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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
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 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:
  • 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
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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).


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Lovely Renovated Cottage with Privately Owned Beach
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
Linton, IN


  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful anniversary experience. Enjoyed the coziness of the home, as well as the quiet serenity of the private beach. Would recommend to anyone needing to catch up on some peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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I don't have anything negative to say about the Alsbrook Cottage. It was an amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

The whole transaction went smoothly and the cottage is beautiful. Both my sister and I agree that it was the best vacation ever. We drove to Panama City Beach one afternoon and didn't even want to stay at the crowded beach there. We drove right back to the private beach at the cottage. The cottage is kept up nicely and if I had the money I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The cottage is beautifully restored. Tranquil, peaceful, and serene!

  • 5 of 5

We only had a few short days this visit, but would love to return to this little piece of heaven when we have the opportunity. Gail is an amazing host from no other! She truly cares about her guests experience in every detail. The cottage is beautifully and comfortably appointed, which is especially nice when the weather doesn't allow for fun in the sun and on the beach. We were lucky enough to enjoy a couple of days on the very private beach, which is just steps away, as well as bike riding along the wonderful paved and private road. Super comfy bed. No expense was spared with bed linens and plush towels. We loved the little soaps with big lather! Special touches everywhere! It's the little things that matter most. Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Apalachicola, and St. George Island have been some of our favorite places to frequent over the last few years. Several great places to eat, shop and sightsee. I am already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The cottage is everything that you see in the pics and more! Very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

I needed a quiet get away from the craziness of Atlanta. I booked the cottage for 4 nights. Loved it. It was just me. I felt safe and comfortable the entire time. The cottage has everything you could possibly need. The beach is beautiful and very private. I did not want to leave!!! Highly recommend this cottage if you want a quiet, peaceful getaway. Gail has a wonderful collection of books.... never really needed the noise from the TV.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Decatur GA

Hidden gem beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is our last day and were so sad to leave! This house was just perfect for my daughter and me.

The beach options are endless: there's the eastern bay beach directly across the street (No houses blocking your view since it's the same owner's property) or a short drive to Cape San Blas where you can choose the eastern bay beach OR the Gulf!

Restaurant options were just okay (No reflection of this rental!)... Coming from Atlanta it's hard to be served dinner by a 16 year old kid that doesn't want to be there (happened twice at two different places)... But otherwise the area is fantastic. Just go to the grocery store a few minutes away and eat at the house - you cannot beat the views from this front porch! We actually rushed home last night to catch the sunset since its best seen from here.

It's clear this house is well taken care of and we felt very welcome and so comfortable.

Also, the welcome info that Gail sent ahead of time was so thorough - she's very considerate of providing her guests with a nice stay.

Thank you to Gail and her family!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property and beach

  • 5 of 5

Nice beach, few neighbors, many food choices nearby. Peaceful, relaxing stay

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 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 $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

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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