About the property
- House1700 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Fairy Tales Do Come True
Welcome to Once Upon A Tide, rare waterfront beauty! Total renovation completed November, 2016.
Grab your coffee and head out to the dock and welcome the sunrise over your private beach on bay! In the evening, walk to the beach crosswalk and watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Redington Beach, a small community beach, which sits between the award winning beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Your private beach is located in your backyard so feel free to pull out the Adirondack chairs and watch the tide roll in and out without leaving the property. Two rocking chairs are located on the dock for total relaxation. The backyard is completely fenced for your safety and privacy. If you are feeling adventurous, pull out the two-man kayak and launch it from the beach to explore the inlets and sea life on the bay. If you love to people watch, walk the beach, or swim, grab the cooler, beach chairs, and towels and walk a three blocks to the Gulf of Mexico where you may get the chance to view dolphins playing in the surf.
Your vacation home is about 1,700 square feet of a totally renovated space. The living area is an open floor plan and the décor is new and contemporary. The house is equipped with new stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartzite countertops, extra capacity washer and dryer, and an extra refrigerator in the garage. The back of the home is almost entirely all glass so that you may enjoy the beautiful waterfront views and natural light from the kitchen, living room, sunroom, and master bedroom.
Outside you can enjoy a meal or relax on the oversized patio surrounded by palm trees complete with upholstered sofa and chairs, a propane grill, and a dining table. After the sun is down, fire up the party lights and relax until bedtime. Opening the curtains at bedtime will give you the opportunity to view the first mornings light as the sun rises across the water creating exquisite panoramas you will never forget.
This home is conveniently located walking distance to the Gulf of Mexico, restaurants, and bus transportation. Redington Beach boasts four local parks within a ten block length of Gulf Boulevard. These parks house a fenced playground, basketball court, outdoor exercise equipment, and green spaces to relax. Some small boutique stores are also within walking distance. At John’s Pass you will find many stores, restaurants, and water sports available for your enjoyment. It is located only a few minutes’ drive from your vacation home.
We hope you fall in love with Redington Beach just as we have. Bring your friends and family and enjoy all that the St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas have to offer. You will leave having experienced relaxation, excitement, great food, and the most wonderful white sandy beaches in the country.
Jim & Debbie Trueblood
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Jim & Debbie Trueblood
We have been married for over 30 years and we are still crazy about each other! We have four amazing children, each with a special spouse to bless our family. Debbie was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Her family flipped houses while they lived in them before it was popular to do that. Jim was born in Connecticut into a Navy family and has moved all around the United States. Debbie currently works in the hospitality industry planning events such weddings, and air shows. She also has a passion for renovations and staging homes. We have purchased and totally renovated several homes and we are always looking for our next opportunity. Jim is addicted to aviation and currently works in that field. He is also an accomplished pilot with many flight hours. He has flown everything from jets to helicopters. Together, we love to taste wine and travel. Our last big trips were to incredible Italy and tropical Hawaii. We are currently planning our next getaway to a music festival in Southern California and a trip to the UK.
Jim & Debbie Trueblood purchased this House in 2015
Why Jim & Debbie Trueblood chose Saint Petersburg
We purchased this property as a foreclosure and totally renovated it. We did not intend to move in. During the renovation process we fell in love with the area and our neighbors, so we moved in! A few months later, a job changed forced us to relocate to the East Coast of Florida where we are currently living. We purchased another neglected property there, and that renovation is almost complete.
What makes this House unique
Once Upon A Tide is unique in that we are waterfront on the calm and serene Boca Ciega Bay with front row seats to incredible sunrises. Later in the day, a few minutes’ walk will put you on the Gulf of Mexico to play in the surf and in the evening watch the sun go down. There are very few houses that can boast a private beach and a dock in the backyard. We are blessed. Having a dock on this property allows you bring your boat on vacation and keep it tied up in the backyard during your stay. It alleviates wasting time towing it back and forth to the boat launch every day (but it’s only 2.6 miles away). Another benefit is that the water behind the house does not have a speed limit. We sit on the dock or beach and watch our family jet ski, tube, and water ski. Bathroom visits and lunch stops are as easy as pulling up to the dock in your boat. We also love the option to walk to breakfast, lunch, or dinner if we don’t want to cook or drive! City life and excitement can be found a short drive away in St. Petersburg or Clearwater. Because we travel often, airport accessibility is important. Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota are all within a reasonable distance.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Just as you see in the pictures!
