Beachfront Home – Renovation Like Pottery Barn - for Multi Families
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Private Homes house description
The Chautaugua is the ultimate beach experience, with the best beach, best location and best house. Located directly on the sand, which is like powder, with the ocean right at your door. No Long Catwalks over the dunes to deal with and No Cars. Best surfing in area. Call for web address of live shot of the waves! Walking distance to loads of restaurants, live music and board rentals. Lovingly rebuilt in 2005 from the studs up to maintain the integrity of the original 1926 craftsman bungalow with painstaking attention to detail. Original heart of pine floors, bead board, claw foot tub, Quarried Coquina stone fireplace–It is all new: New cherry gourmet kitchen with double ovens. New stone baths. New electric/plumbing/ drywall/windows- Everything new but “in period” and 1st Class. There is not a more charming rental available. Designed for large groups you can rent the MAIN house described here w/Piano, Pool Table & HUGE yard, or or add the FIRST FLOOR for extra 2Bed 2 BA & extra Kitchen
How is the Beach?
Best in Town: Since Beaches vary so widely, I will try to point out the main differences you should ask about.
First is the Powder Sand. The Chautauqua’s sand is like powder-not coarse ground up shells like some. Great for drip castles!
Second, at The Chautauqua the ocean is right At Your Door Step. There is no long raised boardwalk with a 5 minute walk across the dunes to navigate with the cooler & chairs before you ever get to the water. The ocean is right there.
Third, there are No Cars. This is a major distinction. Imagine trying to play paddle ball with cars continually passing by & having to be on constant baby alert. Not while you are on vacation!
Next, the beach is wide, level & private - Some beaches are very narrow & steep. It's almost impossible to ride the waves whereas the locals consider The Chautauqua the Best Surfing around. There 's a Surf shop with lessons & rentals at the end of our block but you can have loads of fun with the toys provide fee. No High Rise condos either!
How Is The House?
The Chatauqua Is A Classic: It starts with the Great room - 24 foot long – which acts as the main focal point from which the 4 Bedrooms flow.... plus a Huge Loft that houses w/4 Sleeping Berths (the Kids favorite part of the vacation with their own TV), Pool Table & Wet Bar.... and 2 Ocean View Porches. I fell in love the minute I saw it & spent over a year restoring it to its former glory. Everything was replaced in 2005 w/Top Of The Line materials. I designed it to be the Ultimate beach experience. A place where friends & family could come together & enjoy each other- Recharge their batteries.
Main House Sleeps 15 - 5 Bedroom 4.5 Bath
- Oceanfront Queen w/private stone bath, jetted Tub/Shower combo & sliders onto a Covered Porch
- Second Oceanfront Queen w/private stone bath, Rain Shower, Separate Claw Foot Tub & slider to Porch
- Third Queen Bedroom w/private stone bath, regular Tub/Shower combo & a Day bed that folds down to a Single
- Fourth Queen Bedroom uses Powder room & upstairs Loft shower/tub with a roll-out Trundle
- Upstairs Loft 3 Single Bed berths & 1 Double Bed berth with full Tub/Shower Bath
First Floor sleeps 6-7 (Rents Separately) - 2 Bedroom 2 Bath
- Oceanfront Queen Bedroom
- King Bedroom w/ roll out Single Trundle w/Private Bath
- Queen Sleeper Sofa in Greatroom + Fold out Single Ottoman
- Shared Full bath with a jetted tub/shower combo
How is the House?
THE CHATAUQUA - the name we took from the legal description which we loved once we learned how to pronounce it. It is a CLASSIC Cedar Shake 1926 CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW. It starts with the Great room - 24 foot long – which acts as the main focal point of the house from which the 4 Bedrooms flow. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it and knew I had to restore it to is former glory. I think we even surpass it. We kept the original 1926 quarried Coquina fireplace. It is REAL Coquina - not what they make houses of now - Just like the Fort you will see in Old St Augustine! The Bead board wainscoted is also from the original house, carefully removed and replaned. The floors are Heart of Pine, sanded back to their original glory. They don’t even grow wood like that any more. Even the interior doors, all 8 foot, were patterned after the originals. There is loads of molding, all “in period”, specially milled. We even found the old picture mold with hooks for hanging photos instead of nails.
