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Tampa's Coolest Key West Style Pool Home & Cabana

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Updated 3/3, Pool & Cabana w TV, Fridge & Bar, perfect location & PET FRIENDLY

Welcome 2 Wallace! This is the coolest home in South Tampa & perfect for the Outback Bowl! All updated with stylish tropical decor inside and a Key West explosion out back! Cabana is completely outfitted for fun - TV, fridge, & WiFi internet. Centrally located in a great neighborhood with easy access to everywhere!

You will feel at home and relaxed the moment you walk in the house! It's cozy and welcoming, and very easy to live in - but once you walk out the french doors to the backyard, you'll want to spend ALL YOUR TIME out there, lounging on the cabana deck or sunning on the chaises... you'll never want to leave to do any of the touristy stuff you had planned!! However, IF you do decide to leave your own personal paradise, it's location is perfect for day trips - South Tampa is the most desirable area to live because everything you need is near by and there's easy access to everywhere else!

We started renovations on the house in 2008 and are constantly updating and redecorating here and there. We decided to turn it into a vacation rental after the last long term renter because we enjoy spending time there so much, our out of town family and friends are always begging to use it and I really want everyone all over the world to experience hanging out by the cabana! It's got everything you'll need, there's lots of cool decor thru out and it's sort of my Pinterest house, so you'll see some fun, funky projects {Pallet Couch, anyone?}.

It's 1250 sq feet is just right for romantic getaway, a family, two couples, with or without kids or just a girls or guys trip. Master has flat screen, queen bed, and en-suite bathroom with shower, glass tiles, and martini glass shaped vessel sink. Second bedroom has a queen and flat screen, as well as two closets and a wine crate sliding barn door. The third bedroom also has a queen and an open closet system. There's an office with a huge desk and a wireless printer, a dining room with a cafe table that seats 4, kitchen bar that seats three, dual temp wine cooler and laundry with full size washer & dryer.

We definitely like to get to know our guests, so please don't forget to tell us a little about yourselves, where your from and why your visiting when inquiring or requesting a Book Now. Tell us how old your kids are, whether you drink red or white or if you're bringing a pet - we often leave welcome gifts & dog toys! This home is truly our happy place and we're so excited to share it with you and your family or friends!

Ballast Point is your not-so-typical, typical Florida neighborhood with 1 million dollar homes and 100K dollar homes, some old, some new, rusted chain link fences to wrought iron gates - the area is booming! Neighbors socializing, kids on bikes, young couples, professionals, military families, {THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!}, retirees and lots of people walking dogs! You'll find every kind.

There's TONS of great places to eat & shop a VERY short drive away. Walk to Ballast Point Pier, Park & Playground, or run down along the water on Bayshore Blvd- it's a perfect location! You can easily hop on to any of the major highways and be anywhere you want to be in minutes!

We are just 5 minutes from MacDill Air Force Base and get an amazing air show over head every few days during the week... Fighters in formation, big cargo and radar planes, even Air Force One - if you're a plane aficionado you'll be in heaven! It can be loud but it's very cool! Wave hello and sometimes they'll dip their wings in response.

It's a very dog friendly area, everyone has at least one, usually two dogs and they can be barky... When they all get going it's like a scene outta 101 Dalmatians! As animal lovers, it's music to our ears but just be warned.

The neighbors are super friendly - you'll feel like a part of the neighborhood and they're always happy to help in any way!

Leave your blow dryer at home and there's plenty of pool towels for everyone! Beach chairs & cooler for beach trips, and usually beer in the cabana fridge - a gift from the parting guests to the next ones!

The third full bathroom is located in the cabana and has shower with rain head. The pool has been newly resurfaced and is not heated - but that's never stopped a guest from jumping in yet!

There's undercover parking for two cars so you stay dry in the rain and your car stays cool in the sun. There's tons of closet space, a twin bed couch in the screened in porch for naps and cable on all four flat screen tvs, Netflix, Apple TV, as well as FREE high speed WiFi.

So that we can enjoy the house ourselves, and share it with family & friends, AND have time to turn over the house between rentals, we usually limit rental periods to 28 Days - 27 days in February!! We will consider stays of less than 7 nights {5 night minimum} or more than 28 days, but we'll have to talk first. Check in is anytime after 4 pm and check out is by 10 am. We're flexible on most things, so just ask before you book flights or schedule ETAs! However, check-in before 1 or check out after 10, if scheduling permits, will have to coordinated before hand and charged an extra $50, cash only.

{Now for the unfun part: the no-nos & non-negotiables...} ABSOLUTELY NO guests under the age of 25 without parental supervision. There's also a limit number of guests allowed over to enjoy pool and cabana - but we can talk about that. There's NO crashing on the couch or air mattresses allowed. If three beds isn't enough for all to share and sleep, then the house is definitely to small for your group. Also, we try to be kind to each other & the environment & ask that guests do as well. Turn out the lights, turn off the TV & turn up the AC when you leave the house. Recycle as much as possible. Please be considerate to us, to our home & to our earth.

