Durkin Cottage Realty
House has promise but too many problems really put a damper on vacation.
Let me preface this review by saying I very rarely have any issues with homes we rent.
We were really looking forward to our vacation and were happy with what we saw when we pulled up to the house. Brought all our stuff in and unloaded fresh groceries from the store and coolers. Hours later there was a puddle under refrigerator, it was not even close to cool and our bags of ice in the freezer were melting. The rest of the day and night we were cleaning up water and trying to avoid opening the refrigerator. Decided to give it a day and see how things were in morning. Woke up to no puddle and what we thought was a working refrigerator. Came back to house at lunch to find more water leaking. Management company was responsive, came to see it and did some work. We had more issues and management company brought a spare refrigerator to help us until main one could be fixed. The next day repairman worked on refrigerator and no issues rest of stay.
House lost power several times because the breaker would trip if we used washer/dryer and dishwasher while A/C was on. This happened for a couple days until we figured out what combo of appliances we could run.
Central A/C was working OT to cool house after losing power and it froze up during the night. We woke to a warm, humid house and water in the basement. We shut it down and decided to let it thaw out. We used a shop vac from closet to clean up the water. Started it up later in the day and things still were not right so management sent a repairman for AC. After some time he finished work and A/C was working.
We had to call the management company about ants on counter and in cabinets when we arrived and they were more than happy to bring down some traps.
Only other issue we had upon arrival was the garbage/recycling area was quite messy and cans were 90% full.
The house itself is comfortable and quiet on a dead end street. The outdoor shower was fantastic and offered privacy. The kitchen was well stocked and has a convenient layout for multiple people. The awning on deck was great for shade. Like I said in my title, the house has promise. I think a more modern, efficient refrigerator would really help. Upgrading the electrical system is probably in order because losing power is a deal breaker. Durkin Cottages, the management company, was extremely responsive and quite understanding.