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

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


South Ponte Vedra Beach House Rental Photos and Description

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.

*Small group events are considered. Additional charges apply.

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

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

*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.

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.
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016

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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Best Beach House Ever! VRBO Stayed Here! Sleeps 10 (4/2) up + opt. 4 (2/1) down
average rating of 4.9365077 based on 64 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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Great property - great owner

  • 5 of 5

The house is well-kept, with most everything you could need. From pots and pans to beach umbrellas and toys, it's probably already there. If it's not, the owner will likely get it for you in a day or two if you just ask. It's up-to-date with multiple flat-screen TV's, cable, internet/wifi, new kitchen appliances, and central A/C that works great. Downstairs you'll find kayaks (and life-jackets), boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, and a variety of beach toys for the littlest kids. Bring your clothes and some food, and you'll be set.

The interior layout is very convenient. The kitchen overlooks the dining and living rooms, and the view continues out through the sliding glass doors to the deck and ocean beyond. Someone commented that they felt they were on a cruise ship when they looked outside. Even if you are stuck doing dishes, the window over the sink looks out over the marsh, with beautiful sunsets. Each side of the house has two bedrooms and a bath. (We didn't rent the downstairs). The kids' room, with the four bunk beds, was great. Furnishings and linens are not fancy but all in good shape, and the house was clean on arrival. The decor is "beachy" without being tacky.

Outside, there is a large driveway with plenty of parking (at least six cars). The exterior could use a little sprucing up, but the rest of the house more than makes up for that first impression. The full-length upper deck is accessible from both front bedrooms and the living room and it always has a nice breeze in the afternoon and evening. There is a another deck area downstairs, but we didn't use it much.

Access to the beach is quick, though for those with mobility issues, or who are just unsteady on their feet, you should know there is a stairway down to the ground level, and then a moderately steep bank of soft sand (though its only a couple of feet high) to negotiate. Our younger and middle-aged guests had no problems with it, though some older guests needed a steadying hand. The stretch of beach itself is great. Few people, wide at low tide (but still usable at high tide), with firm sand to play on and enough shells to hunt to entertain the kids.

Finally, we can't say enough about the owner. From our long initial phone call, to the multiple emails walking us through the rental process, to his near-immediate responses to our questions or concerns, he was great. He is proud of his house, and it shows.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True to its name "Heaven by the Sea"

  • 5 of 5

Every year we do an all girls "cousins trip" usually to a beach location. This was the 16th year and by far the best accommodations we have ever had! The house was beautifully decorated and spotless on our arrival. Any amenity you could have thought of was provided including cookware, blender, utensils, beach chairs, beach toys, umbrellas, washer/dryer including detergent.

I had an opportunity to meet the owner upon my arrival (Fred) and he was the most welcoming and friendly person. He encouraged us to contact him at any time during our stay for any reason at all. He truly wanted our experience to be the best it could be. And it was!

Members of our group got to see manatees, dolphins, the hatching of baby sea turtles and more......

I would most definitely highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans

Fantastic Experience at Heaven by the Sea!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 9 girls stayed at Heaven by the Sea this year. After, 16 years of traveling as a group, we have experienced all sorts of vacation homes. This vacation home is fabulous. It is immaculately clean and very well appointed with anything your family or group would need. The kitchen was fully stocked with utensils, pots and dishes of every imagineable size. Cabinets have plenty of "spices" so no running to the store for salt or sugar. The "fun" room for the beach downstairs is stocked beach chairs, beach grooming tools, umbrellas; you truly need not bring a thing for your stay here. There are even kayaks and life vests! The house is even complete with beach towels so leave those at home. Thank you from all of us. You are the perfect gracious host and we hope to visit your place again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • 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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Rates & Availability

South Ponte Vedra Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Holidays 2016
Nov 21 2016 - Dec 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 2 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Holidays 2017
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
January 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Feb 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
February 2017
Feb 3 2017 - Feb 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Feb 25 2017 - May 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $325 + Tax
Process. fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 10.5%

Stays that are less than 3 nights, will be charged at the standard rate of $700 nightly.

A separate downstairs level is available for an additional charge ($900 weekly; $300 nightly); plus taxes and cleaning fee of $160. The lower level will otherwise remain vacant if not selected.

A $500 surcharge will be added to all major holidays (e.g. New Year's, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, & Christmas), FL/GA football weekend, and The Players Championship (T.P.C.).

A $500 refundable damage deposit is required for all stays ($1000 for weddings and special events; and stays less than 3 nights); and will be included in the final quote.

A 3% credit card processing fee will apply for all stays; and will be included in the final quote.

An amenity fee of $99 will be applied to all stays that are less than 3 nights; and will be included in the final quote.

A traveler service fee (6% of the total rental amount) will be applied; and will be included in the final quote.

For Wedding (ceremonies and/or receptions); and special events (any occasion where daytime guests attend an event), there is a special event fee of $2,000 plus additional cleaning fee of $200, and extra $500 refundable damage deposit (above the $500 initial damage deposit). The special event fee is an extra, additional charge that is separate from the rental rate. Wedding and special event rentals begin on Thursday and end on Monday (A rental for a shorter period (less than four nights), will be charged at the four night rate). Additional weeknights prior to the wedding/special event (more than 4 nights) may be added (when available) at $300/night.

A reservation deposit of 50% is due immediately in order to reserve the dates. The remaining balance is due no later than 60 days (90 days for weddings/special events) prior to the rental start date.

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

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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South Ponte Vedra Beach 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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