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Julie Chambers

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Beautiful, Renovated, Apartment just a 2-minute walk to Lido Beach

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


Lido Key Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1-bedroom "Sandy Toes"

Come enjoy this renovated 1-bedroom apartment just a half-block to beautiful Lido Beach! The soothing green and blue decor will put you in the island mood the minute you walk through the door. Sandy Toes has a renovated kitchen and bath with granite counters, beautiful beach-themed furnishings and a fully stocked kitchen with a convenient dishwasher. There is laundry on site, with free wifi and satellite TV.

Location, location, location! We are 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
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Speaks: english

About Julie Chambers

I purchased this property in 2011, after a roundabout path through several cities and professions. 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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based on 26 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Renovated, Apartment just a 2-minute walk to Lido Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

A great little haven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in May 2016 for 5 nights after a stay in New York. Cozy Cottage is just as described, real cosy, close to the beach, within walking distance to the Circle and a great area to just wander around. Do go to the happy hour at the Lido Beach Resort Hotel just a block away. A car is needed to get around, especially as there's no supermarket on the Key. Julie was on hand if we needed anything and we had a very relaxing time. It's great there is also a lot of beach equipment to borrow - chairs, umbrellas etc as well as beach towels. We hope to return, thanks Julie.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 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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Rates & Availability

Lido Key Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016 (holidays higher)
Aug 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jan/Feb 2017
Dec 23 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
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 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/stay for each person over 2 guests

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Lido Key Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Sandy Toes has granite counters in the renovated bath, with a tub/shower combination.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Sandy Toes has a queen bed in the bedroom with a large closet. There is additionally a pullout queen sleeper sofa in the living room, allowing up to 4 guests.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

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