Florence By the Sea, Elevator, Private Pool, 6 bedrooms, HTDVs
Description from the manager
Three stories of lavish Italianate beauty with breathtaking ocean and golf course views await you at Florence by the Sea, our home across the street from the beach in Ocean Hammock. With every luxury from a pool to an elevator, it's a dream vacation home.<br/><br/>Boasting more than 5,000 square feet, Florence by the Sea is ideal for large groups, family reunions, or just a big family ready to spread out and get comfortable. The elevator makes it accessible for everyone, so it's a good choice for a multi-generational vacation. Ocean Hammock Resort is a family friendly, gated beach community. The world-renowned Ocean Hammock Golf Course winds through the neighborhood, affording spectacular views. There's something for everyone here!<br/><br/>Your favorite part of Florence by the Sea is probably going to be the giant atrium-ceiling lanai, located off the rear of the house for even greater privacy. Enclosed in this vast space is a lovely swimming pool with an adjacent Jacuzzi to massage those golf-sore muscles! There's also a full summer kitchen, with a state-of-the-art grill and plenty of room for seating and poolside play. Just wait until you find yourself floating in the pool, gazing up at the vast blue Florida sky with a cold drink close at hand! Stress and everyday cares just melt away here!<br/><br/>Step inside from the lanai and you find yourself in our family room, one of two living areas designed for a crowd. Here you'll find a huge HDTV, wet bar, ultra-comfortable sofas and chairs, stereo system with Surround Sound (this is available throughout the house), cool tile floors, and plantation shutters on the many windows. After a long day at the beach, the family room is like an oasis! Make yourself a drink, put up your feet, and enjoy the game or your favorite show.<br/><br/>The second big living area is upstairs. Our great room is filled with windows and surrounded by balconies, and boasts a huge fireplace in addition to another entertainment center with HDTV and all the trimmings. And if you need more space, Florence by the Sea has a spacious office!<br/><br/>One of the best features of Florence by the Sea is the kitchen, which is adjacent to the great room. Beyond the long granite countertop and breakfast bar, you'll find Sub Zero appliances, a central island, custom cabinetry, and all manner of appliances and equipment. You can prepare a feast for 20 in here without going short a single fork! The dining room awaits formal meals, while a sun-filled breakfast nook does everyday duty as a lovely place to sip that first cup of coffee, update your Facebook status (you have free wireless Internet at Florence by the Sea), and plan another perfect Palm Coast day.<br/><br/>Even more important than the kitchen are the bedrooms, and you will simply love the arrangements here at Florence by the Sea. There are 6 bedrooms, 3 with en suite bathrooms, including a 1st-floor room right off the lanai that is great for those with accessibility issues (10 steps to the pool for water therapy!). <br/><br/>The master suite includes a large living area with a couch and chairs, a king-size bed, a long bank of windows, and a balcony with panoramic views. The en suite bathroom offers his-and-her vanities, a walk-in shower, and a deep tub. This is an area made for late nights and long mornings! It is a haven, and only the promise of another great day in the pool, on the course, or at the beach will lure you from it!<br/><br/>The 2nd bedroom contains a king bed, with an en suite bathroom including a walk-in shower, while the 3rd has a king bed and bathroom, and the 5th bedrooms & 6th bedrooms have queen beds. The 4th bedroom contains a bunk bed with two doubles (sleeps up to 4 kids). There are also 2 brand new queen sleeper sofa beds. All are spacious and pleasant, with all linens provided. Oh -- did we mention the full-size laundry room in this house?! And, 2 garages for extra parking or storage.<br/><br/>With handsome landscape and even a private walkway almost outside the front door to lead you down to the beach, Florence by the Sea simply has it all.
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Left on 09/03/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Robert and Mary S.Reviewed Sep 3, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
The house was beautiful, well built, excellent furniture, very comfortable. There were 10 adults and 5 children and we all were very happy with the arrangements. The reason we didn't give a 5 star on overall is because there was not enough information on regulating pool tempt. and also the main floor ice machine was not working properly it needed service but we noticed that late in our stay. We did call maintenance and they came to repair the front door latch and screen door on pool. Maintenance was excellent.
Left on 08/21/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Sharon T.Reviewed Aug 21, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
The property and location was beautiful. We had 16 people, mostly adults, and we were very comfortable in the home. We never felt like we were on top of one another. My only complaint is that there was only one 2 quart pot in the kitchen. There were plenty of plates, utensils, and frying pans but only one small pot. Good thing we thought to bring a deep pot with us. We had a couple of things that needed to be fixed when we first arrived. I called the management company and within an hour of my phone call, maintenance was there to take care of the problems.
Left on 08/13/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Tracy D.Reviewed Aug 13, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
From the initial booking to the check-out process, this was hands-down one of the most enjoyable travel experiences my family has ever experienced. We received personal phone calls before and after the trip; check in/check out was a breeze; the home was phenomenal. We traveled with 6 adults and 7 children (ages 3 months-17 years). We had plenty of space, plenty of dishes and linens, and we were almost the only folks on the beach! The only suggestions I have would be to include instructions for the sound system--we were afraid to try it! Also, instructions for the pool controls would be nice. Once we figured out how to use it properly, the pool stayed nice and cool and the hot tub was perfect!! I highly recommend booking any rental property that Steve owns through Vacation Rental Pros!
