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Waterfront First Floor Villa facing Boca Ciega Bay! 1 Bedroom, 2 bath

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 31 nights


About the property

Villa, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, Sleeps 2, full kitchen, screened porch, first floor.


Come to Florida and have some fun. Why stay in a place that looks

like home? This fun filled perfectly located villa is a

wonderful place to spend your escape...Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall.

We are on Isla del Sol, one of the premier places near St. Pete Beach.

Your waterfront first floor Villa offers everything you want for your

Florida get-away. It is not small like most one bedroom units, as we are really a 2 bedroom. We live both here and in Costa Rica, so when we are not here, we put our pe3rsonal belongings in the locked off second bedroom. The rest of the villa is yours.

We are not in a high rise, where you can just look at the water. We are on the ground floor, and you can walk right off of your screened patio to

the water, just a few yards away. And it is not near the highway where you

are disturbed by traffic noise. It is on the water and the noises you

hear are the waves lapping on the shore, the flutter of sails from the

boats that pass, the sounds of the water birds right in front of you and the swish of the dolphins as they swim and play.

Your dream of a gorgeous waterfront view is here. Boca

Ciega Bay is right out front your door. Then there is just a 50 yard

walk to a heated waterfront swimming pool with a shaded Jacuzzi

whirlpool. You have free parking (outdoors) close to the door to the parking garage and then covered to your front door. The kitchen appliances are up to date, all replaced just a few years ago. Of course, there is cable TV, and a high speed Internet connection is included.

In your master bedroom there is a view of the bay, a generous queen-size sleep number bed, a walk-in closet, a Flat screen TV, and a private bath with tub/shower. There is a second full bath with a washer and dryer, a tub with a shower just a few steps away.

The kitchen has a full size electric stove, microwave, refrigerator with in-door ice and water, Corian counter tops and sink. The kitchen is fully equipped to cook and serve 6. There are lots of good cooking utensils and an electric grill on the terrace. The Living room faces Boca Ciega Bay where you look across to St Pete Beach. The famous Art Deco Don Cesar hotel and Pass-a-Grille with it's beautiful beaches and well known bars and restaurants are only a 5 minute drive away. You will see a variety of sea birds and frequently spot dolphins swimming right past the condo.

The living room looks at the bay through double glass sliding doors with bottom up and top down blinds, and has a 42 inch flat screen TV, DVD player, and high speed internet connection.

Off the Living room is a tiled screened porch with new patio furniture.

The beautiful tropical grounds at Isla Del Sol are meticulously maintained. The waterfront pool area, has an over-size heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi hot tub , bathrooms with showers, and plenty of lounge chairs and tables. The Association offers a well equipped recreational room that includes a pool table, ping-pong table, game tables, and much more. There is a social room with full kitchen facilities available for large group gatherings.

Off the island, you will find Fort De Soto less than 10 minutes away. Fort De Soto was named by USA Today as the best family beach in the USA in 2014, and has been named the best beach in the USA year after year in many other beach rating publications. Fort De Soto State Park consists of world-class beaches, camping, picnic areas, playgrounds, snack bars, fishing piers, bicycling, skating paths, kayaks, the original restored fort, etc. It is an ideal place for many activities, an added close by treat that isn't duplicated anywhere else in Florida.

St. Pete Beach is less than 5 minutes across the bay with restaurants, shopping, a beautiful beach. There are a variety of excellent restaurants and shops. Nearby is Tierra Verde, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, Gulfport and other quaint and unique surrounding beach communities, each with it's own unique eating establishments, views, personalities and shopping.

The city of Saint Petersburg is less than a 20 minute drive and offers shopping, the arts, Museums, Symphonies, fishing, and many parks, most with easy parking.

Downtown Tampa and Sarasota are also nearby, and offer an assorted

entertainment venue. Orlando/Disney World are about a 2 hour drive,

and can easily be a day trip. Busch Gardens and an outstanding zoo are other nearby area features.

Pets are not permitted, per condo association rules. No smoking allowed either in the condo or on the terrace.

We have written a few pages of where to shop and eat, good places to

bike and so on. All of this information and lots more is in a book in the condo for your perusal and use once you arrive.

We will be happy to e-mail you additional photos.

No Pets Allowed: The association does NOT allow pets of any kind.

Wheelchair Accessible, but cramped bathrooms if you must remain in the wheelchair.

24 hour security, speed bumps, beautiful foliage & landscaping.

You can bike and walk throughout the complex

Smoking Not Allowed:

High Speed Internet is included

Bring your cell phones as no land telephone lines are available in the unit.

