About the property
- House3000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
5 bedroom+3 Full Baths, Luxury Waterfront living with private pool, hot tub&dock
Stephen & Annica
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Swedish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Stephen & Annica
Here’s why you will enjoy dealing with Stephen & Annica. First, they are well educated. Stephen has a bachelors and master’s degree. Annica, who is originally from Sweden, also has a college degree. Second they are experienced with over 15 years managing rental properties. Because we are local, we can quickly address and resolve any issue that may arise vs. an absentee owner or home that is managed by a third party property manager. In addition, we can tell you where to get the best Greek food, tastiest ice cream, most delicious baked goods, or to-die-for pizza and gelato. The couple is committed to continuously improving the rental experience so they collect feedback from each visitor to make the home better for the next guest. They have been adding amenities for over 12 years so every guest experience is 5 stars (please see the reviews). Stephen has the local expertise of 30 years so he can help you make the most of your time in the area. The couple provides each guest with a personal tour of the home so they can get comfortable with their surroundings. The couple is easy going and are not high pressure sales types. If you think our home is a good fit for you, terrific, if not, no worries. There are many lovely destinations and homes so find the one that is right for your family. Stephen & Annica invite you to consider many homes and if our luxury home is a good fit for you, we will do everything we can to make your stay pleasant and memorable. Finally, you can trust us. Once you confirm your booking, it is a done deal. They do not play games by trying to rent the home for more money to another guest. The couple owns other businesses in the area and has an impeccable reputation for integrity.
Stephen & Annica purchased this House in 2003
Why Stephen & Annica chose Tarpon Springs
Stephen’s family moved to Tarpon Springs in the early 1970s. Tarpon Springs has many unique aspects including: - Tarpon Springs is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places - Tarpon Spring is Pinellas County’s oldest town (incorporated in 1887) - Tarpon Springs is located in area of Florida nicknamed 'The Sun Coast'- the area averages over 350+ days of sunshine. In fact, The sun coast area is even listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for the record number of consecutive days of sunshine at 768. - Tarpon Springs has 51 miles of waterfront to explore (and was once regarded as the Venice of America) - The average annual temperature is a comfortable 72.8 degrees - There are No high rise hotels, condos, and beachfront commercial activities like you have in crowded destinations. - There are 9 free public parks in Tarpon Springs alone - There are 2 public Gulf of Mexico beaches - Perhaps the biggest draw to Tarpon Springs is its famous Sponge Docks area with its Greek culture, shops, restaurants, bars, boat tours, aquarium, bakeries, and more.
What makes this House unique
Amenities What really separates this home is that it has every amenity conceivable so you can have a truly memorable stay. How did we do it….We began asking guests what if any item do you wish the home had to make your stay more fun, enjoyable, and memorable, and we have been adding amenities ever since. Please make sure you view the slideshow of photos that depict some of the amenities. There are too many to list, but here's a quick example. Say you like a good cup of coffee…You are in luck as we have: 1. A traditional drip coffee pot. 2. A Keurig single cup brewing system. 3. A Nespresso expresso system. Or, if you don't want to make your own, there a numerous local coffee shops nearby including Starbucks. And Don't worry Brits, we have a tea pot. Water You will enjoy your own PRIVATE heated pool and hot tub (an amenity not available at the finest hotel) Food & Drink If you enjoy eat and drink, then you will love our home as it is walking distance to 50+ restaurants, bakeries, and bars. The famous sponge docks area is just a short walk and has many fantastic dining options and we will make sure you know the local favorites. Also, if you prefer to make your own food or have a cookout. we have a grill and all the pots, pans, dining ware, and utensils. Fisherman Florida is famous for fishing and many world records are caught in our waters. If you like to fish, you can try your luck 24/7 on your own private dock. My parents moved to this street when I was 11 and I have fished here for 30+ years. I have caught probably 100 species of fish and crabs over the years just from the dock. We provide fishing poles so it's easy to give your luck a try. Nature Lovers If you are a wildlife fan, you are in luck. Our home is directly on the water, so you never know what you will see each day. Guests have seen dolphins, manatees, sting rays, crabs, many types of fish, ospreys, pelicans, egrets, cranes, herons, gulls, and many additional birds
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Paradise in Tarpon Springs
This is a quite fantastic holiday villa with everything you would ever need to have a great holiday. Swimming and jacuzzi, fishing off the dock, paddle boarding, kayaking! Very close to the lovely Sunset Beach and Howard Park, and only 30 mins from Clearwater beach too. The house itself is wonderfully equipped and the owners and lovely!
James and Emily: we could not ask for better guests. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at our vacation home and Tarpon Springs area. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We sincerely appreciate it and hope to see your lovely family again in the future. Stephen and Annica
Wonderful winter getaway
We stayed at Vacation Like a Millionaire over our Christmas vacation & we were not disappointed! This home was the most well-stocked rental we have ever stayed in. The kids enjoyed the pool and the water toys. The boys caught a few different types of fish off of the pier. We liked walking to Sponge Docks and the nearby shops and restaurants. The weather did not disappoint - is was low 70's most of the week, which was great to get away from below zero temperatures in Indiana! The owners were there to welcome us and show us around on our day of arrival even though our arrival was delayed and we did not get to the house until late. There was plenty of room for our family of 5 plus grand parents and a bonus child. We would definitely recommend this rental home for a relaxing and very comfortable stay!!
Shaun: Thank you very much for taking the time to review our vacation home. We sincerely appreciate it. We really enjoyed meeting your lovely family and are delighted that you had a pleasant stay in Tarpon Springs and at our home. We could not ask for better guests. Thank you for treating our home like it was your own. Your family is always welcome and we hope to see you again in the future.
