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PERFECT HOME FOR FAMILY & PETS IN QUIET, CENTRAL AREA BY NATURE PARK

Helen

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Helen

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
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PERFECT HOME FOR FAMILY & PETS IN QUIET, CENTRAL AREA BY NATURE PARK

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

St Petersburg House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps up to 8; fenced yard, patio, great for kids and pets

This is a Florida classic perfect for nature lovers and pet owners! The Yellow Hibiscus House is an immaculately kept 1960s home with a nature-oriented theme, soothing colors, and lots of nooks for people of all ages to relax. It’s in a beautiful, tree-filled neighborhood built around the St. Petersburg Country Club that's great for walking, running and bike riding. The entrance to the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a 240-acre wilderness, is only four blocks away. Although the area is quiet and tranquil, it's only 10 minutes by car from St. Pete’s vibrant downtown -- with its stunning waterfront, museums, trendy restaurants, antique stores, Tropicana Field and the like -- and only 15 minutes from some of the top-rated beaches in the United States, including Ft. Desoto (with an award-winning dog park!), St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille and Treasure Island. The 47-mile-long Pinellas bicycling and recreation trail is only 4 miles away; Eckerd College and the Poynter Institute are less than 10 minutes by car. There's also a bus route only a few blocks from the house. The back yard is completely fenced in, allowing children or dogs to play safely. A discount is available in the non-peak season (May 1-Oct. 31) for families visiting the area for medical treatment.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Helen (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2014

About Helen

I was born in Louisiana, grew up in Puerto Rico, went to high school in New Hampshire and attended college in Colorado. I did a stint in the Peace Corps in South Korea and traveled before going back to school to earn a master's degree in journalism. I worked as a reporter and editor for about 25 years. In July 2014, I moved to Gulfport, Fl. after spending 20 years in Vermont working and raising a family. I'm having a wonderful time managing my properties in Florida and enjoying the many things this area has to offer.

Helen purchased this house in 2011

Why Helen chose St Petersburg

I bought the Yellow Hibiscus House in March 2011 from an older gentleman who lovingly maintained it for 40 years as his second residence. The first year I owned it I expanded it, landscaped the grounds, and painted the outside the cheerful yellow that gives the property its name today. I got to know St. Pete by driving around buying art, furniture and other items to make the house and property exactly as I would want it for myself.

What makes this house unique

Believe it or not I signed the contract to buy the Yellow Hibiscus House without seeing it in person. I fell in love with it from the photos on the MLS and it did not disappoint when I actually got to walk in the door. The house was in pristine condition. I love the light, the privacy, the open floor plan, the vintage design and the original tiles in the bathrooms. The minute I go inside I feel relaxed. Even though the house is very cozy, there's plenty of room for six or eight people to do their own thing. And the neighborhood is terrific. Being by the golf course and nature preserve provides many opportunities to be outdoors enjoying the weather and the wildlife.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our trip. The house was everything you said, and we loved it.

Thanks again for taking good care of us.
May 2014
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Perfect home for family & pets in quiet, central area by nature park
average rating of 4.928571 based on 18 reviews
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Perfect getaway for family and pets!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in the Yellow Hibiscus house for Thanksgiving week 2014. We have used VRBO several times in the past and have been very happy but this is the best of all. Helen was so nice and very helpful, and informative! The house itself is very open, warm and comfortable. VERY well stocked, from linens to kitchen to laundry, games, and electronics. We had everything we needed to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner. Comfortable beds, nice bathrooms. Loved the area and the location. Convenient to downtown, beach, DeSoto park, shopping, Tampa, everywhere we wanted to go. It was terrific to have such a great place to stay with our dogs. Fenced back yard was perfect for them to be able to play and do their business and we felt fine leaving them in the house when we went out for a couple of hours. We visited three great dog beaches, DeSoto was by far our favorite, 20 minutes away. When we go back to St. Pete, and we will, we will definitely stay at this house again. We had an absolutely great experience!
  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Perfect home for family & pets in quiet, central area by nature park
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5

Perfect Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 4 adults stayed here for a 8 days in April. The house was clean, comfortable, quiet with more amenities than we had imagined. We definitely appreciated having a coffee pot, washer & dryer and wi-fi. The house is supplied with nice linens, blankets and throws. All appliances, televisions, radios and A/C worked well. The furniture is comfortable and the house has a roomy lay-out.

The back of the house has a screened patio area with table and chairs where we enjoyed morning coffee and evening drinks. The back yard is nicely shaded which I am sure would be a plus during the summer months.

The house location is very convenient to freeways and downtown. Grocery and shopping are close by. Helen was very helpful with suggested places to eat and instructions for staying at the house. She was prompt with customer service and returning our deposit. If the opportunity arises we will definitely stay there again.

