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Gorgeous Water Views,Breathtaking Sunsets, Lush Tropical Setting, Urban Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms (Master is double bath & vanity), sleeps 6

Welcome to this gorgeous river front paradise located minutes away (2 mi) from the exciting night life of downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Tampa Convention Center. Relax in your own private paradise surrounded by a lush tropical landscape. Tame the sun poolside with your favorite cocktail & music via DJ quality speakers or relax your mind next to the waterfall and Koi pond. Rent a kayak down the river and wet a line. The river is teaming with many species of marine life. When it’s time to come in, you will have 3100sq ft of beautifully furnished living space to relax in. Inside you will find a, pool table, huge living room, laundry, etc. Enjoy your favorite movie from unlimited Netflix or Blue-ray, for entertainment that comes alive. Test your skills with a game of pinball or pool in the game room. Check our reviews and you will hear just how much previous guests have enjoyed this one of a kind property.

This is a Really Cool Place!: Escape to a Tropical Paradise where warm breezes blow and Palm Trees sway. Located on the Hillsborough River, this peaceful haven invites you to come and stay. As soon as you enter the house your breath will be taken away by the spectacular views in the back. There is a large sparkling pool, jacuzzi, and 2 covered pavilions carved from the tropical green foliage. As you walk out from the back of the house, the enormous pool is directly in front of you. To your right there is a bar top for eating or enjoying some cocktails poolside. To your left you will see a beautiful Koi pond. The amazing sound of the beautiful waterfall is tranquilizing. Walk over the bridge and down to the river, and you can find numerous species of marine life. The large dock is a perfect place to relax and observe mother nature's aquatic life. Tampa Urban Oasis....Truly a Tropical Paradise!: This wonderful location is in the heart of Historic Tampa. It really is a gorgeous property, on the bank of the Hillsborough River. Approximately 3/4 of an acre of lush tropical landscape gives you plenty of room to enjoy your setting. 200 feet along the waters edge provides lovely water views. Great for fishing, or just relaxing and taking it all in.

If your feeling a bit more adventurous, you can rent kayaks and boats just down the river for a scenic tour of the Tampa waterfront. There are also bikes available to rent downtown, if you want to cruise leisurely through the streets of downtown Tampa.

Whatever you decide to do, you are guaranteed to have a blast!

There is plenty of off street parking on the beautiful brick paver driveway in the front of the house. This street (only ten feet wide) is off of the beaten path, so guests always have complete privacy in this lush tropical paradise.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Miguel

I'm a Tampa native, and a retired Tampa police officer. Although I spend most of my time about an hour away, Tampa is still home. I am happy to share my urban tropical paradise with nice families from all over the world. This has given me the opportunity to make several friends over the years. It's great when I can travel to visit them, and explore new places. Music is my passion. I enjoy just about anything, when it's played by talented musicians.

Miguel purchased this house in 2001

Why Miguel chose Riverside Heights

It's truely a tropical paradise located in the heart of historic Tampa. It's 3/4 acre private riverfront property provides a peaceful, tranquil environment in which to relax after a long day of active tourism. Location, location, location! This urban Oasis is in the heart of Historic Tampa, yet secluded in a tranquil neighborhood along the bank of the Hillsborough river. There are 3 beautiful parks within walking distance. Casual strolls through the neighborhood can be a time to relax, or for the kids to burn off some extra energy.

What makes this house unique

Being in the heart of the city, but secluded in a quiet nieghborhood along the beautiful Hillsborough river. This is absolutely the perfect location!! You can go just minutes in any direction and find anything you would need......museums, golf, shopping, dining, pub's, etc


Riverside Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No additional visitors please, without written permission from the owner.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , double shower/vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • The bathrooms have all be remodeled. Granite, porcelain, crown moulding....Beautiful! The master is really nice. A large double shower & vanity. A window overlooking the pool, and river.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master w/double bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • All of the bedrooms are very spacious! Large closets, ceiling fans, and hardwood floors. Beds have extra thick mattresses with memory foam, and wool pillow tops. The poolside master is simply breath taking! The double shower, double sink vanity, two large closets with mirrored doors........then you look outside through the 10 ft. sliding glass doors! The view is stunning! The sound of the koi pond's waterfall is tranquilizing! There are 3 bedrooms with a queen bed in each. It sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. There are extra single beds available if needed, just in case there are singles needing separate beds in your group of 6 people.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Game room is fun for all! There is a CD juke box with a bit of everything. A Golden Tee golf game for a friendly round, or two. Two pinball machines will challenge even the best players. The leopard print pool table will add hours of entertainment. A 60 in one console With Ms Pacman, Galaga, and all of the Classics. Watch movies and games on the large flat screen tv, blu ray, netflix movie streaming in living room. Professional DJ style speakers & sound system Poolside. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can rent kayaks and boats just down the river for a scenic tour of the Tampa waterfront.


