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Upscale Desirable Gulf Front Escape-Corner Unit-Spectacular View-Prime Location!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Luxury 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Direct Gulf Front Condo, Unobstructed Beach & Gulf View

Consider this your personal invitation to escape to 'PARADISE' on Indian Rocks Beach! We provide the Paradise, but you must come up with the excuse to escape! If casual upscale, luxury accommodations are your desire, topped off with a spectacular direct Gulf front view, we welcome you to have a look at what we offer......

Having been creatively redesigned to allow for maximum viewing pleasure, this exclusive 3rd floor direct Gulf front SW corner unit is unique in its 1450 sq. ft. layout and is the only one of its kind in one of the most desirable condo buildings on the beach. Paradise in 305 truly is a gem on the rocks!

You will find the Living/Dining area cheerfully bright and comfortably accommodating with leather furniture, a 46' TV, fireplace (we even provide the logs in case we actually have a chilly night), and counter height dining table. Three sets of sliding glass doors open to a spacious wrap around balcony, which allows you a totally unobstructed view - nothing between you and the Gulf of Mexico except sand, sea oats, pelicans and seagulls! Listen to the calming crash of the waves and take in the scent of the fresh salty air as a balmy breeze gently lifts the umbrella from your tropical drink! Be captivated by the beauty of a different and unpredictable sunset every evening and experience the thrill in watching the formation of a storm out in the Gulf! Whatever the weather, when the show is over come inside, dim the lights and prop your feet up while you reflect on your day over a cocktail or two. You control the ambience of the condo to suit your mood with a flick of the switch, as all of the lights are on dimmers. A variety of music CD's are provided for your enjoyment, along with a number of digital music stations and movies on demand accessible through cable TV. Unlimited Long Distance anywhere in the U.S. and Canada and High Speed Internet access is readily available. But, hopefully you won't be using it for work!

The spacious Kitchen is open to the living/dining area and features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, 2 sinks, above and below cabinet lighting options and an impressive panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico. Should you decide to actually cook while you enjoy your stay here, you will find everything you need in the fully equipped kitchen, including plenty of ice for your blender concoctions! Or you may choose to enjoy the many restaurants that are within walking distance or a short drive.

A 'grand' King Size Bed awaits you in the warmly inviting Master Bedroom Suite, which has a separate small balcony with a SW view of the beach and Gulf. This bedroom has a wall mounted 32" TV. The private 'en suite' Master Bath, exquisitely built for two, features a raised step-up shower with double shower heads, separate his and her vanity areas, marble floors, and a 19' TV.

We offer a spaciously comfortable King Size Bed in the second Bedroom, which makes our condo perfect for two couples. It is located at the front of the condo and is separated from the Master Bedroom, which allows privacy for both. This room also has a 32' wall mounted TV. Conveniently located just outside the door is the second Bathroom with an extra large shower - with room for two if you so desire. Sorry, there is no bathtub in our unit.

The location of the Pier House, 420 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, is easily accessible to and from the mainland, as we are on the westernmost point of Pinellas County beaches, just over the Indian Rocks Beach Bridge, in between Mile Markers 16 & 16-1/2. The building is small, with only 25 units and is secure, as a key or code is required for entry into the elevators, the beachside pool area and the beach. The pool is heated to a comfortable 84 degrees during the few cooler months we are thankful to receive here on the West Coast of Florida. The spa is always hot and ready when you are! In addition, there is a covered area with a couple of picnic tables and a BBQ grill, an outdoor shower for rinsing all things salty and sandy before entering the pool area or the elevators, and restrooms by the pool. The Pier House is an elite residential condominium community where some residents live full time. So you will not encounter the busyness of people coming and going like typical vacation rental buildings. Building and pool maintenance is performed on a regular schedule of 3 days per week. In addition, Pier House owners and guests boast about our well manicured lawn and landscape that just adds to the beauty and enjoyment of our beach front property.

We personally care for and maintain our condo, and we enjoy our very own escape here often (although, not often enough!), as we live close by. So you can rest assured that upon your arrival you will be presented with a meticulously clean and pristine home in which to enjoy your vacation. You will find EVERYTHING you need and would expect ... plus extra touches that will add to your convenience, comfort and enjoyment, including beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, coffee & filters, spices & condiments, shampoo, soap, and paper goods, just to name a few things. A full size washer & dryer are provided in unit for your convenience along with all laundry necessities.

