Just as described - well kept
My husband and I stayed at Gary's property in the Ocean Walk condominium building recently. Gary was very responsive - he gets back to emails and phone calls quickly. He met us at the condo with the keys and was very accommodating during our stay. He even helped us obtain street parking for the week, which can be very expensive without a city visitor parking pass. The visitor passes are only good at non-metered spaces, which start about 3 blocks in, but it's not a long walk. If you don't need a car like we did it's better not to have one - there is a bus that circles Miami Beach and many good places to visit within walking distance. It's tougher to get to the mainland but there are taxis and tourist trips to major spots.
The condo is exactly as the photographs show. It is clean and well maintained. Gary provides beach furniture, including two chairs, boogie boards, beach towels, etc. There is also an umbrella - it wasn't in the best shape and it was very windy when we were there so we bought another that was a little sturdier and left it in the closet for future visitors. If you are looking for a lot of space this is not the property for you - it is very small as was the style when it was built (I'm guessing 12x14). It's in a basic, older beach building that could use some maintenance. However, it is ocean front and has a pool. There are not many properties like this at such a reasonable price.
Things you may want to know: there is no stove/oven, but there are hot plate burners to use. Otherwise the kitchenette is fully equipped. There is a washer/dryer just down the hall - it's $1.75 a load. The bed is a daybed - another twin slides out from underneath to make a king. The beds are pretty comfortable but they tend to slide a little on the floor - Gary has ropes and door stops in a kitchen cabinet to help keep the beds together and it works reasonably well.
The only bad thing was the hallway - it smelled pretty bad. Fortunately the smell didn't get into the condo itself.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced place to stay that is clean and well maintained, Gary's property is definitely for you. We were very happy there!
Tourists without a Car,
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of our unit. I enjoyed meeting you and your husband and my wife and I are very happy you enjoyed your stay. We keep our studio updated and very clean for our tenants. We do agree that the building is from the old art deco South Beach style, however it is being refurbished, painting outside, and the hall carpets are relatively new, within a few months. The maintenance crew cleans the hall carpets periodically in each floor of the building which makes the carpets fresh smelling. We hope you come back to our studio, we would love to see you again. Sincerely, Gary and Maria Elena
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