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Lovely Renovated Cottage with Privately Owned Beach

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2 with no exceptions)

Experience "old Florida" at its best: pristine beach with sugar-white sand, loggerhead turtle nests, dolphin, and exotic birds in your front yard. Walk one-quarter mile on a beautiful boardwalk to the WindMark Beach Village Center, with exercise/yoga facilities. The cottage is recently renovated, with a gourmet kitchen, oversized corner soaking tub, Sony Bravia TV, and fully furnished. You need only bring your clothes! You can fish, walk the beach, or watch the dolphin all from your front yard. Sit under the 90-year-old oak trees (The Grand Dames) that shade the house and watch the woodpeckers, bald eagles, and other exotic birds from the screened front porch. Enjoy the pink-orange sunsets and see the stars as you have never seen them before. Watch the moon set on the bay.

The house is two bedrooms (one room functions as Owner's closet), one full bath, one powder room, and a large, corner soaking tub in the master bedroom. Master bedroom has two closets.The front of the house is a great room, with a dining table for eight, living room seating for six, and designer furniture and accessories.

Kitchen amenities include a Bosch dishwasher, Jennair duel fuel range, and refrigerator with ice maker and exterior water feature.

Australian cypress flooring extends throughout the house. Washer and dryer are in the utility room at the covered carport.

Keywords: An Old-Florida-style beach bungalow just steps from beautiful St. Joseph Bay. See shrimp boats and dolphin from the living room window and sunsets that last for hours. Loggerhead turtles nest on the sugar-white sand. Peaceful and exquisite.

More Details

Gail Alsobrook
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Gail Alsobrook

My family has owned this house since 1938, and although I was born and raised in San Diego, I have spent my summers here since my youth. I live in the house at this time but travel extensively and rent it out when I am scheduled to be away. Port St. Joe is a unique community, and it has an ethereal quality that is enchanting.

Gail Alsobrook purchased this house in 1938

Why Gail Alsobrook chose Florida Main North West

When people visit Port St. Joe, they seem to leave a part of their heart is just something. Maybe it is the authenticity of the town. Maybe the Southern hospitality. Maybe the amazing shrimp, oysters, and fresh-caught fish. The historic Cape San Blas Lighthouse was "rescued" from imminent loss along the Gulf and now stands proud and protected in the City limits along St. Joe Bay. A full-moon climb will never be forgotten.

What makes this house unique

Some of my favorite things to do are to walk the beach, which takes an entirely different feel at different times of the day. At night, I like to take a flashlight on the beach and see thousands or thousands of "ghost" crabs scurrying around the sand; it looks like a far-away planet! I love to sit on the porch and watch the dolphin swim by. The seafood is amazing, and I will tell you where to buy shrimp and oysters that were taken out of the water the night before. If you think you do not like oysters, you have never tried an Apalachicola oyster! I also love to sleep with the windows open to hear the din of insect noises and to watch the fireflies from the bedroom window. The board walk to WMB Village Center is beautifully landscaped, and the Village Center has wonderful dining and shopping. From rural to civilized...all in a quarter mile. Up the road, I love Off the Map Expeditions kayak tour of the Dead Lakes in Wewahitchka and the Estuary Tour of the Apalachicola River. Both are a must-see!


Port St. Joe 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: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • One queen bed, Sony Bravia TV and view of fireflies out the window in early summer. Oversized soaking tub.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The property extends to the gulf (lovely St. Joseph Bay). Forested at the rear of the property and pristine beach at the front, bald eagles, sea turtles, great blue herons, snowy plover, and other NW FL wildlife are prevalent. The house is equipped with outdoor lighting on a timer and ADT security. If you wish the security activated, a charge of $25 is added to change the code to suit you. Security cameras are at the driveway, carport and showing just the entry doors (for your privacy, the living room is not in view).


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Lovely Renovated Cottage with Privately Owned Beach
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews

What a beautiful place to spend "WE" time!

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed ourselves! The stay was beautiful, quiet and private. The Cottage is gorgeous! The beach is lovely. Plenty of places to eat. However, we bought our food and cooked once done we ate out on the porch. You won't regret the stay. This is a must see! Thanks to everyone who had a part in our visit to Port St. Joe"s;)

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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My husband and I loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is the perfect place to get away from it all! My husband and I loved listening to the tree frogs on the front porch in the evenings. The bed was very comfortable and the ceiling fan in the bedroom has a remote that came in handy if we wanted to adjust it when we were already in bed. The walk to the private beach only took a few minutes which was wonderful! The property is on a dead end street which is great because traffic is minimal and infrequent. There are also plenty of state parks and beaches that are only a short drive away. We did plenty of exploring and then returned to the cottage in the evenings to relax and unwind. It's a perfect little paradise!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights at the cottage. From start to finish, everything was perfect. The house is spotless, and has all the amenities you need to live like you're at home. The private beach was amazing, and a very short walk from the house. The property is only minutes from downtown Port St. Joe, which has an incredible selection of restaurants. We highly recommend Provisions- best meal ever! Ms. Gail, the property owner, was a pleasure and made the rental process easy. She was quick to respond to questions. We will definitely return to the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage with uncrowded beaches

  • 4 of 5

The Cottage was a great place to spend the July 4th holiday week. The beaches were never crowded - We enjoyed many local seafood restaurants, live music, and the fireworks celebration. All of this was within minutes of the Cottage. It was a great relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little cottage.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely little place with a great private beach with good fishing.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute well equipped cottage located across the street to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location of this cottage which was in an area close to Windmark beach which was not populated. We had the beach all to ourselves. The interior of the cottage has been recently renovated and contains all the necessary creature comforts to make your stay enjoyable. We especially loved the extreme pillow top bed which was especially comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The beaches are famous for their sugar-white sand. Our beach is at the edge of St. Joseph Bay, is rural and occasionally hosts loggerhead turtle nests. Wildlife abounds. The Apalachicola Estuary tour is amazing: gators, osprey nests that span several feet, turtles, bald eagles and the famous tupelo trees, one of the few areas that produces tupelo honey. This area is "old Florida" and feels like traveling back in time several decades. The flora and fauna are pristine. In the 1800's, St. Joseph Bay rivaled New Orleans and Charleston as a major, world-wide, natural deep-water port. The history of the rise and fall of "St. Joseph" is exciting and largely unknown. Absorb authentic Southern hospitality and cuisine, and the best seafood you have ever tasted.


Rates & Availability

Port St. Joe House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

The 12 percent local bed tax has been added to your rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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