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vacation rental description

Why this place at 306 62nd st Holmes Beach? Don't be fooled by the illusion that price gives you more comfort or luxury.  A place across the street with one more bath is four hundred more a week.  Why is my question for you.

First off, most of us are a little afraid of booking a place in Holmes Beach sight unseen from some guy that lives in Minneapolis MN.  You are thinking, what if this place is a dump and he has my money! And after reading some of the vacation rental website complaints from guests arriving to dumps you should be careful.  However, I am not the usual absentee owner/investor who leave the day-to-day maintenance to a firm that manages scores of other units, and rarely inspect the place themselves. I take a personal interest in the day-to-day care of the place and am available by phone/text/email to ensure that everything is as it should be for the guests, and I deal with local contractors who are aware of my standards and with whom I have a longstanding relationship. Both units have all the comforts of home due to the fact my wife and I stay here frequently. Our goal has been repeat guests coming back again and again..  we really want you to have a pleasant stay so you want to come back.  Is it perfect?  No way, but it is clean, tidy, well groomed and it just works.  This year the 2014 winter guests are coming back for the 6th and 7th year in a row in 2015.  For 2014, 2 Brits are returning for the 3rd and 4th times in the off season. Germans returned last year for 3rd and 4th time.  And a number of state side guests in the off season are coming back again  in 2014.

So my attitude has been to focus on some details.

 1. Have the place cleaned by a fussy cleaner

2. A clean place is so important and Sherry, now lives just off the island and is a fussy cleaner who likes order and she is available for little issues too.

3. Putting in a good quality mattress is another detail that I am committed to providing: new high end Sealy medium firm Queen mattress November 2012 on one side and new high end Sealy medium firm King mattress January 2013 on the other side.  One guest from Germany said they would take the mattress home with them if not for the expense.

4. The furniture is in good condition and replaced right along and NO pets and NO smoking makes a big difference in cleanliness. 

5. I limit the place to 4 people not because of size [look at studios that say 4 people ok] but because it keeps the wear and tear down and I can keep the price more affordable.

6. The bikes are looked after by Claude's Mobile Bike Repair.  Just this June he replaced 5 chains, a tire and serviced the bikes to keep them going.  They are island bikes for sure-some with a salt water patina.

7. Outdoor shower when home from the beach.

I have found that people arrive and unload luggage and head to the beach.  The busiest street on the island in this spot is Marina Drive and you do NOT cross it on the way to the beach. The access is a three block stroll or easy bike ride (I held the video camera as I rode a bike to the beach and it is a 2 minute 14 second ride to the beach) - part sidewalk and street as in a neighborhood of homes and you will be as amazed as my wife and I are at how few people live here. Take a walk at night and it is perfectly quiet! And the property is located in the middle of the street not on a busy corner or street.

And 62nd street does not go through directly to the beach and I have come to value that big time as it cuts down on the car traffic and foot traffic making for a quieter street!

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cottage rental amenities

*Free High Speed WIFI and free long distance phone in North America and Puerto Rico

*9 bikes provided and a tandem too

*Full sized kitchen with coffeemaker/ microwave/
toaster/dishes and all the stuff you will need 
*Full size washer/dryer on premises - no charge for use 
*HD flat wide screen tv with premium cable and dvd.
*Beach chairs & beach towels
*Easy pull wagon to haul your stuff to the beach [one new wagon July 2013]
*Nice collection of easy reading books 
*2 Twin beds guest BR
*Linens and towels provided
*Ironing board and iron
*No Smoking and No Pets
*Grab bars in the shower come in real handy
*Central AC/heat new 2011
*Terrazzo floor in LR/Kitchen
*Carpet in Master Bedroom and 2nd Bedroom
*Ceramic tile bathroom 
*Questions? Help? Emergencies? Our 24/7 guy Fred is available via cell phone and loves to provide a helping hand.                                                                                         

New Roof in 2010 January

New Whisper Quiet Panasonic bath fan December 2011

activities and attractions in Anna Maria Island Gulf Coast Central

Located on beautiful Anna Maria Island, this home is located 3 blocks away from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.   There are numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance.  The home's central location provides you convenient access to:

  • Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport - 22 miles away
  • Tampa International Airport - 1 hour away
  • Disney World - 2 1/2 hours away
  • St. Armands Circle - 25 minutes away
  • Downtown Sarasota - 30 minutes away
  • Dowtown Tampa - 1 hour away
  • Tropicana Dome (Tampa Bay Rays) - 45 minutes away
  • Busch Gardens - 1 hour away
  • Adventure Island - 1 hour away
  • Siesta Key - 30 minutes away
  • Approx. 15 golf courses - all within a 40 minute drive of the house!

