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Spacious, quiet& charming 2bd/2ba home in SE Ocala walk to park, live in nature

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,566 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

Enjoy yourself on a shy half acre of land in a quiet setting southeast of Ocala

Our Central Florida home is located 12 miles southeast of Ocala (about 20 minutes driving), close to Ocklawaha and Bellevue on the north shore of Lake Weir in a quiet neighborhood. Enjoy almost nightly concerts at the Ocklawaha Opry. Ocala National Forest, Silver River State Park/recreation area are close by. Enjoy the less touristed area of Florida offering fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, underwater spring fed caverns and caves, explore the 300,000 acre Ocala National forest, hiking trails, horseback riding, target shooting, hunting, biking, lakes, rivers, kayaking, golfing (about 10 courses) offer unlimited outdoor adventures. Old oak trees with Spanish moss, tropical plants grace the area which also house small wild monkeys , wild turkeys, deer, an occasional alligator, cranes and much other wildlife.

Ocala is the horse capital of the USA and several of the Kentucky Derby winners were raised here. Marion County offers 183 lakes, 9 springs and many archeological wonders, beaches, rivers etc.

Centrally located between Daytona Beach (40miles) on Atlantic Ocean and Crystal River(35 miles) on the Gulf side, Orlando/Disney World 50 miles, Tampa (Bush Gardens etc.) is about 70 miles. Kennedy Space Center (50 miles), cultural Gainesville 40 miles with world class entertainment. The Villages Retirement community is 15 minutes south, offer daily concert and outdoor dancing.

Ocala itself has a population of about 60,000, offers restaurants, movie theater, antique shops, shopping malls, Performing arts center, Ocala Symphony, Civic theater as well as visual arts center, Appleton Museum of Art, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Brick Center for the Arts, Discovery Science and Outdoor Center, College of Central Florida theater, Florida Carriage Museum, Marion County museum of History galleries. and much to Crystal River/Homosassa Springs to see the manitees.

You can enjoy the incredible offerings from the nature around you such as bird watching from your vacation home which offers a quiet respite from all the exploring that is offered here. In the large yard many trees and shrubs enhance your relaxation. Two 18 hole golf courses(Lake Diamond & Silver Springs Shores) are within 5 minutes.

The 1989 built home is modern and well equipped for easy living. From the covered front porch (facing east) you walk into the very spacious newly beige carpeted living/dining area which boasts 11 foot high ceilings.

In this area you'll spend most of your time reading, watching TV or listening to a DVD, reading or just relaxing. A modern comfortable queen size couch and pillows, modern reading chair with ottoman, two upholstered accent chairs, a teal colored glass cabinet enhance the color scheme of white and teal. Amenities include a 42' HD television, radio with Ipod docking station, DVD player, books, internet and maps lets you relax and enjoy the peaceful setting. Nice wall art throughout the house relax your senses.

The new 2016 modern kitchen features all stainless appliances consisting of dishwasher, fridge/freezer, stove with oven, microwave oven, blender, toaster, plenty of dishes and glasses as well as cooking utensils. Granite counter tops and a bar with two stools for easy eating. The flooring has been changed to a new modern sand tile floor which compliments the new granite counter tops and new kitchen white cabinets.

From the dining room a sliding glass door leads onto the screened in new FLorida room for easy outdoor living and bird watching, which features a barbecue grill, four outdoor chairs, a fold down sofa and tables with a view of the shrubs and trees in the large yard; here you can view and listen to various birds.

Also from the dining room another door a door leads into the large single car garage and the utility room which has the washer/dryer, a work bench and storage, two bikes which belong to the owner and may be used by guests at their own risk and expense for any repairs required.

The inviting large, carpeted master bedroom features a king size bed, two night stands, lamps and an ensuite bathroom with tub and overhead rain rain shower, windows in both rooms are to the back yard. The bedroom window has light block-out shades and drapes.

The other bedroom/office/den has two twin beds which can be put together to make a king, a computer desk and chair. The second bathroom is off the hallway and also features full tub with overhead shower, vanity. Linens, blankets, king size comforter and towels are provided.

Nature location with much wild life like eagles, song birds, sand cranes, etc.. Park with picnic tables, fishing lake with pier, children's play area are two blocks and within short walk from house.