While we have great neighbors who keep an eye out for each other, the front of the house is equipped with two exterior cameras and are only occasionally monitored when the house empty. They are not connected to a security system & there are none inside or in the backyard {because that'd be weird & we have been known to skinny dip!}.

Dogs are always welcome, depending on their behavior (no biting, chewing or digging!!) and if they are housebroken AND you pick up their presents in the back yard {see Poop Clause in the agreement!}. There is a $150 pet fee PER PET - belly rubs are free!

As it turns out, a lot of guests enjoy working out while on vacation {I am NOT one of those people} and end up training at my next door neighbor's boxing gym, Punchology - Paul is a personal trainer and boxing coach. If you're interested, just let me know and I'll have him introduce himself {if he hasn't already!}.

Check out our Welcome 2 Wallace Facebook page... see pictures, updates and what's happening now! You can meet the neighbors, find out about our local favorite places and get a real taste of the neighborhood. We are redoing an adjoining 2/2 property that will soon be available to rent as well - like our page and see how it's coming along!!

Here's some drive distances:

Tampa International Airport - 9 miles

Dog beaches:

Davis Islands dog beach - 4 miles

Picnic Island dog beach - 9 miles

People beaches:

St Pete Beach - 27 miles

Clearwater Beach - 26 miles

Busch Gardens - 14 miles

Sports venues:

Raymond James Stadium (NFL & College) - 7 miles

Amalie Arena (NHL, concerts ) - 5 miles

Steinbrenner Field {Yankee Spring Training} - 7 miles

Orlando Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom - 75 miles

Universal Studios - 82 miles

Local flavor:

Hyde Park - 4 miles

Ybor City - 8 miles

International Mall - 7 miles

The Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Park & Children's Museum - 8 miles

Downtown St Pete - 19 miles

Tampa Convention Center - 5 miles

Hard Rock Casino - 13 miles

Amphitheater - 12 miles

MacDill Air Force Base - 2 miles

University of Tampa - 5 miles

University of South Florida - 16 miles

Major Hospitals:

Tampa General - 5 miles

St. Joseph's & St. Joe's Children's - 7 miles

Moffitt Cancer Center - 17 miles

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 January, 2018

About KrisTina

I was raised in Italy, have lived in Belgium, Germany, Philly, Jersey and New York City and ultimately chose Tampa to settle down over 15 years ago. I've been lucky enough to travel throughout the world: France, Spain, England, Denmark, Canada and Greece, just to name a few. Have always loved meeting new people from all over, no one is a stranger for long.

I'm a foodie and love entertaining. Theme parties are a norm. Am a little bit handy and a whole lot crafty so you'll often find me with a wine glass in one hand and a drill in the other... and sawdust in my hair and dirt on my face.

I'm passionate about my home, my neighborhood and my town and am honored to be part of making your stay wonderful! You are truly my guests.

KrisTina purchased this house in 2005

Why KrisTina chose Ballast Point

I've lived all over the world and I picked Tampa Bay... it's really got it all for me, including some of the nicest people and greatest neighbors! There's so much to do - from the touristy tourist stuff to the local secret gems, from every sporting event imaginable, to a HUGE variety of world class dining, to America's Best Beaches, to amazing museums, fantastic day trips, art festivals, music festivals, food festivals... i could go on and on and on and on and on.

This home was my first love and still is! I bought it with a vision of entertaining and fun, learned to tile here, had a huge hand in most of the renovations and am always doing something to make it better. While we've moved to a bigger home near by to accommodate a larger family of dogs, we still spend lots of time here. The neighbors are a wonderfully eclectic mix and the best of friends!

Guestbook comments from the owner

{This review was posted on "the other vacation site" and I added it here so you'd have more guest point of view.} The home and the hostess, KrisTina, were great. She met us at the house with a bottle of wine and gave suggestions for dinner. This is our 8th vacation rental in the past year and, by far, was the one we felt most at home in. Everything was so fresh and clean it was the first time I didn't feel the need to wash all the dishes & linens or clean the cabinets & showers before using them. Everything you need is there from cookware, cutlery, linens, soap, tissues, toiletries, pool towels & washer/dryer. There is a huge gas & charcoal grill. The backyard, pool, & cabana are great, especially if you have a large group. There's even a TV to watch outside. All the TV's had cable and the wireless internet was very fast. Everything looks just like the pictures. It's a very dog friendly home with towels, bowls, and even a doggy door to the fenced in yard. There's plenty of hanging and drawer space to put your clothes away. It's the first home we stayed in that had "real" hangers (not the plastic or wire ones from the drycleaner) and an ironing board. While the location is very convenient to pretty much anything you'd want to do, there isn't really anything within walking distance. There is a great Chinese place that delivers and a good Thai place close by. There is also a Publix (grocery), Target, & Starbucks just a couple minutes away. We were very happy with our month long stay.

