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Beautiful Gulf Shore Home Featured on the Cover of Home & Design Magazine

Bedrooms 4
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Exquisitely designed home in an exclusive beach gated community.

Spectacular beach home located at Windmark Beach, Florida, a premiere Florida vacation destination, created by the St. Joe Company located only three miles west of Port St. Joe on Florida Highway 98. Built in 2006, the home offers unmatched panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from almost every room. The main house features a spacious 1882 square feet on two levels. The kitchen, living room, dining room and one guest bedoom are located on the upper level to take full advantage of the spectacular views.

The Carriage House located over the garage provides another 1000 square feet of living space and includes a second master bedroom, full bath, mini-kitchen and guest sleeping area along with a private deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Sleeping accommodations include:

- Master Bedroom - King.

- Guest Bedroom #1 - Queen.

- Guest Bedroom #2 - Twin over Full bunk bed + full-sized baby crib.

- Carriage House - King + Pull-out Queen Sleeper Sofa.

A Pack N' Play for infants is located adjacent to the upstairs main house guest room.

The Home is considered the premier home in Windmark Beach and was featured on the cover Home & Design Magazine. It is professionally decorated and features over 80 windows and 10 French doors to 'live outdoors while you're indoors'...there are spectacular 360 degree views from each living area and five decks directly overlook the Gulf of Mexico.

Floors throughout the main home are Brazilian red cherry and imported Italian tile. Please see the impressive list of home amenities & activities shown in this listing. It's a home you have to see to fully appreciate.

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Dawn Bernardo
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

About Dawn Bernardo

We built this, our dream home, on the Gulf of Mexico after we bought the lot from the St. Joe Company in 2006 when Windmark Beach was developed. We were one of the first homes in Windmark Beach Phase I. Twin baby boys arrived a few years later so had to move back to the Midwest and now selectively rent our home in Windmark to special guests. We love Windmark Beach and spent almost ten years living there and enjoying this amazing and relatively unknown piece of Florida paradise.

We aspired to make the home a truly special place and it turned out to be just that. Someday we plan to retire there. The views are amazing, unlike anywhere else we’ve been. The wildlife too and the water and the white squeaky sand...all special place indeed.

The colors we chose for the home are fun and vibrant and the home just has a special, warm, laid-back vibe that people love.

Dawn Bernardo purchased this house in 2006

Why Dawn Bernardo chose Florida Panhandle

We decided to build a one-of-a-kind beach home in Windmark Beach, one of the most dramatic vacation destinations on the Gulf of Mexico.

The beaches in front of our home are quiet and uncluttered and feature beautiful white sugar sand bordered by Southern pine trees and natural vegetation. You can really get away here.

The nearby Village Center at Windmark Beach provides a fitness center (daily and weekly passes are available) and connects to our community via a beautifully manicured 1.4 mile walking and running path with multiple access points and views of the Gulf of Mexico which is only a few short footsteps away.

The Gulf of Mexico provides amazing cooling breezes in the summer and helps moderate the temperature in the winter.

Wildlife is everywhere: Fish, rays, dolphin, hawks, osprey, bald eagles, deer, bobcat, sea turtles and more.

The combination of white sand and tall pine trees has a very dramatic effect - it must be experienced to fully appreciate how beautiful and calming it is and you get this immediate feeling of being a hundred miles from civilization.

Windmark Phase I, where our house is located, is gated so car traffic is very limited and you can walk virtually everywhere. The Beach Club and Phase I pool are located only a five minute walk from the house and you can reach it either Windmark Way or the beach.

Fishing is good most of the year and three piers are within easy walking distance from the house - one is only 100 yards from the end of our boardwalk. Motor and sail boat rentals are available at the nearby Port. St Joe marina.

Windmark Beach is sheltered by Cape San Blas forming St. Joseph Bay. The Cape helps protect the Bay from storms and high winds.

The town of Port St. Joe is only two miles away and features restaurants, a supermarket,, dive shop, bait shops, banks, shopping, a library, US Post Office, FedEx & UPS dropoff, antique stores, and a public 18-hole golf course.

What makes this house unique

1. Living areas (kitchen, living/media room, dining room) all located on upper level to take full advantage of Gulf views and surrounding nature.

2. Gourmet style kitchen with top grade appliances, dual fuel range, wine cooler, pasta faucet and more.

3. Walk-out feature and private deck for every bedroom - 10 decks total plus private boardwalk to the beach.

4. The ONLY hot tub in Windmark beach located on lower deck overlooking beach and private fire pit - hot tub is sunk into deck for ease of entry/exit.

5. Private bedroom, bath and kitchenette above garage with separate secure entrance, private viewing deck (with remarkable view of Gulf) and top of line appliances (including dish washer).

