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Marshall Happer

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Siesta Key, Modernized Direct Waterfront Condo, Huge Beach, 2BR, 2B, W/D, HDTV

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Florida South Central Gulf Coast Condo Rental Photos and Description

Modernized Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Washer/Dryer, No Smoking/Pets

Our Condo is on beautiful Turtle Beach at the southern and most private end of Siesta Key directly on the Gulf of Mexico. When we say directly, we mean directly and not merely a Gulf “View” or a long car ride or a long walk to the Gulf. We call it “Paradise” and you could not choose a nicer location. Siesta Key is 7-8 miles long. Siesta Key used to terminate at Blind Pass just south Fisherman’s Cove as Blind Pass separated Casey Key from Siesta Key. However, at some time, someone filled in Blind Pass so you can actually walk (no road) across the Blind Pass area now from Siesta Key onto Casey Key. Our Condo is on the top floor (3rd floor, we are not a high rise), so no one can be above you and the views of the beach and the Gulf are terrific from our Lanai. We are in close proximity to the elevator/stairs which provides the entry from the parking lot (exclusive assigned parking space) and the entry to the beach and we are a short walk to the heated pool. Sarasota County just completed enhancing our Siesta Key beach on March 18, 2016 by adding an estimated 225'' of new beach sand and increasing the elevation of the beach by 4'+.

Our HOA and our insurance require minimum 7 day rentals. Our guest rentals commence at 4:00 PM on the beginning Saturday and conclude at 9:00 AM on the departing Saturday and we cannot rent for partial weeks. In order to maintain the highest standards for our Condo, we do not permit smoking or pets in our Condo or more than 4 occupants.

We bought our Condo in April of 2012 because we believe it has the most unique setting anywhere with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Blind Pass Lagoon and the entrance to the Inland Waterway on the other side. Almost nobody has water on both sides. Turtle Beach is fairly narrow which makes the Fisherman’s Cove condos the closest to the Gulf and permits our guests to actually listen to the surf from open windows. The two buildings in the Fisherman’s Cove Condos were originally built in 1968-9.

Most condos have not:

1. Been completely modernized with new appliances;

2. Provide their own washer and dryer;

3. Offer HD-TV;

4. Provide beach towels for guests; and

5. Provide private and exclusive Comcast WIFI.

During 2012, we completed a major renovation of our Condo to a standard suitable for us to make it our ultimate retirement home. Our living room has new tile floors, dining for 4, a leather couch and easy chair, with a wall unit containing a 40” HDTV with a blu-ray player and stereo/mp3 players. Our living room leads to a beautiful tiled lanai with a modern panoramic window on the Gulf, which also has dining for 4. Our new kitchen has new wood cabinets and granite tops, new appliances (side by side refrigerator, icemaker, water filter, smooth top convection range with a warming drawer, dishwasher, disposal, spacemaker microwave) and a new tile floor. Our kitchen is fully stocked with equipment including a new drip coffee maker with a permanent filter, toaster oven and many other small appliances. We have a beautiful Master Bedroom with a king size bed and a large window directly on the Gulf with its own 33” HDTV and a DVD player adjoined by a newly renovated tiled private bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Adjoining our Master Bedroom is our walk-in closet in which is located our own stacked new LG Washer and Dryer so our guests do not have to use the shared coin laundry.

Our Guest Bedroom has 2 single beds with a 27” television adjoined by its own updated private bath with a walk-in shower. New carpet was installed in our bedrooms last April, which completed the replacement of all of the original flooring in our Condo.

We furnish our own quality linens with bath towels and beach towels for our guests. Housecleaning is only before arrival and after departure, but we provide our cleaning equipment for use by our guests in the interim.

We also provide an iron, ironing board, hair dryer and lots of other items for your use, including beach chairs and umbrellas and beach toys. Our HOA also provides boat slips on Blind Pass Lagoon and there is a boat rental facility in close proximity on Midnight Pass Road.

Our guests have free use of our exclusive Comcast cable WIFI which provides cable speed Internet service privately in our Condo instead of having the use the regular public network, which sometimes is unreliable and has limited bandwidth. We have wireless telephones in our Condo connected to Comcast.

