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Glorious Waterfront Location 'Our Dream' Villa, Pool & Kayaks

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View of the Villa from the waterway


Last updated: 01/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Crystal River house description

The Villa is not a modern house on a bland housing development. When the owners decided to buy a retirement home in Florida some years ago, they carried out an exhaustive examination of alternatives in central Florida and the more southerly Gulf Coast but finally they purchased this waterfront property on the Nature Coast in beautiful Crystal River.

Real Estate agents say that the three most important aspects which affect house pricing are location, location and location, if this is the case then this villa must be almost priceless.
North Palm Springs Terrace is a row of individually designed properties backing onto a natural spring. The woodland to the front of the houses and on the other side of the waterway is zoned to protect it from development hence all the properties are very private with only neighbours on either side. The loudest noise you hear is likely to be birdsong from the wooded areas.
The waterway is tidal (the Gulf of Mexico is only 7 miles away down the Crystal River) but is always navigable for pleasure craft.
The water is fresh since it is fed by the spring and there is prolific fish life present. Bass, needle fish, mullet catfish even trout are present. The fish life provides an ideal environment for birds and various diving birds are constantly searching for food (indeed the owners love to watch the egrets and heron stalking, the kingfishers diving all whilst they are drinking the first coffee of the day).

In addition to the extensive accommodation the villa has a screen room which runs the full length of the back of the house. This overlooks the waterway and allows a perfect view of the waterway activity. An electric grill has been installed in the screen room to allow 'out-door' cooking even in inclement weather.
Turtles are very often seen and the manatee visit, normally when the tide is coming in. On occasion dolphins come to feed on the high tide.

Attached to the screen room is a fully screened pool, to cool off at the end of the day. The pool is separated from the screen room by a lockable door for safety of young children. Pool heating is available at an extra cost for the few days in the year when heating is necessary in Florida (please note pool heating is not available for November to February stays).

Between the villa and the pool is a patio area with BBQ. This is a super sun trap for sun worshippers and two sun loungers are provided.

A sea wall with moorings runs the full length of the property and is even equipped with a boat slip, boats of all sizes can be rented at several places (the nearest being Plantation Inn).
A large canoe and two kayaks are provided for the use of guests so they can fully experience the magnificent surroundings.

Around 300 feet away the waterway joins the magnificent Kings Bay. This is also fresh water fed by large natural springs. The water temperature is stable throughout the year at around 72 degrees due to the springs. This explains the fact that Crystal River is home to the largest number of manatee in the US, since as soon as the water temperature in the Gulf starts to fall the manatee head for Kings Bay.
Manatee viewing trips are available, as are guided snorkelling or scuba trips, however there are so many manatee in the Bay during the season that they can be seen from bridges, boats or even our yard. Swimming with the manatee is increasing in popularity and during the winter months there are several areas that can not be entered to protect the gentle giants. Crystal River is the only place in America where it is legal to swim with the manatee.

The fishing in the area is spectacular. Trout, snapper and redfish are abundant in the Bay and inshore, whilst off-shore grouper, tarpon and even shark are available. There are many professional guides who specialise in fishing trips.
Boats can be hired from several places in Crystal River but if you decide to bring your own then there is a free communal ramp at Pete’s Pier with additional free ramps on Fort Island Trail, our dock is big enough for boats up to about 22 feet. There is ample room for temporary trailer storage in front of the villa. Please note that we only allow one boat per party, additional boats are only allowed with our written permission.
The furnishings have been selected, not as the minimum acceptable for rentals, but to the owners exacting standards for their own use.

The home has been extensively redecorated. All new furniture has been installed at the same time including the living room, family room, dining area, all three bedrooms and screen room.
New screens have been installed over the pool and screen room and the window screens have been renewed.
The air-conditioning has been completely renewed and a new pool heater installed.

The villa has been equipped with a WiFi network connected via the cable network. Bring your laptop and stay in touch.

The nearest major airport is Tampa International which is around 70 minutes away but the Orlando Airports are only a little further.

If the local attractions of the Nature Coast are insufficient, Disney, Universal Studios and the other theme parks in Orlando are only 90 minutes away and Busch Gardens in Tampa is even closer, around 75 minutes via the Suncoast Parkway.

