This was my first experience renting a vacation rental by owner and it was a breeze. Brenda was easy to work with and quick to respond.
The house was perfect. It is exactly what I would want if I were to have my own vacation home. For reference I have two daughters, one that just turned five and a 2 1/2 year-old and this house will work for many years to come. You don't see pictures of the guest bathroom, but there is a huge garden tub. My girls liked sharing a room but with their own beds, since it was a different house, and they loved having a TV in their room (they don't have that at home). My husband and I appreciated the Masters King bed. All the linens are provided, house was squeaky clean. The kitchen had nice appliances and any utensils you could need.
As far as the community goes, it was a mile away from downtown and the beach (the Silver Beach parking pass was so convenient). The neighbors were very friendly and we even hung out with a few of them. The back door opens to a wonderful green space and playground. It was perfect to just let my girls play while I enjoyed a cup of coffee on the covered patio. The community pool was a quick walk and there was hardly anyone there.
As far as the city, St. Joe's was the perfect destination for our family with young kids. We did Silver beach (playground on the beach too), the carousel, the Discovery Museum, the splash park, the shops downtown, the farmers market on Sat., the lighthouse and even checked out a few local beaches. On Friday night, there was even a free jazz concert at the Shell.
Silver Beach pizza was delicious and if you eat there, they give the kids dough to play with. Downtown was just adorable-several miniature lighthouses all painted differently, neat shops and a mix of restaurants.
We can't wait to go back and already reserved our week for next Summer!