The Space-Mid-century interior, sunny outdoor areas, secluded outdoors, spacious decks/roof deck
-Large pool, also hot tub and outdoor shower
-Complete pool furnishings, outdoor furniture and patio seating
-Large high-end gas BBQ grill with outdoor dining area
-Beautiful slate covered ground floor with sunken living and dining rooms
-High beamed ceiling living room with expansive wall of windows and fireplace
-Large screen TV, high speed wireless internet, quality stereo system, outdoor speakers
-Bright windowed fully equipped renovated eat-in kitchen
-New kitchen appliances, 2 dishwashers, new cookware and service-ware
-Full complement of towels, linen and beach chairs
-Close to beach, town and Cherry Grove walk Guest AccessPrivate room and bath, all house public areas including kitchen, pool and hot tub. All guests are expected to keep public areas (kitchen, etc . . .) areas tidy, cleaning up completely after themselves.
Rentals are generally for the week - week runs Thursday afternoon to Thursday morning. Selected daily rentals available, 3 day minimum - please inquire. Interaction with GuestsLarge relaxed spacious house with low occupancy (5-6 others), who enjoy dinner parties, relaxing pool time and evenings at the bars. Guests are invited to participate in any group meals - and contribute to the cost and clean-up associated. A fun place, but not really a party house. The NeighborhoodAbout The Pines - Gay Community on Fire Island (adapted from Wikipedia): Fire Island Pines - 'The Pines' - is a hamlet located on Fire Island, a barrier island on the southern side of Long Island. Fire Island Pines along with its bordering vicinity Cherry Grove, comprise the majority of the gay community on Fire Island - being both residential and summer retreat communities.
The Pines, which has the most expensive real estate on Fire Island, has approximately 600 houses plus a 100 unit condominium complex on its square mile of location. It has two-thirds of the swimming pools on Fire Island. Its summer seasonal population is between 2,500 and 3,000. Getting AroundTransportation is via foot on the boardwalks within the community. Ferry service from Sayville, NY is the most common access route to The Pines. Other Things to NoteDepending upon the week, different groups of people may be enjoying the house with you. You may decide to participate in activities with the group or not as you desire, but many of the guests stay multiple weeks every year and know each other. To promote a more harmonious time, the following are thoughts and questions that may give you a better idea of life at the house and aid in your enjoyment.
What's your definition of clean?
Some people wash their dishes immediately after use. Others get to scrubbing only after the sink is overflowing/you’ve run out of dishes to use.
Cleaning service only comes once a week before our stay, meal and other items need to be picked up, cleaned and put away regularly.
When and how do you catch Z's?
Some folks need a completely silent, walk-in-fridge level cold room so dark it rivals a black hole to sleep soundly. Others could sleep through a train barreling into the apartment. Do you snore loudly?
There is certainly usually some nighttime coming and going at the house, but we like to be respectful of other people's need for rest and relaxation.
Is a dish not complete unless it's covered in bacon, cheese or hot sauce?
Dietary preferences can really clash sometimes. Make sure that if you’re vegan, you’re okay with you having slabs of meat in the fridge. Any strong allergies?
We are generally pretty relaxed about putting together meals at the house and will try to accommodate people’s likes and dislikes. Most residents participate in putting together an evening meal – procuring ingredients, cooking and cleanup – whatever you might be able to do and are good at.
Do you smoke?
Living with smoke or without it – whether cigarettes or other – is a deal-breaker for some. Are you an occasional or heavy smoker?
There is no smoking in the house, but an occasional cigarette out doors should not bother anyone – especially if you keep the ashtrays clean.
How often and how much do you drink?
Are you a teetotaler that cannot stand the sight of alcohol or a devotée of Margarita Mondays? Do you get drunk regularly? And how would others characterize you while intoxicated?
Alcohol is certainly around the house – maybe even abundantly around – but we try not to get too sloppy.
Will you often be having overnight or visiting in-room ‘guests’?
Not to ask a delicate question, but this can refer to both friends visiting and people you are hooking up with – either can be fine or problematic. Other residents in the house may think they are staying with one roommate, but end up getting one and a half or two.
Room occupancy is generally for one or two. If more will be staying, please make sure to arrange this with your reservation ahead of time so that all the guests know what to expect. Temporary visitors should not be an inconvenience or burden on other residents.
Do you have a pet (or pets)?
Pets can be a joy, but pet allergies, noise and accidents from dogs can be a real obstacle to house harmony.
In general, guests in the house do not bring their pets out of respect for other residents and the house. Please make inquires in advance as to whether a pet can be accommodated.
Anything else we should know/share? Maybe something we forgot to ask or discuss – now is the time!
Please share anything you think we need to know so we can all have a more comfortable and respectful stay.