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Judy Wren

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

Upscale Oceanfront 1 Level Home-Great Views-Huge Deck-Screen Porch-Pets OK

81 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

St. Augustine Area House Rental Photos and Description

3BR, 3BA, Sleeps 8

Sandpiper's Nest is a beautifully decorated oceanfront 3 bedroom 3 full bath home on a high dune in the oceanfront community of South Ponte Vedra Beach, between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Located in a very private area of single family homes (no high rises or high traffic here!), it is serene and quiet....yet the house is just 5 miles from historic St. Augustine and 15 miles from posh Ponte Vedra. Decorated in an upscale cottage style, with ocean colors, vaulted wood ceilings, and top quality furnishings, Sandpiper's Nest will quickly feel like 'home'! The spacious living-dining-kitchen area is open to the views of the deck , beach, and ocean beyond. A large ocean front master suite has a king bed, day bed, desk, and private bath. Two additional bedrooms and baths provide privacy for everyone. The large deck, gas grill, beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas are just a few of the many amenities we offer in this luxurious ocean front setting. We have recently installed a small screen porch on the north side of the deck, providing a lovely space for enjoying the outdoors in rainy weather or when you have had enough sun for the day. We have a gas fireplace for winter guests (Christmas through February) and a fenced yard for dogs!

The living-dining-kitchen area is open to the views of the deck and the beautiful ocean beyond. Comfortable seating, a fireplace for our winter guests, large flat screen television and DVD player, Bose CD player, books, puzzles, and games will insure that our guests will remain entertained, even on our few rainy days! We have a high speed wireless Internet connection so bring your lap top and surf the net throughout the house and the deck. The pine dining table easily seats 6, and two comfy bar chairs at the end of the long kitchen counter offer additional dining space. The galley kitchen is lovely, with granite counters, side-by-side refrigerator with water and ice on the door, glass top electric range, oven, microwave, toaster and toaster oven, dishwasher, and all the other conveniences that make cooking a pleasure. We also have an extra refrigerator in the garage. The kitchen is situated in the heart of the living area, with no walls to obscure the views of the living and dining areas and the wonderful deck and ocean beyond.

The master suite is a peaceful retreat. Located on the ocean side of the house, it contains a king size bed with top quality bedding. The room has a private bath with large soaking tub, a large wall mounted TV/DVD player, and a desk for computing or other work. We also have a day bed in the master, which is perfect for lounging or for a toddler.

The junior master is on the front of the house and is equipped with a queen size bed, vaulted ceilings, large wall mounted TV, and a private bath.

The bunk room is a child's delight. The bed will sleep 3, thanks to the trundle underneath, and the mattresses are regular single mattresses so are comfortable for adults as well as children. This room also has a TV/DVD. A full bath is located in the hall adjacent to this room.

You will love the hurricane shutters we have just installed on all of the doors and windows! If you like to sleep in a DARK room, just push a button and there you are.

The deck is a destination in itself. Running the length of the house, the deck is bumped out in the middle, offering a 16 X 20 area for play and relaxing. Furnished with a round umbrella topped dining table and many comfortable chairs and loungers, the deck is a delightful spot to read, snooze, or dine. The deck railings have slats located close together so that small children are always safe, and a lockable gate insures that they will stay on the deck and off the dune walkover! At the end of the dune walkover is a very special built-in bench, which everyone loves for early morning coffee or late night moon watching! From there, it is a 10 step descent to the beach and the wonderful Atlantic ocean!

We have recently fenced in the yard on the south side of the house with gate access to the deck. This is a perfect place to let your dogs run free and take care of business without your having to walk around in the night!

