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River Front View/Close to the Beach/HotTub/Sleeps10

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 BR/4 Bath/Full kitchen/Separate apt/hot tub/walk to Downtown Daytona

Harbour House has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms which includes the main house and a separate full apartment on the top floor. House sleeps 10 people. The cost to use the home as a vacation rental is based on our normal seasonal rates.

Built in 1894, Harbour House is one of the four original homes on county record in historic Daytona Beach. The Scottish family that originally built the home, carved their family crest into the door. That crest was preserved and now sits at the top of the arch in the entry way. Located on the Halifax River, the original owners founded Daytona Boat Works which is the oldest operating business in Daytona Beach. In the 1940's, the boat yard was used to build submarine chasers for WWII. The house is one of only two houses left standing of the original 4 homes on S. Beach Street. This area of Beach Street was the original Daytona due to the proximity to the Halifax. Through the years the house has witnessed its fair share of pirates, rum runners and navy vessels sailing by the front door. In fact, we discovered a look-out post in the attic, and a large metal container that we suspect is part of a distillery used during the prohibition era.

The home is now about 3700 square feet and has original hardwood throughout. We also managed to preserve the original staircase and woodwork. The 31 windows in the house are all the original sash and weight windows of that time period. We have made them functional and added an energy efficient film to give you a beautiful view and with complete privacy during the day. While historic with original cornices, fireplace and high ceilings, Harbour House has a modern and fresh interior design reflecting modern families. The kitchen is designed to host large family meals with plenty of cabinet space, new appliances and even a convection microwave. We have also converted the old servant’s quarters to a bedroom with a private bathroom. Great for kids!

All of the upstairs bedrooms feature an unobstructed sunrise view of the beautiful Halifax River. A local artist created all of the original designs and faux finishes on the bedroom, bathroom, and dining room walls. Our local craftsmen (Willie and Scott) labored for six months to get every detail perfect. Each room has an HD TV with Roku Channels such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and etc.

This home is right in the heart of original Daytona and we have local ties to Halifax Marina for discounts on keeping your boat in the water in one of their slips! Ask Scott for more details.

We require all guests to be at least 25 years old, with a valid ID. Any guests under 25 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this home.

More Details

Carissa Oculto
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Carissa Oculto

I started my vacation home business, Beach Chic Living, out of a desire to provide a great place for my scattered family to come and stay. After traveling on business throughout the world, I truly felt Daytona Beach was one of the best places I had ever been so I purchased my own vacation home here. I decided to rent out that home when I was traveling, and realized I had created something that people really liked! Soon, my guests and family needed a larger place to stay and so I found the a large historic home on the Halifax river. I fell in love with the history and unique benefits this house had to offer. While it was an ambitious renovation, I had help from the local community and was blessed with the good fortune to find some local craftsman who guided us through every stage of the renovation. We are thrilled with the results and hope you are as well. Here you will find comfort and style in a historic setting in the heart of downtown Daytona.

Carissa Oculto purchased this house in 2014

What makes this house unique

This home is one of very few homes in Daytona Beach that are historic yet completely renovated. The location is perfect for so many Daytona activities. The main attractions are all within a few miles. It's walking distance to unique local shops and restaurants on Beach Street and directly on the Halifax River.

Watch the boats go by from the upstairs master bedroom or watch the sun come up from the 'Blue Room' as we like to call it.

Another unique benefit is being able to walk across the street to Chart House for the best steaks in Daytona and sunset views of the harbor.

We've put a film on the original windows so that you can see out but no one can see in during the day. This keeps the house cool and comfortable and allows you to take advantage of all of the great views that Harbor House has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very clean house, close to everything, river front view and hot tub is a plus. I definitely recommend
Feb 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in South Beach Street Historic District in Beach Street

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • READ the attached rental agreement please. By making this booking you are agreeing to the terms of the lease. Driver's license verification required
  • No loud noise or music outside
  • If there are neighbor complaints, or the police are called you will be evicted with no refund
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • near the sea
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Green Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , enjoy the restored tub and retro style
    Separate Apartment Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , separate bathroom in the upstairs apartment.
  • 4 Full Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Apartment Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Part of fully functional separate apartment
    Master Lavender - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Can convert the king bed into two twin beds.
    Blue Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be converted into two twins
    Green Room - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , This room has a bunk bed- twin over full and a twin bed
    Downstairs Room - 1 Single Bed , Full/Queen (Sleeps 2)
  • Sleeps up to 10 in beds but we can provide full and twin air mattresses allowing for up to 10 guests.. All bedrooms come equipped with an HD TV and Roku with all the media channels you need.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(37 traveller reviews)

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River Front View/Close to the Beach/HotTub/Sleeps10
average rating of 4.6216216 based on 51 reviews

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful old home that's well maintained and has lots of character.

We were down for bike week. The home is about two miles from Main Street! The garage was an added bonus (bike storage). The pool table got a lot of use during our stay. Our views of the water were awesome. You can walk down to the neighborhood 7/11 store if you need snacks or supplies. The landscaping was incredible. The beds were comfy.

We accidentally locked the garage during our stay. Carissa was quick to respond - having Willie (maintenance) come by and unlock the garage for us. Then again, Carissa was quick to respond to any questions we had.

