About the property
- House3750 sqft
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Private Single Family Home with 5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Sleeps 10
If you are seeking a truly upscale Florida vacation
experience....Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Your Family Should
Consider Renting This Luxury Home and "Vacation Like a Millionaire"
1. NEWER CONSTRUCTION HOME. Unlike 99% of the vacation homes
in Florida, this home is newer custom construction (completed in 2004). By contrast, most of the prime Florida waterfront property was developed in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970s.
2. PHENOMENAL WATERFRONT GULF OF MEXICO ACCESS LOCATION. After
traveling all the way to Florida for vacation most families prefer
to spend the majority of their time enjoying themselves (not in the car). This is
precisely why you will love our home because unlike the vast
majority of other rental houses where you must pack up the car and
drive to everything, from our home you can walk to almost everything
including: The World Famous Sponge Docks with its fine award
winning restaurants and specialty gift shops, deep-sea fishing
boats, sponge fishing tour boat, Dolphin Watch Island Tour Boat,
Kayak rentals, boat rentals, antique shops, a winery, and historic
district with red brick streets, exquisite victorian homes, art
galleries, day spa, hair salon, scenic Spring Bayou, Craig Park,
Library, tennis courts, a meat market and grocery store, The Scenic
Pinellas Trail (a 37 mile path that runs from Tarpon Springs to St.
Petersburg for walking, jogging, running, biking, rollerblading ),
the Tarpon Spring Trolley which tours the towns most famous
landmarks, and more. Plus, there are two fantastic beaches (Sunset
Beach and Fred Howard Park Beach) within 2 miles of the home.
3. HEATED POOL & HOT TUB/SPA. Relax and enjoy your own private heated
Pool & Oversized Spa/Jacuzzi with a decorative brick paver deck. Even at the most exclusive resorts you may find yourself sharing the pool or hot tub with strangers but not here. Also, the pool has a new heater, salt system, pump, and LED colorful lights.
4. UNIQUE PICTURESQUE, CHARMING TARPON SPRINGS. Why
vacation just anywhere in Florida when you can experience the quaint
and peaceful village of Tarpon Springs, which is listed in the
National Registry of Historic Places. Tarpon Springs is Pinellas
County’s oldest town and was incorporated in 1887. Tarpon Springs
is located in a part of Florida nicked named the Sun Coast as it
averages over 300+ days of sunshine. The town has over 51 miles of
waterfront and an average annual temperature is 72.8 degrees. There
are no highrise hotels and condos in Tarpon to crowd your family
vacation, and there are 2 public beaches and 9 parks in Tarpon
5. UPSCALE FURNISHINGS. All of the home furnishings are new,
upscale and tastefully decorated in Florida and Palm Tree style. This home features all Pro-style Viking kitchen appliances whereas often other rental homes are furnished with older furniture, outdated décor and basic appliances. The bottom line is your family will feel very
comfortable and right at home.
6. FISHING. No need to drive to the harbor, purchase bait,
rent fishing poles, etc. There are inshore
fishing guides that guests can hire who will pick you up directly
from the dock in the back yard for a day of fishing in the beautiful
Gulf of Mexico. Alternatively, you can spend a day on one of the deepsea charter boats in Tarpon Springs. There are two boat rental companies in Tarpon if you would like to try your luck on your own. Lastly, if you like you can fish off your own private dock with fishing poles that are supplied in the house.
7. CUSTOM BUILT HOME WITH SIGNIFICANT UPGRADES. Unlike most of
the small single story boxy block constructed homes of the 1950’s-
1960’s, this home was custom built with a Distinctive Mediterranean
style architecture featuring a tile roof, arches, and columns, high
ceilings, 20” Italian Porcelain Tile, stylish ceiling fans, modern
recessed lighting, large garden tub, two sets of double sinks in two
restrooms, walk in shower, walk-in closets, large upgrade windows
with a water view from every room in the house. The bottom line
here is that is a very upscale vacation experience.
8. BOATING. The home features an empty boat slip so you can
bring your own boat or rent one and keep it directly in your back
yard. The open Gulf of Mexico is just minutes away and nearby
Anclote Key and Caledesi Island are ranked among the top 10 beaches
in the U.S.
