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HOUSE ON A DUNE
Harbour Island, Bahamas
5 Bedrooms with Bathrooms En Suite (Sleeps 10 max.)
Prices start at $36,190 week

House on a Dune is one of the most extraordinary properties on Harbour Island. Located on 1.5 very private acres, this remarkable oceanfront property is hidden from the road and reached via a 500’ sand driveway that meanders through tropical vegetation culminating in a simple pavilion that sits atop a 35’ high dune. Broad steps lead up to the central space of the house which is essentially an open breezeway, allowing visual and pedestrian connectivity across the site. Within this pavilion space there are the living and dining areas that open onto verandas well protected from the elements by the deep overhangs of the gabled roof. Retractable glass walls, can be shut during inclement weather and even the lighting, electrical outlets and air-conditioning are virtually invisible. The rest of the living spaces are simply arranged around the breezeway. Materials have been selected for their distinctive sincerity, environmental sensitivity, and a resonance with the vernacular. Steps from the house a short path leads down to the gorgeous pink sand beach.

Designed and owned by an internationally renowned architect whose award winning firm creates contemporary and very cool residential and commercial projects, House on a Dune’s minimalistic design allows it to blend seamlessly into the environment. Describing his ultra chic residence, the owner said it was “conceived as simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The result is a sensual and sensitive experience, reduced to its essence through the use of elemental forms and sincere materialism and detailing.” This private residence establishes a delicate, meditative and mediating space that ushers a transition from lush tropic landscape to wide languorous ocean. House on a Dune is a true beach house and one that has raised the architectural bar on this idyllic island.

Main Level
  • Dining table seating 12
  • Kitchen which is behind the dining table and hidden by recycled cedar doors
  • Master bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a freestanding tub and shower
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower
  • Bedroom with 2 queen-size beds and bathroom en suite with a shower
Lower Level
  • Bedroom with 4 double beds (2 can be removed) and bathroom en suite with a shower. Sliding glass doors open to the driveway.

Amenities
Air-conditioned bedrooms, WiFi, generator, Sonos music system (can hook own iPod into it), a safe in every bedroom, TV (with only Netflix - need to use own account number), outdoor shower, washing machine, clothes dryer, hair dryers in every bathroom, locks on bedroom doors and retractable glass doors, heating, linens and towels, child's highchair, books, game room. ping-pong table, toys, bicycles, grill, water sports gear, beach towels and beach palapa

Staff
Maid service 6 days weekly. Patrelle generally works 8 hours per day but the amount of time is up to the renter. There is also an excellent and very nice Property Manager, Alexis, who will arrange for the taxi and water taxi from/to the airport and the taxi from Valentine's dock to the house (and back) as well as taking care of those roundtrip fees (to be reimbursed at the end of the trip). She will also set up accounts at grocery stores and will do advance grocery shopping (her fee is 10% of the food bill).

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Chef, extra maid service, advance grocery shopping, in-house massage and babysitter

Notes
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • No telephone
  • Maid service is 7 days week during Christmas/New Year's holidays
  • No smoking or pets allowed, please
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Photographs: Karen Fuchs