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3BR/2BA Lower Duplex Apt - 1 Small Dog OK - Historic Downtown Saint Augustine

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights

Overview

About the property

Leave your car on property & walk to everything the "Oldest City" has to offer!!

LISTING NOTE: This renovated 3BR/2BA apartment is the downstairs unit of our duplex. The upstairs unit (VRBO # 740289) has the same basic layout with a larger living room, a balcony with seating for 6, and a somewhat enhanced set of amenities. Both units can also be rented together, so if you have a large group of up to 12 persons, please see VRBO # 747637 for details.

YOUR HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME – 164 Cordova St, Unit 1 (Downstairs Apartment)

THE AREA: Located in a quiet residential area, the property is an easy 7-minute walk from the town square (Plaza de la Constitution) and 5 from the architecturally impressive Flagler College (formerly the posh Hotel Ponce de Leon built by Henry Flagler in the late-19th Century), just 4 minutes from the beautiful new sea wall along the Intracoastal Waterway near the city marina and only a minute from the serene setting of Lake Maria Sanchez (originally a creek which was dredged in order to fill in the wetlands on which Flagler's hotel would be constructed) and the historically significant Lincolnville neighborhood, and directly between the First Congregation Sons of Israel Jewish Synagogue (across the street to the east) and the Greater St Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church (on Washington Street, with their parking area bordering our property to the west).

THE HOUSE: The duplex was built in 2006 and purchased by us in 2015, and both of the 3BR/2BA approximately 1500 sq ft apartments were almost totally renovated with the comfort and enjoyment of our vacation rental Guests in mind. For many of our Guests, a main drawing point will be that you can just park your car and walk to most of the popular tourist attractions, bars and restaurants – or just take a casual stroll, jog, or bike ride through some of the most peaceful and beautiful residential areas of our wonderful city.

THE PROPERTY: The first things you will likely notice about the property are the well-kept garden on the east and south sides of the property covered with Florida-native plants, palms and live-oak trees, and the red paver driveways on either side of the building. The driveways lead around the building to a large uncovered gravel parking area in the rear where each unit has dedicated space for up to 3 standard-size vehicles (18 ft max). The outside sitting area for this unit is on the front porch (where the entrances to both units are located) and has a small table with two chairs and two rocking chairs for the sole use of our downstairs Guests. The east-facing porch is perfectly suited for enjoying your coffee in the morning sun or evening beverage in the shade, and generally watching the world and the occasional horse-drawn carriage go by on Cordova Street.

THE LIVING ROOM: Accessed through the porch entryway, the living room looks out onto the quiet residential street through two large east- and north-facing windows. Like most of the rest of the apartment, the living room has new flooring, and offers two comfortable over-stuffed chairs, a large leather couch, and additional seating with Ottomans (for a total of 8 spaces), making it a perfect place for planning the day's activities, watching a movie, or relaxing with a book.

THE KITCHEN & DINING AREA: We are confident that our Guests (especially those who love to cook and eat) will enjoy the brand new kitchen where two can easily work side-by-side. The new cabinets and granite counter-top, the new French-door cabinet-depth frig and new (and very quiet) Bosch dishwasher, and the stainless-steel stove and microwave, as well as other counter-top appliances and all the necessary pots and pans are sure to please the most demanding cooks. The adjacent dining area with seating for 6 is the best place to enjoy your breakfast as you and the members of your group bask in the morning Florida sunshine flowing through the large east- and south-facing windows. And although there are many fun, tasty, and romantic places to eat in St Augustine, most of our Guests will appreciate the flexibility of enjoying a fine or family-style meal in your home-away-from-home. We even provide a great assortment of herbs, spices and other goodies to get you started.

THE BEDROOMS, BATHROOMS & LAUNDRY: All three bedrooms are quite large and comfortable, from the Master (12 ft x 14 ft) with a King bed and en-suite bathroom, to the Guest bedroom (with a Queen bed and direct access to the Guest Bathroom) and 3rd Bedroom (with two Twins and access to the Guest Bathroom through the hallway) -- each 12 ft x 13 ft. All bedrooms have new flooring and ample space for clothing and luggage, but perhaps the best part is that they overlook the parking area to the back of the building which is almost totally shielded from the neighboring property by a line of tall trees and other foliage, along with a 6 ft shadow-box wood fence with knee-wall. This makes for an excellent privacy barrier and gives the feeling of living in a downtown enclave. Both bathrooms include new vanities and toilets and large showers, and the laundry room is outfitted with a new high-capacity/efficiency Kenmore washer and dryer.

ENTERTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY: The apartment is served by cable TV (with 200+ channels), high-speed Internet (up to 50 Mbps) with WiFi, and an Internet-based phone system. We've provided a 40+inch flat-screen Smart TV in the living room for cable and access to our Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, Pandora, and iHeart Radio apps/accounts. If your home TV service provider offers online programming for viewing on your laptop computer and/or mobile device, you may also be able to view that content on our living room TV using the 'Miracast' capability of our BluRay/DVD player -- depending on the capabilities of your laptop/device and your familiarity with the technology. The 3rd Bedroom also has cable connectivity with a 30+ inch Smart TV, and can be used as an office as we have provided a desk for your laptop or other devices.

