|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
We really enjoyed our trip. The house was everything you said, and we loved it.
Thanks again for taking good care of us.
Terrific spot - mature, quiet neighborhood. House was spacious, spotless and well kept...had all the appliances and amenities needed - exactly as advertised and shown in the pictures. Great shady, fenced back yard and screened lanai - ideal for my husband and I and especially the family dog. Plenty of room if the grandchildren had been able to visit (altho sadly they couldn't make the trip). Location was good for activities in St Petersburg and the Gulf beaches. Also had quick/easy access to I275 for travel to Bradenton or Tampa. The owner Helen was a great hostess - very accommodating to our needs and informative about local activities and shopping. Would stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone - especially if you wish to take your precious pooch.
Joanne/Steve (and Lucy)
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|refundable pet deposit||$100|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.