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Beautiful waterfront home, a few steps from beach

Carolyn Michel

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french, german
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

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Carolyn Michel

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Beautiful waterfront home, a few steps from beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


Lido Key House Rental Photos and Description

Great Location! Waterfront views! Pool & Beach! master Suite, 3 bedrooms 2 bath

This is an exclusive location. On a canal, steps from the beach, within steps of exclusive St. Armand's Circle with its special shopping and dining experiences. There are beautiful sunsets, a tropical setting and great views. Theatres and museums are nearby. A family of manatees swim in the canal...birds come to visit! Perfect blend of nature and civilization. Large master suite...2 more bedrooms & Bath. (3 bedroom 2 bath total ) room, pool and patio! and a beautiful DOCK!

Fabulous vacation spot!

More details: This family residence is bright and sunny and comfortable and right on the water. One level living makes it perfect for older adults or for families, or as a romantic vacation getaway. Beautiful landscaping, a wild bird that makes daily visits hoping to be fed..and manatee sightings are frequent. Water views from all over the house. Just across from the beach with it's pure white sand and gorgeous sunsets.

And let's not forget that St. Armand's Circle is very short walk away, with it's terrific shops, restaurants and Ice cream shops, and music at night with outdoor dining adventures.

Cultural Oasis of Florida.: Downtown Sarasota with all of it's cultual allures is a short 2 mile drive away There is world class professional Theatre ...Asolo Repertory Theatre, & the Florida Studio Theatre, and fun Musicals at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. Also, Sarasota has it's own great Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet, Symphony, and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, as well as the Ringling Museum of Art. In addition, there are art galleries on Palm Avenue, and on Saturday Mornings, the popular Farmer's Market is a fun place to buy fresh fruits and veggies and other'stuff'. .

Restaurants: Sarasota boasts Many great restaurants in all price ranges! Many are steps away from this perfectly located fabulous St. Armand's Circle.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Carolyn Michel (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french, german
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About Carolyn Michel

I grew up in St. Louis Mo. and vacationed in Sarasota with my family. My Mom and Dad purchased this great home, and now it belongs to me. I live right around the corner from "Hirsch's landing," so I can easily attend to the home and my guests. I live in Sarasota on Lido Key, and I work as a professional actress at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Why Carolyn Michel chose Lido Key

location, location, location! There are views of the water from all over the house, It is a very comfortable 3 bedroom , 2 full baths family home. The Master Bedroom has a large en suite dressing room and bath area with lots of closet space.and a king size bed. The 2 guest rooms can be made into king or 2 twin beds, so it is versatile. cable TV in 2 of the bedrooms and in the family room as well. This is a perfect vacation home for a couple or a family . The kitchen is fully equipped …there is a laundry..sheets and towels and beach towels and a couple of beach chairs are provided.

What makes this house unique

Wild Manatees are frequent visitors to the new beautiful dock on this lovely canal.

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based on 13 traveler reviews

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Beautiful waterfront home, a few steps from beach
average rating of 4.3076925 based on 13 reviews
Temple, Texas

Fantastic experience

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from the most amazing vacation ever!!! The beach house was PERFECT!!! Retro 60's, just as the pictures show. We were a block away from the white sandy beach, a block away from the circle and a block away from the hotel where my daughter had her wedding ceremony. Perfect location, perfect price, perfect accommodations!! The home was HUGE with plenty of space to accommodate our tribe, both staying and visiting. It was everything and a thousand times more than expected. Carolyn was a fantastic host and made us feel welcome to enjoy all the property had to offer. I wish I could include photos of our family thoroughly enjoying our stay but I will just say...this property being in the perfect location, for the price and amenities was absolutely ideal for our weeks worth of events. Thank you Carolyn for an amazing experience!!! We can't wait to return :)

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Statesboro, Georgia

what an awesome place

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location!!!! This has all of the last three. What an awesome place. Plenty spacious enough to sleep six and even a better place to entertain a few friends and family. I grew up in that area and remember how Florida used to be. Its was like visiting my grandmother house or my aunt Reba's house. There is no misrepresentation on how the place is or how it is decorated. I loved it. Carolyn, i wouldn't change a thing. I thought it was so fun. i had my mom's 80th birthday and i loved to see everybody enjoying themselves there and reflecting back on old times. I had a few of my high school friends come and visit and even entertained a little wedding cocktail party there. This house was built to entertain and i'm sure the original owners were smiling down us, because that's what we were doing having a great time and entertaining. I live in Georgia now, so of course i brought some friends from there with me and they couldn't believe this is how Florida really was just not to long ago. Terrazzo floors, well they were always a topic of conversation. They were beautiful and in great shape. i found the house to be very clean, and well appointed for all your needs. Its just a few steps to the beach and a very short stroll to St. Armand's Circle. You don't want to do any of those things? Hang out by the pool or watch the Sheep head, mullet, and manatees in the canal. Why would you ever need to leave or drive once your there. Would i go back? i cant wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you loved "Hirsch's Landing" !

