Spectacular Views Day and Night from Private Treetop Apartment(28 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
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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Member since: 2005
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- King size beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Ocean View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Dining Area
- Broadband Access:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 12.5%
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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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!
- Primary: (540) 948-6467 (Virginia USA) May-Dec
- Secondary: (340) 776-6149 (US Virgin Islands) Dec-May
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Actual, dramatic sunset taken from apartment deck March 30, 2015
Wide-angle view, post sunset, from Sonnenskuss
Bananaquits feeding on sugar in front of deck
Curtains may be drawn for additional privacy.
Stairway to apartment at head of guest parking bay
The ever-flowing water globe attracts a multitude of birds
Private guest stairway from guest parking bay past water features
Colorfull March sunset (due west) from apartment.
Hibiscus flowers from our garden are lowered daily, via coconut, to your door
... as deer are commonly seen resting in early morning
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
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
Large bathroom with natural stone shower floor
Double water feature viewed while ascending stairway to the apartment
Hummingbirds love to drink and bathe on ever-flowing globe
Another winter sunset.
... and again, with sunset light
Donkeys enjoy garden visits
Harbor … by the light of the silvery moon
This listing was first published here in 2005.
Date last modified - Sunday, January 22, 2017
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