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80+ Reviews!! Gulf Retreat I: Spectacular views, luxurious comforts

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 6

Please view the comments from our previous guests. They all loved it and you will, too!

Wake up on Indian Shores' intercoastal waterway... view playful dolphins from the comfort of your king-size bed... watch the boats head out to the Gulf... Walk the powdery-white sands... Relax on the private balcony overlooking nesting sea-birds...

• Waterviews, waterviews, waterviews!

• Just steps to beach (approx. 150 yards)

• Washer/Dryer in unit

• Computer with high-speed cable internet and WiFi

• Unlimited long-distance calls (USA and Canada)

• Upgraded digital cable TV package

• Private 1 car garage with 2 remote openers

• much more!

Keywords: Waterfront Condominium

More Details

Owner
Darryl Glenn
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Darryl Glenn

Isabel is from Spain and we met while I lived and worked there for ten years. During our years there we enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and especially staying in the quaint Bed and Breakfasts that are so typical there. We made notes of all of the things we liked and disliked about everywhere we stayed and planned to one day have somewhere unique and cozy of our own to offer to vacationers.

In 2000 work brought us to St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2004 we purchased a condo in Indian Shores, just a few miles from our home. We decorated it with nothing but the best (Isabel is an Interior Decorator and has her own business). As guests began to know us and word began to get around we soon had a steady flow of visitors and a full calendar. Just repeat visitors were nearly keeping the unit booked. In 2008 we decided to buy a second unit, with the exact same floor plan and the same extraordinary views, just a few steps away. We call them our Gulf Retreat 1 and Gulf Retreat 2.

Darryl Glenn purchased this condo in 2004

Why Darryl Glenn chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

We love Indian Shores because it is the quietest, most relaxed part of Sand Key, the barrier island that runs along the Gulf shore from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater. It is the narrowest part of the Sand Key, only 150-200 yards across where we are located. That means you can enjoy both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico only a few steps apart.

Indian Shores is the last part of the coastline in Pinellas County that preserves a small-town feel. Gulf Blvd. is still just a two-lane road and the speed limit is 35 m.p.h. There's is only one traffic light in Indian Shores. There isn't as much asphalt as you see to the south or north of us, a lot fewer high-rise buildings and none of the tourist traps. While you will find all the restaurants and conveniences you need near-by Indian Shores is still primarily a residential, family-oriented community.

What makes this condo unique

Our view is of the Intracoastal Waterway, the body of water that separates Sand Key from the mainland. We love it because of all the boat traffic - it's fun to watch. The dolphins are always a joy to see, too. They are most active early in the morning or at sunset. Manatee are a little harder to spot, but are always around, too.

When the tide is low there is a sandbar that emerges from the water just off our balcony. The seabirds all come to feed there and it's wonderful entertainment.

And the Intracoastal Waterway is beautiful to behold at night, when the lights from the boats and other properties reflect off the surface. You must see it to appreciate it!

And of course the beach is just across the street. It takes just a couple of minutes to get there walking. It's never crowded and always relaxing. We have beach toys, inflatables, beach chairs, an umbrella, a cooler... everything you need except a good book and suntan lotion! And we even have a handy cart to put everything in and wheel it across the street!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I stayed in unit 603 for 1 week in April, and we have found our yearly vacation destination in the area! The condition of the unit was exactly as pictured, and the location is excellent as well. Beach access is across the street (about a 3 or 4 min walk), and there's also a small convenience store next to the property. The store came in handy on those days when I wanted/needed something and was too comfy in my beach gear to get changed and drive somewhere else! The master bedroom suite was very nice: the king bed was very comfortable (even the sheets were soft), and the double sinks in the master bath were a huge hit, too. The washer and dryer in the unit are newer models and worked quite well. It was nice to have the option to have clean clothes when I packed up and went home. We ate breakfast on the balcony every morning, and even got to watch the dolphins in the cove for about 10 or 15 minutes. My daughter was beside herself with excitement! The neighborhood was friendly and the property grounds are well taken care of and clean. We spent a couple afternoons at the pool, which has facilities located right there and plenty of lounge chairs. My daughter loved having pool “toys” to bring with her. We did use the grill several times; the option was nice since we had minimal clean up! All in all, we will be returning in 2014 and hopefully many years to come. Indian Shores, Florida is my family’s favorite vacation destination (Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary, and the Florida Aquarium). Thank you, Darryl, for providing such a wonderful place for our family vacation!
Apr 2013
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Amenities

Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • King size bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Inflatable mattress (1), Baby Crib (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
For a complete list of amenities, please visit our web site. Some things we offer that you might not expect: - Private garage (fits one car, with remote opener) - Private fishing/dolphin watching pier - Beach chairs and beach umbrella - Games (cards, checkers, backgammon, chess, etc, ) - CD music library - Desk area in living/dining room area with WiFi, computer and unlimited, high-speed internet access

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(82 traveler reviews)

80+ Reviews!! Gulf Retreat I: Spectacular views, luxurious comforts
average rating of 4.97561 based on 105 reviews
5

Great position!

  • 5 of 5

Had a really great time. Condo so well placed for the beach and with great views of the intracoastal. Well equipped both for indoors and outdoors. Great communication with the owner who replied very quickly to any questions and also supplied bikes when we inquired about availability. Overall terrific and we would definitely book again. Indian Shores is such a great spot- we think the best area on this part of the gulf.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Vacation by the Water

  • 5 of 5

If you enjoy viewing dolphins, all kinds of seabirds from herons to osprey, and all manner of boats on the intracoastal waterway while sipping a glass of wine on your balcony, this just might be the vacation home for you. The accommodation including furnishings and decoration is superb and the location is first class. The beach is literally just across the street and bars and restaurants are within walking distance.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to try something different this year and decided to rent a condo instead of a house for our Florida vacation. The condo is clean and nicely decorated as pictured on the website. We spent every morning having breakfast on the balcony enjoying the lovely view. It was very nice just to cross the street to watch the sun set along the Gulf Coast. My favourite time of all was sittIng on the balcony on New Years Eve just watching fireworks across the water. Thank you very much Darryl and Isabel for the use of your condo.

Jeff and Joanne

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Get Away From It All

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 8 nights in mid December having come over from the UK for a show in Tampa. We did the same the previous year and stayed in Clearwater. Darryl and Isabel's condo was superior in every way. Beautifully furnished, stunning peaceful views over the water. We were able to video a dolphin swimming up the waterway and the seabirds were always there too. The jetty was a lovely place to sit, unwind and take in the natural beauty all around. Tampa, Clearwater,St Pete's (the Dali Museum is a must see) and John's pass are all within half an hours drive. The beach is so close and very quiet and there are excellent places to eat all around. Sweet Sage Café was a great place for breakfast and The Pub has excellent food and superb views over the waterfront. Darryl and Isabel, you could not have been more helpful from the off (including letting us have our show tickets to your home). We were really glad we got to meet you before we left and we will be back very soon.

Best wishes

Mike and Pat

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Comments

  • 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the cleanliness, accommodations, and location. Everything was perfect for what I was looking for.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was very nice with a great view of the inter coastal waterway.

  • 5 of 5

We loved sitting on the balcony and watching birds, fish, and dolphins. The room was decorated very nicely, and it had everything we needed. We have four young children and needed extra bed space so Daryl and Isabel had an air mattress blown up for us when we got there. They even had toys for the kids to play with. The views from the living room and master bedroom are amazing! All of the rooms are a nice size, plenty of space for our family. We loved the beach toys and cart to carry things to the beach. The beach is just a short walk across the street and it is very quiet. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves most days, it was awesome! Daryl and Isabel are great people to book your vacation with and will do anything to help. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
TPA
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Pub
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Pub
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Indian Shores
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Boating, Kyaking, Paddleboarding, Fishing, Mini Golf, Wildlife Viewing

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Rates & Availability

Indian Shores Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$650
$2,400
 
 
Mid-season
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 27 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$875
 
 
High Season 2018
Jan 28 2018 - Apr 14 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$995
$3,575
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$795
$2,850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Arrival/departure days are Sunday. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. In certain instances we may allow a stay of less than 7 nights. Payment by personal check (in U.S. Dollars) is preferred. We accept cashiers checks or money orders in U.S. Dollars as well.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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