PROS: The outside of the condos and the common grounds are attractive and well-maintained; building is very solid hence quiet between units; two hose are provided for washing vehicles; swimming pools and tennis courts are in top condition; an attractive private ocean access is provided; the beach is fantastic – wide and clean with fine white sand (drivable by private vehicle); a wide public beach access is also near-by and the inter-coastal marsh is a half mile away; resort is quiet and peaceful during the winter with only minimal sound between the neighboring units; gated community but on-site Coastal Rental Realty office leaves the main entrance open all day for their convenience; lots of parking spaces throughout— no garages or car ports; easy to meet and make friends at the resort; lots of dogs in this generally “pet-friendly” facility (this is both a pro and a con) with almost all owners conscientious; Butler Beach is a safe and tidy area; several good, non-chain/franchise restaurants right across the streets from OVC; beach frontage is fairly open for 25 miles either direction with very few high-rises and little congestion or tourist trap retail— much better than areas like Daytona, Destin, Sanibel, and Myrtle; the adjacent private and public roads have only modest residential traffic - stay away from units near A1A; Starbucks, Dollar Store, and two major groceries within eight blocks; several State and National Parks in vicinity.
CONS: Nice community building with a small library (mostly fiction books), but fitness center consists of only three pieces of exercise equipment (no tread mill) and only three common computers (with extremely slow Internet that went down entirely several times; all interior doors have been removed in the lower community center, so noises travel throughout the building; the hospitality area of the community center is rarely open or used (upper level) so large groups greatly disturb anyone trying to work or relax in the alleged library/study areas and they compete for the few chairs; no security personnel are provided (if disturbed by loud dogs, music or worse, there is no recourse except the County Sherriff); only a few units have any decent view of the ocean, so save your money by selecting one of the other rental options; dogs are everywhere, inside and outside; Sunday morning remodeling activity is permitted; construction vehicles may co-op the best parking spaces and force away occupant vehicles; OVC personnel will not assist with problem resolutions; quiet hours are 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. but there’s no enforcement (by their admission) and from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. everything is permitted (loud music, dog barking, unlimited construction, and unmonitored parking) although thankfully we had only a couple of minor issues; however we did have three weeks of continuous remodeling harassment (hammering, drilling, sawing, paint and glue fumes).
Tips: Use the unheated pool, not the heated one, if you want a quieter experience (many tenants use their cellular speaker phones so you hear both sides of their loud conversations); don't pay extra to rent the "beach" condos as only a very few have any real view of the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Village Club - one of the most popular Beachfront Communities located on Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, FL.. And Winner of the 2014 Community of the Year (Condominium) awarded by the Florida Communities of Excellence.. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT OCEAN VILLAGE? Nestled between the ocean and the famous coastal waterway, we are a family friendly community, located on Anastasia Island at the beautiful wide white sandy section of miles of St. Augustine beach, to which you have direct access via our private Dunes Boardwalk.. OUR AMENITIES: You have a choice of our 2 large tropical pools (1 heated)- Enjoy a game of Tennis (2 Courts), 4 Shuffleboard Courts. BBQ at our covered Picnic Pavilion. All our condos are equipped with AT&T U-Verse TV with over 200 channels - free local and long distance phone calls throughout the US and Canada. Take the shuttle to the bay front, marina and the downtown historic district of St. Augustine, with all the charm of its Spanish heritage...St. AUGUSTINE - The Nation`s Oldest City, famous for its choice of local and gourmet cuisine, offers many exciting things to do and see, Tour Flagler College, The World Golf Village, Town Center, Amphitheater,Jazz concerts, Ballad session, and Reggae Sunday Brunch at the Conch Marina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Village Club Hotel Saint Augustine Beach