This was one of our best vacations ever. The owner was very responsive, and thorough in the "e-mail dialogue" we had when we were making the reservations. The transaction to rent the beach house was flawless.
Before arriving, I wanted to stay in contact with the owner, since we were driving from Virgina (Wash DC Metro area), and wanted to make sure I could check in, and manage the time, of there were any delays for any reason. The owner had the place ready for us well in advance! The house was spotless when we arrived.
The property is better than I was expecting. First of all, you do have a piece of the beach to yourself. It is a quiet and private where only the people staying or living there use. You see the beach from the balcony, and is a gorgeous view from the living room, and kitchen area within the house. It is a spectacular view to see every morning when drinking your cup of coffee.
The house has EVERYTHING you'll need. We stayed here a week, and mixed up the evenings when we'd eat out, and when we'd cook dinner ourselves. You do not need to worry about utensils whatsoever. Just bring your consumables and food, and you can cook whatever you'd like. There's also relatively new grill outside that we used one evening. I don't recall reading about it, so in case you're a grill-master, there's one on the property.
The kids had plenty of "beach toys" to use. There are body boards, buckets to play in the sand, and much more. I was planning on spending some money after I got here to get the kids some toys to play with, and I did not have to spend a dime on any of this type of entertainment.
New Smyrna Beach (NSB), is a very clean town town, and very quiet. It is a true jewel of a find that my wife located thru her friends. You can go see Kennedy Space Center, Disney, or even catch a baseball game in Daytona at the Jackie Robinson Stadium. There is more than enough to do, if you want to take a break from the beach during your stay.
I will definitely come back next year, and I will stay at this house again, if schedules allow. You will enjoy the amenities that this property, and it's location have for your vacation with the family.