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1920s Bungalow Retreat - One mile to Downtown, Convention Ctr & Ybor City areas

38 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Tampa Heights - Das Bärenhaus

1 Bedroom & Bath Suite -Queen Bed Sleeps 2

Please read the entire listing description before booking.

This rental is a one bedroom & bath suite. The two hosts reside onsite. The property is located one mile north of downtown Tampa, in an area with a canopy of large oak trees and 1920s bungalows. Our 3/2, 1,592 sq. ft. home sits on north/south bus routes with easy access to Interstates 4 and 275. Located 35 minutes to the Gulf beaches. Check out our guide to nearby attractions at: http://bit.ly/1M0HOQQ

The guest bedroom and ensuite shower (252 sq. ft.) were completed during construction in 2014 and carry forward the original moldings and window casings of the original home.

A queen bed, dresser, nightstand and closet are available to store your belongings. Ensuite TV has local cable channels, Apple TV, Hulu and Netflix. An adjacent bath space includes a water closet and large shower. The hosts live onsite. If you have special needs during your stay, please drop us a note.

NOTE: Active Duty Military Discount with verified ID. Contact the host.

Individuals desiring to rent the property must have email address and phone number verifications from HomeAway and complete a lease agreement at check-in. A copy will be provided to you when you arrive.

The property is best suited for individuals or couples seeking a quiet getaway, business travel, or area site-seeing. Registering guests must be properly verified by HomeAway/VRBO. Hosted gatherings of unregistered guests are not permitted and our home is not well suited for spring-breakers, local residents, or guests under 25 years of age.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016

About Ken

We (Dave and Ken) migrated from the Chicago and New Haven areas 17 years ago and moved to Tampa. Ken served as Director for Information Technology for a large non-profit, and Dave, first as a techie, turned mortgage underwriter.

Settling first in the Tampa's Carrollwood suburb we opted to return to the city's core three years ago where we took on the task of rehabbing our investment property of ten years into a permanent home. We love the location and urban feel of living just north of downtown.

Ken purchased this house in 2003

Why Ken chose Tampa

A quaint Tampa Heights neighborhood undergoing significant gentrification in recent years; where neighbors know one another and large oak trees canopy much of the area. A convenience store is located across the street for sundries and snacks. Tampa's weather and nearby attractions make it a great destination for business travel or a getaway weekend.

As the oldest neighborhood in Tampa Heights, it is culturally diverse, inhabited by mostly working class families, and includes some older homes in need of repair. If you like eclectic, urban neighborhoods, with lots of ethnic restaurants and conveniences, this is a great place to stay. The owners have lived here for 15 years, know their neighbors, and have never had any security or safety issues.

The home, built in 1923, was scheduled for demolition in 2003. We purchased it in early 2004, completed improvements, and it served as a rental property until 2012. Construction for the new space began in 2013 when we added the guest wing and completed other upgrades.

Come enjoy our great weather and wicked awesome hospitality!

We are LGBTQ affirming property hosts.

What makes this house unique

Guest Suite Only - Private Guest Entrance

Extra pillows and blankets are located in the bedroom guest closet.

Interior light switches control deck and patio lighting.

There is a remote control on the nightstand for the fan light and fan function.

We recycle. The labeled container is located in the laundry room.

Television: A television with a built-in DVD player is provided in the suite with access to local digital stations and Apple TV with access to Hulu and Netflix.

Deck and Patio: Feel free to use both. A natural gas grill is also available for your use.

Want to go to the beach and you have no large towels? We got it covered.

Book and enjoy your stay with us!


based on 38 holidaymaker reviews

1920s Bungalow Retreat - One mile to Downtown, Convention Ctr & Ybor City areas
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews

The property is beautiful, relaxing and full of creature comforts.

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property with the intention of having a full kitchen to cook for my college freshman who is missing her mom's home cooking. The kitchen far exceeded my expectation as did the entire experience. The hosts were incredibly generous and open. The house had every creature comfort imaginable. I will stay there again for subsequent trips to Tampa. The location is ideal for downtown. The grounds and property were pristine and exceptionally comfortable. I would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting Tampa.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, super clean, very comfortable... You should book now!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic experience. We booked again for our next visit!! Ken greeted us on arrival with a kind and calm personality. Room is extremely clean and comfortable. Everything you need is provided. 100℅ better than a hotel stay. Backyard deck is heavenly and peaceful. Thank you Ken!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our stay at Das Bärenhaus

