Located on the edge of the historic Eau Gallie Art District with tree-lined walks to parks and pier and two miles from Melbourne's beautiful beaches, this cozy house has a privacy-fenced backyard, security-fenced front, and lovely shady oak trees.
This is a cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath house that can comfortably accommodate up to four people, (more with the inflatable bed or couch(es)). The kitchen is stocked with cookware and dishes and the bathroom has the basic amenities. We have a privacy-fenced backyard and security-fenced front. Our pet policy is that there is an additional $150 non-refundable pet deposit.
You'll have full use of the house, the kitchen is fully equipped, including dishwasher, cookware, dishes, and some condiments, cooking oil, etc., bathroom with soap, shampoo, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, towels, and washcloths, desk, queen-size bed, stereo, 49" TV in the living room and a smaller one in the bedroom w/cable, and shares a washer, dryer, 2 bikes, privacy-fenced back yard, security-fenced front yard, fire pit, and patio area with guest(s) that may or may not be staying in the studio apartment.
Interaction with Guests
I'm not usually on the property, but I stop in fairly regularly when I'm in town, as I keep my truck and trailer there for my tree service. I'm usually reachable by phone for questions or tips. Just leave a message if I don't answer and I'll get back to you ASAP.
This house is on the outskirts of the quaint and historic Eau Gallie Art District, home to many art outlets, the Foosaner Art Museum, the Rossetter House Museum, other historic buildings, a really nice library with computers and wi-fi overlooking the scenic river and free public fishing pier, a restaurant/tiki bar next to the pier that has good food and live music daily, other restaurants, shops, and the Intracoastal Brewery, all within a few blocks walking distance. There's a Saturday farmer's market on Highland Av. near Eau Gallie Blvd., a community indoor basketball court, and several parks and recreation areas within walking distance. There is a nice dog beach only two miles away, as well.
There are bus stops within a block of the house. Just about anything you could need is within walking distance.
Other Things to Note
I'm in the process of revamping the yard into a permaculture paradise, so please excuse the incompleteness of it as we progress toward this goal.
1. Melbourne is semi-tropical and prone to mosquitoes and all kinds of bugs. We do not have screen-doors. There are screens on the windows, so open them if you want, (see "WARNING" in house manual before opening them), but please keep the doors closed so the bugs stay outside.
2. If you use the dryer, please dispose of lint in the big green garbage cart. The cart is outside and to the right, as you're facing the washer and dryer.
3. The cart with the yellow lid is for recycling only. See house manual for what can be recycled.
4. If you smoke, please do it outside and dispose of the cigarette butts properly, (in the big green garbage cart).
5. If you use the fire pit, please scoop up your ashes after they cool down and put them in a bag and dispose of the bag in the big green garbage cart. Make sure all windows to the house and studio that may be exposed to the smoke are closed before starting the fire. You may use the bark and wood scraps in the can next to the fire pit for a small fire.
6. Behind the studio is my work zone, so please avoid this area.
7. Dishes should be cleaned, dried, and put away, upon departure.
8. The cleaning fee only pays for a certain amount of cleaning time. If, upon your departure, it takes more time to return the unit to its original condition, (when you checked in), than the cleaning fee pays for, you will be charged the difference. If you take or permanently stain towels or washcloths, (attention make-up wearers), you will be charged for them.
We had such a great time in Melbourne and Steves place was the icing on the cake! Comfortable bed, walking distance to great food and drinks, a great location! The fire pit was an added bonus in the evenings :) thanks a million, Steve, you'll see us again soon!
This was the perfect place for us. It had what we needed to enjoy ourselves for a long weekend. Steve was kind and thorough with his description of how to enjoy the place.
The house in Eau Gallie was exactly as described. It's a cute little place, in a very quiet neighborhood. The faint hearted might think the area is a bit decrepit but that's the general vibe of this old area. In terms of facilities the house had everything we needed. It was clean and had fluffy towels and good quality sheets. The bed was very comfortable. The price reflects the district and is overall good value for the facilities on offer. I would recommend the house and will definitely use it again.
I enjoyed staying at your house. It was clean, quiet and all as listed. When Lin heard that I was ill she inquired whether she could help me. That was very appreciated. You might consider getting a toaster for the kitchen. The present one can not be regulated and only burns the toast. Also the bathroom sink and tub do not drain as they should. Probably partially clogged. I look forward to staying in your house next visit to Florida. Aloha, Art
My daughter and I stayed in the unit while visiting family.
