Kayaks, Bikes, Yacht Club, Heated pool, Sauna, Billiards, Basketball/volleyball/tennis courts, Gym, WIFI (unlimited use at the clubhouse), Free parking, Gated security, Near downtown. Near Ft. Desoto beaches & the Skyway Fishing Pier.
I have a 2 bedroom condo (i keep one room locked-unavailable to you, my office.) and the rest of the place is ALL yours (I rent the condo out, when i am out of town, for work.) The condo was fully renovated in the summer/fall of 2010. Custom kitchen and bath. Gorgeous distressed hardwood floors. I installed top grade Hunter ceiling fans throughout. Custom lighting in kitchen and bath, made for dimming. All pots, pans, dishes are provided. Brand new stainless steel stove and refrigerator. Coffee maker & a french press are provided. (microwave-blender-toaster oven too). There is a black binder in the condo that includes all important condo information (locations of pool, clubhouse, etc) and the binder also includes owner's manuals to all mechanical devices located within my condo unit (fridge-stove-washer/dryer-etc) The porch outside is covered and new (Fall 2013) patio furniture is provided. The bathroom is tiled with distressed-travertine Italian tiles and the shower is larger but no tub. There is a 52' plasma TV in livingroom with HDMI so plug your laptop in, & watch a DVD (directions on how to do this are posted on the back of the TV). There is also a DVD player there. There is a MP3- Ipod-friendly alarm clock in the bedroom. In the livingroom closet, you will find a selection of CD's,DVD's, board games, small coolers, umbrella, tennis racquets, etc. 24 hour gated security, full gym, pool, tennis, basketball, racquetball, sauna, billiards, and yacht club. Icemaker-gym-billiards are in the clubhouse. Back porch opens to the waterfront. Free WIFI is available at the clubhouse. The mattress is new, high quality, slightly firm. A 24 hour 7-11 convenience store is within walking distance. The condo is on an island (Coquina Key) and with a view to the west, you get an incredible sunset at the end of the day. A small washer/dryer combo is in the unit (very long cycle...be warned). The condo is less than 2 miles to downtown St Pete and it is about 2 and a half miles to the famous "saturday morning market". It is 25 minutes to Tampa International Airport. Only minutes away to the beaches. Ft Desoto (5 dollar entrance fee to this world renowned park) is only 8 minutes away. Keep in mind, this is an upstairs unit, No elevator. There are 4 units per building, no one above my unit ...makes it a little private. I always leave a few candles around the condo, for that romantic sunset dinner that you will cook. I have provided the condo unit with a soundock, so bring your MP3 player or Ipod. This unit is portable with rechargable batteries (keep in mind, it is NOT waterproof). Come stay for a few nites or one month. Leave the place as you got it and then there is no cleaning fee. (it must be left the way you got it please...all linens washed, bed with fresh bedding, immaculate, spotless. BRING YOUR OWN QUEEN SHEETS for an easier cleaning. otherwise Airbnb will hold your deposit for the cleaner to come in. A cleaner is on site and can clean for you, just leave 80 dollars cash on the counter, and let me know.) Extra towels, sheets and linens, provided. I have 2 bicycles with a lock (men's style 10 speed) and 2 kayaks here (sit on top style, Calypso - 8' model made by Lifetime. They are blue) in the condo, for your use. The water is just out the backdoor, so go and enjoy a sunset paddle (a local boating chart is kept in the closet), around the island, visit the mangroves, or cruise by the sailboats resting in the anchorage. There are steps along the seawall to get out of the water when you are thru. PLEASE NOTE...some amenities are only available at the south side condos...we are on the north side. Enjoy! Captain Laura
Full access to ALL amenities!!
We do own a large boat that we take people out on charters, around the bay to see dolphin cruises, sunset cruise of downtown St. Pete, etc. If interested, look for Captain Jana out on the black trawler, out back of the condo. Her info is on the window.
Interaction with Guests
The condo is all yours! Say hello to me if i am down on the dock, on my black hulled trawler...otherwise, I live a few blocks away, off of the island. There will be someone to come by and do a checkout, to insure readiness for our next guests. If you want someone there to check you in or out, this must be requested. Otherwise, we stay away, this is your retreat!
The "neighborhood" is a GATED condo. off the island, you are close to downtown, it is a city. Mix of people and neighborhoods.
There is a bus system but really, a car is best. Plenty of free parking, not assigned. Park where you want.
Other Things to Note
Do your grocery shopping after you check in at the condo. There is usually some stuff left in the cabinets like spices, condiments, and such.
NO PARTIES (security is strict)
I don't NEED to rent my place. I want others to enjoy it though, i only ask that you respect my property. let me know if i can improve the next guest's stay.