Left on 07/11/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | tamara n.Reviewed Jul 11, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
We had been looking for a vacation home for months when I happened across Vacation Rental Homes. All of their properties looked wonderful so it was a difficult decision to make. Our oldest son was getting married that week and we had four generations coming with us. We were not disappointed in choosing Florence By The Sea. The views were exceptional, the furnishings were lovely and comfortable. It was a wedding and vacation that my family will cherish forever! Thanks for helping to make it a wonderful memory.
Left on 06/26/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Elizabeth M.Reviewed Jun 26, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
Our family of 18 stayed at Florence by the Sea June 16-23, 2012. It was a wonderful vacation thanks to the house that allowed both family time as well as private spaces. This was for our parents' 50th anniversary and it was perfect!! The neighborhood was beautiful and meticulously kept, everything clean, very quiet streets, private beach, beautiful views from house. My only suggestion for the owners/mgmt company would be to fix the temperature issues on the pool as it was luke warm at its coldest and typically the same temp as the hot tub. Thankfully the outdoor temperatures weren't too hot so we didn't need the "cool refreshment" that a pool should provide. Overall a wonderful house and experience - we would definitely choose this exact house and Vacation Rental Pros again in the future and recommend to others.
Left on 06/12/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Tom P.Reviewed Jun 12, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
Florence by the Sea was the perfect place for our family of 9. Everyone had lots of room and privacy yet the home provide great gathering spaces as well. The pool area was nice and bug free, the bedrooms were spacious and the dining room accommodated all 9 of us at the table. The kitchen was well equipped, too. Our only complaints, and they are minor, are that there weren't enough sharp knifes for the chefs in the family. Hint: buy pre-sliced bread at the store. Also, a two slice toaster isn't enough for a big group. That aside, the house was perfect for our needs and the location was excellent with easy access to the beach and close enough to the great restaurants in St. Augustine. Tip: make dinner reservations at Collage. We'd definitely consider staying here again if planning a return to northern Florida.
Left on 04/02/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Jeff M.Reviewed Apr 2, 2012Stayed Mar 2012
We had a wonderful time on our Family vacation. The house was everything the pictures showed. We had 7 children - and 7 adults - everyone had plenty of room. Loved the pool and being so close to the ocean!
Left on 03/27/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 27, 2012Stayed Mar 2012
Stayed with two families both with 2 children under 3. We loved this rental property. Beautiful house with great location across from the very private beach. Most days it felt like we were the only people on the whole beach. The outdoor space with pool/hot tub and grill were also great. Only minor issue was with the temperature of the pool and hot tub. Some days both were cold and others they were really hot and we couldn't really control it. Overall we had a great vacation and would definitely consider going back. Thanks for a hassle free experience!
Left on 02/27/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 27, 2012Stayed Feb 2012
We had a great time at Florence by the Sea. The pool was the biggest hit. We had plenty of room. We cooked every night and the kitchen was great with all of our cooks. My only suggestion would be the Tv's. The main TV on the second floor was way to complicated to work. Only 1 or 2 people could get it to work 1/2 the time. It would have also been nice to have a small TV in the bedrooms downstairs. The TV in the King size bedroom only worked with DVD, no regular TV. These are small things overall we had a great stay. We have great memories for our family as we celebrated Mom and Dads 50th anniversary
Left on 01/05/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 5, 2012Stayed Dec 2011
The house was everything described on the internet. It was the best family vacation ever. All our children and grandchildren were there and it was just awsome. The location was a dream. Would love to go back at some point. The people at the guard shack were so nice and helpful.
"Great place; could benefit from better dining set-up"
Left on 01/03/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 3, 2012Stayed Dec 2011
The home was lovely and well maintained with nice furnishings. We had a view of the beach from the third floor porch, and beach access was directly across the quiet neighborhood street. The pool area was lovely, and we enjoyed cooking on the gas grill. We found the placement of bedrooms/baths to be a little awkward for our multi-generational family group. Our youngest are college-age; groups with young children would probably be fine. Our one suggestion would be to change the seating in the dining room to provide more than six chairs and/or provide folding chairs and a card table. We were disappointed that a house that could sleep 16+ did not provide adequate table space and seating for our 15 adults to gather for meals in one general area.
"Great house, nice views and beautifully appointed"
Left on 12/19/2011 for a stay in December 2011 | Melinda W.Reviewed Dec 19, 2011Stayed Dec 2011
Our family loved this home. It is 2nd row to the ocean and very easy to get to. We were hoping to spend a lot of time on the beach but it was drenched with seaweed and the first time we went out our girls came back with bites all over their legs and feet from sand fleas I supposed. Sand is not the soft white but course and not for sand castles. It had rained and was very windy so we really didn't get any beach time our vacation. The house is beautiful inside, it was so nice to have the bunks on the same level as the master. We also loved the pool after we figured out how to turn on the heat. I think we may have been one of the first renters as there were a few kinks that need worked out. The MB light switches which would continue tripping the breaker. A ton of light switches and four difficult tv remotes to the main TV to figure out. The garage is very hard to get your vehicle in as the two on the side are very narrow and a SUV or Van will take 4 or 5 turns to get it in straight and only inches on each side. The other garage is used for the owner of the house which would have been the easiest to get in. Over all, the house was very nice. Be prepared to pay for tolls crossing over the bridge as everything is across the bridge. I would say that if the beach was a bit nicer we would absolutely come back.
"the representation on the website & pictures provided excellent!"
Left on 10/08/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Valerie k.Reviewed Oct 8, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
the Home was beautiful! VacationRentalPros were excellent to work with & provide us all the information & details & followup was excelent. Our family reunion was wonderful time and we would do it again all had a great time!
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