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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights

Overview

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 central 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. There are also lounge chairs and an umbrella and also a retractable awning for shade. 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 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.

The house, which my parents bought in 1964, and which I renovated in 2015, has a warm, homey atmosphere, not the anonymous, sterile feel of houses created specifically for renting.

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

More Details

Owner
Andrea
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Andrea

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.

Andrea purchased this house in 1964

Why Andrea chose Fire Island

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Map

Car: not necessary

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.

Amenities

Seaview House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please wash sand off feet before entering house and do not sit on furniture in wet bathing suits.
  • Please be mindful that Seaview is a family community and keep voices and music down, especially in the evening. Please do not play music on deck.
  • Please close umbrellas and awning when not at house and at night and bring in deck cushions at night.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
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.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Twin beds form a king-size but can be separated.
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , A door opens to deck.
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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 with retractable awning for shade. Desk in master bedroom good for home office.

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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
5

Old and new unite into one great thing.

  • 5 of 5

This house is super interesting; it has been relocated/raised and largely renovated. It's been in the same family and the original remaining features are charming, while the additions like the sun room and the massive wraparound deck space provide all sorts of hangout options. Great location, great for a family. Very well maintained.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautifully

  • 5 of 5

The house is sooooooo lovely. Every detail thoughtfully planned out and designed. Love the wrap-around deck and porch with hammock. Also the private upper deck is a rare luxury. Extremely well-equipped kitchen. Owner is very communicative and accommodating. Couldn't ask for a nicer stay. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York
5

A wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I spent a wonderful weekend at this house. WOULD RECOMMEND. My favorite thing was the new porch room which has windows on four sides. The outdoor shower was incredible. Very comfortable, great amenities, tasteful, and super close to ferry and beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY
5

Really special Fire Island home.

  • 5 of 5

This home is in the perfect location. When you get off the (less crowded than others) Seaview ferry and load you adorable little red wagon, you are just steps ftom this lovely, comfortable, breezy home. I love sitting on the screen, porch having morning coffee listening to birds and smelling the roses. The beach at Seaview is clean, uncrowded, guarded. The house is also super close to the charming, well stocked grocery and access to bay swimming just at the other end of the street.

Owner has given every attention to tasteful design and simplicity and function. The house has high end appliances and kitchen and bath, though I prefer the spa like outdoor shower and the view of the sky. This is a great place; peaceful and capturing the essence of Fire Island. It is also just a few blocks from the town of Ocean Beach where you we shop, occasionally dine out, dance, go for ice cream, take yoga class and more.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping (per stay) $225
Utilities* (weekly) $100
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 3.0%

- 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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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