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We live in a cooperative community in a place called Breezy Point. NY – see zip code on google maps – and are located on the western end of the Rockaway peninsula, between Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay on the landward side, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a very small private community ‘town’ with friendly people and only 2830 houses and one main road! As a cooperative, we have our own ‘public safety’ force, mostly retired police and so is a very safe environment. We are at a distance from public transport so a vehicle is an advantage. We do have a local bus to take residents to the public bus, then onto the ferry, and subway.
We have 3 house cats to be fed twice a day, well trained, a fish pond - closed up in winter and a lot of house plants to be watered once a week. We have a very beautiful and comfortable home; with radiant heat (underfloor heating) with a wonderful open plan upstairs and a spa bathroom.
We also have a very beautiful and restful garden with pond to enjoy if the beach is not on the plan of the day and the weather is warm enough!
We are about a minute’s walk away from the bay, literally out the door, turn right and walk to the beach. Being on the east coast we are on the flyway for many migrating birds, many of whom visit our garden. There are Snowy Owls and Peregrines often seen on the beach. Lifeguards protect a number of areas on the beach with safe waters for swimming and water sports in the summer. It is 10 mins walk to the ocean with surfing and miles of pristine beach for long bracing walks. We have restaurants, a bar, a cafe and a small shopping mall with a bank, hardware store, grocery store, booze shop, and pharmacy – that is about 5 mins walk away.
The area is very quiet with little traffic noise so you can have a good night’s sleep without being disturbed.
Although a longish commute we are in reach of the city, initially by resident bus, then free bus to the ferry and public bus to the subway.
We are used to house sitters and so have pre-prepared comprehensive 'aide memoire' guides - for feeding the cats, using the washing machine, turning on the TV, (Netflix and Amazon), watering the plants, feeding the fish and care of the pond in summer.
We ask that you to arrive a couple of days before we depart so we can meet and connect with you and show you 'the ropes' of the house and to stay a day or so when we return. We expect you not to stay away overnight during your time here; day trips, great, but please be back at a reasonable time to feed the cats. We do not expect you to bring guests to the house when we are away. We also will be delighted if you will do a little gardening in the season.
This is a non-smoking home. A car is a plus as ours is not available.
I can send photos for you to look at so you have an idea of our area.
Our dates, at this time: tentatively for 19 days mid January and possibly leading into mid Feb
Looking forward to hearing from you