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast....

  • 5 of 5

I always look forward to staying at Hirsch's Landing. It's inexpensive, always clean, kid-friendly, and spacious. Modern this is not, but if the owner were to modernize you'd be paying triple the rent; just think what you'd pay for the multi-million dollar Mediterranean castle next door. It's clear that the owner of Hirsch's Landing has purposely kept the house in the original configuration so that you can experience what Sarasota was like in the past; and you win with a less-expensive rental.

Walk out onto the dock beyond the pool and you may see schools of mullet, jumping fish, manatees, jelly fish, pelicans, and stingrays.

This place is convenient.

1) It's a short walk to a flat, sandy, quiet beach, where you can

- sit in one of the beach chairs that Hirch's Landing supplies;

- throw a frisbee;

- walk for miles along the water;

- see the spectacular nightly sunsets;

- search for sea shells of all kinds; or

- dip youself into the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

2) It's an equally short walk to St. Armand's Circle, where you can

- stroll in the evening;

- watch people from all over the world;

- get ice cream;

- eat at top-notch restaurants and cafes; or

- read a newspaper while drinking a cup of joe in the morning.

3) Have bikes delivered to the house and explore the area. The land is flat and the bikes roll a long way without much effort. With bikes you can

- ride to Mote Marine Laboratory -- less than 2 miles one way;

- pedal to downtown Sarasota and Selby Gardens -- 3 miles -- across the most beautiful bridge view in Florida;

- explore your way to Ringling Museum -- 6 miles; or

- ambitiously trek to Siesta Key, another part of paradise -- 10 miles.

Don't miss out on a relaxing, fun-filled vacation on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, in South Florida's most idyllic city, Sarasota.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect week

  • 4 of 5

We had the chance to rent this house for a week at the end of June 2014. Yes the decor is a bit dated but we weren’t there for that, it is exactly like the pictures. It was big enough for our family of 5. The house is very clean and the location is perfect. You are walking distance to the beach, in fact you walk more on the beach than to get there. Also, it is walking distance to St-Armand’s circle for shops, restaurants and our daily walk to Ben & Jerry’s for ice cream.

The beach is big, white sand and water temperature was 87 degrees, a pure paradise. We will rent again and for a longer period of time.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Andy D

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great time in this home. It is bigger than the pictures indicate. Abundant sea life works it way to the dock on a daily basis. One short block to the beach. Good value for the price, I would rent this residence again.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

find another place to stay!

  • 1 of 5

I booked this house just on reviews., shame on me. Upon arriving I asked Donna if we could go in to write checks and she says you don't go in until I get the money. the house is in a ok spot, there are better and it's much farther to the beach than a few steps. all the towels smelled so bad we had to wash them before using them. All the dishes were dirty and what pans there were had dried crusties on them and wee peeling. Carolyn tells me it was fortunate that I had a place close by to pick up pans and beach chairs..I called it an inconvience, how about people who don't have a place? dishwasher did not work, it ran but didn't clean. we killed 2 roaches in the kitchen and there were ants in the bathroom..the bug guy came and sprayed raid.

the landscape is deteriorating and pretty non existent, dead and dried up. the pool is EXTREMELY small, there is 1 lounge chair and the rest is really cheap plastic stuff..1 lounge chair so you couldn't lay by the pool if you wanted to or had to take turns. there is a large area of rocks and bent and broken beams...don't know what that served. the house had to be for small people since there is a table with chairs that are almost on the floor...good for kids I guess. you have to stoop down in the shower to get under the shower head. the vanities are very low for normal people. the contraption that held the toilet paper was dirty! the beach is quite a hawl when you are carrying stuff. the decor is terrible. The furniture in the LR is broken and when you sit on in you sink in. I do have something good to say...the bed in the master BR was comfortable.

