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Gulf front!Private boardwalk!Outdoor kitchen!Beach equipment!Decks galore!WiFi!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 BR Gulf front, DELUXE outdoor kitchen, multiple decks MADE for outdoor living!

'Mood Swing' was custom built in 2014 ...and, as its name implies, our home is just what you need if you are looking for a positive attitude adjustment!

You will love the convenient beach front location with private ramped boardwalk as well as the sweeping Gulf views and spectacular sunsets from almost every room in the house or from its more than 1,700 square feet of covered decks, screened porch & sundeck - which makes it perfect for outdoor living.

We have just added a DELUXE OUTDOOR KITCHEN on the screen porch that has 2 Primo ceramic grills, cook top, full-size fridge and prep sink. In addition to this, there is a variety of other outdoor areas for relaxing or spending time together. These amenities include: chaises, swings, hammock, day bed swing, benches, various tables and chairs, outdoor shower, fire area, a third grill and a fish sink/cleaning area!

Our 5 bedroom, 3 & 1/2 bath home easily accommodates 12 people in beds... NOT bunks or sleeper sofas!

The arrangement of the bedrooms provides the privacy that makes Mood Swing perfect for having another family, in-laws or grandparents as your guests...Although Mood Swing is designed to give everyone a lot of their own space, it also entices everyone to be together...particularly on the HUGE screened porch which has fans, a large flat-screen TV and plenty of comfy seating, including a hand-made mahogany swing, outdoor bed, custom-made HUGE pub-height heart-pine table with stools, lifeguard-style chairs, hammock swing, bed swing and more!

We provide fine-quality linens and bath towels, plush beach towels (6), beach chairs (6 to 8) & other beach equipment, soaps & detergents, paper towels, TP, WiFi, cable, free long-distance and much, much, MORE!


The GROUND LEVEL has ample covered parking (enough for 4 or 5 cars or boats, depending on size) and is where there is a storage room with a plentiful supply of beach chairs & rafts, a beach cart, cooler with wheels, umbrella, beach toys and much MORE, kept for your convenience. There is also a funky outdoor shower with hot water, a fish-cleaning sink, outdoor charcoal grill and seating area. The private boardwalk to the beach is completely ramped which makes it easy to roll your beach cart or strollers with little ones directly to the beach. Mid-way down the boardwalk is a long bench where you can enjoy the sunset and other views.

The MIDDLE LEVEL has a large sun deck with custom-made mahogony chaises and a huge screened porch that spans the entire front of the home, and runs the length of the house. The screened porch is equipped with a DELUXE grill island that includes 2 Primo ceramic grills, gas grill & cook top, a pub-height dining table and ceiling fans that make it easy to dine 'al fresco' while enjoying the view...however, you may just want to curl up in the porch swing or porch bed swing and read a book or take a nap. This level also contains two bedrooms that share their own private entry foyer and a full bath. The Gulf front mid-level bedroom has a king bed, flat-screen TV, ceiling fan and Kuerig coffee station. The other mid-level bedroom has 2 full beds with a ceiling fan.

The TOP LEVEL is entered from a covered porch overlooking the Gulf. It has a vaulted great room that includes the living area with comfortable seating, 39-inch flat-screen TV, stereo, and a double-pedestal glass-top dining table. We personally reclaimed the heart-pine flooring from beams milled from a 100+ yr-old-building into wide-plank flooring especially for this home. The well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar has a pantry and stainless steel appliances.

There are 3 bedrooms on the top level: each has a king bed & ceiling fan. The master bedroom has incredible Gulf views, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a full bath with walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. The second bedroom on the top level has a private half-bath & flat-screen TV with DVD, and the third bedroom is adjacent to a full bath that has two vanities and is equipped with a tub/shower combination. The utility room with washer and dryer is located on this level.

Area features:

As you stroll along the quiet beach, you can find a variety of seashells to collect or just enjoy watching the dolphins swimming by or eagles and osprey scouting for prey. Of course, swimming, sunbathing or fishing in the surf are always a favorite, too.

