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10 Minutes to the Beach! Private Beach! Heated Pool w/♥SUNSHELF♥ From 120$/n

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Fantastic pool area with lots of privacy, ideally located for great trips

Welcome to our newly built modern pool villa with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1100sf pool deck with lounge area, sunny South-Western exposure, beautiful beaches nearby – even a private beach is at your disposal!

A short 3-minute drive away, the community owned beach ferry starts to our piece of paradise, an all-natural pristine beach. Take a long walk along the gorgeous shoreline, look for fossil shark teeth or just sit there and relax – having a wonderful time watching the waves. Chances are good you spot a bunch of dolphins!

Have you ever thought about a romantic wedding or vow renewal on a tropical beach? We can connect you with one of the best wedding planners of the area.

Cruising around on a Harley Davidson is your dream? A large dealer with excellent reputation is only half an hour away!

Villa Happy Gator on Alligator Drive is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood. Our backyard is fenced in and provides absolute privacy.

The oversized and simply gorgeous pool area is the perfect place to enjoy Florida Life. Chrystal clear water without added chlorine brings the ultimate pleasure during hot and sunny days. During cooler months, the heater ensures that swimming stays a delight. Our sunshelf is a much loved special feature.

Shopping facilities are only 5 minutes away.

For your convenience we further provide:

- tiles throughout for a clean and fresh feeling

- fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso Coffee Machine and Ninja Blender

- bathrooms with operable daylight windows and handheld shower heads

- free High Speed internet

- free WiFi

- free nationwide calls – phone provided

- region free Blu-ray player

- books, DVDs, games and kid’s toys

- Gas barbecue grill

- beach utensils like beach chairs, umbrellas, cooler and toys

- free family pass for beach ferry

- bikes for the fantastic bike trails of Sarasota County

- Safety fence to install around pool to protect small children

- Garage with remote door opener


Florida Pool Villa - Villa Happy Gator - South Venice - Venice - Sarasota - Tampa - Gulfcoast - South West Florida

More Details

Birgit Laniewski - I am looking forward to your message!
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Birgit Laniewski - I am looking forward to your message!

Since more than 30 years we travel through the USA. I love this country with all its different people, landscapes and cultures. When I was in Florida for the first time, I was fascinated by the tropical nature with the wonderful flora and fauna. The southwestern gulf coast is my favorite area. In Venice we found the perfect place. Surrounded by a lot of nature, yet centrally located to many attractions.

Birgit Laniewski - I am looking forward to your message! purchased this house in 2016

Why Birgit Laniewski - I am looking forward to your message! chose Venice

Alligator Drive – isn’t it a fantastic address? You know from the start you are in Florida! But no worry, you will not meet one of those primeval guys around our house. To match to the location we named our house "Villa Happy Gator" - and hope we and our guests will spend there many happy days.

What makes this house unique

Near the beaches, no parking fees, many nature preserves, fantastic bike routes like the Legacy Trail, shopping near by, usage of the Beach Ferry to South Venice Private Beach, a lovingly cared for house that is also used by the owner, secure code lock - convenient without keys, bright and sunny because of South-Western exposure of the pool deck, perfect pool water without adding chlorine.


Venice House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • ★Signed Rental agreement + copy of picture ID within 5 days after booking ★Unterschriebener Mietvertrag + Ausweiskopie innerhalb 5 Tage nach Buchung
  • ★Maximum 2 cars on premises ★Maximal 2 Kfz auf dem Grundstück
  • ★Booking at least 7/max 18 months in advance - unless otherwise agreed ★Buchung min 7 Tage/max 18 Monate im Voraus - o.n. vorheriger Absprache
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower w/handheld shower head, daylight window
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub/shower combo, handheld shower head, daylight window
  • ★Both bathrooms have comfortable handheld showerheads ★Double sink in Master bathroom ★Daylight windows give cozy atmosphere ★Ventilation system
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • - 1 king
    - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    - 1 queen
  • ★We provide sheets, blankets and duvets. ★Mattresses made in the USA ★30" Samsung TV in Masterbedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Modern furnishing with a light beach style


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10 Minutes to the Beach! Private Beach! Heated Pool w/♥SUNSHELF♥ From 120$/n
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Mendota Heights,MN. 55120

Close to many attractions

  • 5 of 5

"Destinations"...Historic Venice...Sarasota & Longboat Key....Siesta Key...

