2 Bedroom 2 Bath Gulf front Condo with heated pool
About Catherine Smith
Rick and I started traveling on vacation to the area searching for our future 'retirement home'. We always thought that we would purchase a home in a nice quiet neighborhood and maybe be lucky enough to have a pool. Each year that we came down we spent more and more time on the beaches of Florida. Each day we would travel to a different beach, Venice, Honeymoon, St. Pete's, Pass-a-grill, Clearwater. After several years we realized that we did not want a home in a nice quiet residential area, we wanted to be on the BEACH.
Catherine Smith purchased this Condo in 2004
Why Catherine Smith chose Indian Rocks Beach
Fifty Gulfside at Indian Rocks beach has the best of everything. A nice quiet condominium with heated pool and fabulous tenants and owners. Walking distance to restaurants, bars and nightly entertainment and in between Clearwater and St. Pete's Beach. You can jump on the trolley and travel the entire 25 miles along the Gulf on Gulf Boulevard. It really is the Best of The beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Day and night you can watch the Dolphins swim by, if you are lucky enough you can even see manatees. If you are lucky enough you can stay at Indian Rocks Beach.
What makes this Condo unique
Our location has so much to offer you don't even have to leave. Swim in the heated pool, sun bathing on the fabulous pool deck, body surf in the Gulf, surf fishing out the back door or intracoastal fishing across the street. Numerous beach games, horseshoes, volley ball, sandcastles and kites, the list is long.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Enjoyed the location. The property was kept up nicely. The unit was very comfortable.
Nice respite by the gulf
Catherine's property was very clean and comfortable. It was well appointed with everything we needed to eat, drink, and enjoy the beach. The beds and bedding were very nice. The pool is lovely and the beach sand is very fine and white. We had a wonderful time. Would definitely recommend this property and location.
Helenmary..thank you for your review.so glad you had a good holiday. We love our location and beach glad you did too. Please come back🏖�️🌞�
Great location and nicely appointed
This is a 2Bed 1.75Bath condo. The Master has a queen bed, shower and the main area has a full tub/shower. The other bedroom has 2 full beds. The condo was clean and had most everything we needed. We did end up purchasing some things and left them for the next people. A beach chair, pail & shovel, a nice umbrella to help with the sun, we also left a small cooler and ice packs to pack drinks for the beach, etc.
The couch and large chair were very comfortable and there is a dining table and also 4 bar type chairs on the main kitchen island. We ate "most" of our meals on the island and one or two at the table. I love to cook and grill so we did a lot of that instead of eating out constantly. The fridge/freezer is plenty big enough to store all your food and snacks. The microwave was tiny but usable.
There is a ceiling fan in each bedroom which helps keep the place cool. There are 2 fans in the main living area as well. The balcony overlooks the Intercoastal waterway and you should be able to see dolphins swimming there. We loved watching the Great Blue Heron's and the Snowy Egrets when fishermen would be out on the ICW. The birds would be 3' from the fishermen looking for a snack. You see great sunrises from the balcony and the sun is gone in the afternoon so it's a great place to eat out on with the patio set and chairs. There was a breeze most nights which was nice.
The back is where the heated pool is. We went at the end of June so the ocean was warmer than the pool which I never went in. My daughter loved the pool though. I'm more of an ocean person so I loved the nice 84 degree ocean water. There is a sand bar about 100' out and is great during low tide as it's only about 3.5'-4' deep at the sand bar. We saw a school of cow-nosed rays during one of our morning walks in the outgoing tidal waters. It was pretty awesome. Another day we saw a single stingray just hanging out in the surf. We walked along the beach every day and we saw the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Turtle Patrol on numerous days mapping out new turtle nests. There are miles of beach to walk if you are so inclined and the beach is very clean.
You are only about 25 minutes from Clearwater and Pier 60 and similar time to John's Pass to the south. Lots of fun things to do at each location. Watching the dolphins at JP from the docks was great. We saw a Devil Ray jump out of the water about 6'. Great location!
We would definitely stay here again.
Review Condo 308
Cathy & Rick, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your condo. We loved the layout, your decorating style, the closet space and location. One of our favorite spots within walking distance was Slyce. We had some trouble with the shower in master bedroom and the thermostat kept defaulting to 73 degrees. We had a wonderful time. So much so that we want to do it again next year. Anne & Joan McGovern
The condo was roomy and nice for our family of five..You cannot ask for an nicer area. You are right on beach and very close to restaurants. Been to this location before and enjoyed as much as before... Have a few complaints though. The shower control in master bedroom was hard to work and internet was very low..As well this year there was a lot of smokers around pool and deck. Ask caretaker about having nonsmoking area and he informed us that would never happen. Overall a good vacation. Thanks for use of condo over Christmas
Happy New Year Sorry to only receive 3 stars
I'm also sorry you did not find our private and secure wi-fi user name and password posted by the router, if your service was slow you must have been on the building wifi which is slow. We have a private contract for wi-fi in our unit so users can be sure it is secure. If you had contacted me I would have been happy to help you.
Our master bath shower is new in 2014, one handle pull and turn for water and heat. Sorry if it was difficult for you.
Our building is smoke free, however smokers are of course welcome on our pool deck.
Regards, Catherine Smith
Great location. Clean. Friendly people.
This was our second stay at Fifty Gulfside, and won't be our last!
Thanks for taking such great care of our second home and glad to hear you will be back!. Indian Rocks Beach is the best glad to know you love it so do we.
Catherine Smith, owner
Indian Rocks Beach is centrally located only 7 miles south of Clearwater and 10 miles north of St. Pete's Beach. We are within walking distance to restaurants, beach bars, entertainment and a short drive to all of the wonderful attractions the area has to offer, Busch Gardens, St. Pete's Pier, Dali Museum and Tampa. Orland and Disney Land is only 1 1/2 hours away. We are kid friendly with onsite heated pool and plenty of room on the beach for kite flying, sand castles and volleyball!