Lovely 2-Story Family Home with Lofty Sunny Decks, Garden and Breezy Porch(3 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:6-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Our house, which is lifted high above the ground and has wrap-around decks, catches the breeze and the sound of the ocean waves. 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
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Free Long Distance:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker:
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:
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
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- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Labor Day Week
Aug 27 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
Changeover Day: Sunday
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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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.
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.
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Front of our house
The porch in early evening. The hammock hooks and unhooks easily.
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.
Master bedroom with upper deck outside.
First-floor bedroom #2 perfect for children. Windows on 3 sides and door to deck
Outdoor dining and lounging.
Morning on beach.
Sunset at bay at end of our block.
Front door. Shed to left, w/washer/dryer; outdoor shower, center.
Shed, center, contains washer and dryer. Outdoor shower to right.
Elevated first-floor sunny deck catches breezes.
Large master bedroom has windows on 4 sides, private bathroom and home office.
Upstairs bedroom alcove
First floor bedroom #1
Looking toward porch, grill at left. Door into bedroom.
Moonlight on beach at end of our block.
Sunset on bay at end of our block.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Thursday, January 19, 2017
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