|Minimum Stay||60 nights|
Enjoy the beauty and feel of old Florida. The house is on a wide section of the Grand Canal, which will give you great views across the water from inside the house as well as from outside. The lush tropical vegetation will add to your sense of peace.
Observe birds and boats from the lanai, or use it as a sleeping porch. Enjoy the outdoors in privacy on the patio, surrounded by fragrant natal plums overhung by a live oak with stag horn ferns and bromeliads. Watch the sunsets and perhaps even catch a glimpse of manatees from the dock. From your bed, listen to the calls of the resident gecko and the sounds of fish jumping in the night.
The dock will accommodate a boat up to 25 feet long. Bring your own boat, or rent one locally. You are only one bridge away from the Intercoastal Waterway. There you can go water skiing and boogey boarding or observe nesting sea birds with their young. From there, it is a short ride to the pass at the north end of Siesta Key and into the Gulf, with gorgeous views of Sarasota and the coastal islands all along the way. You can fish from along the seawall at the house or from your boat in the bay or Gulf.
This 1950s furnished home has an open feeling with lovely views of the outdoors in every direction. The one-story, ground-level floorplan, which gives comfortable access to everyone, is becoming hard to find. Newly tiled, it features a split design with bedrooms and bathrooms at each end of the house. The master bedroom with king-size bed looks out into the foliage of the patio at the west end. The second bedroom, with queen-size bed and an adjoining office area, is at the east end of the house, looking south to the canal. Also at the east end of the house but looking north, the third bedroom has two twin beds. The second bathroom is between the two bedrooms at the east end, giving increased privacy to each. In addition, young children or singles can sleep comfortably on sofa or futon -- or 'camp out' on the screen porch (lanai).
From the house, you are within a mile of Siesta Key Village with its trendy shops and restaurants.
*Recognized for its cool, white, powdery sand, Siesta Key Public Beach -- with its life guards, playground, tennis courts, volleyball, and picnic tables -- is less than a mile and a half away. Across the Intercoastal Waterway, Sarasota offers shopping and business centers, opera, ballet, concerts, and professional theater, Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum, Mote Marine Aquarium, Myakka River and Oscar Shearer State Parks, and much more.
*Siesta Key is Dr. Beach's #1 beach in the USA and it's also the only Florida beach listed by Travel Channel as “best beaches for romance” and one of two Florida beaches listed as “best beaches for families”! Check it out at the Travel Channel website.
Keywords: Siesta Key home, Grand Canal, water-front, pet-friendly
We are a semi-retired couple. That is, Mike is retired after 30 years with IRS. AnnaMarie stayed home for many years with young children, then as a home-schooling mom. She is now working as a Vocational Counselor with Rehabilitation Services in Georgia. We hope to live on Siesta Key as soon as possible, but we have grandchildren in Georgia, so we haven't been able to pull ourselves away yet...
Anna Marie Davis purchased this house in 2000
We chose this home because Siesta Key is our dream retirement spot. It is on the Grand Canal and in a charming community that encourages healthy outdoor living. Sarasota is the perfect mix of culture and relaxation.
There is never a time when the weather is not perfect. In the summer there is a constant sea breeze and the Gulf is warm and inviting; in the winter the 'cold' days are hardly chilly by most standards. The house is open and bright with lots of access to the outdoors. The lanai, patio, deck and dock give plenty of options for outdoor living. I personally love sleeping outdoors and the lanai is the perfect spot most times of the year.
IT IS WITH SORROW THAT WE MUST LEAVE IN ABOUT 10 DAYS. MY WIFE AND I ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE HOUSE AND HOPE WE CAN STAY AGAIN NEXT WINTER.
THE BROMELIADS ARE ALL IN FULL BLOOM...MUST BE A HUNDRED OF THEM.
WE LOVE TO SIT ON THE BREEZY LANAI AND SIP WINE AND WAVE AT ALL THE BOATS AS THEY GO BY.
THE HOUSE HAS JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SUN AND SHADE ALIKE.
