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Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The view from the extra large balcony will take your breath away whether from the living room or Master Bedroom. Watch the brilliant gulf waters with dolphins playing in plain sight and the white sand beach. Wake every morning with the sunrise streaming in the bedrooms overlooking the Intercoastal and enjoy the quiet sunset dinners from the table for 4 and wicker seating while enjoying the breeze from the 2 ceiling fans outside on the balcony. You will feel like you are in tropical paradise with palm trees in every view.

Upgraded beachfront condo with all the amenities of home. Master bedroom with NEW King bed, 32' flatscreen tv and ensuite master bath. Second bedroom with 2 NEW fulls and 32' flat screen tv. Third bedroom/den with new Sealy queen bed.

Entertainment center in living room with 55' HD Flatscreen TV, DVD player and IPAD / IPOD Compatible Stereo.

New open kitchen with granite countertops. Master and 2nd bathroom also updated with granite countertops. Newly painted throughout. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!!!

New tile flooring and trim throughout and glass front door to brighten up the condo and provide cross breeze.

Free wireless internet. Free long distance to US and Canada.

You won't find grounds like this anywhere on the gulf - beautiful gardens, fantastic heated outdoor pool and hot tub right on the beach, recreation room with ping pong table, foosball and library.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or spending a vacation with your family, this is the perfect location. Kids of all ages will find this to be the perfect spot. Whether young children want to build sand castles and body surf in the warm Gulf waters or swim in the clean warm waters of the very large swimming pool, they wont be disappointed. For sports enthusiasts, you can enjoy watching events on the 55' HD TV or travel a short distance to professional sporting events such as Major League Baseball, Basketball or Hockey games. For the golfer, we have 2 sets of golf clubs available to 'righties' to play at numerous courses nearby.

If dining out is your favorite sport, the area is perfect for enjoying every type of cuisine you can imagine including many outdoor restaurants providing you with the true 'Florida' experience. Right across the street is 'The Pub' with dining and drinks right on the Intercoastal. You can watch the many watercraft using the Intercoastal or rent your own next door to 'The Pub'. Scooters and bikes also available.

For shoppers, the choices are endless within a short drive.

Finally, for those looking for nightlife, clubbing in Clearwater is only 15 minutes away. You can ride the Beach Trolley to Clearwater to the north or St. Pete Beach to the south or make the 35 minute drive into Tampa.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Valerie

Parents of 4 20-something kids from northern Michigan who have vacationed in this area since they were children. We wanted the perfect place to share with our friends and family. Finding a location that would suit all of our needs was important. The whole family agrees we found a gem.

We are originally from Toronto, Canada and our Canadian family and friends are especially excited about joining the Snowbirds and heading to our condo for some fun in the sun.

Valerie purchased this condo in 2011

Why Valerie chose Florida Central West

When we were looking for the perfect beach condo, we were fortunate enough to meet Cyndee Haydon from Charles Rutenburg Realty to help us. After months of searching on both the Atlantic Coast and up and down the Gulf Coast, we found everything we were looking for at Sandcastle 1, Unit 407. We are directly on the beach only steps from the Gulf of Mexico with easy access to St. Pete & Tampa airports. The 'narrows' (Gulf Blvd. is only 2 lanes wide here) is a quaint area with character, endless things to do and has the 'FLORIDA' vacation vibe. Sand Castle 1 boasts beautiful grounds, a large heated pool and hot tub right on the beach and is a very clean building. CLEAN is a priority for us.

When we consulted our teenaged son and our 3 '20 something kids', they wanted us to be in a place that had a great beach and water, was nearby to golf courses and was close to tourist destinations such as Busch Gardens, Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios and had Professional Sports teams like Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays Baseball, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Phillies and other MLB Teams in Spring Training and more all close by. Also, they wanted somewhere fun to go at night and have discovered great nightlife for young people in Clearwater, St. Pete, Tampa and within a short distance from the condo. Also close to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the Dolphin and star of the movie 'Dolphin Tale'.

As parents, we wanted to have a quiet, comfortable home away from home and somewhere for all of our family to enjoy, including any grandchildren in the future. We are so happy we found that perfect place. Thanks Cyndee!

What makes this condo unique

Great weather, family friendly building, beautiful beach, amazing sunset views from Living Room and Master Bedroom and sunrise views over Intercoastal from Bedroom 2 and 3/Den. Clean and updated apt., 55' HD Flatscreen and 2- 32' flatscreen tvs, every amenity in apt., video game system for your kids, new kitchen under construction with granite countertops. Fully stocked kitchen equipment. Free wireless internet, free long distance to US and Canada, beach toys, covered parking near elevator, convenient 4th floor location with view of palm trees from every window, great restaurants within walking distance, boat and scooter rental across street.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hey Valarie and Paul, I just want to thank you for sharing your wonderful

condo for those of us that need a really relaxing vacation. It was so

beautiful!!! I really enjoyed the new carpet and appreciated the fact that

everything was so nice and clean. I do want to tell you that Plumlee does a

great job for you and very professional. I've rented other condos in the

area who used other Reality companies and this was the best experience so

far. In fact, I rented another unit in the same building a few weeks ago

and even though it was quite nice the balcony and tile throughout the condo

really needed cleaning and I had to wear my sandals the entire time. I was

able to go barefoot in your condo and that made me feel more like home.

