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Surfside- 31 Western Avenue

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Star of the Sea - This magnificent property has a rich history deeply intertwined with Nantucket's maritime heritage. Originally built in 1873 as a Life Saving Station, the main structure exudes timeless elegance with its Victorian Gothic architectural style. Situated on an expansive parcel of land with breathtaking ocean views, this property offers a truly enchanting setting. Directly across the street is a park with convenient public stairs accessing the beach. In addition to the main structure, there are three other buildings on site. A second dormitory-style structure, once a stable, a studio cottage, which was formerly a storage building and privy, lastly a finished storage building with a loft offers additional space for various purposes. The Star of the Sea is a recognized treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark. It serves as a poignant reminder of the brave individuals who served at this life-saving station and contributed to Nantucket's remarkable maritime history. Preserving the integrity of this historic gem, a preservation easement with the Nantucket Preservation Trust ensures that the exterior facades will remain intact. This commitment to stewardship ensures that future generations can appreciate and cherish this remarkable property. This property has approvals in place to convert the property into a 16 bedroom hotel. These approvals include a full rework of the interiors to create living space and separate bedrooms, as well as a septic design to accommodate the permitted use. If one wanted to convert this property into a single family property, that would be possible as well. Please note that viewings of the property require advance notice, as it is occupied for the entire summer season.  Full set of the plans and septic design plans available upon request.

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The first floor includes a large open area that serves as a dining hall, and opens to a sunny sitting room. There is also an office space, a large kitchen, a laundry area, and half bath. In addition, there are three full baths, ensuring ample facilities for everyone's needs.

Discover a lofted open space that serves as a dormitory, providing access to a cupola where you can enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and south shore beaches. This space offers both interior and exterior access to ground level.

There is a small studio cottage on the property complete with its own kitchen and bathroom. There is also a storage building with loft that could be covered into living space.

Property Information

  • 9
  • 4
  • 4
  • 0
  • 0.68 acres
  • 1873
  • R20
  • Potential
  • Well
  • Septic Tank
  • Ocean
  • Ocean, Woods
  • Pier & Brick
  • Wood & Linoleum


listing property icon Property

  • Alarm
  • Outdoor Shower

listing outdoor icon Outdoors

  • See Deed. Sprawling Yard
  • Ample Parking

listing household icon Household

  • Cable
  • None
  • Yes
  • Yes


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This family-friendly part of the island offers traditional, easy summer living with popular beaches, snack shacks, shuttle services to town and a sandy coastline ideal for kicking back and catching some sun. This neighborhood also has a three-mile bike path…

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Surfside- 31 Western Avenue


  • 4 Beds
  • 4 baths
  • 0.68 acres

Listing History

Surfside- 31 Western Avenue

Property Type: Commercial
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Surfside- 31 Western Avenue

Property Type: Commercial
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