More Details

Owner
Keith & Mary
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Keith & Mary

Mary and I (Keith) are both retired and moved to St Augustine from northern Virginia in 2011 (Mary is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, and I was born and raised in Wisconsin). Together we have 4 kids, strewn from Virginia, to Connecticut to Germany. As retirees, we're so busy that we can't imagine how we had any time at all to live when we were working.

Keith & Mary purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Keith & Mary chose Lincolnville

Although this is a new property for us, we managed our previous home as a vacation rental for over 4 years. We sold The Villa at Kirkside on Valencia Street here in St Augustine in November 2014, having finally realized that a 5BR/4.5BA 4300 sq ft home with a huge garden and pool was simply too big for the two of us (duh!).

That wonderful property is now in new hands and is no longer a vacation rental, but during those years at the Villa we were fortunate to have had over 70 groups of Guests enjoy our home. Most rented the entire property when we traveled (which was quite often), but many others stayed in the 2BR/1BA lower level while we were in the upper levels. We especially enjoyed having a chance to meet the Guests who stayed in our home when we were there. One couple actually decided to move to St Augustine, and they are now very dear friends of ours. We still keep in touch with other Guests, including a British couple with whom we hope to get together at some point at one of their vacation rentals in Portugal or the UK.

Each and every one of our Guests who was kind enough to write a review honored us with a 5-star rating, which we are sure contributed to our property being selected by HomeAway as one of their small number of "Luxury Vacation Rentals" two years in a row -- along with, at that time, only one other property in Northeast Florida and around 500 in the entire USA.

While 164 Cordova is a very different place in terms of size, layout and style, we were drawn to it especially because it allowed us to downsize (the upstairs unit is our primary residence). It also gave us a chance to improve a tired property in a beautiful neighborhood, and to get to know those Guests who stay with us when we are not on the road -- which is our favorite part.

Whether you are one of our old Villa Guests or new to the area, we invite you to join us and learn (or remember) why St Augustine is such a great place to stay -- for a short time or a lifetime.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lincolnville in St Augustine

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • OUR RENTAL AGREEMENT is made available for review during the booking process, and includes a requirement that Guests provide supplemental information.
  • GUESTS SHALL PROVIDE that information within 48 hours of Owner acceptance of a Reservation Request (24 hours if the arrival date is within 15 days).
  • A BOOKING IS COMPLETE only when the Owner sends to the Guest written confirmation that the Guest has completed all booking requirements.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Accessible from hallway and directly from Guest Bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master Bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower.
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Guest Bedroom has direct access to the Guest Bathroom/Shower
    3rd Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 3rd Bedroom can also be used as a TV room and office.
  • A child's 'playard' with mattress and bedding and/or a highchair can also be reserved at booking for an additional $25 plus tax one-time charge for one or both.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

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3BR/2BA Lower Duplex Apt - 1 Small Dog OK - Historic Downtown Saint Augustine
average rating of 5.0 based on 62 reviews
Fairfax, Va
5

Excellent....perfect location, comfortable, nicely decorated, all A+

  • 5 of 5

Owners quickly respond....comfortable beds, spacious, meticulously clean, walkable to historic area. No details were left out to make sure guests felt welcome and comfortable, down to wine, coffee, etc. in kitchen and amenities like hand lotion, etc. We have nothing negative to say. The property is a big “wow” and ranks in the top 2 places we’ve rented in over a dozen places. Highly recommend staying at this beautiful home away from home. Marjorie and Mark from New Bern, NC

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plant City, Florida
5

Very nice ‘

  • 5 of 5

Excellent!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Gem in Downtown St. Augustine

  • 5 of 5

We have rented various homes or apartments in the downtown St Augustine area for the past nine years. Our stay at 164 Cordova Street this year was by far our best experience. This beautifully appointed and well equipped apartment is a perfect “home away from home.” The living spaces are comfortable and beautifully furnished. In particular, the kitchen is completely equipped and generously supplied. There is ample off-street parking. As to location, this residence is located just a block or so from the waterfront and downtown historic district, within easy walking distance to all the major attractions.

Keith and Mary were perfect hosts, immediately responsive to any needs that arose during our stay.

We heartily recommend 164 Cordova Street to anyone planning to visit this wonderful historic town

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautifully appointed apartment in Historic St. Augustine, Florida

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found our home away from home in this wonderful apartment right in the center of historic old St. Augustine. From the moment we opened the door we were delighted by the spaciousness and all the personal touches in the decorating. There's a real livingroom with comfy chairs and cushions to stretch out on and read or watch a movie. Speaking of reading - Mary has very thoughtfully included bookshelves filled with great reads from the classics to many current topics.

Mary and Keith are wonderful hosts - they're so helpful in suggesting places to visit, things to see and do and we had the good fortune to meet them this year. The apartment is furnished very comfortably (just like home) and the chefs kitchen is a dream - all the tools and supplies one needs to cook up delicious meals and save on eating out every day.

