I've rented a lot of houses in this area over the years, and this one is now the favorite. There is a lot of room for everyone, it is clean, comfortable, and decorated like a true beach house. It is steps from the beach. The deck is nice with a dining table & umbrella, picnic table, and two comfy chaise lounges. The outdoor shower/hose make it easy to rinse off before going inside. There is a bathroom with its own door located right on the deck by the hot tub, which is extremely convenient (especially with kids) to keep from having to walk all the way through the house. There are plenty of nice beach towels, chairs and toys in garage, and the extra refrigerator in the garage is a bonus. The grill was clean and worked fine. All of the bedrooms are nice with their own t.v.'s and fans. The laundry room has two new washers and two dryers, which is perfected for a crowd. The only negative for some may be the steps from the boardwalk to the beach are a bit steep. As for the hot tub having sand in the bottom, it's the beach and took all of 2 minutes to syphon it out with the hose provided...no big deal.
The beach is quiet and with no crowds. We had it to ourselves on many days. We found a lot of beautiful shells, sharks teeth, caught fish in the surf, and loved playing in the waves. It is only ten minutes from Publix and about five from three restaurants if you decide to go out. There is a gas station one mile south. Downtown St. Augustine is about 15 minutes.
We definitely hope to rent this house again. Thanks for a great trip!