THE OWNER WAS VERY HELPFUL AND THE DESCRIPTION WAS 100% ACCURATE
The "old Florida" surroundings of oaks and jasmine, bromeliads and staghorn fern make you feel as if you are in an extension of Selby Gardens. There is a screened porch (lanai,) a patio, and a canalfront dock, offering a choice of sunshine or shade at any time of day - and the location allows you to watch the sun rise and set. Two of the bedrooms face the water, where you will hear fish jumping during the night, and you will see a variety of birds and certainly hear and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the resident gecko.
The house is a comfort, barefoot place, in a very quiet treed neighborhood (important on Siesta Key where some locations can be quite noisy,) well stocked with amenities and with an office overlooking the canal if you must work. But it encourages lots of reading, visiting with friends and family, or sneaking a nap on one of the chaises, and taking lunch out to the deck. Dinner inside or out gives you a waterfront seat, and the queen and the king bed are very comfortable! When you do go out, the beach and the village are a quick drive or an easy bike ride; the location is also especially convenient for leaving the island without congestion.
Because of the "split" plan with the open living area with several options, the house worked really well for a girls' getaway and would also be ideal for two couples or a family with separate children's and parents' wings. Family vacation and adult escape combined!
We found the owners friendly, helpful, and anxious to accommodate.
We will return!
I stayed at this propery for 6 weeks during medical treatment in Sarasota (May-July 2010). Property does not have a lock on the rear door making in impossible to secure the property and contents. No grounds maintenance was evident - leaves and weeds gave property an "abandoned" appearance. Owner did not offer me a written rental agreement. It is now almost eight weeks after I vacated and owner is yet to provide me any deposit refund or accounting of my security deposit despite 4 requests to do so. (Florida law requires deposit status notification within 30 days.) Owner informed me (4 weeks after I vacated) that she believes a weekly rental is 6 nights versus industry standard 7 nights and propoAsed charging me for a day I had already pre-paid at 4 times daily rental rate. Owner also proposed 3-fold rent increase for the 43rd and 44th day of my rental. Apparently, after a long-term rental, owner believes rates revert to short-term rate rather than extending long-term rate for two additional days needed to complete treatment. I've had to appeal to Florida Department of Consumer Affairs and VRBO for assistance obtaining a details of utilities charges and a refund of the balance of my security deposit.
View Wildlife from the Dock or Lanai (including Pelicans, Herons, Egrets, Sea Gulls, and perhaps an occasional Manatee). Fish off the deck, or just sit and read your newspaper or novel. On Siesta Key's nearby Crescent Beach, you can play Volleyball or Tennis, take your children to the Playground or join in the Sunday night Drumming. On and around Siesta Key, you can enjoy Swimming, Hiking, Biking, Boating, Sailing, Water Skiing, Fishing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Shelling, and Rafting. In and around Sarasota, enjoy Golf, Live Theater, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Museums, Gyms, Shopping, Horseback Riding, Sightseeing, and much more! See Mote Marine Aquarium, Selby Botanical Gardens, the Ringling Museums, or performances at the Van Wezel. Go Hiking, Biking or Kayaking at Myakka River State Park or Oscar Scherer Park, both nearby on the mainland.
* Siesta Key is the only Florida beach listed by Travel Channel as “best for romance” & 1 of 2 listed as “best for families.' * More recently: Dr Beach's #1 beach in the USA!
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Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
60 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
60 night minimum stay
If you will be staying four or more months, please check with owners about a discount for long-term rentals. Also, if you are interested in renting May through November, ask about our low-season rates.
Note: There are charges for utilities and basic cleaning, which are added only when low-season rates are in effect, whereas the cost of any damages or excess cleaning are assessed in all cases.
A $1000 deposit is needed to hold a reservation. When the rent & taxes are paid in full, this becomes a damage deposit. The rent & taxes must be paid three months before arrival date. When reservations are long-term, a 50% payment is due six months ahead; the other 50% is due three months before your arrival. For low-season rentals, a refundable deposit for utilities is to be paid in advance.