Location, Location, Location!
This house has the perfect location...right on the beach. It's in a residential area in Belleair so the beach, although not necessarily closed to the public, seems very private and was never crowded while we were there. We did drive north and visit Clearwater and we couldn't believe how crowded the beach was there. It was so nice to spend the day shopping and then go back to our quiet beach house. We felt very safe in the area. In fact, the sheriff would drive along the beach several times a day. Our 6 & 2 year old boys LOVED the beach and the pool. The pool is very nice. It has jets you can turn on in the shallow end and multi-colored lights you can turn on at night which is very neat. You do share the pool with 4 other units, but most of the time we were the only people using it.
The house is very nice. It is a town house, so yes it is only HALF of the house that you rent. Another review said that the listing was misleading in this regard, but I certainly didn't think so. I could tell from the pictures that it was only one side of the house. Nevertheless, the 9 people in my party (5 adults, 2 kids, 2 babies) had plenty of space and we were all comfortable.
The interior was clean and had actually been updated and differed from the pictures slightly, but only in good ways. It had new paint, dining set, and bedding. We had tons of beach towels, bath towels, hand towels, hand soap, and laundry detergent. We went out and bought toilet paper before we realized there was a whole package of it in the laundry room closet. The kitchen is complete with all appliances, dishes, utensils, and pots and pans. It was a tight fit for my mother, sister and I to cook a few meals together but we managed. Other things that were already in the house were matches and lighter fluid for the charcoal grill, trash bags, ziplock bags, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, sponges and dishrags, dish towels, salt and pepper and sugar. Oh, and Shari the owner had jars of chocolate candy out on the kitchen counter which the kids thoroughly enjoyed!
The only problem we experienced during our stay was the lack of lighting outside at night. We arrived after dark and had to use our phones to see the keypad to unlock the door. When I asked Shari about this she said the lights were not working and a handyman would be there within the week to fix them and no one ever came. It didn't spoil our stay though, and we highly recommend this house. We were sad to leave.
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