  • 5 of 5

We came down to Tampa for my wife's birthday. Ken and Dave were great hosts. This 1920's Bungalow was centrally located near any place or activity you want to explore. Minutes from downtown Tampa & a short drive to St Pete's. We had our own separate entity and was able to relax and enjoy the serene environment that these two gentleman provided. The back deck and yard provided peace and comfort. I can't say enough about Ken who I had the most contact with. He made us feel so at home. Meeting him was like running into and old family friend that you hadn't seen in years. That's how comfortable they made us feel. The property is as beautiful as described. There was an excellent Chinese restaurant call yummy house within 3 miles of this property. I highly recommend trying it if you enjoy Chinese food . I would highly recommend Das Bärenhaus for your visit to Tampa. I can't wait until our next trip to Tampa. We will definitely be booking this Bungalow again. Hope they will be ready for us! 5 stars all day!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Extremely comfy. So much better than a hotel room

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations were very comfortable and tastefully done. I'll definitely look to stay there whenever I'm in Tampa again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable and convenient. I will be staying here again. Thank you!!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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The property is amazing, beautiful landscaping and spacious.

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife enjoyed our short visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fly Bar & Restaurant
Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Downtown Ybor City
Amalie Arena
"Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning!"
Bradleys on 7th
Tampa Theater
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
George M. Steinbrenner Field
"The Yankees are in town during Spring Training and low-cost game tickets are available. "
Tampa Museum of Art
Raymond James Stadium
Florida state parks - Hillsborough River
"Great food and atmosphere!"
The Independent Bar and Cafe
"A great gathering place and multiple beers. Hipsters and Hops! An adjacent cafe with sandwic..."
Henry B. Plant Park
"Great Tampa History and architecture."
Rough Riders Park
"Teddy was here. No need to saddle up though."
Salvador Dali Museum
"A newly built museum featuring the artwork of a world renowned artist."
Clearwater Beach
St Pete Beach
"Another great Gulf of Mexico beach"
Hamburger Mary's
"Known for great cocktails with outside service overlooking famous 7th Avenue"
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
"Great food and a large selection of in-house brewed beers."
Cigar City Brewing
The RITZ Ybor
King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar
"Hand-rolled Cuban Cigars and beverages"
Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza
"Great pizza and Italian! This one is located in Ybor City. (And they deliver to the house) A..."
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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
The Refinery
Florida Aquarium
The Columbia Restaurant
"Awesome Food!"
Front Porch Grille
"good food, casual atmosphere"
Rooster & the Till
Fodder & Shine
Cappys Pizzeria
"Great pizza. They do not take CCs, cash only."
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Tampa Bay Sailing Tours
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Southern Nights TAMPA
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Busch Gardens - Tampa
"Plan for a good time at a great park!"
SeaWorld Orlando
Walt Disney World
Nicko's Fine Foods
Holy Hog Barbecue
First Watch
Port of Tampa
"We're located 4 miles north of the Port of Tampa or about 15 minutes."
Publix Super Market at Hillsboro Plaza
Bo's Ice Cream
IKEA Tampa
Tampa Water Taxi Company
The University of Tampa
"Located 5-7 minutes from the property"
University of South Florida
Carnival Cruise Lines
La Segunda Central Bakery
"Great breakfasts in Ybor City"
Nearest Airport
6.9 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
3.3 Miles
Ybor Historic District
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Ace Golf Lighted Range
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Union Station
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Clearwater Beach
Car: recommended

There are a number of nearby area attractions including:

Lowry Park Zoo

Waterworks Park & Hillsborough River boating, canoeing and tours

Florida Aquarium

American Victory Ship and Memorial

Busch Gardens

Ybor City Latin Quarter

International Mall

Raymond James Stadium - Home of the Buccaneers

Amalie Arena - Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Tropicana Field - Home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Salvatore Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

Gulf Beaches

Walk Score - 60

Transit Score - 43

Bike Score - 60


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tampa Heights, Tampa Bay

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Additional pricing information

Please note: The minimum age for lodging at this property is 25 years of age. We reserve the right to terminate a stay with sufficient cause.
Active Duty Military Waiver and Discount with ID.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tampa Heights in Tampa Bay

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Hotel
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1592 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guests Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Soaps and shampoo are provided.
    Hosts Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Private
  • The guest suite bathroom has a roomy shower and vanity area with an adjoining water-closet. The space is new and was completed in 2014.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The guest wing bedroom and bath suite opens to the back deck and patio. Guests have their own private entrance. Private bed and bath area located in the suite. The hosts occupy a separate area in the home.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Das Bärenhaus Self Check-in Option Please drop us a note or text us with your approximate arrival time. You may park on the right side of the house diagonally to allow hosts and guests to park and exit unencumbered. If you choose to park on the street, do not do so on the solid white (tow) line. The gate to the patio and your room is located just in front of the parking area. Just pull the round knob at the top of the gate to get access to the patio. The bedroom entry door on the back deck is an electronic entry keypad. Hosts will provide you with a random access code. The nightstand contains a Guest Book and lists of our top picks for food and venues in the area and other rental information. Due to insurance underwriting requirements, please sign the booking contract when you arrive and return it to the host. A copy will be provided to you.

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