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4,099 sq. ft house set on 5 acres, a true getaway! - BAYSIDE

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 4,099 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 7 baths. 3 stories, private pool and dock

When you pull off the main road into the long winding driveway to the house you are transported back to 'Old Florida'. Time slows down. The 5 acres the house sits on becomes your own personal sanctuary. The house is water front with 265 front feet on St. Joseph Bay with no adverse encroachments.


3 stories, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, wooden floors in common areas and bathrooms. Carpeted in bedrooms.


There are three stories all adjoined by stairs. Bottom floor and second (main) floor have a small elevator connecting them.

-Bottom floor has: Laundry room (washer and dryer), supply room, extra refrigerator, and a bathroom.

-Main floor (second) has: Two bedrooms, a common bathroom, open floor plan that combines living areas and kitchen (tv, couches, 2 fireplaces, dining table, island bar) Kitchen has refrigerator, microwave, ice maker, stove and oven. Common areas and kitchen have been newly remodeled with granite counter tops and new cabinets. The entire back side of this floor consists of sliding glass doors that overlook picturesque St. Joseph Bay and Port St. Joe. Open and spacious! The outside is surrounded by a screened-in outside porch that opens to a beautiful sun deck overlooking St. Joseph Bay and the 500ft dock leading out to the bay.

-Upstairs: Stairs from the main floor lead you to a totally open floor plan that has couches and a ping pong table. This area is multi-functional and can be used for numerous activities. There are three bedrooms upstairs, which are described in more detail below.


2 master bedrooms are on the second (main) floor. Both have their own full bathrooms and comfortable California king beds. 3 bedrooms upstairs, 1 room has a king bed with full bathroom. The other two bedrooms upstairs have twin beds and share a common upstairs bathroom.

Outside the house:

There is a private fenced pool surrounded by palm trees. Large open covered deck area with hammock, outside shower, screened and plumbed scallop/fish cleaning area....all attaches to a 500 foot breathtaking dock out into St. Joe Bay.

Outside activities:

snorkeling, swimming, running, hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sunbathing, beach walking, seashell collecting, eco-tourism, horseback riding on beach, hunting, yard for games, grilling your favorite foods and RELAXING.

House Breakdown:

First Floor 201.3 Sq ft

Second Floor 2257.15 Sq ft

Third Floor 1640.25 Sq ft

Total Living Area (Rounded): 4099 Sq ft

Non-living Area

Pool 660.45 Sq ft

Underneath Parking 1363.82 Sq ft

Wood Deck 2153.44 Sq ft

Wood Deck 231.4 Sq ft

Storage 143 Sq ft

Storage 309.87 Sq ft

Utility 163.2 Sq ft

Wood Deck 100 Sq ft

Wood Deck 120 Sq ft

Wood Deck 100 Sq ft

Wood Deck 1071 Sq ft

Wood Deck 284.4 Sq ft

Wood Deck 440.8 Sq ft

Wood Deck 635.25 Sq ft

Open Porch 50.47 Sq ft

Concrete Patio 1739.5 Sq ft

More Details

Tommy Cooley Jr
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Tommy Cooley Jr

I will be 37 in May. I am oldest of two children and the only son. My father bought this house 22 years ago. We recently remodeled parts of it. This house is part of my childhood, and I love it dearly. I have decided to start renting it out now since the family does not use it as much. My sister has moved to Seattle, and my parents are.... lets say more mature. Our family is truly blessed and it shows in all the memories made at the CAPE!

Tommy Cooley Jr purchased this house in 1984

Why Tommy Cooley Jr chose Port St. Joe

I know you will enjoy the house as we have for 24 years, it truly is a gem.

What makes this house unique

Sits on 5 acres of land with lush landscape! Your private getaway! Own private pool, 500 foot dock and all the FL sun you want. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds. The bay and the gulf!


Port St. Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4099 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 7 - shower , Outdoor Shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California King bed, private bathroom and closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , California King bed, private bathroom and closet
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , private bathroom and closet
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , shared bathroom, private closets
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , shared bathroom, private closet
  • ceiling fans in all bedrooms, all are spacious with walk in closets
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
I can set up all rental activities if you need me to before you arrive for additional fees. Grocery shopping can be done, for a service fee. Charter fishing available. Perfect for large families or families that want to vacation together, Small families will have tons of room!


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4,099 sq. ft house set on 5 acres, a true getaway! - BAYSIDE
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful house on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to the Cape and it did not disappoint. The house was beautiful and plenty of room for our family of 9. There are several beach options nearby but our favorite was St. Joseph's State park. Endless adventures, amazing views and gorgeous home with giant porches to soak it all in.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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We had a great time!

