This property is a unique and well appointed floating condo with all updated features. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a double bed. There is 1.5 bathrooms which share a shower but still retain complete privacy for each bedroom's occupants. The kitchen has all of the features of a modern home such as a full size refrigerator, new stove and microwave. Small appliances include a coffee maker (coffee provided), blender, toaster, electric can opener along with dishes and glasses and more. The kitchen surfaces are solid Corian with indoor dining seating available for 4. All furnishings are very upscale. The art features a local artist, Tom Tiffin, who has captured a very authentic portrayal of a local shrimp fishing boat. The best feature is the large front porch which offers a spectacular views of both sunrises by looking to the right and sunsets on your left. There are always either boats, fish or birds to view from your porch. Today, I saw 2 dolphins swim by. This area includes seating for 6.. The all electric 950 sq. ft. houseboat offers all of the modern systems including an easily controlled air conditioner/heating system It has an aluminum hull and is surrounded by a new floating dock system which makes getting off and on a breeze. A comfortable temperature can be maintained at all times of the year by merely opening the front and back doors to the river breezes. This is indeed a wonderful way to spend a relaxing and comfortable vacation.
- House Boat950 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
A waterfront porch to relax
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- Calendar last updated:
- 24 Jun 2018
About Karen Hoff
My husband and I fell in love with Apalachicola a couple of years ago and decided to make it our home. We have spent the last 20 years renovating our 1850s Victorian home along with raising our 2 sons. We are avid history buffs and have only begun to research the historical importance of the Florida panhandle. While my husband is still working full time as a Construction Official for a town of 65,000, I am spending much of my time in Apalachicola after retiring from a 30 year banking career as a Commercial Lending Officer.
Karen Hoff purchased this House Boat in 2013
Why Karen Hoff chose Apalachicola
After renting the Reelaxation (the sister houseboat to the Southern Comfort), I found that staying aboard a houseboat was so relaxing that I wanted to spend more time. The amount of activity going by on the water was so interesting from the commercial fishing boats going out for a successful trip to luxury yachts just out for fun. Watching the dolphins swim by, the pelicans perching on the nearby posts and birds of all varieties diving for their food, it is truly a never ending experience.
What makes this House Boat unique
We chose this property for its sensational views of the sunrises and sunsets from the front porch. A relaxing afternoon floating on the houseboat while watching all of the activity or just enjoying the cool breezes with a good book. The location is ideal with easy walking to the area shops which feature local artists' work and a wonderful variety of local restaurants. The sandy beaches of St. George Island are only minutes away by car. There are several golf courses located in the area as well. But, of course, the best fishing is in Apalachicola with a variety of fishing guides such as Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, a fifth generation resident who offers a variety of tour options.
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Perfectly located, spacious and beautifully maintained. Comfortable and peaceful inside and out.
The back porch of the Southern Comfort overlooking the river is one of the most peaceful places in the world to me. This was my second stay here, with an old friend, and my husband and I have already booked a weekend in October to celebrate our anniversary.
We enjoy walking around the town checking out all the little shops or driving up the coast for the afternoon but my favorites are sunrise on the porch, watching the pelicans fly up river and waving or speaking to people in the boats.
On that porch we feel like we've literally (although temporarily) turned our backs toward the cares of this world to focus rather on things that are true and lovely and peaceful. This makes everything else worthwhile.
Oh, yes, the houseboat itself is perfect too! Thanks, Karen, for all the effort it takes to maintain it so beautifully.
Thank you so much for choosing to stay aboard the Southern Comfort for a second time and look forward to seeing you in October. It was a pleasure to have you as guests. Karen
Very Comfortable and well Equipped
We enjoyed a Father/ Son long weekend. Houseboat was very Comfortable and extremely well equipped. Fishing right off of the deck, restaurants, bars, and shopping within blocks away. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Karen, the owner, took great care and genuine interest in us having a comfortable stay. Would recommend this property for a wide variety of vacations. Romantic get away, Family Fun, Father/Son quality time, quiet getaway for R&R. I will be looking for reasons and opportunities to come back!!!!
Wonderful Stay !
Wonderful location, well kept, and great owner. A perfect location, to get to know Apalachicola and surrounding area.
Will you check the outlets for my camera charger and battery. Thanks again for such a nice time.
We enjoyed staying on Karens houseboat. Its a short walk to the downtown with fun breweries and shops and restaurants. We would not hesitate to return there. My husband went fishing and caught giant redfish and had a great time.
I am glad that you enjoyed your stay aboard the Southern Comfort. Thank you for choosing Houseboats at River Watch. I hope to see you again. Karen
Relaxing and accommodating.
Relaxing and accommodating.
Thank you for choosing to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. I hope that you enjoyed your stay. Karen
Exactly what we were hoping for.
This wonderful houseboat was just wanted we were looking for: a unique and comfortable place to get to know the sweet town of Apalachicola. The houseboat was pristine, bright and cheery. We so enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching the birds, boats etc. Mrs. Hoff and her son were wonderful hosts.
Really enjoyed the Sunset "River Tour" sponsored by the Maritime Museum. Very informative .
Would love to come back.
We am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Apalachicola and aboard the Southern Comfort. We hope to see you again! Thank you. Karen and Joey.
Apalachicola is a historic town dating back to the 1700s when it was one of the most active ports for the cotton trade behind New Orleans and Mobile. It has retained the historic homes and museums and many offer tours at various times during the year. My favorite is the Historic Homes Tour which is put on by Trinity Episcopal Church during the first weekend in May. In fact, Trinity has a long history and an interesting story. Apalachicola is world famous for their oysters and provides almost all of the oysters served in Florida. They are served in all local restaurants with the freshest being served right next door at Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant. Fishing is most desirable in the waters around Apalachicola. One of the best fishing guides is Capt. Jimmy Maxwell of Backwater Guide Services who also offers wonderful tours of the area and may pick you up right from your houseboat. Within the last several years, the town has developed into an active artistic community with a variety of styles offered around town. The local restaurants offer a variety of the freshest fish that I have ever tasted - often right off the local shrimp boats. The shopping options include resort clothing and antique shops. If the beach is your passion, then St. George Island is only 10 minutes away and has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the state. In fact, it has recently been rated by Dr. Beach as the third best beach in the nation.