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Beautiful Gulf Shore Home Featured on the Cover of Home & Design Magazine

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Exquisitely designed home in an exclusive beach gated community.

Spectacular beach home located at Windmark Beach, Florida, a premiere Florida vacation destination, created by the St. Joe Company located only three miles west of Port St. Joe on Florida Highway 98. Built in 2006, the home offers unmatched panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from almost every room. The main house features a spacious 1882 square feet on two levels. The kitchen, living room, dining room and one guest bedoom are located on the upper level to take full advantage of the spectacular views.

The Carriage House located over the garage provides another 1000 square feet of living space and includes a second master bedroom, full bath, mini-kitchen and guest sleeping area along with a private deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Sleeping accommodations include:

- Master Bedroom - King.

- Guest Bedroom #1 - Queen.

- Guest Bedroom #2 - Twin over Full bunk bed + full-sized baby crib.

- Carriage House - King + Pull-out Queen Sleeper Sofa.

A Pack N' Play for infants is located adjacent to the upstairs main house guest room.

The Home is considered the premier home in Windmark Beach and was featured on the cover Home & Design Magazine. It is professionally decorated and features over 80 windows and 10 French doors to 'live outdoors while you're indoors'...there are spectacular 360 degree views from each living area and five decks directly overlook the Gulf of Mexico.

Floors throughout the main home are Brazilian red cherry and imported Italian tile. Please see the impressive list of home amenities & activities shown in this listing. It's a home you have to see to fully appreciate.

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Dawn Bernardo
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2017

About Dawn Bernardo

We built this, our dream home, on the Gulf of Mexico after we bought the lot from the St. Joe Company in 2006 when Windmark Beach was developed. We were one of the first homes in Windmark Beach Phase I. Twin baby boys arrived a few years later so had to move back to the Midwest and now selectively rent our home in Windmark to special guests. We love Windmark Beach and spent almost ten years living there and enjoying this amazing and relatively unknown piece of Florida paradise.

We aspired to make the home a truly special place and it turned out to be just that. Someday we plan to retire there. The views are amazing, unlike anywhere else we’ve been. The wildlife too and the water and the white squeaky sand...all special place indeed.

The colors we chose for the home are fun and vibrant and the home just has a special, warm, laid-back vibe that people love.

Dawn Bernardo purchased this house in 2006

Why Dawn Bernardo chose North West Florida

We decided to build a one-of-a-kind beach home in Windmark Beach, one of the most dramatic vacation destinations on the Gulf of Mexico.

The beaches in front of our home are quiet and uncluttered and feature beautiful white sugar sand bordered by Southern pine trees and natural vegetation. You can really get away here.

The nearby Village Center at Windmark Beach provides a fitness center (daily and weekly passes are available) and connects to our community via a beautifully manicured 1.4 mile walking and running path with multiple access points and views of the Gulf of Mexico which is only a few short footsteps away.

The Gulf of Mexico provides amazing cooling breezes in the summer and helps moderate the temperature in the winter.

Wildlife is everywhere: Fish, rays, dolphin, hawks, osprey, bald eagles, deer, bobcat, sea turtles and more.

The combination of white sand and tall pine trees has a very dramatic effect - it must be experienced to fully appreciate how beautiful and calming it is and you get this immediate feeling of being a hundred miles from civilization.

Windmark Phase I, where our house is located, is gated so car traffic is very limited and you can walk virtually everywhere. The Beach Club and Phase I pool are located only a five minute walk from the house and you can reach it either Windmark Way or the beach.

Fishing is good most of the year and three piers are within easy walking distance from the house - one is only 100 yards from the end of our boardwalk. Motor and sail boat rentals are available at the nearby Port. St Joe marina.

Windmark Beach is sheltered by Cape San Blas forming St. Joseph Bay. The Cape helps protect the Bay from storms and high winds.

The town of Port St. Joe is only two miles away and features restaurants, a supermarket,, dive shop, bait shops, banks, shopping, a library, US Post Office, FedEx & UPS dropoff, antique stores, and a public 18-hole golf course.

What makes this house unique

1. Living areas (kitchen, living/media room, dining room) all located on upper level to take full advantage of Gulf views and surrounding nature.

2. Gourmet style kitchen with top grade appliances, dual fuel range, wine cooler, pasta faucet and more.

3. Walk-out feature and private deck for every bedroom - 10 decks total plus private boardwalk to the beach.

4. The ONLY hot tub in Windmark beach located on lower deck overlooking beach and private fire pit - hot tub is sunk into deck for ease of entry/exit.

5. Private bedroom, bath and kitchenette above garage with separate secure entrance, private viewing deck (with remarkable view of Gulf) and top of line appliances (including dish washer).

