Welcome to Summerplace, a charming "Old Florida" beach community with sandy streets and a lush tropical setting. The walk to the ocean, and the private beach entrance, is short & pleasant. Enjoy relaxing in our casual, air-conditioned beach house!
We have a 2 bedroom/1 bath beach house located about 200 yards from the ocean in the Wabasso Beach area, on Vero Beach's barrier island (Orchid Island - accessible by bridge, no toll).
The house is about 1100 square feet, all cathedral ceilings (except one bedroom), plus a 500 square foot screened-in patio (under roof). There is a living room, dining room, kitchen (includes dishwasher), family room, laundry room (full size washer and dryer), bathroom (with 3-foot by 5-foot walk-in shower, frameless glass walls & pebble floor), and 2 bedrooms (each with a queen size bed). The larger bedroom measures 12 x 15 feet and the smaller is 11'6" x 11'4" (cathedral ceiling). Open concept floor plan, all on one level, with large-scale tile floors throughout, except for the bedrooms (carpet).
We do have some beach towels/chairs available to use. The kitchen is stocked with all the basics. Other items available to guests include: blow dryer, iron/ironing board, alarm clock, umbrella, towels/linens, paper towels/toilet paper, laundry/dishwasher detergent, trial-size basic toiletries. Please feel free to ask if you're looking for specific items.
While I don't think our home meets the legal definition of handicap accessible, the home is very handicap-friendly. It is all one level, with no stairs inside or outside, and a very open floor plan. However, I'm not sure about the bathroom... The "walk-in" shower has a curb of less than 4 inches high, with a 2nd independently-operated handheld shower about 40" up from the floor. Also, appliances (laundry & kitchen) are not height-specialized for access from a wheelchair. Please don't hesitate to contact me to ask about other dimensions to make sure our home will meet your needs.
I am sorry but, because we live in the house 6 months out of the year, we CANNOT ALLOW ANY PETS, as I am highly allergic.
Interaction with Guests
Depending on the time of year that you visit, I may be able to greet you at our home with the keys and help you get oriented & settled in.
We live in the house during the winter/spring, so the property is not available from early November through mid-late April.
The walk to the ocean is short & pleasant, with a private entrance to the beach (restricted to Summerplace residents and their guests), which is uncrowded and beautiful. There is a lifeguard-attended public beach a couple blocks south of our home (shown in my pictures), enjoyed by beachcombers, surfers and skimboarders alike. Disney is right next to that beach, so there are usually kids around (if your kids are looking for playmates!)
Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of Florida’s picturesque Atlantic Treasure Coast, so-named after historic, offshore shipwrecks whose recovered bounty may be viewed at two nearby museums. Bike along the Jungle Trail to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (also accessible by car). Have dinner at one of the public restaurants at Disney's Vero Beach Resort, next to the public beach just south of us. All kinds of activities & amenities near our home can be explored on our personal website (kathimcgraw) set up for our beach house - search the phrase "Relaxing at the Beach on Florida's Treasure Coast... Paradise". From there, you can link back to Airbnb to book your vacation at the beach!
The main road (A1A) is a 45MPH, 2-lane road with a center turning lane (3 lanes total). Our house is on the west side of A1A, bordering A1A, about a block from the beach.
We have plenty of off-street parking at our home, with a fully-paved double-wide driveway, but there is no public transportation. You will need a car to get around.
Other Things to Note
Recently, a potential guest contacted us to inquire if we had ever had an issue with bed bugs While we have NEVER had any bed bugs in the four years we've lived in the house, I decided to be proactive and took preventative measures, after consulting with a pest control company. For your peace of mind (and my own!), both beds have bed bug-proof encasements. If you have further concerns, you will need to bring your own pillow protectors, as these are no longer including in my bedding inventory.
No smoking or pets allowed, due to allergies and recent renovations. We spend all our free time renovating while we're living in our home, and we hope to keep it in great condition for as long as possible.
The maximum number of overnight guests (including children/infants) allowed is 4. Also, there is a one-week minimum stay - we do not offer accommodations for shorter stays. This is a quiet, close-knit residential community and we've intentionally limited the number of guests and the length of stay in order to maintain good relations with our neighbors.
Above all, please remember the Golden Rule - this is the home we live in and we hope you will treat it with the same care and respect that you would want others to treat your home.
Hemos pasado 18 dias como si estuviéramos en nuestra casa.
Todo está perfecto: la casa impecable en cuanto a limpieza, la ubicación, la proximidad con la playa, el vecindario...
Las camas son muy cómodas, hay mucho espacio en general para descansar.
Además Kathi está muy pendiente de que nada falle.
Las fotos de la casa muestran exactamente cómo es, incluso es mejor¡
estamos muy contentos. Sin duda la recomendaríamos¡
Nous avons apprécié la maison ainsi que la plage à proximité. Le quartier est sécuritaire et tranquille. La plage est située très près et il y avait presque personne. L'eau est chaude et très propre. Il y a un marché d'alimentation pas loin et des boutiques. La propriétaire s'est informé de nous à notre arrivée et c'est une place à revenir, merci Kathi.
Carole et Michel
Kathi was a very helpful and cooperative host. Her home was very nice and served our purposes perfectly.
My husband, my 2 year old son and I had the perfect beach vacation here. We couldn´t have asked for more: a comfortable, lovely beach house with everything we needed and more, just steps from a gorgeous, private beach.
We had the loveliest time just the three of us -literally!- just relaxing at the beach, enjoying the sunshine, pristine water and great summer weather.
Highly recommend it to anyone looking to relax and recharge batteries by the ocean!
What a beautiful house, a real gem! We stayed there for 10 days and really enjoyed the accomodation with superb equipment and the nearby beach. Kathi, offered an excellent introduction of the location with maps and flyers for supermarkets and restaurants. The house contains everything one needs to feel cosy and at home. The beach is very close, clean and not overpopulated (at least during the time we stayed there, May 16-26th). We definitely will recommend the Beach House to our friends and surely will come back again. Thanks a lot Kathi and Bob!
Kathi was a truly fantastic hostess! I stayed at her house with my daughter, and we a had a wonderful time! The location could not have been better! The decor was nice, the kitchen was stocked with great equipment, everything was very clean, spacious and comfortable as advertised. Just an outstanding experience and some great memory-making! I would highly recommend this property and I hope that we get to stay there again!
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Kathi & Bob McGraw, a middle-age couple from Vero Beach, FL (and Glen, NH), starting to travel to Italy & Switzerland, and looking to also start renting out our Florida beach house (currently under renovation) & New Hampshire mountain home.