About this listing
Our comfortable 3 bedrooms is welcoming and is centrally located, just 7 minutes walk to the bus line, 12 minutes walk to the supermarket.
It sits in a quiet cul -de -sac only 10 minutes from the Clearwater Beach ( during holidays at least 20 minutes) its beautiful white sand and amenities. We are within a 7 minutes walking distance from bus line, supermarkets,restaurants, gas stations, and other amenities.
I have a beautiful garden surrounding the property and a sun deck in the back yard for you to bask in the sun or have breakfast in the morning ( simple breakfast available upon request. Its a unique, earth friendly housing, I don’t use any chemicals so you can walk bare foot on the grass.
Come relax on the deck, play in the garden, resting from your day at the beach. Light a fire in the pit and roast marshmallows, listen to the birds (website hidden) the butterflies and bunnies that live in the yard.
We have also the Eagle Lake Nature Park 10 minutes walk from us. There is a 40 minutes drive from Bush Gardens,10 minutes to Clearwater downtown. We have Pier 60 Sunset Festival 7 days a week 4-8 pm. Free movies on the beach Fri & Sat nights. - drive, bike or take the bus.
We are 7 minutes to Dunedin which has pubs, cafes, shopping & local art. . Get a bike rental ($10 available on site) and go to Pinellas Trail .Pinellas Trail has 25 miles of biking, blading, walking trail with plenty of neat places to stop along the way. (less than half mile away). Or take a walk on the trail or shop for unique art, wine, fashion or chocolates--there is always something going on in Dunedin. Also I have rentals boogie boards, beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas for a very affordable price so you don't have to purchase beach stuff and dispose it because you don't have room in your luggage or you don't want to pay extra luggage in the plane back home.
Honeymoon Island State Park Beach-Voted top 10 beach in the country where nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park´s concession has a gift shop and snack bar. 7.3 miles-drive, bike or take the bus.
Caladesi Island-It is one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America's Best Beach in 2008. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing. Saltwater anglers can cast a line from their boats or surf fish. Nature enthusiasts can spot wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island´s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach. Take the ferry from Honeymoon (website hidden) Petersburg is 20 minutes away with its charming of college town many bars and restaurants. I have one suite and another bedroom w/ king size bed and the bathroom is in the hallway. this bedroom has a cot that can be used for a third person for $20 a night. If you are renting the suite ( w/ a real queen size and memory foam mattress topper) it has a private bathroom. If you are renting the bedroom in the hall, you can request the bathroom to be private, but the sink will be shared. I have a dog and a cat, both well behaved. The house is always clean, because they don't sleep inside and spend time outside. Let me know if you don't like animals and will make sure they don't bother you. You will have WIFI, cable TV, fire place in the living room, bamboo floors, private small refrigerator in your bedroom. I have an extra single folding bed that can be used by a child or adult for extra $10 charge. If you like to dance I can make you suggestions where to go for o a Salsa dance event (Fridays and Saturdays) or to a Swing dance event ( Wednesdays and Sundays). I speak Portuguese, Spanish, English and understand most of Italian. So you can count on me to give you any suggestions that would be helpful to you to enjoy as much as possible your stay....and come back again. Monthly rates are negotiable, please contact me if interested. Minimum stay: 3 days
Come and have fun!!!
Getting around: Jolly Trolley and PSTA
Dining room, living room, deck and outside areas. The kitchen isn't available for cooking but you can fix sandwiches and a salad or warm water, make a coffee.
You have your own refrigerator in your bedroom and that 's where you will keep your food, unless discussing other arrangements.We proudly recycle and we have a closed compost bin outside to fertilize the plants and vegetables. The house 's waste is minimum. Please help us save electricity by keeping the electrical appliances off when not in use. And to avoid surges damage, which is very common in FL .
Interaction with Guests
I will interact with them as much as they want and feel like.
Our public transportation passes on a main road 7 min walk from the house. I don't use it but I hear that the buses have a waiting time of 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 min.
Other Things to Note
If you are using cheap flights that arrive at wee hours, no problem. I will leave papers with arrows on the floors and motion lights to guide you to your bedroom. If there is anything that you don't like, you need to let me know. My crystal ball is broken and I can't do any divinations at this moment. :)
Parking is on my driveway, depending on availability and on a come first first serve basis.
Or along the grass in our cul-de-sac (nice and safe neighborhood).
If you are looking for a little pampering and relaxation while vacationing, I have a friend who is an aesthetician and works in her office providing massage therapy and acupuncture.
Please be respectful to my home. A light breakfast will be served upon request.
The bathrooms are cleaned weekly and the floors vacuumed.
There is a $55 charge for a non-returned house key.
