3 BR / 4 BA Rentals are strictly limited to six people.
About Ann Shakeshaft
We have lived in NYC for 35 years and this is the only spot we could imagine giving up our beloved city for.
Ann Shakeshaft purchased this House in 2012
Why Ann Shakeshaft chose Crescent Beach
Love to walk the beach, shelling and fishing along the way? Great food, biking, kayaking and yoga close by to keep you busy. We are 'house people', we like to fiddle and fix and decorate. This house, aside from being on an amazing beach is very private and we have started to bring in our antiques-- making it a bit more elegant than most rental beach houses. We also cook, and this house has a fantastic completely renovated (2016) kitchen to make great meals-- especially for a number of cooks to do their thing all at once. Buy (or catch) fresh fish and grill it on the deck or in one of two ovens then wash it down with all the wine you can fit into the separate wine fridge-- finally, walk it out to the deck for a moonlit dinner! Since the house is built into a sand dune and the views are at the top, there are a number of staircases to make all of the areas accessible. For this reason it is not a good house for very young, old or physically handicapped individuals. This house is NOT childproofed. The deck, walkway and stairs all are open to dangerous drops. Other than the beach there are no areas on the property appropriate for unattended children.
What makes this House unique
The privacy is really the thing that sets our house apart from ANY other rental on Crescent Beach. You are not dealing with other condo renters, or even visible neighbors, this is one of a kind. The wildlife on our little island is impressive, from the birds that fly along the beach and nest in the spring, to the dolphins and whales that you will see passing by or the turtles that nest on the beach and live in the dunes, its like living in a ecological park. If you get tired of watching from the house, the area is full of parks and beaches. The Intracoastal waterway is just behind us and that has a completely different vibe-- rent a kayak and check it out when you get sick of surfing, fishing and shelling on the beach. Additionally, the house is large and very comfortable for four or six people with lots of seating areas to provide privacy and quiet.
This house is NOT childproofed.
Minimum age of primary renter:30
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Just as described! Beautiful home right on the beach, just a short walk over the boardwalk right onto the beach. We went the first week of Oct. Weather was gorgeous and beach was not crowded at all! We got up every morning to watch the sunrise on the deck. I am not a morning person, so that is saying a lot, too gorgeous to miss! This was our first time in St. Augustine and the area is very nice, excellent restaurants and shopping. We walked to the ice cream shop across the street too. Perfect vacation!!
This is the place to unwind.
I loved this property. I think it was perfect for the length of time we stayed. It was so clean and open. I sat outside with my coffee every morning and felt like I had God with me there. It is so private and peaceful and if you don't have a book, there's about 1000 great ones to read. The location is perfect and since I've had a home there for years I knew where to go to do work out classes up the road. Everything is easy to get to and I slept each night so peacefully. You will love it.
I felt there could have been more beach towels so I'd bring extra. I also would have liked better hangers so I bought some to leave for you. I love that each guest really leaves something behind to help out your stay. It's a wonderful pay it forward.
The owner really cares and when you are there the feeling is such a great energy. I miss it already. You will just fall in love.
Thanks for the nice review Natalie! Glad you took advantage of the quiet and the water-- I can't wait to get back in!
Great family vacation.
From beginning to end it was smooth process with no surprises. Beach and the water we're absolutely beautiful to view from the house makes you not even feel like you need it go to the beach. Walkway over was pretty hard to carry all the stuff you need for two little ones. So on the second day we just packed up everything in the truck and drove it all down to the beach. Easy! And we did that all week. It was perfect and easy. The kitchen is fantastic with two full ovens and all the utensils you can ever need. We would definitely come back.
Thanks Suzanne, I'm glad you enjoyed your week!
2nd Time Guest
This was our second visit in two years and we intend to return. The home is spacious, clean, comfortable, and well laid out. The location is great. The beach is not crowded and there is a lifeguard nearby. This is a perfect place for a relaxing family vacation/visit.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review!
Amazing vacation destination!
My family and I just spent a week at this wonderful and beautiful home! Thank you Ann for allowing us to visit your wonderful ‘jewel’ on Crescent beach. There is no better view or accommodations in St Augustine!!! We will definitely be back!
Beautiful view, quiet location
House was easy drive to St. Augustine and Daytona. The way the house is tucked behind trees and flowering bushes, it feels very private. Beachfront is also very quiet.
Thanks for the review! Yes, it is so lovely and quiet, I'm listening to the birds and surf as I write.
Have a great spring,
Spectacular Crescent Beach is just off your very private deck and out your window. All you hear is the roll of the waves as you sit watching dolphin, whale and pelicans glide by.
Although private, this house is a few minutes walk to a couple of bars and restaurants most of which serve delicious seafood and refreshing drinks while you soak up the low-key beach vibe.
St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful cities in the USA and and the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. Old world charm, and beautiful architecture, combined with restaurants, museums, shopping and a very comfortable temperature year round equal a vacation paradise.