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Stilt home with stunning view and dock! Midway between Gulf and Three Sisters!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 28 nights


About the property

2BR/1.5B - Modern Private Home with Balcony and View

Enjoy that tropical atmosphere? This is it! Admire Crystal River from elevated porch area in this private stilt home. Feel like you are on the water even from offer lovely vistas from the great room and kitchen! Enjoy nice flooring and nautical decor with all the amenities, including ice-maker, internet and entertainment center. Downstairs is a screened area for grilling which overlooks the dock and cleaning station. Sleeps 5, and best suited for a couple or family. The second bedroom is small as seen in photo.

Bedroom 1 Queen bed

Bedroom 2 Bunk beds plus single bed. Small room.

Bath 1 in master suite, has shower, toilet and Jacuzzi tub.

Bath 2 toilet and sink,... washer and dryer

Downstairs outside shower in screened room.

Living room has cable tv and dvd player. Master bedroom as small tv with tape player. Downstairs features grilling area and also outside shower.

Quiet and peaceful, away from the in town highways. Plenty of room to park cars and boat trailer. Dock accommodates motor or sailboat....wide deep canal. Boat ramp is about a mile past our entrance and takes only 5 minutes to drive your boat around to the dock. Home is about five houses from mouth of river on the west side. I am told that the latitude is 28.90281 and longitude is -82.62089800000001; however I don't have any idea if that is correct! But I do know that you will love the location!

You can contact me personally through FB, but give me a heads up on this site prior to sending me a message on FB because I don't check it every day.

We require a signed Rental Agreement (which is sent to you by e-mail), and then a separate $500 damage deposit check is due prior to check in. If charging on line, a separate 3% reimbursement to owner may also be mailed with the damage deposit.

Boat and Kayak users need to tie up at dock to accommodate the two ft. tide change. Use a spring line to keep boats from sliding under dock or there will be a lot of damage to the boats and/or to the dock!

More Details

Dixie Fechtel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Dixie Fechtel

Owners are lifetime Florida residents, University of Florida Gators with two U of FL student daughters. Since 2003 this has been a weekend home.

Message me on FB but give me a heads up here first.

Dixie Fechtel purchased this house in 2003

Why Dixie Fechtel chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

You can book this private home for the price of a condo! Memories are made here! This is a fun and peaceful place for a couple or a family. Canal on one side with river view, and wildlife preserve on the other side.

Perfect location for scalloping,... + fishing, kayaking, swimming near manatees, and water activities. See Scallop season at:

What makes this house unique

Drink your coffee viewing morning sunrise from the porch. Sun is behind the house in late afternoon. Large covered grilling area downstairs is great for hanging out near the waterfront! Owner loves to help guests enjoy their stay!


Crystal River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Shower - shower , There is an outside shower in the downstairs screened room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Sink and mirror. Washer and Dryer are located here.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Large bath has a shower plus a jacuzi tub.
  • Unless you are a longer term guest, there should be plenty of toilet paper, a hair dryer and some emergency personal supplies.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , This small BR sleeps 3, with bunk beds and a single bed.
  • BR #1 Queen BR #2 Bunk beds and a single bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The canal to our home is located between Markers 22 and 23. From the Fort Island Trail ramp exit, go east toward town… it is just after Marker 22 to the South. All boats and kayaks must be tied to allow for 2 ft tide change or your boat can get caught under the dock causing damage.Park your trailer in the driveway or on grass across the street across from our house. Salt water fishing, diving, and viewing the manatees are popular past times. Scallop season is a popular time to visit in the summer. wttp:// We accept a personal check for one-half the total amount due to book the reservation along with the signed Rental Agreement (which is sent to you by e-mail), and then the balance with a separate $500 damage deposit check is due prior to check in. On-line booking is available with an additional service fee charged by the company and a 3% fee charged to us by the company. You would reimburse us a separate check for the 3%.


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Stilt home with stunning view and dock! Midway between Gulf and Three Sisters!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 42 reviews

We had a great week in crystal river. Didn't want to go home

  • 5 of 5

The property was just as advertised. The location on the river was great and the owner was great to work with

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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FSU Ichthyology & Fisheries Science Lab

  • 5 of 5

Our team rented this property while conducting our annual coastal shark survey in the Florida Big Bend and it was fantastic. The house is great and fit our crew of 5 quite comfortably. We also trailer a 26ft boat with us, which we were able to dock and clean easily. Finally, the owner was was wonderful to work with and could not be nicer. We hope to rent this property for our work in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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FABULOUS Boating Destination

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Crystal River for a boating vacation. This home was the perfect fit - our 23' deck boat docks easily, dropping in is only a few minutes away and the canal is deep and wide. The home is clean and comfortable with a great view of the canal. WIFI allowed me to stay connected to my business and my husband enjoyed grilling our dinners on the gas grill. We had a fabulous time walking out of the house and right onto the boat and getting out to the gulf in minutes. The local marina has pre-mixed fuel and bait at reasonable prices, too. This was a great get-away for us and we will DEFINITELY be back. It feels like home!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay in Florida at this lovely stilt house!

  • 5 of 5

Since my husband is partially disabled from a stroke, I questioned the wisdom of renting a stilt house, but it worked out very well for us. Once upstairs, everything is on one level; so it was fine. We loved the view from three sides in the greatroom--like being in a sunroom. The kitchen worked out well--nice new appliances. I like to cook and managed very well. Loved the washer and dryer in the 2nd bathroom. That was very convenient. It's a quiet neighborhood, and Dixie was just a phone call away. We stayed for two months and were very pleased with the accommodations.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spotless canal home on adventure coast

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this clean, clean, clean stilt home. Love the brand-new grill, well-appointed kitchen, the owner is very responsive and accessible, quick paddle to the river. Great location if you are in town to do the manatee swims/tours.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stay here!

  • 5 of 5

The rental was immaculate and very welcoming. The view was spectacular right on the river. We spent our days fishing off of the deck. We were evacuating our home in response to Hurricane Matthew and the owners were very flexible and accommodating. I can't wait to stay again when we have our boat and we're prepared for a real vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Three Sisters Springs
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Fort Island Trail Gulf Beach

Manatees. Swim and view manatees in world famous Crystal River and Springs. Rent kayaks or boats. Lots of dive gear places and fishing/manatee guides are available. Three Sisters Spring is featured in April 2013 of National Geographic.

A State Archeological Park is directly across the river.

Very quiet and peaceful. We also recommend Hommosasa State wildlife park just north of Crystal River. Great fun for anyone!

You can contact me personally thru FB, but give me a heads up on this site prior to sending me a message on FB because I don't check it every day.


Rates & Availability

Crystal River House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Scalloping all the Way
Jul 28 2017 - Aug 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Labor Day Holiday/Scallop
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Endless Summer/Scallop
Sep 6 2017 - Sep 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
December 2017
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years 2018
Dec 29 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
January 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 30 2018
28 night minimum stay
Flat fee
February 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
27 night minimum stay
March 2018
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
July 4th/Scallop begins
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 8 2018
5 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2018 - Sep 10 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Pricing is for up to 5 guests. There is a $21.80 charge per night if more than 5 guests are approved.

You can contact me personally on FB, but give me a heads up on this site prior to sending me a message on FB because I don't check it every day.

I will e-mail you the Rental Agreement. Prior to occupancy, when you submit the balance of the rental fee, we require a separate damage deposit check in the amount of $500 be mailed to us. This allows us to destroy the deposit without it ever coming out of your account/charged to you. If desiring to book on line here, there is a 3% fee we pay which would be reimbursed to us by separate check.
Rental Rules are attached to the Rental Agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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