|Minimum Stay||2 - 30 nights|
NOTE ON REVIEWS: You may view additional reviews at the listings for our Property # 738597 (for the downstairs Unit) and our Property # 740289 (for the upstairs Unit).
NOTE ON THE PROPERTY: This duplex includes two approx. 1500 sq ft 3BR/2BA apartments – Unit 1 downstairs and Unit 2 upstairs. Unit 1 is typically used as a vacation rental, and Unit 2 is also used as a vacation rental when we are not here. Both units have the same basic layout (although Unit 2 has a larger living room and a somewhat enhanced set of amenities) and can be rented together as a single booking for up to 14 persons. If you have a smaller group, please check those individual listings (Unit 1 - Property # 738597, Unit 2 - Property # 740289), as one or both of those units may be available, even if the calendar for this combined listing shows your dates to be unavailable.
For guests wishing to book both units together for at least 2 weeks (14 nights), please contact us even if the availability calendar shows your dates as unavailable. If Unit 1 is already available we may be able to make the entire duplex available for your extended stay.
NOTE ON PRICING: Due to limitations in the rental price calculator on this website (“Get an Instant Quote”), the total cost shown may be higher than the actual cost. Please see the “Notes” section under the “Rates” table below for details, and (in any case) please contact us directly for the correct pricing of your stay.
YOUR HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME – 164 Cordova St, Duplex with Both Unit 1 (Downstairs Apartment) and Unit 2 (Upstairs Apartment)
THE AREA: Located in a quiet residential area, the property is an easy 5-minute walk from the town square (Plaza de la Constitution) and the architecturally impressive Flagler College (formerly the posh Hotel Ponce de Leon built by Henry Flagler in the late-19th century), just 3 minutes from the beautiful new sea wall along the Intracoastal Waterway near the city marina, only a minute from the serene setting of Lake Maria Sanchez (originally a creek that 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, purchased by us in March, 2015, and both of the 3BR/2BA approximately 1500 sq ft apartments were 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 OUTSIDE: 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 Unit 1 is on the front porch (where the entrances to both units are located) and has a small table with two chairs along with two rocking chairs, and the outside sitting area for Unit 2 is on the balcony above the front porch and has seating for six along with a small table. The east-facing porch and balcony are 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 ROOMS: The living room for Unit 1 is accessed through the porch entryway and offers two comfortable over-stuffed chairs, a large leather sofa, and additional seating with Ottomans (for a total of 8 spaces). The stairway up to Unit 2 opens to a hallway leading to the dining area and kitchen, as well as to the bedrooms and living room. This living room offers two comfortable sofas, an over-stuffed chair and another chair with total seating for 8 persons. Both living rooms look out onto the quiet residential street through two large east- and north-facing windows and are perfect spaces for planning the day's activities, watching a movie, or relaxing with a book.
THE KITCHENS & DINING AREAS: We are confident that our Guests (especially those who love to cook and eat) will enjoy the brand new kitchens where two can easily work side-by-side. The new cabinets and granite counter-tops, the new French-door cabinet-depth refrigerators and new (and very quiet) Bosch dishwashers, and the stainless-steel stoves and microwaves, 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 areas (each with seating for 6) are the best places to enjoy 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, we are sure that 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 ROOMS: All six bedrooms are quite large and comfortable, from the Masters (12+ft x 14+ft) with King beds and en-suite bathrooms, to the Guest Bedrooms (with Queen beds and direct access to the Guest Bathrooms) and 3rd Bedrooms (with two Twins in Unit 1 and a Day Bed that pulls out as two side-by-side Twins in Unit 2, both bedrooms with access to the Guest Bathrooms through the hallway) each at 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. All four bathrooms include new vanities and toilets and large showers, and the laundry rooms are outfitted with new high-capacity Kenmore washers and dryers.
ENTERTAINMENT & CONNECTIVITY: Both apartments are served by Comcast cable TV (with 45+ channels in Unit 1 and 140+ channels in Unit 2), high-speed Internet (up to 75 Mbps) with WiFi, and Internet-based phone systems. We've provided a 40+/50+ inch flat-screen Smart TV in the Unit 1/Unit 2 living rooms (respectively) for cable and access to our Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, Pandora, iHeart radio apps/accounts. The 3rd Bedrooms also have Comcast cable TV connectivity with 30+ inch Smart TVs, and can be used as offices as we have provided desks for your laptops or other devices. 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 TVs using the 'Miracast' capability of our BluRay/DVD player -- depending on the capabilities of your laptop/device (currently Windows 8.1/10 and Android 4.2+ only) and your familiarity with your laptop/device, etc. NOTE: Access to and proper functioning of our Smart TV apps (Netflix, etc.) and 'casting' of your home TV provider content to our TV is NOT GUARANTEED, as there are many factors which could make those services unavailable.
Please see the individual listings for both of these units for more details and photos.
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 Dallas to DC to Deutschland (Germany). As retirees, we're so busy that we can't imagine how we had any time to live when we were working.
Keith & Mary purchased this house in 2015
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.
