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Fred R.

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Best Beach House Ever! VRBO Stayed Here! Sleeps 10 (4/2) up + opt. 4 (2/1) down

60 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

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House, 4-6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2-3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14))


Welcome to Heaven By The Sea; an exclusive, premier oceanfront property. Dreamy days and balmy nights will entrance your mind and captivate your soul…Richly enjoy each moment in your very own tropical oasis.


Our property is situated in a private, quiet area. Public beach access is located one mile to the north and south of our home. Because of this, there are very few people near the area on the beach.

With no sand dune blocking the ocean, our house is one of the closest to the water; complete with "jaw dropping" views. You will definitely enjoy being so close to the beach sand - less than 10 steps away! Many oceanfront homes have very long walkways (as much as 100 feet or more) that must be traveled across, to access the beach.

Swim, surf, kayak or fish right from the backyard.


Our guests share their experiences with our home’s features, amenities and accommodations. Many “seasoned” vacation renters have commented that their stay here was their best one.


We look forward to sharing an exclusive beach experience with our valued guests, by offering some of the finest benefits and amenities. Our guests enjoy many unique comforts and conveniences that are not found in most other vacation rentals.

Four (4) exterior decks offer generous outdoor living space and a myriad of options for outdoor entertaining. Multiple High Definition (HD) televisions, DVD players, and a Digital Video Recorder, finish out this seaside vacation home. Of course, no beach home would be complete without beach chairs, beach towels and beach umbrellas (all included and provided at our location).


Enjoy ocean kayaking in one of two (2) provided kayaks. Take a ride on one of our many boogie boards. Don't worry about finding the perfect sized board; we provide multiple boards in assorted sizes! If you like, you can lounge and relax in our over sized outdoor beach hammock or grill a culinary masterpiece on the stainless steel BBQ grill.


There are two (2) bunk beds, two (2) separate twin sized beds and one (1) full sized bed (downstairs). We provide boogie boards, kayaks (2), life jackets (4), sand toys, recorded Disney movies (on the DVR), and a video game system. All upstairs decks can be completely “enclosed” for small children.


Work together with the actual owner of the house. If desired, you will be greeted in person upon check in. 24 hour access to the owner (personal cell phone number) during your stay. Quality Control Program ensures that everything is perfect for your arrival.


One of the larger beachfront properties in the area. A unique 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom home offers nearly 1800 square feet of indoor living space. Tropical designer furnishings, artwork and accessories complete this coastal retreat. Two ocean front master suites lie on opposite ends of the home, creating their own private wing and offering exceptional options for multiple couples or families.


Downtown Saint Augustine (a popular tourist destination) is located approximately seven (7) miles to the south; far away enough from the tourist activity, but close enough for a short drive to enjoy the sites if you desired.


The perfect setting to celebrate an anniversary, family reunion, holiday vacation, or any other special occasion. Created to provide every comfort, convenience and long-lasting memories of a truly enjoyable vacation stay. You are invited to review our past guests experiences.


Unfortunately, pets are no longer considered, however our home is always kid friendly. Please, NO SMOKING (in or around the house). Garage parking not available; however, there is plenty of on-site parking (driveway easily accommodates 6-8 vehicles).

*Renovated lower level has two bedrooms (#5 & #6), one bathroom (#3), and a kitchenette. Downstairs is totally separate with its own entrance, and is available for an additional charge.

Please feel free to e-mail us for more information, if needed. You're invited to watch and enjoy our YouTube video by clicking on the 'Video' tab located at the top.


JANUARY - FEBRUARY.....$2500 weekly; $600 nightly (4 night minimum)

MARCH - MAY.....$3200 per week (Saturday - Saturday weekly only)

JUNE - AUGUST.....$4000 per week (Saturday - Saturday weekly only)

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER.....$3500 weekly; $800 nightly (4 night minimum)

*Due to higher demand during the spring and summer months (March through August), Saturday to Saturday weekly rentals are required.

*Minimum stay is four (4) nights. Longer minimum stays may be required during peak season (March through August), and holiday periods. Rentals for less than four (4) nights, will be charged a (4) four night stay (at a nightly rate of $600 - $800, depending on season).

*Downstairs level available for an additional charge ($1200 weekly; $200 nightly; 4 night min.)

*Additional charge ($500) for all major holidays: Easter, Memorial Day, 7/4, Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Year’s, and TPC week. Peak season rates apply, and minimum one week stay required.

*Small group events are considered. Additional charges apply.

