Aripeka House Rental Photos and Description
3 Bedroom with 2 King Beds and one Queen, 2 Full Baths
The Shine House is a stilt home that sits majestically, on a secluded peninsula with only 7 houses on it. The Lane is a dead end and is privately owned, so there is no traffic other than my neighbors. The Shine House is the next to the last house on the peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Mexico to the West. Our home has water/Marsh/Sawgrasses dividing the beautiful waters, providing beautiful views from every window, since it is on a peninsula, we have 3 sides that have water views. The Westside Upper Deck is the length of the house plus 15' which provides Multi~color Sunsets every night. Outside you will find ample seating and tables that await you and your fellow vacationers, from every vantage point. 3 sides water with marsh and sawgrasses provide an environment that you have never seen in a home, and maybe won't ever find again? An Outlook Bar has been built on the West Upper Deck railing for 6 to enjoy meals looking out at the Beautiful Nature GOD created. You will get your exercise by running back and forth from deck to deck, to upper to lower and front to back trying to see what is making all the commotion in the water. Dolphins come visit almost everyday. How amazing it is to watch Ospreys hovering 20' above the surface of the water, flapping their wings according to the breeze velocity so they can hover, then dive straight down to catch their food.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Kathie Simmons
My name is Kathie, my husband Mark and I have been married since 1995 and we are totally committed to each other. Mark has one Son who is married to a wonderful woman and they have a sweet little daughter that live in Florida. I have one Daughter, married to a great guy and they have 2 beautiful, teenage, daughters. I also have a Son, who is single, and has a sweet daughter as well. So we have 3 children, total, and 4 perfect granddaughters. We will be using The Shine House for family retreats starting new traditions and memories. Mark and I are total opposites, but with GOD we try to compliment each other rather than 'butt' heads. We are CHRISTians and try to put GOD ahead of everything in our lives. I have worked several places, with my last endeavor being, opening Heaven Bound CHRISTian Bookstore in 2003.I felt it was GOD's Will to open the store as a Ministry more than just another Bookstore. People were saved and healed in the bookstore, so I feel like GOD was pleased. I sold the bookstore in 2011 to a good friend that continued the Vision, GOD had put in my heart for the store. My husband, Mark, is co-owner of Honda Suzuki of Jackson, and is not ready to retire yet. We love to ride motorcycles. We also love cars especially fast, pretty cars.We love the water and all the activities that water provides, so buying The Shine House was a very good idea, but maybe premature given my husband's present responsibilities to the dealership, so that keeps him in Ohio as his main home, but I am more mobile, so I will be living in both The Shine House in Florida and also the house in Ohio.This allows me the flexibility to rent The Shine House occasionally, to vacationers when I am in Ohio.I will appreciate my vacationers to please take excellent care of my Shine House, and it's contents, because it is my home, and I am sharing my home with you and your family. Let me also add that I do not reduce my rental fee, so no need to ask.Most think I am very reasonable.
Kathie Simmons purchased this house in 2012
Why Kathie Simmons chose Aripeka
My husband and I love warm weather, and all the activities that warm temps provide. The Gulf has always been a preference because of the lack of commercialism. We looked online for a property to buy for about a year and a half, then during a trip to Clearwater we got serious and contacted a realtor when we had several properties we wanted to look at. The ariel photo of The Shine House, seeing that it was remote and almost surrounded by the Gulf, was totally amazing to us. We didn't dream we could ever find a property like The Shine House, let alone own it. In all our viewing homes from Myrtle Beach to both East and West Coasts of Florida, we never found a property that had both Gulf views and Sawgrasses. I love to watch the sawgrass move this way and that from the gentle breezes of the Gulf of Mexico. The Shine House overlooks the Gulf to the West, so amazing, unobstructed views of Sunsets will captivate you every evening. Water views are amazing from every window in the house, sawgrass and water/Gulf views from windows facing North (Front) and South (Back) and The Gulf/Sawgrass views are from the West (Side) of the house. Aripeka has a population of only 500 people and is remote and quite removed from todays hustle and bustle of life in the 21st century. Visiting this quiet, sleepy little fishing village is like taking a trip back into time. Come to a place where the past and present meet, The Shine House in Aripeka, Florida. Aripeka has natural, vast forests of Cabbage Palm trees are still standing that have somehow remained untouched by man. Aripeka seems to be one of Florida's best kept secrets. This Gulf coast area offers abundant sea life, and fishing, that has been the draw to the area for years. Babe Ruth spent many winter weekends here during training camps in Tampa. The Wright Brothers spent vacations here as well. Aripeka has kept its natural resources untouched by man, so wildlife is still abundant here. Locals pride themselves in its quaintness.
What makes this house unique
We bought the house for its unique location 'IN' the Gulf of Mexico, and the house was a pleasant surprise that came with the property. We fell totally in love with the views from every direction, from every vantage point. Under the house, in the house, outside the house, on the front porch, sitting on the bench on the front sea wall, sitting on our own boat dock in our aderondack chairs, sunning on the upper south deck, looking at the sunset from the 60' long west, covered deck. I saw Dolphins playing in the Gulf while viewing the property. I was overjoyed to have found such a place, to someday live. The seclusion of the peninsula, the protected Sawgrass areas, where nothing will ever be built or disturbed, were all very important to us. Over populated areas are not appealing to us, so this property was simply amazing. Our neighbors have adopted us as part of the family. They are very friendly and neighborly. I love inside The Shine House's views of the Gulf from almost every room. Every room has Gulf and/or Water/Sawgrass views with wildlife so abundant, that a zoo would love to have access to. The Gulf is literally our front yard and back yard. When you sit on our boat dock in the back yard, you are actually sitting 'IN' The Gulf of Mexico. There is a swim ladder on the dock that allows you access to swim right there. So our pool...is actually the Gulf of Mexico. You can see the uninhabited island, rowing distance away, that has a sandy beach to sun bathe, in the shallow water, with 2 portable lounge chairs that are provided. Unbelievably private! We love, love, love the seclusion that the Shine House offers, but we also love that as remote as this unique property is, it is quite close to everything. Shopping is amazing, just 2 miles away. In fact, there are 125 restaurants within 6.5 miles and 6 Cinema complexes within 11.2 miles. No matter what you may want to eat or shop for, it is just minutes away from The Shine House. This property offers so much diversity.