While we would love to accommodate families with young children, this unit is more suitable for couples or families with children over the age of 12. This is a non-smoking unit and pets are not allowed. In addition, we will not rent to vacationing students or singles under the age of 25.


Keywords: Indian Rocks Beach Luxury Beachfront Vacation Rental - Upscale - Direct Gulf Front - Oceanfront - Beachfront - Great Location - 2 Bedroom Condo

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Independence Square Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Sorry, there is no bathtub in our unit.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • King size luxury firm beds in both bedrooms. Each with a 32 inch wall mounted TV. Twin inflatable mattress available for 1 extra person.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Another GREAT stay!

  • 5 of 5

Another GREAT stay!!!! Deb is fantastic -- and the unit is "outstanding" and in walking distance of almost everything you need for your stay. We are already making plans for our return visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay again! My aim is, always has been, and will continue to be, to please and to be consistent in my contact and conversation with my guests as well as keeping our condo perfect so guests will want to come back for more. Welcome to my frequent visitors club! See you in the summer!
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Best of the Best!

  • 5 of 5

After moving away from this area several years ago, we come back to visit every chance we get. Indian Rocks Beach is our favorite beach. Pier House is a one-of-a-kind location with walking access to just about anything you could want. We have stayed at other units in this building but Deb's condo is by far the nicest of all at Pier House. All you need to bring are your clothes! Deb has everything you need for your vacation. She has thought of every last detail and has tried to make your stay the best that it possibly could be in every way. She is a joy to work with! This will always be our first choice when looking for a place to stay on the Gulf Coast. We can't wait until our next stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Place Ever!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed in many places throughout this country including Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Canada, Utah, South Dakota, and many others, and Deb’s “Paradise 305” is based upon location, restaurants/pubs in walking distance, rental furnishings (it has everything—it's just like you walked into your own home!!), kitchen, parking, security, pool area, beach items, and don’t forget the view from the balcony the best place our family has ever stayed. Our only regret about writing this review is that others will see it and book our dates for next year before we are able to plan OUR NEXT TRIP!

Thank you Deb for being "so helpful" from answering all our questions to ensuring that we had a present stay. Our family thanks you for helping us add to its' "rememberable moments".

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Muskego, WI

The best condo unit that we have ever stayed in

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to IRB for over 12 years and of all the condo units we have stayed in this is the VERY BEST. Deb has done a great job of decorating the unit, it has everything you would ever need but breakfast delivered to us in bed. Deb you might consider that service I would gladly give it up :) I could go on and on but take it from us you will never find a nicer place or a nicer owner. Other than food we did not have to get anything . The sunsets are great and the view from the balcony is outstanding. We look forward to coming back .

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful condo and great views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at Deb’s place in February. We’ve been touring around southern Florida for the winter, and her place was THE nicest one we stayed at during our entire trip (out of six VRBO rentals). The condo itself is very large, especially the kitchen, which was stocked with everything you could ever need for serious cooking. Best of all, you could cook and see the ocean at the same time. The master bedroom was also large, had a comfortable bed, and its own small deck with ocean views. Everything inside had been remodeled and done with quality furnishings and fixtures. The living room had large comfortable leather sofas/chairs and a large TV with surround sound. There was a nice size deck with a great view of the beach as well and you could leave the doors open to let in the cool ocean breeze. What really sets this property apart though are all the little touches that make it easy to just relax like magazines, supplies (hand-soap, napkins, zip-locs, etc), music and much more.

The only minor problem we had was the restaurant across and just up the street, Crabby Bill’s, which had an outdoor band playing most afternoons / early evening, which was too loud depending on which way the wind was blowing. We also had some road noise due to the fact that the property is near the main bridge onto the island so there was often traffic. But it also meant it was convenient to several restaurants, the grocery store, etc. Overall, we had a great stay, and we will definitely stay here again the next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely the best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about our condo, and Deb, the wonderful hostess and owner. We came here for our 15th anniversary (for two weeks), and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. First of all, let me say that I was rather shocked at the condo's appearance and decor- which is so elegant, and yet comfy as well. It is just beautiful! We had never experienced that in a condo rental at the beach. And what a beach/ ocean view! It was just what we were looking for! Beyond that, the amenities that were furnished made our experience so much more relaxing and comfortable. In the 15 years we've been renting beach condos, this has been a "first" for comfort, hospitality and a wonderful place to let worries just drift into those unbelievable sunsets!

Thanks Deb! Hopefully we'll get to return next year.

