Spend your next vacation gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean at our beachfront townhouse-style condo, Summerhouse 263. Located beside Matanzas Inlet in an amenity-rich resort, our condo is luxuriously appointed and boasts panoramic coastal views and new HDTVs in every room, new Blue Ray/DVD player, Wifi in unit, Netflix account for guest use.<br/><br/>Occupying the second and third floors of a beachfront building, Summerhouse 263 offers breathtaking views from the balcony, living and dining rooms, and master bedroom. The second bedroom gives you a glimpse of the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. With nothing on 3 sides of our condo... complex except natural Florida scenery, Summerhouse 263 is a relaxing and beautiful place to stay.<br/><br/>Stand on our balcony and you have a sweeping view of dunes, sand, sea, and sky. The murmur of the surf and the salt tang in the air remind you constantly that you are on the beach, away from the bustle of inland life. Birds are plentiful here, the sunrise is spectacular, and the ocean changes every time you look at it. Wander out early one morning and chances are you'll see a fin or two from our local school of dolphins swimming by!<br/><br/>When it's time to go inside, you can enjoy the same beautiful view from our living room . . . but with the addition of central air conditioning and a silently whirring ceiling fan! The blue motif continues indoors, the bright azure accents in this room echoing the blue of the sea and sky. So peaceful and soothing after a busy day outdoors! There's a brand-new 32-inch flat-screen TV with cable, VCR, and DVD player in here, plus plenty of comfy seating, from the 2 Papasan chairs to the loveseat and the futon, which unfolds into a bed.<br/><br/>But if you'd rather do something more interactive, gather at the dining table just beyond the living room. Most meals at Summerhouse 263 get carried out to the balcony to enjoy at our bistro table, so you may want to dedicate this space to games and puzzles. <br/><br/>Whether you're a gourmet chef or a reluctant fry cook, you'll love the kitchen at Summerhouse 263. We completely renovated it a few years ago, and stocked it with the full complement of cookware, dishes, and utensils. The major appliances are sparkling, the countertops Corian, and the floor tiled. You can glimpse the ocean as you concoct a blender full of frothy drinks or brew that first pot of coffee in the morning. And it's so handy to have full-sized, new appliances when you're cooking in a new kitchen. Everything is where it should be, and you'll never have to run to the convenience store for a can-opener!<br/><br/>A half-bath is convenient to the living and dining area on the second floor, and stairs take you up to the bedrooms and full baths on the third floor. We find that this layout is just perfect for groups that don't all go to bed at the same time. You can put the ankle-biters down early, then enjoy a raucous game of Texas Hold'em -- all is quiet and peaceful upstairs!<br/><br/>The master bedroom has a lovely ocean view, which you can enjoy from the luxurious king-sized bed. It's also got a 27-inch TV, wood flooring, and an en-suite bathroom with a combination tub and shower.<br/><br/>The 2nd bedroom contains 2 single beds, with a peek-a-boo view of the Intracoastal Waterway. The second bathroom is very convenient to this room, and contains both a tub and shower option.<br/><br/>All of the linens, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided for you here at Summerhouse 263, along with a washer and dryer for your use. You have free wireless Internet service here, and close convenient parking. <br/><br/>The Summerhouse condo complex offers many amenities, including 4 heated swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, racquetball courts, basketball courts, shuffleboard, and children's play areas. A private boardwalk leads you down to Crescent Beach from the complex. And you're convenient to historic St. Augustine, along with world-class golf, dining, shopping, & all agesRead more
The complex is quiet and safe. The condo is great for getting the kids to bed early, or for waking up before the kids - since it's upstairs/ downstairs, you can watch TV, cook in the kitchen, etc. downstairs, and not disturb the kids. The parking is convenient. There are stairs leading into the condo, so this would make it difficult for lots of luggage or wheelchairs, but I'm sure there are other condos in the complex that could accommodate this. The linens were not as clean as they should have been when we checked in - but there is a washer/ dryer in the condo, so this was easy to fix. The beach was beautiful, and the other guests were friendly and respectful of the property rules. There are 2 playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis, and racquetball courts (but you need to bring your own equipment for these). Overall, one of the best stays we have had in years.
Left on 08/12/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Sandy S.
We enjoyed our stay at Summerhouse 263. The view of the beach was fabulous: we actually spotted dolphins several times. The people (both staff and other tenants) were great. However, some aspects of the property could be improved for the next guests. First, the townhouse needs maintenance and updating. I had problems with several items, like the faucet in the master bath, the wardrobe and blinds in the master bedroom, and the overall cleanliness of the unit. I washed the master bedroom sheets because they were not fresh (to my standards). Someone came from the cleaning service mid-week and her work was an improvement, but I don't think that should have been necessary.
The view was great, the location was quiet, and the condo was spacious and clean. The only two downsides were the folded towels in the closet were wet (but clean) and the wifi was awful. I could only connect sporadically and then I could only download, no sending or uploading at all. :( Still worth the stay though. It was peaceful and relaxing.
We loved the location and the beach. The view was beautiful. The decor was nice and the kitchen was well stocked but the guest bedroom beds were uncomfortable and the bathrooms had a dirty smell although they looked clean. We were also unable to access the internet. We would definitely stay at the Summerhouse again but we will probably try a different unit.
Left on 06/10/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Gwen B.
Truly a dream vacation. From the minute we walked into the rental office until we pulled out to come home, everything was perfect. Friendly staff, beautifully furnished condo with awesome views. Most comfortable bed I have ever sleep on that was high enough you could lay in bed and see the ocean and hear the waves. Because it is further down the beach from St. Augustine, no crowds or heavy traffic. We have been vacationing in this area for 40 years. The best one yet. Thank you 5 Star Realty especially Sara.
Impressed overall. The only thing that could have been better was the guest bedroom beds they weren't very comfortable. The master bedroom bed was great. We would open the windows at night and listen to the ocean. We were satisfied above our expectations on about everything else.The property, the room, the beach, the area.The price was reasonable also. Need we say more. I would recommend this condo to anyone.
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