The island is a wonderful vacation spot. My family and I enjoyed a terrific vacation at Staniel Cay. Only down side was the condition of this home. My husband has been in the construction industry for 30, but it didn't even take being well-versed in construction to see that this home is on the verge of collapse. Home has rotten support beams, twisted and sagging floor joists, rotten plywood flooring, and is structurally unsound. The rent is on the less expensive range for vacation property, so we weren't expecting something lavish, but also never expected someone would rent their home in the kind of shape this one is. I spoke with the owner several times before our trip, and he never mentioned the poor condition, and it certainly isn't advertised as such. If I had known, I would have never put my family or myself in such a dangerous situation. In addition to structural problems, the home has numerous holes in the floor and broken windows. One of the window casings actually has separated from the wall, and the whole window flaps when the wind blows. The home has wracked so much that the front door is very difficult to close, and, when it does close, there's a three-inch gap between the door and the floor. In short, there is no way to close up the house and keep bugs from coming in. I have serious concerns for the next family that might stay there. I wrote the owner to express my concerns, but he hasn't acknowledge the email.
Owner's Response: I'm sorry our last visitors to our house were dissapointed in the house. We purchased this house and property on a remote island in the Exumas before there was electricity and running water on the Island. It is one of the older houses and has a great location with a private beach. It sleeps 7 and we only ask $975.00 per week for it. Others in our location get $2500 - $6000.00 per week.
We can do nothing about the way the house has settled over the years and it was in this condition when we purchased it. In the past 25yrs it has been climate tested
by numerous hurricanes and (to be honest) we are allways suprised to see our neighbors homes damaged and ours
relatively unharmed. In that period we have replaced the roof and every window. The house is fairly open (something we love) with a large screened-in porch. It is up in the air about 10 to 12 feet above the ground to get up in the breeze. This helps w/bug control but the inscects (no-see-ums) that are usually only out after a rain can and do pass through the screens. This is true of our house and every other house on the island that doesn't have air conditioning. I was unaware of a broken window and have ordered a replacement.
We do have renters comming for two weeks for the hollidays. They are leaving their castle in Italy and it will be their 3rd visit to the house in the last 5 years.
I do not mean to miss represent this property. It is what it is and we love it and the island. This is a beach house and we do have many repeat customers. I would be happy to have any prospective renters contact them for an independant opinion.
Helpful votes: 18/21
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