We stayed here early aug with our children. Very nice clean great location pool amazing. The only thing was the bedroom which is actually not accessible thru the house but outside. If our kids where small this would’ve been an issue but worked out fine. Would love to stay here again
My overall impression of this property is good. We wanted a beach house that was affordable and as close to the ocean as possible and this house fit the bill. It's two blocks from the beach and was large enough to accommodate my family. The house was nicely updated and the pool was fabulous. Now to the things I thought could be improved: More coffee mugs...there were four! We had 8 adults who all drink coffee and we had to run out on our first morning (after arriving late the night before) for foam cups. Also, actual hand soap would have been appreciated, not a tiny bar for each bathroom. We found that the top bunk beds were not made (arriving to the house late after a long day of travel) and we had to make those up before sleeping! Note there was only one roll of toilet paper (for each bathroom) which for a party of 12 will only get you through the first day. Not enough bath towels either; we had to do laundry several times a day to just have clean towels. I just thought for a house that accommodated so many people, they would have more supplies. Of course we ran to the dollar store and supplied the house with all these things and ended up leaving most of these items at the house (I wonder if they will leave them for the next guests?). Not even salt and pepper! I've stayed at other vacation rental homes and they have "light spices". On our second night we were cooking dinner and mid way through grilling our burgers, the propane tank ran out. Luckily, there is a Walmart nearby and we got a replacement tank (at our expense). I didn't want to contact the management company about this during our stay for fear that I'd be charged the $50 service fee (you will learn of this in the Departure Sheet). Also they could have weed-wacked the house...there were 12-18" weeds growing along the privacy fence and even some in the outside shower.
Finally, after all this, I was a bit annoyed to have to remove the sheets from all the beds upon departure. I understand the removal of the trash, but thought taking off the sheets was a bit much...what does the cleaning fee cover?
Would I stay here again? Yes, but only after looking extensively at other properties first and would certainly be better prepared in the way of towels, toilet paper, etc .
Family Beach Vacation
The Beachballer was the perfect family beach vacation house, for us. Room for all, plus our own private pool. We all had a Wonderful week together! Thank you Beach Ball Properties
THANK YOU for the 5 Star Review. We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time at our property. We welcome you to come back and stay any time.
Penny-wise and dollar foolish
First the good:
Property was recently "freshened" with new paint, new-ish furniture, and flooring; Appliances were new-ish and all worked properly; TVs had DirecTV and Netflix access, and one for every room. it had very easy access to the beach; bedrooms were large; house was clean. Adequate parking; and lots of outside space. They accept pets and the backyard was fenced which meant we could let the dogs out - huge asset.
Now for the bad / needs improvement
The air conditioner is old and cannot keep the house cool in the higher heat of summer. Adding to the problem, the owners have a pre-programmed NEST thermostat (would not give us access) and run a program where multiple times a day they reset the inside temperature to 75 degrees, meaning we would come in from the beach and the house temperature would be in the high 70's or low 80's.
The pool drew us as a feature, but the owners had (1) too small of a filter to adequately keep the pool clean and (2) a timer on the filter (again, trying to save $$ at the expense of the renter) so it only ran a fraction of the day. Result was the pool was virtually unusable for the majority of the stay and turned bright green with algae. Repeated calls to the management company + an in-person visit finally got the problem addressed satisfactorily, but by that time we had three days left in our stay.
The kitchen pots and pans were Salvation Army rejects; the dinnerware consisted of six plastic plates. There were only three microwave safe bowls. Considering an Outlet mall is less than 10 miles away and there are three home goods stores in it, pretty substandard even for a beach rental - but yet another example the owner being penny-wise and dollar foolish.
Lastly, this property is listed as a 3-bedroom. While it does have three separate sleeping rooms, one of them is under the house with an outside entrance only - a separate bunkhouse with its own bathroom. The door to the bunkhouse does not have a deadbolt (there's that 'cheap' thing again) and shows signs of having been forced / kicked open. It worked for my family as all my kids are older, but would pose great problems for a family with younger kids.
In summary - we learned to work around the issues and had a good time despite all the hassles. There was a lot to like - and dislike - about the property.
Thank you for your feed back.
Great location and pool is nice.
The house was nice and the pool was great. The location is amazing. Only complaints I have is there isn’t a table by the pool like the pictures showed, the downstairs is detached so you have to go outside to get there and the house was constantly hot.
The table in the pictures was painted and made of rod iron. It quickly began to rust and deteriorate in the salty climate. We had to remove it so that it wouldn't be a hazard for upcoming guests. We had a professional HVAC contractor go check the property and everything was working property and cooling efficiently. We have not had any complaints since this guest about the cooling system.
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