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A Literary Oasis In The Heart Of Nantucket Town

Nantucket Town, Nantucket, MA, USA
  • Apartment1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • 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!

Property Manager

Melanie Gowen

Member Since 2015
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Response time:
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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Ensuite bathroom with oversized tiled shower
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Ensuite bathroom with pedestal sink
      • Loft room
        1 twin/ single, Reached by spiral stair


        • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, In king bedroom
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, In queen bedroom
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, In hallway at bottom of spiral stair

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              We are located on Broad Street, which has fast become the most happening street on Nantucket, with many restaurants, boutique hotels, and a brand new Culinary Center all just steps away.


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                      All six thermostats must be set to COOL for AC to work. They are located: one in the hallway, one in the queen bedroom, one in the king bedroom, one in the big room, and two in the loft.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      All six thermostats must be set to HEAD for heat to work. They are located: one in the hallway, one in the queen bedroom, one in the king bedroom, one in the big room, and two in the loft.
                    • Internet
                      Open wifi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Seats 8: Leather chesterfield sofa; 3 chairs; 2 stools; kitchen island stools rotate to be part of the seating area as needed.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Keurig 2.0
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Service for 16
                        • Dishwasher
                          Stainless and very quiet
                        • Kitchen
                          Great styling - black lower cabinets with brass hardware; wooden island with 4 leather stools; open wooden shelving with glassware to entertain
                        • Microwave
                          Tucked in the pantry
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          Stainless with french doors; lower drawer freezer
                        • Stove
                          36" gas stove
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster oven


                            • Dining
                              Large table seats 10, expands to seat 14 easily
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                  Oodles! Hardcovers for decor and enjoyment during your stay; Advance reader paperbacks from the bookstore for you to keep!
                                • Games
                                  Board games and puzzles
                                • Music Library
                                  LP record player and random records for fun!
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Xfinity cable
                                • Stereo
                                  Sonos system to be controlled by your phone and the SONOS app
                                • Television
                                  Three televisions, two in bedrooms, one in living room


                                    • wheelchair inaccessible


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • festivals
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • marina
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants
                                        • winery tours

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • photography
                                            • shelling
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • groceries
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • surf fishing
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis


                                                        • When you stay at the Second Story Loft, you can pop down to the bookstore not just for books, but for coffee, juice, and grab and go foods as well! The building is surrounded by hotels and restaurants. (Please note that it is an "urban" environment in that sense, so restaurant activities may be audible at times.) You'll be mere steps from the Brotherhood of Thieves, Le Languedoc, Dune, Nantucket Prime, the Corner Table at the Nantucket Culinary Center, and many more. The Nantucket Visitors' Center is right around the corner, as is the free shuttle to Cisco Brewers. The Nantucket Whaling Museum is just a few doors down on the way to the Steamship Authority and the fast food "Strip." World class shopping is located blocks away. So much to see and do!

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          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.

                                                          17 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Impeccable Accommodations

                                                          Lynne B.

                                                          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

                                                          Kellie B.

                                                          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.

                                                          Brandon B.

                                                          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

                                                          Aline W.

                                                          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.


                                                          susan h.

                                                          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!


                                                          Emma L.

                                                          Amazing property. Best location. An incredible stay!


                                                          Nantucket Town, Nantucket, MA, USA

                                                          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

                                                          Cleaning Fee
                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                          $0 - $200
                                                          Damage Insurance

                                                          A pet will be considered on a case by case basis for an additional $500.

                                                          17 Reviews
                                                          Exceptional 5/5
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