Submitted: August 21, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
While this house is located in a great central location it is not "wonderfully updated" as the listing described it to be. When we arrived we were immediately disappointed by the outside look of the house. It say's it has a driveway big enough for two cars however if you have 1 big car that is not true. It looks old and not very well taken care of. The roof has moss from the overgrown tree's on the property. The fence is missing rails. The grass was not mowed and the deck needs a good power washing. The outside shower was dumpy looking with a garden hose in it! The front steps had a big clump of hair stuck in it and was not swept at all. There is no mat outside the door so you can wipe your feet off from the sand or dirt you bring in so the floors always feel dirty. Upon entering it seems ok in the living room but then you arrive to an outdated kitchen with hardly any ammenities. There is no baking sheet to make anything on, there is 1 small bowl for a salad, it's just ridiculous! The "master" bedroom has an outdated bathroom '1970's' with a shower that you can barely move in. Again both bathrooms and the kitchen need to be redone. Both the front screen door and back door have old wooden screen doors with springs on them that would smash someone's finger in if they weren't carefull. The bed in the master bedroom bed has a really hard mattress that is not comfortable @ all! Overall this place is not worth your hard earned money or your peace and happiness on vacation!
Owner's Response: My only comment to potential renters reading this review is to please read all the other extremely positive reviews of my home. To respond: the kitchen is actually very well stocked (but please judge for yourself): There is a blender, a coffee maker and coffee grinder, a lobster pot, a spice rack, a french press, and even some popcorn bowls, and all the little items you would expect. If I had known about the missing baking sheet I would have gladly supplied one. I encourage visitors to let me know if I need to stock the home with items and I am very happy to do it . The "look" of the kitchen is exactly how it looks in the photos, with a brand new Kenmore stainless steel refrigerator and stove, as well as a Bosch diswasher. As the photos plainly show, the cabinets are older but very functional and solid. I see no need to rip them out, and it would be a waste of good materials to do so. The cabinetry in the bathroom is of a similar style as the kitchen and the floors have newer porcelan tile that I installed. The bathrooms are plain, but very clean and functional. Further,, each bathroom got a new toilet this year, and one has a new sink/faucet and upper cabinet. Yes, the 2nd bath is small, as are most 2nd baths in a 2 bedroom ranch. The home has great furnishings -- well beyond what you would expect in a summer home, including an Oriental rug from Bloomingdales, a high quality leather sofa, along with a great LCD flatscreen, and a small laptop. The mattress that was complained about is really a very high end Sealy mattress. The high-end mattresses are one of the features of this home and they have been complimented in other reviews. It is a firm mattress. The screen doors are older and wooden, typical of what you would pick up at a Home Depot/Lowes. Yes, here is a tree limb leaving moss on the roof that I need to tend to this fall, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how this affects one's stay at the home. The lawn gets mowed by my landscaper and when I found out it was not mowed I called him to have it done. That kind of thing can happen but it is easily corrected. Many people use the hose in the outdoor shower to cool off their kids. It can be easily moved to one side or disconnected. I would never expect this to be an issue with a visitor. When I saw this review I called the current guests and they are extermely pleased with the home and I am hoping they will follow up with a review. This will be their 2nd year at the house.
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