Pro: Excellent location - just meters from the west end of Shoal Bay Beach, lovely cross sea breeze, lovely view from the lounge and balcony thru the headland, great lock up garage perfect for storing surfboards & beach gear, apartment very clean on arrival. Walk to Little beach kiosk & Little Beach Boathouse (excellent restaurant), Fly Point. Master bed comfortable with new mattress & bed frame. Affordable & available at short notice.
Cons: (Agent feedback seperate below) Either the owners don't stay at the apartment themselves or perhaps elderly & not aware of what modern day holiday renters need / expect. The apartment certainly had the *basics* but there was no effort put in to the aesthetics or special touches of the place. For example - there were 10 coat hangers in the cupboard and they were so deformed they were useless to hang anything other than a belt. If the owner stays there that is such a simple thing to fix. There was one pedestal fan (we purchased another for the 2nd bedroom for our stay), The glassware was all mixed and weird sizes, the salt & pepper shakers were in retro 70's tupperware - no grinder. There were VHS tapes on the shelf (someone probably should have removed those 20 years ago, one 30 year old bingo boardgame. No DVD's for the DVD player. No useable hooks to hang things. Small older lounges.
O'Meara Agency - Sent us to wrong property initially. Insisted we were at right place. We obviously couldn't get in etc, then called back & redirected us. Only one key provided - this is very unusual & puts place at security risk as keys having to be left hidden for family members coming and going at different times. Popped in to office to enquire about extending stay for half day or overnight after seeing that the property was available on stayz & their website but the lady shut me down without even asking which property I was talking about. The owners lost a day - or half day rent...
In summary - Great location, budget accom. Give me $500 and a weeks accomodation and I'll make a trip to Ikea & do a mini makeover for you that will 100% improve guest satisfaction!!
All in all, we had a nice stay, room for improvement but you do get what you pay for..