Also several Farmers Markets in the immediate

Wal-Mart...CVS & Walgreens all close to Villa Gator..The villa is totally updated and new everything with all high quality furnishings. WOW!!!!

Quiet and immaculate yard & pool. Cleaning person was very nice and

Helpful at check-in...we liked her a lot.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your 5 star review. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests, I enjoyed our communication from the start. All the best to you and your lovely wife!
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A Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolutely perfect getaway--in absolutely every respect. The home is completely accommodating; thoughtfully welcoming, and with such attentiveness to the countless nuances of the household which could so easily be overlooked when traveling--there was not a single comfort or necessity we were without during our stay. Birgit and Uwe have provided a foothold to another world. The location is ideal--off the thoroughfare and close to both the wild and the civilized; a bike ride and a private ferry across the bay to an unspoiled idyllic gulf beach, and a minute by car to every domestic item and service South Venice Beach has to offer--and convenient to so many options to explore: a multitude of parks and natural areas and open spaces within minutes, as well as dining, nightlife, and shopping experiences close by in every direction. And we were so fortunate to have truly marvelous Florida weather during the week: moderate temperatures, minimal humidity, a mild cool breeze and frequent modest clouds, and perfectly clear skies--the visibility was astounding. And the pool! Wunderbar! Our time at the Villa Happy Gator is an experience that will stay with us.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It makes us happy that you enjoyed your stay. You have been a great guest, it was a pleasure to communicate.
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The property was awesome--brand new, tastefully furnished and very well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

This property is convenient to everything Venice has to offer. We often spent early mornings walking nearby beaches or riding bikes along the beautiful trails in Shamrock Park.

Later we would return to relax around the lanai, swim in the pool, and grill dinner. We had a five star experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! I am so happy you liked your stay. You have been wonderful guests, so easy and friendly to communicate with. Was always a joy. And thank you for taking care so well for our Villa Happy Gator.
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Fantastic time

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic villa and location. Everything we expected and more. The villa is superb very new and lovely. Four huge smiles from us and our kids as we arrived!!! Says it all. Would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul, for your great review. And thanks for being our guests. It was a pleasure to have you.
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Scranton, PA, USA

Very nice property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay in the Villa Happy Gator. The house was very clean and as

described in the listing. The pool was simply gorgeous! Great place, very responsive

owner. We would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah, for your wonderful review! Thanks for being our guests!
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Great home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful new house. Very clean, very functional with high quality furnishings. Outdoor living area is exceptional. The decor is very tasteful, modern them with the right touch of beach. Great location for spending time at the beach and convenient for shopping or restaurants.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your 5-star review and your kind words. You have been wonderful guests. So great you consider to visit us again. It would be a pleasure to welcome you a second time. And thanks for leaving the house in such a clean condition.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Sarasota 28 mi, Tampa 80 mi, Orlando 150 mi
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Sand Trap Sports Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
South Venice Beach Ferry to Private Beach
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
ca. 20 golf clubs in and around Venice
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I 75, exit 193
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Italian, Steakhouse, Fish, Grill, Bar.....
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Manasota Beach
Car: recommended

Venice - Sarasota - Tampa - South West Florida - Gulf Coast

You are a beach lover? Almost 10 great beaches are within a 20-minute drive, the famous beaches of Sarasota’s Siesta Key only another 20 minutes further away.

With about 21,000 inhabitants, Venice is a charming small town with typical American residential structure. The crime rate is very low. Venice consists of the districts of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice and South Venice and is located about 13 Miles south of Sarasota.

