This house has been a bastion on Mash Island since 1966. Tall pines, palms, and oak trees surround the house on its half-acre lot with 200-ft dock.

If boating and fishing are your thing, you will love the convenience of a free public boat ramp less than a mile from the house.

For those who just want to relax, the wrap-around screened porch is a great place to take in the sights and sounds of nature, and the Gulf breezes that blow into the Bay.

The incredible hexagon-shaped great room offers a space for family gatherings. The island bar and kitchen area provide for easy interactions with your guests while cooking for your crew. The 40-inch flat screen HD TV with Dish Network service is within view of the kitchen and dining areas, so you won't miss the big game even if you are the chef for the day.

This area is a pristine natural environment with only residential homes for retirement or weekend getaways.  There are no giant condo hotels. There's virtually no traffic.  Besides nature, the only sounds you are likely to hear would be an occasional fishing boat passing by.

Below are a couple pics of Mashes Sands Beach, a state park at the end of Mash Island.

There is a public fishing pier and hiking trail that are also part of the state park within a mile of the house.

When you are traveling to the house, look for the flashing yellow light before the mile-long bridge over Ochlockonee Bay. You turn left (South) towards Angelo's Restaurant onto Mashes Sands Road. Then travel 1.5 miles and look for the mailbox with 501 displayed in yellow reflectors. Turn into the common driveway after the mailbox and park close to the yellow house on the right.

This is a mural that my daughter painted on the wall inside the street-side porch. It depicts an actual local sunset on the bay.

After spending some time taking in this beautiful natural environment, you are likely to fall in love with the place just like we did! Why not give it a try? Call if you have any questions that we didn't answer with the website.

This is "Sunset Therapy", our 3BR/2BA bayfront home at 501 Mashes Sands Road, Panacea, FL 32346


Located on Mash Island bordering the east side of Ochlockonee Bay and the west side of Dickerson Bay (Panacea, FL), we get pleasant gulf breezes and spectacular sunset views over the water all year long. . .

We have a 200-foot long dock that can be used for boating, fishing, or just taking in the gulf breezes, warm rays, or sunset views. . .

And did we mention the SUNSET VIEWS?? Yeah, I know I did, but there is literally a light show almost every night that will warm your heart and make you smile at the wonder of mother nature in this area. . .

It's difficult to overemphasize the sunset thing, as you can see:

The architecture of this house, built in 1966, is also spectacular. The central great room is hexagon-shaped and 28 feet in diameter, with the 3 sides facing Ochlockonee Bay being lined with windows and a french door that gives a nearly 180 degree view.  The great room contains the kitchen, dining, and living room areas, with an island bar and 4 barstools, dining table seating 6, and a couch/chairs conversation group. The 40-inch HD TV with DishNetwork service can be viewed from anywhere in this room. We also have a stereo system with speakers that can play music inside, outside, or both, including an ipod/mp3 jack, as well as a DVD player for the TV.  The kitchen includes a 20 cubic foot refrigerator, pantry closet, microwave, smooth top stove, blender, and all the pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc. that you are likely to need. The flooring is vinyl tile throughout the house.

The hexagonal dome ceiling structure is made of large beams supporting tongue-in-groove panels rising up to 14 feet in the center of the room. We installed special dimmer lights on each wall facing upward to capture the incredible ambiance of this room. 

Just outside the great room through the french doors is the old Florida-style "Sleepin' Porch" that wraps around the back side. It's about 10 feet wide and wraps around about 50 feet long. On one side it has the porch sitting area and the other side has the BBQ grille and a comfy hammock, all protected from the sun and screened to keep the bugs out and let the breezes in.

The "wings" on either side of the great room include the Master Bedroom side and the Guest Bedroom side.  There are actually two master bedrooms at opposite ends of the house, both of which are 12 by 15 feet with two bayfront windows and one back side window.  The Master Bedroom side has a king size bed, dresser, bedside table, and office desk with computer and wireless internet service.  This side also has a full bathroom with 30 x 60-inch shower and a washer and dryer area.  The Guest Bedroom side has the larger bedroom with 2 queen size beds and dresser. There is a smaller bedroom with XL twin trundle beds (2), and the guest bathroom has a corner glass shower enclosure. All the linens and bath towels are provided.




