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Perfect home for family & pets in quiet, central area by nature park

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps up to 8; fenced yard, patio, great for kids and pets

This is a Florida classic perfect for nature lovers and pet owners! The Yellow Hibiscus House is an immaculately kept 1960s home with a nature-oriented theme, soothing colors, and lots of nooks for people of all ages to relax. It’s in a beautiful, tree-filled neighborhood built around the St. Petersburg Country Club that's great for walking, running and bike riding. The entrance to the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a 240-acre wilderness, is only four blocks away. Although the area is quiet and tranquil, it's only 10 minutes by car from St. Pete’s vibrant downtown -- with its stunning waterfront, museums, trendy restaurants, antique stores, Tropicana Field and the like -- and only 15 minutes from some of the top-rated beaches in the United States, including Ft. Desoto (with an award-winning dog park!), St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille and Treasure Island. The 47-mile-long Pinellas bicycling and recreation trail is only 4 miles away; Eckerd College and the Poynter Institute are less than 10 minutes by car. There's also a bus route only a few blocks from the house. The back yard is completely fenced in, allowing children or dogs to play safely. A discount is available in the non-peak season (May 1-Oct. 31) for families visiting the area for medical treatment.

If you can’t accommodate all your friends and family in the Yellow Hibiscus House, its sister property, the Shady Oak Manor, is only a mile away in the same Lakewood Estates neighborhood. It also has three bedrooms and two baths and can be viewed at HomeAway listing #4113344.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
December 23, 2016

About Helen

I was born in Louisiana, grew up in Puerto Rico, went to high school in New Hampshire and attended college in Colorado. I did a stint in the Peace Corps in South Korea and traveled before going back to school to earn a master's degree in journalism. I worked as a reporter and editor for about 25 years. In 2011, I bought my first vacation rental in St. Petersburg, the Yellow Hibiscus House, and managed it from Vermont, where I spent 20 years, working and raising a family. I was finally able to move down to Florida in 2014. I'm having a wonderful time managing my properties and enjoying the many things this area has to offer.

Helen purchased this house in 2011

Why Helen chose St Petersburg

I bought the Yellow Hibiscus House in March 2011 from an older gentleman who lovingly maintained it for 40 years as his second residence. The first year I owned it I expanded it, landscaped the grounds, and painted the outside the cheerful yellow that gives the property its name today. I got to know St. Pete by driving around buying art, furniture and other items to make the house and property exactly as I would want it for myself.

What makes this house unique

Believe it or not I signed the contract to buy the Yellow Hibiscus House without seeing it in person. I fell in love with it from the photos on the MLS and it did not disappoint when I actually got to walk in the door. The house was in pristine condition. I love the light, the privacy, the open floor plan, the vintage design and the original tiles in the bathrooms. The minute I go inside I feel relaxed. Even though the house is very cozy, there's plenty of room for six or eight people to do their own thing. And the neighborhood is terrific. Being by the golf course and nature preserve provides many opportunities to be outdoors enjoying the weather and the wildlife.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our trip. The house was everything you said, and we loved it.

Thanks again for taking good care of us.
May 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Perfect home for family & pets in quiet, central area by nature park
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 23 reviews

Well kept, clean in a safe location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Yellow Hibiscus House for a month this past October. The house was perfect for us, centrally located for all the things we wanted to do. The home is very nice and well kept. Helen was a good hostess and always got back to us when we had any questions. We would not hesitate to rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at the Yellow Hibiscus House

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed in St. Petersburg's Yellow Hibiscus house for two months, Jan. & Feb. 2016. It was great to get away from the cold north. The house was spotless & well kept, with plenty of space in the open living room. It is a perfect location, close to all the beaches & restaurants. We took our grand kids to Bush Gardens, Tampa Aquarium and Treasure Island beaches. They had a great time. The fenced in back yard was great for our dog, he could play and we didn't have to worry about him getting out. We found a great place to walk our dog every morning. (Sawgrass Lake Preserve) its about 4 miles from the house. The next time we vacation in St. Petersburg Fl, we will definitely stay at this house, if available. Helen is a great host.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casual, Cozy & Clean

