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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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 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 4.810811 based on 37 reviews
Resaca, GA

Pros and Cons

  • 3 of 5

So we arrived in town earlier than check in time so I sent a text to the property manager asking if we could check in an hour early and we were allowed to which was great for us and we were most appreciative. The cottage, no doubt, is charming and very nicely decorated but the furniture is not comfortable. A vacation to us means relaxation. The path to the beach needs improvement. There is a ditch filled with water and you have to step in the dirty water to get to the dunes and over to the beach and it is overgrown and difficult to walk thru. The oak trees are nice for shade but the mosquitoes will dive bomb you just before dark. The kitchen counters were a little dirty but all else appeared clean. If you want to wash anything you have to go outside to get into the laundry area you can't access it from inside the home. The soaker tub in the bedroom was very nice. The blinds on the windows in the house make you feel like the world can see inside the home. The sheets on our bed would not stay on the mattress because the elastic was so stretched and the mattress topper at first feels good but then you can't get comfortable because you sink into it and both my husband and myself had neck and shoulder aches. We notified the property manager that our tv would come on but the cable wasn't working and Hurricane Irma was and is still happening and so we couldn't watch the weather all we had was our cell phones so we decided to leave on Wednesday morning, 3 days before we was supposed to leave, so we could get ahead of the evacuees from south Florida and also there was already a shortage of gas in many places. I've been a first responder for 27 years and we made the right decision to leave when we did otherwise we would have been in the traffic jam on I-75. So Wednesday morning just prior to leaving I sent the property manager a courtesy text asking him to let the owner know we were leaving so they could make preparations to clean and ready the cottage for the next guests and the incoming storm if need be and he never even responded back to me. In addition to me being a first responder my husband and I also own two businesses and we always respond to our customers. We took our bay boat down to do some fishing so having the tv to watch the local weather especially with a hurricane coming in is important to us and it didn't even work. We visit the area twice a year. Everyone has their own ideas of comfort but just wasn't practical for our needs.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Quiet Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was exactly what we were looking for. Clean, peaceful, and private with our own beach. Everything was exactly like the description and pre-trip info said it would be. We found everything we needed, just a few miles away in Port St. Joe. Also, for those fisherman out there... the fishing was awesome right there on the beach! We caught 30+ Black Tip sharks, Specs and Redfish. I highly recommend the Alsobrook Cottage. I can't say enough about it and the price was great too! We didn't want to leave and we would definitely stay here again! Thanks again, Miss Gail!


Todd Coleman


P.S. Just one other item: I would recommend a small wagon or beach cart for the short walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leesburg, GA

Anniversary trip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the week at this gem! It was perfect! We spent time on the beach, fished, and used our paddle boards right from the beach. We had no close neighbors on the very private beach. The house has lovely décor and was fully stocked with everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.