You might also enjoy to read the many reviews by our guests on VRBO (Listing168135), all of which rate our Condo as 5 of 5.

The photos of the beach are for illustrative purposes only and weather, tides, and natural beach erosion cause topography changes from time to time. There is also plenty of information on our website about the fabulous restaurants nearby.

We had a recent tenant who had a great time catching fish in the Gulf right in front of our Condo! We can provide some fishing equipment upon request.

As a result of our unique location and the important upgrades to our Condo, it is very popular, so advance booking is recommended. We are always receiving numerous inquiries for rentals, especially since we have published our new upgrades and photos internationally, and as a matter of fairness, our policy is to accept the first actual booking we receive for each weekly or monthly rental.

We live in Venice, only 30 minutes away so we personally manage our Condo rentals and we are personally available to assist all our guests. Your rental agreement will be directly with us as owners. To confirm a booking we need to have full contact information (names, addresses, telephone numbers, email, ages of children, etc.) for all occupants.

VRBO requires a reservation deposit at the time of each booking of 50% of the total rental fee and 50% of the rental fee is due 30 days in advance. All payments are non-refundable, except as follows:

(i) If the reservation is cancelled by written notice received more than 90 days in advance of the commencement of the rental, then the deposit will be refunded less a $100 cancellation fee and the short term rental agreement will be terminated.

(ii) If there is a mandatory evacuation order by a governmental authority due to a hurricane or other natural disaster, then Tenant(s) will be entitled to a prorata refund of the rent paid.

We recommend that Tenant(s) purchase Trip Insurance, if coverage is desired.

Our direct Gulf front condo means spending your day on the beach, swimming, fishing, strolling the shoreline, collecting shells or watching the magnificent Siesta Key Dolphins (or local surf boarders!).

Enjoy the mesmerizing Gulf sunsets with a cocktail on our Lanai. In the morning watch the sun peek over the Intercoastal Waterway - right out your back door! A 5 minute walk to the marina for all of your 'beach' toy rentals - from boats and wave runners to kayaks and canoes! Fish from our docks - or arrange a fishing charter - it's all here! A quick stroll (no driving required!) and you can choose from either casual or fine dining!

Feel like some 'urban' flavor? Head to downtown Sarasota or historic Venice for a unique cultural experience including shopping, dining, live theater, the world-renowned Ringling Museum and Mote Aquarium. We have activities and events to meet everyone's vacation desires! Make this Siesta Key Gulf Front Condo yours - slow motion or fast moving - a perfect vacation spot.

Keywords: Condo, Waterfront, Gulf, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Marshall Happer (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Marshall Happer

I am a retired sports business lawyer and my wife is a sports marketing executive. We have lived in Venice since 2005 and my wife operates her international sports marketing business from our home.

Marshall Happer purchased this condo in 2012

Why Marshall Happer chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

We bought our Condo as an investment and maybe a future home, because it has the most unique waterfront location we have found on the Gulf. Last summer, I counted just 50 steps from our building to the Gulf!

What makes this condo unique

Everything. This is one of the most unique locations anywhere since we have the Gulf in close proximity on the West and Blind Pass Lagoon on the East.

Most rental condos have not been renovated to modern standards and do not have new kitchens and appliances, washer-dryer and full HDTV with Blu-Ray DVD. We do!

Fish in the Gulf or in Blind Pass Lagoon. Boat slips are available.

Since we live only 25 minutes away from our Condo, we are available to help ensure our guests have a wonderful vacation at our Condo.


based on 57 traveler reviews

Siesta Key, Modernized Direct Waterfront Condo, Huge Beach, 2BR, 2B, W/D, HDTV
average rating of 4.982456 based on 57 reviews