when I go away I expect to be in a real nice place that is clean and nicely hdecorated...this is not the place. There are other nice places a couple blocks away for 1/2 the price. There are a lot of nice places in the area that I cannot mention here. I still haven't figured out what the high cleaning fee was for since we had to clean everything we used. I tried to find another place to stay and get some of my money back but the places I wanted to be we're booked. Carolyn says that I was difficult from the start and I don't know how, I just asked her to waive the tax like another home owner was going to do for me. screens on patio doors were ripped, we taped them. Beach chairs are extremely small and the 2 bigger ones were broken and all the chairs were totally rusted. I had to go to my condo and get my chairs and buy 2 more for our guests! renters beware

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was disappointed that his renter was unhappy with Hirsch's landing. The decor is exactly as it is represented in the photos...retro 60's...and if that is not to her taste, she perhaps should have chosen a different place to rent. my other renters LOVE it...and find it charming and fun, and they always compliment me as to how CLEAN the house always is, and they come back, time after time. I have many return renters. The towels are plentiful for both the baths and the beach and are always washed and are very clean I thank her for calling my attention to the aging pans, and I have since replaced them with new pots and pans. The pool is advertised as a small pool. The master bath has marble countertops, and quite lovely, with his and hers dressing room areas. The beach is indeed a few steps away...just across a the private road, easily accessible...and the house itself is beautifully situated on a canal and has a gorgeous dock. I was away so I was, unfortunately, unable to meet this renter. The house is treated (Florida being Florida) on a monthly basis by Orkin, who also respond if there happens to be a specific issue. There is a yard service and a pool service that comes every Friday. The furniture in the LR is NOT broken. In fact, I keep it in very good condition. The whole house had just been cleaned by Stanley Steemer, furniture included, before her arrival. The dishwasher is less than a year old and should work well. No one else has complained about it. If something does break, I like to get it fixed immediately, so I encourage renters to let me know if there is a problem. Fortunately, my other renters are very pleased with "hirsch's Landing" and have said as much in their reviews. It is a comfortable and fun vacation home that can sleep 6 easily...3 bedrooms , 2 baths...a living room, a family room, multiple TV's with cable, wi-fi, fully equipped kitchen...steps from St. Armand's Circle with its shops and restaurants and ice cream parlors....and a very short stroll to Lido beach...and on the water! There are water views from almost every room in the house. Visiting Manatees and a mango tree are bonus attractions along with a large back yard and patio. Come have fun!


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Sarasota, Fl.
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bobby Jones Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Car: recommended

This upscale vacation area is literally Steps from Lido Beach and. Armand's Circle with it's shops and restaurants.. it is also close to Downtown Sarasota, Florida's cultural coast. You'll find many cultural activities :world class theatre, opera, symphony, ballet & museum. It’s only a walking distance from shopping. Great restaurants and 85 Golf courses are within 20 miles. Boat rentals are available. The gorgeous Lido Beach is just across a private road.. The house is located on a canal, has a beautiful dock, and has water views from all over the home! Terrific Location!


Rates & Availability

Lido Key House Rental Rates


  • Prefer 2 weeks rental, $ 175. cleaning fee . Also REFUNDABLE $ 500 safety/damage deposit. We will consider one week rentals. $1100. per week in season. $1000.. per week off season.
  • 25% downpayment upon booking. Remaining sum paid one month prior to arrival. Late bookings total sum paid prior to arrival.
  • Available in December at a higher seasonal rate.


Lido Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 220 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handicapped equipped
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , this is with the garage extra room
  • The Master Bath has a his and hers side, with each side having it's own sink and counter top and drawers ..her side has a makeup table In addition there is a nice dressing room space for both the 'his' and 'her sides in this master suite. Lots of closet space for EVERYONE throughout the House!!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 2 twins or 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , room off garage
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 twins can also be made up into 1 King size bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , king size bed
  • Master Bedroom sleeps 2 (king bed), guest bedroom can be made up as either 2 twins or 1 king size bed (sleeps 2). 3rd bedroom has 2 twins that can be made up into 1 king. And there is a separate room & bath off the garage that is not as nice, but it is private (1 twin bed) and has a small fridge.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Pool is a small pool for dipping and cooling off only.It has a nice deep end, however, It is not meant for any serious swimming of laps. great for kids! it is great for lying around to get some sun. The ocean is very, very near and a great place to swim, with the beautiful white beaches. Hirsch's landing is spacious, with a good room layout. The master bedroom has His and Hers separate dressing room areas, each with their own sink. The 2 other bedrooms and 2nd bath are on the other side of the house for privacy. There is an extra bedroom & bath built off the garage that can be used if necessary, for one more person.

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