This is a nice - professionally run property. Do not hesitate to book a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! We do our best to maintain our properties and accommodate our guests. House is perfect for family and friends to stay in. Close to everything, Beach is just 5 min away, great river front view of the Halifax river.
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  • 5 of 5

This house was great! plenty of room, everything we needed was there, close to beach. amazing view on front porch. I would go back

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a great place

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed my stayed, the only issue we had was that there is no lock in the bathrooms or bedrooms. I am not sure why but that would be our only complain.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback! We did not put locks on because kids might lock themselves in the bedroom. We will make sure to put on a latch for each door next time.
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AMAZING experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. Our stay at Harbour House was amazing. The house was cozy and inviting, everything was so clean. The amenities were more then we expected. The grounds and

back yard were beautiful.

The owner checked on us to make sure we were comfortable. We will return to FL and we will be staying at Harbour House.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traveling for work is finally enjoyable!

  • 5 of 5

I never looked forward to traveling for work until I discovered Beach Chic Living! I am in Daytona about once a month and the Beach Chic properties have quickly become one of the only places I will stay. Harbour House is beautiful, spacious, FUN, and Very pet friendly. It's not easy to find places that allow my two large dogs, both over 100 lbs. One of mine even caused some damage to a rug (still a pup with bad teething habits) and the owners were very understanding, simply asked me to help with the replacement yet they still continue to invite me and my furry companions to stay at their properties. Can't wait to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carry! Come back soon!
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Best value we of any place I have stayed

  • 5 of 5

I have traveled a lot, and this was by far the best value of any house we have rented. We had 12 people in our group and we all slept comfortably with room to spare. There were a ton of bells and whistles including a hot tub and TVs with the ability to stream movies! We had a ton of fun in Daytona, but it was so nice to come back to a comfortable place to stay every night. I have rented another house from this owner (when we had a smaller group), and each experience has been A+ so far. Stephanie and Carissa are so easy to work with. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and come back soon!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Daytona International Airport - under 10 minutes
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Chart House /McKays Tavern/Wine me
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Halifax Marina/ Halifax Yacht Club-Boats for hire
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Daytona Beach Golf under 2 miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Sun Rail train in Deland
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Walk to Historic downtown Beach Street- Great food
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Daytona Beach- right off of Orange AV
Car: recommended

Enjoy your vacation in one of the 4 original homes of Daytona Beach. The house was built by Scottish shipbuilders around 1894. We've lovingly restored the home to its former glory with a modern flair. You can sail in, dock your boat and stay in a historic home with all of the modern conveniences.

Walk to The Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, located downtown in the historic Beach Street area between Bay Street and Orange Avenue.

The location of this home offers guests something truly special: The opportunity to browse locally owned shops and services, savor the unique flavors of authentic cuisine and enjoy entertainment and attractions—all in a beautiful riverfront location unlike any other. Take a free tour of the Angella & Phelps chocolate factory and enjoy free samples.

Baseball fan? Watch the Tortugas play in the historic Jackie Robinson Stadium on the waterfront. Tickets are only 7 dollars and in the summer there are fireworks every Saturday from the stadium. Beach Street has museums, exhibits, outdoor festivals, aquatic activities, nightclubs, cafés and Florida’s oldest Saturday Farmers’ Market. Anchoring the North Block of Beach Street is the state-of-the-art News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, which hosts performers from around the world.

Want to learn something new? Try 3 brothers paddle boarding and ask for Eric. You don't need any previous experience and will have a great view of the Halifax river from a different perspective. If you go early in the morning, you have a good chance of seeing manatees.

And of course, you are 5 minutes away from the 'World's Most Famous Beach'. 23 miles of beautiful white sand beaches.

Back in the early 1900's when cars were first raced on the beach, the top speed in 1902 was an amazing 57 miles per hour. The last land speed record set on the beach was in 1935 when Sir Malcolm Campbell drove the world famous 'Bluebird' at 276 miles per hour on the beach!

Today driving on the hard-packed sand is allowed on 18-miles of the beach during daytime hours and speeds are only 10 miles per hour. Five miles of beach are now reserved for visitors who wish not to have to share the beach with cars.

The beach is also famous for the Sunbathing, surfing, frisbee, sandcastle building, people watching, volleyball, swimming, running, bicycling, car cruising, bikini watching, kite flying, picnicing, riding floats, relaxing, riding motorbikes, sitting under umbrellas, looking for shells, sailing, jet sking, skim boarding, fishing, enjoying beauty contests, eating 'beach dogs' or snowcones, walking the boardwalk, playing video games, enjoying the skyride, sail boarding, jogging, enjoying free concerts, comparing tans, meeting new friends, or take a romantic walk on the beach at night with the moonlight sparkling on the water, etc.... Whew! Or if that sounds like too much ..you might just sit in a chair and watch the ocean.

Feel the need for speed? Watch NASCAR and International Formula 1 racing from Daytona International Speedway- less then 5 miles from the house! Enjoy the Daytona 500 Nascar, Rolex 24 Sportscar and Daytona super cross motorcycle championship racing.

There is always live music at the many bars and restaurants along the A1A beach side. We enjoy local wine tastings at WineMe owned by Ashley and Greg. I recommend you hang there during one of the many festivals .

Harbour House is a wonderful venue for weddings and special events! If you've always wanted to get married on the beach, or in Florida, this is the place for you! The view is spectacular and there's an additional apartment/bridal suite on the top floor of the home.

Enjoy all Daytona has to offer!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £93.06
Damage Insurance £43.93

Once booked, you may check in at 11am on the first day of your reservation and check-out by 4pm on the last day of your reservation. We sincerely hope you enjoy this home!

Please call me for any additional information 386-214-6505

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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