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Riverside Florida Cottage that Time Forgot...Private Pool

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Our vacation cottage as seen from the St. Sebastian River


Last updated: 06/24/2010

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If you’re looking for a standardized, franchised, typical vacation setting, this is not for you. But if you’d like to rediscover the best of Old-Florida living, our cottage facing the beautiful St. Sebastian River is just the kind of place you’re looking for.

Remember when Florida was known as a semitropical paradise, a place to relish indoor-outdoor living, where your comfortable, casual vacation bungalow was designed to catch the breezes and stay cool? Remember when palm trees swaying in the breeze at the water's edge were more of an attraction than mini-golf and T-shirt huts? Remember when beaches were peaceful and secluded, and you didn’t have to spend time searching for a private spot to lay down your beach towels?

Just a mile upstream from the Indian River lagoon and a short drive from the unspoiled beaches of the barrier islands, follow the sandy lanes along the banks of the Saint Sebastian River into the heart of Sebastian’s historic Roseland community. This is one of those little Florida enclaves that haven’t changed very much over the decades-- because the residents have fought to maintain the character of the place that drew them there in the first place.

Our non-smoking home features two comfortable bedrooms and clear views of the river from the living room and glassed-in Florida room. Casual and colorful, our stylish midcentury furnishings lend a peaceful air to this quiet getaway. Newly installed Italian glass terrazzo floors reflect the Florida sunshine through the new awning windows. The charming nostalgic kitchen boasts the original custom-built Dade County pine cabinets and vintage Formica countertops, still in fine condition. We’ve also updated this fully stocked kitchen with modern appliances for the best of old and new. A separate utility room includes a washer and dryer, and there is even an enclosed rear porch where you can drop your things on returning from the beaches or the new Sebastian water park...

Or, step out onto the pool deck in the fenced backyard! The new pool is solar heated and features a swanky tanning shelf. Soak up Florida's famous rays in the lounge chairs or at the outdoor dining table.

In the front yard, relax and enjoy the comfortable, natural Florida setting. While lounging on the patio shaded by coconut trees and Sabal palms, enjoy an unobstructed view of the pristine and wildlife-friendly Sebastian River. Have your breakfast at the patio table while watching the seagulls and pelicans fish for theirs. There is a smaller covered patio outside the Florida room/sleeping porch, so you can decide just how “outdoorsy” you want to be.

Directly across the sandy drive is the Roseland Community Park. Here you can stroll along the banks of the St. Sebastian, or take advantage of the public dock to fish, read, or just catch the sunset. Sit quietly for a while, and you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees as they play and forage. There’s no question that you’ll soon be visited by some of Sebastian’s famous pelicans.

If you’re not familiar with the Sebastian River area, you’re in for a delightful surprise. This is where manatees come to over-winter. Dolphins, birds, fish, and nature-loving humans love the Sebastian River. You will, too! Pelican Island, the country's first National Wildlife Refuge, was established here over a century ago. Ever since, Sebastian has remained a place that cherishes its natural beauty and makes a special effort to preserve it.

With the Sebastian River right across the way, and with the Indian River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Atlantic Ocean only minutes away, you'll never run out of things to do here.

The beaches on the barrier island, across the Indian River lagoon, are practically deserted. Take a ride on the "Sebastian River Queen Jungle tour," a pontoon boat tour of the Sebastian River that passes in front of your vacation cottage, on a photo safari quest for dolphins, herons, and alligators. Like surfing? The Sebastian Inlet is one of the top spots on Florida's coast to surf. Feeling really daring? Skydive Sebastian, billing itself as "Florida's most scenic drop zone," is only a mile away.

If you should tire of the peace and quiet, the attractions of Orlando are just an hour and a half away. Or tour the facilities of NASA's Cape Canaveral, an hour to the north. If you’re lucky enough to be here at the time of a space launch, watch the northeastern skies at launch time for a special treat.

Need more room than this cottage offers? Only a few doors away is our Sebastian Riverfront cabana guesthouse with pool and boat dock (see “All My Rental Listings,” below).

If you’re looking for luxury accommodations, prepackaged predictability, or a gated resort that could be anywhere in the world… keep looking. But if you’re like us and love the Florida that has enchanted out-of-town visitors for decades, spend a little time here. You’ll be glad you did.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    pets allowed, subject to approval...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Sleeping Porch


  • Queen size Beds (1) Heywood-Wakefield queen bed in master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) two Heywood-Wakefield twin beds in guest room, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double sleeper-sofa in Florida room...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Private fenced backyard with new pool! Large palm-shaded patio facing the St.Sebastian River in the front, Ceiling fans, Washer and Dryer, Cooking utensils, stylish mid-century casual tableware, and linens provided. Classic vintage-retro furniture including Heywood Wakefield beds. No smoking inside our home, please!...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Water View:

    The St Sebastian River is directly across the street, with only the Roseland Community Park lying between our home and the river...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access:

    cable Internet service...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    high speed wireless access free of charge...moreless


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked and equipped for serious cooking (owner is a restaurateur and cookbook author)...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Charming original Dade county pine cabinets equipped with stylish midcentury tableware ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio:

    Palm tree-shaded patio faces river in the front yard. The backyard pool patio has dining table, lounge chairs, umbrella, grill......moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    New pool as of September, 2008. Solar heated for year-round enjoyment. Tanning shelf and swim-out shelf....moreless



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Only $2500 per month.  Weekly rate is $1000 per week.
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Canoeing, Birdwatching, Skydiving, The restaurants and shops of Sebastian are nearby, or find a wider variety of stores, and cinemas in Vero Beach or Melbourne (25 minutes away), We will send you a detailed Sebastian River Area visitor's guide after you book your reservation


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  • Our vacation cottage as seen from the St. Sebastian River

    Our vacation cottage as seen from the St. Sebastian River

  • Furnishings are colorful, casual, and comfortable

    Furnishings are colorful, casual, and comfortable

  • You'll love watching the river from the open-air patio or the enclosed sunroom

    You'll love watching the river from the open-air patio or the enclosed sunroom

  • Coconut palms frame the large patio

    Coconut palms frame the large patio

  • The best of old & new: Original Dade Pine kitchen cabinetry, modern appliances

    The best of old & new: Original Dade Pine kitchen cabinetry, modern appliances

  • private solar-heated pool, lush landscaping, patio lounges

    private solar-heated pool, lush landscaping, patio lounges

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