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Songbird Cottage Where There's Always Time To Sing


Property Details

Updated: Jul 26, 2016
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5

Don't be charmed by the illusion of a higher price always meaning a better place to stay than Songbird. 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. The home has 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 winter guest is coming back for the 7th year in a row in 2017. For 2016 Scots are coming back for the 4th time in September. And Brits just said yes for the 5th time. And Germans coming back for the 5th time. Returning stateside guests in 2016 for April, May, June, July, and October so far. My goal has been to never advertise again because all guests are repeats. Making progress but not there yet. So, please, ask me questions as you decide on a place to vacation. Thanks for your time!

If you go to the Amenities button [see the buttons beneath the photos] and scroll down to 'Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website' and click on the Slide Show link for more photos. This only works on the vacationrentals site to my knowledge.

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 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 5 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. They are island bikes for sure - most with a salt air 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!

Thank you!

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I currently live in Minneapolis Minnesota and work as a residential real estate agent.

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

2 week stay.

Places to visit: of course the beach, the pier and we liked downtown Bradenton.

Memories: very nice white sand beach, beautiful warm water, lots of fish and cute Pelicans catching fish, a very quiet street (62nd) is a great location for the house, a tranquil garden and everything in the cottage makes you feel comfortable.

Liked the WIFI and my mom loved the cable TV watching TCM channel every night.

Free long distance calls

Free trolley on the island

We enjoyed meeting people from other countries at the beach and at the cottage.

Improvements: we were happy with everything. This was our first stay in a cottage. We usually stay in a hotel. This vacation exceeded our expectations.

Joel, thank you for everything and for checking in with me for time to time. We would like to come back to Anna Maria Island.
Jul 2014
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Awesome Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Joel was amazing! He is very personable and made sure from day one that all was ok. The location of the property is perfect! Place was well kept and very comfortable. I highly recommend that if you're looking for a place to stay, give Joel a call! You won't be sorry. Thanks Joel for everything! See you again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Joel
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Great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the Island and our family loved it! I can't say enough about the owners of the home, they were very helpful and accommodating. The home was very clean and plenty of room for our family of 4. Home was exactly as stated. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! And glad you had a good time on the island!
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Most relaxing vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

A very nice and clean house in a quiet neighborhood. The property and it's amenities are exactly as described by Joel. There was a welcome basket with items that you would need to get you started on vacation. Grocery store and several dining options are located within a 5 minute drive. The location of the property is close to the beach! We started and ended each day on the beach. There are numerous sites to go to during the day within an hour drive.

We chose AMI to get away from the crazy schedule of a theme park. We got exactly what we were looking for! My husband and I have stated that this was the most relaxing vacation we have ever had. We have two young children and there is enough to do that they never got bored!

Joel was very easy to work with through out the whole process. He was actually out of the country on vacation during our stay and reached out to us to make sure everything was going ok and if we needed anything. He was available for questions as needed.

I would highly recommend this property. We have already booked here for our next vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. And so glad you had such a good time! Joel and Marga
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Perfect for our family of 4!

  • 5 of 5

Was as spacious and light-filled as the photos show. A quiet, relaxing and homey space, well appointed with everything needed for a stay. The amenities were all excellent. The property is obviously well taken care of, very neat and clean. We appreciated Joel's attention to detail. Made use of the beach items, bikes, charcoal grill, and outdoor space. A low traffic, quiet street with an easy walk to the beach and trolley stops. A thoroughly enjoyable stay. We will look to stay here again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear you had a good time! The cleaning person was happy to hear your comment in the guest book that you found the place clean. She does do a nice job. Thank you for staying at Songbird Cottage. Joel
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Nice vacation on AMI

  • 5 of 5

A really nice house, clean and with a welcome package of the small things You tend to forget ! We used the bikes a lot, both for rides to other beaches and for visiting a little more distant restaurants. The neigborhood is nice and calm.

I matched description perfect so no surprices !

On top of that, excellent weather, sunny, warm and light winds !

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting Songbird and your kind words! All the best.
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Waterford, MI USA

Very well and constantly maintained and clean

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have just completed another stay at the Songbird Cottage.

It seems like every year we stay here, we enjoy it even more.

We had an opportunity to meet the owner Joel and his wife along with his

sister and brother in law and later on his other sister and brother in law.

We enjoyed their company very much.

This is our sixth or seventh stay here and why wouldn't one keep coming

back and enjoying the location, the cottage amenities and one of the

finest beaches you'll see anywhere and nice restaurants.

Joel was constantly working around the cottage just fixing little things

and not hesitating to replace items that were wore or damaged. The

availability and the choice of one or more of the ten bikes was a plus.

We would not hesitate to recommend the Songbird to anyone who wishes

a nice place to stay, excellent location and of course, most important,

the cleanliness of the cottage.

Jan and Robert Reynolds Waterford, MI

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. It was our pleasure to finally meet you! Joel Songstad
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From the Owner

We read about the island in our local newspaper and found everything they wrote was true once we got here.

Activity and Interests

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!


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 10 2016 - Aug 6 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 7 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 2 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 29 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 4 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Add $100.00 for the 4th of July, Christmas, New Years and Easter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

The original owner from 1971 sold us this place and it was clean and well cared for. We have continued that tradition of care and cleanliness. Also improved mechanicals, decor and landscaping. The backyard has a banyan tree, orange tree and a remarkable mango tree. Privacy is afforded by an Oleander hedge and the concrete wall along the back lot line. We visit in December and have enjoyed Christmas dinner on the patio with guests for 3 years running.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 756 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathtub, shower in tub. Grab bars!


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • King bed, 2 twin beds in guest bedroom. A Queen size sofa sleeper in living room.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 9 bicycles


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • *Free High Speed WIFI and free long distance phone in North America and Puerto Rico *8 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, umbrellas, skim boards, beach toys *Easy pull wagon to haul your stuff to the beach *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 *Ceramic tile bathroom New Roof in 2010 January New Whisper Quiet Panasonic bath fan December 2011

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