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This roomy (960 sq. ft.) one-bedroom upstairs apartment is fully appointed with private phone line, high speed wireless Internet, and basic cable. We vaulted the ceilings, and added stained glass and sky lights to make this a bright, cheerful escape. Enter off a private deck into a wide tiled hallway with a desk and bookshelves. To the right of the kitchen, over the bar, is the living room and the Alice-in- Wonderland sitting room. Just past the kitchen sink is a laundry dryer stack and kitchen pantry. To the left is the bath area and bedroom.
There is an extensive book and DVD collection for you to enjoy along with area maps and brochures of area attractions and upcoming events along with menus collected from some of our favorite restaurants.
The generous deck (13’ x14’) is a great place to entertain al fresco. Spacious patio with table and chairs, complete with an umbrella and cushions allow outside dining. A gate at the top of the stairs keeps your dog safe beside you. We are dog friendly to well-behaved members of your family.
On a nice day, use our beach cruisers to pedal around our friendly town and enjoy our waterfront areas.
Additional $100 cleaning fee and additional $250 pet deposit (refundable) required along with a signed pet agreement and proof of current inoculations....moreless
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bedroom 1: 1 king
This king sized sleigh bed is wonderfully comfortable...moreless
Convertible bed(s): 1 queen
Queen sleeper sofa located in Alice in Wonderland room ...moreless
King size beds (1) Everyone raves about how comfortable this king sleigh bed is and how great they sleep upstairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper sofa (queen) located off living room in Alice in Wonderland room. The couch is amazingly comfortable and so is the pullout....moreless
Well lit ceramic tiled bathroom with tub/shower combination, vanity and full length mirror...moreless
There is an extensive book collection available for avid readers. All guests are left stacks of area magazines, brochures and maps as part of their welcome package. Beach towels, chairs, a cooler and bug spray are provided for day trips, birding book and binoculars provided for close up study of our native and migrating birds, playing cards and a few puzzles for rainy days, along with standard office supplies, and miniature sewing kits. Basic start up supplies are provided so that you don't have to rush out to the store upon your arrival. Shopping at local grocery stores is within five to fifteen minutes from your vacation get away. I've just added beach cruiser bicycles for pedaling around downtown. Enjoy!...moreless
Winter season Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$250
Cleaning 3-7 days$100
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. $100 cleaning charge for 3 to 7 nights. $200 cleaning charge for a month or longer.
Dogs are considered with a signed pet agreement and proof of inoculations and flea prevention plus a $250 refundable pet deposit and a $100 NON refundable pet cleaning fee.
Bicycles are available at no charge by reservation (first come, first serve.) Helmets and locks are not provided.
St. Marys bed tax of 6% is charged on the first thirty days of a stay; anything beyond 30 days is not subject to the city bed tax.
$250 refundable Reservation/Security deposit due with booking, along with signed Confirmation Letter and Rental/Rules Contract. First half rent is due 60 days before arrival;last half rent due 14 days before arrival. Personal check, cashiers check or credit card are accepted payments. Government per Diem is accepted.
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Historical library, 3 libraries nearby, ghost tours, Fernandina & St. Augustine beaches nearby, Okefenokee swamp park, ferry rides to Cumberland Island, St. Marys aquatic center, golf cart rentals, fishing charters, boating community.
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: I am Elizabeth Gray, a native St. Marys resident. Since childhood, I have always loved the Norris St. home. I grew up on the other corner of the block. My family and friends are here and so has been my career. When I finished school, I started my own business, Gray’s Gallery and Custom Frame Shop. It’s been a place where I have framed lots of artwork for other people, and a place where I’ve displayed and sold my own work. Designing spaces, construction projects and furnishing and decorating are some of my favorite things. My best “therapy” is gardening. There’s something terrific about digging in the dirt. In short, Norris St. has provided me with a huge palette to be creative on all those levels. My hope is that you will truly enjoy what was designed for you.
Why the Owner Chose St. Marys: There are three huge magnolia trees, yet the property is sunny and breezy. I love to look across North River to Fernandina and see boat traffic. I like the different living levels: patio, downstairs decks, and railed upper deck. We’ve had some terrific parties on the downstairs patio: cookouts, fire pit evenings, and dancing. It’s fun to meet new people and socialize with old friends as well. Come join us!
Whether you are vacationing, looking for property, or working, our hope is that this “artist cottage” becomes an “island of pleasure. Basic start up supplies are provided to ease your transition. When we say, “Just bring your clothes!” we are pretty sure that everything else you need is already here.
ABOUT ST. MARYS
Lots of us walk in the morning. There’s a great 3.5 to 5 mile loop that takes you downtown to the river where you get the gentle kiss of a breeze in the morning. Sometimes, you even get the present of a dolphin swimming beside you. There is a group of waterfront feral cats that volunteers have adopted and feed daily. Many times they mistake a walker for a meal provider and bound out of their safe places with a hopeful meow.
There’s always something going on downtown: the big swoosh of the Coast Guard loading up bright and early on their vessels, boaters headed out to land the big one, or couples headed over to catch the Cumberland ferry. You might wander through as vows are being exchanged in the park, or catch it just right as an arts and crafts festival concludes with a live band and street dance. This is a friendly southern coastal town.
We are fortunate to live in such a peaceful, beautiful spot. We know that once you have tasted St. Marys-by-the-sea, you will acquire a taste for the town and its people. St. Marys will always have a place in your heart.
The Unique Benefits at this House: There’s a Chinese tallow tree laden with wind chimes, birdfeeders, and birds. We get cardinals, mockingbirds, house finches, Carolina wrens, blue jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, mourning doves, goldfinches, painted buntings, great crested flycatchers, ring-necked turtle doves, hummingbirds, downy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, robins, warblers, brown thrashers, cedar waxwings, bluebirds, and the occasional hawk, owl, and bat. If you get up early enough, you’ll hear this slight whirring overhead, and you’ll notice ibises and egrets headed to the river for a day of flying and fishing. It’s quite a symphony of bird sounds and songs throughout the day.
When you are upstairs, you have a bird's eye view of everything going on around you. We loaded the walls, ceilings, and floors with insulation so it's extremely quiet and private up there. Because the ceilings are vaulted, you walk in and immediately take a deep breath because it doesn't feel cluttered or crowded. We made the upstairs deck as large as we could and that contributes to the feeling of spaciousness as well. Because our weather is generally so mild, it's easy to just leave the front door open, raise a few windows and enjoy a wonderful cross draft. It's a very pleasant space.
You are but a five minute walk from the downtown waterfront park on the St. Marys river and ferry to Cumberland Island, shopping and restaurants, and another five minute walk in the other direction to the Meeting St. boat ramp where you can view North River.