More Details

Susan Saffer-Huenink
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

About Susan Saffer-Huenink

We are Susan and john. We have lived here on and off for the last 20 plus years. Now with our home in Costa Rica as well, we rent here while we are in Costa Rica, then rent in Costa RIca when we are here. Available times vary, so please check the calendar. We are retired and love to travel, so sometimes you can rent even when we say we are not available. Always check. It is even possible to work out a trade. Let us know.

John is an avid photographer. see his work at photodiscoveries.com.

Susan Saffer-Huenink purchased this villa in 1994

Why Susan Saffer-Huenink chose Isla del Sol

There just is not a prettier or better place to be than right here. Sometimes you look at the tall condos and think how great it would be up there. When you first arrive, the views are beautiful. Then you want to walk to the water or pool...and you realize you have to walk to the elevator and wait. Then take the elevator down, walk outside and walk to the water or pool carrying towels and books and so on. You get there and remember you forgot the sun tan lotion and have to repeat the long process. When you shop, you wait for the elevator, then walk to the car. Then carry the groceries to the elevator wait for the elevator, go up and carry everything down the hall to the apartment. Everything you do means waiting and waiting and waiting and walking as well.

Here, you are on the first floor. Your parking place is only a few steps from the covered garage, then covered all the way to your front door. To go to the water, you walk outside your door on the porch. You look at the water all day, every day. If the dolphins are playing outside, you just walk to the water and watch them close up. You see the boats sail by and the pool is right around the corner. (You only think you want to be next to the pool...then realize that everyone can look inside day or night, so your blinds are pulled all the time and there is noise till 10PM most every night. No, this is the perfect place to be.

What makes this villa unique

The views, the tropical birds that come right to your door most every day, the first floor location. We love to be a short drive to St Pete Beach and to Fort De Soto, one of the best places to see birds in all of Florida. We are also close to great gulf beaches in Pass-A-Grill, St Pete Beach and Fort De Soto. We have fast access to the Freeway, meaning that in less than 15 minutes you can be in Downtown St Petersburg and it's amazing outdoor restaurants on the water, great museums, fantastic farmers markets. In less than 25 minutes you are in Downtown Tampa with all that it has to offer. There are undiscovered places like Gulfport, one of the first fishing settlements in Florida, only 20 minutes away where there is a weekly farmers markets and 2 art walks every month.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Isla del Sol in Saint Petersburg

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • PLEASE...when you are in the pool or hot tub, do not sit on the bed or other furniture with wet swimming suits. it will leave spots from the chlorine
  • PLEASE...we have a well equipped kitchen with quality pots and pans. DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DISHWASHER. ONCE THROUGH WILL RUIN THEM.
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Part of Master bedroom, separate toilet and shower area
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Next door in hall from bath. Contains washer/dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Full bath, big waterview, Desk for 2, TV, walk-in closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Air Conditioning, Basic Cable TV, VCR, Stereo, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Cooking Utensils, Linens provided, Beach towels, Washer & Dryer. High Speed internet. Pets are not permitted, per condo association rules. No smoking allowed. Wheelchair Accessible Kid Friendly: Great for grandkids or grandparents. 24 hour security, speed bumps, beautiful foliage & landscaping, you can bike and walk throughout the complex. Smoking Not Allowed High Speed Internet is included Bring your cell phones as no land telephone lines are available.


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Waterfront First Floor Villa facing Boca Ciega Bay! 1 Bedroom, 2 bath
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews


  • 4 of 5

The place and the views were excellent .How do we confirm for next year

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil place in the heart of Boca Ciega Bay

  • 5 of 5

The condo was extremely well equipped and artfully decorated. It was located no more than 100 ft. From the bay. Visiting birds daily and wonderful sunsets were a constant. Plan to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful! So peaceful and comfortable and only 5 minutes from the beach. This condo has everything you could want or need to have a wonderful stay. Susan and John have thought of everything; our month there was great and we'd love to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at John and Susan's condo! It was the perfect place to watch the sunset and we regularly saw dolphins out of the bedroom window. My teenage boys loved fishing in the bay. It exceeded our expectations and was a great place for our family to rest. Thanks John and Susan!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, and we are so glad all of you found this a great place to stay. We are also happy your boys found a great fishing hole nearby. thanks for being great guests and we hope you visit again...
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boston. mass.

