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Tropical Waterfront Gulf Ocean & natural springs urban wildlife retreat


Property Details

Updated: Mar 31, 2016
Upper Level of Stilt House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths

If you are looking for a place to relax, you will love the upper level of this 2006 built stilt home! It is a tropical paradise private retreat with 60 feet of waterfront direct-access gulf frontage for your own personal enjoyment. This private property on the gulf coast waterfront is situated on a quiet seaside residential cul-de-sac with only six other homes. The sandy beach style 'yard' has a large patio and dock overlooking a 90-foot wide canal known as 'cow creek'. About 100 yards to the west of this property is the open gulf. Water views from most rooms.

There is a very private feel to this area and most of the view from the back is lush, natural landscape, so you won't be looking directly across to the neighbors as you would with many other rental properties. However, if you feel like getting out, there is plenty of dining, shopping, golfing, and night life to enjoy within a mile or so of the house. The home is fully furnished with a Queen size bed in the Master, two twin beds in the second bedroom, and sofa in the great room/living room.

Sit at the tropical back patio with firepit and barbeque and you will view nature at its best! Many varieties of Ocean fish and Sea birds: Manatee, Dolphin, Sheepshead, Mullet, Gar, LadyFish, Grouper, Pelicans, Ducks, Heron, Osprey, Eagle, Woodpecker, Blue Jay, and much more. This bay is a fisherman's paradise with a bait shop just a short walk down the lane! The water in this warm, spring-fed canal is remarkably clear and lots fish can be seen at all times from the patio. I have a 10 x 16 foot dock for your your boating and swimming holiday pleasure. I will also share the use of my Mad River Canoe with stabilizers to explore miles of nearby ocean and spring fed waterways, tropical lagoon, and wetlands. If you want to rent a bigger boat they are available at the port of Hudson marina less than one mile away, or feel free to bring your own boat.

You will be renting the upper level of the home only. The separate lower level area is used by me (the owner). I have a separate dock area on the east side of the property for my own use as well, so I won't disturb your privacy.

Pets will be accepted on a case by case basis - feel free to ask.

Smoking is allowed only outdoors and in the covered screened porch areas. I've

set-up the porch to be as comfortable and relaxing as any other room in the house and you can even watch the cable TV from there.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Originally from Minnesota, but I'm never going back there in winter. I love this area of Florida...year round!

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Speaks: english

8 Reviews

based on 8 traveler reviews


Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay. Very private in the back with floating dock for launching our kayaks. The owner also has a kayak and a new 2-person canoe available, along with life jackets and fishing rods. We were greeted periodically by herons and an egret demanding pieces of hot dogs, and observed cormorants, herons, ducks, and manatees in the canal. The house was excellent and there was storage for some of our stuff in the lower level. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Mount Vernon, Ky USA

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property. The house was exactly as Michele described it. The house was very clean and well-maintained. The neighborhood was very very quiet and family friendly. I have 3 small children and had plenty of room. Several restaurants close by and an ice cream shop. The beach was within 5 minutes. Michele is a wonderful person and thank you for a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Mount Vernon, Ky USA

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house. The property was exactly as Michele described it. It was very clean and well- maintained. I would recommend this property. Beach was very close by. Was an extremely quiet neighborhood. Several restaurants close by and an ice cream shop.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Montreal, Canada

Nature in abundance

  • 5 of 5

The location was excellent in that it allowed us to observe nature from the time we got up in the morning until the sun set in the evening. We were always in close proximity to a variety of bird species. The canal also provided the thrill of seeing manatees daily. There were also various fish making their home right at the dock.

Our other main interest was biking. It was easy to pack up the bikes and head to the Starkey Conservation Area where there are excellent bike trails that also allow viewing of birds, turtles and deer along the trail.

The house itself was very cosy. We felt like we were in a treehouse. The kitchen has a good selection of dishes, pots and pans and other utensils for preparing meals. We found that it could have been cleaner, but did not mind spending the time to make ourselves comfortable. Not everything on the property was well maintained. The kayak and boat were not really usable for inexperienced people like ourselves as they needed some attention. We stuck to dry land! Unfortunately the no-sees were alive and numerous and apparently very hungry. Their presence was somewhat of a hindrance when sitting outside.

Be prepared to have your own telephone as the one in the house is for emergencies only.

The owner was kind and provided the necessary information. She was completely unobtrusive, which we appreciated.

One bonus we were very pleased with was the collection of books available in the house. We spent many happy hours reading and relaxing in our home away from home.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the cleanest, best equipped vacation home we have ever rented.

The location is excellent for nature lovers and for just relaxing. The manatees and porpoise put on a show for us as well as all the birds.

