About Marty Kirkley
Greetings from First Choice FL Vacation Rentals! We are a professional property management company, trusted by the owners of vacation homes to take care of housekeeping, reservations, maintenance, and guest care. We live in St. Augustine and we take care of our homes and our guests! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind vacation experience in a unique property. Enjoy great service and convenience. You can trust that your home will be cleaned by professional housekeepers, and your calls will be answered by our dedicated team. We would love to help you plan your perfect getaway!
What makes this House unique
Welcome to Dolphin View! Our lovely 3 story home is located just across the street from a sandy path over the dunes to beautiful St. Augustine Beach!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
"A wonderful week with my family"
First, the pictures online did not do the property justice. All of us were pleasantly surprised. You need to update the pictures. We had some minor issues and with one phone call the issues were resolved. The agent, Cindy, went out of her way to take care of those items, even when I said they could wait. She was very professional and a pleasure tp talk to. The house was very clean, the linens were high grade and the kitchen was excellent--our meeting place each morning. I would not hesitate returning. Thank you.
Thanks for the great review! You are welcome back anytime!
The size of the home and location was perfect. However, the furnishings are a bit dated and tired.
My only concern was the advertised king bed in the lower level room. It was two twins and not really a king. It was quite uncomfortable
Thank you for your review. We have updated the listing to show 2 twins in the lower level. Please let me know if I can help you in the future!
the place is a dump but served its purpose
The location was really great. It's a row of houses removed from the beach, so we got a little insulation from the wind during the relative cooler days while we were visiting. If you rent the place expecting a a 5 star experience, you will be disappointed. If you go into it expecting a dated house that needs a facelift and a good amount of TLC, as we did, you won't be disappointed. Many of the lights (especially outdoor) didn't work...or at least we couldn't figure out how to use them. One of the rooms has a Murphy bed that must have had some sort of mold or dust issue. My youngest child, who wasn't sick, kept waking up in the middle of the nice with these terrible coughing fits. I went to lay down with him and notice a really strong smell of either mold or dust or both. When we moved him to our room, the coughing stopped. The place had all of the plates, pots, pans, etcetera that you would need. The TV room was fine, but the Direct TV package they subscribe to had a limited number of channels - not even ESPN. The back yard looks pretty idyllic in the photos, but all of the cushions were missing from the chairs and sort of tossed into the outdoor shower. There was siding missing from the back of the house that was just sort of tossed in the back yard - we stacked it to move it out of the way a bit. There's a gazebo with a swing and a hammock that we were hoping to use, but sadly the wood on the deck of the gazebo was suffering from major wood rot, so we sort of stayed away. I can't remember if the details mentioned a grill - I thought it did, so we bought burgers, hot dogs, etc. Well, there is a grill, but no propane and the innards of the grill were all sort of broken and just thrown into the grill. My point is that there is really no grill.
The location was great - very close to the beach, a street with relatively little traffic so the kids could play, close enough to stores and restaurants. We didn't really spend much time at the house, so all of the things I mentioned above didn't really affect us.
The house was fine for what it is. My family and I like camping and are used to roughing it a bit, but I was still a bit disappointed thinking about how much potential this place could have with a little TLC.
Thank you for your feedback, however we do not rent dumps. This million dollar home is very popular, located in a great neighborhood and has never received such a negative review. We have dispatched our maintenance crew to the home. The gazebo and siding is being repaired as I write this. The siding was newly replaced but was damaged during the recent wind storm during your stay. You are correct that grills are not provided, for the very reasons you mentioned. The one that was there was left by a previous tenant and has been removed. Our housekeeper has inspected the murphy bed and found no issues. Again thanks for you comments.
Clean and maintained place for 10 adults
Large living and dining areas connected to accommodat up to 14. Well equipped kitchen if a bit short on small plates and bowls. First floor bedroom good for less able-bodied guests but they still need to negotiate full flight of stairs to get to the main floor. Layout and access to ground floor suite through the garage is unconventional and a bit inconvenient but workable. Nice hardwood flooring throughout, but very few sound absorbing surfaces so it can get loud. Because we visited in late December early January with 40 degree weather, our beach and outdoor activities were extremely limited, but it the access is convenient. Great views of the ocean and beach from first and second floor decks.
It is a tradition in our family to go on fall break together. We had a wonderful time and the pool was a lifesaver( ocean was too rough).
The house was beautiful and was sufficient for our large extended family.
Thank you was a wonderful trip.
Thanks for the great review! You are welcome back anytime.
We had twelve people which included 2 one year olds. We rented cribs from Big Bills Beach stuff which were delivered for us and picked up when we left. The house was large enough for us to play family board games at night and not disturb the children. A suggestion would be to put the TV in the front sitting area above the fire place rather than in the back sitting area. (We really never watched it though! ) The pool was also very large and we spent much of our time in it! We loved our stay!
Thanks for the great review! I am glad to hear that you and your family really loved the large pool.