About the property
- Apartment1200 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath With Spiral Stair Loft And Books Galore!
The Second Story Loft is a modern gem in downtown Nantucket. Located on the second floor of a completely renovated building which houses Nantucket Bookworks and ACKfresh juice bar on the first floor, the Second Story Loft features three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and has a striking Great Room with a wall of books, comfortable seating area, generous table, and gourmet kitchen perfect for entertaining.
The Second Story is a great spot from which to explore Town and the island. Cars are not necessary, as the loft is located in easy walking distance from the ferries, and shuttle buses and taxis are readily available. Ask us about corporate retreats or parties - we work with local caterers and can help plan your trip.
Wifi, Sonos sound system, custom packages, and more. We can't wait to welcome you to the Second Story Loft!
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- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 17, 2018
About Melanie Gowen
I love beer and books and Nantucket and am so grateful to be following those passions as the owner of Nantucket Bookworks and Mitchell's Book Corner and as the co-founder of Cisco Brewers. After growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I arrived on Nantucket in 1988 during a summer break from Smith College to work at Bartlett's Farm. I was a philosophy major in search of the good life, and found it on the island... so I kept coming back, and back, and stayed for good after meeting my husband Randy in 1992. We have two kids in the high school here and with all this action we are busy busy. The fabulous Melanie Gowen, a realtor with years of experience in hospitality, serves as property manager for me, so she will likely be the front line helping you with your stay. No doubt I'll be breezing around though and am happy to help however I can. Cheers!
Melanie Gowen purchased this Apartment in 2000
Why Melanie Gowen chose Nantucket Town
I began working at Bookworks in 1995 (same year we started the brewery) and in 1999 the then owners decided to sell. Huzzah it was my chance to realize my dream of bookstore ownership! My parents bought the real estate as an investment, and I bought the store. It was a one story building that was slowly returning to the earth, and in 2014 it was finally time to renovate. We added a second story and basement to help cover the costs of the renovation, so we can keep the bookstore at a rent it can support. We hope it will be a win/win for all.
What makes this Apartment unique
In designing the apartment, I asked myself "What belongs in a bookstore apartment?" The answer was obvious. Books! So we have thousands. A wall of hardcovers that I hope stays, and a loft wall full of advance readers that our guests are welcome to keep. I wanted a clean yet warm aesthetic, so kilim rugs, a leather couch, and found objects accent a clean white space with dark wood floors and a gorgeous kitchen featuring brass and open wood shelving. For anyone who knows Nantucket, you already know that the location is superb for those who want to be in the heart of the action. In my humble opinion there is simply no place more fun than Nantucket for fine dining and night life in season. In the off season, this apartment would be the perfect place to retreat to write. Climb the spiral staircase and find a wonderful little desk (actually built by my great-grandfather in Michigan) that makes a perfect writer's garret. I suspect Emily Dickinson or Mark Twain would be right at home.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This meticulously appointed apartment was the perfect setting to celebrate our book club’s 10th anniversary. In addition to its excellent location, the apartment is wanting for nothing: fabulous design, beautiful kitchen, comfortable beds, warm and wonderful great room. It could not be any better. Thank you for letting us share this bit of book-lovers perfection.
So worth it, very unique
Great time tooling around island, good food, fun at cisco catching up with Tyler
Beautifully refined property. All the creature comforts of home nestled in a magnificent location.
A must stay for both seasoned Nantucket visitors and those who are new to the island (like us). This property does not disappoint!
Wonderful apartment in a convenient location
We hope to come back to this special rental. It was a much better choice for our family than a hotel. Privacy when we wanted it, and a huge living room when we wanted to hang out.
This is a lovely light filled, book filled space located over a charming bookstore. It is situated well to enjoy downtown Nantucket, and will make your stay on this beautiful island even more fun!
Amazing property. Best location. An incredible stay!
Built in 2015, the Second Story Loft apartment is truly a brand new, one of a kind space on Nantucket, located above the charming little bookstore Nantucket Bookworks. You will feel part of the action as you are perched with views of Broad Street on three sides. Even better, the literary theme continues with a full height wall of books, a leather Chesterfield sofa, and a striking table big enough to entertain 10-14 comfortably. Work with the hosts for packages to suit every taste. We can stock the fridge with Whale's Tale Pale Ale, Nantucket Vineyard wines, or Triple Eight Distillery spirits, or load the bedside tables with copies of Nathaniel Philbrick's In the heart of the sea, or Nantucket novels by Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer. You and your guests will love feeling part of Town and the bookstore when you stay with us.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A pet will be considered on a case by case basis for an additional $500.