It was just a great two weeks.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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Covington, KY

Gorgeous Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience renting a home for a vacation and I wasn't sure what to expect. I was completely thrilled to find this house was all I hoped it would be. Great screened in porch, welcoming open spaces, and a great deck and dock area. There are 100s of fish you can see during low tide to make you want to fish. Wildlife is everywhere around you and the landscaping makes you forget that you are but minutes from stores and restaurants. The street is quiet and clean. The kitchen is fully stocked if you want to cook your meals. We saw a manatee every day. A wonderful experience I would highly recommend to anyone. I can't wait until we head back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
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From the Owner

Close to everything one could need (walking distance, really)...yet feels very secluded and tropical. On weekend nights you can enjoy the faint echo of Jimmy Buffet-type music wafting over the waterfront from our nearby entertainment establishments. Great fishing! Daily wildlife appearances by at least birds, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sea otters, sea rays and fish.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tampa International, St. Petersburg, Orlando at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Fisherman's Shack at 100 Metres Nearest Golf : The Links & Beacon Woods at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Get Hooked Waterfront Bar & Grill at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Hudson Beach at 1.5 Miles Car: not necessary

Many golf courses to choose from! Very inexpensive compared to other parts of the USA.

Within 2 miles (Walking/Biking Distance):

1) The fisherman's shack (a quaint beer & wine joint with live music)

2) Ice cream parlor (1950's style soda shop on the corner of Clark and

Old Dixie)

3) Next door to the Ice cream place is a canal waterfront Greek Deli with a patio. Great spanakopita.

4) Get Hooked at Port of Hudson Marina (best fresh-catch seafood around!)

5) Scout Café (breakfast and lunch...outdoor available)

6) Sam's on the beach - Clark Street (Full bar and restaurant right on

the open gulf. Great crab cakes & dolphin watching. Music on weekends)

7) Inn on the Gulf - Clark Street (Fantastic Fine Quality Sea food, reasonably priced)

8) 20th Hole Golf & Rec Club on New York Avenue. Hit some balls at the driving range and then eat some fabulous burgers & wings.

9) Skinny's on Hwy 19. Food and Full liquor bar. Nice tropical atmosphere with Beach volleyball and a mechanical bull.

10) Hudson Beach on Clark Street (smaller but nice sandy beach, less

hectic than the ones in St. Petersburg or Clearwater)

11) Weekend Flea Market at the corner of Hwy 19 and Hwy 52

12) Closest Shopping Mall with Groceries, liquor, shops and a Chinese resturaunt at the corner of Hudson Rd and Hwy 19, only 1 mile from the house. Wallgreens and Burger King right across from that shopping mall

Further out (more than 1/2 hour drive):

Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg (all about a 30 to 40 minute drive)

MacDill Air Force Base

The Salvador Dali Museum (low admission rates on Thursdays)

The Columbia Restaurant (fine Cuban dining - get a Mojito)

Tarpon Springs (20 mins. away Greek village renowned for sponge

diving and serene Anclote Beach)

Port Richey and New Port Richey - 15 to 20 minutes drive (great shopping, dining, and the Cotee river)

Pine Island beach (warm shallow waters, surrounded by wildlife)

Weekee Wachi (See the world famous mermaids or rent canoes)

Homossassa Springs (nature parks, manatee boat tours)

Orlando attractions, Disney and the Kennedy Space center (about an

hour and a half drive)

Historic Brooksville, San Antonio and Dade City (about 20 miles)

offer great shopping and historic sites.

*We have a list of fun activity suggestions in the area, as well as a

journal from other guests and their experiences in the area!


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2016 - Nov 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

A one "month" rental is considered as 4 weeks. $250 Damage deposit is refundable after your stay if there is no damage. If you need to cancel your reservation, the damage deposit will be refunded if we are able to re-rent the property for the dates you had reserved.

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From the Owner

Clean!!! Updated decor with an old Florida feel.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Romantic


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 1000 sq. ft.


  • Half Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Kitchen stocked with dishes, cookware, coffeemaker, toaster oven, electric stove with oven, microwave, blender, dishwasher, fridge/freezer with ice maker and filtered water dispenser, also a clothes washer, dryer, iron and board. Sunny Bedrooms have beds, pillows, linens, closets, and drawers. Bathrooms have bath & beach towels, wash cloths, hand towels, soap, and some first aid supplies. Great room has a 25' television with FM stereo on a swivel cart. Cable television, and high-speed internet access are included. There is also a VCR, DVD and CD player, movies and some board games. Covered screen porch is carpeted and has a small eating table, 4 rocker chairs and a double glider with water views all around! Patio area has table & chairs and a couple of fold- out loungers. 2 Mountain Bikes (mens) Fishing poles in the garage (bait shop is right around the corner on the other side of the bay). Shared use of Canoe.

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