LISTING NOTE: This renovated 3BR/2BA apartment is the downstairs unit of our duplex. The upstairs unit (VRBO # 740289) has the same basic layout with a larger living room, a balcony with seating for 6, and a somewhat enhanced set of amenities. Both units can also be rented together, so if you have a large group of up to 12 persons, please see VRBO # 747637 for details.
YOUR HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME – 164 Cordova St, Unit 1 (Downstairs Apartment)
THE AREA: Located in a quiet residential area, the property is an easy 7-minute walk from the town square (Plaza de la Constitution) and 5 from the architecturally impressive Flagler College (formerly the posh Hotel Ponce de Leon built by Henry Flagler in the late-19th Century), just 4 minutes from the beautiful new sea wall along the Intracoastal Waterway near the city marina and only a minute from the serene setting of Lake Maria Sanchez (originally a creek which was dredged in order to fill in the wetlands on which Flagler's hotel would be constructed) and the historically significant Lincolnville neighborhood, and directly between the First Congregation Sons of Israel Jewish Synagogue (across the street to the east) and the Greater St Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church (on Washington Street, with their parking area bordering our property to the west).
THE HOUSE: The duplex was built in 2006 and purchased by us in 2015, and both of the 3BR/2BA approximately 1500 sq ft apartments were almost totally renovated with the comfort and enjoyment of our vacation rental Guests in mind. For many of our Guests, a main drawing point will be that you can just park your car and walk to most of the popular tourist attractions, bars and restaurants – or just take a casual stroll, jog, or bike ride through some of the most peaceful and beautiful residential areas of our wonderful city.
THE PROPERTY: The first things you will likely notice about the property are the well-kept garden on the east and south sides of the property covered with Florida-native plants, palms and live-oak trees, and the red paver driveways on either side of the building. The driveways lead around the building to a large uncovered gravel parking area in the rear where each unit has dedicated space for up to 3 standard-size vehicles (18 ft max). The outside sitting area for this unit is on the front porch (where the entrances to both units are located) and has a small table with two chairs and two rocking chairs for the sole use of our downstairs Guests. The east-facing porch is perfectly suited for enjoying your coffee in the morning sun or evening beverage in the shade, and generally watching the world and the occasional horse-drawn carriage go by on Cordova Street.
THE LIVING ROOM: Accessed through the porch entryway, the living room looks out onto the quiet residential street through two large east- and north-facing windows. Like most of the rest of the apartment, the living room has new flooring, and offers two comfortable over-stuffed chairs, a large leather couch, and additional seating with Ottomans (for a total of 8 spaces), making it a perfect place for planning the day's activities, watching a movie, or relaxing with a book.
THE KITCHEN & DINING AREA: We are confident that our Guests (especially those who love to cook and eat) will enjoy the brand new kitchen where two can easily work side-by-side. The new cabinets and granite counter-top, the new French-door cabinet-depth frig and new (and very quiet) Bosch dishwasher, and the stainless-steel stove and microwave, as well as other counter-top appliances and all the necessary pots and pans are sure to please the most demanding cooks. The adjacent dining area with seating for 6 is the best place to enjoy your breakfast as you and the members of your group bask in the morning Florida sunshine flowing through the large east- and south-facing windows. And although there are many fun, tasty, and romantic places to eat in St Augustine, most of our Guests will appreciate the flexibility of enjoying a fine or family-style meal in your home-away-from-home. We even provide a great assortment of herbs, spices and other goodies to get you started.
THE BEDROOMS, BATHROOMS & LAUNDRY: All three bedrooms are quite large and comfortable, from the Master (12 ft x 14 ft) with a King bed and en-suite bathroom, to the Guest bedroom (with a Queen bed and direct access to the Guest Bathroom) and 3rd Bedroom (with two Twins and access to the Guest Bathroom through the hallway) -- each 12 ft x 13 ft. All bedrooms have new flooring and ample space for clothing and luggage, but perhaps the best part is that they overlook the parking area to the back of the building which is almost totally shielded from the neighboring property by a line of tall trees and other foliage, along with a 6 ft shadow-box wood fence with knee-wall. This makes for an excellent privacy barrier and gives the feeling of living in a downtown enclave. Both bathrooms include new vanities and toilets and large showers, and the laundry room is outfitted with a new high-capacity/efficiency Kenmore washer and dryer.
ENTERTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY: The apartment is served by cable TV (with 200+ channels), high-speed Internet (up to 50 Mbps) with WiFi, and an Internet-based phone system. We've provided a 40+inch flat-screen Smart TV in the living room for cable and access to our Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, Pandora, and iHeart Radio apps/accounts. If your home TV service provider offers online programming for viewing on your laptop computer and/or mobile device, you may also be able to view that content on our living room TV using the 'Miracast' capability of our BluRay/DVD player -- depending on the capabilities of your laptop/device and your familiarity with the technology. The 3rd Bedroom also has cable connectivity with a 30+ inch Smart TV, and can be used as an office as we have provided a desk for your laptop or other devices.