I also wanted to thank you for the "welcome gift (Towels)" what a nice


You have been so pleasant to work with and thank you so much for sharing

your wonderful condo. I hope to visit again soon.
Nov 2012
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Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Electric Hurricane shutters


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average rating of 4.967742 based on 66 reviews

Sep Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this property in May of this year & again in September! Other than having to cut my stay short by two days because of Hurricane Irma everything was fab. Love the unit, offers some extras not available in other units I've stayed in at Sandcastle I. I'll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim: It was great to have you back again. I'm sorry you had to cut your stay short because of Hurricane Irma. I know it was a tough trip home. We were fortunate to not have any damage to our condo. Our building did sustain some damage to the landscaping and the facade near the roof but under the circumstances we consider ourselves so fortunate. We are still without power but hopefully it will be back soon. Thank you, Valerie
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Erie, CO

Great view and accessible to everything!

  • 5 of 5

The condo was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the pool, the beach and the location. Would definitely consider renting there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nancy for choosing to stay at our condo and for the very kind review. We would love to have you back again. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Valerie
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Ardmore, Oklahoma

Great beach condo!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our stay in Indian Shores Beach! The condo was in a perfect location and the beach and pool area were beautiful!! The inside was very nice and clean (which I am always a stickler for!) and my children enjoyed the beach toys provided and movies to watch. We only had one minor problem with the air conditioner when we first arrived, but Valerie got someone to come out on a Sunday and it was fixed in no time. She was wonderful and called and texted us during the week to make sure that everything was ok. Also, the Waterfront Pub across the street is a must for dinner. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi: Thank you so much for staying at our condo and for being such great guests. We appreciate your patience on Sunday as we had the AC serviced and back up and running. We would love to have you back anytime. Valerie & Paul
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Lovely vacation

  • 5 of 5

Love it here! Best place to stay. Great location and pretty condo. Hope to be back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joan for your kind words. We love having you and your group here. You are wonderful guests. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Regards, Valerie.
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Bowie, MD

Summer Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Valerie's place was GREAT! the process was easy she responds quickly and the check in process was simple and easy as well. Parking space was right near the entrance which was a big plus. The condo is clean and equipped with everything you could possibly need. I believe the only thing we really needed was to go grocery shopping for the week. The accommodations were great but room 3 hardly had any walk space and the only room without a t.v. but it worked as there was only 1 person in that room who was older and brought reading material. We only visited the pool area once but looking down from the balcony it looked clean and people had a good time lounging there as well. the beach was literally steps away which was awesome. We had great weather all week long, although a couple of days there was call for rain it never hit us just some cloud cover but the sun was always out. We enjoyed dinner in and out of the condo. The sunsets were amazing on the balcony and during strolls out. We also enjoyed the ice cream shop across the street for desert as well as everyone else in the surrounding area seemed the place to meet after dinner. Everything was wonderful can't complain about a single thing to be honest. I also loved the fact that the area was very family oriented and it was quiet so it was very relaxing.

Would we come back and request this unit? ABSOLUTELY! We are already talking about next year's visit. Thank you again Valerie for renting out your unit to us we loved it and look forward for a return visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Hannah: Thank you so much for the wonderful detailed review. We also love the area for vacations with our family as it definitely a "family friendly" area. I'm missing the ice cream cones from the shop across the street already. We would love to host your family again anytime in the future. We really appreciate you spending your vacation time at our condo. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Valerie & Paul
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Fort Wayne, Indiana

What a wonderful visit!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The condo was so pretty and very, very clean. Everything we needed was at our fingertips. We also enjoyed the pool area and beach. The owner, Valerie, was a dream to work with, too.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stacy for such kind words. We really enjoyed having you as our guest and would love to have you back again in the future. Much appreciated!! Valerie.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tampa Airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Baypointe Golf Club
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Amtrak, 601 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Car: recommended

2 sets of golf clubs, beach chairs, water toys, boogie boards, family board games, cabanas for rent on beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Accidental Rental Protn $51
CLEANING $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

7 day minimum rental. SATURDAY TO SATURDAY.We accept personal checks, cashier's check, Money Order, Traveler's Check, VISA, MC, DISCOVER. Deposit: 25% of total rent (not less than $300). Balance due 60 days before arrival.
No refund is given for any cancellation received less than 90 days or more from arrival date. For cancellation before 90 days prior to reservation, a $300 fee will be charged.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund