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1889 Historic Bungalow - Easy walk to attractions, restaurants, bars, trolleys

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bed / 2 Bath, Sleeps 6, Front Porch, 3 Car Parking, Near Beach, Francis Field

Welcome to our Old City Bungalow. Built in 1889 its original ambiance and craftsmanship remains evident today. This 120+ years young cottage is a mix of layers of local history with all the comforts of our modern age. A beautiful serene gem just outside of the lights and action of the tourist part of the city yet just a short (5 minute) walk away, the best of both worlds awaits you here. Park your car and leave it, you don’t need it much at all.

Three comfortable bedrooms can comfortably sleep up to 6 guests. There are two master suites. One master has a king bed and full bath, the second master suite has a queen. The third bedroom has two twin beds. These two rooms share the second full bath.

The kitchen is fully equipped with quality cooking in mind if you need it, but don’t forget in minutes you can be eating almost any cuisine you can image with a short walk in any direction. The white picket fence gives the property a southern plantation style all it’s own. Plenty of parking off the street which is rare in this city. The beautiful deep overhang wrap-around porch is a favorite. It’s perfect for watching the natural surroundings and enjoying that hot or cold beverage day or night, rain or shine.

Step inside the glass filled front door and into the window-lined sun room and see the next favorite spot with a comfy leather recliner surrounded by historic photos and antiquities from our local area. The view from here is always tranquil and pleasant.

Vintage plaster walls encompass the living room space for chilling out, reading or socializing. The antique heartwood flooring shows a history all its own and above there’s a dramatic honey-hued vaulted ceiling that gives the room a beautiful dimension. The room has no TV or radio, keeping things like they were, a hundred years before.

Through the doorway of the past and into the futuristic media room where state of the art entertainment awaits you on a large screen HDTV, sound system, Blue-Ray DVD, high speed WiFi internet, home automation controls and a rack of popular DVDs to enjoy. Comfortable entertainment for a gathering of family and friends is all here.

A perfect home base for your St. Augustine vacation with a superb Walk Score of 79! While we understand the busy family schedules may keep some from booking a full week or more, you’ll get the best experience and best value if you don’t rush through your stay and settle in as residents for a while. Call or email us if you’re unsure about anything, we hope to see you soon.

**** Old City Bungalow Featured Highlights ****

----------------------- Inside -------------------------

* 3 Bedrooms / 2 Full Baths

* Fully equipped eat-in kitchen (seating for 4)

* Living Room

* Media Room with large screen HDTV

* Sun Room

* Full size washer & dryer

* Wi-Fi inside and out

* Much larger than a room in a hotel or B&B

* More quiet and private than a hotel or B&B

----------------------- Outside ------------------------

* Residential / non-tourist / low traffic neighborhood

* Large wrap-around covered porch

* Two outside deck areas

* BBQ available (electric)

* Off street parking up to 3 cars (inline)

---------------------- Easy Walk to --------------------

* Francis Field events - 2 min.

* The Village Inn restaurant - 2 min.

* Playground / park - 5 min.

* Red Train / Trolley stop which shuttles throughout the city - 5 min.

* Visitor Information Center - 5 min.

* Rental store for fun cars, scooters, bikes, strollers - 5 min.

* Nearest McDonald's restaurant - 5 min.

* Nearest coffee shop - 6 min.

* Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum - 6 min.

* Main hub of antique shops - 6 min.

* St. George St City Gates - 8 min.

* Mission of Nombre de Dios - 9 min.

* Castillo de San Marcos fort - 9 min.

* Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist historical churches - 12 min.

* Horse and Carriage rides - 14 min.

* Most shops, galleries, sights and restaurants in the city - less than 15 min.

* Most Bars and Pubs (walk don’t drive!) - less than 15 min.

* Compared with beach areas, much more access to night-life

--------------------------- Drive to -----------------------------

* Vilano Beach - 3 miles, St Aug Beach - 5 miles

* St Augustine Lighthouse - 2 miles

* Cobblestone Village Shopping - 3 miles

* Epic Movie Theater - 3 miles

* St Augustine Outlets Mall - 60 stores - 7 miles

* St Augustine Premium Outlet Mall, 85 stores - 8 miles

* World Golf Village / Imax Theater - 15 miles

* Marineland Dolphin Adventure - 19 miles

----------------------- Why visit St. Augustine? ----------

2013 Smithsonian Magazine ranked St. Augustine in top 3 of best small towns in America to visit.

2013 Fodor's ranked St. Augustine in the top 10 best small towns to in America. Cited for its numerous historical attractions, quality beaches and vast array of restaurant options.

2013 National Geographic Magazine - one of the 20 “must-see places” in the world.

2014 U. of Wisconsin study ranks St. Johns County centered by St. Augustine as #1 out of the 67 counties in Florida as the healthiest by health outcomes and health factors.

2008 Travel & Leisure Magazine Deputy Editor Laura Begley said on an ABC interview on summer getaways, saying you don’t need to leave the country to get that international feel... she says, “#1 on the list is St. Augustine, FL and this is like being in Spain...You really feel like you could be in a little village in Andalusia”

Rental Notes: The City of St. Augustine regulates residential rentals such as ours to weekly turnovers maximum. Therefore we won't allow check-in on Thursdays and check-out the following Tuesday for example. We rent in weekly rental blocks weekend to weekend and such are our cleaning cycles. Our normal check-out days are Sat. or Sun. if you rent weekly or less. The minimum is 3 nights unless otherwise specified.

More Details

Owner
Rob & Lisa
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Rob & Lisa

Our family spent the past 10+ years vacationing in St. Augustine mostly in summer beach condos. It grew from a few days to a week or more. We'd visit the city many times but always had trouble finding a place to park the car, circling the parking lots, paying those meters, stuck in traffic during any event. Once parked, we walked everywhere. We also found it was hard to see and do everything we wanted in any one week vacation. It was painful to pack up and leave. The beach seemed warm enough only a few months a year so the city gave more fun opportunities. We wanted a vintage bungalow because of the single floor and a front porch ambiance. This was a rare find.

Rob & Lisa purchased this house in 2013

Why Rob & Lisa chose St Augustine

This property has the culture of the historic city, nearby beaches, golf and boating, and a phenomenal WalkScore because of what surrounds it without the need for driving. We felt that was a major factor in choosing the location because it’s healthy and practical. The house is spacious enough for a good size family to actually live comfortably for extended periods and huge compared to the tiny B&B rooms. We were lucky and blessed to be at the right place and time to invest in this gem of the Old City, but it needed major restoration, TLC, blood, sweat and tears to transform it into what is is today. A year long renovation and improvement project results in what we now enjoy the most and can share with you.

What makes this house unique

It’s all about location - location - location! The home is centrally located in the city of St. Augustine in the northern section called UpTown. Built in 1889 and expanded in the early 1900’s, it’s in the center of what the city offers and most everything is just a short walk. The home is a fusion of beautiful turn of the century period architecture and materials now renovated and updated with state-of-the-art technology and comfort for today's vacation traveler. From the most unique antique shops, art galleries, the fort, St. George street, the historical sites, Francis Field, the winery, the beautiful waterfront, more restaurants than you can imagine, or fast food if you wish, all without using your car, without looking for and paying for a place to park. To catch some sun or waves, the beach is a short five minute drive. Experience what it is to live as a resident in the oldest city in America. It’s no wonder the early settlers founded, developed and fought to hold on to this unique piece of Florida coastline.

2013 Smithsonian Magazine ranked St. Augustine in top 3 of best small towns in America to visit.

2013 Fodor's ranked St. Augustine in the top 10 best small towns to in America. Cited for its numerous historical attractions, quality beaches and vast array of restaurant options.