6. Two outdoor showers with hot and cold running water.

7. Bump-out dining room surrounded by glass to give that 'eating outdoors' feeling from inside the home.

8. Rocking chairs on the upper back deck overlooking the Gulf.

9. Soaker tub in Master Bedroom with private TV/DVD player along with all bath lighting controlled from tub.

10. Expansive multi-head shower in master bath room offering spa like experience along with soaker tub, ceiling mounted music speakers and more.


Port St. Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Large soaker tub in Master Bedroom bath of main home - not jetted but oversized Kohler and very, very nice.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin over Full Bunk bed and a crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Carriage house has a king bed with a queen sleeper sofa
  • King bed - One in master bedroom main house and one in Carriage House master bedroom. Queen bed - Main house lower guest bedroom. Bunk Bed - Upper guest bedroom of main house - twin over full size bunk bed. Very nice. Queen size sleeper sofa located in second sleeping area in Carriage House. Full size crib. Also have a like-new Pack N Play for your use.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
900 Square Foot Separate Carriage House Over Garage. Washer is Front Load and Dryer is Gas. Commercial Grade Kitchen with Pasta Faucet Over Range. Gas Range and Electric Oven for Optimal Cooking Performance. Kitchenade Architect Series Appliances Throughout. Separate Kitchen Area Complete with Refrigerator, Sink, Microwave in the Carriage House. Spectacular Views from All Rooms and All Bedrooms Have at Least One Deck. Work Out Area and Equipment Plus Flat Screen TV Located in the Garage. Garage Features Oversized Stalls Plus Full Sink + Storage. Wireless Internet Available Throughout All Living Areas. Private Boardwalk to the Beach. Spectacular Views from All Rooms.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautiful Gulf Shore Home Featured on the Cover of Home & Design Magazine
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Brentwood, TN, USA

Wonderful home with beautiful features in a spectacular private beach setting!

  • 5 of 5

We had a first taste of this gorgeous home this past week, and look forward to returning soon! The location is convenient but secluded, with a personal touch in every room of the house, and with great beach and sunset views from decks and balconies. The beachfront location made it easy to enjoy the water or long walks down the uncrowded sand, and the house design works well for the whole family or for a romantic getaway! Lots of nice features, a very gracious owner, and an easily accessible hideaway make this our new favorite!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Panama City, Florida

Sad to leave ! It's paradise

  • 5 of 5

So peaceful and private ! And beautiful - hard place to leave 😢

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Griggs Family Vacation 6.1.13-6.8.13

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the home! It had plenty of space for all of us, lots's of kitchen supplies for cooking and very private which we loved

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Had a Great Time

  • 4 of 5

The property was listed accurately, the property was clean and well maintained. Ashley provided excellent service. I would recommend this property to others.

My family came to Port St Joe for my son's wedding at the Wind Mark Commons. We chose this house because it would sleep 7 comfortably and had garages for some of our vehicles. The views were great, the master shower was wonderful. The entertaining space up stairs was very easy to have family and friends over. It is just a short walk to the beach on the bay. The is a dock 75 yards away for our boat. The atmosphere was slow and easy. There are several top notch places to eat with in five miles. There are several great fishing guides in Port St Joe.

This atmosphere reminds me of Florida 30 to 40 years ago being a little more laid back and easy going. You will meet some nice people in Port St Joe and Wind Mark. There are insects so take your bug spray.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brentwood, TN

A Great Experience!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Water's Edge! This was our first time visiting this area and we were very much impressed. The views from this home are spectacular and the comfort is far beyond your normal beach house. There is great fishing just steps away down the private boardwalk and if you don't want to fish you can watch from the balcony. The privacy and quiet surroundings were a real plus-a real getaway from reality. But when we wanted to eat out or go grocery shopping, we were only a few miles away. Our children loved the beaches, building sand castles, and looking for shells. Everyone was pleased with Water's Edge!! Bill and Dawn were amazing to work with and their taste in decor is superb. This is a great vacation for families with children or couples wanting a great getaway!!! Thanks Bill and Dawn for sharing your beautiful home with us!!!! We hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The vacation home you dream about.

  • 5 of 5

The location of this rental far exceeds any expectation I could have had. The veiw is breathtaking and the home was more impressive in person then the photos give it credit. The owners of this rental made thier home feel like my own and because of this I continually choose to go there for my yearly vacations as opposed to anywhere else. I would highly recommend this vacation site to anyone who is looking for peace and quiet full of tranquillity. The beautiful beach is with in arms length where the immaculate white sand streches as far as the eye can see. If you are able to pull yourself away from beauty and comfort of thier home you can experience great shopping and dining a short bike ride away. My favorite restaurants, both with spectualr veiws are Go Fish and SunSets which are less then 5 minutes away. NIghtlife and dancing can also be found just down the road at Tucans. I look forward to our return on 2011.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Port St. Joe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 4 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
SUMMER (1) 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
SUMMER (2) 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning $230
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Panama City International
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Port St. Joe, FL
Nearest Beach
Windmark Beach

Property located approx. 2 miles west of Port St. Joe, FL.


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