We spent a week at Josh's home during this year's spring break. After a long snow-filled winter, this place was just what the doctor ordered.
The apartment features a private entrance into the kitchen area and another (private) entry from the backyard. The space is well-decorated, clean and the kitchen supplies (plates, silverware, appliances) are all in excellent shape. The large walk-in closet doubles as a laundry, which we found to be very convenient.
Our favorite feature was not revealed until we opened the back door and stepped into the yard - almost stepping into the pool. The pool steps were, literally, just outside of our door and close enough to the bedroom that, if Josh were inclined to remove a wall, a diving board could be installed right next to the bed. (That's not a suggestion, just a description of proximity.) Having the pool so close was perfect for us: my wife and I prepared dinner or relaxed inside while the kids played in the pool - all within sight and earshot.
The yard is beautifully landscaped and is very smartly laid out, featuring three separate sitting areas, along with several beach chairs for tanning. A new mural adorns the side of the house, adding perfectly to the relaxing vibe. Guests are welcome to use a pair of adult bicycles – perfect for us since we brought only the kids' bikes along for the trip.
During our stay, we were afforded complete privacy, although Josh was always available to attend to any needs, even providing a hammer for the kids to open up a coconut.
If you do not mind a seven minute drive to the beach, this place is a perfect haven - close enough to all needed amenities but removed just enough to serve as a nice break from all the action on the strip.
Some things we learned:
During our visit, we stopped by the beachfront highrise condo where we were originally going to stay, to visit our brother-in-law, who was also in town. With the parking and the waiting for the elevator, it took almost as long to get from the car to his suite as it did to drive to the beach from Josh's home. And the pool was on a different level, which would have necessitated one or both of us to serve as a constant chaperone to our kids, while they were swimming.
One last thought for prospective visitors: the state park (at Sunrise and A1A) is a great destination for biking, canoeing and relaxation. A tunnel provides underground access to the beach so, rather than looking for a spot and feeding the meter, consider leaving your car inside the park and alternate between beach and the shady woods. When the sun gets hot, the temperature is significantly cooler in the park - one of the few natural habitats remaining in the area.