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Wow - Spectacular Reno !! - Directly on the Beach!!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


LOCATION: Sandcastle I, Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, Upper Gulf Coast, Florida, USA


Enjoy an amazing view to the beach and ocean from almost anywhere in the condo; the preferred 4th floor location is high enough for a fantastic view over the beach (not to mention the amazing sunsets), and low enough to enjoy the sound of the surf from your living room and master bedroom, which both have direct access through huge glass doors to the extra-large (22 foot) balcony (see picture showing view from balcony).

Over $80,000 spent on a TOTAL RENOVATION & UPGRADE to this 1100 sq ft (2 bedroom + den/3rd bedroom) unit! NOTHING has been left untouched - see details below, this condo is basically BRAND NEW. There are a few pictures here, check the link below to our website for lots more pictures.


new open kitchen with granite counters & breakfast bar, open to the living area

all new stainless appliances (including fridge with icemaker, smooth top stove, dishwasher, microwave & front-loading washer/dryer in unit

new bathrooms with granite vanities, new tiles, new fixtures

new 19” ceramic tile throughout (yes, that means no carpets!)

new interior doors and sliding patio doors, new wide baseboard & trim

new designer paint & lighting

new beds & bedding, new furnishings

new air conditioning and heating units

FREE wireless high-speed internet in the condo and also poolside/by the beach

new 42' flat screen with digital cable & premium high-def

channels, 32' flat screen in master, 26" flat screen in den and 2nd bedroom, two DVD players.

FREE phone & long distance anytime/anywhere to USA & Canada

kitchen gadgets (cappuccino maker, waffle maker, blender for the frozen margaritas, etc) to go along with the standard kitchen fare

fully equipped with beach toys, chairs, etc

new ceiling fans in every room


This unit is classified as a 2-bedroom unit, despite having the den used as a third bedroom. This means you have the extra space if you need it!

In the gulf-front master overlooking the beach, there is a king-size bed, walk-in closet, ensuite bath with a pedestal sink in the shower/toilet area and another granite vanity with sink in a separate area (two people can get ready at once - this is the only unit in the building set up like this).

In the second bedroom (similar in size to the master at 15x12), which overlooks the intercoastal waterway, you will find queen and double beds, with access to the second bathroom with a large shower/soaker tub, pedestal sink & toilet. The den/third bedroom (overlooking the intercoastal waterway) has a day bed with trundle (two single beds). There is also a Graco Pack 'N Play that can be used for the smallest family members as a crib, no need to rent or drag one through the airport!!


Sandcastle I has some of the most beautiful grounds along the beach, and the management takes great pride in the condition of the common areas. There was a major renovation completed in the past couple of years to the outside & common areas of the building, it shows as new and has a beautiful BEACHFRONT HEATED POOL and LARGE NEW SPA/HOT TUB next to the pool, overlooking the beach. Other amenities include a sauna, lending library, ping pong/recreation area, poolside washrooms & change rooms. For you BBQ lovers, there are two gas BBQ’s on the grounds as well as a charcoal grill - complete with tables to relax & enjoy a beverage while doing your grilling.


Indian Shores is located on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, and is easily accessible via several major airports, including Tampa (TPA), St. Petersburg (PIE), and Sarasota Bradenton (SRQ). You can also fly into Orlando (MCO) if your plans include Disney, which is less than two hours away (along with Sea World, Universal Studios, Gatorland, and all the other Orlando attractions). In the immediate Tampa Bay area, there are unlimited attractions such as Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, the Florida Aquarium, John’s Pass, the Lowry Park Zoo, just to name a few. Into sports? It’s all here: NFL Football (Buccaneers), Major League Baseball (Devil Rays, as well as well as spring training for many MLB teams including the Yankees, Blue Jays, Phillies & others nearby), NHL hockey (Lightning) and countless golf courses. If boating is your thing, there are rentals available directly across the street on the intercoastal waterway & boat slips are available within walking distance. Shopping? You won’t be disappointed; shopping from high end to factory outlets all within a short drive!

Our condo is managed by a local property management company located 2 minutes south of the Sandcastle. They have been in business under the same ownership for 28 years.

The Suncoast Beach Trolley (stops outside the building) is a convenient way to get around on the beach if you don’t want to drive. If you do drive, there is a covered parking spot assigned to our unit and limited guest parking is also available.

This is a non-smoking unit. Sorry, pets are not allowed in the condo or on the grounds. Sandcastle 1 is a family/adult building. If this does not suit your needs we would respectfully ask that you look elsewhere. Primary renter must be min. 25 years old and must occupy unit - strictly enforced.