Then we started adding the NEW touches. A state of the art Gourmet Kitchen. Full wood Cherry Mission cabinets with tumbled marble backsplash and gorgeous sea scape metallic tile accents. The most unusual Granite I had ever seen. It is wonderful. Looks like sand. Black Glass Jennaire Double Ovens and matching Refrigerator, Microwave. Full array of cooking tools, dishes, pots and pans. Stainless Farm Sink and eating bar. Honed Chisel edged Stone floor. Large Laundry room with ironing facilities.
There are 2 OCEAN FRONT MASTERS both with full Stone Bathrooms. The first with West Indies style canopy bed features a Coral Stone Bathroom. Off-white shell stone floors and walls with black stone accents and cabinets. It includes an antique CLAWFOOT Tub complete with new Nickel fixtures and hand shower. Plus a RAIN SHOWER with BODY SPRAY, Two vanities with granite tops storage shelves and gorgeous Kohler farm sink faucets, wonderful Nickel light fixtures and private water closet.
The other Master with Cherry Sleigh Bed and matching Armoire features a bath of taupe colored stone with inset blue glass, a JETTED SOAKING TUB/SHOWER combo, White Cottage Vanity with matching Storage Cabinet, Granite tops and Stone Vessel Bowl sink. Also done in Nickel fixtures.
The 3rd Bedroom can function as a 3rd Master with Day Bed or a children’s room. The walls are Bead Board with the bath done in an old fashion mosaic stone rug pattern and subway stone shower and wainscot. Unique circular white vanity with stainless accents and matching mirror plus White Storage Cabinet. Room for loads of Towels and everyone’s tooth brush no matter the number.
Bedroom 4 is also Bead Board wainscot with a Queen and a rollout Single Trundle. It uses the Powder room and the Loft Bath.
The Chautauqua of course has all the latest ELECTRONICS New AC's, Built-in Entertainment Center with TV/DVD and Stereo - TWO of those actually -TVs in each bedroom - Even the 3 Sleeping Berths come complete with TV and DVD players - Wireless Internet - FAX/printer provided
Plus ENTERTAINMENT - A PIANO. You have to have a Piano at a beach house. Guitar and Game Tables. I am big on games so there are lots of Board Games. Upstairs is the POOL TABLE – and Wet Bar
PORCHES - The front porch is probably one of the best assets. This is where you will spend most of your time so there is LOTS of seating - All Teak Wood. We have 4 Rockers, 4 Adirondacks with stools, 2 benches, 2 sets of table and chairs – one on the porch and the other on the Patio. There is also an outdoor shower there and a stainless grill.
Yes, we tried to think of everything BUT…… as good as the main level is, most would agree the LOFT is the show place of it all.
The VIEW IS UNSURPASSED. With an arched Covered Porch recessed into the house for sun and wind protection, you can enjoy the view from another teak table and chair set or take some quite time to read a book from The Chautauqua’s LIBRARY. Or simply relax and take a nap in the ocean breeze on one of the Sling Chairs.
Where as the adults will enjoy the loft for the view - for the children it is the SLEEPING BERTHS they will be fighting over. There are 3 Single compartments complete with individual reading lights, TVs and DVDs, and under bed Storage Drawers for all their “stuff”.
A separate Full size alcove serves double duty as a bed and extra couch/play area. It comes with loads of shelves to store all the board games that are provided for your enjoyment. But the loft is more than just a place to sleep. There is a comfortable double recliner leather couch for lounging - A full size POOL table. Brand new. - A full WET BAR with antique corner sink, frig and extra microwave for late night popcorn. Even a PUSH BUTTON drink dispenser the children (or beer drinkers) will love.
The bath is a classic. All white Subway tile with mosaic floor and glass tile inlay band. The sink looks like a piece of furniture with Granite top, white Vessel Sink, and recessed lighted mirror niche.
That about does it for the house but if this is not enough space for your family or if it is too much........There is another option. You can always rent the bottom. Find the link to my Website for photos.
It is a separate unit with its own Greatroom, Kitchen, Garage, Laundry, Oceanside Decks & Outdoor shower. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The Master is Ocean side with Queen bed and sliders out to a Covered Porch. The Second Bedroom has a King size bed with a Rollout Single and there is an Ottoman in the Great room that amazingly converts to a single. It is an amazing thing to watch.