Gerry Ann and Larry

Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Debbie Kuehnert
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Debbie Kuehnert

Having been born and raised in Maryland, but living here for over 30 years, we are reminded everyday of how much we love Florida and why we moved here so many years ago. We love the weather, the beach, the sunsets, and the Florida lifestyle! It just doesn't get any better than this!

Debbie Kuehnert purchased this condo in 2005

Why Debbie Kuehnert chose Independence Square

As long as we have lived here we always admired the Pier House because of it's unique appearance and construction qualities. In addition, the location is so perfect and convenient. So, of course, when we decided to look for a place on the beach which was close to home so we could use it often, we found our perfect place in unit #305. Although the appearance of the unit itself was quite outdated, we looked past all of that and headed right for the view of the beach - and were sold right away! My husband has a very creative mind, so we decided to 'go for it' and came up with 'our very own piece of Paradise'. We know you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Guestbook comments from the owner

With their permission, of course, I am sharing a portion of this note from my most recent guests (now Tennessee friends) who have stayed with us many times..... Again, another wonderful, relaxing trip to our favorite beach. This time we brought along our son and his new wife. We couldn't wait for them to enter your unit. Their faces told it all - they loved it as we do! The weather was a little cool, but I loved it. Fall is becoming more and more my favorite season of the year. We're already looking forward to our next trip to your beautiful condo. We are blessed to be able to work in our business back in Tennessee with all our children and son-in-law, but soon, Butch and I would love to stay a whole month here sometime, maybe in Feb. or March. But, for now a week now and then will suffice us. Love you and thank you!
Nov 2013
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Guppy's on the Beach
Crabby Bill's
Jimmy Guana's Restaurant
"Rent a boat from Indian Rocks Boat Rentals at the Holiday Inn Harborside Marina, and after y..."
PJ's Oyster Bar
CVS Drug Store
"Conveniently located and stocked with plenty of beachy items. They also carry some basic gr..."
Beach Welcome Center
"You can get information on places to go and things to do (if you get tired of sunning yourse..."
"Can't ask for a better place for an ice cream shop! Just walk across the street and you are..."
Slyce Pizza Bar
Salt Rock Grill
E&E Stakeout Grill
Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe
"Our favorite of all the Frenchy's Restaurants. One of the best places for grouper sandwiche..."
Dockside Dave's
"We always joke that it should be called "Dockless" Dave's because there is no longer a dock ..."
Los Mexicanos
"Walking distance from the condo. Suitable Mexican food and drinks. Not my favorite but wil..."
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
"Visit the home of our famous "Winter" the dolphin."
Thai Pan Alley
"Good Thai food, and they deliver to the condo. Try the curry puffs! Warning: depending o..."
John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
"Great place to spend and afternoon or evening. There are lots of touristy shops and places ..."
Lighthouse Doughnuts
"THE place to go for fresh delicious donuts in the morning! They also have great breakfast s..."
The Brown Boxer Pub & Grille
"Great sports bar with lots of TV's and outside seating. Relatively good bar type food and d..."
Wahoo's Waterside Pub & Patio
"Small place and the service can be inconsistent. We have friends who love this restaurant, ..."
Osaka Sushi Bar Japanese
"The Mad Beach location is closed but they are NOW OPEN AT THEIR NEW LOCATION IN SEMINOLE jus..."
"This place has been around for years! All the locals know it well. It is a very different ..."
VIP Lounge & Restaurant
"This our favorite Mexican restaurant/bar and we have been patrons for 30 years! It used to ..."
Car: recommended

I KNOW THIS LOOKS LIKE A LOT TO READ, BUT IT IS FULL OF INTERESTING STUFF. SO PLEASE READ ON.......Enjoy great restaurants and drinking establishments within walking distance or a short drive. The original Crabby's Bills (specializes in seafood, of course, but also offers land food items) is across the street. They usually have some type of live entertainment daily outside at the Loading Zone, which also serves breakfast daily. Jake's Cantina, PJ's Oyster Bar, Jimmy Guana's at the Holiday Inn Harborside Marina, Los Mexicano's, Slyce Pizza, and many other restaurants are within a short walk.

