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Casita de Bahia (Bay Cottage) Trailside: Stadium; Downtown in Dunedin

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vacation rental description

Casita de Bahia is a charming 1924 Spanish Revival one-bedroom cottage that is situated close to downtown Dunedin and all its amenities.  The 575 sf of well organized space that this little house contains is supplemented by nearly 300 sf of relaxing, screened porch.  The cottage is set well back from the main road (Douglas Ave.), and a majestic, moss-draped Live Oak greets visitors on their approach.  

The Casita was once one of a dozen or more secluded homes, with now only four remaining. Located on a private shell road (just a handful are left in the county), this quiet, petite home-away backs up to the Pinellas Trail and is perfect for the true cottage lover! 

A quaint, vintage retreat, the Casita ("little house" in Spanish), was originally constructed as a tourist/honeymoon cottage by the builders of the locally famous Fenway Hotel - once Trinity College.  The old hotel sits 2 blocks to the west overlooking Edgewater Drive and St. Joseph's Sound (part of the Gulf). Across palm-lined Edgewater Drive, at water's edge, are benches for sea- and island-gazing and a walkway that extends north to the Marina and south to the Clearwater border.  This linear park is perfect for spotting dolphins, walking the dog, and enjoying our spectacular sunsets.  In this area are some of the prettiest and most desirable residential streets in all of Dunedin.

While relaxing at the cottage, enjoy the front and back yards: Bougainvillaea, oleander, flame vine, bromeliads, palms and macho fern are some of the plant species that abound.

The Casita has a cozy, picket-fenced back yard with a stone patio and wood walkway leading directly to the Trail (from the back fence to the edge of the Trail it's approx. 20').  After exiting through the back gate, take a 4-block stroll to the heart of downtown (less than 1/2 a mile and approx. 8 minutes by foot, 3 minutes by bicycle).  If baseball's your game, it's a 1-block walk to Dunedin Stadium (Spring Training facility of the Toronto BlueJays).  The Hale Activity Center, restaurants, and the Dunedin Library are just around the corner -give or take a block - from your front door (or, take the Trail - locals do!).    

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  • The bedroom has a walk-in closet and Memory Foam queen-sized mattress; the bathroom adjoins the bedroom and includes a tub with shower.  A small (30" x 72") roll-away bed is included for an occasional overnight guest.  
  • The eat-in kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator and range, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and filters, foil, baggies, plastic wrap, spices, can opener, blender, citrus juicer, all dishes and utensils, extra chairs, etc. - but no dishwasher
  • Items for bed, bath and kitchen are provided (soaps, tissues, dishes, pots & pans, linens, hair dryer, kleenex, toilet paper, shampoos, conditioners, bath soaps, cleaners & detergents, ironing board & iron, etc.).
  • Doggie poop bags provided for the more furry guests
  • Cable television in the living room with DVD player, wireless internet service (sorry, no phone), selection of DVD's, CD's, books, games, restaurant menus, attractions and shopping guides, etc.
  • Alarm clock. hair dryer
  • Washer & dryer (in backyard shed - cold water wash only)
  • Beach chairs, stadium seats, cooler, picnic basket with utensils
  • Gas BBQ & utensils
  • Window unit for heat and air in the living room, and an A/C unit in the bedroom (electric fireplace and space heaters provided for cold nights)   
  • Off-street parking suitable for two cars is at the side of the house on a shell and concrete driveway.   
  • In addition to the cottage's great location, the large screened back porch (accessible from the kitchen) spans the length of the house.  At approx. 10' x 30', it becomes an extension of the living areas for dining, relaxing and napping.  It offers a quiet, private retreat and a connection to the outdoors.  On balmy nights, it can be used as a sleeping porch for that true Southern experience.  (Life really is better on the porch!)
  • There are 2 iron lounge chairs with cushions, a bistro set, and an umbrella for the back yard, as well as a dining table with four chairs and two lounging chairs for the porch.  A bamboo daybed is waiting for the earnest napper, reader or daydreamer.  An outdoor ceiling fan is also on the porch for added light and comfort.
  • The yard is a combination of mulch and shell, with plenty of grassy areas just off the property next to the Trail for walking the dog.  Although the back yard is not entirely fenced, one of the side yards is completely enclosed and gated to provide a convenient and secure area for your pet.
  • Local owner lives just 5 minutes away.
  • Last but not least, wash your cares (or beach sand) away with the outdoor shower which is discretely tucked to the side of the cottage.  Enjoy endless hot water with the propane-powered tankless heater!

activities and attractions in Dunedin Gulf Coast Central

  • Gorgeous, free sunsets over the water just 2 blocks away!
  • Marina, the marina park & boat rentals 6-7 blocks
  • Unique bars, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants nearby.  
  • Golfing and country club fewer than 10 minutes away by car 
  • Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island only 15 minutes away (ride the ferry to Caladesi and look for dolphins or take a lazy sashay along the shell-strewn shore).  Take the pup to Dog Beach!
  • Tarpon Springs 20 minutes to the north 
  • Clearwater Beach 25 minutes to the south 
  • Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor is only a short drive away 
  • Picnic on the water's edge at Weaver Park, just north of Main St. 
  • The natural, "real Florida" beauty of Hammock Park awaits you just a couple of miles away.  
  • Hunt for the discretely painted oranges by local artists which adorn various businesses and homes. 
  • There are 3 area dog parks to delight your canine companion. 
  • Listen to the bagpipes played by our community and school pipe and drum corps.
  • Bring your golf cart and ditch the car; carts are now allowed on a large number of city streets (small registration fee required).  
  • Go on a Segway scooter tour or watch them zip by on the Trail while enjoying your backyard oasis.  
  • Rent a bicycle, bring your own or buy a used one at the many area thrift stores or year-'round neighborhood yard sales.
  • Kayak, fish, hunt for shells and enjoy the sun and Gulf breezes...

vacation rental rates


                                                APRIL, 2015 is now OPEN!

