Beautiful Meticulously Renovated, Upscale, Porch, Outdoor Kitchen, Croquet Yard
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About Rebecca Curtis
My husband and I both grew up in New Hampshire. I grew up near Lake Winnepesaukee, and he grew up near Portsmouth. My husband went to Cal Tech for college, where he studied physics. He went on to earn a PhD in quantum physics at Harvard. (He says this degree was easy compared to his studies at Cal Tech!). I went to Pomona College in southern California, for college, and then earned a Masters in English at NYU and an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University. I worked many years teaching creative writing at various universities--the Univeristy of Kansas, for a while, also St Mary's of California and, for the past ten years, at Columbia in NYC. I write fiction and also work as a holistic nutritionist. My husband worked in finance for many years. But his true passions are Star Trek, Tarot Cards, reading Quantum Mechanics books, and collecting antiques. Both my husband and I love literature, dark wood, and old houses. My husband is a libertarian who usually votes Republican. But he voted for Hillary in 2016. I am a liberal, but my husband and I agree on many things, such as legalizing pot and providing single payer health care to Americans. We bought a house in Nyack, NY and live there now, so that we can be closer to my husband's two daughters with his ex wife, who we have part time custody of. We will visit our house in Avon a couple weeks in August. Meanwhile, while we are in Nyack, we thought others might enjoy using the Avon house and gardens. We listed this property very late this year-- not until mid May! We couldn't list it sooner, because we only now closed on our new house in Nyack, which we'll move to in early June. Because we listed this property in Avon so late in the season, it's offered at a substantial discount.
Rebecca Curtis purchased this House in 2002
Why Rebecca Curtis chose Avon-by-the-Sea
Avon is a beautiful, quiet, family friendly town, with a gorgeous beach and delicious restaurants. It is the perfect summer haven. So close to NYC, so full of options, from Vegan restaurants (Seed to Sprout) to paleo ones! (Cave). And of course, seafood (Daniels, the Columns, the Pavillion). My husband's ancestors are from New Jersey, so Avon is historical for him. My husband bought this house in 2002. Anyone else would have torn it down! It was built in 1900 by the famous master illutstrator JR Gruger. He lived and worked here for decades. My husband poured one million dollars into renovating this house, with its carved artwork fireplaces and unique design. My husband is meticulous (put it down to PhD in quantum physics) and ensured that every bathroom (of 9) is done with beautiful tiles, the nicest biggest showers, the finest materials. He bought many of Gruger's illustrations and hung them in the house, so that the work of the man who built this house and lived in it is still here, with the house. The most famous illustration is "The Devil and Daniel Webster," first published in the Saturday Evening Post."
What makes this House unique
My husband is very very picky about everything in the house being in perfect condition, and about high quality fixtures and luxurious bathrooms and materials, like Italian marble, granite, soapstone etc. He built the 2000 sq foot carriage house next door 5 years ago, and made it as additional "hang out" and "relaxation" space. You will have more space in this two-building compound than anywhere else on the shore. And you will live in luxury, with the outdoor kitchen, beach shower, indoor hottub, and more.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:35
Max guests:17 (sleeps up to 16 adults)
No smoking, drugs or loud parties. No wedding parties or wild parties. This house is good for families, mature reunions, mature friends gathering.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Beautiful place and great hosts!
Had 10 friends in from all over the country for the festival. Easy bike rides to asbury and a great time catching up in the wonderful space of this amazing home.
Made for a great family gatheriing
Can’ say enough good things about Rebecca and her beautiful home. Excellent location just a few blocks from the beach. We had 7 families together for an outstanding long weekend including 2 young children. The house was as advertised and Rebecca had stocked the ho e with everything you could hope for.Toys for the girls, games for the adults and condiments and spices in the kitchen. Thank you for a 5 star experience.
The Perfect Getaway
We had our family get together here and couldn't have been happier with the property and the service we received. In fact, we are already looking forward to staying here next year. This is truly an amazing property and one that I highly recommend if you are looking to have a special and memorable time.
Thanks Jim!! We were thrilled you had a good time and would love to have your group back.
The house has been very thoughtfully decorated as a montage to the original owner artist F.R. Gruger the American Illustrator. We enjoyed the house as much or more than going to the beach. A wonderful time was had by all 14 of us.
Thanks Morgan! In part due to you we've been putting up more art!! Happy fall :)
Avon Large Group Gem (July 2019)
From start to finish, this property rental was a complete home run!
Start with the home and carriage house themselves. Completely luxurious and beyond spacious. Our group had 18 people and at no time did we EVER feel that people were on top of each other. The amenities provided with the rental were fantastic. Beach badges, town pool badges, towels, sheets, linens, shampoo/conditioner, laundry detergent, a fully stocked coffee bar, bicycles, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and on and on!!
Next the owner and her property manager. They were two of the nicest, most welcoming, accommodating and available people to make the group feel right at home. Text messages from the property manager of great local hotspots and suggestions were fantastic and spot on for the group. Communication with both prior to our arrival and during our stay was fantastic! Two completely first class people!
Next the town of Avon by the Sea. From the local Police force, to people working in all various businesses, to the people working at the Boardwalk/Pavilion....never had we met nicer or more helpful people. Each and every encounter with these people was simply a pleasant experience.
In summary, if you have a large group and are looking for a fantastic and luxurious experience, I wholeheartedly recommend this property. You will not be disappointed!
Thank you for this glowing review! You guys are the best too!!!! :) Rebecca
The property of Avon by the sea was great. The home fabulous and well equity. We had several families stay , including a one year old and 8 month puppy .
The accommodations exceeded our expectations .
The owner went above and beyond with communication and accommodating us!
The house had so many extras !
We rent a lot and this is by far the best !
Thank you Rebecca and Christine( property manager)!
The town and beach were great too.
Thank you for staying and for being great renters! We're thrilled that you liked the house and Avon :)