9. FANTASTIC KITCHEN. Instead of the small closed-in outdated
kitchens you find in most old florida ranch houses, our home
features a large open plan gourmet kitchen with 42” Cabinets with
crown molding, new Professional Style Viking appliances including Refrigerator, Range,
Microwave, Dishwasher, and a separate Beverage and Wine Center for cooling your wine to perfection.
10. AWESOME AMENITIES. All you need to bring is your food,
clothes, and personal items. In addition to all the normal
conveniences, our home comes with a Large Sony Flat Screen TV, 2
DVDs, a VCR, Cable TV with hundreds of channels, Weber gas grill, beach
chairs, 2 golf club sets, 7 bicycles (4 adult bikes and 3 youth
bikes), tennis racquets and balls, fishing poles, and ping pong
table and paddles. If you have small children, we will even provide
items such as a stroller, age appropriate. Finally if you want to be on the water, we provide a canoe, 2 kayaks, and 2 stand up paddle boards so you can have a blast exploring the 51 miles of waterfront in Tarpon Springs.
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- English, Swedish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
Here’s why you will enjoy dealing with Stephen & Annica. First, they are well educated. Stephen has a bachelors and master’s degree. Annica, who is originally from Sweden, also has a college degree. Second they are experienced with over 15 years managing rental properties. Because we are local, we can quickly address and resolve any issue that may arise vs. an absentee owner or home that is managed by a third party property manager. In addition, we can tell you where to get the best Greek food, tastiest ice cream, most delicious baked goods, or to-die-for pizza and gelato. The couple is committed to continuously improving the rental experience so they collect feedback from each visitor to make the home better for the next guest. They have been adding amenities for over 12 years and have received 5 stars from 100% of our guests on every website (please see our reviews). Stephen has the local expertise of 30 years so he can help you make the most of your time in the area. The couple provides each guest with a personal tour of the home so they can get comfortable with their surroundings. The couple is very easy going and are not high pressure sales types. If you think our home is a good fit for you and your family, terrific, if not, no worries. There are many lovely destinations and homes so find the one that is right for your family and budget. Stephen & Annica invite you to consider many homes and if our luxury home is a good fit for you, we will do everything we can to make your stay pleasant and memorable. Finally, you can trust us. Once you confirm your booking, it is a done deal. We do not play games by trying to rent the home for more money to another guest. Stephen and Annica have been local business owners for years and have an impeccable reputation for integrity.
Stephen purchased this House in 2000
Why Stephen chose Tarpon Springs
Amenities What really separates this home is that it has every amenity conceivable so you can have a truly memorable stay. How did we do it….We began asking guests what if any item do you wish the home had to make your stay more fun, enjoyable, and memorable, and we have been adding amenities ever since. Please view the slideshow of photos that depict some of the amenities. There are too many to list, but here's a quick example. Say you like a good cup of coffee…You are in luck as we have: 1. A traditional drip coffee pot. 2. A Keurig single cup brewing system. 3. A Nespresso expresso system. Or, if you don't want to make your own, there a numerous local coffee shops nearby including Starbucks. And Don't worry Brits, we have a tea pot. Water You will enjoy your own PRIVATE heated pool and hot tub (an amenity not available at the finest hotel) Food & Drink If you enjoy eat and drink, then you will love our home as it is walking distance to 50+ restaurants, bakeries, and bars. The famous sponge docks area is just a short walk and has many fantastic dining options and we will make sure you know the local favorites. Also, if you prefer to make your own food or have a cookout. we have a professional style kitchen and grill and all the pots, pans, dining ware, and utensils. Fisherman Florida is famous for fishing and many world records are caught in our waters. If you like to fish, you can try your luck 24/7 on your own private dock. My parents moved to this street when I was 11 and I have fished here for 30+ years. I have caught probably 100 species of fish and crabs over the years just from the dock. We provide fishing poles so it's easy to give your luck a try. Nature Lovers If you are a wildlife fan, you are in luck. Our home is directly on the water, so you never know what you will see each day. Guests have seen dolphins, manatees, sting rays, crabs, many types of fish, ospreys, pelicans, egrets, cranes, herons, gulls, and many additional birds
What makes this House unique
Why Stephen & Annica chose Tarpon Springs Stephen’s family moved to Tarpon Springs in the early 1970s. Tarpon Springs has many unique aspects including: - Tarpon Springs is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places - Tarpon Spring is Pinellas County’s oldest town (incorporated in 1887) - Tarpon Springs is located in area of Florida nicknamed 'The Sun Coast'- the area averages over 350+ days of sunshine. In fact, The sun coast area is even listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for the record number of consecutive days of sunshine at 768. - Tarpon Springs has 51 miles of waterfront to explore (and was once regarded as the Venice of America) - The average annual temperature is a comfortable 72.8 degrees - There are No high rise hotels, condos, and beachfront commercial activities like you have in crowded destinations. - There are 9 free public parks in Tarpon Springs alone - There are 2 public Gulf of Mexico beaches - Perhaps the biggest draw to Tarpon Springs is its famous Sponge Docks area with shops, restaurants, bars, boat tours, aquarium, bakeries, and more.