We had a most enjoyable stay in the Cordova downstairs apartment and are already planning our vacation there for 2019.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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University of Florida

  • 5 of 5

Great property - very well maintained, comfortable, and convenient. Excellent hots!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, updated and great location!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience at Keith and Mary’s home in St. Augustine!! The home was immaculate, perfect size for our group of 5, spacious, and extremely updated. It had everything we needed for the trip, from kitchen items to games and even bottles of wine the owners left for us! The home was located so close to everything, the shops and restaurants downtown, the sights, and the distillery. We loved it and recommend highly to anyone planning to visit this awesome town!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Jacksonville FL International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
A1A Ale Works
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
48 Miles
Amtrak Jacksonville FL
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
I-95
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Old City House
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
St Augustine Beach & Vilano Beach
Car: recommended

St Augustine is the oldest city in the USA (founded in 1565), and the city fathers (and mothers) have done a wonderful job preserving the history and Mediterranean charm. There are fun and interesting things to do year-round -- including art, music, and food festivals, tours, museums and great restaurants.

A 5-10 minute drive takes you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. And be sure to check out Jacksonville (45 min), Daytona Beach (1 hr), and Orlando/Winter Park (2 hrs) for exciting day trips.

Enjoy all of this, and more, during your stay at 164 Cordova!

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Here is a list of impressive recent accolades for St. Augustine and St. Johns County (borrowed from a St Augustine 450th Anniversary website):

Coastal Living Magazine (June 2014) – St. Augustine ranked No. 4 on Coastal Living’s List of Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns in America 2014.

Travel + Leisure Magazine (May 2014) – St. Augustine named No. 9 on the list of 25 of America’s Favorite Beach Towns.

USA Today Top 10 Best Historic Cities in the U.S. (April 2014) – St. Augustine is listed among the nominees as the 10 Best Historic Cities in the United States.

USA TODAY 10 Best Florida Attractions December 2013 – The unique history, stunning architecture and old-world ambiance of St. Augustine’s Historic District and the oldest masonry structure in the US, the commanding 17th Castillo de San Marcos each made the Reader’s Choice Best 10 Florida’s Attractions List.

Travel + Leisure America’s Best Small Towns for Halloween October 2013

Tampa Bay Times Florida’s Top 10 Gay Friendly Beaches September 2013 – Tampa Bay Times listed the north beach access of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve among its best Florida beaches for gay-friendly travel.

CNN Travel 22 Can’t Miss Beaches August 2013 – Beauty, history and unspoiled nature combined to put Ponte Vedra Beach on CNN’s list of 22 Can’t Miss U.S. Beaches.

Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly – Top 10 U.S. Cities – May 2013 – Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly included St. Augustine on its list of Top 10 U.S. Catholic cities. Noting St. Augustine is “the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States,” the article explained the first Mass in the New World was celebrated in the city on Sept. 8, 1565, the day the Spanish landed.

Fodor’s Travel Guide- 10 Best Small Towns in America – March 2013 – Editors of the travel guide publisher picked the winners based on criteria like population (all are under 50,000 people), and draws like great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures.

Smithsonian – The Best 20 Small Towns to Visit in 2013 – March 2013 – “St. Augustine has decided to throw itself a 450th birthday party—for four years. That would be overkill anyplace else, but not in the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America, founded in 1565 by Spanish conquistadors. Add this year’s statewide Quincentennial commemoration of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing and you’ve got a true history bash.”

Budget Travel – 12 Best Kid-Friendly Destinations – January 2013 – Budget Travel editors select St. Augustine as one of the Top 12 destinations when traveling with toddlers, tweens and teens.

Fodor’s – Seven Affordable Destinations for 2013 – January 2013 – St. Augustine among the list of seven most affordable destinations in the world.

Budget Travel – 12 Most Beautiful Churches in America – January 2013 – Budget Travel included Memorial Presbyterian Church on its list of America’s Most Beautiful Churches – those as intriguing as their European counterparts.

National Geographic Traveler – December 2012 – Listed St. Augustine among the Top 20 “World’s Must See Places.”

National Geographic Traveler – December 2012 – For the second year in a row, named St. Augustine a Top 10 place in the world to view holiday lights.

Reuters News Group – December 2012 – Named St. Augustine on list of Top 10 places in the world to see holiday lights

Society of American Travel Writers “Where to Travel” – December 2012 – Named St. Augustine as a Top 10 Lesser Known (but just as bright) Holiday Light display in the U.S.

American Bus Association – September 2012 – Named St. Augustine’s Ponce de Leon Commemorative events a 2013 Top 100 Event in North America.

CNN Travel – July 2012 – Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine named one of the Top 8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.06
Damage Deposit £224.13

LONG-TERM PRICING & EXTRA COSTS FOR STAYS OF 21+ NIGHTS: Stays of 45+, 90+, and 185+ nights will typically receive increasingly discounted pricing. For stays of 21+ nights, the maximum occupancy limit is typically 4 persons (no more than 2 unrelated persons/couples in the group) at the sole discretion of the Owner, and Guests must allow our team to clean the kitchen and bathrooms every 10-15 days at an additional $50/clean plus tax.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions or concerns.

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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