Keywords: Beach Condo, Oceanfront Condo, Direct Beachfront, Sandcastle, Vacation Rental, Condo Rental, renovated, gulf front

More Details

Ian or Michelle
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Ian or Michelle

We are a family of four with two girls. We have been travelling annually to this area since well before the girls were born. We enjoy this area because it immediately makes you feel at home. The area has a great 'beach vibe' with lots of great local restaurants, many with live entertainment, but is also as quiet and peaceful as you want. If you want to be in the middle of the action, Clearwater and St. Petes are both an easy 10 minute drive. There is endless entertainment opportunities, with Tampa next door and Orlando 90 minutes away. If theme parks are your thing, we have that. If sitting beachside or poolside with a good book and a cold drink is your thing...we have that. If you like good restaurants....we have that. If you'd rather BBQ your own steak or fresh catch of the day...we have a gorgeous kitchen and BBQ facilities. If your idea of a busy day is beach, pool, hot tub, nap on the balcony with the sound of the waves....we definitely have that! We truly hope you enjoy our little piece of paradise as much as we do.

Ian or Michelle purchased this condo in 2008

Why Ian or Michelle chose Indian Shores

Directly on the beach!! Enough said!

What makes this condo unique

Great heated pool, largest in the area. New Large Hot tub. Beautiful grounds, Rec room with ping pong table, lending library and self-serve tourist info. Superb location with lots of good restaurants and activities nearby, several withing walking distance.


Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master full ensuite bath PLUS 2nd sink/vanity area, unique to our condo!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Graco Pack 'N Play in the unit, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Direct Beachfront, spectacular sunsets!, Fully equipped, totally renovated & upgraded unit, close to 3 major airports (Tampa, St. Petes/Clearwater, Sarasota)


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Wow - Spectacular Reno !! - Directly on the Beach!!
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

December 2017 - All Girls Vacation - 2 Thumbs Up11

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 5 woman on vacation!! The condo was perfect for us..had all the amenities of home, comfortable beds with nice linens, beach chairs and everything in between. The condo is exactly as pictured, all new everything, clean and beach front...what else could you ask for. Ian & Michelle (owners) were always accommodating and informative, friendly and easy to deal with. From start to finish the reservation was flawless. I would definitely recommend this condo and should I return to FLA, I hope this condo is available to rent.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Karen would love to have you guys back anytime! Cheers, Ian & Michelle
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Parma, Ohio


  • 3 of 5

Unit has a good layout. However, microwave did not work. Owner was contacted. It was never fixed. Hard to recommend a condo with a non-working microwave. Internet seemed slow. Shower curtain in main bathroom was moldy. Housekeeping took curtain down and cleaned it. Rehung same curtain, mold stains present.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review! Apologies re the microwave - since it was only a year old like all our appliances, it was under warranty - our maintenance man has since received and installed the replacement. If you come back and stay with us again, I'll buy you dinner at the Salt Rock Grill (a short walk from our condo). Internet modem is also new so it should be quick, perhaps needs a reset. Shower curtain should have been replaced if still a problem, I will address with housekeeping. Thanks again we appreciate all feedback so we can keep our place up to our high standard! Ian & Michelle
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December 2016 vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Ian and Michelle's condo. They were so reponsive and easy to work with during the booking process. The condo was exceptional, very clean and the views were spectacular. We were there a week and couln't have asked for a better place to stay. I highly recommend staying at this condo and if we are back in the area again would definitely want to stay there.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan & Mike, thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed, it was a pleasure dealing with you and we'd love to have you back!
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Fort Collins, CO

Beautiful condo!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 3 kiddos stayed here for a week in July 2014 and absolutely loved it! It is beautifully updated, the kitchen is stocked with tons of utensils, the Master bedroom bed was extremely comfortable, and the view from the balcony was gorgeous! It was so nice to just walk down to the beach whenever we wanted and it was never crowded. We also liked that we could walk to some shops or restaurants. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mississauga, ON, Canada

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family get away this year was enjoyed staying at SandCastle I. We had a relaxing, peaceful, quiet and safe stay that involved mostly our own meals and picnics similar to what we would do if we were at home at a typical "staycation". The restaurants were fine in the area, however the amenities lended themselves to what we had hoped for..... stay close to our condo and go on mini adventures either in the area or right in front of our beach area!

Dealing with Ian and Michelle was a pleasure and they had excellent travel advice that aided in saving us money in the long run. We would for sure recommend this condo to anyone looking for a secure place to stay that has minimal repair needs.


John and Deb Purich

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time staying at this condo! It was clean, and the beds were very comfortable. The rooms were more spacious than the pictures even showed. It was a pleasant surprise to have laundry detergent, dish washing detergent, paper towels, and some spices in the cabinets. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous at night on their balcony. We will definitely return if time and finances allow us to in the near future!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Leslie, thanks for your comments and thanks for staying with us! We'd love to have you back, it's been a pleasure dealing with you. Thanks again! Ian & Michelle
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Car: recommended

Professional Sports: NFL Football (Buccaneers), Major League Baseball (Devil Rays, as well as spring training for many MLB teams including the Yankees, Blue Jays, Phillies & others nearby), NHL hockey (Lightning), Boat Rentals Across Street




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Linen Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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