Fantastic Oceanfront Rental Home
HomeAway Review #7194253, 5 Stars from Amy S. (Reviewed on 4 January, 2014)
We liked this rental so much I am compelled to write a nice review. We stayed here in November, 2013 with our extended family from Gainesville.
First of all, Bob and Carolyn (the owners) couldn't be nicer and more reputable to deal with. I'd also commend the management company they are using (Beach Properties and Management Company of St. Augustine). Between the owners and their management team, we were treated fairly and honestly and without any hassles or misrepresentations.
Last year we had a very unpleasant experience with one of the larger online management companies in the area and we were ripped off mercilessly! On top of the rental amount of the condo we had picked out, they charged us a 4.95% "Amenity Fee" and also $195 "Security Damage Waiver Fee" and then $295 for Cleaning and then 10% Florida tax on all of that!
Bob and Carolyn only charge the rental amount, a $200 Cleaning Fee and the 10% tax... nothing more. It was a real pleasure this time, dealing with a reputable owner and an honest rental management company like Beach Properties and Management. The house was immaculate and everything was ready, including all beds made and towels and linens done, but most of all, it was REALLY CLEAN!
The house has everything you'd want in a rental: ocean front views, close to town and all the attractions and even close to a Publix! There are TVs in every bedroom and a large one in the great living room, which fit our entire family, by the way. Then there are 3 separate deck areas - one of them is completely screened in and seats 10 people and there is also a deck up on top of the house that has fantastic views all up and down he coastline!
I would highly recommend renting this house from Bob And Carolyn. These folks really go out of their way to give you a good value for the money. We are definitely coming back again. Thanks Bob and Carolyn!
HomeAway Review #7007957, 5 Stars from Elizabeth G. (Reviewed on 10 Nov, 2013)
My husband and I enjoyed our mini vacation with our dog at this lovely home! The owner is prompt in responding to inquiries and nice to speak with. The management company was efficient with check in and check out. The home was VERY clean and had everything we needed-and more! The house was perfect for our dog-there are plenty of spots outside to rinse off when coming in from the beach. The game room looked like a lot of fun for families. The set up of the home is so open and bright, we enjoyed the sound of the ocean and views from the deck, screened in porch, and crow's nest. The view is amazing and it is just two houses over from beach access. We enjoyed so many of the local restaurants and downtown St. Augustine. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!
HomeAway Review #6289593, 5 Stars From Jeff P. in NJ (Reviewed on 20 June, 2013)
We stayed here in June, and the house is wonderful!! Everything you could want in a rental, and close to all the great restaurants and attractions. We especially loved the rooftop deck and the terrific views of the ocean. We are definitely going to return again soon.
Thanks for a great vacation!
HomeAway Review #6845636, 5 stars from Leanne B. (Stayed May 25 - June 1, 2013)
My parents wanted to take my sister and me and both of our families to St. Augustine for their 50th wedding anniversary. (It's where they honeymooned.) Trying to find accommodations for 6 adults and 4 children on the beach that wouldn't break the bank, but would also be clean and comfortable proved to be a bit of a challenge until my father came across the Amon's property.
Very nicely updated and renovated 4 bedroom/3 bath home (3 bds/2 bath on the main level, 1 bd/1 bath on the lower level with exterior entrance in backyard). My sister, bro-in-law and their children took the 2 bedrooms with the queen beds, and there was enough room in one of the 2 bedrooms to also accommodate an air mattress on the floor. (She has one girl and two boys, ages 9, 7 and 6 at the time of the trip.) My husband and I ended up in the master bedroom and the closet was big enough to accommodate our 5 yr old's air mattress so that ended up being her "room." My parents willingly took the lower level bedroom with the twin beds because we all felt the children were too young to sleep in there by themselves, especially if one (or more) of them needed mom or dad during the middle of the night!
Plenty of closet space, plenty of bath towels and beach towels provided (thanks!). Kitchen was well stocked and the pantry pretty clever! Plenty of seating for everyone for meals. We especially loved the screened-in porch in the morning: the half-awake adults could sit out there with their breakfasts while the kids watched cartoons inside with theirs.
We were grateful for the blackout drapes in the master bedroom and would recommend them for all of the rooms if possible. Shower stalls in two of the bathrooms were pretty tight, but understandable given the original age of the house. Both were redone well and offered as much surface space as possible for toiletries. All of the rooms were comfortably furnished while still leaving enough floor space to accommodate suitcases and duffle bags.
Great location, too. Close to grocery stores and easy distance to the downtown area (which we LOVED visiting!). Overall, great place and we enjoyed our stay! Thanks!
