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The Sand Dollar Beach House on Private Beach, easy access to all watersports.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,080 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 180 nights


About the property

The Sand Dollar Beach House, this 1st floor unit, BOASTS, direct easy access to private(shared with 1 other house) Sandy Beach (approximately 40 seconds from kitchen to sand). Enjoy relaxing on the White Sand Beach, with gorgeous views of Ipswich Bay, or wading over the sand bars as you explore the Sea Life. BBQ on the deck as you watch Sailing Ships, Coastal Birds, and the spectacular Sunsets. Enjoy all your favorite water sports, Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Sail Boarding etc. right from the backyard!! You could spend your entire vacation at the Beach House and have plenty to do, but.... this is also the perfect location to begin your exploration of Cape Ann!! Biking around the Cape to explore Rockport, Bearskin neck, the Headlands and area beaches especially Long Beach and Good Harbor Beach is a spectacular activity. Enjoy discovering Gloucester's rich New England history, natural beauty, extraordinary beaches, fine restaurants, concert series, and special events. Check out the popular whale watching or deep sea fishing excursions, lighthouses and art galleries. A short drive from the Sand Dollar Beach House to the train station in Rockport or Gloucester allows for no hassle day trips to Historic Salem or Boston museums, theaters and other attractions.

The Sand Dollar has three bedrooms, eat in kitchen, and living room with slider accessing a large deck overlooking the beach and amazing views. Queen bed in master bdrm, 2nd bdrm has a Queen bed, 3rd bedroom/Den has 2 twin beds ( a daybed and a trundle bed, flat screen TV with cable, wifi and a sofa with a huge picture window and extraordinary views . Large sectional sofa in living room. Full Bath with tile shower is accessed through bedroom#1 a privacy curtain forms a hall. Large eat in kitchen. Deck has 2 Café tables with umbrellas seating for 8 and a wicker loveseat. The unit is full of light, surrounded by windows and (did I mention the spectacular views?).

A 2 minute drive N to the Lanesville Village for Grocery's, Coffee/ Breakfast Shop, Gallery's, Kayaking Shop and Package Store. Parking for 2 cars, small dogs considered, No Smoking in house.1 Tandem Kayak and 2 single kayaks are included.

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Gloucester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 4x4 Tile shower, glass sliding door w/ hand handled shower head all in 16 sq ft. Bathroom 64 sq ft. "Quirk" it is accessed through one of the bedrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twins beds can be made into a large queen bed. Sofa and TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The 3rd bedroom has a large TV and sofa. It has a daybed with a trundle so it doubles as a sitting /room large picture window with spectacular views.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

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The Sand Dollar Beach House on Private Beach, easy access to all watersports.
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Lovely spot!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, private beach -- my dog explored happily for hours. The house was very nice with 2 smart TVs and excellent new appliances. The laundry was in a little bit of a creepy basement but worked fine. Had a wonderful time -- the only downside was tight parking but we made it work. Very comfortable house -- 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable waterfront vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Sand Dollar is aptly named because you can collect sand dollar shells there (the white ones are shells; the black ones are living organisms.) The sandy semi-private beach is great for swimming and steps from the deck. The kids enjoyed exploring the cove and the coastline in the kayaks provided. The cottage has everything you need for a relaxed vacation. Be aware that, because this is a cove, there are no waves. We had a very pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem for a family getaway

  • 5 of 5

I just returned home today from an absolutely incredible week in Gloucester and had the pleasure to stay at the Sand Dollar Beach house. It truly is a beach house in every way, considering the beach and ocean are a stones throw away from the back deck of the house. The house was perfect for myself, my two teenage children and their two friends. The house was clean and comfortable and I am certainly going to plan to stay here next summer. The area is beautiful and the house is located in close proximity to other beaches, restaurants, and shoppes. We were sorry to leave today, but looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our best vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay!!! Plenty of room for our family, wonderful kitchen, roomy deck with a beautiful ocean view, and a fabulous private beach shared with neighbor. We are so glad to have stayed at the Sand Dollar House and are looking forward to returning again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Beachfront House

  • 5 of 5

We love this home and the location is wonderful. We are returning guests and we can’t wait to return next year….it’s well stocked and very secluded. It’s like we have the beach all to ourselves because the public access points are so far away. We also appreciate that the ground level is concrete and we can hang out to get out of the sun. The owners are very responsive and promptly refunded our deposit…we will be renting again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New England

We had a great time

  • 5 of 5

The house is set up with a great view of the Bay and is wonderful for families with small Kids. We were amazed at the difference of the beach between low tide and high tide, and even more so that it worked to our advantage. The morning and evening were great for finding sea shells, sand dollars and building sand castles. The afternoon was perfect for swimming.

The owners were great and responded quickly to all the questions we had. There was plenty to do within a short drive but also felt like we had the whole bay to ourselves which is not a easy combination of things to do.

Whether you like to stay at the house the entire vacation, or only sleep there you'll find everything you need at the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kim or Jesse Norris
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Kim or Jesse Norris

I was born and grew up at the Sand Dollar Beach House, my wife lived in Rockport. We moved to Maine many years ago to have an equine facility and to raise our own organic food. We wanted to bring our children up on a farm and teach them a strong work ethic which they all developed. We raised pigs, beef critters, milked a dairy cow, had both meat and egg poultry raised meat rabbits. We still have a vegetable garden,fruit trees, blueberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, and grapes. We also had a very active stable.

Why Kim or Jesse Norris chose Gloucester

This property has been in the family for generation. It is very unique being one of the few possibly the only property on Cape Ann that has its very own Sandy Beach. There are two houses on the property that share the beach . The beach is your backyard! Access to the beach is only from the property or the ocean making it very secluded. There is nothing blocking your view no houses to look over. We spent many years living in this amazing spot where we enjoyed boating, water skiing, kayaking sailboarding, fishing, and scuba diving.

What makes this house unique

No need to pack up to go to the beach or lug gear to enjoy water sports it's all right there near the waters edge! Safe relaxed beach environment for families with children, adults can relax while kids explore and build sand castles, swim etc. Enjoy evening campfires on the beach roasting marshmallows and relaxing with a cocktail.


Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Folly Cove
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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