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Some time in the late twenties, early thirties a sea captain built a one-room beach house two and a half blocks from the ocean. It resembled the inside of a ship’s cabin with a pull down bed, built-in shelves and cabinets to maximize space. The exterior structure still stands and is the main living space of this original Florida beach cottage, now expanded to include a kitchen and dining room and large master bedroom with spacious bath. 900 square feet in all and creatively renovated, The Beach House as we call it, lies only two and a half blocks from the beach but sports a comfortable back patio, brick wood grill and portable gas grill, hammock, garden shed and bike shed. The impression is one of ease and efficiency. Everything has its place and there is a place for everything.
The original interior walls are plank boards painted white and in the bedroom, the boards run up the wall and along the ceiling, accentuating the cottage feel. Exterior hardy board give the cottage an old-world feel, especially with the white-railed porch in front. Tastefully decorated and landscaped, this house calls to your simpler nature when you might shower outside after the beach and dry in the hammock or lawn chair. In the mornings when the day is still cool and the birds are singing, I sit in the Adirondack chair on the front porch and work on my laptop. Life is too good. Fully up to date with modern necessities like WiFi, cable TV/DVD, brand new dishwasher, dual fuel range and refrigerator, front loading washer/dryer, microwave and even a Champion Juicer for the health conscious if you request, it has all that you need to feel comfortable with none of the stresses of busy streets and noisy neighbors. Take a bike ride to Jax Beach Pier, walk into the Beaches Town Center (only seven blocks away) for dinner or frozen yogurt, or buzz over the Intercoastal Waterway and pick up a gourmet dinner from Fresh Market. Walk to the beach, have wine in the back yard, grill out burgers and roast vegetables, all this and more and yet life stays simple. We hope you will enjoy the Salt Life as much as we do.
Atlantic beach ordinance requires a THREE MONTH MINIMUM RENTAL and have personally contacted me about this. Also, it is important to know that PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED and this is non-negotiable. My family vacations in this house during the winter months and we have extreme allergies. I am thrilled to share my home during the spring, summer and fall, however, and invite you to consider it your own, treating as such.
King size bed (1) The bed is made as a King with luxurious sheets, but if you want singles, it can be made as two twins and the sofa made into a twin, sleeping three in the large room.
Twin or Single Beds (1 or 3 as per above) The sofa in the bedroom can be made into a twin bed without taking up anymore space, thanks to IKEA....moreless
Large, well-lighted bathroom off the bedroom and with access to the hallway. Full tub/shower, one sink, drop down ironing board, dryer rack, tile floor, linen closet, commode and washer/dryer are all in the bathroom so you see, it is bigger than can be captured in photos....moreless
The back yard feels like a sanctuary, for visiting in the cool of the afternoons, grilling out using the new gas weber grill or the old school brick wood grill, eating on the full sized patio table, or sunbathing in gravity free lounge chairs. There is sun and there is shade. Just move around to find the temperature of your choice....moreless
At&t Uverse offers a wide viewing experience and HDR recording options....moreless
There is a flat screen TV in the living room and in the bedroom....moreless
A selection of DVD's are stored in the television cabinet, but Blockbuster is not far away either....moreless
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The table is set up for four, can be extended to eight, comfortably if at an angle. Extra chairs are stored in outside storage building....moreless
Seating for 6 people
Being such a dollhouse of a cottage, the air conditioning is very efficient....moreless
If you can fit it in the front loading washing machine, the dryer can handle it! It's only a few years old....moreless
The fireplace draws beautifully and is a perfect touch to warm your bones on those occasional chilly evenings....moreless
If you make sure the thermostat is always on auto, the cottage will stay exactly the temperature you desire within several degrees....moreless
We use wireless broadband, but if you need to hard wire, I suppose you could plug into the modem....moreless
Iron & Board
The King bed is made with luxurious sheets and a light-weight comforter. If you want three twin beds made up, that can be arranged....moreless
