|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Can't get closer to the ocean. Direct oceanfront home with 3 private floors, all with private entrances. Each floor has a kitchen and full size bathroom. House has an extra large outside Deck on beach with built in seating. Private dock & private beach entrance. House is located in St. Augustine on the small island of Summer Haven. Located one mile north of Marineland. We are on a rare (for St. Augustine) no driving part of the beach so no worries about passing cars. Our beach is almost not accessible for public access, without climbing down some steep rocks .25 mile from this property. We are directly on Atlantic Ocean but you can also see the Matanzas River and the Inner Coastal waterway. From the top floor you can see the historical Fort Matanzas. Since we sit on this access the wildlife is amazing. Sea Turtles, Dolphins and Manatees go back and forth daily in front of this property in and out of salt and fresh water. Our area of the Inner Coastal sits on 25 miles of undeveloped state owned natural habitat. So the water is one of the most unpolluted water areas in the state of Florida which brings fisherman and birders from all over to this sanctuary areas. Our area is very private with no crime and the feeling of safety for those that want to let their kids go free on the beach without worry. No worries about a long walk from your bedroom to the beach you pretty much are on the beach all the time without touching the sand. Property next to ours is not developed so the property and house has no obstructed views of ocean from any rooms. If you cycle we are a few miles from some of the best mountain biking and miles and miles of paved trails, most totally shaded. This property is called an artist Haven, and The Center of the Universe. A very very rare Florida Beach spot. A Oprah book has been written here and countless pieces of art and song writing has happened on this treasured tree house property. Come relax and enjoy our private beach paradise.
We purchased this house not planning to rent but it has such a strong rental history over the last 15-20 years we can't help but share it.
LynCherie Kaplan purchased this house in 2012
Location couldn't get any better. After this past week we will have to make this an annual trip. The house sits on the inlet where the ocean meets the Mantanzas River which creates the most amazing high & low tides right behind the property. Ever morning and every evening had a different back drop from the currents on the ocean floor. If you have little ones it great because there are plenty of tide pools for them to enjoy safely.
The house itself has everything you need for a large family or for entertaining. The pictures on this listing do not do it justice. It has definitely been updated inside and out. It definitely does not feel like a rental property, meaning tile and white everything. It's super cozy and feels like you right at home. The owners are great and so easy to communicate with.
A house on the beach, literally mere feet from the ocean. This place is a one of a kind destination. When standing inside the 2nd floor looking out the window, you feel like you are on a sailing ship gazing upon the ocean. The house is a gorgeous wooden structure with the most unique design! Once we arrived, we really didn't want to leave. The beach is mostly private and everyone there is friendly. When we forced ourselves to explore, it was an easy drive to old St Augustine, Flagler Beach and, of course, Marineland. We cannot wait to return.
We've stayed at this property numerous times over the past few years. To say the word "AMAZING" simply doesn't pay it justice. The views on the 3 ocean view sides of the property are breathtaking. The sunsets are the clearest of any we've ever seen. The beach house itself is always immaculate. The decorations and decor are one of a kind. This is NOT your traditional beach condo setting. It's an experience in old Florida beach living. We would recommend it to anyone we know. LOTS of room for large families or groups of friends.
My husband, mother, and I stayed at this beach house at the beginning of the summer. The biggest reason to stay here would be the fabulous, multi-level deck. You can sit on the deck and be at the beach without getting sand in your toes! You are actually that close to the beach. Wonderful location! We had a few things happen that we were not expecting. Inside the house, the walls to each bedroom are not full walls. They stop short of the ceiling by a foot and a half. The bedrooms also have shutters in the walls that open to either the kitchen or the living room. That means, if you sneeze in the bedroom, people in the living room, kitchen or other bedroom can hear you. There is little privacy at all inside the home. The bathroom has bi-fold shutter doors, which also leaves little to the imagination. We rented the second level of the home. There were quite a few people at the home when we were there. The owner stayed there twice for a few days, her friend stayed in the bottom apartment, the turtle crew comes around each morning to check for turtle nests, there was a handyman at the house a couple times, the pesticide man came to spray, and there was a family in the bottom unit for a stay. Everyone was very nice, but it is something one should be aware of if you rent here...it is not a single family rental. It is a multi-unit rental. I was aware of the possibility of multi rentals. It was my mistake to think it would not happen to my family when we stayed there. There was also a problem of construction happening next door to the property. A few days into our stay, a construction crew showed up at the empty lot next to our rental home. At 8 am, they were shouting, hammering, running a generator, and doing what construction workers do...making a lot of noise. I said nothing to the owners that day, hoping it was a one time thing. When the crew showed up again the next day, I texted the owner. Her husband responded a couple hours later. He was tremendously helpful and kind. I appreciated his help in the matter. He was able to get the crew to come back for a few hours the next day and not return the following week. So, there were three very stressful days of handling that problem. There is still more construction to be done on the sea wall. I would simply make sure that the construction does not happen when renting. Also, the fishing was terrible for my husband due to the closing of the river nearby. Fabulous deck and beautiful beach location with super shelling.
This is is without question - my favorite place to vacation on Earth! I have stayed on all 3 floors of this house at different times - and each one has it's own charm. It's great for families, multiple families, couples, or just friends. It's also inspiring and IDEAL for writers, artists, or even small retreats, My kids actually think that this place is "magical" - and we refer to it as "The center of the universe". I grew up in Florida and have traveled the world (I sing for the band Sister Hazel) and there is not a more beautiful place anywhere on the planet... Best view in Florida. PERIOD. It's situated in a very unique spot on both the Atlantic Ocean and Matanzas inlet. We spend our days swimming, shelling, surfing, exploring, sunning, paddle boarding, walking on the beach, playing ball, or just sitting on the porches or hammock marveling at the waves, tide changes, playful dolphins, and the beautiful birds. We can easily watch the kids (mine are ages 7, 10,& 12) playing safely on the nearly private beach right from the porch. The beach is literally just a few feet from the house. It's the best quality time our family has all year long and we all love it! There is so much beauty in EVERY direction that it's truly hard to comprehend. The house itself is absolutely one of a kind - and it oozes character and creativity. Very unique - nothing cookie cutter about this place. I've had the most fun, satisfying, and joyful times of my life while staying at this VERY special house... Historical and beautiful St. Augustine is only about 20 mins north - straight up A1A.. And Flagler Beach is only about 20 mins to the South. Lynne and Sander Kaplan (owners of the house) are truly wonderful and kind people who love sharing the magic of this house with others. If you are a beach person like me - trust me, this will quickly be your new favorite place too!!
(Sister Hazel Band)
We stayed here for 4th of July with another family and had the most wonderful time! Kids all really enjoyed the changing tides and having a private yard and deck to play on. Adults were able to relax and enjoy the amazing view and wonderful Atlantic breeze. We stayed on the ground floor, which was perfect for my family of 3. The shower is awesome! It is a definate retreat from the hectic pace and fosters a family vacation of relaxation and back to nature. I would highly recommend it.. Lynne and Sander make sure that you have everything you need.
We are located one mile north of Marineland and across the water from Fort Matanzas. We are the furthest south in St.Augustine Florida on a small island of Summer Haven.
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5 night minimum stay
|Notes||$250 deposit required to hold reservation|