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Waterfront! Private Beach, Private Dock, Steps to Gulf Beaches!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Jim & Debbie Trueblood
Member since: 2018
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 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 Redington Beach

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.


Redington Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom has direct waterfront views.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper sofa
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Shampoo, soaps, conditioner, makeup remover wipes, dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, paper towels, and toilet paper are provided to begin your stay. You will need to supply these items for the remainder of your stay.


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(22 traveler reviews)

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Waterfront! Private Beach, Private Dock, Steps to Gulf Beaches!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Amazing Location & Perfect Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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! Warmly, Debbie & Jim
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On the water! Amazing, Clean& perfect location!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Once Upon A Tide! A beautiful property for your family. Our family loved every moment. We never even went to the beach which was a short walk away. We were able to have our boat and we cruised the water. We had tons of options for dinner, but we had so much fun during the day, that we just cooked at home. There was more than enough for the kids to do and parents. The property was clean and very luxurious. We had all the comforts of home. We made the best memories and cannot wait for next year!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil Escape

  • 5 of 5

My family just returned from a short stay at Once Upon a Tide in Redington Beach. We were pleasantly surprised with a thoughtful welcome gift from the owners. This lovely vacation home gives you the best of both worlds: your own private backyard pier providing access to the bay AND a simple five minute walk in the opposite direction to the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The homeowners clearly take great pride in providing their guests a memorable experience in a well equipped home. The house and grounds are immaculate. The beds are super comfortable. Modern conveniences are at your disposal. Beach supplies, kayaks, and a bicycle are all available for use and for FUN! We found the location to be ideal as well. There's plenty to see in the immediate area or venture a bit further to the north to explore Clearwater or Tampa itself. We were so glad to have found this property and so sad to have had to leave after only a few days.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Once Upon A Tide Refreshes Your Soul

  • 5 of 5

Debbie and Jim created the most welcoming experience from reservations, to check in and throughout the week. This beautiful, home equipped with all amenities was very difficult to leave after one week. We had 6 of our 7 children with us. There is a wide range of ages and this home, with its dock and private beach along with the short walk to the Gulf beach, kept everyone busy, happy and interacting. We enjoyed watching the sun rise every morning from the breath taking views inside and outside the house. Debbie and Jim make traveling so easy by providing so many of the things that are needed for a beach vacation. It was our first time visiting Reddington Beach area and it is quiet, clean and offers many options for food and shopping. We have been in the hotel business our whole life, and wish that some hotels did as great a job at exceeding expectations as Once Upon a Tide does. Thank you Debbie and Jim for creating a fabulous place for slowing down and appreciating our family in a very special way.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Narciso and Cheri, Wow! We are blown away and extremely grateful for the wonderful review you gave our vacation home. We are thrilled that you and your family had time to unwind and reconnect. Thank you for the beautiful pictures you sent! You all look like you were having a blast! We are humbled that your expectations were exceeded at Once Upon A Tide. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere of relaxation with a splash of invigoration provided by the sun, sand, and water. Because you are both in the hospitality industry, we are even more thrilled that you appreciated our home as seen through the eyes of professionals. We are hopeful that you will return again with the family! Warmly, Debbie & Jim
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United States, KY, Louisvillle

Great house! Really convenient to the beach. Exactly like the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Short walk to restaurants and beach. Really enjoyed the dock, great place to relax! Will be back one day!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Once Upon A Tide! We hope you will return again and enjoy the sun, sand, and surf! Warmly, Debbie & Jim
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Illinois, usa

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week for a family vacation and everyone was very impressed with my choice! Plenty of space for our group of 5 adults and 2 children, wonderful location, tastefully decorated, and well equipped with everything you need for a beach vacation. We started everyday enjoying the sunrise on the dock and fishing or kayaking, and ended everyday by walking to the Gulf to see the sunset. The house is an easy 2.5 block walk from gorgeous "powdered sugar" sand beaches. We made good use of the dock on the inter-coastal and caught fish we could grill for dinner, we even spotted dolphins almost every morning. I was a little worried that we would miss having a pool, but the Gulf is so warm and calm there is really no need for one. The house is in pristine condition, we felt very at home. Lots of great restaurants nearby, but we also enjoyed cooking at home and relaxing on the patio. The owners responded very quickly to any questions I had and were very helpful. We loved this place so much that we hope to stay for 10 days next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Katrina, We can't thank you enough for your fabulous review of our vacation home. We really appreciate it when our guests comment that the home is in pristine condition. It is our goal that each guest feels that we have provided the best experience and the best value for their hard earned vacation. Many of our guests plan on spending time on the Gulf beach, but just like you, they spend time on the dock and on the private beach on the property. We loved having you and we hope you return again. Warmly, Debbie & Jim
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Nearest Airport
14.3 Miles
St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Redington Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Insurance $79
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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