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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
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 27, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • 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 4.9649124 based on 61 reviews
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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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in numerous units at Sandcastle I & #407 has been the best yet. Clean, updated & decorated very tastefully & not "beachy home interior". Owner & management company were attentive, balcony & beach view spectacular particularly the palm tree near balcony, loved the glass storm door on front entrance that allowed for extra light & beautiful view of intercoastal. Not to mention Haze Ice Cream across the street which we visited nightly. We hope to rent this unit again!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tim. What a great review. We chose this condo as there is a palm tree in view out of every window. I like it nice and bright in the condo so adding the glass back storm door really helps. We hope to have you back again in the future. Thanks for choosing to stay with us!! Sincerely, Valerie.
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Silver Spring, Md

Beauty and the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at this lovely property, and enjoyed every day of it. The location is great, and the condo is very comfortable and convenient. You have a beautiful beach and a lovely scenic view from the gulf front balcony. Beautiful sunsets to enjoy. Since I'm an early riser, we also got to enjoy an early morning full moon over the gulf. The beach itself is very nice white sand, with many varieties of shells, birds, and dolphins. The calm waters are even suitable for enjoying floating devices or paddle boarding. Breezes from either the east or west provided an added comfort to days in the hot sun. This location South of Clearwater and North of St. Petersburg, and close to Tampa provides many options for scenic day trips in all directions. We knew we chose the right condo when we arrived, and were completely happy with our choice when we left.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi David: Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. May is such a beautiful month in Florida. It was a pleasure having you stay and we hope to have you back again in the future. Thanks & Happy Summer! Valerie.
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Odessa, FL

Beautiful Condo Great location

  • 5 of 5

My friend from PA, her daughter and two children and myself enjoyed a wonderful week vacation at the Sandcastle 1 condo. With the view of the Gulf from our balcony and all the amenities of home, who could ask for more? The condo has been updated beautifully with granite countertops, ceramic floors and tastefully decorated bedrooms. The outside closet is full of beach chairs, beach toys, an umbrella so you don't need to bring or buy much. The owner even shipped a special gift for us. Hope to go back with my family in the future.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen: Thanks for writing such a lovely review. It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. We would love to have you back again in the future. Keep in touch!! Happy Spring! Valerie
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Carol Stream, IL

A great week at the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the week of 3/25 - 4/1. My husband, son (20 yrs. with autism), my mom and BFF all stayed comfortably for the week. We enjoyed the updated, clean condo. Valerie is a very hands-on owner who ensures your stay will be enjoyable, complete with a thoughtful gift upon arrival. Our weather was fantastic, so we spent the majority of the time at the beach, which is steps from the condo. The decor was lovely. The kitchen had everything we needed. The condo has nice TVs, cable & Wi-Fi. The in-condo laundry was much appreciated. The size of the rooms/condo was very comfortable for 5 adults. We utilized the pool, hot tub, and BBQ areas. We only left the beach one day to explore Egmont Key. It was a wonderful family week. We've been staying in Indian Shores for a couple of years, and this condo was the best yet. Sun Vista Realty was also great to work with. My only criticism is that the mattresses on the beds in the master suite and room with 2 Queens are getting a bit rutted/saggy. Thank you for a fabulous time at the beach! I wish I was still there!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cheryl: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so pleased you had a nice time and appreciate the kind words also for our rental company. Our mattress in the master bedroom was new 1 year ago and so I have contacted the retailer to replace it. In the second bedroom we are also in the process of replacing the mattresses. We appreciate the heads up! Have a wonderful spring. Thanks Valerie.
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where we always stay

  • 5 of 5

It"s like our second home, but on the beach.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Indian Shores Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
SUMMER-2 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
FALL 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
FALL 2017-2
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
WINTER-1 2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 12 2018
7 night minimum stay
WINTER-2 2018
Jan 13 2018 - Feb 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
WINTER-3 2018
Feb 17 2018 - Mar 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mar 17 2018 - Apr 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
JULY 4-2018
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jul 7 2018 - Aug 17 2018
7 night minimum stay
Aug 18 2018 - Dec 21 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

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

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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