About the property
- Townhome1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Townhouse, 3 Bedrooms ,open loft, 5 beds , 2 full Baths, (Sleeps 8)
Feel the "ocean spray in your face" while you watch birds and dolphins from the huge deck of this 3-unit townhouse named Mi Casa. Atlantic Ocean in front and the Matanzas River Inlet on the side. Very private dog friendly beach in an oceanfront homes section with no cars allowed on the beach and no public access. ( we're an island connected to the mainland by Hwy A1A bridges on each end). When the tides out kids have great fun searching tidal pools for critters. Fort Matanzas National Monument is on the other side of the bridge within walking distance, with free boat ride to the fort and a great nature trail.. 2 miles north you can rent boats and kayaks and buy bait. 3 miles south is Marineland where you can swim with dolphins or go on a kayak guided tour. Bicycle path for miles in both directions. Waterfront seafood restaurant across the street where you can bring your dog, and a gas/convenience store 1 block away. Brick charcoal grill outside. Fully equipped kitchen to spend a weekend or 6 months.
Sleeping arrangements: downstairs two full size beds roll out from beneath the elevated kitchen deck; upstairs is all master bedroom with a king bed; above the king bed is an open loft with two twin beds.
Keywords: Condo, Townhouse, oceanfront, beachfront, fully furnished, cottage
Owner, Barry Fouts
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 13, 2018
About Owner, Barry Fouts
We're both retired business owners who breeds parrots as a hobby. On our 55 acre farm covered with 100+ year old grandfather oaks we have dogs & cats on rat & predator patrol duty, cows, horses & a rescue pony with a resident wild deer as a pal; guineas, peacocks, chickens and many breeding pairs of macaws, cockatoos and african greys. We're both Florida natives; me from Lakeland, Pat from Jacksonville
Owner, Barry Fouts purchased this Townhome in 2011
Why Owner, Barry Fouts chose Saint Augustine
We love the quiet & solitude. When we moved to NE Florida in 1998 we visited St Augustine public beach and were not impressed by the crowds. 2011 was the first time we returned, and discovered Mi Casa. Our place on Summer Haven Island is the closest thing to a private beach you'll find for under $10 million. As soon as we stood on the deck, which really is on the beach, we told the realtor 'we'll take it!' Some of the yearly renters have come back 10 years in a row, and everyone has written wonderful reviews of the location and the updates & upgrades we've made. Sept '12 we shopped for another investment oceanfront condo and were amazed at the $4-500k condos that couldn't offer what Mi Casa has. It was a challenge just to walk the distance out their crowded walkway over sand dunes to the waters edge. Mi Casa has us spoiled. Walking down our 5' wide steps is an unfair comparison. The rod holders on the deck railing are your first clue that nobody else is this close to the water! Some say it's like being on a boat!
What makes this Townhome unique
Waking to the roar of the ocean is a wonderful experience. Coffee on the deck, then 2nd cup on the beach letting the dogs run free (oops, the leash slipped out of my hand). Birds huddled on the sandbar in front. Discover turtle nests in season, and shells and critters caught in the tidal pools or rent a bike and enjoy the miles of paved bike paths north and south. Spot a sea turtle or manatee or dolphins swimming past. Whales pass in front but I haven't spotted one myself. Watch the kite boarders sail 20' into the air. Watch the Ospreys shake in flight like a dog after diving for fish. Last year a Bald Eagle pair regularly fished out front off the rocks. Gaze at the shrimp boats with binoculars (provided) then drive up the road & buy tonights shrimp dinner you watched being caught. The 3-grill brick BBQ has a smoker built in on the back side. View the stars in the near total darkness. Cross over the bridge & explore Fort Matanzas and its nature trail for free.
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Perfect for our spring break vacation. Fit our family of 8. The vacation was a fantastic time of fun and relaxation.
We loved the location and the incredibly secluded beach. We had a great time bringing our dog on the beach. The owner was great to work with and very helpful when needed. Highly recommend this rental.
Our beach has no public access (some do climb over the rocks) plus we're on an island. There are just a few rentals available on our island, and that makes it "almost" a private beach. Dogs love being able to run on the beach as well as kids.
Wonderful oceanfront location
Extremely well equipped home.
Owner worked with us to immediately repair TV cable connection
When guests return year after year you can believe it’s a fabulous location. The salt air destroyed the TV connection outside but was quickly repaired.
Loved Mi Casa !
Mi Casa exceeded our expectations! It was a great location. A short vehicle ride to all the attractions but far enough away from all the hub to really relax and spend time as a family. We cannot say enough about how clean and well stocked it was. MiCasa will be our recommendation if someone is going to St Augustine!
Beautiful views to wake up to
We loved our stay at Mi casa. It has the perfect location on the beach.
Beach on two sides makes the view incredible. This couple experienced a "dolphin rescue" in front and the rescuers from Marineland just down the road used our steps & beach access.
The weather was not the best and the area was a mess from the hurricane but it was still great!
Fantastic. The ocean is lapping on your deck. There were wind surfers to watch and all kinds of birds.
Lots of hurricane debris on the roadside but the beach is perfect.
Walk, bike, or drive over the bridge to Fort Matanzas. It's free and very interesting. Park service boat transports you across the river to the fort, where a ranger gives interesting information about the history of the fort. The boat leaves on the half hour. Excellent nature trail thru the Matanzas National Park. Or, turn south and 3 miles away you can swim with the dolphins at Marineland.
Additional information about rental rates
If the calendar shows no vacancy for the week you want, check my other listing vrbo.com/7190 for a vacancy in the middle unit/same building.