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Paradise in Tarpon Springs
This is a quite fantastic holiday villa with everything you would ever need to have a great holiday. Swimming and jacuzzi, fishing off the dock, paddle boarding, kayaking! Very close to the lovely Sunset Beach and Howard Park, and only 30 mins from Clearwater beach too. The house itself is wonderfully equipped and the owners and lovely!
James and Emily: we could not ask for better guests. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at our vacation home and Tarpon Springs area. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We sincerely appreciate it and hope to see your lovely family again in the future. Stephen and Annica
Wonderful winter getaway
We stayed at Vacation Like a Millionaire over our Christmas vacation & we were not disappointed! This home was the most well-stocked rental we have ever stayed in. The kids enjoyed the pool and the water toys. The boys caught a few different types of fish off of the pier. We liked walking to Sponge Docks and the nearby shops and restaurants. The weather did not disappoint - is was low 70's most of the week, which was great to get away from below zero temperatures in Indiana! The owners were there to welcome us and show us around on our day of arrival even though our arrival was delayed and we did not get to the house until late. There was plenty of room for our family of 5 plus grand parents and a bonus child. We would definitely recommend this rental home for a relaxing and very comfortable stay!!
Shaun: Thank you very much for taking the time to review our vacation home. We sincerely appreciate it. We really enjoyed meeting your lovely family and are delighted that you had a pleasant stay in Tarpon Springs and at our home. We could not ask for better guests. Thank you for treating our home like it was your own. Your family is always welcome and we hope to see you again in the future.
All the best
Stephen & Annica
My family and I had a tremendous experience staying at this property for a week this March.
It all began when we met the homes owners and they took us for a tour of their beautiful Home. So many times when you rent a property you just show up and can't figure things out, example...tv remotes etc. Not here! Stephen and Annica took us around their beautiful property and didn't leave a question unanswered. Such a simple but important touch!
The property itself is actually better than described. Perfect location!
We walked to town everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Although the town is very close, you never have to leave this home!
the home is right on the water, and has great paddle boards, kayaks and fishing poles!
the heated pool and spa were perfect.
We actually brought our Daughter and son in law as well as our twin grandsons (18 months) and the owners had everything we needed! Cribs, high chairs, gates...they even went out of their way and purchased two push cars for the little guys!
Anyway, we all highly recommend this property and already are planning a return trip next year!
Lovely time at this riverside oasis
Our family of 12 (6 adults and 6 young children!!) had an lovely time at this beautiful riverside oasis. Despite the fact that the weather early in the week wasn't perfect, the accommodations and the hospitality of the owners made our experience one of a kind. We had absolutely EVERYTHING we could need for our little ones right at our fingertips. The house is just a short ride or walk to the buzzing downtown areas and local beaches. Our most memorable moments however, were those spent on our boat cruising to the local restaurants and sand bars, where we found the most gorgeous sand dollars and had our 'fresh catch' cooked for the evening! What a beautiful little slice of heaven. Thank you!!
Great Family Holiday in Tarpon Springs!
We loved our week long stay at the '5 Bedroom Luxury Vacation Home in Tarpon Springs'. The house was perfect for my husband and I and our two sons and their families (including 4 children ranging in age from 7 months to 13 years). The house is exactly as described on the web site...it is very well maintained and is stocked with every imaginable amenity. The house is spacious, very nicely furnished and decorated, and has lots of attractive living spaces and comfortable sleeping areas. Stephen and Anicka have gone out of their way to ensure that the house has everything needed by adults or families to make a holiday at "a home away from home" enjoyable and stress free.