The look is different but charming in its own way. All STONE FLOORS, even the walls on the Porch. The Kitchen is actually larger than the main house. All Stainless with a long Glass Block under cabinet window. Great light! The bath is white Subway tile with Pedestal sink and blue glass accents - Jetted Soaking Tub. There is Flat Screen Plasma TV that hangs on the wall. 2 Game tables - one with a Texas Hold'em Table. Again everything is NEW!
Just call if you think you would like to rent it at the same time or if it is large enough to cover your group rent it instead. It will save you lots of money. It runs 1450/wk off season. It works great for a longer month stay during off season which we could do at a reduced fee (4 weeks for the price of 3). Just call to talk about the options.
What's TO DO:
Several great restaurants within walking distance. Plenty within minutes by car
The Pier has a new SPLSH POOL for the kids & FREE CONCERTS on Wed nights in Summer
Annastasia State Park is a few blocks w/Wind Surf Rentals
YMCA w/pool & gym has daily or weekly rates
Alligator Farm, Miniature Golf & Bowling all minutes away
Great Deep Sea & Intracoastal Fishing
Surf Board rental at the end of the street .Parasailing. Bike rental.
Historic St Austine is 5 minutes w/Horse drawn Carriage rides. Haunted House tours. Historic sites.
Amphitheatre with big names. Lots of Oldies. Plan a Beach Reunion with your old friends.
There are antique shops with reasonable prices. A large outlet mall complex.
Marineland is Old Florida the way it used to be. Not flashy but great fun for the kids and close
Disneyworld makes a great day trip
See lindasbeach.com for detai
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Low Allergen Environment
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
- There are 2 Masters, both w/Nickel fixtures. #1 is Shell Stone-floors & walls w/black stone accents, Antique Clawfoot Tub plus separate standup Rain Shower W/Body Spray, Two granite top vanities w/gorgeous Kohler farm faucets & private water closet. #2 is taupe stone w/blue glass diamond insets, Jetted Soaking Tub/Shower combo, White Cottage Vanity w/matching Storage Cabinet, Granite tops & Stone Vessel Bowl sink. The 3rd full bath is done in an old fashion mosaic stone rug pattern w/subway 'stone' shower & wainscot, unique circular white vanity w/stainless accents & matching mirror plus White Storage Cabinet. There is room for loads of Towels & everyone’s tooth brush. The 4th Loft bath is a Classic-All white Subway tile w/mosaic floor & glass tile inlay. The sink is a piece of furniture w/Granite top & Vessel Sink. The Powder room is Beadboard with Black Granite w/Vessel Sink - Outside shower - First Floor (rented separately) has Classic White Subway Tile w/Jetted Tub and Shower...moreless
- This was a heart felt renovation. We kept the original 1926 quarried Coquina fireplace. Real Coquina - Just like the Fort in Old St Augustine! The Bead board wainscoted is also from the original house, carefully removed & replaned. The floors are Heart of Pine, sanded back to their original glory. They don’t even grow wood like that any more. Even the interior doors, all 8 foot, were patterned after the originals. There is loads of molding, all “in period”, specially milled. Plus all the Latest conveniences & All New : State of the art Gourmet Kitchen. Full wood Cherry Mission cabinets. The most unusual Granite I had ever seen. Looks like sand. Black Glass Jenn Aire Double Ovens & matching Refrigerator. Microwave. Full array of cooking tools - 2 Full Entertainment Centers - Business Center w/Fax & Printer-.Piano - Pool Table - Wet Bar - Garage - Outside Shower-2 Ocean View Porches, one w/Sleeping Porch - Walking distance to great Restaurants w/ Live Music & one w/ Swimming Pool...moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Games For Kids
- Game Room
- Books For Adults
- DVD Player
- Pool Table
- Tourist Attractions
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Not Necessary
- Sight Seeing
- Outlet Shopping
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Water Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Hair Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- Linens Provided
- Toilet Paper
- Washing Machine
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Iron & Board
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Coffee Grinder
- Ice Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Outdoor Grill
- Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
ReviewsWrite a review
What a magnificent home! We had the greatest experience at Chautauqua. We rented the top 2 floors for 3 couples and 2 children, and couldn't have been happier. The view and beach are amazing. We had coffee and dinner on the porch every day, which was the epitome of Florida relaxation. My chef-sister loved the ammenities in the kitchen. The beds were super comfortable, and the upscale bathrooms made us feel like it was spa-time every morning. Another reviewer compared it to Pottery Barn, which my mother also had said. It is very close to historic St Augustine, where we went several times. I highly recommend Opus39 for fine dining there. There are also cute places just down the street (Mango Mango Grill), for take-out or a more casual dining experience (i.e. with children). My daughter still talks about wanting to go back to "the beachhouse" (she's 2), but that sums up how our entire party felt. We will definately be back!