Our favorites for a really nice meal are GUPPY'S (indulge yourself with at least a dozen raw oysters, served icy cold with Key Lime Tequila Cocktail Sauce (sounds fancy, doesn't it?), fried oysters, which are nicely prepared and have a delicate crispiness to them, tuna spring rolls (one of my favorites), or any of their seafood entrees or daily specials which are always fresh & delicious) - SALT ROCK GRILL (for starters, a dozen icy cold raw oysters and the flash fried snapper breast are must haves) then ask for a deep fried lobster tail, which is not on the menu, but they will make it for you - BACKWATERS on Sand Key (sit outside on the intracoastal waterway, and partake of the butter blackened NY strip or one of many terrific seafood dishes), and E & E STAKEOUT GRILL in Belleair (great steaks and daily specials, awesome pork chops, believe it or not, and the best escargot I've ever had, but not enough of them).

Must try our local Florida favorites - smoked fish spread, available at most restaurants on the beach, grouper sandwich, best at FRENCHY'S and DOCKSIDE DAVE'S (not much on atmosphere, but known for their black grouper sandwiches and the biggest onion rings you've ever seen), she-crab soup at Frenchy's, and Stone Crab which is seasonal Oct. - May.

There is a bicycle, scooter & beach rental shop across the street behind the Tropical Ice Cream shop, which features Hershey's ice cream and specialty coffee drinks, which may be good for some, or not so good for others. But, if you ride a bike or take a walk on the beach first, hopefully you can enjoy your scoops quilt free!

Ride the Trolley along Gulf Blvd. if you don't feel like driving. But, make sure you have plenty of time to spare. It goes from Clearwater Beach to St. Pete Beach and stops anywhere you would like along the way. Visit Johns' Pass Village in Maderia Beach for some souvenir shopping and eats. You are guaranteed to spot some dolphins in the Pass. It's a fun way to spend an afternoon. Visit Clearwater Beach and eat at one of the Frenchy's restaurants or Hooters, or your choice of many others. Check out the Sunset Celebration at Pier 60 (not that you can't have your own from the balcony of our condo). Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Home of Winter the Dolphin). Secluded Caladesi Island State Park (accessible only by ferry) has super shelling as well as dolphin sightings. The Greek community of Tarpon Springs (about 45 minutes north) has some great restaurants and bakeries - must bring home some baklava! Stroll the shops and historic docks there - once the sponge-fishing capital of the world - and sail with St. Nicholas Boat Line to see guys in old fashioned wet suits and bell shaped diving helmets snatch sponges from the ocean floor. Enjoy a round of Golf or Putt-Putt. Try parasailing. Charter a boat for fishing or rent a boat for leisure from the marina at the Holiday Inn. There are lots of other charters available also from John's Pass, Clearwater Beach, or Bay Pines Marina. Take in a game and support our local sports teams - Rays Baseball (GO RAYS!), Buccaneers Football, Lightning Hockey.

Tampa area attractions such as Busch Gardens, Adventure Island Water Park, Lowry Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), International Mall, and Seminole Hard Rock Casino are all about a 45 minute drive.

Visit Derby Lane for some entertaining greyhound racing. Downtown St. Petersburg is a 30 minute drive. Visit the Dali Museum or Holocaust Museum, walk the waterfront and have dinner at one of many restaurants there. Our favorite is the Oyster Bar on Central Ave.

St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, about an hour drive, is a nice place to spend an afternoon shopping and eating (seems like that's what we do around here!). Ellenton Outlet Mall is on the way there.

Orlando area attractions (Disney, Epcot, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Discovery Cove, etc.) are about a 90 minute drive. Check out the Blue Man Group or Cirque de Soleil while in Orlando. There are several outlet malls there also.

Or, partake of my favorite activities of all - RELAX IN THE HAMMOCK SWING ON THE BALCONY, IN A CHAIR AT THE BEACH UNDER THE UMBRELLA, OR ON A NOODLE IN THE POOL OR GULF! Don't forget to have your favorite frosty beverage in hand! Life is good.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

FYI - 13% tax is $260 based on a 7 night stay.

CLEANING FEE is included in the weekly rate.

WANT TO STAY LONGER? SPECIAL RATE FOR A 2 WEEK STAY IS $1850 per week or $3700 plus tax. Deposit is 50% of the agreed rental amount.

A $250 fully refundable security deposit is required from first time guests only.

CANCELLATION notice given at least sixty (60) days prior to arrival date will receive a full refund. Cancellations less than (60) days prior to arrival forfeit the full advance payment and/or deposit amount. No refunds will be given for cancellation (14) days or less prior to arrival.

HURRICANE OR STORM POLICY fully outlined in Terms of Rental Agreement.

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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