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Gorgeous Water Views,Breathtaking Sunsets, Lush Tropical Setting, Urban Paradise
average rating of 4.808511 based on 47 reviews

The house, yard, pool, and host were great!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in a great house

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great paradise close to everything

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our stay! The communication with the owner was flawless. He met me at the property and gave a brief but informative tour. There is plenty of parking. The landscaping is great and makes you feel very secluded in the back yard. It is well worth getting the pool heated ... by the way it is huge.

The house was spotless and very well appointed. The pictures really do not do it justice at all. There are great music systems for both the indoors as well as the outdoors.

The game room and jukebox are a great addded bonus.

We will definetly be staying at this place again ... Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and Miguel was very professional during our stay. The pool and hot tub were well maintained. My family had an excellent time and would recommend this place to anyone. No complaints at all.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not what was pictured on the VRBO site at all!

  • 1 of 5

Pictures were deceiving. The pool wasn't heated, to heat it was an extra charge. The Koi pond had net over it with square planters floating in it. The beautiful lighted dock, that the pictures show, was delapited and broken down. Half of the dock was in the water with no lights at all. The remaining dock had bird poop all over it. Also, there were no instructions for checking out. On the positive side, the owner was helpful in getting us a later check out time. The pinball machines were phenomenal.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Arriving guests do comment frequently about the pictures online. The have consistently said things like: Wow! The pic's look good, but its much more amazing in person! It's much larger in person, than it looks in the pic's! The pic's online just don't do it justice! The beautiful koi pond is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. There are many aquatic plants in the pond, including a few floating planters. The sound of the waterfall is tranquilizing. Koi (especially when concentrated in a decorative koi pond), make a very attractive dinner option for the many species of wildlife, that enjoy eating wild fish (much more colorful, and very easy to catch). The only way to prevent the koi from disappearing, is having a very fine black netting suspended over the pond. This is a standard feature on waterfront koi ponds. During the summer, a speeding boater crashed into the dock (at full speed). Thankfully, nobody was killed. The boat lift section of the dock was completely destroyed (this half wasn't used by guests anyway). The other half is completely intact. Guests can still enjoy relaxing or fishing, just as they always have. The water fowl also find the dock to be a nice place to relax (as they always have). I guess it would be nice if they had been potty trained. The dock is regularly pressure washed, and resealed. The boat lift section is a major repair, and is on the contractors schedule for the spring (February, depending on permitting, etc). I'm sure that my housekeeper appreciates any help that guests provide. I simply don't require my vacationing guests to strip beds, do laundry, etc. (although many do help out with basic tidying up). I guess that I should add "lock the door on your way out", as the checkout requirement. The pool heat has always been optional, and that's clearly listed in the ad. Most people who arrive to find a property in a 1 out of 5 star condition, would simply turn around and leave. This couple stayed the entire week (and a half day extra). As owners of a large manufacturing corporation, they certainly had other options. As I'm sure that you can tell from the many other reviews, this review is simply wrong. I am always more than happy to talk with any of my guests, and to address any questions, or concerns they may have. I am happy to know that the later check out time was helpful, and that the guests really enjoyed the pinball machines. Thank you, Miguel
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Wow, what an amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

It's like a private tropical waterfront resort. Once you're relaxing there, you will completely forget that you're right in the middle of a big city.... amazing!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay during our visit to Tampa. The location is so convenient and the house had everything we needed as a family with teens! The pool, water view, gazebo, game room, kitchen...all the outstanding amenities are too numerous to list! Miguel is a pleasure to work with. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Tampa International (TPA)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ricks on the River
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rocky Point Golf Course
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ricks on the River
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Davis Islands
Car: necessary

Only 2 miles upstream from the Tampa Convention Center, Close to Historic Ybor City (Culture, food, shopping, nightlife), Shopping Malls (International and Westshore Plaza), Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Festivals, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Florida Aquarium, St. Pete Times Forum (Hockey,Concerts,and Arena Football), Big Cat Rescue, Raymond James Stadium (Home of the Buccaneers), Museums, Art Galleries, Restaurants, Lowrey Park Zoo, Fair Grounds, USF, University of Tampa, Golf Courses, Beaches, MacDill AFB, Tampa Bay Downs, Hard Rock Casino, Tropicana Field (Home of the Rays), Downtown Tampa,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $1,000

The daily rates are discounted 20% for stays of 7 nights, or longer. The nightly rates listed for Monday - Thursday are based on the discounted nightly average for staying a full week. The actual cost of a 3 night visit is 70% of the weekly rate (Daily rates for all 7 days of the week added together). Unfortunately the web site template doesn't account for this, so the online quotes may not always be accurate. Please email for an exact rate quote, for stays less than a full week.

The pool is absolutely enormous, so its very expensive to heat. The two 5 ton heat pumps, and 3hp pool pump generally need to run 24hrs/day to keep it warm (around 80F or so), during the colder season. Since additional heat is usually necessary only about 5 months out of the year, I can give some discounts when its not needed.

Thanks, Miguel

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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