*Additional fees include:

Cleaning fee (upstairs: $295; downstairs: $100)

VRBO traveler service fee (5.5% of rental rate)

Credit card processing fee (3% of total amount)

Property damage (accidental) protection policy: $59

Refundable damage deposit (items not covered by protection policy): $500

Taxes (10.5% on rates and fees)

*Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

(Check-in time: 4:00 p.m.; Check-out time: 10:00 a.m.)

Keywords: ocean, beach, waterfront, home, house, vacation rentals by owner, VRBO, home away, HomeAway, oceanfront

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Fred R. (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Fred R.

As the owner of Heaven by the Sea, I would like to welcome you to our lovely home. I am a retired Navy pilot and father of two beautiful children. While stationed in Florida, I absolutely fell in love with the area. I currently live in Saint Augustine, FL and Honolulu, HI (where I was born and raised). I have always lived very close to the ocean and beach all my life. It is my desire to share this unique experience of oceanfront living with others as well. We look forward to your stay with us and welcoming you and your family as our very special guests!

Fred R. purchased this house in 2010

Why Fred R. chose St. Augustine Area

I chose to purchase a vacation rental in this location because of the private, oceanfront setting offered. The warm weather, tropical breezes and ocean surf made this the ideal location for me. The property is also located in an exclusive ocean side community within minutes to historic Saint Augustine, Ponte Vedra and World Golf Village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an appropriate name! Your heavenly location was an oasis for our family and made our time here so special. We will always remember it. Hopefully, we will meet again in the future.
Jul 2011
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based on 60 traveler reviews

Best Beach House Ever! VRBO Stayed Here! Sleeps 10 (4/2) up + opt. 4 (2/1) down
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 61 reviews
Waycross, Georgia

Perfect beach location--5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

Our large extended family (11 adults; 2 babies) rented the entire Heaven by the Sea house the week before TS Debby hit. We have stayed at multiple houses in St. Augustine/Crescent Beach/Fernandina Beach through the years, and a few on the Gulf Coast, including some "mansions" with indoor elevators, etc. We are all on tight budgets and our beach week is our one big splurge each year. Fred's house was by far our favorite of all the places we've stayed! Probably the best feature is the proximity to the beach. The pictures on the web just do not do this house justice. When you stand in the upstairs living area and look out through the glass doors, it feels as if you are standing on the top deck of a boat. All you can see is ocean! You can litererally step off the bottom porch and in five steps or less, you are on the beach. It was perfect for our group which included a 6 month old and an 18 month old. As always, sunrises over the Atlantic were breathtaking, as were the sunsets from the back decks overlooking the intracoastal. The fishing from the beach was great this year, too.

The house itself was perfect for our group--comfortable but not worn out; beautifully decorated but not stuffy, and extremely clean. I'm a "bug" freak, and I didn't see the first one all week long. Also, we didn't need to bring any linens or towels...even beach towels are provided!

Fred was the perfect host. He is so friendly, eager to please his guests, and just an all around nice guy. I accidentally left my jewelry when we checked out, and didn't discover it missing until we'd returned home to Georgia. I contacted Fred and he went back to the house, located my jewelry, and made arrangements to meet up with my husband and me at OUR convenience to return it. In this day, it's rare to find such an honest, trustworthy person, and Fred definitely fits the bill.

We rarely stay in the same house twice when we vacation, but we are all already discussing our next trip and that we hope to come back to Heaven by the Sea again. This is definitely a place to spend a relaxing vacation, for travelers of all ages (our group ranged in age from 86 down to 6 months). It's private, yet close enough to St. Augustine and Jacksonville that we didn't feel isolated. Ad if you've never been to downtown St. Augustine, make it a priority while you're in the area. Love, love, love it!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Zen

  • 5 of 5

I was visiting on business and this home and location was perfect for the end of a stressful day. I would start and end my day in the same location - upper deck, facing the ocean .... thankful and grateful that this gem found me. I hope to stay again soon in the near future. Thank You!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Definitely heaven by the sea!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family! It sits literally ON the beach, which is great because those taking a break from the sun could sit on the deck and still feel like they were in the middle of things. It is a quiet, peaceful setting. There were days we felt like we had the beach to ourselves....just awesome! The house had everything we needed - bedding, towels, tons of kitchen items including spices and some cooking basics.

There were lots of 'toys' for little kids and big kids alike. Our group enjoyed the kayaks, boogie boards, footballs, digging and sand castle tools while outside - plus lots of games, toys and puzzles inside. It is only a 10 - 15 minute drive to the grocery store. We also enjoyed some of the local restaurants like Aunt Kates and Kingfish - both of which had great food and a great outdoor atmosphere.

