|Space||1,350 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Historic District - RETRO-LICIOUS SUNSHINE STATE DECOR - Stunning 1920s Bungalow!
THIS BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED 1920's BUNGALOW IS JUST ONE BLOCK TO THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT, WITH PRIVATE OFF-STREET PARKING FOR TWO CARS! LOVELY STROLL TO RIPLEY'S, ST., GEORGE STREET, AND MORE. UPSCALE AMENITIES INCLUDE TOUCH-SCREEN COMPUTER, TWO TV, COVERED DECK WITH GAS GRILLE, AND OUTDOOR TABLE FOR DINING, WASHER/DRYER, ADDITIONAL ENCLOSED SHOWER OFF BACK DECK, PRIVACY FENCE AROUND ENTIRE REAR YARD, SERTA FOAM-GEL MATTRESSES AND PILLOWS. NO ADD-ON "MANAGEMENT FEE"! COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE MAKE A MEMORABLE TRIP!
Renovated in 2014, this stunning 1920s classic bungalow captures the allure of the Sunshine State with bold, bright colors and pre-Disney roadside “kitsch” and souvenirs throughout. Upscale, modern furnishings are mixed with vintage tropical pieces, creating a comfortable retreat that your group will remember fondly as much as the City’s many historic sites. Authenticity abounds at The Conch Bungalow, with 1940s satin Florida souvenir pillow cases, old wooden fruit crates, oars and water skis on the walls, and amazing curio cabinets filled with vintage memorabilia, all perfectly blended with tropical rattan and bamboo furnishings, upholstered in cheerful patterns of retro-style bark cloth fabrics.
Leave your car behind while staying at this prime vacation location! There’s plenty of parking for two vehicles, leaving you more time for exploring and no wasted minutes (or money!) searching for an inconvenient parking space. Aside from day trips to the nearby beaches just over the famous Bridge of Lions, almost all our Guests NEVER use their car once parked at the house!
Situated on a quiet street and surrounded by houses built between 1860 and the 1930s, The Conch Bungalow is located just off San Marco Avenue, the main boutique/ restaurant street, with eclectic shops just a block away from the house’s front door! The house is located only a few minutes’ stroll to the City's many downtown destinations: the famous Castillo de San Marco Fort, the Mission Nombre De Dios, Ripley’s-Believe-It-Or-Not, the Old Jail, Fountain of Youth, Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and other popular sites, plus many restaurants and small “locally owned” shops.
The Conch Bungalow is fully equipped with amenities galore for your comfort and privacy, and can accommodate up to a group of six, with three private bedrooms (two queen and one full – with Cool Gel/Foam Technology Serta Hybrid mattresses) all decorated in a vintage “Floridiana” style; bathroom with extra-deep soak tub/shower, double sinks, and handicap bars throughout; a big, beach boardwalk-like outdoor hot/cold shower; and an 8-foot-high privacy fence surrounding the yard. With a spacious living room, dining room, and den, your group will have ample areas to spread out indoors, or enjoy a cocktail hour out back on the rear deck, sheltered from the sun or rain by a large pergola, and equipped with a propane-charcoal grill. The classic bungalow front porch is a peaceful place for morning coffee or an afternoon book. Spend an evening at “home” enjoying the many books on old Florida, or watching our house copy of John Sayles' Florida flick “Sunshine State.”
Preservation was a top priority when restoring the house to the original character of the 1920s and Guests will notice top-of-the-line architectural details, including bungalow window moldings and tinted glass door handles, creating a look that exudes old Florida charm, while offering modern conveniences. Important amenities include a touch-screen computer, Wi-Fi, DVD, CD stereo, two flat screen televisions, Samsung washer/dryer, stainless appliances, thick bath and beach towels, comfortable linens, a fully equipped kitchen, AND a fragrance (animal-pet-smoke) free environment. Breathe comfortably - all linens and towels are washed in fragrance-free detergents, and no harsh chemicals are used when cleaning our home. Absolutely no animals are permitted on the property (aside from the occasional Blue Jay or squirrel who might play in the yard), making it a comfortable environment for Guests with allergies to dogs, cats or other critters.