Amazing condo, all of the extras and great communication with owners

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time renting in Fisherman's Cove, but our first time in 306A. From the moment we walked in until we sadly departed a week later, we were thrilled with the unit and all of its amenities. As advertised, the unit has been upgraded with a beautiful kitchen, tile floors, and laundry room. The owners thought to include everything you may need for a week's stay including plenty of beach items, umbrellas, chairs, etc. A plethora of kitchen utensils and cookware. There was nothing that I needed in the kitchen that I didn't have at my disposal. The unit is clean and well cared for. The bedrooms are very nice with ample dresser and closet space. The laundry room is phenomenal with the latest and greatest washer and dryer, a rolling laundry basket, folding table, and tall shelf with lots of empty space to store your stuff while there. The glassed-in lanai with option for sliding windows and screens was an absolute bonus. This allowed you to pop open the screen and stick your head out to take amazing and unobstructed photos of the gulf. The flat screen TVs, radio, DVD players, and games were very nice to have -- a home away from home. Thankful to the Happer's for sharing their little slice of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Needless to say, we very much appreciate this review and for having this very nice family share our condo.
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Amazing vacation!! Amazing condo!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Siesta Key and it is definitely going to be the first of many more return trips!! The island is absolutely amazing. The condo is exactly as advertised!! The view of the gulf is breath taking and every night we would sit in the Lanai and enjoy the sunset!! The new beach that was also amazing!! It felt like a private beach with no crowds!! The condo is super clean and has up to date amenities!! We will absolutely book this exact condo again!!!! The drive to siesta beach was a short 5 to 10 minute drive. We also highly recommend renting a boat from the Turtle marina as we did and spend the day on intercostal waterway!! You might see Dolphins!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were pleased to have another nice family of 4 from Ohio enjoy our Condo.
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Beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was wonderful! The view was wonderful on both sides! Fishing was fun and the beach was amazing! Condo was stocked with everything you need!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another nice family enjoyed our condo. Yea!
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Serenity in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful condo on the beach, outside the busyness of Siesta Key. Incredible view. Great sunsets. Wide-open beach. Calm, clear waters. A few nice restaurants in walking distance, or drive 5 min Siesta Key's main restaurant/shopping area. Loved that this condo was not in the fray of all the tourists. You could go to the action, or stay in serenity. Well-maintained, clean, comfortable. Marshall was great to work with, and quickly helped to remedy a couple of very minor issues. For restaurants, check out Clayton's Siesta Key. Also visit the Ringling Museum (really beyond your expectations), Selby Gardens, and Armands Circle.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Once again we were pleased to have another nice couple really enjoy our condo and beautiful Turtle Beach. We hope they return soon.
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Beautiful condo! Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful condo right on the beach. Marshall and Karen were great to work with! They were very informative and attentive. We had everything we needed and the condo was beautifully maintained. Beautiful views!The location was excellent. It was quiet and private yet not far from anything we wanted to do. We loved this property and hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another terrific family of 4 enjoyed our Condo and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Being on the bigger beautiful beach was fantastic!

Loved the view from the 3rd floor lanai and watching the sunsets.

Quieter than the Siesta Key beaches which was more our style.

We were 10 minutes away from Sarasota and about half an hour from Marie Selby Gardens, Mote Aquarium, and Jungle Garden attractions which we enjoyed.

Homeowner was very accommodating without interfering .


  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to have these three sisters spend their vacation at our Condo and hope they will return soon.
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Rates & Availability

Siesta Key Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
7/9/16 - 8/13/16
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 12 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
8/13/2016 - 8/27/2015
Aug 13 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
9/10/16 - 11/19/16
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 18 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
11/26/16 - 12/17/16
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
12/17/16 - 12/31/16
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
January 2017
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
February 2017
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
March 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Mar 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
3/25/17 - 4/14/16
Mar 25 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
4/15/17 - 4/22/17
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
4/22/15 - 6/23/15
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Linens $30
Cleaning $80
Admin. $25
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are for maximum of 4 Guests
50% 90 days in advance
50% due 30 days in advance
All payments shall be non-refundable, except:
(i) If cancelled by written notice received more than 90 days in advance of the commencement of the rental, the $300 deposit will be refunded less a $100 cancellation fee
(ii) Prorata refund for governmental hurricane evacuation

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Florida South Central Gulf Coast Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 969 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both renovated with new tile floors and tiled showers
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling Fan, Cable TV, Window facing Blind Pass Lagoon/Docks
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ceiling Fan, HD-TV + DVD Player, Window on Gulf of Mexico
  • (1) King Bed in Master Bedroom, (2) Twin Beds in 2nd Bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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