Review of our many enjoyable stays at Isla Del Sol

  • 5 of 5

We have had many memorable stays at susan and johns condo. Location is superb, especially the sunsets from the screened porch. Condo is well equipped . Covered parking is about 10 steps to the front door. Super Walmart is about 2 miles from condo, Our personal favorite is Ft Desoto Beach. We are looking forward to returning, what a place to relax!!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Normal, IL/USA

Watch dolphins swim by on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed staying in Susan and John's lovely condo for a month two winters in a row and have booked for a third in 2016. The colors and beautiful artwork in this condo just make us feel happy. The furniture is an eclectic mix of modern and lovely antiques. Susan and John have provided everything to make you feel at home, particularly in the kitchen, down to the spices. It's great to have two bedrooms and bathrooms. There's plenty of closet space for clothing and storing your luggage. For a small load of laundry, the stacking washer/dryer are so handy. For bigger loads, the complex laundry facilities are very reasonable. The parking garage is only a few feet away. The heated pool and hot tub are very nice with a wonderful view of the bay. The location is close to St. Petersburg to take in the art scene, shop, or dine. If you want to go to the beach, St. Pete Beach and Ft. DeSoto Park are each a very short drive, too, and include good places to dine. Each day brings beautiful boats by your lanai and, if the water is warm enough, Dolphins, too. Sea birds frequent the complex daily as well. We highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tampa International...TPA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
St Pete Beach or Pass-a-Grill
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Enjoy the pool and hot tub.

* Watch the Dolphins.

* Enjoy the screened porch.

* walk.

* Bird watch.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Visit Fort Desoto.

* Visit many small unique Florida towns FREE.

* Walk the many beaches FREE.

* Visit the Pier St Petersburg FREE.

* Go to the St Petersburg Farmers market.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Visit Fort Desoto.

* Go to the Tampa Zoo.

* Go to the St Petersburg Farmers market.

* Bush Gardens in Tampa.

* Science Museum Tampa.

Activities (on site or nearby): Biking, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Golf, Tennis, Fitness Center, Gym, Miniature Golf, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, incredible photo opportunities, Shopping, Restaurants, Live

Theater, Cinemas, Museums, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling & Diving, Boating, Sailing, Water-skiing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet-skiing, Shelling. Major League Baseball/Grapefruit League, NFL

Football, are available in season.

St Petersburg is a beautiful city, with excellent restaurants, the Salvador Dalai Museum and other art museums, a long list of outdoor water view places for lunch and dinner. good shopping, festivals, movie theaters, farmers markets, and so much more. And Tampa is a short 30 minute drive to a metropolitan area with anything every big city offers.

Also close by is Fort De Soto, a beautiful park on the gulf with kayaks and bikes for rent, a restored fort, refreshments, guided tours and more. Often listed near the top of the best beaches in the USA.

There are endless gulf front bars and restaurants available as you explore the area...


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Isla del Sol, Tampa Bay

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
WINTER 1-Dec, Jan,
1 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
31 night minimum stay
for 31 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £85.72 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £56.43
Tax Rate 6.5%

Rentals start at 3 PM on the first of each month, and end at noon on the last day of the month.

The Premises are set up for no more than 4 adults and/or children. There are 2 bedrooms, each with one queen size bed. There are 2 full baths. dining utensils for up to 6. Signing this agreement certifies that you are NOT a vacationing student or single under the age of 25.

There are NO PETS allowed. There is NO SMOKING allowed. Violation of this provision subjects Lessee to penalties, including, but not limited to the forfeiture of the security deposit, additional cleaning and allergen removal, and removal from the unit without refund.

DOOR ENTRY: We will email you a code for the electronic lock. The locks will be reset on the day you leave.

CLEANING: Your unit will be cleaned prior to your arrival, This service is included in your rental fee.

LESSEE will observe all conditions and terms of this Agreement.

LESSEE agrees that during the term of this Agreement and during the time as he/she occupies the premises, he/she will keep the leased premises clean and free of trash, garbage, and other waste; and keep all pipes, wires, glass, plumbing and other equipment, furniture and fixtures in the same condition as at the beginning of Rental Term.

LESSEE agrees that he/she shall not make alterations to the property, including changing existing locks or adding new ones, without the owners written consent.

LESSEE shall make the property available to the owner or their agent to make necessary repairs. In an emergency, the Huenink’s or their agent may enter the premises at any time without securing prior permission from LESSEE.

By accepting this rental through VRBO or any of it’s affiliates, we agree to all terms and conditions of this agreement and accept full responsibility for fulfilling the terms of the lease for the period stated

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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