Picture-perfect, private and comfortable, The Conch Bungalow is situated within the historic district, for a quick walk to the City’s most popular sites, and just a few minutes’ drive to St. Augustine or Villano beach. The Conch Bungalow is a unique complement to your St. Augustine vacation. You are invited to experience the BEST in authentic Florida décor and ambiance that the Old City offers!
The Conch Bungalow was awarded the Certificate of Improvement for revitalization by the City of St. Augustine's City Commission and Mayor. The Mayor’s letter accompanying the Certificate states “The efforts you have made during the course of the restoration and renovation of the property have definitely made a positive contribution to the Uptown Neighborhood and to St. Augustine. We appreciate your investment of time, money and talent.”
We’re a “coastal family,” raised on the East Coast, although our military travels took us around the world (including to Hawaii for several tours). Upon retirement from military life, we settled in Florida, embarking on second careers and raising our family.
When we purchased The Conch Bungalow, our friends thought we were a little bit bonkers to take on the daunting task of a full restoration, so forlorn was the poor house when we first saw it. But with an eye for retro-design, and employing one of St. Augustine's finest general contractors specializing in historic home restoration, we were able to retain the home’s original 1920s charm and restore those accents that had been destroyed over time, as well as create the look and style of an “old Florida” home with a retro-modern, Florida twist. The end result is The Conch Bungalow!
As the promoters of the Floridiana Festival & Highwaymen Artist Show, we have an understanding of Florida’s rich cultural and tourism legacies, and strive to provide the discriminating traveler with an authentic “Old Florida” experience at the house. Many of our Guests have remarked that a stay at The Conch Bungalow is like a journey through Florida’s past!
Now a comfortable vacation spot for ourselves, we are delighted to share The Conch Bungalow with travelers appreciative of upscale decor and lodging, and St. Augustine’s rich history. We also offer another “themed” weekly vacation property – The Hula House - in the beach community of Lewes, Delaware (the first City, in the first State), an early 1900s Victorian-era home decorated entirely in vintage Hawaiiana.
Annette & Stephen purchased this bungalow in 2013
Staying at The Conch Bungalow - with its vintage décor and focus on “old Florida - is a wonderful complement to a visit to the Oldest City in the U.S.. And, the home’s location couldn’t be more ideal, with all of the town’s famous attractions just a short stroll away! Conveniently located smack in the historic district, you can walk within a few minutes to any of the town’s famous sites, and enjoy EVERYTHING the old City has to offer. Your days will start off smoothly; avoid the headaches of meters and just leave your cars in The Conch Bungalow’s private driveway!
Named by us, The Conch Bungalow was built in the early 1920s and passed through the same family from one generation to the next, until our purchase. The house had been constructed using coquina shell for the exterior (a form of stucco, heavy with seashells of varying sizes) and Guests can see much of the original exterior on the east and west sides, and front of the house. While the house had remained essentially unchanged until our purchase, unfortunately years of neglect after the passing of the family matriarch had left it in a downtrodden condition. Although its’ appearance both inside and out might have been off-putting to some, we’re very attuned to historic preservation and saw a beautiful coquina shell home that begged 'SAVE ME'! A new project! Our hearts and attentions turned to this waif of a home that had a 'For Sale by Owner' sign in the front yard. So badly injured was its structure, with a sagging roof, bathroom walls that had collapsed, plaster ceilings bowing down, floors completely destroyed from termites, that one general contractor proclaimed to us upon first seeing it - 'I can build you a new house' - suggesting that it was best to just buy the land and tear the home down. Instead, we found the City's best General Contractor, with a crew of skilled craftsmen, and embarked on an extensive renovation that was completed in late Spring of 2014.
The house is an easy stroll from EVERYTHING that you’ll want to see in downtown historic St. Augustine (and a very short drive to the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, just over the historic Bridge of Lions)! With our private paved driveway, Guests can park their car for their entire stay without any worries. WALK to everything - the Old Jail, Castillo de San Marco National Monument, Fountain of Youth, Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not Odditorium, the Lightner Museum, fantastic dining and shopping the old town, and much more! From the moment you head down the street into town, you'll be charmed by the warmth of the neighborhood, and will enjoy browsing the many small shops that line San Marco Avenue.
We are considerate of Guests who may have allergies. No cigar or pipe smoking is permitted on premises; cigarette smoking may be done outside. Linens and towels are washed in a fragrance free detergent. In order to make the house comfortable for those with allergies - as well as adhere to our insurance policy guidelines - no animals or pets of any type are allowed on the property.