Please remove your shoes before entering the home and leave them by the door. If you are coming from the beach, please hose off on the grass the boogie boards, or beach toys you have used and feet, before returning then to me/ entering the house.
Laura made us feel very welcome! She was a fantastic host! I felt like I was visiting a long time friend! She was kind enough to take me salsa dancing and share her Kombucha Scooby with me. Her home is just a short drive to the beach and conveniently close to a natural food store! She also had a boogie board for us to rent, so we did not have to spend money on buying a new one and carry it home. Her home was inviting with lots of interesting and beautiful paintings, decor, and books that she allowed us to read. Lara even had a catalogue of activities for her guests to do and kindly shared some of her meals with us. We liked Lara and her home very much and hope to come back and stay again some day!
What a joy to have Jennifer and her family here. I looked forward to come home and chat with Jennifer. Her children Jocey and Will are great - intelligent , polite and friendly people to have around. And Jocey left this lovely note on my desk. Thank you Jocey I hope to have you , your mom and Will back sometime soon. I felt so honored when Jennifer told me she had chosen to spend her birthday here. I just wished I wasn't so swamped because a recent change of schedule at work that makes me wake up at 5:45 Am, and could not make her a cake. But I will make it up to you , Jennifer. Promise!
Lara was a good and friendly host, made our room comfortable and clean. Location was good if you have a car or bicycle, if not you might struggle to get around.
My girlfriend and I were at Iara's scheduled for a couple of nights, but we cut it short to stay closer to friends. The house was clean and the room was ready when we needed it to be.
The only challenges we faced were the blinds wouldn't shut and there was not air conditioning. After our stay Iara asked if we were responsible for breaking her blinds and her window (which we didn't touch). It was a misunderstanding as she had another guest that came right before we got there.
I hope we understand I just had to follow up with the Airbnb requirements. If I notice that something was broken, I have to report within 24 hours. It is just a normal routine that we hostess have to follow. I also have to contact you to advise you of my finds. And then we proceed with Airbnb speaking to me and to you. And the host/hostess wait for Airbnb final decision. I am sorry if that made you feel that way, but I need to follow with what Airbnb ask me. I am bound by their Rules and Regulations, just like you are. If you read the Rules and agreed upon them before you booked, you should be aware about the way it works.
We don't use air conditioning in FL in a 72 F temperature during Spring season. And the blinds have been replaced.
Thank you for staying with me.
Iara is very welcoming and the house is very clean, and it is in a very good neighborhood. She prepared coffee for us in the morning and offered suggestions in getting around / what to do in Clearwater. Overall a positive experience.
Here's are the downsides. It is my first time using airbnb, so I am not comparing Iara's home to any other places on airbnb. I was traveling with parents and I strongly voted for staying at a hotel, but my dad wanted to try out airbnb based on some positive experience he has read from others' reviews. Hence I'll be comparing with a typical hotel / motel experience. Overall, I think the downsides are twofolds. First, the room was way too small for a family of three. Second, staying in a standard two-double-bed hotel room would have definitely been more flexible for us than sharing the house with a host and other AIRBNBers. We had to coordinate our schedule with Iara for arrival time, and still ended up waiting in the neighborhood for quite a while because she had a mechanical problem with her car and she sent it for emergency repair.
Overall, I would be quite happy to stay at Iara's place again if I'm traveling by myself. She's a great host. But for family travelers, airbnb probably isn't the way to go.
Iara made me feel very welcome; she is a warm and gracious hostess. She reads people very well, so interacts just enough to make you feel welcome but not so much that you feel stifled. The neighborhood is extremely quiet (I slept GREAT!). I personally would advise a rental car, especially for rainy days, as there is little within immediate walking distance. However, I did borrow a bicycle from Iara and easily & safely rode to Clearwater Beach and up to Dunedin (a lovely, quaint little town)! If you are looking for 5-star accommodations, this comfy home will not suit you -- however, if you are chill and relaxed and don't mind mismatched pillows, and competing textures, you will be right at home. Iara has just put in a gorgeous new kitchen so is clearly working to bring more organization to her living spaces. Her home has an open, spacious design but the bedrooms are tucked away for privacy when desired.
Lara made us feel welcome. Although we arrived VERY late, she made plans for us to enter her home and find our room - good instructions. The location and the price were perfect for our needs - 10 minutes away from our in-laws home. Lara was an easy-going and friendly hostess.
lara is a great host! she was kind enough to welcome us even late in the night when we arrived and made sure we are comfortable. She also made some breakfast for us in the morning. it was a pleasure to talk to her and she is always welcoming.
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About the Host, Iara
I am outgoing, very active, I hit the gym at least 3 times a week. I enjoy cooking, gardening, chating, making new friends, biking, dancing. My work is very serious so I entitle myself to the fun as a relaxing tool.