All the best
Stephen & Annica
My family and I had a tremendous experience staying at this property for a week this March.
It all began when we met the homes owners and they took us for a tour of their beautiful Home. So many times when you rent a property you just show up and can't figure things out, example...tv remotes etc. Not here! Stephen and Annica took us around their beautiful property and didn't leave a question unanswered. Such a simple but important touch!
The property itself is actually better than described. Perfect location!
We walked to town everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Although the town is very close, you never have to leave this home!
the home is right on the water, and has great paddle boards, kayaks and fishing poles!
the heated pool and spa were perfect.
We actually brought our Daughter and son in law as well as our twin grandsons (18 months) and the owners had everything we needed! Cribs, high chairs, gates...they even went out of their way and purchased two push cars for the little guys!
Anyway, we all highly recommend this property and already are planning a return trip next year!
Lovely time at this riverside oasis
Our family of 12 (6 adults and 6 young children!!) had an lovely time at this beautiful riverside oasis. Despite the fact that the weather early in the week wasn't perfect, the accommodations and the hospitality of the owners made our experience one of a kind. We had absolutely EVERYTHING we could need for our little ones right at our fingertips. The house is just a short ride or walk to the buzzing downtown areas and local beaches. Our most memorable moments however, were those spent on our boat cruising to the local restaurants and sand bars, where we found the most gorgeous sand dollars and had our 'fresh catch' cooked for the evening! What a beautiful little slice of heaven. Thank you!!
Great Family Holiday in Tarpon Springs!
We loved our week long stay at the '5 Bedroom Luxury Vacation Home in Tarpon Springs'. The house was perfect for my husband and I and our two sons and their families (including 4 children ranging in age from 7 months to 13 years). The house is exactly as described on the web site...it is very well maintained and is stocked with every imaginable amenity. The house is spacious, very nicely furnished and decorated, and has lots of attractive living spaces and comfortable sleeping areas. Stephen and Anicka have gone out of their way to ensure that the house has everything needed by adults or families to make a holiday at "a home away from home" enjoyable and stress free.
There was LOTS to do in the Tarpon Springs area. Our family visited beaches...Fred Howard Park Beach ( 5 minutes from the house) and Honeymoon Island Beach (30 minutes from the house) were our favourites; went to ball games at Duneden (20 minutes from the house); enjoyed the new splash pad--especially the 3 year old (3 minutes from the house); went golfing (15 minutes from the house) and had fun exploring the Greek restaurants, Sponge Docks and shops in downtown Tarpon Springs (5 minutes from the house).
We were always VERY happy however to return to 'our' house and enjoy family time. There were also LOTS of things to do in our very picturesque back yard. The house backs onto Tarpon Bayou and our family fished, paddle boarded, canoed and kayaked making very good use of all the recreational 'toys' provided with the house. We enjoyed lots and lots of time in the pool and the hot tub as well as just hanging out on the patio around the pool. Even though the house is located on a corner lot beside a fairly busy street, the back yard is very private and allowed us to relax in our own piece of Florida paradise.
I would highly recommend this house for adult groups or families. Stephen and Anicka are terrific hosts and were great to work with to make our Florida family vacation fun and memorable!
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of our vacation home. We sincerely appreciate it. We really enjoyed meeting your lovely family are delighted you had such a memorable stay at our home and in the Tarpon Springs area. Your family is always welcome in the future.
Annica & Stephen
Stay Here! Great home and beautiful location
This beautiful home has all you need! Equipped with pool/beach toys, toys for little ones and adults this house caters to all. We stayed in Tarpon Springs from 3/28/15-4/2/15 and were lucky to have magnificent weather the entire week. Stephen, the owner told me that this was a great time to be in the area due to the great weather and the manatee sightings. He was right! Stephen got us settled in, showing us around the home and telling us all there was to do in the area. He even checked in with us during the week to see how we were doing. The area is loaded with gorgeous beaches, we rented a boat and with Stephen's suggestion, we visited Anclote Key. It was amazing! I can't speak highly enough of this beautiful home and the great customer service we received. There were 9 of us, including my toddler and we all slept very comfortably with plenty of room. Also, this house is very close to all amenities. A great experience had by all!
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our vacation home. We sincerely appreciate it.
It was a pleasure meeting your lovely family. Your son is adorable.
We are delighted that you enjoyed our home, the area, and the Florida weather. Very happy you got to rent a boat and explore Anclote Key. Your family is always welcome back in the future. We really hope to see you again sometime soon.
Annica & Stephen
Beautiful beaches (1.7 miles or 3 minutes from the home), shops, winery, antique stores, restaurants, wonderful golf courses and tennis courts, Scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boating, windsurfing, surfing, jet skiing, fly fishing, biking, sailing, boating, water skiing, para sailing, deep sea fishing, pier fishing, gambling, ice skating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, amusement parks, water parks, fine dining, easy drive to Disney World, Epcot, MGM, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Sea World and much more. Fantastic shopping at one of the areas many malls including Countryside, Citrus Park, International Plaza, Westshore, and more. Golf: There are many fine golf courses in the area including one that is a PGA Men's Tour Stop at Innisbrook Country Club just 3 miles from the home. There are also inexpensive municipal courses as close as 1.5 miles from the home. Ski: Sorry no snow skiing here in Florida. You can rent a boat and water ski though.
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While the State of Florida recently passed legislation such that local laws, ordinances, or regulation may not restrict the use of vacation rentals, prohibit vacation rentals or regulate the duration or frequency of rental of vacation rentals, our municipality has an outdated, restrictive, inconsistently enforced ordinance that limits certain tourist homes to rental periods of six weeks or more.