The house is comfortable and set up for being together with a large kitchen/dining area open to the living room. The appliances look to be new - including the washer and dryer. Fred provided all of the detergent, dish soap, etc - which saved us lots of money compared to previous rentals where you had to stock up on these things yourself. He left us plenty of ways to reach him if needed during our stay. We even met the neighbors - who offered to help however needed. It was just a great trip. We are hopeful to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Spring Break (April 2-9,2016)

  • 5 of 5

We chose this beach house because we felt it would accommodate our two families comfortably. Having two master bedrooms for both sets of parents was awesome. There are two other bedrooms worked out great for girls in one and boys in the other. The house was spacious and well equipped enough for nine people in our party. The pictures on the website do not give credit to all the amenities and updates that Fred has made. The house is well furnished with everything you will need for cooking/grilling, beach chairs, beach toys and games to play in the evening. The house is very clean and well maintained. It truly feels like home away from home. We spent most of our time enjoying the beach. Our five kids love the ocean and rarely want to leave. At times the water is within 15 feet of the lower patio and then the tide went out and it was 100 yards from the deck. Having two covered patios close to the water was a bonus for me and fairer Michigander skin. The beach is mostly hard sand and areas of broken shells. If you go for a long walk, I’d advise some kind of shoes. We began our mornings with coffee enjoying sunrises and looking for dolphins. Then ended the evening on the west porch watching sunsets with adult drinks. We are looking forward to returning next year.

The location of the house was great for day/night tips into St. Augustine. We did some touristy things this year. There is a lot of history at the Fort and the Fountain of Youth. We also did the Haunted Night Train (won’t do it again but good for sightseeing). There is a wide variety of restaurants and pubs. I recommend lunch at the Floridian, local produce, fish and great menu (72 Spanish St,). A1A Ale Works, is also one of our favorite places we visit every year.

Kind Regards,

The Zak's from Rochester Hills, Michigan

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saginaw, MI U.S.A.

Peeps from Michigan

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th year in a row renting the beach house "Heaven By the Sea". The house is wonderful. We love sitting on the beach, collecting shells and watching the dolphins. We cook breakfast and dinner and spend our evenings playing games, reading and relaxing. We usually have 8 to10 friends and there is plenty of room. Everyone is comfortable and we love falling asleep at night listening to the ocean waves. Fred is an excellent host. He always makes sure we have everything we need including binoculars, WiFi, towels and the address to the best location to purchase seafood. The house has everything you need for cooking, laundry, sleeping and relaxing. Each time we return to " Heaven By the Sea", it feels like coming home. I would highly recommend the house for a friends or family vacation for those who enjoy the comforts of home and the freedom of not having to stay in a hotel. You definitely can't beat the view!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and more than I expected!

  • 5 of 5

From the first day my group and I arrived, the house was amazing. It was clean and the new renovations with the new TV, decorations, tons of board games, embroidered pillows, blankets, couches, ect were incredible. Fred has done an amazing job preparing a very homey-feeling environment for such a lovely, quiet beach getaway. The beach chairs/games/water sport toys were the extra cherry-on-top touch that we make sure to take advantage of. The washer and dryers were also very nice to have and super easy to use. The bathrooms and kitchen were clean and there were no maintenance issues throughout our stay. Even though we only rented the top section of the house, Fred made sure that no one rented out the bottom space so that we could shave the area to ourselves. I recommend this house 100% to anyone looking for a cute, clean, accommodating and well-decorated beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

South Ponte Vedra Beach House Rental Rates


  • $2000 - $3600 /week; $375 - $475 /night
  • US Dollars
  • JANUARY - FEBRUARY.....$2000 weekly, $375 nightly; Check in/out: 4 pm/10 am
  • MARCH - MAY.....$2600 per week (Saturday - Saturday weekly only)
  • JUNE - AUGUST (2nd week).....$3600 per week (Saturday - Saturday weekly only)
  • AUGUST (3rd week) - DECEMBER.....$2500 weekly, $375-$475 nightly; 3 night minimum
  • $500 upcharge: Easter, Memorial Day, 7/4, Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Years
  • $275 cleaning; $225-$325 pet; $275 amenity fee-waived for check pays & wkly rental
  • $150 accidental damage ins. policy-waived for wkly rentals;10% tax on rates & fees
  • Separate lower level available: $800/wk; $200/nt add'l; ($100 cleaning & 10% tax)
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St. Augustine Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Living room sofa converts into a queen size bed., Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cable TV in all 6 bedrooms.

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