Between visiting family and shopping we didn't get to spend much time in the unit, but it is a great value for the price, and we would definitely stay again.
I regret that we didn't have enough time to enjoy the back yard which has a nice fire pit.
Steve reached out on the very first day to see if we needed anything, and the detailed instructions in the listing were very helpful.
Overall, it was an agreeable stay. I appreciated the fact that Steve worked an arrangement, so we could bring our dogs along. The fenced yard was a plus for the pups. He was also flexible when we ran an hour late on check-out. Thanks for the courtesy.
The location was suitable to our needs....walking area to a smallish downtown, close to the dog beach (short drive). The neighborhood is not upscale by any means, but seemed safe in which to walk.
1. there was a little confusion with parking at first, but we finally arranged to park under the drive way awning. i think it is advisable that all guests in the future stay on the fenced property, rather than in front. The neighborhood is not wretched, but the apt complex across the street has enough people traffic to warrant judicious concern about cars left outside the property.
2. it's advertised as a 2 bedroom, but the 2nd bedroom was musty smelling and cluttered with some other belongings, so resulted in it being unusable.
3. the the bed in the main bedroom was a bit small for 2 people. Fortunately, my wife & I like each other and are not restless sleepers, lest we would have bungled into each other all night. We have a queen bed at home & this was smaller. I'm over 6 ft tall, so my ankles were off the bed.
4. the a/c in the living room (only one in house) is likely suffiecient capacity for the room, but definitely not the house. We had to set up a system of fans to blow the cool air into the bedroom.
Like I said, my wife & I managed at the place & enjoyed the break away, but my parents wouldn't have tolerated it very well (less a/c, small bed, musty 2nd bedroom).
Thanks for your honesty, Thomas. We will definitely address what we can, among the negatives. 1. We didn't have anyone staying in the house for a few days, so our other guest got in the habit of parking in the carport. I informed him several times of your arrival that night and that the carport was reserved for you, but when we got there that night, we discovered that he decided to park there anyway. Perhaps he didn't want to be awakened by your arrival past 11 PM, since he works early. After conferring about it with you on the phone, I got him to move his vehicle to his spot. The confusion was a mere matter of minutes and this minor discrepancy was dealt with well before your arrival. 2. The door and windows of the 2nd bedroom were closed, not allowing a/c or fresh air to enter, which is why it was musty smelling. While there were a few boxes in the corner of the room, I would hardly consider the room unusable, though I am sorry you were left with that impression. The couch and desk were accessible and the room would have cooled off fine with the door open. Had I known the use of that room was important to you, I would have made more of an effort to better prepare it for you. 3. The posting does say that it is a full-size bed, not a queen. 4. I'm sorry you found the a/c unit insufficient, but I'm glad you were able to make it work with the ceiling and floor fans provided. While the unit is designed to cool a space the size of the house, we are currently saving for central air and already have the duct work installed. Should you find yourself in the area again, I hope you'll check back on our improvements.
Staying in Eau Gallie worked perfectly for me. I was there to do Zora Neale Hurston research. She's an author who wrote about Florida and always said her favorite place was Eau Gallie. She did a lot of her writing about voodoo and African American folk tales while living there in the 30s and then again in the 50s. This little town has alot of history. The photos and depictions of Steve's place were accurate and I had good experiences in the neighborhood--a racially integrated working people's section of Melbourne full of small homes and little apartment buildings. I had good food at the crab house, made two visits to the great local beer place two blocks down Avocado Ave, and you really must go to the beautiful public library which has giant modern windows facing out onto the water--you can read or surf the web while watching dolphins jump and play and birds swoop and hunt fish! The kitchen was 100% functional, the bathroom too, and the bed was comfortable. Since it was just me I can't speak for the fold out sofabed in the second room, which also doubles as an office I think. I had a lovely four days in Eau Gallie! Thanks for a great offer of an affordable place in Eau Gallie!
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Arborist, Permaculturist, Environmentalist, occasionally lovingly accused of being a hedonist (I like my play time, but actually have a strong work ethic), Surfer, Engineer, Florida transplant operating my tree service in several locations, nation-wide. Many and varied interests. Aspiring for continual improvement and excellence.