- Guest Elizabeth Beller (Bluffton, SC)
- Date of stay 06/01/07
- Review Submitted 06/18/07
It was PERFECTGuest comment entered by manager
It was PERFECT
We couldn't have been happier! All of our friends and family who stayed their were overwhelmed at the location, property, space, and the presentation of the beach house. It was perfect ;-) I love how you remodeled and felt you were on point with your check in and out details. Parking positives: having the public parking at the end of the road and across the street provided enough FREE extra parking spots for those visiting over the weekend. Having the public supermarket, liquor store, and Bank of America a mile down the road makes it very simple and easy for access. As for recommendations for food, we had pizzas delivered, with no problems, but cannot remember the name :-/ The OC Whites restaurant, had free, easy parking, and accommodated a large crowd of 50 ppl no problem. Food was excellent. We also enjoyed the popcorn shop downtown and took plenty of flavors back home! We have given out your beach house website to several friends who are interested in booking their family vacation. Hope to stay at the Chautauqua beach house again!
- Guest Brittany
- Date of stay 04/04/13
- Review Submitted 12/18/13
Great Vacation SpotGuest comment entered by manager
Great Vacation Spot
Thanks so much for a great vacation spot! We loved our stay.......... it brought back some great memories and we made new ones!! We hope to come back again! I was able to initialize the internet connection on Thurday with the other phone # so it is all set up! The one hook in the front left bathroom came loose but i think everything else was fine. We did have a scary encounter with a Lemon shark but all turned out ok........just a little shook up!! Yikes! Let me know if you ever want to sell! thanks again
- Guest Judy
- Date of stay 08/17/13
- Review Submitted 12/18/13
loved Chatauqua & St. Augustine Beach
loved Chatauqua & St. Augustine Beach
We rented both levels of the Chatauqua for a week. Great house, incredibly rennovated and very clean! The location was perfect with the walkway to the beach right in the back yard. We walked to local restaurants & shops. Plenty of towels and the linens were crisp & white. The kids loft was a huge hit with the pool table. The house was fully stocked in the kitchen and also had lots of beach chairs & boogie boards. The owners were quick to respond to only a couple of our minor needs. Wonderful vacation! We highly recommend the Chatauqua for a great beach trip.
- Guest Diane N. (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Date of stay 07/09/11
- Review Submitted 07/18/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers.
Great Family Vacation!Guest comment entered by manager
Great Family Vacation!
Hello Linda, In catching up with the 17 family members who stayed with us last week at the First Floor and Main House, it was unanimous that everyone had a great time. The location and layout of the house, the views of the ocean, and the beach/surf were incredible. Also, we frequented the convenient Beachcomber restaurant next door -- did you know they have a 4 Star rating? We would seriously consider coming back again next year. Sincerely, Tony Ettorre
- Guest Tony Ettorre
- Date of stay 09/09/10
- Review Submitted 09/17/10
Best Beach House Ever
Best Beach House Ever
This house looked nice in the pictures and I had actually seen it from the beach, but we didn't get the full effect until we stayed in it for a week. I have family in the area and I've been coming to the St. Augustine area beaches for over 40 years, since I was a small child. We've stayed in houses all up and down the coast from Summer Haven to Crescent to St. Augustine Beach, and I can honestly say that this is the best house, by far, that we've ever experienced. I say this not only because it is a beautiful house but because if you factor in location, amenities, space and construction you have the perfect beach retreat. Our group had 8 adults, 4 children and a babysitter and we never had space issues. The upper level is perfect for children, with 4 bunks (with their own TV's) and a bathroom. We actually had trouble getting the kids out of the house to come to the beach.The bottom levels had not only 6 bedrooms but also 5 baths, so nobody got in anyone else's way. We've stayed in large houses before, but never one as well constructed and modern as this. An obvious ground-up remodel, this place is pristine inside with a gourmet kitchen, beautiful fixtures everywhere and all the modern conveniences, including top of the line full size washer and dryer on the main level and a new washer and dryer and full kitchen on the bottom level, enabling us to separate the couples without children from the early risers. Equally impressive (to me, at least) were the plumbing and electrical systems. We had great water pressure and no clogged toilets all week, which was an all time first. The air conditioner kept the whole house at a steady 71 degrees all week, which was also a first, as the houses we've stayed in before never had systems that could keep up. We had no problem with anything in the house all week. It's on the part of the beach where cars aren't allowed so we never worried about the kids while we were on the beach. And we were one house away from the Beachcomber restaurant which has a great breakfast. We were in the house all of 10 minutes before we decided to rent it again next year. As a matter of fact, I've already made the reservation. I only wish we could've been there for more than a week. This was the first time we'd ever stayed at a house at the beach that was actually nicer than our own, so if you're looking for a true luxury vacation, this house is well worth your money. Just save me my week and enjoy. You won't regret it.