  • On the map, we are about 25 miles directly south of Tallahassee between Panacea and Alligator Point
  • From the north side of Tallahassee (I-10 Airport Exit) we are about 45 minutes' drive
  • This area is strictly residential; no condo towers or mega hotels!
  • About a mile down the peninsula is Mashes Sands Beach, a great place to swim and play in the sand with kids because it's shallow for a long ways and usually very calm seas
  • Within 10 minutes drive you have access to several stores and restaurants, several places for fresh seafood, a full service marina, and the Gulf Specimen Museum in Panacea where the kids can pet rays, sponges and starfish
  • Within 20 minutes drive there are three marinas at Panacea, Alligator Point, and Carrabelle, where you can locate some great fishing charter boats for catching grouper, snapper, speckled trout, redfish, king mackerel, and lots more.  Charters are available for both bay/flats fishing or off-shore fishing.
  • Also down the peninsula toward Mashes Sands Beach is a free public boat ramp, a free public fishing pier, and lots of state park area to hike around and take in the natural beauty of this area
  • Wie are also within about 25 minutes' drive of the natural attractions at Wakulla Springs, and there are many more and larger variety of stores and restaurants at Crawfordville about 20 minutes from the house.


From the I-10 exit for Tallahassee Regional AIrport, follow Capital Circle NW (319) going south past the airport.  In about 3 miles after the airport, watch for the road to widen and turn right at the intersection with gas stations and a Burger King on Crawfordville Highway (319 South). You will stay on 319 South until it ends at Highway 98, where you will go right (west) and pass through Panacea, then watch for a flashing yellow light before the long bridge that goes over Ochlockonee Bay.  You turn left onto Mashes Sands Road at the flashing yellow light before you reach the bridge.  Travel down Mashes Sands Road about 1.5 miles and look for the mailbox with our address (501) written in large yellow reflectors. Turn into the gravel/shell driveway immediately after the mailbox, and park in front of the yellow house on the right.

House Capacity and Features:

  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths (showers only), 1350 square feet, fully furnished, remodeled in 2010
  • Master bedroom has King, and guest bedrooms have 2 Queens or 2 XL Twin beds.
  • Sleeping capacity assuming double occupancy of the king/queen beds is 8 adults.  There is also an inflatable twin bed and a comfy couch in the living room and a hammock on the porch. Maximum capacity is 10 persons.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, full size washer and dryer
  • Central heating and air conditioning
  • Great room has eating space for 10 persons, and has 40-inch HD TV with DVD and DishNetwork service, plus stereo system for indoor or porch tunes
  • Screened porch with BBQ grill, hammock, conversation group, and extra chairs.
  • Maximum occupancy 8-10 persons

Rates for March through October:

  • Friday or Saturday, $169 per night
  • Monday-Thursday: $129 per night
  • Mini-week-- Sunday through Thursday: $569
  • Weekly rental rate: $869
  • Florida Sales Tax is 11%
  • CLEANING FEES: $60 for 1-4 guests; $75 for 5-7 guests; $95 for 8-10 guests
  • Extended stays and winter rates: Please call
  • Rates are subject to change
  • Security deposit in advance: $200
  • Cash, checks, money orders or Visa/Mastercard accepted, but please note there is a 4% transaction fee for using credit cards

Reservation policy: An advance security deposit of $200 is required on all reservations. FULL rent payment for your intended stay will be due by 14 days prior to occupancy (or earlier). Security deposit will be refunded with 7 days after the last date of occupancy unless property damage occurs.

Cancelation policy: Any changes or cancelation must be done at least 14 days prior to the check-in date for full refund. Any changes of cancelation inside of 14 days may result in partial or full loss of your security deposit and minimum 2-night rental charge. 

Check-in and Check-out Times:

  • Check-in after 3:00 p.m.
  • Check-out by 11 a.m.
  • Late check-out by 1 p.m. (on approval)

Rental Agent and Owner:
Brent Kerger
14 Gema Street
San Clemente CA 92672

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