2013 National Geographic Magazine - one of the 20 “must-see places” in the world.

2014 U. of Wisconsin study ranks St. Johns County centered by St. Augustine as #1 out of the 67 counties in Florida as the healthiest by health outcomes and health factors. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/florida/2014/overview

2008 Travel & Leisure Magazine Deputy Editor Laura Begley said on an ABC interview on summer getaways, saying you don’t need to leave the country to get that international feel... she says, “#1 on the list is St. Augustine, FL and this is like being in Spain...You really feel like you could be in a little village in Andalusia”.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in St Augustine, Florida

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No parking in street, up to 3 cars end to end can park in our driveway.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Master suite 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Master suite 2 - 1 large double bed
  • The three bedrooms are organized for maximum flexibility for accommodations. Each bedroom has at least two entrances to the main home areas so each can privately come and go. Having two master suites is perfect for one or two couples with or without up to four kids, or parents with several kids, or parents with kids and their friend guests in separate beds. We've listened, we've re-arranged to make it all work. If you have a unique requirement call us, we can figure it out. Our maximum occupancy is 6 people.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9836063 based on 61 reviews
5

Wonderful stay in lovely 1889 Bungalow

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in this beautiful bungalow in St. Augustine. The house was in immaculate condition. The kitchen had everything we needed, so well stocked. The beds were comfortable, and there was plenty of room for the four of us. The men could watch sports in media room while we read in the comfortable living room. We enjoyed spending time on the front porch as well. The location was perfect. We were able to walk in to St. Augustine every day and evening. It was so close to everything. The neighborhood has the most interesting an unique houses. We would definitely stay here again. Rob and Lisa were the some of the best homeowners we have ever experienced with HomeAway. They leave a thorough booklet of the house amenities as well as the nearby sites and beaches. I can't say enough good things about them and their lovely bungalow. What a great house in such a pretty little city.

  • Review Submitted: 08/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

PERFECT!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at Rob & Lisa's bugalow with our 3 teenage daughters. Our stay was perfect. Before arrival Rob called me to see if I had questions and during our stay he also texted me to see if things were ok. Communication with these owners was very easy. Rob & Lisa went out of their way to make sure this home is a great place for everyone. There was a coffee station in the kitchen which was full stocked. It even had to-go cups so we could go on a morning stroll with our coffee. There was a great selection of DVD's and games to play whihch made the kids happy. The house was immaculate and very well equip. Plenty of sheets, towels, blankets etc. Prior to our arrival, Rob emailed me a house handbook. It contained all the information about the house systems, cable, how to work remotes, lights, etc. It also gave great advice on walking routes to the attractions, beaches, restaurants, pubs and shopping. There is a hard copy of this handbook in the house which we referred to during our entire visit. The neighborhood was quiet and the neighbors were lovely. It was a short walk to everything. I would highly reccommend this property to anyone visiting St. Augustine. We will definately be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 03/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Greensboro, NC
5

St. Augustine

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay and the house. The location was within walking distance of the historic district attractions. We had no need for a car. Loved the front porch! The house is well equipped with everything we needed. Great deal!

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Super clean and charming, cozy bungalow with perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This is our fourth visit to St. Augustine in the last two years. We wish we stayed here the three previous visits! Rob and Lisa are wonderful hosts. Their bungalow was extremely clean, well stocked with all of the necessities (including coffee). The location is perfect, well within walking distance to the bay, Castillo de San Marcos, restaurants, the historical district and the typical tourist attractions, but there is zero traffic or noise or commotion that you will encounter by staying here. We enjoyed our afternoon visits from Buddy, the neighbor’s cat. He is a sweet, gentle kitty. Being that my wife’s cat of 21 years just passed away in January, seeing her with Buddy was beautiful to watch. Taking in the afternoon sunsets on the porch with a cup of coffee was a delight also. Very peaceful atmosphere. We enjoyed our stay immensely and will be back soon! Thank you for a wonderful trip!