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Smoking Allowed:

                Smoking is allowed in the Florida (screen) room only....moreless

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                Being single story there are no steps or stairs inside the Villa. The outer dorways have not been modified for wheelchairs so there is a threshold at the front door and a step down into the Florida room....moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • Large Screen Cable TV, two more TV's, two DVD players, Stereo CD Player, Freezer, Electric Grill, Smoking allowed in screen room only...moreless


                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Music Library:

                    There are cd's available for your use....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    (3) Bright House HD digital cable is connected to the two main TV's, the bedroom TV has standard cable....moreless


                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Zoo

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Waterfront:

                        The Villa is on a spring fed waterway, rich in bird and fish life. See dolphins and Manatee at the bottom of your own yard....moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Rafting
                      • Sailing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing


                          • Dining Area


                          • Air Conditioning:

                            The Villa has central air-conditioning. The system was replaced in 2004...moreless

                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Free Long Distance
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Linens Provided:

                            Beds will be made up prior to your arrival and in addition there will be a spare set of linen for each bed....moreless

                          • Living Room
                          • Parking Off Street:

                            There is parking for several vehicles...moreless

                          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                            The parking area is big enough for your boat trailer. Please note only one boat per booking allowed....moreless

                          • Telephone:

                            (2) Free local and national calls....moreless

                          • Washing Machine
                          • Wireless Internet:

                            The Villa is equipped with a WiFi system connected to the cable network. Bring your laptop to stay in touch with emails etc....moreless


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen:

                            The kitchen is fully furnished with everything we think you may need from electric can opener to electric juicer....moreless

                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Kayak / Canoe
                          • Lanai / Gazebo:

                            The lanai (Florida room) is fully screened and overlooks the waterway. Most guests spend most of the day here watching the blue heron, egrets, kingfishers, cardinal birds, ibis etc etc. Manatee and dolphins come to feed and there are always fish....moreless

                          • Outdoor Grill

                          Payment Type

                          • Amex
                          • Mastercard
                          • Visa

                          Pool / Spa



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                              7 night min stay


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                              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                              • Cleaning $125
                              • Taxes Included

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                              Last updated: 01/02/2015
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                              Crystal River is the only place in the USA where you can legally swim with the manatee.


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1997

                              About the owner: Peter is a retired Mining Engineer. After some years managing coalmines he moved into the equipment supply industry and spent the rest of his career selling mining equipment throughout the world. Ann is also retired. After a spell in the Royal Navy she concentrated on raising our family. Once the boys left home she went to University and obtained her BA, she then went on to obtain her Masters.

                              Why the Owner Chose Crystal River:
                              Some years before retiring we started looking for somewhere to spend the Winter months. We were lucky to find Crystal River while on a golfing holiday in Florida. We fell in love with the area which we think is unique. We were even luckier to find our Villa which has a fabulous setting in a quiet private area at the south end of Kingss Bay but is still close to shops and restaurants. Having wintered in Crystal River for 7 years our views have not changed.

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                              • View of the Villa from the waterway

                                View of the Villa from the waterway

                              • View from the yard towards Kings Bay

                                View from the yard towards Kings Bay

                              • Dining Area

                                Dining Area

                              • Dolphin feeding next to our sea wall

                                Dolphin feeding next to our sea wall

                              • Quiet private location

                                Quiet private location

                              • I caught this one in Kings Bay, 800 yards from the Villa

                                I caught this one in Kings Bay, 800 yards from the Villa

                              • Kayaks


                              • Second (Queen) bedroom

                                Second (Queen) bedroom

                              • View of the Villa from the front

                                View of the Villa from the front

                              • Living Room with 55' TV and DVD

                                Living Room with 55' TV and DVD

                              • Pool viewed from the Florida Room

                                Pool viewed from the Florida Room

                              • Our Villa from the Air

                                Our Villa from the Air

                              • My grandson's first ever fish, caught from our seawall

                                My grandson's first ever fish, caught from our seawall

                              • A group of Manatee by our seawall

                                A group of Manatee by our seawall

                              • Master (Queen) bedroom

                                Master (Queen) bedroom

                              • Third (Twin) bedroom

                                Third (Twin) bedroom

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                              Date last modified - Sunday, January 25, 2015

                              $975 per week (USD)
                              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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