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long time in this little (1,300 sq.ft.) home as we waited for our new home to be built. The home is casual with the basics for living in a place for a short time or for an extended stay. The polished terrazzo floors made for easy cleaning and a unique old Florida feel. The private courtyard off of the Master bedroom was a real treat for us and for our pets! The owner was very accommodating and responsive to the very few maintenance issues (light bulbs) we experienced in our 3 month stay. While we are local, I highly recommend this quaint house to out of State visitors for its proximity to downtown (5-7 mins.), the beaches (15-18 mins.) or the Interstate (under 5 mins.) to go wherever you wish! Tampa International Airport is only 25 mins away (without rush hour traffic).

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Comfortable home with shady and quiet community.

  • 5 of 5

The home was well described with accurate pictures. Even with pets permitted, you will not find a cleaner home, and with the shiny terrazo floors, very easy to maintain. I enjoy cooking and found the kitchen well supplied with plenty of room for dining inside or out on the lanai. The neighborhood with the St Petersburg Country Club, really added to the enjoyment of biking or walking. Never could get over the magnitude of the trees. Also loved walking across the street to the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and Maximo park and beach was minutes away.

Ft De Soto is also a must, but avoid the weekends.

We loved Portofino Italian Ristorante which is nearby and Bella Brava that is downtown. Don't miss Vinoy Park downtown. Great for your morning walk.

The owner, Helen Simon, makes sure you have everything you need. I would recommend to everyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home/yard - peaceful neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Terrific spot - mature, quiet neighborhood. House was spacious, spotless and well kept...had all the appliances and amenities needed - exactly as advertised and shown in the pictures. Great shady, fenced back yard and screened lanai - ideal for my husband and I and especially the family dog. Plenty of room if the grandchildren had been able to visit (altho sadly they couldn't make the trip). Location was good for activities in St Petersburg and the Gulf beaches. Also had quick/easy access to I275 for travel to Bradenton or Tampa. The owner Helen was a great hostess - very accommodating to our needs and informative about local activities and shopping. Would stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone - especially if you wish to take your precious pooch.

Joanne/Steve (and Lucy)

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway for family and pets!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Yellow Hibiscus house for Thanksgiving week 2014. We have used VRBO several times in the past and have been very happy but this is the best of all. Helen was so nice and very helpful, and informative! The house itself is very open, warm and comfortable. VERY well stocked, from linens to kitchen to laundry, games, and electronics. We had everything we needed to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner. Comfortable beds, nice bathrooms. Loved the area and the location. Convenient to downtown, beach, DeSoto park, shopping, Tampa, everywhere we wanted to go. It was terrific to have such a great place to stay with our dogs. Fenced back yard was perfect for them to be able to play and do their business and we felt fine leaving them in the house when we went out for a couple of hours. We visited three great dog beaches, DeSoto was by far our favorite, 20 minutes away. When we go back to St. Pete, and we will, we will definitely stay at this house again. We had an absolutely great experience!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Golf
4.75 Miles
TwinBrooks Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Maximo Park
Car: recommended

The city of St. Pete's official website ( has great information under the Visitors tab that includes a list of 50 local attractions as well as information about the city's 141 parks, its marinas, beaches, trolleys and other public transportation, etc.


Rates & Availability

Lakewood Estates House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter season 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $125
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation policy: No refunds for rent and sales tax; cleaning and pet fees and damage deposits will be refunded.
For guests with pets, there is an extra $25 cleaning fee per pet.
There is a $25 surcharge for rentals during major holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Damage deposit is returned within two weeks of guests' departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Lakewood Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin bed and a trundle; best for 1 adult or 2 children
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Lovely master bedroom with queen bed, private patio accessible via sliding glass doors, bath, and plenty of storage space. The other two bedrooms (one with a double bed, one with a single and a trundle) also have lots of built-in storage. One or two more people can sleep on the futon in the conversation area and one person can sleep on the roll-away bed set up in the TV area, for a total house capacity of 8.
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A comfortable hammock is available, as is a two-person sit-on-top kayak that guests are welcome to use (at their own risk).

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