  • Review Submitted: 25/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Rosa Beach Fl
5

Awesome Time in our Very Charming Historical Home

  • 5 of 5

We were three retired couples who wanted to visit St. Augustine for the first time. We also wanted to stay close to the historical area of town!. This house was absolutely perfect for us!

It was decorated with all the little touches of cozy, easy going, and comfy décor. Nothing fancy, but very clean, practical, very comfortable and just charming with all its little nic-nacs. (loved the old photos hanging in frames). I loved the sun room with the recliner and lamp for reading in the early am, while the rest slept. The kitchen was easy to get around, with everything one would need. We enjoyed coming back daily to take a little rest, chat about our fun morning, and lunch, have a cocktail, then go out for the evening. Each evening, we loved sitting altogether (on the huge oversized cozy sofa sectional) in the media room to chill, chat and those who wanted stayed up late, watched a little TV. The front porch was so perfect in the late afternoon, with the sun shining down on it, warming us up. The weather was very cool, so it was especially nice on the porch in the afternoons. It is a very old house with modern updates. The owners, Rob and Lisa were very accessible and helpful. They have done a great deal of work to make anyone's stay, an enjoyable one. We were impressed with all the attention to detail, so we didn't have to run out for this and that. We did bring breakfast and snack, drinks, etc. But it was nice to have the salt and pepper, seran wrap, enough dishes, bags, TP, soaps, (no bar soap), but what was there works! There was also a stocked coffee bar, which we loved. We also brought coffee, but theirs was available. There was a ton on towels in each bathroom! And the bedrooms were plenty big with enough space to sleep and store our clothes, Extra blankets were needed and available! It was just a great, experience staying there, and boy or boy, if those walls could talk!! I'm sure there would be many great stories to tell from over a hundred years! We hope to be back next year! Many thanks for making our stay in St Augustine a very memorable experience!

  • Review Submitted: 24/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxing and spacious

  • 5 of 5

Good location to explore the old part of Saint Augustine. We used and enjoyed the well equipped kitchen. Plenty of room for two couple or a family of 5 to 6 individuals.

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
51 Miles
to Jacksonville, 55 Daytona, 120 to Orlando Int
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
So many! All an easy walk! Car not needed at all
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
St Johns River Ferry - stjohnsriverferry.com
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
to Royal Golf & CC, World Golf Village - 14 miles
Nearest Train
48 Miles
Jacksonville Amtrack - amtrak.com
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Too many to list! Leave the car and walk!
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Water Skiing - Bay Ray Boat Rentals
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
to Vilano Beach, St Aug Beach is 5 miles
Car: recommended

---------------------- Easy Walk to --------------------

* Francis Field events - The events there are extremely popular with residents and visitors. Getting there by car is not fun during these events and often impossible as parking sells out. Our house is the perfect home base for attendees, vendors, or exhibitors to these events being a 2 minute walk away.

* Most Bars and Pubs are really close (walk don’t drive!) - about 7 to 15 min. scenic walk.

* Most shops, galleries, sights and restaurants in the city are less than a 15 min. radius walk.

* Red Train / Trolley stop which shuttles throughout the city - If you’re short on time or not comfortable with extended walking, this is a great transportation method. Fun and informative too. If you've never been to St. Augustine before, this is a great way to get the lay of the land and prioritize the places you want to see more of during your stay.

* Visitor Information Center - 5 min. A must see stop for all St. Augustine newbies. Go here on day 1 to discover and plan the other things you might want to do.

* Rental store for fun cars, scooters, bikes, strollers - 5 min walk. We haven’t done this yet but we see people who have and are driving around the town having loads of fun. Bikes would be a nice addition to your exploration range and easy to park.

* Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum - 6 min.walk away. Built in the 1880’s this castle is a very popular attraction especially if you like strange, weird, often frightening things. We also enjoyed a ghost train option that tours the museum at night. Lot’s of fun there.

