We (my wife and children) and some friends stayed at this property in late June for 3 nights. Even though we had limited time, our goal was to "experience Maine" as best we could. We picked Old Orchard Beach because of the relatively short drive from Boston, the quaint (i.e. 1950's era boardwalk) area, the proximity to Portland, and of course, the beach.
The biggest PLUS for this property was the location. It's on the beach. By that I mean, there are no obstructions to the ocean views. The house sits on the other side of the sand dunes and a short 100 ft walk down a boardwalk to the waters edge. Every room has ocean views, so the atmosphere is really super.
The location also lends itself to a short walk the Old Orchard Beach pier and amusement area (just under a mile). Most of the walk is on side streets so not dangerous and not uphill/difficult. This is important when you consider that it is $15-$20 a day to park near the pier or about $2.50 an hour.
Another PLUS was the size. Each bedroom was spacious enough. All had queen bed or 2 twins. The downstairs sitting room was large too, as well as the sunroom/porch area.
Because we were travelling with kids, I appreciated that the house was adequately equipped. There were pots, pans, dishes, games, books, grill, and all sorts of beach stuff (umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards). That was a huge savings of time and/or money because there was no need to pack or buy any of that stuff. The standup paddle boards were a great bonus - the water is fairly calm so it's a good place to try SUP boarding for the first time.
Also, Sarah, the homeowner was great. Super responsive and helpful.
As far as drawbacks to this property, the house is older so you have to deal a bit with old house issues, like older plumbing/fixtures, only one full bathroom. Homeowner was clear about this up front. Most of the appliances are mid-grade and all worked fine. Main TV is newer but smaller and hard to see from all areas of main room. Internet and dvd player work well though.
Overall, the house was clean and fun. It had the main things we wanted: location, space, and most equipment/amenities, even if the oldness of the house was less convenient at times.
We'd stay here again!
The property was a quintessential beach cottage with a view of the water and great deck. We really enjoyed our stay. There were four adults and two small children and we had more than enough space. The owner communicated well. I would definitely recommend this property.