Evolve Vacation Rental
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We stayed at this Merritt Island house for 16 days in February and found the description misleading, the outdoors in unsuitable condition, and way overpriced for what it is. It is far from “perfect”, as it was promoted in the ad.
What was GOOD: There is strong WiFi, new laundry, spacious living area, lots of windows that open, easy location for area attractions. The one bathroom is tiny but decent. And manatees did show up in the canal a few times.
UNPLEASANT: The couch looked comfy and inviting but in need of a good cleaning. Kitchen was spacious and well equipped but had other people’s leftover food in cupboards, counter, and freezer. What’s with that? Linens were a bit shabby, and there were only two blankets we could find. In the bunkroom, an old tray table substituted for a bed nightstand; there was no lamp; the bedframes were creaky and the upper railing fell off. Furnishings definitely need upgrading; they can hardly be called “well appointed" as the ad said.
ANNOYING: These included a noisy overhead fan in one bedroom, solid doors to outside without screen/storm doors (limiting light and air flow), loud outdoor sprinkler system (turned off by property manager after two days of 4 am noise under the bedroom window).
MISREPRESENTED: What looked like a pleasant deck area was treacherous with loose boards, sketchy electrical box (no cover), uneven overgrown steps with no rails (dangerous), debris and neighbor’s overhanging tree on main deck, a top deck that was inaccessible, furniture with torn and wet cushions that could not be removed, so nowhere to sit comfortably. One person tripped and fell on the stairs, and we were afraid to use them again. Not “relaxing” as stated in the vrbo description. A newish grill sat next to a junk-filled side yard. Enjoying the outdoors – one of the reasons we chose this location – was made really difficult by these conditions. The listing photo of the dock area is deceptive, to say the least.
This house has potential and could be a lovely place. The owner has made some curious upgrades (wine cooler, for instance), but overall, not a place I would recommend or stay in again.
Chris, we are sorry your stay fell flat of your expectations. The electrical box you mentioned has no power and the owner is planning to cover it or remove it completely to avoid confusion. The top deck referenced is only used as a covered dock for the pontoon boat which is why it is not advertised for recreational use on the listing. The owner has tightened the bolts on the bed frame to ensure maximum comfort and safety. We apologize that the sprinkler system was disruptive to you but it is necessary to water the grass prior to the morning dew. The owner has added two lamps for increased lighting in the bedroom and added extra blankets in the spare closet. We have passed along your additional feedback to the owner for further consideration. We are confident this home will continue to host satisfied guests! Best, the Evolve Team
Christmas Family Getaway
This house was perfect for our family christmas away from home!! There were a few things in the home that could be improved, but all in all great location, great house, good times! We were able to launch our own kayaks we brought from the house. Unfortunately we did not see any manatees, but we did see many dolphins, birds, and fish. We would definitely stay again.
If you are looking for a relaxing time in a tropical Florida Paradise! this is the place to go. This property is well maintained, spacious, and is equipped with all of the necessary essentials for a successful trip. Do not let the 12 minute drive to Cocoa Beach keep you from making the right decision. The beauty of crossing the Indian and Banana Rivers make it well worth it. The natural aesthetic of being surrounded by water only enhances the experience. If you are looking for a relaxing and full Florida experience this place is a sleeper. Grill out with the family, and enjoy sanctuary from the sun. Or charter an offshore fishing trip at Cape Canaveral. If you have kids, celebrate the heroism of the Kennedy Space Center, or make the easy drive to Orlando to visit Volcano Bay, Universal, or even Disney. I highly recommend this property for families looking for a casual and relaxing getaway experience.