Vacation on Sandy Hook at Historic Fort Hancock, NJ!

Located in Gateway National Recreation Area on the Beautiful Jersey Shore

Our Sandy Hook Rental home is close to Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Gunnison Beach and more.

At the tip of lovely Sandy Hook, the magnificent homes of Officers Row at Fort Hancock will be available to rent for the first time in their storied history. The National Park Service has enabled these historic homes to be renovated as vacation properties, and the very first home was completed during the Summer of 2016. Both sides of this lovely duplex are now available for rent.

Be among the first to stay in this unique setting, surrounded by miles of sandy beach, nature trails and the history of Fort Hancock. In the shadow of the oldest lighthouse in the USA, you'll enjoy a vacation rental unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Here's The Latest Up-To-Date Information!

Check Back Regularly For Details As They Become Available

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We're Featured in Jersey Shore Magazine!

We're excited to have been featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Jersey Shore Magazine! We know we're a little biased, but we really feel that this wonderful article captured the essence of just how special our home is. We hope you'll enjoy the article, and consider contacting us to arrange a Sandy Hook vacation of your own.

Read the article (in PDF format) or go to Jersey Shore Magazine online!

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Historic Preservation Efforts Recognized

June 6, 2017 — The Monmouth County Historical Commission announces Brian Samuelson as the winner of the 2017 Preservation Award for his efforts completing the first preservation project at Fort Hancock! Read all about it on the Monmouth County website.

Come Along On This Comprehensive Video Tour Of Our Home!

Special thanks to videographer, historian and local talent John Schneider for this video.

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Greetings and Happy New Year!

With our Sandy Hook Officers Row Rental Home going all the way from concept to wonderful reality, 2016 was a super busy, but tremendously gratifying, year for us.

We look forward to offering a full season and two beautiful places (both sides of our duplex are complete) for families, friends and couples to vacation this coming spring and summer.

Below are some excerpts from two recent e-mails we received from the National Park Service about the overall progress being made toward the renaissance of Fort Hancock. While no new leases have been signed, we are assured progress is being made.

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Of course, ours is the first, and currently only, home available for rent on Fort Hancock. Please continue browsing this website for more information. Details can also be found on our Airbnb listing.

We hope you can join us this year.

Your Hosts,
Brian Samuelson and Joe Dorsey

From the National Park Service:

On the horizon: The NPS has three buildings under Letters of Intent (LOIs). They are: Building 26, the former Bachelor Officers Quarters; Building 23, the former barracks that suffered structural damage last year; and Building 56, a former mess hall. An LOI is a tentative agreement between the government and a potential leaseholder for building use; it includes preliminary requirements to be completed within a stated time frame. The park is in ongoing talks with other parties for potential LOIs at multiple buildings at Fort Hancock Historic Post.

How to tour buildings: If you are interested in leasing these buildings and you wish to see them, please contact us in advance at NOTE: Please do not try to access these buildings on your own. Not only is it trespassing, but it is also unsafe. Also, please be aware that we cannot accommodate same-day requests.

Liquor licenses: We have determined that the NPS will be able to make liquor licenses available on certain buildings. The state of New Jersey will charge only a $2,000 application fee, plus a $2,000 annual renewal. Other charges will be added on by the NPS, but the low amount charged by the state, combined with the ability to issue licenses outside of any of the local township quotas, should make Fort Hancock Historic Post even more attractive to potential businesses. In particular we are looking to promote Building 114, the Officer's Club, as a potential opportunity to negotiate a license. (See the attached historic photos.) Please help us get the word out!

Committee updates: The Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee continues to meet an average of six times a year. This committee of citizens advises the NPS how to make Fort Hancock Historic Post more appealing to potential leaseholders. This year we bid a fond farewell to one member and welcomed two new members. Stephanie Murray, a member who also serves on the Middletown Township city council and formerly served as the township's mayor, stepped aside from the committee this year. We thank her for her service. Our newest members joined us this fall: Patrick Collum, a retired educator and administrator, and Gerry Scharfenberger, current mayor of Middletown Township. Visit the committee website at

Committee meetings for the first half of 2017: The next three meetings of the Committee all take place in the Beach Room of the Thompson Park Visitor Center at 805 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, New Jersey. Meetings are open to all, with a public comment period beginning at 11:30 AM; to speak, all you need to do is show up and sign up. Meetings are scheduled for: Friday, February 3; Friday, April 28; Thursday, June 8. Meetings usually last from 9 AM until about 3 PM. More information about the committee is available on its website at

Leasing updates: A proposal for Building 17 has recently been received and is under review. Proposals have also been received for Buildings 4 and 12.

Letters of Intent (LOI) have been executed for Buildings 33, 36, 52, 60 and 80. Letters of Intent are issued to applicants deemed responsive by the NPS. The LOI allows the parties to undertake due diligence necessary prior to the execution of a lease and are non-binding. Buildings 56, 23 and 27 are also under Letters of Intent.

Nothing precludes the National Park Service (NPS) from considering multiple proposals at any one time. Proposals are considered in the order in which they are received. For example, if one applicant submits a proposal in January, and another submits a proposal for the same building in February, the January proposal, assuming it is responsive, will be considered first. The February proposal will be considered a back-up and will take priority over any subsequently received proposals for that same building.

Non responsive proposals: In some cases proposals have been deemed non-responsive. Just because a proposal is deemed non-responsive does not mean the applicant cannot submit another proposal. The NPS encourages interested applicants to re-submit proposals containing additional information. The most common reasons a proposal might be considered non-responsive are because an applicant did not provide the additional information requested by the NPS evaluation panel or because the applicant was not able to demonstrate the financial capability necessary to undertake the project as proposed. The NPS makes every effort to be as flexible as possible to provide applicants with opportunities to submit necessary information.

Minimum Fair Market Rent: One of the questions the NPS is frequently asked is “What is the rent for the building”? The NPS has provided some answers to this question. Please see the attached table. If there is no minimum Fair Market Value Rent identified in the table, applicants should state how much Fair Market Value Rent they propose to pay when submitting a response to the Request for Proposals. The NPS will consider rent offsets for capital improvements made by Lessees.

Although winter is quieter at Sandy Hook, we are still fielding many inquiries about the Fort Hancock buildings available under the rolling RFP. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested, in seeing the buildings please contact us to make an appointment at Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate same-day requests.

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