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Spectacular Views Day and Night from Private Treetop Apartment

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Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015

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Last updated: 01/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Sonnenskuss (sun's kiss - German ) is perched 250' above sea level and Mongoose Junction ( an extraordinarily beautiful architectural landmark ) on the edge of the National Park, yet, only 3 blocks from the center of Cruz Bay - an ideally convenient location with privacy, seclusion and fabulous views.

NP mountain forests are displayed thru an entire northern window wall and the Cruz Bay waterfront, distant St. Thomas, the western sky and everyday sunsets are viewed thru the west wall of screens or from the deck.

Located at the north end of the greater residence, hence, protected from southern exposure, the apartment enjoys a well-shaded interior - space white & bright and accepting of the cooling trade winds passing thru. Ceilings are high. The bedroom is large with a quality, king mattress. The bath is also large and well stocked. The kitchen/studio is fully equipped and interconnected with the bedroom thru two 6' wide archways.

A single, private parking bay (exclusive for apartment guests) is located below an ascending masonry staircase which passes a large, interestingly sculpted waterfall/birdbath surrounded by lush tropical foliage. From the staircase end, one proceeds along a shaded catwalk toward a stand of bamboo and apartment deck. The deck faces the water & sunsets and overlooks garden vegetation. Keep the feeder supplied with sugar and let the bananquits & finches entertain you. Rise early and you'll probably see deer or an occasional donkey eating that same garden.

Sonnenskuss is easily found by walking or driving (all guests in need are picked up at the ferry) 4 blocks from the ferry dock to the far end of Mongoose Junction. From there, turn into the parking lot, proceed 100', and turn left up the concrete road. 3 switchbacks follow - a right, then a left - and Sonnenskuss staircase is on the right, just before the 3rd switchback.

Mongoose Junction is unquestionably an architectural gem exuding a powerful Caribbean ambience & energy. Thanks to a local treasure - artist/architect/builder Glenn Speer - MJ is a wonderful m'elange of shops, salons, indoor/outdoor restaurants, a deli & a taproom/brewery - a delightful convenience a mere 900' 'down the hill' (even for just the morning paper or freshly brewed coffee). Warning: the walk back up can seem twice as long.

The National Park Headquarters Building & rec field is directly across the street from MJ, and Lind Pt. trail (behind bldg.) leads to Salomon, Honeymoon & Caneel Bay beaches (20-30 min.) - very convenient for those not renting a vehicle (& great exercise!)
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Owner

Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/22/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • private parking just for apartment guests at lower end of private entrance stairway...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access:

    Available at Internet Cafe at base of access road....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    plan to install beginning 14/15 season...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    studio...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    office phone (340 776-6149) is available for local, calling card, or message retrieval; or, own cell phone (good reception)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi Internet available via Apple Express from floor above...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    condiments, sugar, coffee filters, cold pressed olive oil, ketchup, mustard...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    long access stairway/walkway past lush tropical vegetation and water feature...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
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February
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,750
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,650

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 12.5%

Notes:

Please note: on occasion, shorter stays are available as per calendar


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1976

About the owner: Mom & I are the two faces at Sonnenskuss these days since dad's passing in '05. Dad was a champion swimmer, and, with the help of a letter from Gene Tunney, was able to pick Key West, Fla. as his venue of choice to teach aquatic warfare during WWII. Mom, born in Germany (hence,Sonnenskuss), was a beautiful young ballet dancer. Two physical specimens, and just married, the newlyweds were able to live together off base. Dad loved his active duty in Key West (their first son was born at the naval hospital). He loved the heat & the water. Decades later, mom & dad (George & Charlette) began taking regular winter cruises throughout the Caribbean on the 'Bremen'. In '67 mom read about Cinnamon Bay in the NY Times, followed by consecutive annual stays at the campground. Our family fell in love with St. John, purchased a Serendip condo unit ('72-'73), and began the search for an ideal location to design & build a home in paradise. Mom & dad were always a 'perfect team' - proactive with enthusiasm - so, dad designed Sonnenskuss, loaded two 40' containers on L.I. (all bldg. materials, appliances, jeep, etc.) and commenced building in '79. The apartment was never touched by a '96 hurricane which purged the house of it's wooden structure. Rebuilt in masonry in '98, Sonnenskuss winter seasons provided infinite joy for my parents & friends - and continue to provide for guests new & old. Welcome!


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/22/2017

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Photos

  • Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015

    Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015

  • Wide-angle view, post sunset, from Sonnenskuss

    Wide-angle view, post sunset, from Sonnenskuss

  • Bananaquits feeding on sugar in front of deck

    Bananaquits feeding on sugar in front of deck

  • Curtains may be drawn for additional privacy.

    Curtains may be drawn for additional privacy.

  • Stairway to apartment at head of guest parking bay

    Stairway to apartment at head of guest parking bay

  • The ever-flowing water globe attracts a multitude of birds

    The ever-flowing water globe attracts a multitude of birds

  • Private guest stairway from guest parking bay past water features

    Private guest stairway from guest parking bay past water features

  • Colorfull March sunset (due west) from apartment.

    Colorfull March sunset (due west) from apartment.

  • Hibiscus flowers from our garden are lowered daily, via coconut, to your door

    Hibiscus flowers from our garden are lowered daily, via coconut, to your door

  • ... as deer are commonly seen resting in early morning

    ... as deer are commonly seen resting in early morning

  • Wide angle of Cruz Bay harbor with distant STT from Sonnenskuss deck

    Wide angle of Cruz Bay harbor with distant STT from Sonnenskuss deck

  • The view of Cruz Bay Harbor and distant STT from the apartment deck

    The view of Cruz Bay Harbor and distant STT from the apartment deck

  • Cruz Bay harbor and distant STT past deck and NP forest thru windows from studio

    Cruz Bay harbor and distant STT past deck and NP forest thru windows from studio

  • Looking from kitchen/studio thru archways to large bdrm with king bed & sitting

    Looking from kitchen/studio thru archways to large bdrm with king bed & sitting

  • Large bathroom with natural stone shower floor

    Large bathroom with natural stone shower floor

  • Double water feature viewed while ascending stairway to the apartment

    Double water feature viewed while ascending stairway to the apartment

  • Hummingbirds love to drink and bathe on ever-flowing globe

    Hummingbirds love to drink and bathe on ever-flowing globe

  • Another winter sunset.

    Another winter sunset.

  • ... and again, with sunset light

    ... and again, with sunset light

  • Donkeys enjoy garden visits

    Donkeys enjoy garden visits

  • Harbor … by the light of the silvery moon

    Harbor … by the light of the silvery moon

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Sunday, January 22, 2017

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