About this listing
CHARM! Full of nostalgia, this post WWII boom home is clean and bright, on a brick avenue of moss draped FL pine. LOCATION! 8 min. drive to white sand beaches, parks, lakes, bike trails, shopping, and restaurants; 10 min. to St Pete's artsy downtown.
The home's history: At the end of WW II, my newly married parents bought this home brand new. During the War, Dad was an infantry soldier and medic in the Pacific, and Mom was studying to be a cadet nurse. When they met at war's end, they both claimed it was mutual love at 1st sight, and married 10 weeks later. Together over the years they creatively decorated, enlarged, and improved the house, ran their own small business downtown, raised my brother and I, retired, traveled, always living in their original honeymoon home. There are touches from the '40s through the '90s throughout, which gives the place a charming and homey feel.
Guests have the entire house, pool and deck with gas grill, side patio, yard, and driveway to themselves.
Interaction with Guests
Since I live in the house right next door, I'll be there to welcome you. Any questions or problems that might arise can be handled quickly.
Location is super handy in a west St Pete residential neighborhood close to the Gulf of Mexico.
Bright and comfortable, it's freshly painted inside and out, waiting for your arrival.
The house sits at the end of a brick avenue canopied with moss draped Florida pines.
One block east is a public park with a lake and playground, also a large public library with a specially decorated kid's section. One block west is the recreation trail that runs the length of the county, and a bicycle rental shop.
..Within a 5 minute driving radius are the white sand and surf of Treasure Island and the Gulf beaches with water sports galore, parks with lakes, a shopping mall and 2 shopping centers, an excellent large Publix grocery store with bakery and deli, and loads of eateries in all price ranges.
..Within a 10 minute radius are 3 different movie complexes, and artsy walkable downtown St Petersburg with it's picturesque yacht basins, waterfront vistas of Tampa Bay, parks, eclectic shops, loads of sidewalk cafes and restaurants, performance theatres, and lots of museums: the stunning new Dali, glass artist Chihuly, St Pete's Fine Arts, Holocaust, St Petersburg History, and Children's Great Explorations.
..Within 20 minutes is award winning Ft DeSoto park, my lifelong fav! The park has miles of beaches on emerald and turquoise surf, fishing piers, a variety of tree shaded picnic areas, paved trails, bike/surrey rentals, kayak rentals, mangrove paddle trails full of water birds, turtles, rays, seasonal manatees, and the old fort is a blast to explore.
..Within 30 minutes is Clearwater Beach and the Aquarium with the true story "Dolphin Tale 1 & 2" movie set and it's porpoise stars Winter and Hope, also fun pirate ship rides and dolphin watch or sunset cruises.
..Within 40 minutes is historic Tampa and Ybor City, Busch Gardens, and the super fun Adventure Island water park, also manatee viewing areas in winter months.
..Walt Disney World, Lego Land, Sea World, Universal Studios, and the theme park packed Orlando area are 1.5 hours away.
..Kennedy Space Center and launch pads (soon to be back in use) are 2.5 hours away, and Everglades National Park and Gator habitats are 3 hours away.
No bus service close by so having a car is best. House has a private driveway.
Tampa International Airport is 30 min across Tampa Bay.
Other Things to Note
3 night stay minimum.
Sleeps 6 (2 standard size beds, 1 twin size bed, 1 twin size rollaway bed)
$10 per person per night over 6 persons.
State sales tax and tourist tax are included in the listed prices.
Moderate cancellation policy (5 days prior)
Full sized washer and a dryer are located in attached enclosed garage, laundry
Check captions on home photos for other house features and amenities.
Note: For full disclosure, this older home does not have a garbage disposal or
dishwasher, and the washing machine cold water wash only. The pool is not
heated, and unfortunately the house is not handicap accessible.
Truly a great familyhouse. The kids loved the pool and we enjoyed being back in St.Pete, this time so much closer to all the beaches. Apart from not having a dishwasher the house is excellent. Paula was a great host and helped us with local info and made us feel welcome.
All you need to have a great time.
