"I'm not sure if my family and I stayed at the same house as the last reviewer, because we were VERY pleased with this rental! Yes, the house is older, and is showing a little age - but it was clean, well-stocked with all essentials, a PERFECT location, beautiful views, huge, and, you could tell, well-loved. The owners are so easy to work with, too - very friendly and helpful!
First of all, let me say, this house is directly on the beach, oceanfront - so yes, there will be a little "weathering" with the sea salt, sea spray, winds, etc. - however, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the deck furniture - it just looks worn, but it is sturdy, and served us well all week! We didn't get a single splinter from the deck, and we (all 7 of us!) went barefoot all week, back and forth to the beach, many times a day. How convenient it was to be right on the beach, and not have to be way up in a condo, carrying all of our beach stuff for a mile down the elevators, across the pool area, and across the sand! We actually tied our tent to the deck moorings and left everything out on the beach all week - it was wonderful! The grass in the yard is thick and lush, great for kids or furry friends. There was more than enough room for all 7 of us - 5 adults and two toddlers - in fact, there was still an extra bed in the upstairs apartment. And, the beds slept wonderfully - very comfy, and even though you are on a main road, the house was very quiet, since it is more oriented toward the beach. There was a charcoal grill for grilling out, an extremely nice washer and dryer in the garage, and an extra ice machine, which was a life-saver! Even though we took our own beach goodies (chairs, toys, etc), there are a lot of these items in the garage. The only minor complaint that I might have, and again, you are on the beach, is that there is a slight dampness problem with the house - but, I know this is just a common problem with the high humidity in Florida! We simply tossed our towels in the dryer, and voila' - problem solved!
Drive 5 miles south, and you enter St. Augustine, with shopping, putt-putt, and wonderful places to eat - about 2 miles down the road is Cap's on the Water, a great, highly recommended restaurant. And, 15-20 minutes north is Jacksonville - you just about cannot ask for a better location! I would definitely recommend this home for large families, with kids, or with pets - it is well worth it!"
Guest: Ragen C.
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: July 21, 2014