the sound of bird calls in the surrounding trees. With a glass-and-steel computer desk, the master bedroom is also perfect for those who combine vacation with work. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, while the two downstairs bedrooms have two twin beds each. The upstairs bathroom, directly off the bedroom, has a shower, while the newly renovated downstairs bathroom, opening onto the hall that joins the two downstairs bedrooms, has a tub/shower with a European-style shower head that can be hand-held, and is especially useful for washing small children. The house has central air-conditioning and all the bedrooms have ceiling fans. The new kitchen has white marble counter tops, blue-green recycled glass mosaic walls and all new appliances, including a Verona dual-fuel range and a Miele dishwasher. A Weber grill is installed just outside the kitchen and porch for easy meal preparation.

The large cedar-wood outdoor shower is perfect for rinsing off after the beach. The high-capacity washer and dryer are in a separate shed steps from the front door.

The house is centrally located, less than two blocks from the ocean beach and a block from the bay. It is two blocks from the town's grocery store, the famous Seaview Market, and three blocks from the ferry dock. It is only two blocks from the town of Ocean Beach, which has many restaurants, ice cream parlors and boutiques as well as a post office. As the renter of a member of the Seaview Association, you will have free access to the bay beach, which has life guards, a kiddie pool, a playground and a basketball court and offers swimming lessons and water aerobics. You and your children can also sign up for tennis on the courts just across from the bay beach (there is an extra fee for tennis).

We want to make staying in our home a simple, stress-free experience. Therefore, everything you might need is provided: all linens, pillows, bath towels and beach towels, as well as such necessities as bath soap, garbage bags, plastic food wrap, paper towels, dish soap and laundry detergent. The kitchen is extremely well stocked, for those who love cooking and baking. There is a fishing rod that you are welcome to use as well as four adult bikes and one child's two-wheeler. We also provide beach chairs and a beach umbrella, as well as a wooden wagon for taking things to the beach or for marketing. The wagon is locked up at the ferry dock so that you can use it for your baggage when you arrive and when you leave.

The screened-in porch, newly added in the recent renovation, has become everyone's favorite place to hang out, especially in the hammock. We dine there almost every evening and there is nothing more beautiful than to watch the brilliantly illuminated sky as the sun sets behind the trees. When night falls, we light lamps scattered around the porch so that it feels like a glowing tree house.

We have guests who return year after year because they fall in love with the house.


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated: 04/08/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are free to play with any toys that are here as well as read the children's books on the shelves....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

    Glass and wood door and screen door to deck....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 king

    Twin beds form a king-size but can be separated....moreless

  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Outdoor shower: outdoor shower


  • Downstairs bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Beautiful green-blue glass mosaic, European-style shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Airy, bright screened-in porch, open on four sides. New kitchen. Large master bedroom, with windows on four sides, opens onto secluded second level sunny deck. Desk in master bedroom good for home office....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Satellite TV...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There is an indoor dining room, open to the living room and kitchen. The dining table seats 8. There is also a drop-leaf dining table on the porch seating 6-8....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    AC in master bedroom. AC available for downstairs bedrooms....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Samsung large capacity. In separate shed....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Yes, but we do not use it in the summer and prefer that you not use it. But it looks lovely in the living room!...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:


  • Internet:

    FIOS Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, pillows and duvets....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large 98-inch sofa with down cushions. Two rattan arm chairs with sprung down cushions. Additional arm chairs, coffee table. Sliding glass doors to deck bordered with trees....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Braun electric filter coffee maker, with built-in hot plate, and traditional on-stove espresso pot....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped kitchen including baking pans, stainless-steel and cast-iron pots and pans, large mixing bowls, colanders, graters, wooden spoons, grill tools, Cuisinart, mixer, blender, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and utensils for 12 people....moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Newly renovated with porcelain-tile floor and recycled glass mosaic walls, green-blue shade. Pleasant LED lighting. Desk area. Open to porch and dining room. All new appliances....moreless

  • Microwave:

    GE Spacesaver...moreless

  • Oven:

    Verona dual-fuel range, with gas burners and electric oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towels, tin foil, plastic wrap, plastic bags, garbage bags....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Stainless-steel Samsung side-by-side counter-depth, with lots of freezer space in addition to spacious fridge area. Ice maker, filtered water....moreless

  • Stove:

    Verona dual-fuel range, with gas burners and electric oven....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Black and Decker toaster-oven....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    4 adult, 1 child's...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Decks on first and second floor....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    You can bring a kayak and launch it either on the beach or at the bay at the end of our block. There is plenty of room under the house to store it....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened-in porch, open on four sides. High cathedral ceiling and fan....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large planters in deck with Juniper, Russian Sage, Dusty Miller, etc....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New Weber gas grill. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Available for extra fee, paid to local association....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    We have life jackets for children and adults....moreless

Pool / Spa



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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Weekly rate-includes 6 nights
Jul 30 - Aug 26, 2017
6 night min stay

$5,000 $20,000
Labor Day Week- 8-night week
Aug 27 - Sep 4, 2017
8 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Utilities* (weekly) $75
  • Housekeeping (per stay) $200


- Available by the week starting July 30, 2017.

