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Dog Friendly.On Beach.Private, Secluded. Pier. Free WiFi & Kayaks.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 kitchens, 2 Bdrms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) on 3acres.

WHAT IS SAINT TERESA? St Teresa is only 5 miles of quiet, exclusive, secluded second family homes. A true 'Eco-vacation' at the Lazy Dolphin ....our cottage is located on Florida's 'Forgotten Coast' where the forest meets the beautiful Gulf water. Far from traffic and city lights Saint Teresa Beach is like Florida was 100 years ago. You will be in the forest with miles of private beach at your front door. Great fishing right off the beach and a dozen local restaurants nearby. Welcome to 'Old St Teresa' with over 100 years of family enjoyment and history.

Enjoy walking on miles of wide sugar white beach with two docks, usually all by yourself. Watch eagles and otters. We have many nature parks nearby, and many bike trails. Fresh seafood and, yes, there is a golf course ( only 10 minutes away). St Teresa has 130 years of history. A beach community nestled deep in the National Forest. It is only available to owners and their guests/renters. The St Teresa homes are passed from father to son. An exclusive private community with only eight beach rentals in the entire 5 mile length of beach. (We are directly on 5 miles of very wide continuous beach... you do not walk down a road or drive to the beach). Each home/lot has a minimum 1.25 acres and some are over 2-3 acres. We are unique in this area of Florida. We have a history, miles of beach, you may not see a soul your entire stay. We have modern well managed homes with every comfort. This is not a rental area, you have a family's home at St. Teresa.

Exclusive and Private Property. Our home is a two story 1600 sq ft beach house with two kitchen areas, located on the beach with central AC/Heat, ceiling fans in all rooms, on the gulf, fully furnished. Property has a large grass yard in front, Beach Deck Platform out at the sand dunes. 150 feet from the waterline.

First floor features full large kitchen, microwave, range/oven and refrigerator, The downstairs Living area has a 42' Flat Screen Hi-Def big screen, VHS, DVD, with Premium HD satellite TV chaannels and FREE WiFi Internet. Full Bath downstairs. Wood Burning Fireplace. And two sleeper (Full) Futon sofas, a Recliner with Spiral Staircase to second floor. Out side wide wood stairs to second floor also.

Second floor is a huge master suite with queen bed and awesome view of the gulf through a whole wall of slider glass doors. Master Suite also features a counter with sink, toaster, toaster oven, and micro fridge with freezer. Great for early breakfast or late snack without going downstairs! Upstairs fireplace next to bed. 32' flat screen TV with HD SAT TV with DVD. Laundry area upstairs with full size washer and dryer. Full Bath upstairs. Second bedroom upstairs features Trundle bed that will sleep one or two. Ceiling Fans on both floors. Extra sink in hallway to back bedroom.

Large grass yard, house is on the beach, on the Gulf, with one of the finest white sand beaches at St. Teresa . Outside hot/cold shower and covered front deck. Second floor has wrap around wood deck and side stairs to ground.

About the Area: St Teresa is a beach side community made up of private homes owned mostly by Tallahassee residents. Only a handful of people live here year-round so the beaches are not only private, restricted to homeowners, but also unpopulated most of the time. St Teresa is in the middle of a National forest area and the forest goes almost to the water. Our water is very shallow and we do not have large waves and undertow. Best for Fishing! Our wide white sand beach stretches for miles. We are about 15 minutes (north-west-east) from small communities that have fine dining (casual). Please bring extra beach TOWELS, and expendables (TP, Soaps, etc.). All utensils. coffee makers, blender, toaster ovens and microwave are furnished. Google map us at 3974 St Teresa Ave, St Teresa , FL 32358

People who have enjoyed our home over the years come to walk on the secluded beach, enjoy nature all around, and a fresh seafood meal. Enjoy what Florida was like 100 years ago. St. Teresa. There is nothing like it anymore.

Keywords: Dog Friendly, Beach Front, 2 Story Beach Home. Secluded, Exclusive and Private Community. Nestled in the Forest of St. James Island. With Beach Side Cabana. Free WIFI Internet and Free Premium HD SAT TV. St Teresa Beach. Large Dogs ok.

More Details

Steve Metzke
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Steve Metzke

Moved to St Teresa in 1996 and work with the local CBS affiliate operating beach web cams across the panhandle of north Florida. Enjoy meeting people from all over the world with our nearby vacation rental property.