There was LOTS to do in the Tarpon Springs area. Our family visited beaches...Fred Howard Park Beach ( 5 minutes from the house) and Honeymoon Island Beach (30 minutes from the house) were our favourites; went to ball games at Duneden (20 minutes from the house); enjoyed the new splash pad--especially the 3 year old (3 minutes from the house); went golfing (15 minutes from the house) and had fun exploring the Greek restaurants, Sponge Docks and shops in downtown Tarpon Springs (5 minutes from the house).
We were always VERY happy however to return to 'our' house and enjoy family time. There were also LOTS of things to do in our very picturesque back yard. The house backs onto Tarpon Bayou and our family fished, paddle boarded, canoed and kayaked making very good use of all the recreational 'toys' provided with the house. We enjoyed lots and lots of time in the pool and the hot tub as well as just hanging out on the patio around the pool. Even though the house is located on a corner lot beside a fairly busy street, the back yard is very private and allowed us to relax in our own piece of Florida paradise.
I would highly recommend this house for adult groups or families. Stephen and Anicka are terrific hosts and were great to work with to make our Florida family vacation fun and memorable!
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of our vacation home. We sincerely appreciate it. We really enjoyed meeting your lovely family are delighted you had such a memorable stay at our home and in the Tarpon Springs area. Your family is always welcome in the future.
Annica & Stephen
Stay Here! Great home and beautiful location
This beautiful home has all you need! Equipped with pool/beach toys, toys for little ones and adults this house caters to all. We stayed in Tarpon Springs from 3/28/15-4/2/15 and were lucky to have magnificent weather the entire week. Stephen, the owner told me that this was a great time to be in the area due to the great weather and the manatee sightings. He was right! Stephen got us settled in, showing us around the home and telling us all there was to do in the area. He even checked in with us during the week to see how we were doing. The area is loaded with gorgeous beaches, we rented a boat and with Stephen's suggestion, we visited Anclote Key. It was amazing! I can't speak highly enough of this beautiful home and the great customer service we received. There were 9 of us, including my toddler and we all slept very comfortably with plenty of room. Also, this house is very close to all amenities. A great experience had by all!
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our vacation home. We sincerely appreciate it.
It was a pleasure meeting your lovely family. Your son is adorable.
We are delighted that you enjoyed our home, the area, and the Florida weather. Very happy you got to rent a boat and explore Anclote Key. Your family is always welcome back in the future. We really hope to see you again sometime soon.
Annica & Stephen
Beautiful Beaches (1.7 miles or 3 minutes from the home), Wonderful
Golf Courses (including PGA Tour Stop) and Tennis Courts, Scuba
diving, snorkeling, paddleboating, windsurfing, surfing, jet skiing,
fly fishing, biking, sailing, boating, water skiing, parasailing,
deep sea fishing, pier fishing, gambling, ice skating, swimming,
Canoeing, kayaking, Amusement parks, water parks, fine dining, Easy
drive to Disney World, Epcot, MGM, Animal Kingdom, Universal
Studios, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Sea World and much more.
Fantastic Shopping at one of the areas many malls including
Countryside, Citrus Park, International Plaza, Westshore, and more.
Additional pricing information
Please call or email for specific rates. Please enter the # of all guests, length of stay and phone # The rates vary based on the # of guests, length of stay, time of year, etc. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July, Labor Day, Spring Break etc.) Rates are subject to change without any notice until the house is booked in writing. This home is in a quiet residential neighborhood so no weddings, parties, or events of any kind are permitted at this home. PAYMENT POLICIES: A Security Deposit $1,000.00 is due upon booking. Full payment is due on arrival with cash or cashier's check. Payment by personal check must be received two (2) weeks prior to occupancy. The Security deposit will be returned within 30 days of departure. Liability for damages is not limited to the amount of the deposit. Absolutely No Pets! (sorry the owners have a child with allergies) Absolutely No Smoking inside the home! Maximum Occupancy 10 persons, including infants and children, in or on this property at any time. You must be 30 years or older to rent this property.