Ocala has a population of about 58,OOO, is the seat of Marion county. Ocala is the horse capital of the USA, where several Kentucky Derby winners originated. Enjoy the area's annual horse racing event and HITS Grand Prix as well as horse auctions etc.. Silver Springs River offers glass bottom boat rides for viewing the amazing underwater crystal clear springs which abound in this area.

Ground level home with large back yard, many plants. Palm trees enhance the front yard.

A screened in 20x10 enclosed Florida room makes for relaxing outdoor living. This is a quiet residential neighborhood with little traffic, except locals.

The single level spacious home offers a shaded front porch. Entry is into the carpeted Great room offering comfortable seating for four, 42inch color TV, WIFI, DVD player, coffee and side tables, shelving, couch, three chairs, books, tourist information. Mostly original art decorate the walls; the raised 11 feet high walls provide a very open feeling.

Off the living area is the new 2016 kitchen with all stainless steel appliances, modern tile flooring, granite counter tops, counter with two bar stools; the open dining area is located off the kitchen offers a dining table with four matching chairs.

From the kitchen you exit to the enclosed Florida room10x20 feet which has four lawn chairs, eating table for two, fold down couch, barbeque. Plants have been planted around this area.

From the dining room you enter to a single car garage, which houses the full size washer/dryer; two owner's bikes which may be used by guests at their own risks. A new stationary exercise

bike is also found here, also for use by guests at their own risk.

More Details

Hilde Pfurtscheller
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Hilde Pfurtscheller

I'm a retired accountant, my husband is a retired mechanical engineer. We purchased this house to use as an escape from the rainy and cold weather from Seattle.

Hilde Pfurtscheller purchased this house in 2013

Why Hilde Pfurtscheller chose Florida

It's located in warm climate and we enjoy the natural uncrowded setting, yet close proximity to Ocala, The Villages, ocean beaches, Orlando and cultural offerings of area.

What makes this house unique

Quiet, almost rural, yet close enough to arts and entertainment and sporting facilities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

WE enjoyed having our breakfasts in new Florida room in the back of the house and the many new plants that were placed recently. Sandhills cranes flew in to visit us on an almost daily basis. The home is in excellent condition and we found many cultural events in Ocala like the Ocala Symphonic orchestra, the newly reopened Reilly Theater.
Jan 2016
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Smith Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1566 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The tiled master bathroom has bath tub with overhead shower, toilet, sink with vanity underneath, mirror w/vanity, shaby chic wall mounted cabinet. Window faces back yard. The second bathroom is tiled and has a regular tub with shower head, toilet., new sink & vanity. Shower curtains in each bathroom. Plenty of towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Both bedrooms are very spacious, quiet. .Master bedroom features large closet, two night stands, two lamps, dresser,, light blocking shades and drapes, nice wall art.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Ocala is for people that like to get away from it all, actually for the explorers at heart. The area is still 'native', away from high rise condos one encouters at the nearby beaches.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Spacious, quiet& charming 2bd/2ba home in SE Ocala walk to park, live in nature
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews

Perfect size and location for a winter escape!

  • 5 of 5

The house was ideal for a winter escape. It was easy to keep clean, had a very comfortable king size bed and a beautiful new kitchen. The lanai was a favorite reading spot. The neighborhood was safe and quiet with a wonderful paved walking path around the perimeter. There were many excellent restaurants in nearby Belleview and Ocala as well as two on Lake Weir that had great views and outside seating. Nearby activities included horse shows with Olympic quality jumping, Parade of Homes (for HGTV fans!), a strawberry festival, a spring garden show, Mt. Dora shopping and more. Hilde provided lots of pamphlets and maps and was very responsive to any questions. I do wish the carpet in the main living area had been a hard surface but that is my only complaint! We had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found so many interesting activities during your stay. Yes, I have thought about replacing the carpet, but my husband loves to step on such a soft surface. Thanks again for choosing our proerty.
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Very peaceful, quiet neighborhood, well equipped and furnished with everythin in mind.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for relaxing, listening to many birds singing every morning, wonderful Florida room for outdoor dining and reading! We explored the surrounding areas and Ocala which is about 20 minutes to the north. We used the bikes for exploring the surrounding neighborhoods and Ocala National Forest.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My mom and I came to spend time with kids and grand kids she had not seen since 1998. The location was 10 minutes from my son..The house was perfect for her and I..Awesome location for us.Dee Donnelly

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dee, so glad that you and your mom enjoyed the stay in our house!
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Very Peaceful

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Property for 2 months and it was lovely, the home is very clean and has nice furniture and in the Estate itself there is a lovely Park with seats around and picnic tables and a kiddie play area and it all over looks a Lake, loads of Squirrels running around in there up and down the big trees.

