About this listing
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. Pet-friendly: $150 pet fee must be applied manually, so please let me know if you're bringing a pet. Guests that book for a month or more will receive bi-weekly cleaning, which is included in the listed price.
This is a cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath house that can comfortably accommodate up to four people. 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. Pet-friendly: $150 pet fee applied manually because the website doesn't automate that, yet, so please let me know if you're bringing your pet so I can apply the fee. Guests that book for a month or more will receive bi-weekly cleaning, which is included in the listed price.
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.
We make every effort to offer an extraordinary value to our guests. Part of doing so is accounting for cost differentials. Not to over-state the obvious, but 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 allows, or if you take or permanently stain towels or washcloths, (or anything else), with make-up, etc., additional fees will apply.
Please NOTE: Failure to adhere to House Rules may result in additional charges.
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. When coming back from the beach, please THOROUGHLY rinse off all the sand and dry off before coming inside, (don't forget to take a towel with you to dry off).
3. If you smoke, please do it outside and dispose of the butts properly, (in the big green garbage cart).
4. 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.
5. The cart with the yellow lid is for recycling only. See house manual for what can be recycled.
6. 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.
7. Behind the studio is my work zone, so please avoid this area.
8. Please do not put any of our stove burners on HIGH heat. The highest you should ever need is about half-way, (5 or 6, at most). You will ruin our pans if you go higher. The ONLY time high heat should ever be used is to boil water, and even then, you would not put an empty pot on a hot burner, you would have water in it.
9. Dishes should be cleaned, dried, and put away, upon departure.
Steve's home is a cozy little place, the neighborhood offered lots of things to do and the dog beach is just across the river at Cordova Park. If you're traveling with dogs I highly recommend his house!
My teenage daughter and I (a woman) stayed here for two weeks in July/August.
Communication w/Steve was very good before and during stay; since leaving, though, I've written him twice about things I think can be improved and asked about my deposit refund and he hasn't responded. He readily accommodated a schedule change on my part just two days before our arrival.
The house was clean and generally comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and soaps, paper towels, etc. are well stocked. Steve was responsive to a couple of small things I mentioned, such as loosening the bicycle lock that was nearly frozen.
The air conditioner is inadequate in the summer to cool the entire house and fans are old and don't move a lot of air. Using windows wasn't a good option: some of them, according to Steve's instructions, can fall out if not opened properly, others seemed stuck and wouldn't open. And the neighborhood is one in which I was not comfortable leaving windows open at night or when we weren't there (although I found out towards the end of our stay that my daughter's bedroom window was open when we arrived and she had left it that way).
This was my first time staying in Eau Gallie and it was convenient for what we wanted to do. I enjoyed exploring the area on one of the bikes provided by Steve. We walked to the once-monthly block party held in town.
The dryer was broken when I went to use it the first time and so I had to go to a laundry mat at night with a wet load. It was inconvenient but no biggie. I realize appliances can break at any moment, and understand wanting to save money, however it took a week to get it repaired because Steve wanted to try fixing the dryer himself first.
When leaving the house knowing we wouldn't be home until after dark, I left the outside light and one inside light on. We came home one night in the pitch dark and the outside light was out. I assumed the two bulbs had, oddly, both burned out. When I went to replace them, I found out they had been loosened in the socket. It turned out Steve had been there that day doing some work and loosened them, presumably to save on the electric bill. He meant to but forgot to screw them back in. Steve apologized and I don't think he would do that again.
The house is on the lower side of prices for short term rentals in the area, but I think there are a few relatively inexpensive things that can be done to improve it. A/c of course isn't one although I read that he does plan to install central. That will be great.
Thanks for the feedback, Robin. I haven't gotten the messages you're saying I didn't respond to. No emails, texts, nor messages on this website came to me. I don't have anything to do with your deposit refund, other than if I had made a claim against it. I didn't make a claim for the two hand towels and washcloth that were ruined, nor the plate that was chipped/cracked because I said I would make up for the dryer inconvenience somehow, and that was how. I was actually under the impression that the deposit was never charged to your card unless there was a problem, so I'm surprised if you had an issue with that, but again, the website handles all that. Every room in the house has a ceiling fan, but after you left, I did find that the one in your room was blowing up instead of down. Also, there are three speeds on each fan, so maybe you didn't have them switched on high. In addition, there is a floor fan for each bedroom, so I'm a little surprised that that, in addition to the a/c, were not enough for an island gal such as yourself. It always worked for me, but I do understand that people are differently acclimated. I find it very odd that a window would have been open when you arrived because usually we make sure all the windows are locked when we're not there. Perhaps that had something to do with the a/c not cooling the back of the house as well. I am very interested in receiving any additional comments and suggestions that I have somehow not gotten. Aloha.
We were at Steve's place for three nights to attend a wedding. Steve was very responsive before and during our stay. The place itself is cozy and neat and we enjoyed our stay despite a packed schedule.
Very clean and quite place to stay. Very close to beach and Starbucks! Bed was very comfortable. Great little yard for my dog to go out. Thanks Steve.
We enjoyed staying at Steve's cosy apartment. The garden adds great chill ambience. Apartment had everything we needed. We liked his place much better than any hotel. Area around is great for a walk and having a snack and a drink. beach is in 10 min drive. Steve was easy to communicate with, very responsive and provided good guidance for getting around.
Steve was very accommodating making our stay very comfortable.
He was easy to contact and answered any questions we had. House was clean and offered all the amenities needed for our 6 day stay.
Kitchen was fully equipped with everything you will need.
We never made it to Steve's place due to unforeseen circumstances but Steve himself was a pleasure to work and I highly recommend him as a host!
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About the Host, Steve
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.