  • Jan. through April                         $2.100. monthly     $700. weekly
  • May / June                                      $1,750. monthly     $625. weekly     
  • July / August                                 $1,650. monthly       $575. weekly 
  • Sept. /Oct. / Nov.                      $1,750. monthly     $625. weekly 
  • December                               $1,900. monthly     $650. weekly

***Add 12% Tourist Tax***      

This is a NO SMOKING property.

$275. deposit due upon agreement-to-rent.  Amount refundable & mailed within 7 business days after departure (end of stay).  Personal check from renter accepted. 

Cleaning fee (non-refundable):  $75. per week - $85. per month

                           Dogs are welcome (limit of 2).   

Pet fees:  $50. per pet per WEEK/ $125. per pet per MONTH (non-refundable). 

PLEASE NOTE:  Rental fees (including rent, taxes, cleaning and pet fees) are due 30 days prior to arrival. Deposits, contracts and payments not received by a specified date will void the reservation. Receipt of payment constitutes a confirmed reservation.  All cancellation fees apply. (Trip insurance is recommended.)  Prices subject to change until initial payment (deposit) and rental agreement are received. 

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Top things to do in Dunedin
  • Take lazy sashays along the shore
  • Eat at dozens of great restaurants.
  • Go on a guided walking tour of downtown.
  • Enjoy Dunedin's Scottish heritage: Think bagpipes and kilts!
  • Walk or bike the Trail, of course!
Top things to do on a budget
  • Take a sunbath in the backyard.
  • Grill outdoors.
  • Enjoy the wall murals downtown and hunt for the oranges.
  • Take an outdoor shower at the Casita.
  • Go to free concerts in the park.

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What a great little house in a great town!

Review submitted: June 6, 2014   Date of arrival: May 7, 2014

This is a great little house with so many extra's. We loved the two-sided screen porch overlooking the pennalus trail, the out-side shower, the landscapped patio, the shed to store our bikes. The house was clean and well-stocked with all the ammenities we needed. The landlady, Patricia, was very eager to make our stay enjoyable and it was! We'll be back.

We already knew that Dunedin was a great place to visit; bike trails, nature walks, and centrally located to so many great towns and beaches. But this little town keeps providing new experiences every time we visit!

Recommended for: age 55+, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Having such thoughtful guests is always a pleasure and this wonderful couple hit all the high notes for making an owner happy during their stay. Not only did they leave the cottage spotless (which gave my cleaner and me time to tackle those extra projects that sometimes are put on the back burner), but also the husband fixed a loose screen on the porch door (he had brought a full tool kit with him)! Although home repair certainly is not expected of my guests, it was such a nice little surprise...
As stated in their review, they are both return visitors to Dunedin, and although I'm a born-and-raised-here native, they had new things to add to my knowledge of the area. Owners really do learn so much from their guests.
Thanks again, Carol and Michael, for leaving me with happy memories and taking time to write the review - that was another nice surprise - and I'm looking forward to your return!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Everything We'd Hoped and More

Review submitted: January 16, 2014   Date of arrival: December 3, 2013

We rented the Casita for the month of December 2013 but our actual vacation experience began months before, when we received detailed instructions for the most scenic route from Tampa airport to the cottage, noting opportunities to see dolphins, pelicans and charming shady downtown neighborhoods along the way. This set the tone for our actual stay, when the owner spoiled us with so much thoughtful attention, while always taking care not to be intrusive.

Charm and thoughtful attention to detail also abound in the Casita itself, from the decor to the supplies and household equipment. We had everything we needed at our fingertips.

Some of our favorite times in the cottage were quiet meals on the screen porch, watching the world go by in the shade of the giant trees on the Pinellas Trail, just beyond our picket fence. The Trail was also our preferred route, on foot or by bike, to the Dunedin weekend farmers' market, the nearby ice cream shop or the restaurants and gift shops in the small downtown. The marina and linear park along the bay are also just blocks away along quiet streets lined with beautiful moss-draped live oaks.

It was a treat to spend a month at the Casita de Bahia and we would certainly recommend it!

Recommended for: age 55+, pet-friendly, tourists without a car

Owners response: This review could have been written by Rick Steves (if only he had visited Dunedin instead of Europe)! I was so flattered by the feedback this marvelous couple wrote - partly, because they own a fantastic little vacation rental themselves in the far north. As I've said in response to other reviews, the Casita isn't for everyone: it's old, the floors slope (not enough to need your sea legs, though), and only a cold water line runs out to the washer in the shed. Most guests seem to overlook its quirkiness, however, because the location is great and my housekeeper and I work very hard to keep the Casita clean and well stocked with the necessities you might find in a "regular" home. Many thanks go to Sandra and John for being perfect guests - and, to Sandra for taking time to write such a beautifully composed review!

Helpful votes: 18 / 18

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"Paradise: Dunedin FL!"

Review submitted: November 15, 2013   Date of arrival: October 17, 2013

"We thoroughly enjoyed LA CASITA, and look forward to returning!
Thank you for all of your preparation, care and thoughtfulness for our stay. Maggie loved the little dog bed and treats, just for her... Thank you for sharing this little home so generously with us."

Helpful votes: 11 / 11


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