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.