6. Two outdoor showers with hot and cold running water.

7. Bump-out dining room surrounded by glass to give that 'eating outdoors' feeling from inside the home.

8. Rocking chairs on the upper back deck overlooking the Gulf.

9. Soaker tub in Master Bedroom with private TV/DVD player along with all bath lighting controlled from tub.

10. Expansive multi-head shower in master bath room offering spa like experience along with soaker tub, ceiling mounted music speakers and more.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Panama City International
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Port St. Joe, FL
Nearest Beach
Windmark Beach

Property located approx. 2 miles west of Port St. Joe, FL.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Port St. Joe in Gulf County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Large soaker tub in Master Bedroom bath of main home - not jetted but oversized Kohler and very, very nice.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Twin over Full Bunk bed and a crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Carriage house has a king bed with a queen sleeper sofa
  • King bed - One in master bedroom main house and one in Carriage House master bedroom. Queen bed - Main house lower guest bedroom. Bunk Bed - Upper guest bedroom of main house - twin over full size bunk bed. Very nice. Queen size sleeper sofa located in second sleeping area in Carriage House. Full size crib. Also have a like-new Pack N Play for your use.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
900 Square Foot Separate Carriage House Over Garage. Washer is Front Load and Dryer is Gas. Commercial Grade Kitchen with Pasta Faucet Over Range. Gas Range and Electric Oven for Optimal Cooking Performance. Kitchenade Architect Series Appliances Throughout. Separate Kitchen Area Complete with Refrigerator, Sink, Microwave in the Carriage House. Spectacular Views from All Rooms and All Bedrooms Have at Least One Deck. Work Out Area and Equipment Plus Flat Screen TV Located in the Garage. Garage Features Oversized Stalls Plus Full Sink + Storage. Wireless Internet Available Throughout All Living Areas. Private Boardwalk to the Beach. Spectacular Views from All Rooms.


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Beautiful Gulf Shore Home Featured on the Cover of Home & Design Magazine
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Incredible oceanfront vacation

  • 5 of 5

I normally don't write reviews for places if the general opinion is consistent with my own.

I will make an exception for this property - as it is an incredible place to stay right on the beach.

It has amazing views, instant access to the beach, and tons of room. I recommend any family with small children, or even multiple families, use this property. Our 2 and 4 year old loved the beach, the pools and playground on the Windmark property, and the hot tub. The house is gorgeous, warm, and inviting. Every room has radio access, including outside.

This property appears carefully planned for a beach vacation, and caters to families, especially with young kids.

We will be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You give me tears ! My husband and I work very hard to keep this place special... him with the " hard wired construction " & me with the " personal touches " ... thank you for taking the time to write this , for blessing our home with your family & for appreciating our little piece of paradise ! We are so lucky to get to share our home with families like you -:) Dawn B.
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A nice home away from home vacation experience

  • 5 of 5

Breath taking views, beautiful home, comfortable living with not many stairs!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this lovely home. The owners are so very nice, super helpful and the home had everything we needed. Crib, extra pack-n-play, well stocked kitchen (small appliances, pots, pans, etc) and even a booster seat and baby gate (yay!!!) for our toddler. The pool is a short walk away and we found neat treasures on the beach. The home is very clean and the beds are cozy. We hope to stay here again in the future. :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This owner could not have been nicer!

  • 5 of 5

This house is very nicely appointed and the view of the bay is just beautiful. The thunderstorms and sunsets were amazing. It is a very comfortable place in a peaceful setting. Nice touches like containers on the boardwalk and deck make the house warmer and more personable than most rental property. However, the most amazing thing was how very responsive the owner was anytime we had any question whatsoever. It was clear her top priority was to assure we had a wonderful stay and all needs were met. I have never experienced that level of service from an owner before! She was extremely generous with everything and really made our trip. All other owners will pale in comparison to Dawn:)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for blessing our home with your sweet family - for taking such good care of our home, for helping us be better for the next family ( your tips were very helpful -:) & to leave behind ... love, kindness & sweet memories ! I call our home the memory maker ... we feel so lucky to share it with other families doing the same thing . in our special piece of paradise. We are not big & showy like a lot of other places.. .not much to do in our quiet little part of the world... but spend time with family ... cooking dinners together, beach time , pool time. slowing down. its what matters to us. and we feel lucky & blessed to get to share it with so many wonderful families.
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Beautiful Memories with our Family

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, beautiful owners. Our family loves everything about this memory maker, - the beautifully decorated interior, the private beach, the surrounding area. Everything is spectacular!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this --- we are beyond blessed to share our beautiful piece of paradise with such special families... that appreciate it too !!!! Thank you Zarah !!!!!
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This place is the best for our big family that vacations together ages range from 81years to 3 years

  • 5 of 5

This home is lovely! This was our 3rd year at this location. It's works great for all of us. I have a big family and we have vacationed at the beach since my kids were tiny. We have 3 grown kids with families. They each have their own bedrooms and my husband and I share the carriage house with my 81 year old mother. With us staying in the carriage house it allows my husband to keep his fishing gear away from our young grandchildren. This set up is perfect for us. The calmer water in the bay is mostly clear and the younger children play in the water and do not get knocked over by the waves. We kayak, fish and have a stand up paddle board that we all enjoy. There have only ever been a few windy days that prevented us from being on the water. We like the fact that there are very few other people around us. You don't have to fight for a spot on the beach! The separate bedrooms and bathrooms give each family any needed privacy and quiet time if needed. The town of Port St. Joe is clean and the people are all really nice. We love the area! I would recommend this home!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Port St. Joe, Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jan 2018 - 1 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Break 2018 - 1
2 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Break - 2018 / 2
10 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
April / May 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 23 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Memorial day 2018
25 May 2018 - 29 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
SUMMER (1) 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
SUMMER (2) 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2018
5 Aug 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Labor day 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £377.45
Cleaning £173.63
Tax Rate 11.0%

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