The property was clean and had all items needed for our stay. The Beach was about 10 + minutes away at Treasure Island, bathrooms and kitchen were adequate. Our hostess was very nice and helpful during our stay. The downside of this property is that beds are very small and not adequate for two adults to sleep comfortably, and the bedrooms are very small. We enjoyed our visit to St Pete, but would select another property on our next visit because of sleeping arrangements.
I have to admit I was a little concerned about privacy booking a home with the owner next door but Paula proved I had nothing to be concerned about! She was there when we needed her but did not hover at all. I spent one morning hanging out talking with her while she let the children hunt for geckos in her yard ( the geckos preferred the early morning sun on her plants ) and really enjoyed our conversation...I wish I had had more down time to socialize with her! She was always available by text if nothing else if we had any questions and got back to us real quickly! The house had everything we needed and Paula was very accommodating with the changes in our arrival and departure times! Staying here with a family of 6 was much better than staying at a hotel. The back living room by the pool was very large and everyone had room to spread out and have some much needed space after a very long journey couped up in a van! Someone had mentioned that adding the rollaway bed to one of the bedrooms did not leave much room....we placed it in the front living room for my 15 yr old son since we did not use that room for anything else and it worked perfectly! It felt as though we were in a 4 bedroom house. The location was great for us because we had activities planned both north and south of the house. We did not want to commit to ONE location so we spent time at many and loved being able to come back to a quiet house where we could shower, eat dinner, relax or spend time in the pool! I really can not think of one single thing to complain about...we loved it here! Paula is a exceptional host!
We throughly enjoyed the house and our stay. It is a charming and very relaxing home. One disadvantage is the very small 3rd bedroom. When the rollaway bed is out there is no room to walk. You can easily get to beaches and downtown but it is out of the hubbub of those areas. The nearby bike path is great.
Paula was a great host, always there to recommend or assist but also very respectful of our privacy.
We hope to go back another year!
Paula was there for us before our holiday started with emails offering information and help should we need it. She met us with a very warm welcome at the house. We were given a tour of the house which included its history and its quirks! The house was a great place to stay, it had everything we needed and more. The local area was lovely, from the christmas decorations to seeing a lady leading geese over to the lake! We drove to beautiful beaches in five or ten minutes, great shopping nearby. All in all a great house in a great location.
I am a little leery about telling everyone about Paula and her house because it may be booked when we want it! A little piece of heaven for us. Paula waited for us on the front porch and greeted us warmly. She gave us a tour of her beloved family home and showed us the quirks and treasures. It is delightfully decorated with mid century modern decor and spotlessly clean. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning coffee beside the pool everyday. The bedrooms and bathrooms are quite comfortable and the main living area is terrific for visiting or playing cards. The laundry room was very helpful and one of the things I most appreciate on a long vacation. The home is close to lots of restaurants and shopping. Not far from the great beaches of ST. Pete. It is everything Paula says it is and I fell in love with her and the house.
Es war wunderschön bei Paula. Das Haus hatte alles, was man braucht. Sehr nahe beim Strand von Treasure Island (7 Min. mit dem Auto). Paula half schon mit Infos vor Ferienbeginn per SMS. Ich durfte sie auch während dem Aufenthalt zu jeder Tageszeit kontaktieren. Es waren unvergessliche Ferien.
Paula, thank you so much. Everything was perfect. The house so nice, everything there, what I needed. Thank you for your informations, before I arrived. I felt me so good and I have so wonderful memories from you, your mom, the house and Florida. Hope, we will see us again.
About the Host, Paula
I retired from St. Petersburg Police after serving 27 years, starting in the early's 1970s, when female patrol officers were just being allowed to work on the streets.
I raised 2 wonderful daughters and now have 5 cool grandkids (3 of them teens).
My hobby in my younger years was sky diving and I still occasionally scuba dive.
Travel is a passion of mine, so I have been to all 7 Continents and all 50 United States. I'm also interested in archaeology and sometimes volunteer on digs at different locales.
Offering this vacation rental to travelers is an opportunity to serve as host for folks who share that travel passion. I live in the house right next door, so I'm readily available to help guests with any questions or problems that might arise.
My 96 year old mom still owns the home and she is proud to offer it to others as a comfortable home away from their home. She now lives in a lovely assisted living facility nearby and will use funds from the rental to help pay for her care.