Steve Metzke purchased this house in 1994

Why Steve Metzke chose Florida

St Teresa is where my family spent the summers. I grew up on St Teresa beach and it has not changed in 60 years. This is NOT LIKE PC, DESTIN or St George Island type area or water!! Good fishing off beach or pier. It is Exclusive and Private. Wooded.Trees, Private Beach, no lights and a sky full of stars at night. Watch wildlife, empty beach, wind through pines, relax and unplug. Put our beach chair in the shallow water and take a nap. Enjoy the area for the Natural Beauty surrounding you. You will be in a very secluded very wooded area with Nature all around you. Enjoy it. This is the last of it Florida has to offer.

What makes this house unique

The forest goes down to the water. We have animals and birds. The fishing is GREAT from shore or our nearby dock. Great local restaurants just 10 minutes in all directions. Excellent golf club and grill just 6 minutes from the house. WE ARE DOG FRIENDLY!


Sopchoppy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Full Bathrooms. One on first floor, other on second floor. Outside shower also with hot/cold water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    Off Master - 1 murphy bed
    Downstairs - 2 sleep sofa /futon , futons are full size beds
  • Queen size Bed (1) Located in the Huge Master Suite. Next to wood burning Fireplace. Full Wall of Glass sliders faces Beach. Downstairs two futons full size. Upstairs in Second Bedroom is a Trundle Bed that can be a single, two singles (one up/one down) or pull it out and up to make a Full Bed. Please bring extra big beach towels.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
Spiral Staircase between floors. Inquire if elderly/disabled/handicapped person requires second floor. Pet Friendly area. Really good seafood available. House also features a mini kitchen upstairs in the Master Suite. Bike Trails nearby. Bed Linens Available. Bring Beach Towels!


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(62 traveler reviews)

Dog Friendly.On Beach.Private, Secluded. Pier. Free WiFi & Kayaks.
average rating of 4.5 based on 62 reviews

Secluded, soft sand, nice beach house ...

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great stay at this house. The beach was so quiet. There were so few people around, especially during the week. The water was pretty clear and the beach was great for walking along. The house worked well for us and is dog friendly (no carpets, thankfully, so it is easy to just sweep away the sand). The futons in the living room and the bed in the main bedroom were comfortable, showers in bathrooms worked just fine, and the kitchen is well equipped. The outdoor shower was good for washing off sandy feet after visits to the beach. The house is in an ideal location for taking day trips. Lots of places to visit within an hour or so in all directions: Tallahassee, St. George Island, St Marks Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola ... The list goes on. We had such a fantastic stay here and it was so difficult to say good-bye!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking a moment to review us. Since you left the fishing has picked up. Our current guest almost lost his rod last night. The beach is so improved since the hurricane last fall. You got to see the new look! Safe travels, Steve Nancy and Sammy the Lab.
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Quiet and peaceful.

  • 3 of 5

Location was great. Lodging left much to be desired. Bed was not comfortable and there were no towels, toliet paper, kleenex, or papertowels. A good cleaning would be good. Needs some updating. Loved the beach and watching the sunrise.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I also ask all my clients to carefully read the home description. It states "please bring expendables like TP and Paper Towels". We do put two rolls of TP in each bath to get you started! Please feel free to call me about the home and the area. And please read the description of the home.
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  • 5 of 5

Third year at Crazy Dolphin. Had good weather, good seafood, happy dog and finally caught a redfish. Plan on being back next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I knew we had at least one Red Fish out there! Sorry I missed you guys, but Sam's surgery came out well. BTW. We added an AC unit upstairs. With the winter we had it was a gotta do. See you next year! Nancy, Steve and Sammy.
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Lovely quiet area overall

  • 3 of 5

While this spot may not be for everyone, we enjoyed our stay in this area. The house could use a spring cleaning and the layout is a little odd but the quiet, natural beach and proximity to many amazing locations and things to do make this a great bang for the buck. While it sleeps 6 I would say I'm not sure that would be a good idea unless a set of parents with kids or a very close family. The only private bedroom is the small back bedroom, the master is open loft and must be walked through to get to the small other bedroom so no privacy (we were just a couple so had no issues of course). The fireplaces on both levels were very nice and women will want to choose the main floor bathroom :) Hot water tank runs out before the tub is full for a nice hot bath though, but a shower was fine. The very quiet beach (most of the homes only occupied by owners on weekends) was amazing and just be aware, it's a natural beach so things wash up (which we loved to find new things every day) but can be a bit smelly (got used to just fine in one day though). There is a very long stretch in either direction for walking on the white sand and even more beach during low tide in the morning!

