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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,270 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

1 Master BR, 1 BR/DEN combo; 2 Baths (Sleeps 4 Maximum), 14 NIGHTS MINIMUM

Come to paradise! Your eighth-floor apartment, OCEAN FRONT condo, available 14 nights minimum, is just the right height and location to take in the breathtaking surroundings of Crescent Beach, rated the top beach in the USA! Still is!!

Your 30-foot screened lanai can be accessed through glass doors in three rooms. The beautiful view of the Gulf stretches as far as the eye can see. This beachfront unit is ideal for a couple desiring great comfort and expansive living, but still comfortable for 3 to 4.

The floor plan is identical to that of a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit, except that a wall between the 2nd bedroom & living room has been replaced with a folding door to provide privacy when not not being used as a large, open living area. With the NEW, beautiful twin XL Murphy beds, you have a den by day, or a second bedroom by night. No matter the number in your party, you still have the advantage of an open living room/den combination. See pictures.

Why the Owner Chose Crystal Sands: Having lived in Florida since 1957, we chose Siesta Key as the ideal location for a vacation home. We now live in Sarasota, but love the Crystal Sands condo so much that we've decided to keep it forever.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo: This direct gulf-front from your lanai; 2 full bath condo sleeps one to four people (King size bed in master bedroom and 2 Twin XL beds in den-bedroom .) Condo may be used with large, open floor plan with one master bedroom, or two private bedrooms. Our unit is located on the eighth floor, faces southwest, and features Two 42' TV's and 1 32" wall TV in Den-Bedroom; free high speed wireless Internet, and a washer & dryer in the unit (more coin operated machines are by the elevator). The living room, the master bedroom and the den-bedroom all have sliding glass doors to the screened lanai. The master bathroom has a combination tub/shower; the main bathroom has a large shower. The Kitchen is complete with dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, microwave, kitchen/cooking utensils, pots & pans, George Foreman Grill, Double waffle maker, toaster, blender, coffee maker, more. This is truly a home away from home!

There are two heated swimming pools (one located next to the beach, the other adjacent to the complex's office). The unit is virtually free of traffic noise being about 800 feet from the street. Carpets and recent painting, fiber optic cable TV, free unlimited local/long distance calling throughout US, Canada, Guam, and US Virgin Islands.

More Details

Property Manager
Essie & Mel Fechter
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 13, 2017

About Essie & Mel Fechter

We moved to Orlando, Florida from Columbia, S.C. in 1957 and spent many wonderful vacations with our four children on Siesta Key. We purchased our beautiful condo on the 8th floor in 1985 and have shared it with many guests from all over the world. We manage our apartment and meet all our guests upon arrival so that you will get the best possible experience while on vacation knowing that we are 10 minutes away in case of any emergencies or should you need us for help or information.

Essie & Mel Fechter purchased this condo in 1985

Why Essie & Mel Fechter chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

We chose Crystal Sands for its beauty which stood out above the rest! Siesta Key is the ideal location for a vacation home. We love this property so much that we've decided to keep it forever.

What makes this condo unique

Besides the beauty of Crystal Sands, we have the best of all worlds--the powdery white beach, the calm expansive gulf, the breathtaking sunsets nightly, great weather, and beautiful Sarasota just over the North or South draw bridges. The expansive gulf is seen from our 30 ft lanai and from every room in our apartment. You can choose to eat your meals inside or on the 30 foot screened lanai. Our covered parking via covered walkway is only steps to 2 high rise elevators, and only steps from the elevators to the ocean-side heated pool inviting a wide, white powdery sandy beach. No other beach architecture is as unique as the Crystal Sands high rise building.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"So very much enjoyed our stay here at #802.

Sorry Mel and Essie that you were ill on our arrival. But your daughter & son in law were very welcoming. Very nice people!

The welcome treats were a pleasant surprise and greatly appreciated.

Delighted with lots of linens and that the bathrooms were well stocked!

Weather wise - we had 28 days of sunshine; 1 nite of rain. Couldn't ask for better!

Fred likes to cook & is quite good at it, so our dining out experiences were limited. Mattison's at Bayside, before we attended a performance at Van Wezel, was quite good. Our best discovery was Paisanos Italian

Bakery on Clarke . The sweets were delectable and the Italian bread was


Siesta Key is truly the best beach in North America!
Mar 2017
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Siesta Key Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 8
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1270 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • 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 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , easy step in shower. shower seat available if desired
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful and Comfortrable Charleston Rice Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , This is a spacious den by day or bedroom by night
  • Bedroom 1: King Bed: Beautiful Charleston Rice Bed with Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress and Memory Foam Topper. Bedroom 2: NEW Xtra long twin Murphy Beds, can close when not in use converting the bedroom to a spacious den. See: Photos
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 122 reviews

Fantastic Place!

  • 5 of 5

This is our new favorite place to stay at Siesta Key, and we have stayed at many over the years.

Crystal Sands is a great complex. The building is well-positioned to get great ocean views (the high rise building—not the villas), and it’s one of just a few properties along Crescent Beach that has an ocean front pool. Best of all, the lanais jut out from the building allowing for a panoramic view and good air flow, unlike many of the balconies along Crescent Beach that are closed in on three sides giving a tunnel-vision view of the beach and not a speck of breeze.