The Owners Hilde and Karl are fabulous and always would E-mail us if we asked questions and the caretakers Linda and Tim gave us a warm welcome and very helpful and lived just minutes away if we needed anything.

Walmart and Publix Supermarket just a short ride away and plenty of Gas stations.

Not far from Ocala National Forest and Silver Springs.

Lots of Horse Farms.

Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, well-kept property, & beautifully decorated

  • 4 of 5

This was my first time renting a house and it was a good experience. Hilde (owner) answered all my questions and returned my calls promptly. The house was very clean and the carpets looked new. The mattress in the master bedroom was great and I had no problem sleeping! It The backyard had a patio if you wanted to sit outside and enjoy your morning drink. The caregivers Linda and Tim were only a phone call away and very helpful with tips on recreational activities and restaurants. I would recommend and if I am back in the area again I would stay here.

Close to restaurants, beach, boat rides and a great weekend flea market

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Orlando or Gainesville
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Along Se Maricamp Road (CR464) or in Ocklawaha
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Silver Springs Golf Club on Silver Road
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
95, 75, 275, 27, 441, 25
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
AlSE Maricamp road (464), or in Ocklawaha on CR2
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Daytona ,Ormond Beach/onAtlantic; Crystal River/Gu
Car: necessary

The city of Ocala (Pop. about 58,000) is the horse capital of the United States. Many equestrian events take place here throughout the year.

Wonderful lakes, waterways offer boating, fishing, swimming, diving, explore underground reefs. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife right in your back yard.

Ocala is centrally located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf. Silver Springs River State Park offers glass bottom boat rides to view the many underground springs, pristine clear waters, fish and turtles living there. A museum on the premises shows history and wild life of the area. Wild Water Waters offer slides and fun for young people. Bird watching, hiking and biking trails also found here.

Appleton Museum, Ocala Symphony and the Civic Theater are located just west on I 40 from the Silver Springs State Park. Go east on I 40 and drive through the State Park towards Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, (about 1 hour drive). Garrits Museum of Drag racing is found off I 75.

Cross Florida Greenway is practically in our back yard. It offers trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, rivers to paddle, archeological sites to explore.

Crossing central Florida from the gulf coast of Mexico to the St. John's River is the state's premier greenway.

The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway forms the spine of the Cross Florida region. Crystal clear cold springs, verdant horse pastures, abundant freshwater and marine fishing spots, are distinctive historic districts define this beautiful region. It is home to communities such as River front Palatka, gulf front Cedar Key and Ocala.

Downtown Ocala's Tuscawilla park houses the Discovery Center and the Sculpture garden, fine restaurants and shopping.

Southeast of US I via 441 is the Golden Triangle in the Lake County. Here the towns Eustis, Mt. Dora and Tavares are historic towns on lakes and offer much entertainment (Mt. Dora), good restaurants, boat trips, diving, canoes, shopping, quaint homes etc..

Your stay here is not complete without a trip to the Rainbow Springs State Park, southwest through the horse country to Dunellon, about a 45minutes drive, or Manatee viewing/swimming at Homosassa State Park. At nearby Crystal River you can take a glass bottom boat ride and go swimming with the Manatees, which come to the springs for the warm waters during winter months.


Rates & Availability

Smith Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Off season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Dec 16 2017 - Mar 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 8.0%

Sorry no smokers or pets. Price is based on occupancy of two people. Add $ 75.00 per week for an additional person. Maximum occupancy is four. Owner's cancellation policy charges a 25 percent fee if cancelled and it overrides that of HOMEAWAY and no refunds if cancelled inside of 90 for high season which is January to March. Please cover any unforeseen circumstances via travel insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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