With a perfectly balanced marriage of historical design and modern comforts, this enchanted three-story six-bedroom Victorian House, beautifully restored and kept, makes a comfortable and convenient home that is great for a friend or family gathering. The three floors are a collection of beautiful intimate nooks and family spaces including first and second floor porches fronting a quiet residential street. The private walled backyard is large and the property is close enough to walk to all the shops and restaurants. The soul of the Victorian House lies in its charming décor where each room is individual, offering its own unique welcoming atmosphere to make you feel welcomed.
A stay at the Victorian House is an immersion into a hidden piece of history without sacrificing on modern conveniences. The balance of modern comforts and historical design draw you in; almost as if the rooms were speaking to you, telling you to stay.
Modern Comforts Include:
•European ductless air conditioning/heating units with remote controls in each bedroom
•Five queen-size and one king-size bedrooms
•Two fully renovated tiled bathrooms with complimentary shampoos and conditioners
•Fully-stocked separate kitchen, breakfast and dining areas
•Washer and dryer with complimentary laundry detergent
•Hardwood floors and/or tile throughout
•Comfortable memory foam mattresses in all bedrooms
•Freshly cleaned bedding and linens; extra supply of towels
•Private walled backyard, large patio table table, fire pit and a grill
•Wi-Fi, desktop computer, MP3 player, large DVD collection, Karaoke, blueray player
The private backyard with high concrete walls feels private and quiet, with lots of chairs, a fire pit, a grill, and plenty of secure space to play games, grill out, relax and sit under the lights without worrying about any neighbors. There are none on either side or behind the house. A good tip is to grab a trolley pass for the day. You can hop on and off at many locations and get a really nice guided history of St. Augustine. You will love to hear all the fine details you wouldn't know otherwise and it's an excellent way to get further away then walking distance without having to take your car. The trolley stop is right across the street.
Standing in the formal living room, the honey glow of the original heart pine floor points you to the beauty of the intricately designed 19th century chocolate fireplace mantle. To your right is the original staircase that seems ripped right out of a BBC historical series, winding all the way up to the third floor. To your left, are an antique grandfather clock and a door that goes out to the car-port. Originally built for the height of a carriage, the steps help you get down to your car and the coverage is great for a raining day.
As you walk forward, past a set of built-in shelves, you turn left into the formal dining room. The rustic cherry wood floors compliment the rounded historical design of the fireplace mantel. Both original to the home, you wonder about the kinds of conversations these were silent witnesses to. Paired with this history is a marble dining table that seats six and a number of antique pieces that look like they were always a part of the house.
Immediately adjacent to the dining room is the family room and kitchen. The kitchen, fully renovated with modern conveniences, has an old-world feel with a double farmer’s sink and wooden cabinets that pick up on the color of the floor in the dining room. The whimsical nobs on the cabinets echo the ambiance of the cozy breakfast nook. This fully equipped kitchen makes you want to pop open a bottle of wine and cook something tasty with friends.
The family room has a large L-shaped sofa with a 60 inch flat screen TV and about 100 DVD’s to choose from, should you decide to do a movie night. You could spend a whole afternoon in this living room sitting on the cozy chairs and chatting with friends as the breeze comes in from the windows and door.
The amber glow of the pine floors lead out to the private back yard, but not before making a right into the master bedroom, where the high ceilings, flowing curtains, oversized floor mirror and king size bed exude romance and privacy. The fully renovated bathroom next door has a beautifully tiled shower and European inspired decor.
Make a right and you’re on the back patio facing the yard. Complete with a fire pit, a 70-year-old grapefruit tree that completes the tropical garden, the enclosed backyard is the perfect place to roast some marshmallows or have an intimate gathering under the stars. Then again, if St. Augustine is having one of its many fun events, walk out the back gate, cross the street and you’re there!
Second and Third Floors:
Winding up the stairs to the second and third floors, you feel like you are walking in the footsteps of the past. The five uniquely decorated bedrooms with queen sized beds invite you to stay the night. The two bedrooms on the third floor, in particular have a fun feel, with sitting areas that back to the exposed original brick columns. Past the newly renovated and fully tiled bathroom, spend an evening enjoying the breeze on the balcony. You could even take a nap there, as the faint sound of singing frogs from the nearby stream lull you to sleep.
Make memories that will last here. Take a 5 minute drive to the beach, a Trolley tour through the town, a 5-minute stroll to the waterfront or enjoy an afternoon sitting on the rocking chairs on the front porch, where you can listen for whispers of history or meet the locals and learn new stories. The Victorian House is only a short 5-10 minute stroll to a number of exciting attractions and delicious eateries, including: Old St. George Street, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos (a 17th century fort), many fine restaurants, pastry cafes, night bars, pubs, art galleries, carriage tours and the waterfront. San Sebastian Winery is about a 3 minute drive (free tastings and tours). St. Augustine beach is about a 7 minute drive, while Vilano Beach (which is a bit more private and has on beach car access) is only 5 minutes away. Both beaches are free to the public.
St. Augustine offers more than just its ancient history and ideal subtropical climate; it is the perfect place to foster connectedness and contentment. In the downtown area, there are great spots to sip a latte, watch films and street musicians, visit farmers' markets, browse used-book shops, buy organic products or find meditation centers. It offers a breadth of cultural activity and diverse spiritual opportunities. There are places that celebrate regional products —especially locally brewed beer, locally baked bread and locally grown produce—not to mention St. Augustine’s enthusiastic support of homegrown artists, performers and cultural institutions. There is truly something here for everyone.
Whether it’s sipping sweet tea on the porch with the locals, exploring the beauty of St. Augustine and its beaches or just spending quality time with loved ones, the Victorian House has more than what you’re looking for. Its enchantment, echoes of the ancient city and the feeling of rejuvenation will stay with you, like a tender ache to return, long after you’ve left.