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The 2015 Season will be our last using this home as a vacation rental. The last date to book through is April 30, 2015. This private setting offers a beautiful panoramic lake view with plenty of nature for your enjoyment. Awaken in the morning to the views and sounds of the birds on the lake and enjoy your morning coffee on the lanai, as well as your evening cocktails, if you are so inclined! Enjoy the nearby beaches and other water activities, local shopping and dining then return home to your comfortable accommodations. Featuring three bedrooms, two baths, this single family home on Dolphin lake has wading birds, turtles, ducks and other wildlife for you to enjoy from the comfort of your screened lanai. The master bedroom is separate from the guest bedrooms for privacy and features an en-suite bathroom with modern custom tile walk-in shower, a king-size bed, flat screen TV/cable. The guest bedrooms include one queen-size bed and two twin-size beds. Both include TV/cable. The guest bath features custom tile with shower-over-tub. The home and furnishings were designed with relaxation, comfort and convenience in mind. The living room has comfortable seating for six. Kitchen area has full size appliances, including a washer & dryer, breakfast bar, with the kitchen overlooking the dining area and lake. (Kitchen is set up with full size mixer, bowls for mixing, coffee-maker, blender, toaster, cook pans, baking pans, full set of frying pans and stove-top cookware, dining ware and flatware) The dining area seats six comfortably. Plus has two additional seats at the breakfast bar. A gas grill is outside for your use as well. Beach towels, beach chairs, and Florida snow shovels (for shark tooth and shell hunting) are on site and ready for your beach day pleasure. Bring your swimsuit and sunscreen. Florida and our vacation home await your arrival! AREA INFORMATION The area is home to many fine beaches and Venice is famous for being the 'Shark Tooth Capital' of the World. You can find many fossilized shark's teeth on the shore. World Famous Siesta Key Beach (948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL) in Sarasota is about a half hour drive to the north. It has a wide white sand beach and has been consistently ranked in the top 10 beaches in the world. Other area beaches include: Nokomis Beach, (100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis), as well as North Jetty Beach (1000 Casey Key Road, Nokomis) are located a short drive north, but worth your while. Venice Municipal Beach, the beach at Sharky’s at the Pier, Casperson Beach (just past Sharky’s). Brohard Paw Park (1600 Harbor Dr. S. Venice) is a fantastic dog park with doggie drinking fountains, showers on decks for dogs only, fire hydrants and leash posts. There are a couple other parks on the beach along the stretch by Sharky’s at the Pier. The best shark tooth hunting is on Venice Municipal Beach and Casperson Beach. Manasota Beach (8570 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood Fl) is the closest beach to drive to from the home, you can also turn left (South) at this beach, drive 3.6 miles and find Blind Pass Beach where there is good shelling. Dolphin Viewing is often possible at the “South Jetty”. This is where the intra-coastal waterway meets the Gulf of Mexico. Follow the directions to get to The Crow’s Nest restaurant, (1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice Fl 34285) but continue ahead 0.1 mile. Other things to do in the area: Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL) A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. The park protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, but motorized boats are not permitted in the park boundaries. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the park´s swimming destination. Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills. The park has full-facility campsites and a youth/group campground. The park nature center has exhibits and videos about the park´s natural communities Indian Mound Park (210 Winson Ave., Englewood) Indian Mound provides a rare opportunity to visit a significant Indian Mound site. The contoured landscape is a direct result of Indian habitation. The Indians were attracted to this spot for the availability of resources on land and in the bay. The suitability of this spot for early inhabitation is still evident to park visitors today. Indian Mound Park provides access to Lemon Bay and it is a key boat launching site in southern Sarasota County. Venice Audubon Rookery (4006 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice) Common sightings during the nesting season from December through May are Glossy Ibises, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Anhingas, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Tricolored Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons. Activity is a flurry as they build nests, court, incubate eggs and raise their young.Throughout the year, Little Blue Herons and White Ibises make the Venice Rookery island their safe home throughout the night. They tend to approach in large flocks. Nesting season is busy but the Rookery has avian visitors year round. Nesting species and others (such as White Ibises and Little Blue Herons) flock in great numbers to the island each evening at sunset to roost safely for the night. Alligators patrol the lake, keeping mammalian predators from preying on the island’s birds. Historic Spanish Point (337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL) Visit 30 acres centrally located in Sarasota County, Florida. Learn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound. Your family can also connect to Florida’s inspiring pioneers by seeing Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901. If plants are your passion, this museum has plenty to see and explore, like Mrs. Palmer’s Jungle Walk and Sunken Garden. The Butterfly Garden is one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. Come explore this quiet oasis of history located on the glistening shores of Little Sarasota Bay in the town of Osprey. It’s a special place worth preserving for our community and future generations. Mote Marine Aquarium (1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL) At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
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The home is located in a residential neighborhood. It sits on a small spring fed lake, where you can watch nature at its best. The closest grocery is 2 miles away, in the same area are drug stores, restaurants & banks (ATM Machines). Take the South Venice Ferry to a secluded beach to enjoy some relaxation at the Gulf of Mexico. White there, hunt for fossilized sharks teeth.
Downtown Venice, (West Venice Avenue) contains many nice restaurants and shops and is located about 6 miles (North) from the house.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: We are a couple of empty nesters who enjoy living in Venice, with its beautiful sandy beaches, palm trees and year round foliage. We are originally from Ohio but have been Florida residents since 1974. We are currently owned by our two dogs, Oreo and Molly.
Why the Owner Chose Other Venice Properties: Situated in the small community of South Venice, we offer all the comforts of your own home. We offer sleeping for six. You can enjoy the beautiful lake views from the screened lanai or a soak in the jacuzzi while enjoying the serenity that the lake offers.
Historic Downtown Venice is a short distance away where you can enjoy quaint shops, restaurants and various events year round.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The calmness of the lake and the quiet activity of the wading birds made us fall in love with this home.