Wonderful family vacation home
Submitted: January 23, 2012
Stayed: December 2011
Our family (6 adults and 2 children ages 2 1/2 and 3 months) stayed at this home over Christmas week and had an absolutely wonderful time. Great location in a newly gentrified neighborhood in Surfside with many families and upscale homes (2 streets over form prestigious and heavily fortified Indian Creek Island). The location is also ideal for families with young children as it is located just 2 blocks from the "Hawthorne Tot Lot", an amazing playground with lots of toys, slides, swings and climbing equipment. We took our son there everyday and he had a blast. Beach is a comfortable walking distance, but we mostly enjoyed the water outside our back door - the pool and view of the bay. The owner Olivier was very responsive when the pool heater wasn't working and had it fixed the next day, and also ensured that the child safety fence was properly installed between the patio and pool. We spent a lot of time outdoors, enjoying meals on the large outdoor dining table, swimming, relaxing on the lounge chairs, and watching the boats go by. The kitchen is well equipped with upscale appliances, including gas stove and a very quiet dishwasher. We had all the essentials to make a big Christmas supper with turkey and all the trimmings. Lots of room to gather downstairs for our large family. Beautiful master suite downstairs with amazing views and huge soaking tub. Upstairs, the room decor in the three bedrooms was sparse - basically just beds and white walls (if the upstairs rooms were a bit more inviting, I would bump my review up to 5 stars). There are 4 bathrooms in this house, one shared bath and one en-suite bath upstairs, and the master bath and powder room downstairs. For families with children, the owner can provide a pack n' play (he calls it a crib) and highchair. We found the pack n'play to be too uncomfortable for our little one to sleep in, so suggest bringing your own portable crib. We also left a Fisher Price vibrating chair there for future renters. All in all, a wonderful stay - my 2 year old son enjoyed it so much that when we returned home to New York, he cried that he wanted to go back to our "other home."
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