Everything was in beautiful condition. Everything you need.
Thank you so much for your 5 star review of our property! We are thrilled that you picked Once Upon A Tide for your vacation! It was a joy to have you and we hope that you come back to stay again.
Jim & Debbie
Great relaxing time. Peaceful area and community.
Wonderful time. Clean and very accommodating.
We thank you for picking Once Upon A Tide for your vacation. We know that you had so many properties to choose from, and we are grateful that you stayed with us. Please stay again soon!
Debbie & Jim
An incredible property!
This is by far the best property we have stayed at! We had to drag ourselves to the beach, since it was so peaceful here. We watched dolphins from the house. The kids caught 10 different species of fish from the dock. The house is impeccable! We will definitely stay here again. It killed us to leave! I would give it a higher rating if we could. Don’t hesitate to stay here. It is a quiet neighborhood. What an absolutely stunning property!
Rahim, You are so kind to write such an amazing review of our vacation home. We knew once you extended your departure date you were in love with our home and our beautiful community. We will always welcome you and your family back. Maybe someday soon you will be our neighbor and we can take your family out on our jet skis! We know there are so many properties to pick from, thanks for staying at Once Upon A Tide. We hope to see you soon.
By the way, I had no idea that there were so many species of fish off our dock! Thanks for sharing that.
Debbie & Jim
We’ve rented many different homes/ condos on VRBO in various areas but this vacation rental experience stands far above the rest! The owners have thought of everything to make your vacation as relaxing as possible. The home itself was beautifully decorated and had everything you needed but the outdoor patio/dock experience was the highlight! What fun watching the dolphins swim by! We would highly recommend this beautiful vacation home. The owners were very quick to respond making sure all your needs are met.
Sheri - We are so grateful for your perfect review of our home. Thank you for taking the time to share our property with future guests. We love that you got to see the dolphins. Maybe next time you will get to see our gentle giants, the manatees swim up to the dock! That is truly a remarkable experience! Please come see us again at Once Upon A Tide.
Debbie & Jim
Great house walking distance to the beach
We had an amazing time at this property in Redington Beach. With 3 bedrooms it was spacious enough for 8 people with 2 people sleeping on the large couches. We all enjoyed the dock which had plenty of chairs and took the kayak out on the water. The patio with the grill, outdoor table, and patio furniture made for fun evenings by the water. The beach was only a 5 minute walk away and we were provided with beach chairs, coolers, beach towels, beach bags. We could not ask for a better house and the communication leading up to the trip and during the trip was very easy. Would 100% recommend.
Yay! We are so glad you all had a great time staying at Once Upon A Tide. You were all a pleasure to work with, so polite, and we will welcome you back for your annual get together each and every year! The beach, dock, and kayak await your return!
Debbie & Jim
Amazing Location & Perfect Home Away From Home!
I’m thrilled we chose this location for our first getaway to Redington Beach! It was simply perfect for our family of 5! The beach was only 5 minutes away which was a great way to walk off some of the sand, & many times we were the only ones on the beach. We enjoyed multiple meals at The Conch Republic Grill, & Sweet Sage was wonderful for a breakfast buffet. Debbie was the perfect host & offered explicit instructions & was very accommodating by text when I had a few questions. The beds were so comfy, the towels soooo soft, I wish we could have stayed longer! The backyard dock & beach area were so peaceful as well! When we return to Redington Beach, this will definitely be where we will stay! Thank you Debbie & Jim!
Wendy, We are incredibly grateful when we have guests like you stay at our family retreat! The pictures of your sweet family playing in the water warmed our hearts. We know what our own family experiences when we gather at Once Upon A Tide, and when our guests are able to experience that too, we are elated! Our goal is to exceed all expectations, and I am so glad that you feel we have accomplished that. We looked forward to watching your family grow as we receive more pictures of fun times on the beach when you return!
Debbie & Jim