What Pete loved about your listing:

We really felt at home during our stay. We really appreciated the attention to detail in regards to making sure the guests have everything they need. Plenty of linens, dishes, cutlery and providing bath & kitchen soap, paper towels, toilet paper, & tissues. Everything felt fresh and clean. The cabana & pool were great.

What Pete thought you could improve about the experience:

Not that I can think of.

February 2015
Jan 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ballast Point in Tampa

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure , Hot & Cold outdoor shower!
  • 3 bathrooms, all with either shower or tubs. One w shower is located in the cabana.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All beds are luxury queens and comfy!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Tampa's Coolest Key West Style Pool Home & Cabana
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What a lovely place!!!

  • 5 of 5

Let me get straight to the point . Traveling to Tampa? Need a place to stay? Then look no further , this is it!!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eclectic, warm home with extras!

  • 5 of 5

Our family decided to spend Thanksgiving in Tampa, as one of my daughters lives there. The house is immaculate and exactly as described. The yard is large, fenced and very family friendly! We did not get to use the pool as it was too cool, but it was very pretty. We would love to rent the space again, especially when the weather is hot. KrisTina was lovely to work with! Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was absolutely adorable with no details missed with decor and items needed for a stay!

  • 5 of 5

KrisTina was great and just next door if we needed anything. This place is a GEM! Very quiet and safe neighborhood. I would stay here again if I bring family back to Tampa.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Location and Wonderful Hostess

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this location. We were in the process of relocating to the Tampa area, home for us, and this cute home had every thing we needed. The home was well appointed, clean, warm and convenient. Our hostess was available and responded to our needs promptly. i would recommend this to family and friends if they needed a place to stay in the area. We had a great time here and would definitely stay again. If you are searching for a place to stay in the Tampa area stop searching now because you have found it! This is the home for you!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place. Very clean and has anything you could possibly need for your stay.

  • 5 of 5

We needed a home away from home (7 minutes away) while our home was undergoing repairs for water damage. This home was perfect for us. The pool and cabana allowed us to spend a lot of time outdoors. KrisTina was an amazing host. Very kind and friendly. Do read the Wallace Book of Knowledge! It will answer all your questions. Go to the Interbay Meat Market aka the Green Store for delicious hot food. The Cuban pork was wonderful.

I would highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Mary!! It was a pleasure hosting you all!
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Snow Bird - Getaway

  • 4 of 5

My family took an opportunity to try on the Snow Bird lifestyle and spent 6 weeks at this cute little respite from the real world.

Kristina is an amazing hostess and the neighbours are delightful, friendly and happy to help.

This little piece of paradise is conveniently located with access to all the must visit sites in Tampa / St. Petes / Clearwater. We did Disney In Orlando, Beach days in Clearwater, the Artisan shops of St. Petersburg, and learned to Kite Surf all using this as our base of operations. And while the location was great for access to all those different things, we had lots of lazy days here on the property in the pool and in the sun - Hanging out in our hammock.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: recommended

Tampa doesn't have the best public transit system but there is a bus stop on the main line just a few blocks away. We advise you to rent a car.

Tampa International Airport - 9 miles


Gandy Beach - 11 miles

Ben T. Davis Beach - 12 miles

St Pete Beach - 27 miles

Clearwater Beach - 26 miles

Busch Gardens - 14 miles

Raymond James Stadium (NFL, USF) - 7 miles

Amalie Arena (NHL, concerts ) - 5 miles

Steinbrenner Field (Spring Training) - 7 miles

Orlando Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom - 75 miles

Universal - 82 miles

Tampa Convention Center - 5 miles

Hard Rock Casino - 13 miles

MacDill Air Force Base - 2 miles

University of Tampa - 5 miles

University of South Florida - 16 miles

Major Hospitals:

Tampa General - 5 miles

St. Joseph's & St. Joe's Children's - 7 miles

Moffitt Cancer Center - 17 miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ballast Point, Tampa Bay

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Nightly Rate
25 Jan 2018 - 25 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
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Nightly Rate
26 Jan 2018 - 29 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
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Nightly Rate
28 Mar 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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1 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £108.72
Cleaning Fee £108.72
Refundable Damage Deposit £362.4
Tax Rate 12.0%

Again, so that we can enjoy the house ourselves, and share it with family & friends, AND have time to turn over the house between MONTHLY rentals we limit rental periods to 28 DAYS. Again, we're pretty easy going, so just ask!

We will occasionally consider stays of less than 7 nights... the rate is firm at $300 per night + tax, fees and deposit (3 night minimum).

PET FEE: This will require a Special Offer Quote, as it is not included by VRBO in the rate when choosing the Book It Now option.

Reservations are not confirmed until reservation request is submitted, approved & payment is made.

Rates are subject to change without notice.
12% tax for all stays.
All rates are in US Dollars.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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