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1924 Guest House with Boat Dock Access to the Sebastian River

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Property type house


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)


Several generations before you contemplated vacationing in the Sebastian River area, this charming home was already welcoming guests escaping the harsh winters and humid summers of Ohio and beyond.

Early in the 20th century, an Ohio industrialist by the name of “Goodrich” discovered a shady grove of live oak, red cedar, and Sabal palm trees perched above the banks of the St Sebastian River --not far from the spot where it meets the Indian River Lagoon-- while on a fishing and hunting expedition. We don’t know whether it was the natural beauty of the spot or the “spiritual energy” that many people still report feeling here that attracted him and his family. We only know that they chose this place to build a sprawling estate, featuring a carriage house, servants’ quarters, the county’s first privately owned swimming pool, and this guest house in addition to the main house.

Fast forward more than 80 years. This home has hosted many visitors and undergone many renovations and upgrades – the most recent at the beginning of 2009-- but it still retains the special look and feel that welcomed the Goodrich guests from the start, set in a uniquely beautiful, natural old-Florida setting. The original Goodrich estate has been parceled out over the years, but we have been fortunate enough to be able to reunite the guest house with the main house, huge swimming pool, and poolside cabana house.

On entering the guest house, the first things you’re likely to notice are the beautifully refinished hardwood floors below, the coffered ceiling above, and a cozy fireplace straight ahead. The light-filled living room stretches across most of the front of the house. The fully functional kitchen is open to a sunny family room and eating area. Passing through the newly renovated bathroom with beautiful Dade pine beaded board and a freshly refurbished clawfoot tub, you’ll enter one of the bedrooms, featuring period furnishings and a spacious closet. Just off the living room you’ll find the master bedroom, again boasting family heirloom furniture as well as its own private bath with shower and whirlpool tub. As was the custom in the early 20th century, windows and doors are strategically positioned throughout the house to take greatest advantage of the sea breezes during the frequent periods of fine spring-like weather.

Of course our home features all the modern comforts you’d expect, as well--including wireless Internet access, cable TV, DVD player, local phone service, all the kitchen and laundry appliances you’re likely to need, a gas grill, and central heat and air conditioning. We’ve furnished it comfortably, casually, and stylishly with furnishings from the first half of the 20th century to stay true to the style and spirit of the home.

Outside, enjoy the peaceful natural setting while lounging beneath the beautiful century-old live oak. Listen to the soothing trickle of water across the sandy drive in the Goodrich fountain courtyard that connects the main house with the poolside cabana. Catch a glimpse of the glistening St Sebastian River through the wrought iron gates at the front of the fountain courtyard, or walk a few hundred feet down to the river to enjoy it up close. Bring your boat, or rent one at a nearby marina. Take advantage of the dock to moor your boat, fish, or just watch the sun set over the river. We are very fortunate to be located between a nature preserve on the opposite bank of the river, a county conservation area, and three county parks; with the Sebastian Inlet State Park and Pelican Island National Wildlife Preserve close by. The unspoiled and never-crowded beaches of the barrier islands are an easy 15-minute car ride away. If you are looking for bright lights, constant stimulation, and urban excitement, this is not the place for you; but if like us you love the peace and quiet and natural beauty that unspoiled Florida offers, you’ll love it here.

This home sleeps 4 to 6 people quite comfortably, but if you should need even more space, consider combining it with the poolside cabana directly opposite (VRBO #33100), the riverside cottage 4 doors down the street (VRBO #41391), or both! You will definitely be getting away from it all when you stay here, but if you should need a break from the peaceful relaxation, it’s an easy 20-minute drive to Vero Beach, an hour to Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center, or 90 minutes to Orlando or West Palm Beach.

Come for a visit here and you’ll see why we uprooted ourselves from Atlanta and rebooted our professional lives in 2002 so that we could live in this one-of-a-kind setting. If you’re looking for luxury accommodations, prepackaged predictability, or a gated resort that could be anywhere in the world... keep looking. But if you’re like us and love the natural charms of Florida that have enchanted out-of-town visitors for decades, spend a little time here. You’ll be glad you did.

Keywords: Home, Cottage, Bungalow, Vacation home, Vintage home

More Details

call Glenn at (772) 532 8386
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018


Sebastian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • License IRC-STVR-16-11-12, max vehicles 4, max nightly occupancy 6, no special events/parties, must obey county's "good neighbor" noise regulations
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King bed (1), Queen bed (1), Folding beds and inflatable mattress are available for extra sleeping space if you desire
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
You will have full direct access to the river from the boat dock and shoreline. License IRC-STVR-16-11-13, max vehicles 4, max nightly occupancy 6, no special events/parties, must obey county's "good neighbor" noise regulations


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1924 Guest House with Boat Dock Access to the Sebastian River
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Awesome Place!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place for 3 months while transitioning to the area and Glenn came to our rescue. We felt right at home from the moment we walked in the front door. The home is exactly as pictured and Glenn was always available if we had any questions or needed anything. Btw, we didn't need a thing, because he has everything in his homes. He has more kitchen supplies than a restaurant and the sheets he has are super soft, plush towels, comfy furniture, a washer and dryer, and so on. Consider it your home away from home! All you need to bring is yourself and clothes and you are set. He also recommended a few restaurants and we frequented two of them quite often. (Aunt Louise's and Wasabi Thai Sushi) I literally gained 10lbs from all the great food. Thanks Glenn! LOL!

I would highly recommend Glenn's homes if you are spending time in the area. It was totally relaxing and a great memorable time that I will treasure. Just a note.... we stayed at 3 of Glenn's homes during our stay and I have left this review for all of them, because each is equally fantastic!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warren, NH

The Charm of Old Florida

  • 5 of 5

If I could give this wonderful home six stars instead of five, I'd do just that. It's a beautiful home in a very private environment. From the moment you turn the key and walk through the front door, everything you could possibly want for great vacation is there waiting for you. There's a large fenced in back yard with trees and flowering plants that is perfect for people and pets as well. Sit in front of the chimea in the evening, enjoy a cocktail, watch the stars and wish you could stay there forever.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Springfield, VA

Feels Like Home

  • 5 of 5

We just love this cottage. This is our second time staying here and we look forward to staying there again. It is a very comfortable house with all the amenities you will ever need. The backyard deck is great for relaxing and entertaining with a grill for cookouts. The fenced in backyard is perfect for guests with pets. The cottage is located in a quiet neighborhood and is great for a nice relaxing vacation. The beach is only a 15 minute drive away. We enjoy just sitting on the dock and watching the dolphins and manatees swim by in the Sebastian River. The sunsets off the dock are spectacular as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL

Charming Vintage Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Adorable cottage with period furnishings from the 50's and 60's. Very neat and clean. The hosts were very friendly and accomodating. Great recommendation for the local Italian rest. Have the Ravioli, it is "to die for".

They could make some changes with the kitchen with an updated stove and cookware though. We couldn't use their dock for our boat it was quite the distance to idle to get out to the ICW.But great boating there, we had a great time and loved "little ocean". It was a plus that we were able to bring our whippet!

We had a great time and would recommend their cottage to anyone.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other activities to enjoy: Canoeing, Birdwatching, Skydiving. The restaurants and shops of Sebastian are nearby, or find a wider variety of stores and cinemas in Vero Beach or Melbourne (25 minutes away). We will send you a detailed Sebastian River Area visitor's guide before your arrival.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Pet Fee $50

A deposit of 50% of the rental rate confirms your reservation. The balance is due one week before your arrival. Deposit is 100% refundable, minus credit card fees, up until 2 months before your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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