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Surfside- 31 Western Avenue

Oct 06 2020
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Known locally as the Star of the Sea and most recently operated as a Youth Hostel, the main structure was built as a Life Saving Station in 1873 and is situated on a stunning oversized parcel of land with Ocean views and a public path to the beach directly across the street.The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is considered a National Historic Landmark as it is a rich contributor to Nantucket's remarkable maritime history and reminder of the brave individuals who courageously served this station. Altogether there are 4 structures on site; the main structure, notable for its Victorian Gothic architectural style, a second dormitory style structure (originally a stable), a studio cottage (formally a storage building and privy), as well as a finished storage building with loft. The property has a commercial kitchen and large septic capacity supporting future use as a private residence, dormitory housing, guest house with dining capabilities. Significant to Nantucket's history, the property is protected by a preservation easement with the Town of Nantucket to ensure the exterior facades remain intact, and proper stewardship of the property moving forward. Property is occupied for the entire summer-ALL VIEWINGS require ADVANCE NOTICE. Seller accepting all bids to be reviewed September 1, 2020.

Additional Details

Main Structure: large open area uses as a dining hall open to sitting room; office; commerical kitchen; laundry and 1/2 bath. Three full baths.

Open area used as a dormitory with access to cupola; has interior and exterior access.

Second dormitory: First floor: dormitory room on first floor; 2 full baths; laundry. Second Floor: open dormitory with interior and exterior access. First floor suite with private access has large room with private bath with shower.


Studio Cottage with galley kitchen and private bath.

Property Information

  • 6
  • 2
  • 4
  • 0.71 acres
  • 1873
  • R-20
  • Existing
  • Ocean
  • None
  • Pier & Brick
  • Wood & Linoleum


listing property icon Property

  • Alarm
  • Outdoor Shower

listing outdoor icon Outdoors

  • Large Yard
  • Ample Parking

listing household icon Household

  • Cable
  • None
  • Commercial
  • Two
  • None
  • Two
  • 3


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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


  • 2 Beds
  • 4 baths
  • 0.71 acres