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Gulf front!Private boardwalk! Beach equip provided, LOTs of outdoor decks, Wifi

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Port Saint Joe - Mood Swing

Gulf front, 5 BR, private boardwalk, HUGE screened porch w/ swings, outdoor bed

'Mood Swing' was custom built in 2014 ...and, as its name implies, our home is just what you need if you are looking for a positive attitude adjustment!

You will love the convenient beach front location with private ramped boardwalk as well as the variety of amenities inside and out.

Our 5 bedroom, 3 & 1/2 bath home easily accommodates 12 people. The arrangement of the bedrooms provides the privacy that makes Mood Swing perfect for having another family, in-laws or grandparents as your guests...Although Mood Swing is designed to give everyone a lot of their own space, it also entices everyone to be together...particularly on the huge screen porch with prep sink, bar, ceiling fans and plenty of comfy seating, that includes a hand-made mahogany swing, outdoor bed, custom-made HUGE pub-height heart-pine table with stools, lifeguard-style chairs, hammock swing and more!

You can enjoy the sweeping gulf views and spectacular sunsets from almost every room in the house or from its more than 1,700 square feet of covered decks, screened porch & sundeck.

We provide linens, beach towels, beach chairs & other beach equipment, soaps, paper towels, TP, WiFi, cable, free long-distance and much, much, MORE!


The GROUND LEVEL has ample covered parking (enough for 4 or 5 cars or boats, depending on size) and is where there is a storage room with a plentiful supply of beach chairs & rafts, a beach cart, cooler with wheels, umbrella, beach toys and much MORE, kept for your convenience. There is also a funky outdoor shower with hot water, a fish-cleaning sink, outdoor charcoal grill and seating area. The private boardwalk to the beach is completely ramped which makes it easy to roll your beach cart or strollers with little ones directly to the beach. Mid-way down the boardwalk is a long bench where you can enjoy the sunset and other views.

The MIDDLE LEVEL has a large sun deck with custom-made mahogony chaises and a huge screened porch that spans the entire front of the home, and runs the length of the house. The screened porch is equipped with a food-prep area with sink, a pub-height dining table and ceiling fans that make it easy to dine 'al fresco' while enjoying the view...however, you may just want to curl up in the porch swing or porch bed and read a book or take a nap. This level also contains two bedrooms that share their own private entry foyer and a full bath. The Gulf front mid-level bedroom has a king bed, flat-screen TV, ceiling fan and Kuerig coffee station. The other mid-level bedroom has 2 full beds with a ceiling fan.

The TOP LEVEL is entered from a covered porch overlooking the Gulf. It has a vaulted great room that includes the living area with comfortable seating, 39-inch flat-screen TV, stereo, and a double-pedestal glass-top dining table. We personally reclaimed the heart-pine flooring from beams milled from a 100+ yr-old-building into wide-plank flooring especially for this home. The well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar has a pantry and stainless steel appliances.

There are 3 bedrooms on the top level: each has a king bed & ceiling fan. The master bedroom has incredible Gulf views, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a full bath with walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. The second bedroom on the top level has a private half-bath & flat-screen TV with DVD, and the third bedroom is adjacent to a full bath that has two vanities and is equipped with a tub/shower combination. The utility room with washer and dryer is located on this level.

Area features:

As you stroll along the quiet beach, you can find a variety of seashells to collect or just enjoy watching the dolphins swimming by or eagles and osprey scouting for prey. Of course, swimming, sunbathing or fishing in the surf are always a favorite, too.

Our neighborhood is extremely quiet and friendly, with no thru traffic - a great place for families with children, or for anyone who just wants to get away from it all!

You may want to rent bikes or a golf cart and cruise quietly through the streets or on the beach. Horseback riding on the beach can also be conveniently arranged.

Money Bayou is just a short walk down the beach where you can catch blue crabs, throw your cast net or put in your kayak to explore the winding waterway. Scalloping in nearby St. Joe Bay is also a lot of fun during the summer scallop season. These sweet, tender delicacies can be enjoyed on your vacation or frozen for later when you return home.

In addition, the famous Indian Pass Raw Bar is just a mile up the road where you can enjoy the area's delicious oysters, other seafood and a cold drink. Weekends at the Raw Bar often feature outdoor live entertainment and dancing.

Our area is reminiscent of 'Old Florida.' There are no tall condos or hotels anywhere near by! Our beaches are very quiet and pristine and, in the off-season, you will rarely encounter anyone as you stroll quietly along the beach!

Our home is located on the mainland, just 1.5 miles east from Cape San Blas - which has been rated in the top five of the best beaches in the United States. Port St. Joe is only 10 miles to the west where you can stock up on all of the provisions you'll need. If you're not in the mood to cook, there are a number of great, local restaurants and night spots nearby. A golf course is only a few miles away and there are 4 separate boat ramps within 15 miles.