* Main hub of antique shops - 6 min. walk through tree-lined residential old city charm gets you here. Always an interesting mix of things at the many shops along San Marco Ave. If you book a rental on the last Saturday of the month - don’t miss the monthly “Uptown Saturday Night”, the open house event for most shops and galleries along San Marco with live music, free wine and refreshment samples, a fun party like atmosphere, 5-9 pm.

* The Village Inn restaurant - We love to eat breakfast here! It’s so close that it always just works for us. Free slice of pie on Wednesday too. I suggest arriving a little early to beat the crowds on the weekends, have a nice meal then take a walk.

* St. George St City Gates - 8 min. walk. If you take only one photograph in St. Augustine, the signature stone towers of the original city border is here for the past 200+ years. Then stroll down St. George st. for history, shops, eating and drinking. You’ll always see something different and interesting day or night.

* Mission of Nombre de Dios - 9 min. Ready for peace and tranquility, it’s here and a place of ancient history. The mission was founded in 1565. A great photo spot and one of our favorite areas to walk off a big breakfast. You can easily find solitude if needed. Acres of beautiful space to enjoy.

* Castillo de San Marcos fort - 9 min. Completed in 1695, the coquina was quarried from nearby Anastasia Island. Great views from the top and the cannon firings can be heard throughout the city. Spend an hour or two.

* Flagler College Tour - You’ll be thinking Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, but the tour is excellent and yes it’s a college but the essence is the jaw dropping architectural beauty of what the Henry Flagler era brought to this town.

* Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist historical churches - about a 12 min. walk. All worth a visit, all within a block or two from each other.

* Horse and Carriage rides - several locations, it’s super romantic!

* Farmers Markets - Saturdays 8:30-12:30 Old City Farmers Market at the amphitheater (parking is limited, arrive earlier than later); Sundays 11-3 (except Aug and Sept) the Lincolnville Farmers' Market is at Eddie Vickers Park.

--------------------------- Easy Drive to -----------------------------

* Vilano Beach - 3 miles drive - less commercial, less crowded, more natural, St Aug Beach - 5 miles - can drive, walk or bike for miles, nearest entrance to drive on beach is the A street ramp which flows traffic south to Ocean Trace Rd. and beyond.

* St Augustine Lighthouse - 2 miles drive - Fabulous climb and view, the surrounding grounds are beautiful and interesting. The kids will love this too!. It’s a gotta do event, there are also sunset and ghost hunting activities there at night.

* Cobblestone Village Shopping - 3 miles

* Epic Movie Theater - 3 miles

* St Augustine Outlets Mall - 60 stores - 7 miles

* St Augustine Premium Outlet Mall, 85 stores - 8 miles - You could easily spend a day (or two) between the two Malls here and they are minutes from each other.

* World Golf Village / Imax Theater - 15 miles - We've seen Imax films here several times. If you can catch a 3D film release there, it’s even more awesome!

* Marineland Dolphin Adventure - 19 miles

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$165.61
Damage Deposit AU$463.71

This home is licensed and registered in the state of Florida, St. John's County and the City of St. Augustine for short-term vacation rentals ONCE per WEEK. Check-out must be on Sat. Minimum rental cycle is weekly and 3 day stay a minimum for any week. Two week maximum stay - no long term rentals. Starting day for 3 day rentals are Wed. afternoon. Tues. afternoon for 4 day rentals. Mon. afternoon for 5 day rentals. No parties, pets, or smoking on property. Disturbances prompt immediate evictions. Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. The "Service Fee" added by Homeaway / VRBO is not our charge, it is added by them on ALL rentals and we are opposed to it. Homeaway also is now blocking your phone number until booking has been accepted, otherwise we could contact you and help you out with any questions you have regarding your reservation. It gave us both an opportunity to introduce one another, make sure the property was a perfect fit and go over any possible issues prior to the booking acceptance. We will verify ALL bookings with a personal phone call after the reservation acceptance. All booked reservations are subject to cancellation at our discretion within the 48 hr period of the reservation acceptance. If you will not be available by phone to verify reservation, please let us know.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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