Thank you Helen for the great accommodations!
  • Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm And Cozy

  • 4 of 5
My husband and I were quite pleased with our accommodations. The house was clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed. We commend Helen for her attention to detail. The fenced in back yard was perfect for our dog who could come and go as needed. I also availed myself of the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and the neighborhood for good morning walks with our dog. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The house is in such a convenient location - close to the beaches, the Sunshine Skyway, and downtown. We are happy to be able to find a variety of golf courses within a half hour drive that were reasonable in price as well as terrific restaurants - try those that Helen suggests- all were very good. The Shrimp Store and Red Mesa were also excellent. Helen is cooperative, helpful and available for any needs. If the landscaping had just a little more care the house would be perfect!
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very nice review and your suggestion on the landscaping, Merrilee. And thanks for the time you spent raking and bagging all those leaves! You are absolutely right about the yard needing more attention. Since I live in Vermont, I lose sight of how fast everything grows in the summer in Florida and the fact that even though there's no snow in winter, the trees do drop their foliage. I will make sure my friend who maintains the property keeps on top of the leaves and will look forward to doing them myself when I relocate to Florida this summer (I can't wait!).
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Comforts and Accomodations of home!

  • 5 of 5
My family and extended family stayed at the Hibiscus house property during the Thanksgiving week 2013. I was concerned about the accomodations for 6 adults and 2 kids - space, sleeping accomodations, wifi, etc. The Hibiscus house is sizeable and allowed us to all be together under one room - which was my immediate requirement. The house and property is lovely - the quintessential Gulf coast home. The decor also fits the Gulf theme - palm trees, gulf coast, etc. For individuals needed wifi for mobile devices, the house has cable wifi with good speed.
The location is wedged nicely between St. Pete's downtown and 10-15 minutes to the gulf coast. It's a few blocks from a nature park for walking. For our vacation, it was a perfect location.
The home had the amenities you need so you don't have to be concerned - utensils & plates, laundry facility, bedding and a coffee machine. If you're concerned about a vacation having all the comforts of home, need not worry.
We loved it so much, we are already planning Thanksgiving there next year.

Carlos
  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home for family & pets in quiet, central area by nature park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3007358
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St Petersburg St Petersburg Area
5

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in the Yellow Hibiscus cottage for nearly 2 months while relocating to FL. We were thrilled to have found a place to stay with our pets while house hunting in the area. It was a wonderful place to stay; clean, safe, and every amenity you could think of. When Helen says "Just bring your toothbrush" she is not kidding! She has made it so nice, and very easy to just kick back and enjoy this place. There is so much to do nearby, I can't even begin to list. You are only minutes from downtown St. Pete or the beach. Helen is great to work with, and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a long weekend away or a transitional place like us. ENJOY!
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home for family & pets in quiet, central area by nature park
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St Petersburg St Petersburg Area
5

Awesome place to stay

  • 5 of 5
We chose to stay for the week of my birthday.....It was myself my mom my daughter and another family friend. The property was well maintained inside and out. We spent a lot of time on the screened in porch, we brought our 2 doxies with us and they loved it as well. We went to a different beach everyday, most of which were within a 15-20 minute drive from the house. The house looked exactly like the pictures. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed and more. The rooms were spacious and big enough for all of us to have our own space. One evening we went downtown St Pete on 400 Beach St. where we had a lovely dinner and the went on a ghost tour of the city. It was very informative regarding the history of the town. We loved it here and are planning on relocating nearby. We would definitely recommend staying here for anyone visiting the area. Thank you Helen for helping make my birthday week and vacation fabulous!!!!!!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Golf
4.75 Miles
TwinBrooks Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-275
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Maximo Park
Car: recommended

The city of St. Pete's official website (stpete.org) has great information under the Visitors tab that includes a list of 50 local attractions as well as information about the city's 141 parks, its marinas, beaches, trolleys and other public transportation, etc.To learn about the neighborhood the Yellow Hibiscus House is located in, visit the website of the Lakewood Estates Civic Association (lakewoodstpete.com) and go to the Contact/About Us page. To learn about dog parks and other canine attractions visit http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/city/saint_petersburg_fl_us/. To learn about the Pinellas Trail and other county parks and preserves visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/trailgd/default.htm

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Rates & Availability

From $130 Per night

St Petersburg House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak season
Nov 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$150
$865
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$130
$795
$1,975
 

Additional information about rental rates

refundable pet deposit $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Cancellation policy: No refunds for rent and sales tax; cleaning fees and damage and pet deposits will be refunded.
There is a $50-$100 surcharge for rentals during major holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Credit card payments carry a 2.5% surcharge.
Damage deposit is returned within two weeks of guests' departure.

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Amenities

St Petersburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Lovely master bedroom with queen bed, private patio accessible via sliding glass doors, bath, tv, and plenty of storage space. The other two bedrooms (one with a double bed, one with a single) also have lots of built-in storage. Two more people can sleep on the futon in the conversation area and one person can sleep on the roll-away bed set up in the TV area, for a total house capacity of 8.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A comfortable hammock and gazebo swing are available, as is a two-person sit-on-top kayak that guests are welcome to use (at their own risk).

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