Historic District - Retro-Licious Sunshine State Decor - Stunning 1920s Bungalow(33 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Property type:Bungalow
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
UPSCALE RENOVATED 3 BR CLASSIC 1920S HISTORIC BUNGALOW - WALK TO ALL SITES!
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.”
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- 1350 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- (3) BR - two with queen mattress, one with full, max occupancy of six. Comfort height beds (no low profile), extra thick mattresses (12' to 14'), all on 9' foundations plus frame. All beds are incredibly comfortable SERTA Hybrid Coil Wrapped Cool Gel-Memory Foam mattresses. Each bedroom is equipped with four pillows - (2) Sharper Image Cool Gel-Memory Foam large size pillows, and (2) Sealy firm pillows. Large closet with shelving in each room, lots of space and hangers for your belongings. Hard-wired smoke detectors in EACH bedroom, hallway and main living areas, and carbon monoxide detector in hallways for traveler's piece of mind. Fantastic vintage Florida artwork and decor in the bedrooms...oodles of old Florida memorabilia and souvenirs - old wood water skis, boat oars, satin souvenir pillowcases from Florida's past roadside attractions throughout the house...it's fantastic and we love to share it with our Guests!...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Spacious bathroom with twin sinks and mirrored cabinet vanities, bench for sitting, linen closet, ADA approved comfort height toilet with assist bar to side of toilet, extra-deep Kohler soak tub / shower, with assist bars throughout bathroom. Off our rear deck, there is a spacious outdoor enclosed hot/cold water shower stall, with large shower head and second, separate detachable spray head perfect for spraying sandy toes after a day at the beach or a relaxing shower outside. Built-in benches are provided both in and outside the outdoor shower. Perfect even during the winter months!...moreless
- The Conch Bungalow complements your visit to historic St. Augustine, and is a destination in itself! Each piece of art, furniture and memorabilia in the home was chosen to accent the “Old Florida” theme. Vintage art varies from room to room – from 1950s tropical serigraphs to hand-tinted Florida photos of the 1930s by famed photographer William Harris. Books include fiction and non-fiction tales of the South, the City’s ghosts, Southern cooking, Florida kitsch collecting, and more. We provide a house copy of “Sunshine State,” an American epic examining the destruction of small town life in the fictional Delrona Beach and the commercial overdevelopment of Florida. Finally, curio cabinets are filled with fun vintage souvenirs, and introduce visitors to early Florida sites and cities, and the state’s tropical roadside attraction heritage, from stuffed and dressed up Caymen alligators to 1920s carnival bathing beauties, each one contributing to an appreciation for Florida’s past. ...moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 6 people
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- Hair Dryer
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- Towels Provided:
NEW full size Samsung washer on rear enclosed porch. HE detergent only please, and NO sand. Guests responsible for damages through mis-use, including imbalance due to placing shoes or excess loads....moreless
- Coffee Maker
Dishes & Utensils:
A full compliment of dishes, utensils, etc. so you can enjoy a meal in our dining room, on the comfortable front porch, or the spacious rear deck with dining table beneath the shaded pergola. ...moreless
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2016
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
*Ho Ho Ho!*
Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2016
4 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Jan 1 - Jan 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $125 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $350
- Tax Rate 10.5%
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 minimum rental cycle is weekly. 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 of adults/children/infants regardless of age). Any disturbance will result in immediate eviction. Complete 2017 rates have not been established; Standard Rates shown may not apply.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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Car: Not Necessary
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!
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Saint Augustine, FL, USA:
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 Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
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.
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The Conch Bungalow, classic 1920s Bungalow style, beautiful inside and out!
A deep private driveway allows space for up to two standard vehicles.
Bright, airy dining table, seating for six, retro curio cabinet with Floridiana.
Office/Den offers perfect work zone, with 23' touch-screen computer.
Our Guests rave about our comfortable mattress and quality bedding!
Hallway from bedrooms towards main living areas.
Fun bathroom art includes 'The Sunshine State' movie poster.
An ideal place to relax after a day of sightseeing!
Vintage 1950s cement seahorses adorn the large outdoor shower (hot/cold water).
Enjoy a morning coffee on our comfortable front porch with twin tropical fans!
Retro-chic living room features 1950s tropical rattan & barkcloth.
Vintage Florida memorabilia fills the showcases and throughout the house!
Master Bedroom with 1950s serigraph paintings & Paul Frankel rattan side tables.
Second bedroom with queen bed, vintage Florida serigraph art.
Full bed for two, Cypress knee lamp, vintage rattan furnishings.
Vintage oars, original 1950s watercolors of tropical birds in hallway.
Bathroom, vintage design, twin sinks, sitting bench and handicap assist bars.
Completely remodeled kitchen, custom cabinets, stainless appliances.
Outdoor Deck, gas-charcoal grill, giant Bird-of-Paradise in 18-foot planter.
Dining area is sheltered by a large covered pergola.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016
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