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Julie Chambers

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Beautiful, Renovated, Vacation Rentals on Lido Key (1 & 2 Bedrooms)

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Florida South Central Gulf Coast Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 and 2 bedrooms, easy walk to the beach

Come enjoy these sparkling, newly renovated and furnished units just a half-block to beautiful Lido Beach! Island Dreams Vacation Rentals is a 4-unit beach complex. We offer a 2-bedroom owner's suite (which sleeps up to 6 people) as well as 3 unique one-bedroom apartments (sleeping up to 4 people).

All units have recently renovated kitchens, updated baths, flat-screen TV's, beautiful beach-themed furnishings and fully stocked kitchens. There is laundry on site, with free wifi and satellite TV.

Location, location, location! Island Dreams is perfectly centered on this intimate island, and you can have it all for a fraction of the price of staying at a pricey resort. The beach, pavilion and concession stand, public pool, and Lido Beach Resort (with its popular tiki bar and restaurant) are all located just a half-block down our quiet residential street. Paddleboarding, kayak rentals, and the trails and picnic areas at South Lido park are also just a quick walk south. Famous St. Armand's circle - with its eclectic shops and delicious restaurants - is a 10-15 minute stroll to the north through the island's charming paths. And!, Lido is the closest island to downtown Sarasota - with all of its cultural attractions and amenities - just a quick drive over the beautiful Ringling bridge. It doesn't get any better than this!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Julie Chambers (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Julie Chambers

I purchased this 4-unit property in 2011, after a roundabout path through several cities and professions. After living on site for two years, I recently made the 2-bedroom owner's unit available for rent. It was long my dream to own property by the beach, hence the name Island Dreams, and I look forward to sharing it all with you! Julie

Julie Chambers purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Julie Chambers chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

I visited Sarasota for the first time in 2010, and immediately knew I wanted to make it my home. This charming small city has all of the benefits of a big city - culture, restaurants, events - along with stunning beaches, friendly people and an amazing quality of life. And Lido Key encompasses all of it. It has a quiet and laid-back, yet sophisticated, beach atmosphere, and its proximity to downtown Sarasota can't be beat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After canceling my Flipkey/TripAdvisor listing, I copied the reviews over here to VRBO for your review. Julie


Left on Nov 20, 2012 for a stay in Oct 2012

5 people found this review helpful

Great location, just a half block walk to beautiful Lido beach. The beach is wonderful for long walks, shelling and watching spectacular sunsets. Property is newly renovated and nicely decorated, very clean. The owner Julie who lives on site was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Julie provides beach chairs and towels for use. The free washer and dryer was nice to have and the kitchen well equipped. South Lido Park is a short walk away with trails to walk and a boat launch site. We meet I Kayak there for a fun tour of the area seeing manatee and dolphin. St Armand's Circle is also within walking distance with lots of shops and restaurants. We had a wonderful stay at Island Dreams and would highly recommend staying here. Thanks Julie for making our stay a special one!

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nov 2012
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Beautiful, Renovated, Vacation Rentals on Lido Key (1 & 2 Bedrooms)
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We rented two units for 8 guests. Four adults and 4 children (11-16) Sandy Toes and Cozy Cottage. Both are first floor units. The accommodations are very clean and the amenities are like being at home. The beach is literally a half block away. Very easy walk. St. Armand's circle is about a half mile away. A pleasant walk. Plenty of shops and restaurants to please any taste. Definitely recommend. This was our first experience with VRBO and couldn't have been more pleased. Julie set the bar high. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 5 nights in the 2 bedroom Sunset Suite. Everything was just as described--very good. The beds were very comfortable, the unit was modern, the space was well appointed and large. We went running in the mornings or for a walk along the beach, then after a leasurely breakfast we would go swimming or out to see the sights. It's in a very nice location less than a block to the beach yet right in the heart of Lido Key which is a great base to explore all the wonderful things Sarasota is known for-- yet still very quiet and peaceful. Julie is delightful and easy to communicate with. She even made a special effort to lend us a tennis racket so we could play. All in all, I would highly recommend. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, FL

Would give it 6 stars if I could!!

  • 5 of 5

I too am a vacation rental home owner and I applaud Julie for doing an excellent job. The accommodations were extremely clean and well maintained. Everything you need for an enjoyable vacation is at your fingertips. The location of the unit is steps from the beach. I couldn't have been more impressed and look forward to visiting again....soon I hope!!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed in one of Julie's 2 bedrooms units. Julie is very easy to work with and thinks of everything before your arrival. The place is so clean! Plus it is very cozy and I loved the furnishings. We had a screened in porch which was nice so the dog could run in and out of the house. We also enjoyed sitting out there. The rental is so close to the beach and we would walk over every day to swim in the ocean. I loved the neighborhood very quiet and nice houses up and down the street. Lido key was a nice find for us. We had never stayed in Lido Key and loved how close it is to the beach and also the restaurants and shops in St. Armands circle. Julie also has beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas for a day at the beach. We had such a nice vacation. I highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Wedding Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I recently stayed at the Cozy Cottage for 4 nights for a wedding in Sarasota. I have to say, for the location the price was the first thing that drew me in. The beach is right down the street, and also a short walk to St. Armands circle. The unit is very clean with everything you might need for a long stay even though we were only there for 4 nights. The bed is a huge king size, which I thought was a bonus. The bed was a little soft for my boyfriend, but he likes really firm beds. I can't think of a single bad thing about our stay! We even emailed Julie during our stay to see if we could check out late on Sunday and she got back to us right away and said it was no problem. I would recommend this rental to anyone looking to enjoy the lovely beaches of Lido Key!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't beat it!

  • 5 of 5

Julie thinks of everything you need in Island Dream cottages. We stayed in the Sandy Toes unit for the second year in a row. The location is perfect - 2 blocks from Lido Key beach - the only beach in the area with a public pool. There is so much to do in the area and this is the perfect place to call home while in the area. A very memorable thing to do is rent a Stand Up Paddleboard from Sarasota Paddleboard Rentals blocks away from the Ted Sperling natural park. Julie provides the bath towels, linens, and beach towels. There is access to a washer and dryer and parking is right in front of your unit. A great deal. Thank you Julie!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Lido Key Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Aug 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2016 (holidays higher)
Aug 28 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jan/Feb 2017
Dec 24 2016 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
March 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
April 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 12.0%

All rental fees include cleaning charges on stays of 4 or more nights
Non-refundable Pet fee of $100 ($150/2 pets) for all reservations with pets
+ $50 for each person over 2 guests
These posted rates are for my 1-bedroom units. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR 2-BEDROOM RATES.

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Florida South Central Gulf Coast Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • All units have one bathroom. Sandy Toes and Gulf Breeze have tub/shower combos, while Sunset Suite and Cozy Cottage have walk-in showers.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Cozy Cottage and Gulf Breeze have King beds in the bedroom. Sandy Toes has a Queen bed in the bedroom. Sunset Suite has a Queen bed in the master and 2 twins in the second bedroom.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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