HomeAway Review #6016164, 5 Stars from Toni S. from PA (Reviewed 25 Mar 2013)
It was a wonderful place for our family vacation. The best part of this home was it's location, right on the beach and easy access to any thing you would want to do or think about doing. The house was not luxury living but we just wanted a place that the young children would enjoy and we didn't have to worry about what they were getting into all the time. We could relax and enjoy the time. We also had a young puppy and this place was great for him. He loved being in the screened in porch and he enjoyed the back yard. Part of our family enjoyed staying on the porch because they love the fresh sea air and the sounds of the waves. The kitchen had everything you would need as far as equipment would go. We did have to sharpen the knives but that would be understandable with everyone using then. The house was clean and the beds were firm and comfortable. The bedroom on the first floor was nice for our family members with children to take naps although I'd recommend a sound system so you could hear when they wake up. The Crow's nest was a wonderful place to watch the ocean from sunrise to sunset. We enjoyed having the beach items on the property and having a place that would fit our family of 11. Also having Big Bill's rental place near was great for baby items and any beach items one would need. They are very helpful and deliver at any time. The word I would use for this property is location, location, location!!!!!
The best of St. Augustine
HomeAway Review #5954061, 5 Stars from Anna C., (Reviewed on 04 Mar 2013)
We traveled to St. Augustine in January and the weather was perfect! The house was great! Everything you could want was provided for. The kitchen had every utensil, the rooms were clean and the beds were very confortable. The house was at a great location not far from everything! The church was 2 blocks away, The town was 7 miles, stores and restaurants were all a short distance from this wonderful house. Sitting on the beach or having mimosas on the deck, walking the dog, (there are 2 dog parks also not too far away) It was one of the best places to stay and I would definitely go back there.Thanks Again! -Anna C.
Great place to stay
A Traveler from Beverly Hills, FL, United States, 5 Stars (Reviewed on 06 Sep 2012)
We totally enjoyed our week at Atlantic Dream. The house was clean and easy to enjoy with all the comforts of home. The upper deck was awesome to watch the sunrise or just to relax in the evening. The home is located in a nice neighborhood with easy access to the beach. Many days we were the only ones on the beach. We will consider renting again.
John from North Florida
A Traveler from Live Oak, FL, United States, 5 Stars (Reviewed on 03 Sep 2012)
This is a nice cozy beach cottage. The beds are quite firm. The walk to the beach is through the sand dunes and bushes that are very tall. We used the public beach access walk that is just 2 houses down. It is a quiet neighborhood . Within 5 minutes of all grocery and restaraunts. We would stay again.
A Wonderful Week
Doris C. from Gainseville, FL, United States, 5 Stars (Reviewed on 25 Jun 2012)
Our stay at Atlantic Dream was perfect. The fact that one of the family members wasn't able to make it added to this. The home was quite comfortable for eight but I think it would have been crowded had there been twelve. We had a wonderful breeze which keep the mosquitoes down but didn't help with the surfing---a bit rough. The location was wonderful--a nice bike ride from the A Street rental place--and not to far from Napoli's where the husband got his fill of calamari. I loved having the screened in deck plus the outside open area for eating and the top sun deck for observing sunrises and sunsets. The kitchen and bath supplies were plentiful--having two sets of dishes made it so that we only had to run one load a day. Be sure to tell future guests of your supply of beach toys should they have wee ones--plenty of boogie boards and sand items. This is not what one would refer to as a 'luxury' home but it was a very comfortable one. Thanks for the time there.
Wonderful vacation in St. Augustine rental home
Grace H. from Gainesville, FL, United States, 5 Stars (Reviewed on 16 May 2012)
My family and I had a great time at the house, with such nice views from all over. Spacious and comfortable. Saw moon rise, sun rises, pelicans and the weather was great.
5 Stars from Teresa S. from Willsboro, FL, United States, (Reviewed on 16 Apr 2012)
We had a wonderful time with our daughter and our granddaughters. We had a castle builing contest on the beautiful beach. Loved the roof top deck and the peaceful setting of the rental.
50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
5 Stars from "A Traveler from Cary, NC, United States," (Reviewed on 09 Apr 2012)
We had a great family get together and great weather to go along with it. Would recommend cleaning up what appreared to be a water feature in the back. The crows nest deck was great and would seriously consider this property again for rental.
Nice place to stay on the beach
5 Stars from "A Traveler from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Reviewed on 09 Mar 2012)
Plenty of room and obviously the owner cares. Loved the brand new decks overlooking the ocean!
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