This particular unit may not be the most updated one in the building, but it is spotless and all of the furnishings and appliances are of high quality and in good working order. There is a washer/dryer inside the unit, which is a big plus so you don’t have to continually run down the breezeway to the laundry room and try to gather enough quarters to do your laundry. The unit is very well equipped with everything you need—laundry detergent, dishwashing detergents, paper towels, tissue, toilet paper, spices/condiments for cooking, beach toys, several beach umbrellas and chairs (in addition to the ones Crystal Sands supplies on the beach), books, puzzles, local maps, DVDs, and enough towels for an army. This unit feels like a home rather than a rental unit. It is also located at the end of the building closest to the beach, so the view is one of the best in the building. And to top it off, this unit is very reasonably priced at hundreds less than some of the professionally managed units in the building. The only downside is that there is a 2-week minimum rental, which we can’t always do.

A highlight of our stay was getting to know the owners, Essie and Mel, a bit. They are a lovely, in love, couple, married over 60 years. Essie seems to really enjoy her role as manager of the condo. She not only managed all the arrangements smoothly, she made us feel like family. “Hospitality” is her middle name! She has waiting for her guests a very generous welcome basket of gourmet sandwich fixin's and more. If you arrive exhausted after a hard day of travel, you can just crash and relax without even having to go out to eat or get groceries that first night.

Thanks to Essie and Mel for sharing their condo. We hope to return many times in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay with us. We certainly enjoyed having you and look forward to your return in the future. Our greatest pleasure is receiving a letter like yours. Thanks again.
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NB, Canada

A Holiday In Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were here for 4 weeks in Dec. All the previous comments are too true. Essie & Mel are great Owners.One could not ask for more.

We were here in Mar. '13 for 4 weeks as well and will be back for Mar. '14 & Dec. '14. And, plan for 2 months every year and more if I could talk Judy into that idea.

Which, I guess, shows you how much we love the Condo, Beach, Lanai for Happy Hours, the restaurants nearby and in the "Village". Recommend Javier's, Miguel's, The Cottage, The Hub at Bahia & Bon Jour (great crepes). Free cab, just tips.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very clean condo, fully stocked. Mel and Essie are wonderful to work with. I have rented other condos in the past and have never had all of the supplies provided like this. The welcome basket went way above and beyond our expectations! Would definitely recommend this condo to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

Best Beach, Beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

The condo was beautiful and very roomy. The view was amazing to wake up to every day. The pool was clean and warm. The ocean was perfect and the sand was cool. We had a great week. The owners were wonderful and thoughtful. I would recommend this rental to my family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Views and Lovely People

  • 5 of 5

As a native Sarasotan I relish any chance to go home and spent time on some of the most beautiful beaches in the US. I especially love the south end of Siesta Key and jumped at a chance to rent a unit with Gulf views. Clean, comfortable and that lanai! The unit owners were equally charming providing us with an extremely thoughtful basked it of edible goodies for our arrival and were a charming couple. The unit was perfect for two people and we spent every morning on the lanai watching the pelicans and the waves of the Gulf. I can't wait to go back and rent this unit again. Thanks so much for a lovely vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Having you was our pleasure. We hope to have you back again. Essie & Mel
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Wonderful Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay with Melvin and Essie at the Crystal Sands, and it was even better than the first. The weather was excellent - High 80s / Low 90s in during the day, mid to low 70s at night. We had rain the first night, and saw just a trace after that.

The beach and Gulf are perfect at Crystal Sands - deep beach with powdery sand that doesn't get hot, and very gradual entry to the Gulf. Waves were generally small, with moderate (2 - 3ft) on windy days.

The pool and common grounds are well maintained (the nozzle on the clean-off hoze was broke one morning and fixed by noon later that day), and the building is well secured (security fob to access beach 24 hrs a day, in evening to access elevators).

Mel and Essie's condo is cleaner than any rental property or hotel I have ever been in, and is more than adequately stocked with towels, linens, and kitchen supplies. The new washer and dryer are excellent.

A couple of thoughts:

- While this unit does not directly face the Gulf (it faces slightly south), we believe it has better views than the directly facing units would because it allows you to see the beach in addition to the Gulf. We prefer the south facing view because it has less buildings in the sight line than does the north facing view.

- We used the table on the lanai for nearly every meal, even during the heat of the day because the breeze keeps it comfortable and the south facing angle puts it in the shade most of the day.

- The trundle bed worked very well for our 9 and 7 year olds, and we appreciated the extra feel of roominess by not having the second bedroom walled off.

Mel and Essie are a special couple, and they make you feel special when you rent from them. We are already signed up for next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments! Mel and I enjoyed having you and your family stay with us. We look forward to your returning next summer.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Car: recommended

Enjoy walking or playing on the powdery white sands of 3.4 mile long Crescent Beach – rated best beach in USA, and one of the top 10 beaches in the world – Relax to a dazzling sunset every night from your private balcony. Downstairs, step out of the elevator breezeway where a beachfront swimming pool awaits you, just a few yards away from the white sandy beach where you’ll find year-round swimming in the Gulf, fishing, beach walking, and complimentary lounge chairs.

And your location on the key couldn’t be more convenient – just seconds away from Siesta Key’s south village, a few minutes from the larger north village, and a short distance to shopping centers and the Sarasota Square Mall on the mainland.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Shopping, Parasailing, Boating, Shelling, Village shopping, Ice Cream at Big Olaf's in the Village, Visit Selby Gardens, see a live play, visit the art district, Saturday morning Downtown Farmer's Market, Sunday morning Siesta Key Farmer's Market, Music and dancing at the Public beach Sunday evenings. More!

Golf: Many Golf courses available nearby.


Rates & Availability

Siesta Key Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
14 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $325
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 12.0%


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