We booked this vacation place for 8 days over the Memorial weekend, upon arrival we were we were greeted by a huge green lizard then Norman. He is a very chatty and funny man, full of jokes. The house has a very nice view and lots of sun lights, looked clean at first glance but badly needed a deep cleaning and renovation. To start of the glass sliding door was falling apart and cannot lock, so we felt uneasy while we were out doing activities. We made the problem known to Norman, he came by but there was little he could do but to change the whole door. The kitchen was fully equipped but the pots and pans were all very old and scratched, the inside of the cabinets was absolutely filthy. The AC unit mounted outside of the bedroom was extremely noisy when it was on and so did inside of the house. In the ensuite, the fan in the bathroom was very loud, so loud that it was unpleasant being in the bathroom. Basically, everything in this house is dilapidated, dirty and filthy with tiny cockroaches. Not a healthy environment to be in or to breath especially when the AC was on.
On top of that, we ran into some nasty neighbors who came for the Memorial weekend, big augment broke out over spaces at the driveway. Apparently, we were caught in a 30 years feudal between the owner of the next door neighbor and Norman or whoever lived in the condo before. The bikes were very old, the go car didn't start half of the time, we had to push it back all the way from the pier to the house. Norman did buy us a cheap 5 liters pot when we asked if he had any available in his warehouse.
Nice view but the inside did not worth the money, wait until it's completely remodeled before you even think about giving it a chance.
We were incredibly unlucky with the place we were allocated which I will refer to later
What's good about this place
1. Nice views
2. Lots of free gear to try including golf cart, kayaks, tennis, fishing rods
3. Norman the manager tries to be helpful. He got us a bigger cooking pot when we asked which he obviously went out and purchased
4. Reasonably big common space
1. Very run down
2. Front door won't lock
3. Not particularly clean
To offset this I was told they were about to revamp the place and contractors had already been hired to do this
Finally there was a thirty year feud over lots of issues with the neighbours and the owners of the. Apartment and where they wanted to park their car and where Norman dropped off the golf cart started a major incident involving threat to kill us and just crazy beviour witnessed by security who did nothing as the "they are normally very nice people" so honestly I can't recommend it to anybody unless you are sure you aren't in the place we were put
We had a great time in the property.
It isn't fancy, could be updated, but we enjoyed every moment.
We arrived late in the evening and Norman was there waiting for us.
On the kitchen table there was a welcome basket - really nice and useful. Kitchen had a few basics, that was really great too, because we did not have the time nor the energy to go to the grocery store.
As I said, we loved the condo, very homely, it has everything you need. The view is really nice, sun all day long. Quite near Publix and other basic stores.
The only thing that I was not happy about is the the cleanliness when we got there.
It was late, we traveled for aprox 24 hours but I immediately noticed that the floor was sticky, the sink had a sponge full of long blond hair. The floor around the trash bin were dirty and I found the drawer in the bathroom cabinet was ful of dust and hair - it obviously was not cleaned in a while.
The kitchen amenities were in good conditions, clean. The bathrooms (toilet and tub) except the drawer were cleaned properly.
So...I'm no cleaning freak, but I did some cleaning myself...the floor were really dirty, the water was black...I think you should change the maid who is doing the cleaning.
Otherwise, after had the sponge thrown away, cleaned the floor and the drawers we really had a fantastic time there and enjoyed every minute.
First off Norman the owner met us at the condo for check in and then he showed us around the entire area and pointed out the good spots and where to snorkel and swim which were very helpful. Norman was very nice gent and very interesting person. All in all this was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. I highly recommend booking this property for a fun time in the sun. We felt very safe all the time we were there. Thank you Norman for a great and memorable time we will be back....
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