There is no shortage for things to do in the area!  

vacation rental rates

7 night minimum stay.

$1000/ week March 30, 2014 till April 26, 2014 

$585/week May, $695/week June and July [Please add $75.00 for 4th of July], August $600/week, September $525/week, October $525/week

November $575/week - $2200 for 4 weeks

December $720/week - $2600/4weeks

$2270.00/4 weeks January 2015

$3000/4 weeks February and March 2015

$1000/week 3/28/2015 til April 26.

Or $2450/4 weeks in April.

The best deal is 4 weeks in May, September and October for $1650.00.

Please add $90.00 cleaning fee and 11.5% sales tax.

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Top things to do in Anna Maria Island
  • Beach
  • Eat $3.99 breakfast at Sign of The Mermaid
  • Grouper sandwich at Rod and Reel Pier
Top things to do on a budget
  • Visit DeSoto Park just off the island
  • Get a ride from the airport and don't rent a car
  • Fish from the pier or shore
  • Take the trolley to Sarasota and people watch at St Armands
  • Use the cooler and bring stuff to the beach
Top things to do with a family
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to Mote Marine
  • Walk Robinson Preserve
  • Walk the River Walk in Bradenton
  • Visit Old Florida museum in Bradenton

Joel Songstad , owner

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Guest Comment entered by owner

Your House Feels Like Home

Review submitted: August 19, 2014   Date of arrival: March 29, 2014

Hi Joel,

We had a great time and thank you once again for renting out your place. Your house feels like home and my feeling is that other rental places mostly feel like just... a house that is built to be rented out. Anna Maria Island is such a beautiful place and the beaches and ocean are just stunning.

All the best,

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

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Here are some minor details I wanted to address.

Review submitted: August 15, 2014   Date of arrival: August 2, 2014

Hi Joel. I wanted to let you know that the stay, just like last year, was great. We are considering booking for next year. Here are some minor details that I wanted to address:
• Dryer doesn't dry in efficient manner -- it takes 2X the time to dry and you are paying for the expense of inefficient dryer. Joel Speaking: I would have addressed this issue during their 2 week stay but had no knowledge of it. I have contacted the repair person.
• Beach towels are wonderful, however the kitchen drying towels are terrible. I brought my own because last year was the same. You should consider upgrading the towel selection for the kitchen. Something thicker more absorbent. I am leaving you one of mine that says ho ho ho. It is an old Christmas themed one but does the trick. Joel Speaking: Will correct/improve.
• The knives in the kitchen are horrible. My husband sharpened knives with sharpener in there but still would be better to have new set. They are all ancient and worn. Cheap but effective would be fine. There are no steak knives. Joel Speaking: I did not know they were that bad and will correct.
• The next door neighbor apparently washes her clothes with bleach...somehow that impacted entire load of our laundry which were ruined by being impacted with bleach. Joel Speaking: Never heard this from a guest before. Added a sign to machine suggesting prudence.
• Back door could be looked at to close easier/smoother...seemed like we had to slam door to get it closed and it would have been nicer to just have had the ability to close the door. Joel Speaking: Al is making adjustments as needed.
• I don't know what the little pod like bugs are on the entire back side of the house is but you should have that looked at. Joel Speaking: Those are common Oleander Moths in their cocoon this time of the year. Al will knock them off with a broom.
• These items aren't total deal breakers but areas that you should look at for future renters.... Thanks again.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


WOW what a great place to stay

Review submitted: July 18, 2014   Date of arrival: July 1, 2014

Hi Joel
You are a star****Thank you for our wonderful stay at your home.We had a great time there.The cottage was very clean and you have everything there for our needs.It is close to the beach where we went every day.Great idea you have a trolley there to carry all the chairs,towels and beach umbrella to the beach. We were very relaxed there as we spent some time in Orlando before we arrived,so thanks again.
We will return again but next time will stay much longer.
See you soon
John & Catherine from UK

Recommended for: age 55+, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you for your kind words, John and Catherine.

I am diligent about fixing things that break. The washer and dryer were repaired during their stay and bathroom faucet rebuilt just before they arrived. And I am fussy about the cleaning as I dislike staying in a poorly cleaned place when I travel. Not perfect but tidy, clean and organized.

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


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