The area is great, stock up at walmart in crawfordville before arriving and you're all set. St Marks Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla springs boat tour and Apalachicola are must dos.

Definitely would recommend overall!

The Nethercotts

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location. Location. Location!

  • 4 of 5

If you truly are in need of peace and quiet, this is the place. It's a very comfortable home with private beach access and hardly anyone around. On christmas day we were the only ones on the beach. We stayed for a week and walked the beach every morning and encountered other residents only once.

The only ones making noise are the squirls and an angry bird ( cardinal) fighting his own reflection in a window.

Apalachicola is 40 minutes away, well worth the drive. Great restaurants and nice shopping. Supermarkets are not nearby, but the road to Carabelle or Panacea is good and not very busy.

The owner was very friendly and advised us were to go for shopping, entertainment and even which garage to go to since we had a puncture in one of our car tires.

Do the Jungle tour in wakulla springs park (excellent!), drive to the st Marks wildlife refuge and the lighthouse later in the day for spectacular sunsets, have lunch or dinner in Apalachicola

If you're in for peace and quiet and a lovely deserted beach, this is the place.

Fran & Alex, The Netherlands

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you. I'm glad you could experience so much of our area in such a short time. Yes, it is common to be alone down here. It is a place to unplug and unwind. Safe travels, Steve and Nancy.
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to find something similar to this secluded paradise unless you're willing to pay quite a sum of money. This is not a busy resort, rather a peaceful beach that, while it is lined with homes, does not have many people. (At least when I was there.) You're pretty much by yourself on about 2 miles of sand.

Being remote as it is, yes you will find bugs, flies etc. Just bring bug spray. While they say there are alligators I didn't see any. As a general rule there are alligators wherever there is fresh water in Florida, you just get used to it - they do not bother you unless you swim in their marshes. Yes there is seaweed on the beach, being a quiet, non-tourist beach it isn't raked every day. But the sand is white and sugar-like, and you have the beach to yourself!

The home is quite nice. You get an ocean view from pretty much every square foot of the house, even the laundry! I love the fire places, which are great for the evenings.

There's an outdoor grill, a nice yard in front of the house, and then walking over the footbridge you get to the beach.

In driving distance there's a ton of stuff to do, which being Florida's Forgotten Coast, is different than what anywhere else has to offer.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Father, we are always so happy to have you visit. And this time for a whole month! Good luck with the new church building in LA. Steve, Nancy, Sammy.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St James Bay Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Tropical Trader
Nearest Beach
On the Beach
Car: necessary

30 minutes from Wakulla Springs 'World Deepest Freshwater Springs' the Jungle Cuise is a must do, visit the Gulf Specimen Aquarium, and you are just 30 minutes from historic Apalachicola, and St Marks wildlife refuge, Shelling on the beach and on nearby St George Island State Park. Great area for Parks with outstanding Facilities. St. Marks Wild Life Refuge, Wakulla Springs State Park, Cape San Blas State Park, Fort San Marcos, Bald Point State Park...Inquire for details.


Rates & Availability

Sopchoppy House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 17
May 20 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 17 Winter 17
Sep 9 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 7.5%

Rates are subject to change.
Minimum rental age is 25 years old.
There is a no refund policy for cancellation or partial stay.
Hurricane evacuation will be pro-rated as necessary.
Dogs welcome with prior info and pet fee.

Guests limited to those specified in reservation.
Extra Charges for extra guests arriving that are NOT in contract

Picture ID for check-in please.
Contract Rates apply to guests in contract reservation only.
Children are to be 18 years or younger.
Additional guests/visitors not in contract are subject to additional charges.
This is a "No Smoking" house. Smoking allowed outside.
You are responsible for your Dog behavior during stay. Dogs are allowed on beach, but must be under either voice command or leash.
If you use the grill, please you must clean it for the next guest.
The address of the home is 3974 St Teresa Ave, St Teresa, FL 32358. Choose Franklin County for the GPS.
By reserving this house with your deposit you agree to all these house rules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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