Other amenities include: optional temporary beach club membership, double garage; water softener; indoor laundry plus additional units in the garage; two refrigerators; gas grill, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, toys, 4 TVs, 4 DVD players, high speed Internet, and stereo/radio!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Judy Wren (Property Manager)
Speaks: english

About Judy Wren

Hi there! I am Judy Lombana Wren, owner (with my husband Bill) of Sandpiper's Nest, manager of several other oceanfront properties, retired university professor and mental health therapist, wife, mom, grandmother, and friend! Bill (a retired airline pilot) and I live in Jacksonville, Florida and Maggie Valley, NC. I have been involved with with the ocean, beaches, homes, decorating, and people all my life. Sandpiper's Nest is our very special oceanfront home in which we take great pride and enjoy sharing with others. We hope you will love it as much as our previous renters do!

I have been renting Sandpiper's Nest since I first bought it brand new in 1987. At the time, it was a two bedroom, two bath cottage on a fantastic oceanfront lot. Bill and I completely renovated the home in 1993, taking it to the studs, opening it more to the views and adding another bedroom and bath. It looks brand new because we are ALWAYS working on it...very important on the ocean! We bought two more oceanfront homes a few years later, and others starting asking me to manage their properties, so my rental 'hobby' quickly turned into a business. My son, David Lombana, has joined me in Wren Beach Rentals, and we now manage 16 luxury oceanfront homes in South Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach. David now handles all except three. We take great pride in our solid relationships with both owners and renters, and we look forward to working with you!

Judy Wren purchased this house in 1993

Why Judy Wren chose St. Augustine Area

I bought Sandpiper's Nest in South Ponte Vedra Beach, because it was less than a half hour drive from my regular home, making it the ideal weekend retreat. I started renting it immediately, to help with the mortgage payments, and found that my renters also found South Ponte Vedra to be a very special community. It is perfect for vacationers who want direct oceanfront, great views, and privacy. Sandpiper's Nest sits on a 90 foot wide lot, on top of a high dune, offering panoramic ocean views. The immediate area consists of single family homes, several great restaurants, a terrific beach club (available as an option to our renters who want a pool!) and miles of wide, sandy, car-free beaches. Our renters come here because they love the privacy and the fact that we are not surrounded by high rise condos, fast food restaurants, bars, hordes of people vying for space on the beach, or cars driving on the sand! However, we are not isolated! Sandpiper's Nest is just 10 minutes from historic St. Augustine and 15 minutes from posh Ponte Vedra. We think we have the perfect beach location!

What makes this house unique

Being a one level home yet having panoramic ocean views is quite unusual. Luckily, Sandpiper's Nest is built on a high dune which offers the practicality of single story living while enjoying fantastic ocean views and lovely sea breezes.

We have found that "pet friendly" means just that. Owners of dogs take good care of their pets and we NEVER have issues with dogs...so if you are not a dog owner, don't worry...you will not have to deal with pet hair, odors, or anything else that would make living in a house where dogs have been.

We have some amenities at Sandpiper's Nest that are not very interesting to mention, but belive me, we have learned the hard wasy that you will appreciate them. First, we have a double garage. Many potential renters don't consider that very important...but you will change your mind after scraping the salt off your car if it has been sitting outside for several days! We also have a water softener. The "beach water" is extremely hard and any house that does not have a water softener is just asking for serious problems, not only with ethced glassware, but also with the pipes. Showers are so much nicer when the water is soft! We have duplicates of several things: two refrigerators, two washers, two dryers, two coffee pots, two blenders, etc. etc. We have learned that things get broken unintentionally and who wants to drive all the way to Target to buy a new coffee poet? We thinnk you will appreciate these little nicities that we provide...we want you to have a wonderful vacation, and not having to worry about everyday issues is one way to insure it.

And..just in case you DO have problems...Internet won't work, garage door opener seems to have a problem, TV is too complicated for us 70 year olds, don't worry...we have a property management supervisor who can take care of just about anything that comes up! So...enjoy!

Reviews

4.9
based on 81 traveler reviews

Upscale Oceanfront 1 Level Home-Great Views-Huge Deck-Screen Porch-Pets OK
average rating of 4.9382715 based on 81 reviews
5

Great Property!!!

