A house on Sylt 

A dream home on the North Sea beach 

Lonely sand dunes, endless beaches, calming tidal flats, roaring waves, breathtaking places, peace and quiet and the hustle and bustle of life, a groundedness and a little chic – Germany’s northernmost island has something to offer everyone. Be honest, who hasn’t dreamt of owning a house on Sylt? A house for carefree holidays with a flickering fire for cold days; a green garden oasis in the summer and all just a few metres from the North Sea beach! 

Text: Gabriele Isringhausen, photos: Klaus Lorke

List lies in the uppermost corner of the island. The former fishing village has smartened itself up in recent years and is shaped by maritime life around the harbour. Here, in the north where Sylt remains undeveloped, a family of four from Hessen are living the dream of having their own family retreat. The house, which was built in 1938 as an officer’s house, was been fully renovated in 2010 by renowned project development company DOMUS VIVENDI – houses for life. The experienced team from DOMUS VIVENDI – which includes architects, engineers, project developers and real estate scouts – used only the finest materials for the interior construction of the red brick house, including hand-planed château planks, antique bluestone and high-quality natural woods. The modern building technology encompasses the latest energy-saving measures; whilst a modern fireplace guarantees cosy warmth. The living room is large with an open-plan kitchen (SieMatic/Gaggenau appliances). As with all rooms in the house, the owners have decorated it tastefully in the Hampton style. Blue and white accessories pay homage to the North Frisian island, which has a charming coastal landscape similar to that of the American island of Hampton on the eastern side of Long Island. A real gem: the handmade dining table created from old timbers by a designer. Thomas Oellig from DOMUS VIVENDI: “The building is 200 square metres in size and features six bedrooms and two bathrooms. This development shows how sophisticated spatial planning can enhance even small spaces to provide an impressive level of cosiness.” www.domusvivendi.de