Just 20 minutes to the east is the historic and quaint fishing town of Apalachicola. Here you will find some great shopping as well as many wonderful restaurants and night spots. In addition, you can walk along the boardwalk and see what catch the fishing boats have brought in for the day.

We invite you to have your attitude adjusted at 'Mood Swing' and enjoy 'Old Florida.'

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Leslie Frye Allen
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2016
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About Leslie Frye Allen

We live in Tallahassee and love this area of Florida's Gulf Coast. I have been coming down here since I was a child and have since introduced my husband and our two girls to this wonderful taste of 'Old Florida.'

We hope you will also fall in love with this area. It is a beautiful part of Florida where you can really get away from it all.

Leslie Frye Allen purchased this house in 2014

Why Leslie Frye Allen chose North West Florida

The private, completely ramped boardwalk to the unpopulated, white sandy beach, multiple decks and HUGE screened porch with ceiling fans, bar, prep sink, swings, out door bed & multiple seating areas make this house perfect for those who want to make the most of outdoor living or entertaining at the beach.

Its bedroom layout also provides separate sleeping areas that makes it perfect for providing the privacy needed for a couple of families...or for having the in-laws join you.

We also provide many items to simplify what you have to bring. These include: beach chairs, cooler, umbrella, rafts, games, beach towels, starter supply of paper towels, TP, soaps & much more!


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

Gulf front!Private boardwalk! Beach equip provided, LOTs of outdoor decks, Wifi
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
Carrollton, Georgia

Perfect house for our family! Loved taking in the gulf views from the amazing porch and swing!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I stayed at Mood Swings a couple weeks ago and had a wonderful time! Although the layout is a little different from most beach houses, it worked perfectly for our crew, which included a newborn and a 5 year old. The beach is very private and just a short boardwalk distance away. We really enjoyed breaks from the sun on the huge covered porch and taking turns swinging the new baby girl. Our favorite restaurant, Indian Pass, was just a mile down the road. We really couldn't have asked for a better place!

Our only complaint was that a lot of the kitchen and bath towels and the bed linens smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. With two young children in the house we were not too thrilled about that. However, we actually met Leslie Allen, the owner, on the beach one day and told her about this issue. She apologized profusely and promised to speak with the cleaners. She also reimbursed us $100 for the inconvenience. She even came up to the house to personally fix a problem we were having with one of the televisions!

Although we ended up having to leave a couple days earlier than planned due to the threat of Hurricane Hermine, we had a wonderful time! Hopefully we will get to visit Mood Swings again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, so much, for your nice - and honest - review! I really enjoyed getting to meet you, too...and we are glad that you all had a good time. We are also SO glad that you would like to come back. Although I hate that you had to even deal with anything negative while you were our guest, I really do appreciate you letting me know about the smokey smell of our linens and towels. We are so sorry that you had to experience even a day of this! Even though this was our first less than 5-star review, it has ended up with a good outcome as I feel that our solution will guarantee that this will never happen again. It turns out that one of the cleaners (who smoke) took the laundry to their home to wash them and then stored them there until they were needed. Although no cleaner has ever smoked in our home, the fact that they smoked in their own home where they did the laundry and kept it there is how the linens and towels absorbed the smokey smell. In order to prevent this from EVER happening again, we are now paying to have ALL the dirty linens and towels taken straight to a professional laundry facility where they clean them as soon as they are removed from the home. We keep clean duplicates in the Owner's closet that replace those removed. The newly laundered linens and towels are then kept at the laundry facility or in our Owner's closet until they are needed for our next guests. Although this extra effort adds an average of about $100 per stay to our costs, it is certainly worth the peace of mind that this issue will never occur again. In addition, this laundry facility is extremely professional and is proving to do a beautiful job on all of our linens and towels. Thank you, again, for staying at our home. We hope to see you again, SOON!
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Wonderful Family Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed are stay at Moodswing so much. It was perfect for my children and their spouses and the 3 Grandbabies. Being steps from the beach was so easy. We spent hours on the enormous screen porch with such beautiful beach views. There was plenty of space to be together but also room for everyone to have a little peace and quiet when needed. We will defiantly be back. Thank you so much Leslie!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are SO glad that you and your husband were able to get away with your daughters and their families...and grandkids!!! Thank you for letting Mood Swing be a part of your family get together. We are also, so glad you enjoyed being on the screened porch...besides the beach, that's one of our favorite places to be when we are there, too! We hope you will be back soon!
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  • 5 of 5

