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My friends and I rented Dave's place to watch some spring training baseball and enjoy the beach.
You could honestly not find a better location. Right by what seemed like the biggest, nicest stretch of Clearwater Beach you really can't beat being so close to the ocean.
It is also located within walking distance of all the restaurants and bars you're going to want to hit up when you're in Clearwater beach so you can just park your car at Dave's and walk it. Which you can't beat, traffic could get bad in the area with everyone making for the water.
If you're looking for a hands on host though this might be the wrong place for you. When we arrived the access to the place was not as described. It was it 8pm and we were locked out. I tried calling and texting the numbers provided to reach Dave but heard nothing back. I've actually still never heard from him.
Fortunately the check in instructions had a number for a building manager who we contacted and who eventually helped us get in but the whole thing left a sour taste in our mouths that the person we were renting from never even checked up the next day to make sure we got in okay. Fortunately we were able to get in but if the building manager wasn't home I am not sure what we would've done....
There was also a surprising lack of amenities compared to other places I have used through airbnb. Only one roll of toilet paper, no hand soap, and a light in one of the bathrooms that would only intermittently work.
This all sounds quite negative but for us and our trip we thought it was the perfect location and fit our needs. Just depends what you're looking for.
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Overall, the house was nice. It's one apartment/condo on a property that holds 4-5 similar living spaces. We were pleased with the location both to the beach (~100 yards) and the downtown area (a couple blocks). There were some issues, however. First is a very minor complaint about the water pressure in the shower, which was too low to clean all the sand off after a trip to the beach. Second are the cockroaches. We found one in the living room and one in a bedroom. Both dead, as we were told they had cleaned the week before, but not very convincing that they were completely wiped out. When we notified Dave of the problem, all he responded with was "Well, that's Florida for you." The third, and biggest complaint, came in the final two days of the trip. On the second to last day we received a phone call while away from the apartment saying there was "an issue". Believing something serious occurred we called back, only to be told the apartment was a mess, despite our clothes being the only items left on the floors. Then, as we were packing up to leave, the cleaning lady stopped by the property to chastise us for "having such a giant mess and leaving trash everywhere." It turns out she had entered our apartment without a warning the day before and notified Dave, who then made that call. However, all of our trash was in trash bins, and the only mess on the floor she would've seen was clothes. It wasn't ever told to us that they were going to go through the property during our rental and we had left a lot of valuable things out. The whole thing just made us a little on edge the rest of the trip. Because of the call the day before, we had spot cleaned everything. There is a cleaning fee built into the renting cost, so we had in effect done the cleaning lady's job for her, which apparently was still not enough to prevent us from being yelled at. Terrie, another renter was very helpful and gave us many tips about the place. She doesn't actually work with the property owner, but she was more helpful than the property owner and the numbers to call given to us. We never actually met any of the property owners which was fine but Dave was also sometimes hard to get a hold of, both before the rental with questions and during the rental. The final interaction left a sour taste in our mouths about the management situation and how issues are dealt with. 5/5 for location. 2/5 for management.
We stayed six adults for nine nights in the Ocean View Cottage. The location of the house just off the beach could not be better. Within a couple of minutes we could run down on the beach to watch the beautiful sunsets of Floridas west coast. We also took long beach walks to Caladesi island, something I really recommend. There are several restaurants and bars close to the house as well.
The house is nice with two sleeping rooms, a kitchen and a living room. Comfortable beds, though being six, one of us slept on the studio couch, which was OK.
We needed some kitchen utensils and reading lamps and a vacuum cleaner, but these were brought to us promptly after we asked for them. Our neighbor Terry (long term guest) was also very helpful.
Property is very close to the beach and Dave is a very considerate and helpful host. Inside was reasonably clean and everything functioning properly. Lots of sleeping area will work well for families or groups looking to be close to the beach and the main part of Clearwater Beach. This is an older beach cottage and has a worn feel to it so not the place for those looking for a modern beach condo. Being a half block from the main street and a corner bar/restaurant does introduce some traffic noise.
Dave was a good host, we had some mixups on arrival but he did his best to make things right.
Walking distance to the beach, nightlife, the pier.
Great Location in general! You can walk to most anything!
It is a stones throw away from a bar, so you will most likely be hearing cars, the live band, and drunk patrons until the early hours of the morning. (this might be a pro though because you don't have to walk very far to your bed!)
We left one of our girls at the cottage while we took a load of things to the beach and she was in the closet when we came back saying someone walked in the house in the few minutes we were gone. It is multiple homes in one area so you never know who is walking by your porch.
Don't expect to watch TV, there is no cable and we couldn't get anything to work.
The lights didn't work in one of the bathrooms so we had to shower by cell phone light or in the dark.
Dave's place was the perfect spot for a get together with all of our friends. Amazing location, couldn't ask for anything better/closer to everything Clearwater. Had all the essentials and was very well maintained. Dave was extremely responsive throughout the whole process and always maintained contact if needed. Definitely recommend this for any group of friends or family. We'll be back!
Great location and everything you need at a beach house.
This location can't be beat. We were only steps away from the beach and within walking distance to shopping and great restaurants.
Dave is a great host (thanks for the chardonnay, what a pleasant surprise). Dave answered all of our questions both before and after our stay. There were a few issues but Dave handled them all and was prompt in answering our phone calls.
I had a group of seven ladies stay at the cottage and it was wonderful. The location cannot be beat. It is literally steps away from the beach, and a short walk into town for food and shopping. It was stocked with plenty of towels and linens and the place was clean. It was a great experience!
What an amazing guest! Kept me posted on his arrival due to traffic, checked in, quiet as a mouse. Went out early in the morning to see some sights nearby. We met briefly the evening he checked in, he brought a bottle of wine to share & was very kind & considerate. Not only did he clean up after himself, I had a guest checking in the following morning & was reluctant to rent to him a night before, due to not having time myself to clean for the next guest. Dave changed ALL the linens & remade the room & bathroom just the way it was when he arrived. Super happy to have met him & had him as a guest. I highly recommend Dave & maybe pay him a cleaning fee. ;)
Dave was a nice guest!