I really don't know where to begin - but let me start by saying these were the kindest people I have EVER dealt with. Keith and Mary are so accommodating and are so concerned that every thing is just right. The accommodations were second to none. They have impeccable taste in not only their decorating but making sure every I is dotted and T is crossed in making their guests feel welcomed and comfortable. The home should be on HGTV. What a treat to be sure. The location was amazing - in walking distance to everything and the welcome mat is under stated. I will tell everyone about the fabulous people and accommodations that were provided. I truly hope they found that we respected their home as much as we appreciated it. What a class act the experience was. Superior in EVERY category and I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone and anyone who is staying the St. Augustine area. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. I can't thank them enough for making our stay there above and beyond any VRBO we have been to.
Keith and Mary, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are amazing I suggest everyone considers staying here when in St. Augustine - a really cool town. If you ever decide to sell - we're very interested! That's how much we loved it. 5 stars just doesn't get it - way off the scale!
I can't say enough good things about this property. A group of six of us rented both units for a long weekend in April 2016. This is by far the best VRBO that we have rented over the years. The property was spotless and had so many nice touches that made it feel like home. The bottles of white and red wine were left for us as we checked in and it was perfect to enjoy our first happy hour on the beautiful deck on the second floor. The property is within easy walking distance of all the sights in St. Augustine and we came and went several times a day, which is nice for a vacation. Parking was easy and we barely drove on our vacation. Only one minor complaint is the key pad could be touchy at times, but once we figured it out, all was fine. The kitchen was well stocked and we wanted for nothing on our stay. Their recommendations on dining were also spot on. Be sure to visit the Blue Hen for breakfast/brunch. It is the best place I've ever been for an inexpensive brunch. The owners were also very cordial and renting was a snap. Highly, highly recommended!
We rented both of the available units and each of them are in great condition and have been recently renovated to include very nice wood (laminate) flooring, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. There is ample space for living, dining and sleeping with a large living room, good size kitchen, dining area and 3 spacious bedrooms. Both units are beautifully furnished and very comfortable with regard to the seating and bedding offered. The owner is great to work with and is very organized regarding the booking and taking care of any issues that might arise during your stay. The property is within walking distance of restaurants and other Lou to if interest in the historical downtown district of St Augustine. We highly recommend this property as a great alternative to renting multiple hotel rooms. The owner provided a couple bottles of wine and even some milk as a welcome gift and the kitchens are stocked with spices, condiments and all the kitchen utensils needed for those who might want to cook "at home". Very nice property and well worth the rental rate, even though I don't like the arbitrary but non-negotiable VRBO fee now being charged to every tenant who books through this service.
This home was just a perfect place to stay - it has everything you could possibly want and more! It is immaculate both inside and outside. Beautiful yard, high-end furnishings, very tastefully decorated and it was so clean. The owners were hospitable and have thought of every little detail to make your stay enjoyable. I doubt that many Vacation rentals anywhere are stocked with every household item you could ever think of needing. In fact, few main homes are as nice and as well-appointed as this one. This is a first class rental and we enjoyed our visit to this awesome city!!
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!
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.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£240|
|Cleaning Fee||£240 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||£63|
THE 'INSTANT QUOTE' CALCULATOR may show a too-high total cost, since we typically charge a lower nightly rental rate as the length of stay increases -- depending on the season and minimum booking period. So, for example, a 5-night stay will typically have a lower nightly rental rate than a 4-night stay. NOTE that these lower nightly rates may not apply during holiday seasons. Please contact us for detailed pricing.
LIVING ROOM SOFA-BED: The standard occupancy for Unit 1 is up to 6 persons. While the apartment can accommodate a 7th person sleeping on the sofa, it can also accommodate a total of 8 persons with the 7th and 8th persons on the sofa-bed. Appropriate bedding is provided for the 7th person sleeping on the sofa or for the 7th and 8th persons sleeping on the sofa-bed. (Guests are NOT authorized to bring beds, cots, bedding, floor mats, sleeping bags, etc. – except in cases of a crib/pac-n-play for an infant.) NOTE that the special pump for the sofa-bed air mattress is provided only when the booking is for 8 persons, or for 7 persons if the 7th person wishes to sleep on the sofa-bed instead of just the sofa (in which case the costs will be the same as for 8 persons). The additional per person/per night cost is listed in the Rates table above. SOME FURNITURE MUST BE MOVED TO EXPAND SOFA-BED. Please contact us with questions.
LONG-TERM PRICING & EXTRA COSTS FOR STAYS OF 21+NIGHTS: While our standard monthly (30-night) rental rate is as shown in the Rates table, Guests booking 60+ nights will receive a 5% discount or a 10% discount for 90+ nights. NOTE also that stays of 21+ nights may have special requirements with respect to maximum occupancy limits (typically 4 persons) and the number of unrelated persons in the group (typically no more than 2 unrelated persons/couples). These Guests must allow our team to clean the kitchen and bathrooms (which we call “Express Cleans”) approximately every 10-15 days at $100/clean plus tax (including both Units). Please co
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.