Our extended family stayed at Mood Swing in Mid-June and had the most wonderful time. Leslie truly has thought of everything to make your stay relaxing and pleasant. We caught catfish in the ocean, saw dolphins swimming by daily, collected seashells, went crabbing, had bonfires on the beach and even saw a bear eating out of the garbage at the Indian Pass Raw Bar (which is a MUST to visit). The house is close enough to town to quickly drive and get items for your basic needs and grab a meal if you dont feel like using the fully stocked kitchen, but far enough away that you feel you have a beautiful beach all to yourself! We very much look forward to visiting again next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year visiting Mood Swing. It was even better than the first. Our family of 9 had a great time and enjoyed the beach each day. Leslie is a great hostess and dropped by to say "Hello". She is wonderful to deal with. The house was in great shape and all the necessities were provided. Would recommend to anyone. Beach was not crowded and sand was very clean. Lots of shells to search for and a few star fish. Every thing was fantastic and we will be back next year!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was SO nice having you come back...y'all are always such great guests! It was also an added treat for me that I got to meet you this time. We really appreciate you and hope you will come back again. Thank you, again, for staying at our home!
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Outdoor Spaces, Outstanding....Indoor Spaces, Incredible!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our recent stay at Mood Swing. The pictures online do not do it justice!! This property definitely stands out from the rest! The variety of outdoor spaces enabled us to enjoy the beach view whether we were dining, swinging, sipping coffee or snoozing on the porch bed! We had a group of 12 and never felt crowded! Older kids enjoyed two suites that shared a bath downstairs--while the adults and small children took over the main floor in 3 comfortable bedrooms. Having beach chairs, towels and toys available was a real plus. There was even a rolling cooler that made it easy to enjoy a picnic on the beach. We would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3rd time but always a charm

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the first week of April and luckily the weather was amazing. Leslie was awesome as always with communication and accommodating our family. My parents and sister stayed on the 2nd floor while my wife and kids slept on the third floor which gave everyone some privacy. We enjoyed fishing, horse back riding, walks on the beach and body surfing during the days and grilling and games at night. This was our third stay and we look forward to returning next Spring. Thanks again Leslie for opening up your beautiful beach house!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are ALWAYS so happy to have you stay at our home...and are looking forward to you coming back again next year. We are SO fortunate to have such great guests like you and appreciate you making Mood Swing a part of your Spring Break tradition!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
North Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Port St. Joe Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Your front yard
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Port Saint Joe, North West Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early Fall
11 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Fall
30 Oct 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Winter
27 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Years
25 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Winter
1 Jan 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
26 Feb 2017 - 11 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Break
12 Mar 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Spring
9 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring 1
30 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring 2
7 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
21 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 4th week
2 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
9 Jul 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £164 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £246
Pet Fee £82 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

For Summer Season & Holiday weeks, FULL WEEK requests are preferred unless it is a few weeks before arrival. Rental weeks are normally from SUNDAY to SUNDAY (particularly during peak summer seasons). Monthly rates are available upon request. Check in-4 pm/Check out-11 am (EST)
Rates include linens, bath towels & 6 beach towels, 6 -8 beach chairs, umbrella, cart & beach toys & rafts; starter supply of paper towels, TP, detergents & soaps.
There are 2 Kuerig coffee makers that take K-cups (1 in kitchen & 1 on middle level coffee station). There is also a regular 12 cup drip coffee maker on the top level that uses #4 cone filters. The fully-equipped kitchen also has a Crock Pot, small Fry Daddy, & electric hand mixer.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Port Saint Joe in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bath w/ walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Top level, double vanities
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , top-level
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , middle level
    Bathroom 5 - Outdoor Shower , ground level
  • The top level has 2 full baths and a 1/2 bath while the middle level bedrooms share a full bath...and don't forget the outdoor shower with hot and cold water!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Top-level, road-side BR w/ceiling fan, is next to full bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On middle level - w/ Gulf views, Keurig coffee station & TV
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Double Bed , On mid-level - 2 full beds, next to full bath
    Bedroom 6 - Middle-level screen porch has a full bed outside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Top-level middle BR has 1/2 bath, TV with DVD & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Gulf front master, 32-in TV, ceiling fan, full ba w shower
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans and 3 have flat-screen TVs. Bedroom #1: Top-level master bedroom has an incredible Gulf view, walk-in closet and a full private bath with walk-in shower. It has a 32- inch flat screen TV. Bedroom #2: Top-level 2nd master bedroom has a flat-screen TV with DVD and a private, half-bath. Bedroom #3: Top-level 3rd bedroom is adjacent to a full bath with double vanities and tub/shower. Bedroom #4: Middle-level 4th bedroom has incredible Gulf views, a flat-screen TV & a Keurig Coffee station (you may want to bring extra K-cups). Bedroom #5: Middle-level 5th bedroom has 2 full beds and shares a private foyer and bath with bedroom #4.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Additional kitchen equipment: We have a 7-quart Crock Pot, electric hand mixer & small fry-daddy. There are blow-dryers in each bathroom. Beach equipment provided: 6 - 8 beach chairs, umbrella, beach cart and various rafts, boogie boards, beach toys, buckets & nets, cooler with wheels.

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