The beaches around South Venice are among the most beautiful in South West Florida and lie virtually on the doorstep of our home, because the drive is mostly only a few minutes. Parking is free at the beaches of Venice Beach and Manasota Key - no longer common in many regions of Florida!

Venice is conveniently located on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and off the I-75th. So a fast connection is ensured in all directions. The Airports Tampa and Fort Myers are about an hour, Orlando about 2 hours away. From Miami it takes about 3 hours.

In few minutes, you reach large supermarkets such as Walmart and Publix for daily needs. Big malls are located north in Sarasota or south in Port Charlotte, for a day of shopping at an outlet Ellenton outlets in Bradenton (45 minutes north) or Miromar Outlets in Estero (about 1 hour 15 minutes to the south) are perfect.

Would you like to see a castle? Plan a visit to “The Ringling” in Sarasota and let yourself be enchanted by the fantastic architecture of Cá d’Zan, a castle like palazzo. Once a winter getaway of the Ringlings, who owned the world’s largest circus in the beginning of the 20th century, it is not only a famous circus museum today, but also hosts an impressing art exhibition and is surrounded by beautiful garden grounds.

Florida is Golfer's Heaven. The selection of good courses is great, playing amidst tropical vegetation is pure relaxation. In Venice alone, there are about 20 golf courses, more than 10 public spaces, which are all within a short drive from your vacation home.

For nature lovers, Sarasota County around Venice is a paradise. There are numerous ways to experience the original Florida with its unparalleled wildlife. Far from the beaten track you find fascinating landscapes that are best explored on foot or by bike. With a little luck you will spot a Blue Scrub Jay, a bird species only found in Florida. A lot of them live in Lemon Bay Preserve, at walking distance to our Villa Happy Gator.

Less than 2 miles away from our house is Shamrock Park, a fantastic city park with a trail system for walking, jogging and biking within a beautiful Florida vegetation, tennis courts and a large playground. It is situated right at the Venetian Waterway Park, which stretches along the Intercoastal Waterway.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Reinigung/Cleaning Fee $160
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%


01. Booking only valid with signed RENTAL AGREEMENT within 5 days (e-mail) and copy of a valid picture ID.
02. Price is based on 3 PERSONS – if not otherwise defined. Each additional person 11 USD + 12% tax/night
03. MINIMUM AGE 25+ or staying with parents, NO STUDENT GROUPS
07. POWER included up to 35 USD per week, addl. usage will be deducted from security deposit.
08. POOLHEATER optional 75 USD/week – 200 USD/month in cash at check-in
09. A/C: Convenience range 70-80 F
11. PAYMENT: Credit card through VRBO/HA, paypal, bank transfer or payment through CLEARXCHANGE, check
12. CANCELLATION FEES: 25% - minimum 100USD if cancelled after booking - 100% if cancelled 60 days prior to check-in date

We strongly advise travel insurance!


01. Buchung nur gültig mit Unterschrift des MIETVERTRAGES innerhalb von 5 Tagen (per E-Mail)
02. Preis basiert auf Belegung mit 3 PERSONEN – sofern nicht anders definiert. Zusätzliche Gäste 11USD + 12% Steuern/Nacht
03. MINDESTALTER für Buchungen = 25 Jahre
07. STROMKOSTEN bis 35USD/Woche inklusive, Mehrkosten werden mit Kaution verrechnet
08. POOLHEIZUNG optional: 75 USD/Woche – 200 USD/Monat, bar vor Ort
09. A/C Komfortbereich 70-80 F
10. KAUTION 500-750 USD, erstattbar innerhalb 4 Wochen
11. ZAHLUNG per Kreditkarte oder PayPal (2,5% Gebührenausgleich), Überweisung auf US Konto (preisgünstig mit Transferwise) oder nach Absprache.
12. STORNOGEBÜHREN: 25% - mindestens 100USD bei Stornierung nach Buchung - 100% bei Stornierung weniger als 60 Tage vor Anreise

Wir empfehlen eine Reiserücktrittsversicherung!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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