Our neighborhood is extremely quiet and friendly, with no thru traffic - a great place for families with children, or for anyone who just wants to get away from it all!

You may want to rent bikes or a golf cart and cruise quietly through the streets or on the beach. Horseback riding on the beach can also be conveniently arranged.

Our beaches are extremely dog-friendly. (However, County Ordinance requires that dogs be on a leash and that any waste is picked up and properly disposed of.) As a result, we do allow guests to bring up to 2 well-behaved, house-broken, pest-free, 4-legged canine children (preferably up to 30 pounds) and charge a $100 non-refundable fee per dog.

Money Bayou is just a short walk down the beach where you can catch blue crabs, throw your cast net or put in your kayak to explore the winding waterway. Scalloping in nearby St. Joe Bay is also a lot of fun during the summer scallop season. These sweet, tender delicacies can be enjoyed on your vacation or frozen for later when you return home.

In addition, the famous Indian Pass Raw Bar is just a mile up the road where you can enjoy the area's delicious oysters, other seafood and a cold drink. Weekends at the Raw Bar often feature outdoor live entertainment and dancing.

Our area is reminiscent of 'Old Florida.' There are no tall condos or hotels anywhere near by! Our beaches are very quiet and pristine and, in the off-season, you will rarely encounter anyone as you stroll quietly along the beach!

Our home is located on the mainland, just 1.5 miles east from Cape San Blas - which has been rated in the top five of the best beaches in the United States. Port St. Joe is only 10 miles to the west where you can stock up on all of the provisions you'll need. If you're not in the mood to cook, there are a number of great, local restaurants and night spots nearby. A golf course is only a few miles away and there are 4 separate boat ramps within 15 miles.

Just 20 minutes to the east is the historic and quaint fishing town of Apalachicola. Here you will find some great shopping as well as many wonderful restaurants and night spots. In addition, you can walk along the boardwalk and see what catch the fishing boats have brought in for the day.

We invite you to have your attitude adjusted at 'Mood Swing' and enjoy 'Old Florida.'

More Details

Leslie Frye Allen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Leslie Frye Allen

We live in Tallahassee and love this area of Florida's Gulf Coast. I have been coming down here since I was a child and have since introduced my husband and our two girls to this wonderful taste of 'Old Florida.'

We hope you will also fall in love with this area. It is a beautiful part of Florida where you can really get away from it all.

Leslie Frye Allen purchased this house in 2014

Why Leslie Frye Allen chose Port St. Joe

The private, completely ramped boardwalk to the unpopulated, white sandy beach, multiple decks and HUGE screened porch with ceiling fans, bar, prep sink, swings, out door bed & multiple seating areas make this house perfect for those who want to make the most of outdoor living or entertaining at the beach.

Its bedroom layout also provides separate sleeping areas that makes it perfect for providing the privacy needed for a couple of families...or for having the in-laws join you.

We also provide many items to simplify what you have to bring. These include: beach chairs, cooler, umbrella, rafts, games, beach towels, starter supply of paper towels, TP, soaps & much more!


Port St. Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath w/ walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Top level, double vanities
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , top-level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , middle level
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , ground level
  • The top level has 2 full baths and a 1/2 bath while the middle level bedrooms share a full bath...and don't forget the outdoor shower with hot and cold water!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Top-level, road-side BR w/ceiling fan, is next to full bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , On middle level - w/ Gulf views, Keurig coffee station & TV
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , On mid-level - 2 full beds, next to full bath
    Bedroom 6 - Middle-level screen porch has a full bed outside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Top-level middle BR has 1/2 bath, TV with DVD & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Gulf front master, 32-in TV, ceiling fan, full ba w shower
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans and 3 have flat-screen TVs. Bedroom #1: Top-level master bedroom has an incredible Gulf view, walk-in closet and a full private bath with walk-in shower. It has a 32- inch flat screen TV.tub-shower Bedroom #2: Top-level 2nd master bedroom has a flat-screen TV with DVD and a private, half-bath. Bedroom #3: Top-level 3rd bedroom is adjacent to a full bath with double vanities and tub/shower. Bedroom #4: Middle-level 4th bedroom has incredible Gulf views, a flat-screen TV & a Keurig Coffee station (you may want to bring extra K-cups). Bedroom #5: Middle-level 5th bedroom has 2 full beds and shares a private foyer and bath with bedroom #4.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • 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
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Additional kitchen equipment: We have a 7-quart Crock Pot, electric hand mixer & small fry-daddy. There are blow-dryers in each bathroom. Beach equipment provided: 6 - 8 beach chairs, umbrella, beach cart and various rafts, boogie boards, beach toys, buckets & nets, cooler with wheels.