The deposit will be kept until property is assured to be left as you rented it. If you care for maid service, there is a 80 dollar cleaning fee. Just leave it on the counter and let us know. OR you cleanup (see above, it must be HOTEL clean and ready for the next guest to walkin) and then, there is no charge.... Leave cash for the maid otherwise.
Lovely apartment! Spotlessly clean and Laura is well organized. Well equipped condo, and nice ammenities. Great porch, where we saw dolphins swimming! St Pete is a cool city, with lots if trendy restaurants and bars. Lovely beaches too, and Laura's apartment is a quick drive both to downtown and beaches.
This place was great! Nice and clean with everything we needed. Five minutes to downtown St Pete and a lovely heated pool two minutes across the parking lot. Neighborhood outside gate is a little run down, but not a big problem. Beautiful sunset out on the porch over the inlet. We might well return. Thanks, Laura!
This was our first airbnb and we can only hope that the rest live up to this! Everything more than lived up to our expectations, and Laura's descriptions of amenities. The club house is right across the way from the condo, and the pool and amenities at the Yacht Club, Southside were had tremendous views. We thank Laura, Jana and Lois for all their support and helpfulness. We plan to come back again next year.
Laura was very reachable by email & responded quickly to any question. The lising was very accurate. We were pleased with the condo and it was very well stocked. The unit is located in a gated community with a 24 hr guard. We walked around the condo grounds in the mornings and felt very safe. The unit has a balcony that looks out on the bay. Dolphins & sea birds in the mornings and Great sunsets.
This is a small, warm, and inviting condo with an excellent second-floor setting to the west across part of the bay. Recent redecoration is excellent. The bit soft for me, but was perfect for my wife. The host has nearby persons who can help if any immediate needs come up; she is also quick to respond via email even when sailing. There is a bit of daytime airplane noise but it largely disappears when the windows are closed. The gated community has 24-hour security and takes it seriously. We found the location good for traveling north to Tarpon Springs and also south to Sarasota and beyond. Host Laura is easy to work with very committed to pleasing guests.
My family and I had a wonderful experience at Laura's condo. The balcony overlooking the water is amazing. We saw dolphins swimming around everyday and the sunsets were spectacular! The place was spotless with everything you could ask for. It was nice to walk around the property and felt very safe, with a guard house and a club house within walking distance. We didn't get a chance to visit the other club house or use the bikes and kayaks because we were so busy having fun and taking in the sites downtown, which is close by car. It is very nice of Laura to give her guests the option to either clean the place and leave it in "hotel ready" condition or leave $80 to have a cleaning crew come in. Most airbnb's won't even give you that option. Thank you so much Laura for sharing your wonderful home with us and thank you Jana for all your help in making us feel welcome. To the people out there who are looking for somewhere to stay in St. Pete, you can't go wrong with this place!!
- Laura was quick to respond to any issues and seemed to really
put effort in so that our stay would be a good one.
- The gated community where the apartment is located is nice. The
views and ammentities were worth while and we made used of the
kayaks and bikes.
- The neighbors that we met were very nice.
- The immediate area surrounding the gated community seemed
sketchy. We were only comfortable riding the bikes outside of the
gates early in the morning.
- Downtown St. Pete is a big party city on Saturday's and is only
~2 miles from the apartment. The bass and loud music pounded
through the walls late on Saturday night keeping us up.
- Be prepared to pay the $80 cleaning fee making the stay
$137/night instead of $110.
To elaborate: We were going to clean the apartment so that we
wouldn't have to pay the $80 cleaning fee. We felt as though the
expectations for cleaning, required by the host, were not properly
explained in the original posting. Deep cleaning to include
scrubbing the showers was what was explained in the guest book.
Additionally, the washer/dryer was very small and took ~4hrs to
complete a load so waking up very early is necessary to complete
the cleaning on the final day. We ended up paying the fee.
The expectations for cleaning are well defined in the "details" section, of the condo listing. You can pay 80 dollars for a cleaner to come in. OR, we let the guest clean for the next arrival. If the guest cleans the place on their own, there are options suggested to make the cleaning go faster (bring your own linens, use the commercial washer-dryer in the clubhouse, etc.).
This really boils down to how much time do you have to clean the condo VS. just pay for a cleaner and enjoy your last morning. The unit must be left as it was found and ready for the next guest. Our usual cleaner is meticulous and takes great pride in her work. If the condo is not ready for the next guest, upon an outgoing guest's departure, then we are forced to call in a cleaner, at the last minute. This is not ideal for anyone. If you have an early flight, cleaning the condo yourself may not be feasible.
I am a ship captain and i love to travel. I often take a friend with me when i travel and keep my home rented out on airbnb. I am gone quite a bit and unable to use my beautiful, little "condo on the cove" ...this place oozes tranquility and has the best sunsets... enjoy.