  • 5 of 5

We love Sandpipers Nest! Judy is a friendly and personable owner. You can tell she takes great pride in her properties. Sandpiper's Nest was sparkling clean and ready for our arrival. The beach is just down a well maintained flight of stairs! The beds are comfy and the rooms are large! The appliances are top-notch! We brought our lab and the fenced in area was perfect for those middle of the night potty breaks. We absolutely loved this property and can't wait to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Very comfortable and perfecly laid-out.

  • 5 of 5

It was very easy to make ourselves at home. Great living space and a well provisioned kitchen. Waking up to the sun rise each morning is a wonderful experience. The ocean view and beach were great. Everything we needed was at hand. We also enjoyed Saint Augustine and Vilano Beach. A great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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RESTORATION AND RENEWAL

  • 5 of 5

Location was beautifully located between Saint Augustine and Ponte Vedra (remote, especially during the week). Furnishings were of really good quality (not a cheap rental - with cheap things!). Interior color choices made each day fun and full of good energy (everything complimented the location and lifestyle). Having full use of the 2 car garage and the details of amenities made security, access, and ease of use exceptional. The details in the amenities made transitioning to vacation near immediate (really didn't need anything but consumables). Loved having Publix, Fresh Market, and decent places to eat nearby. Being able to walk down the stairs and onto the beach was AWESOME. Surf fishing was GOOD (especially as the tide was coming in). Having the second refrigerator/freezer in the garage was a good storage for baits, etc. All appliances were in good working order. The unit was extremely clean/well cared for. We don't hand-out 5 star ratings (we're picky!) but this rental is 5-star because of the location, the quality, and how we were easily able to focus on restoration and renewal (my wife, our Yorky, and I all needed it!). Well worth the cost/highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: We are delighted that these nice folks took the time and effort to write this comprehensive review, without being asked! I am especially pleased that they appreciated some of the outstanding characteristics of Sandpiper's Nest, things that often don't get mentioned. Our furninghins, for example, are all quality pieces, unlike many rentals that look good in photos but then turn out to be grandma's throw aways with a coat of colorful new paint! You, too, will notice that the house is SPOTLESS, that the beach is wide, peaceful, and just steps away. We think that you will love the serene but fun decor and will feel as restored and renewed as these renters did.
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5

Wonderful beach house

  • 5 of 5

This property was as stated it absolutely served the needs of three golfers who also love the beach and spectacular sunrises and sunsets that we got spoiled with during our short week at this property. I was also pleased to receive my deposit back within a few days of my arrival home thank you. The place is very nice and well maintained. I would stay there again and again and again

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Sandpiper's Nest--The Perfect Family Beach Home

  • 5 of 5

My family has been vacationing with Wren Beach Properties for several years. The accommodations are always top-notch, and our stay at Sandpioer's Nest this past summer did not disappoint.

From the luxurious bedding to the stylish, yet comfortable home furnishings, this property afforded us the perfect family vacation.

The ocean view is breath-taking, while the dune walk-over offers quick and easy access to the beach. Every amenity is provided, including beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas.

We enjoyed the covered screened porch, as well as the open deck.

Sandpiper's Nest is an inviting, comfortable home. Our party included a young senior, young adults, and a toddler. We all enjoyed our stay, and while the home is furnished with impeccable taste, it still is family friendly.