Well, we have had a wonderful time. This bungalow has everything - the little details and lovely decorations made it very "homey." The sun, surf and relaxation was just what we needed.
The hostess, Annette, made sure we were completely taken care of. I will definitely recommend a stay here. Goodbye to the sunny state - until we meet again. God Bless.
Location was perfect. House was clean and well maintained, the back patio was a great spot to have coffee in the morning or drinks at night. We will be looking for it on our return to Saint Augustine
We recently were able to slip away for a long weekend, with our Daughter and 13 year old Granddaughter. My plan had been to get 2 rooms down at the Best Western in town. However my daughter found this great little gem on HomeAway.
We loved our stay here, so easy to walk into the historic downtown area, and to dinner every evening. Annette and Stephen, have decorated the house so cute, lots of bamboo/wicker furnishings with a very 50'ish vibe to it.
Beds were comfy, the bathroom /kitchen are updated- house is very clean! And there's a great patio area for morning coffee or evening drinks!
My fiance Chris and I desperately needed to get away from the winter weather in Massachusetts and decided to visit family and good friends in St. Augustine. Being frequent HomeAway property "Frequent Tenants", we looked at several properties in the area and ultimately identified the Conch Bungalow as the home that we would enjoy the most. Glad we did!!
The property experience was spot-on to how the owners conveyed it to be. The photos that appear on HomeAway are identical to ones that we took for our "Travels Scrapbook" The location is great and easy-breezy to get to anywhere in the area by car and well within walking distance to Old Town and the great shops and restaurants.
Our experience at this property was very relaxing and comfortable. Real important to know-"The beds and pillows were some of the best". I highly recommend this property and will contact Annette and Stephen when we are planning our next trip to St. Augustine.
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Chip & Chris
We absolutely loved the Conch Bungalow!! It's proximity to downtown St. Augustine made it easy to see all the sights over several days. We had plenty of room for 4 people! We utilized the kitchen daily & found all the necessary utensils needed for cooking. My son used the computer every morning. Due to the cooler weather during our stay we were unable to use the outside shower, but it looked very cool along with the spacious deck!! We felt right at home in the Bungalow.
An added bonus to our stay was watching the squirrels every morning running along the fence line, stopping, & eating along with us during breakfast. These squirrels haven't missed too many meals & it was like they knew every morning when we were having breakfast! My son got a kick out of watching them.
We look forward to returning to St. Augustine & we will definitely look into the Conch Bungalow again!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful home in such a great/historic city!!
There are so many wonderful things about the Conch Bungalow. It is so close to the historic district that we were able to walk everywhere and we loved that. The bungalow itself is decorated to to the time period which was amazing but yet had all modern amenities and made us feel right at home the moment we walked in the door. You can tell a lot of love went into this home to ensure the guests would want to come back which we will be doing. Thanks for a great vacation.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, the Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marco, Lightner Museum, the Oldest House & Museum Complex, Villa Zorayda Museum, Mission Nombre de Dios, Fort Menendez, Oldest Wooden School House, Historic Flagler College, Ximenez-Fatio House, the Old Jail, and much more are all within a short stroll of The Conch Bungalowl, as well as many wonderful restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, coffee houses...even live performance theater just two blocks away at the Limelight Theater. The neighborhood is peaceful and friendly, and lined with old homes of varying architectural style. Some of our favorite restaurants include Pizzalley's Chianti Room, The Bunnery, Florida Cracker Cafe, and Barnacle Bill's. Antique and book lovers will enjoy browsing the many small shops - be sure and stop in at Second Read Books! Children will also enjoy the Pirate & Treasure museum, Ghosts tours, Potter's Wax Museum, carriage rides, the beaches and much more!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$350|
|Cleaning||$125 + Tax|
The Conch Bungalow is licensed with the City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County and the State of Florida for short-term vacation rentals; the regular minimum rental cycle is weekly. Preferred normal check-in/check-out is on Saturdays; if rental period is longer than 7 nights, please inquire for rates. No animals/pets are permitted on property. Maximum occupancy in the home is 6 (any combination, regardless of age). Any disturbance will result in immediate eviction. Complete 2017 rates have not been established; Standard Rates shown may not apply.