The living room has two seating areas, one with a couch and love seat in front of the TV and one in front of the fireplace with four chairs arranged around end tables....moreless
You can park on the street but you don't need to....moreless
Parking Off Street:
The shell driveway is for two cars but we have parked four front to back....moreless
Local calls only. I may remove it altogether....moreless
Lots of towels for the bath, and beach towels for the beach. You can hang beach towels and bathing suits outside on a retractable line, or on the drying rack in the bathroom. Please not on the porch...moreless
The washer/dryer unit is only a few years old. The washer is a front loader, and has normal capacity for its efficient size. HE detergent only and in small amounts....moreless
Wifi reaches into all of the house most of the time, but at the dining room table all of the time....moreless
The fireplace would only be needed in the wintertime, but it is useable. There is a fire pit outside on the patio, nice when fall temperatures drop and spring temperatures haven't risen yet....moreless
A coffeemaker is on the counter, as well as an espresso maker and bean grinder....moreless
The dishes aren't fancy but they aren't plastic! Lots of glassware, cookware and utensils....moreless
Brand new side by side freezer door with ice machine on outside....moreless
The model of efficiency, the kitchen feeds two or three easily, with all the modern conveniences available. However, I have entertained my entire extended family, extending the table to seat nine!...moreless
Hanging over the oven, it has that wonderful feature of press 1 and it starts for one minute....moreless
Two electric ovens, a small efficiency - good for one or two people - or full size for a turkey or roast....moreless
I try to provide enough paper ware to get you started, like napkins and paper towels. Some condiments may be in the refrigerator, basic herbs on the counter and oil and vinegar in the cabinet....moreless
I leave a few condiments in the frig to get you started. I hate arriving hungry and not having ketchup for my burger....moreless
Brand new propane fuel gas range (with electric stove below) and exhaust fan above beneath microwave. It just recirculates, does not vent....moreless
2 Beach bikes are available in the bike shed. Please rinse them after use and store them in the shed to keep from rusting. Make sure when you use them you lock them when parked....moreless
Deck / Patio:
The patio out back has a table and chairs for six and comfortable seating in addition. There are also two lounge chairs you can pull out to sun in. The front porch has a bistro table and chairs for two (great for morning coffee) and an adirondack chair and side table....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
The front yard has beautiful tropical plants and a stone walkway, with a hammock stand under an orange tree, and a Meyers lemon tree and two more exotic citrus trees along the house and in the back....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
housekeeping$300 + tax
Property Damage Protection$79
PLEASE NOTE: ATLANTIC BEACH ORDINANCE REQUIRES A THREE MONTH MINIMUM RENTAL. Please do not plan on moving furniture or redecorating. No pets allowed. Any house plants brought in must be placed in protective dishes to hold water run-off. Use only HE detergent (provided) and in small amounts. Please remove food when you vacate, especially from refrigerator. Thanks!
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Tucked down one of Atlantic Beaches tiny grid of streets, the Beach House is two minutes walk to the beach at a beach access. In the summer months there is a life guard on duty. It's only seven pleasant walking blocks to the Beaches Town Center where you can eat, drink and be merry!
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: I grew up in Jacksonville and moved away after college. After raising a family of four boys and a husband, I bought a house close to home but miles away. I wanted to be near my parents but immerse myself in the beach life. Atlantic Beach could be anywhere on the east coast, but it happens to be only 30 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, where you can go to enjoy opera, the symphony, road shows from New York and everything a big city has to offer.
Why the Owner Chose Atlantic Beach: Having grown up in Jacksonville, I remember the beaches when they were more remote, quaint and simple. I liked this house because it reminded me of the clapboard beach cottages of old, with porches, wood floors and simple white trim work.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Atlantic Beach is mostly residential so it is quiet with good neighbors. But mostly because you can walk to the beach without needing a stoplight. Pedestrian traffic rules in Atlantic Beach, with bikes coming in second.
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