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room for the whole family! We really enjoyed the pool and the large screened porch. The view of the bay is lovely!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The home was beautiful and had all the space we needed. Perfect vacation spot for a large family.

  • 5 of 5

The pool was clean and a relief for my 7 month old as well as my sister's teenagers. The men in our family enjoy fishing so they pretty much stayed on the dock in the bay. We loved seeing the wildlife from the dock and spending time with the family on the large screen porch. All the amenities we needed and more. The area is calm and a nice break from the usual beach vacation. The house and property were so nice we didn't leave much except the occasional ice cream run. We will hopefully be back again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Loved the bay!!

  • 4 of 5

We love the house it was spacious with plenty of room to speed out. But most of all we loved the bay we kayak several days because the beaches were closed due to a tropical storm. We saw so much marine life. Including but not limited to, 2 nurse sharks, it was fun for all. The pool was an added bonus as well. We all were very pleased with our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is spaceous and nicely decorated

  • 5 of 5

This house was plenty big enough for my family of 6 this year. We enjoyed it so much we plan to revisit the property in the summer of 2018 with the rest of our family. GREAT PLACE TO STAY!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time. Great family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar & Triple Tails
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Port St. Joe Country Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
30A East
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Indain Pass Raw Bar & Triple Tails
Nearest Beach
Cape San Blas Beaches
Car: recommended

A scenic, 10-minute drive east of Port St. Joe will take you to our most hidden beaches of Cape San Blas and Indian Pass. Each offers a character of its own with miles of shell-strewn, pet-friendly shorelines and a vast array of eco-excursions.

Begin your adventure into the (truly) wild blue yonder by heading east out of Port St. Joe, to scenic C-30A. Follow this two-lane road through the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve and take a right onto C-30E. Until you've actually laid eyes on the coastline of Cape San Blas, you're bound to underestimate this sandy stretch of splendor. Like a giant arm, the 17 mile long barrier peninsula, curves around St. Joseph Bay offering playful surf and white sand beaches on the Gulf side, with just a short walk across to spectacular fishing on the bay side. Once you arrive, you'll understand why it was America's #1-Ranked Beach, for its natural beauty, in 2002. The Cape is known for its clear, sometimes blue, sometimes green water and low, gentle surf-but there's a lot more to do than swim. Drag a chair to the beach with a book, throw a line to the surf, or comb the shore for treasures... but be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins schooling by. Scattered with shells including as giant cockles, angel wings, olive shells and lightening whelks, this pooch-friendly paradise is super soft and sparkling white.

Tired of relaxing? It does happen. Peddle Loggerhead Run bike trail for a different view (or better yet- for ice cream when you hit the end of the trail at Cone Heads!), browse through kitschy beach stores, or grab a few pounds of bay shrimp to steam while you watch the sun go down.

Looking for something more adventurous? Local outfitters will get you rigged...horseback riding is available, (and yes, you get to ride on the beach). Prefer something smoother? Canoe, kayak and sailboat rentals are nearby as well as diving, snorkeling and eco-excursions. Explore the bay. It's a giant aquarium! Wade fish grassy flats, or rent a kayak with your kids and glide above two feet of water for miles. Clear, shallow water offers hours of safe play and discovery for little ones as well as adults. Sand dollars, starfish, scallops and schools of colorful fish are fun to find-ten times more fun with a scoop net and mask! Our bay is a safe haven to fragile marine life that depend on sea grass for food and shelter, until they are old enough to swim out to the real world. (So, please don't let your boat propeller drag across the grass, it takes three years to grow back!)

St. Joe Bay is one of the few remaining areas in Florida where there is a significant bay scallop population. St. Joseph State Park is a great way for visitors to get to the bay and scoop them up. Wade out from shore or launch your boat from Eagle Harbor-you'll see why scalloping is one of our most popular summer activities.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

The link below describes our 2516-acre facility as miles of sugar white sand, superb views from high dunes and over 240 species of birds, with a boat ramp at Eagle Harbor. Or, you can just read what visitors had to say...

'My favorite state park in Florida' This is the best State Park in the Florida system, period. Miles of walking and biking. I don't know about the campsites but the cabins are excellent, all with their own little beaches, good swimming and even windsurfing....I am writing this from a cabin here and my Verizon 3g is good but bring a USB stick antenna if you need to be online...

'The Forgotten Coast' This was the most awesome state park I've ever seen! The white sandy beach on one side and the bay on the other. We could sun and swim on the secluded beach or go boating and snorkeling in the bay. Scallop season was plentiful and delish! For nature lovers like me, you will be amazed by all the state park...




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $500
Pet Fee $250

Holiday weeks and weekends will vary in price based on demand.

45-day cancelations policy per written agreement. I must have a signed agreement before check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.