I'd like to leave a review of this place for potential future renters but it's not listed on any website with reviews functionality, so I have to create a forum topic.
Address: 106 30th St, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Budget: a bit over $1700/week in September (off-season)
This place has two great qualities: it’s on the beach and is large enough to fit 6-8 people (maybe even more crashing overnight in cots occasionally, if you need such convenience).
1. An aging A/C unit placed right outside north wall windows is too noisy and make one of the 2nd floor bedrooms next to unusable. I wouldn't mind coming back to this place if it wasn't for this problem.
2. Falling apart 70x interior:
- Many old doors get swollen from humidity and you can’t open/close patio doors or bedroom doors without effort (children can’t use them).
- Kitchen is the size of a bathroom
- Half the power outlets do not hold the plugs.
3. Some flooding on ground floor during heavy rains/storms. Judging by the layout/architecture, this used to be originally a stilt house. Someone during the course of history built walls/rooms on the ground floor to create more interior space.
4. This property is a hardcore rental. Unlike some other FL properties purchased primarily for use by owner and rented out secondarily, this one seems to exist for the sole purpose of turning over profit.
Mike Norman Realty:
Helpful, if you can get through to them. They are not available over the phone outside of their business hours.
When we moved in, there was no Internet service on premises. One of the neighbor units belonging to the same owner had an unprotected wireless network but it was very spotty and slow (too far away). Mike Norman Realty was very helpful in arranging a separate Internet service dedicated to the unit.
Is attached to the property but is shared among a total of 4 rentals. This legally makes it a commercial one. Commercial pools seem to be required to use chlorine there (twice/week or so).Edited: 9:01 pm, October 05, 2012