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1st Floor Unit Steps from the Beach. $100 Visa Gift Card with summer/fall week

Bedrooms Studio
Space 413 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Condo, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Our home away from home is a quaint first floor studio unit, just steps from the beach. From the moment you first open the door, you'll see right thru the back picture window to the sand and turquoise waters. Step a few feet out the back door and step under the palm frond lanai. Take a seat and watch the dolphins swim by while you drink your morning coffee. Spend all day enjoying the beach, the sun or a quick shopping trip to Saint Armand’s Circle. Watch the sun set while sitting on the beach then have a relaxing dinner.

This unit is fully updated including a full sized kitchen, above counter microwave, walk in shower and a fresh clean Florida decor. The walk in shower and first floor location make this a handicap friendly unit.

The sunset pictures were taken by me personally and are the real deal. This is the perfect place for two or a couple with a young child.

If your budget is tight, we're the most affordable beachfront property on Longboat Key. If you find a comparable beachfront property on Longboat Key for less, I want to know about it.

If you’re planning a trip to any of the Central Florida Theme Parks including Disney, Universal and Sea World, they're just two hours away, door to door. Bush Gardens in Tampa is just one hour away.

Traveling with a group or need dates my unit isn't available?

Several friends also own units available for rental.

Can you travel at the last minute? Watch for vacancies within the next 30 days.

Take advantage of summer specials, last minute internet deals and special rates not otherwise published! Why not spend the weekend at the beach. Please remember weekends are not available for advance bookings.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Rodney Jolley
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Rodney Jolley

Hello! Thanks for taking a look at our vacation home. We're Rodney, Robin and Rachel Jolley and live in Windermere, Florida (near Orlando). We love the beach and in addition to Florida, we love St. Lucia, St. John, St. Martin, Jamaica and just about any other quiet place in the sun. We enjoy skiing in Colorado, most recently in Beaver Creek and an annual long weekend in New York City near Christmas. Most of all, we enjoy our quiet little place on the beach. Please consider our little place in the sun.

Rodney Jolley purchased this condo in 2004

Why Rodney Jolley chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

If you’re looking for a place to rediscover “island time” the place to do it is Longboat Key. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are beautiful, the sunsets are incredible and most of all, no crowds. The City of Longboat Key is a small community of just over 7,100 located on a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. We can leave our home in Orlando and be in the condo in just over two hours. If you fly into Tampa, you’ll be there in about an hour and fifteen minutes. In just a few hours, you can be relaxing in a beach chair listening to the surf and sea gulls.

What makes this condo unique

Imagine vacationing in a small island beach town listed as one of the safest cities in America, being just steps from the beach, warm gulf waters and gentle breezes. Imagine enjoying endless beach walks and gathering shells as the day awakes and finishing the day watching the sun set over the ocean. Imagine drifting off to sleep to the sound of the ocean and awaking to the sound of sea gulls welcoming the sun. Welcome to Longboat Key. Kick your shoes off, you won't need them.

Guestbook comments from the owner

An excellent spot to relax, very friendly people and staff. Glad we checked our VRBO online. Would certainly recommend this place to everyone coming to Florida.......
Feb 2012
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Longboat Key Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 413 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Walk in shower only with grab bars so it's handicap friendly. The bathroom is not wheel chair accessable.
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A convertable couch converts into a single bed by simply pulling the back of the couch forward. It's a very simple process. It's very comfortable.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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1st Floor Unit Steps from the Beach. $100 Visa Gift Card with summer/fall week
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 40 reviews

Wonderful, relaxing, just what I needed

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, relaxing, just what I needed

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. I look forward to host your next getaway!
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Hinesville GA

Marie stevens

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place to stay. Rodney was excellent to work with and the condo had every thing we needed for a comfortable week. This was our second time here and nothing bet the best.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Steps away from paradise

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this property multiple times and loved it! The room is very clean and neat with everything you would need. The beach is only steps from the back door and the view out the window is amazing. We love the peaceful beachfront property. We never had any issues while onsite and the front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. This location is very convenient to a grocery store and shopping and restaurants. I would be happy to book here again any time for any length of stay. You can't beat the sunset pictures either!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just right

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great stay at the Diplomat. We had been searching for a 1 bedroom but this efficiency served us well. The property has just the right location & amenities for us and the size is perfect. The pool and beach are so close and beautiful. The unit was clean and well kept and had all we needed. We will definitely stay here again. Rodney was a gem to work with as well.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Downers Grove, Illinois


  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect. Clean and just lovely!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old Florida

  • 5 of 5

This is our kind of place. Easy access. Stunning sunsets. Well maintained. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very kind comments. Robin and I picked our place in the sun because we love the relaxed pace and ability to unwind. We look forward to hosting your next escape! Did you get to see the Dolphins? You can almost always see then passing by before sunset. It's almost like they're on their way home from work.
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Longboat Key Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Light Breakfast, Sandwich, Ice Cream etc.
Nearest Point of Interest
Bayfront Park and Recreaton Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Moore's Stone Crab
Nearest Point of Interest
Free Public Boat Docks
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Dolphin Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Publix Supermarket & CVS Drugs
Nearest Point of Interest
The Colony Tennis Resort & Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Longboat Key Club & Resort Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
The Salty Dog
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Dock with Parking
Nearest Point of Interest
Saint Armand's Circle
Nearest Point of Interest
Sarasota Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Sarasota International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Exit off I-75 is at Fruitville Road.
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Parking at St Armand's Circle
Car: recommended

Public Recreation area apx 1 mile away and includes tennis, basketball, table tennis, shuffle board and shaded children's play area.


Rates & Availability

Longboat Key Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Aug 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 11 2017 - Sep 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Sep 21 2017 - Oct 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Oct 4 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Apr 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

7 NIGHT MINIMUM for advance reservations greater than 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Reservations for stays of less than 7 nights do not reflect the 10% weekly discount. Nightly stays are booked on a case by case basis and may not be available for the dates requested but please ask. The standard check-in and check-out day is Saturday for the Winter season and Friday for the Summer and Fall season. Other days by prior agreement. It should be noted, holiday weeks/days are quoted at the high season rate.

Children 10 and under are free. Rental is for up to four guests, including children.

Parking is limited to 1 passenger vehicle, SUV and or light truck. Additional parking may be possible for certain dates with prior arrangement. There is no parking available for boats, trailers, etc.

A 50% deposit is due at the time of the reservation with the balance due at check-in. The deposit is 75% refundable when canceled 31 days or more in advance. An additional discount of 20% for 28 or more nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.