- Guest Brett (Valdosta)
- Date of stay 07/24/10
- Review Submitted 08/09/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, tourists without a car, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
We had a family get-to-gether for three members celebrating birthdays in August. The house looks exactly like the pictures, so what you see is what you get. Everything was very nice. No one complained, not even the kids. They were happy to have their own floor and stayed up stairs playing. We loved everything about this house. Thanks for sharing your home on the beach. You have done an awsome job remolding this home. Were ready to come back already!
- Guest Lora Van Duzer (-)
- Date of stay 09/09/09
- Review Submitted 09/09/09
We (the UNC Asheville Women's Soccer team) stayed at the house instead of staying in Jacksonville (where we played our games). We generally stay in hotels when we travel and either eat out or get food for the bus trip. However, this house was big enough for 19 players, two coaches and an athletic trainer to live together for three and a half days! Amazing!! We were able to cook (kitchen is very well-equipped), family style, all of our meals while we were there which was wonderful. The house is beautiful, spacious and efficiently planned. We even had a mean game of Pictionary one of the nights in the living room with much laughing and screaming! The pool table, piano, and guitar were all big hits with the team. There were big tables (inside and out) used for studying, eating, and hanging out. There were places to simply unwind all over the house. Even with 22 people, we felt that we had plenty of space. The balcony, on the second floor, became a nightly ritual for the quieter folks among us to sit and talk into the wee hours of the morning. It overlooks the ocean and was just spectacular at night. We could not be happier with our experience at the Chautauqua! It was a trip that my players, staff and I will never forget!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 02/25/09
- Review Submitted 02/25/09
This was a wonderful beach home for a family wedding. We had five families (22 people) stay here for the entire weekend. We rented both houses and it was perfect. Everything was first class. The bathrooms are top of the line and there are enough for everybody. The bedrooms are wonderfully appointed. Even the beach furniture is top of the line. Al you need to bring is your food and a bathing suit. The only items we could not find were a pot holder and a cork screw. Highly recommended.
- Guest Bonnie MacKenzie (Seminole, FL)
- Date of stay 12/29/08
- Review Submitted 12/29/08
What a great house! Could not have asked for a better location on the beach. We had our whole family stay for a week and felt so pampered. The house was extremely comfortable and the amenities were top notch. Anything we needed was there for us. Had a great time and would not hesitate to return. So glad that we found you...Chautauqua. Dick & Joan Star
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/01/08
- Review Submitted 08/04/08
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May 28 - Aug 9
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Aug 10 - Sep 3
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Additional information about rental rates
July 4th $7,913 WH
Thanksgiving $6,050 $1,392 4 min
Christmas $6,050 $1,392 4 min
New Year $5,800 $1,160 4 min
Veterans Day $5,550 $1,110
MLK DAY $4,500 $900
Presidents $4,500 $900
Bike Week $6,075 $1,215
Easter $6,075 $1,215
Memorial $6,075 $1,215
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Year Purchased: 2006
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Complete Renovation - All new - Direct Ocean Front
View from Loft - No Condos-Just Sand
Greatroom w/Heart of Pine Floors and Bead board
All Baths are unique-Stone & done 'In Period'
NEW POOL TABLE & 2nd Entertainment Center in Loft
Music area with Piano - Guitar - zylophone
Best Beach -Call now to learn more about the area
Granite Counter-Double Oven & Smooth top Cooking
4 Bedrooms - 3 w/private baths - reading sconces
Everyone loves the 4 SLEEPING berts w/TVS & DVDS
Wet Bar in Loft w/Frig - Sink - Micro - Games
'Pottery Barn' style detailing
7 Bedroom / 5.5+ Bathroom
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