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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!

.... AND we have just added a DELUXE out door grill island that includes a Primo ceramic grill, gas grill AND a cooktop for you to enjoy while you gather on the screened porch!

You will love the convenient beach front location with private ramped boardwalk as well as the variety of amenities inside and out.

Our 5 bedroom, 3 & 1/2 bath home easily accommodates 12 people. 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 with DELUXE grill island that includes a Primo ceramic grill, gas grill & cook top, as well as a prep sink, small fridge, ceiling fans and plenty of comfy seating, that includes a hand-made mahogany swing, outdoor bed, custom-made HUGE pub-height heart-pine table with stools, lifeguard-style chairs, hammock swing and more!

You can enjoy 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.

We provide linens, beach towels, beach chairs & other beach equipment, soaps, 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 food-prep area with sink, a DELUXE grill island that includes a Primo ceramic grill, 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 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 an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

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 Florida Main North West

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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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average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

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: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Florida Beach Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The week at Mood Swing was perfect for my family; 10 adults and 2 children. Stepping out the door to a beach that was not crowded provided many hours of play for the children and adults as well. Beach furniture such as chairs, umbrellas, toys, etc. were excellent.

The grill/smoker and gathering space on the second level screened porch was very nice, although the hot weather prevented us from taking full advantage of it. The kitchen/living area and bedrooms were well stocked, comfortable and attractively decorated. The beds, most were king size, were excellent; the best I've ever had away from home.

Our hostess, Leslie Allen, was very gracious and extremely attentive to all our needs. Many thanks, Leslie..

I would certainly recommend Mood Swing for vacationing in the Port St. Joe area.

Mary Wentker

St. Charles, Missouri

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Knoxville, Tennessee

Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Overall a wonderful experience! Very happy to have chosen this destination and hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate you guys staying with us. It was also a pleasure to get to meet you all.
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Bloomington, Indiana

Beautiful home!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Mood Swing! The house was gorgeous and we had everything we needed. There were so many nice things to use at the beach. The screened in porch was a great place to gather when it rained. The beds were super comfortable. There were hardly any people on the beach. It is a super quiet area. I would highly recommend this home as a wonderful place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you all enjoyed your stay at Mood Swing. Thank you, also, for your wonderful review! We really appreciate you staying at our home and hope you will be back SOON!
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NE Alabama

Two weeks in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This year marked the third year we have enjoyed our time at Mood swing. The owners have ALWAYS made sure that this home looked as good to the last renter of the season as it did to the first.

Such a great house for entertaining...lots of room for family...great views...quiet, dedicated street...wonderful bird sights (Two bald eagles live in the area.)...wide beach with lovely dunes...convenient to Apalachicola...minus the congestion of Cape San Blas...

The owners have thought of everything.

You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Carrollton, Georgia

Perfect house for our family! Loved taking in the gulf views from the amazing porch and swing!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I stayed at Mood Swings a couple weeks ago and had a wonderful time! Although the layout is a little different from most beach houses, it worked perfectly for our crew, which included a newborn and a 5 year old. The beach is very private and just a short boardwalk distance away. We really enjoyed breaks from the sun on the huge covered porch and taking turns swinging the new baby girl. Our favorite restaurant, Indian Pass, was just a mile down the road. We really couldn't have asked for a better place!

Our only complaint was that a lot of the kitchen and bath towels and the bed linens smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. With two young children in the house we were not too thrilled about that. However, we actually met Leslie Allen, the owner, on the beach one day and told her about this issue. She apologized profusely and promised to speak with the cleaners. She also reimbursed us $100 for the inconvenience. She even came up to the house to personally fix a problem we were having with one of the televisions!

Although we ended up having to leave a couple days earlier than planned due to the threat of Hurricane Hermine, we had a wonderful time! Hopefully we will get to visit Mood Swings again!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, so much, for your nice - and honest - review! I really enjoyed getting to meet you, too...and we are glad that you all had a good time. We are also SO glad that you would like to come back. Although I hate that you had to even deal with anything negative while you were our guest, I really do appreciate you letting me know about the smokey smell of our linens and towels. We are so sorry that you had to experience even a day of this! Even though this was our first less than 5-star review, it has ended up with a good outcome as I feel that our solution will guarantee that this will never happen again. It turns out that one of the cleaners (who smoke) took the laundry to their home to wash them and then stored them there until they were needed. Although no cleaner has ever smoked in our home, the fact that they smoked in their own home where they did the laundry and kept it there is how the linens and towels absorbed the smokey smell. In order to prevent this from EVER happening again, we are now paying to have ALL the dirty linens and towels taken straight to a professional laundry facility where they clean them as soon as they are removed from the home. We keep clean duplicates in the Owner's closet that replace those removed. The newly laundered linens and towels are then kept at the laundry facility or in our Owner's closet until they are needed for our next guests. Although this extra effort adds an average of about $100 per stay to our costs, it is certainly worth the peace of mind that this issue will never occur again. In addition, this laundry facility is extremely professional and is proving to do a beautiful job on all of our linens and towels. Thank you, again, for staying at our home. We hope to see you again, SOON!
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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

Port St. Joe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer
Aug 13 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Fall
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 6 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Winter
Jan 7 2018 - Mar 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 4 2018 - Mar 17 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 18 2018 - Apr 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mid Spring
Apr 8 2018 - Apr 28 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring 1
Apr 29 2018 - May 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2
May 6 2018 - May 26 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 27 2018 - Jun 30 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th week
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 7 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2018 - Aug 11 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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