We will definitely visit Sandpiper's Nest again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Perfect beach front vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best little house for our family. Easy access for grandparents to get to the beach. Beautiful view of the ocean from the kitchen, living room and master bedroom. The house had everything we needed from kitchen appliances and cleaning supplies to extra blankets, pillows and more. No need to bring anything for the beach because it is already there. We used the beach umbrella everyday along with beach chairs, sand toys, etc. The fenced in yard for our dog was convenient and although this is a pet friendly house it does not feel like pets have been there. It was very clean and we were pleasantly surprised that the house had new decor upon our arrival.In addition loved having a new washer and dryer! The owners pay close attention to detail and have truly used the most of this space. The listing description was totally accurate and the owner was available at moments notice. We preferred to go into Ponte Vedra versus St. Augustine for restaurants however it was very nice that the Publix was so close. The Serenta beach club is only a mile away and was a perfect change of scenery for the kids and a great pool. The only suggestion we would have is to somehow have more space for clothes in the kids room. Other than that everything was just right and we would absolutely rent this house again. It felt like our little beach home. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Serenata Beach Club
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Royal St. Augustine
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
I-95
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Caps on the Water or The Reef
Nearest Beach
You are there!
Car: recommended

Sandpiper's Nest is direct oceanfront, on a lovely barrier island between the Atlantic ocean and the IntraCoastal Waterway. Since there are only single family homes and a few nice restaurants here, the beach is very private, peaceful, and quiet. No cars are allowed on the beach, and there are no high rises or fast food joints to interrupt your serenity. We do have several excellent restaurants and shopping for every day items within a five minute drive! The Serenata Beach Club, with its 3 huge pools, work out facility, and activities for children, is just a mile away. A fabulous nature park with trails is two miles away. In 10 minutes you can be in downtown historic St. Augustine with lots of attractions, great seafood, fun shopping, fishing and boating, many golf courses, including the World Golf Village, and more. In 15 minutes you can be in posh Ponte Vedra, with more great restaurants, shopping, and more golf! Day trips to Disney, Daytona Speedway, and Marineland are easy!

Other Activities: dining, shopping, touring, shelling, kayaking, surf fishing, deep sea fishing

Golf: Golf courses abound in our area! The World Golf Village with its two fabulous courses, golf museum, and much more is a quick twenty minute drive. Numerous other public and semi-public courses are available both in St. Augustine and in Ponte Vedra.

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Rates & Availability

Ponte Vedra Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 4 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,600
 
 
Late Summer 2016
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,600
 
 
Fall-Winter 2016-2017
Sep 10 2016 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
From
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $175 + Tax
Pet Fee $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

from $2000/wk or $350/night
$500 damage deposit required for each rental of one week or less; $1000 deposit for rentals of 2 weeks or more; deposits will be refunded within two weeks of departure, assuming no problems.Cleaning fee is $175. Pet fee is $225 for first pet and $125 for second pet. Two pet maximum, 10.5% taxes on rent. cleaning and pet fee additional. Weekly rates only for all holidays; $300 up-charge for Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years weeks. All fees due 8 weeks in advance of arrival date.

No refunds of deposit or rent unless the house becomes uninhabitable (if we have to close the house and evacuate due to a hurricane; does not apply to bad weather only!) or unless owners are able to re-rent for the same dates and rates. For all renter cancellations, a 10% service charge will be deducted from refunds made. We encourage all renters to obtain trip cancellation insurance! We have several companies listed on our web site.
We accept up to two well behaved pets with a signed pet agreement and payment of pet fees: $225 for the first pet and $125 for the second plus 10.5 tax.. Long term renters will pay additional $50/week after the second week.

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Amenities

St. Augustine Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The master bath has a large soaking tub (not jetted). The other two baths have regular tub/shower combinations.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom contains a king bed and a single day bed (plus a portacrib for babies) The junior master has a queen bed The bunk room has a bunk bed with trundle underneath, sleeping 3. The mattresses are regular twin mattresses, not 'bunkies', so they are comfortable for adults All bedrooms have top quality mattresses, down pillows, high thread count sheets, and down comforters or down blankets. All bedrooms have cable televisions and DVD players. Alarm clocks and full length mirrors are provided in the two main bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The house is all on one level so there are no stairs to climb. However, doorways are standard size. We consider pets on an individual basis with additional fees. We have a fenced yard, in addition to the enclosed deck, for pets.

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