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Gulf front!Private boardwalk!Outdoor kitchen!Beach equipment!Decks galore!WiFi!
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Great place on e beach

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful accommodations. We loved the outdoor screened area with grills and big screen tv. Great for cooking and watching football. The home had everything we needed. Would definitely recommend for family vacation

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macon, GA

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful home for our family to share! It is so well stocked!! I just cannot imagine better! Definitely hope to do it again.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, Tennessee

Best equipped rental EVER

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous place, well equipped and perfect for our group...every detail thoughtfully planned for...we will be back as soon as possible !

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macon, GA

Fantastic Place!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about this place! Leslie is so wonderful to deal with and I could not have asked for a more understanding hostess. We were scheduled to be at Mood Swing 9/9-9/16 ... the weekend Hurricane IRMA hit. I know, we really know how to choose our weeks, right? Obviously the entire state of Florida was declared an "emergency" and no one knew where the storm would wind up going. Leslie was in contact with me the entire time and made sure to work out a resolution with us that was fair for everyone involved. We were able to take our vacation, although a bit delayed. The house is beautiful ~ 4 king sized beds (all very comfortable) and an awesome screened in mid-level porch. There were 6 adults and 1 toddler in our group and we all had plenty of room to spread out. The beach is very private and quiet and is just a short walk down the boardwalk. The outdoor kitchen is great for cooking and having a low key night. We watched football together and ate on the porch one night while watching the sunset. The provided beach chairs, umbrellas and beach cart were all top notch and in great shape. There's even a set of cornhole boards if you feel like having some family friendly competition. They really have thought of everything. I highly recommend Mood Swing and will definitely stay there again when I'm in the area!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NE Alabama

This property is awesome. This is our 4th visit, and we will return.

  • 5 of 5

Our crew included six adults and a one year old. Everyone had their own space. crowding.

The views of the Gulf are spectacular.

Such fun having lunch on the second level. Big table. Fans for a cooler setting. Great outdoor kitchen.

We hated the week to end.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Y'all are such an awesome group!! We always look forward to you coming back. We are so glad that you all enjoyed the new outdoor kitchen and the other new features on the screened porch. We couldn't ask for a better group! Thanks, SO much, for staying at Mood Swing.
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Excellent place. Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Property was well maintained and taken care of. Kitchen was stocked w supplies, and view was incredible. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
North Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Port St. Joe Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Your front yard
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $275 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

For Summer Season & Holiday weeks, FULL WEEK requests are preferred unless it is a few weeks before arrival. Rental weeks are normally from SUNDAY to SUNDAY (particularly during peak summer seasons). Monthly rates are available upon request. Check in-4 pm/Check out-11 am (EST)
Rates include linens, bath towels & 6 beach towels, 6 -8 beach chairs, umbrella, cart & beach toys & rafts; starter supply of paper towels, TP, detergents & soaps.
There are 2 Kuerig coffee makers that take K-cups (1 in kitchen & 1 on middle level coffee station). There is also a regular 12 cup drip coffee maker on the top level that uses #4 cone filters. The fully-equipped kitchen also has a Crock Pot, small Fry Daddy, & electric hand mixer.
Although we are dog-friendly, and so are our beaches, County Ordinance requires that dogs be on a leash and that any waste is picked up and properly disposed of. We allow guests to bring up to 2 of their well-behaved, house-broken, pest-free, 4-legged canine children (preferably up to 30 pounds) and charge a $100 non-refundable fee per dog.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund