Great location, but unit needed work
The good: Location is great. It's in a reasonably quiet, mostly residential area, one block off the main north-south drag (South Ocean Blvd., or A1A). A 5-minute walk from the beach (it's a much less-populated section of the beach than the "main" beach in Ft. Lauderdale--we liked that, others might not), easy driving distance to most things that you'll need (but not a lot of things within easy walking distance, other than the beach). Parking is very easy. Other guests in the villa were friendly. Our unit was very spacious. Cable TV included. Pool is small, but seemed clean (we didn't get in it, but sunned nearby and it looked fine). Property management representative (Marina) seemed nice.
The bad: Our unit just looked shabby. It was not well kept up, and is in need of basic maintenance. Examples: peeling paint on the walls in the main bathroom, dirty comforter on the master bed (actual visible smudges of something), stains on the curtains in the dining area, curtain pulley mechanism was pulled out of the wall in the dining area, gouges in the pocket door of the main bathroom, broken shower curtain that doesn't cover the whole shower area, an old medicine cabinet in the master bathroom that is unusable because the inside is covered with rust on just about every surface, actual dirt and grime in the kitchen drawers. The place just didn't feel very clean. The unit is also VERY dated: the oven in the kitchen looks like it's from the 1960s (pink and very old). The unit was not as pictured in the photos on the website; the general layout was accurate, but the pictures look much cleaner and brighter than our unit).
Last note: I have a concern about security in a unit that relies not on an actual key or keycard, but on a four-digit code entered into a five-button keypad. It would be easy for someone to get in after a few tries at the code. It would have been nice if the unit had a deadbolt that could be activated from the inside and not through the keypad on the outside door. Having said that, the other guests and the surrounding area gave me no particular concerns about safety, but you never know.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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