- Stay for the week includes 6 nights: arrival on Sunday at noon, departure the following Saturday at 4 pm. Stay for Labor Day week includes 7 nights: arrival on Sunday at noon, departure following Monday at 4 pm.

- Additional pricing available for rental for the month of August through Labor Day.

- Families only; no groups; no house parties; no pets.

- Utilities include gas, grill fuel, Internet, telephone and electricity.

- Damage protection (security deposit): $1,000 per rental week.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 04/08/2017
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Lifeguards on ocean beach at the end of our street on weekends and three blocks down during the week and weekends. Lifeguarded swimming area at bay, with swimming lessons, and kiddie pool -- great for children; basketball court; children's and adults' tennis clinics. Organized baseball/softball for kids and adults. House is 3 blocks from ferry and 2 blocks from well-stocked food market and liquor store. More stores, as well as restaurants, bars and day camp in adjacent village of Ocean Beach. Boat dock with slips for rent 3 blocks away. Water taxis available for day trips to other communities, including the 19th-century working lighthouse and museum, as well as Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1964

About the owner: I am an editor and journalist focusing on architecture and design. My parents bought the house when I was a small child and I grew up staying there for three months every summer. I loved Fire Island as a child for the absolute freedom, the lack of cars, being able to run around barefoot all day between the ocean and the bay. Now I get to watch my own child enjoying the island the same way I did, as it is still a wonderful, carefree place for families.

Why the Owner Chose Seaview, Fire Island, NY, USA:
My parents bought the house in 1964 because they loved the beach and the feeling that the island is worlds away from the bustle of the city. It is so close to New York - about an hour's drive and a half hour ferry ride - yet when you arrive, you feel that you have entered another world. Simply getting onto the ferry is a transformative moment. Seaview still offers a very simple lifestyle: you can wear your oldest clothes, not put on a pair of shoes for the entire time you are here, and not have to worry about cars. The smallest children can play on the path outside the house, draw with chalk, ride their bikes and scooters, and generally be free in a way that they can't in most places today.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house is located less than two blocks from the ocean and one block from the bay. At the end of the street are stairs providing access to bay swimming. There are also lifeguards at the top of our street at the ocean. The house is two blocks from the local well-stocked grocery store and three blocks from the Seaview ferry dock. It is a five minute walk from the nearby village of Ocean Beach, which offers restaurants, bars, stores, a day camp, basketball court and another ferry. Our membership in the Seaview Association provides access to a bayside swimming area with lifeguards, a kiddie pool, and group swimming lessons for children. It also provides access to membership in the tennis club (extra fees apply) which offers lessons for adults and children and organized games.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated: 04/08/2017

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  • Front of our house

    Front of our house

  • The porch in  early evening. The hammock hooks and unhooks easily.

    The porch in early evening. The hammock hooks and unhooks easily.

  • Deck garden, porch and entrance ramp at left. Bikes are included in rental.

    Deck garden, porch and entrance ramp at left. Bikes are included in rental.

  • The top deck, accessed from master bedroom and stair landing, is sunny all day.

    The top deck, accessed from master bedroom and stair landing, is sunny all day.

  • New kitchen

    New kitchen

  • Master bedroom with upper deck outside.

    Master bedroom with upper deck outside.

  • Upstairs bathroom

    Upstairs bathroom

  • First-floor bedroom #2 perfect for children. Windows on 3 sides and door to deck

    First-floor bedroom #2 perfect for children. Windows on 3 sides and door to deck

  • Outdoor dining and lounging.

    Outdoor dining and lounging.

  • Morning on beach.

    Morning on beach.

  • Sunset at bay at end of our block.

    Sunset at bay at end of our block.

  • Front door. Shed to left, w/washer/dryer; outdoor shower, center.

    Front door. Shed to left, w/washer/dryer; outdoor shower, center.

  • Shed, center, contains washer and dryer. Outdoor shower to right.

    Shed, center, contains washer and dryer. Outdoor shower to right.

  • Elevated first-floor sunny deck catches breezes.

    Elevated first-floor sunny deck catches breezes.

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Large master bedroom has windows on 4 sides, private bathroom and home office.

    Large master bedroom has windows on 4 sides, private bathroom and home office.

  • Upstairs bedroom alcove

    Upstairs bedroom alcove

  •  Downstairs bathroom

    Downstairs bathroom

  • First floor bedroom #1

    First floor bedroom #1

  • Looking toward porch, grill at left. Door into bedroom.

    Looking toward porch, grill at left. Door into bedroom.

  • Moonlight on beach at end of our block.

    Moonlight on beach at end of our block.

  • Sunset on bay at end of our block.

    Sunset on bay at end of our block.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 09, 2017

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