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Coastal Living Beach Cottage With Gorgeous Natural Pond Pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

See porpoises jump from most beautiful pool, setting and location in the area

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Coastal Living Beach Cottage is an 'Old Florida' paradise, conveniently located on an 'enclave' dead end street Old Palm Harbor, a charming coastal suburb of Clearwater, Florida. Impossibly beautiful waterfront views and sunsets are seen from almost every room. With sunshine nearly every day of the year, this home is a FAMILY, LOVER, REUNION, WEDDING or just relaxing getaway with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a large bonus area. Living room and kitchen opens to a 13' elevated 28' wide porch with safety gate . All looking over the most beautiful 'natural pond' heated saltwater pool in the area. It is lined for privacy by over 20 palm trees of different species...and out onto the bayou. The home has NEWLY REMODELED DOUBLE OVEN KITCHEN. Fresh paint and oak and pine floors throughout. This is our home, we built it and, we furnished it for ourselves. As semi-empty nesters, it got large and instead of selling it, we decided to allow guests to enjoy it as we and our guests have for years.


Swim in pool, off dock and a fun playground out back next to the sea wall.


We can provide a kayak for enjoying the bay. Boats and bicycles are also available for RENT locally.

The fully equipped CHEF'S KITCHEN has everything you will need to prepare and serve meals. A 'REAL' charcoal or wood barbecue and Adirondack patio furniture offer more dining or relaxing choices on both levels.

The GREAT ROOM has comfortable, leather furniture, a a 50' HDTV with a DVD-CD player, digital cable package with over 200 channels.

The romantic Master suite occupies the entire third floor and has a stunning towering view through the recently upgraded casement windows. Large walk in closet. The master also has a large sitting area with TV. The large master bathroom a two person travertine stone shower and a jacuzzi tub for relaxation.

The playfully decorated CHILDREN’S ROOM has two sets of bunk beds. Image shows lower bunks but we have the upper upper beds put on.

The east bedroom has no water views. It has a queen - bed.

Note: The beds and linens, throughout the house, are brand-new.

The recently updated front loading Washer and Dryer are near the kitchen. Ironing boards, hair dryers, shampoo, beach towels and pool toys are provided.

THERE IS NO child protection safety fence for the swimming pool is available. WATCH YOUR CHILDREN! We can provide a safety net that covers the pool at your advance request.



Walking distance to Downtown Palm Harbor, with restaurants, boutiques and shopping nearby. Check it out online!

In addition, you are conveniently located near many famous attractions on the Gulf Coast of Florida, including no less than eight world-class beaches only minutes away!


Honeymoon Island Beach - 5 minutes (#1 beach in America. Voted better than Hawaii's Hanalei Beach)

Caladesi Island State Park Beach - Rated one of the top 10 beaches in America. 5 minutes + short ferryboat ride from Honeymoon Island

Clearwater Beach - 15 minutes

Sand Key Beach - 25 minutes

St. Petersburg Beaches - 40 minutes


This beautiful home is located close to some of the best golfing in Florida, including Copperhead, Lost Oaks and N. Highlands at Innisbrook (home of the PGA Tour), Cove Cay, Belleair Country Club, Bardmoor, Largo Golf Course, Lansbrook, Bayhead/Lake at Countryside, Wentworth and Tarpons Springs Golf Course.

DEEP SEA FISHING in the Gulf of Mexico- WORLD CLASS TARPON FISHING! World class fun fishing right off the dock!

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Spring Training Facilities:

-Toronto Blue Jays- 10 minutes

-Philadelphia Phillies - 20 minutes

-New York Yankees - 30 minutes

-Tampa Bay Rays - 45 minutes

-Pittsburgh Pirates - 60 minutes

-Cincinnati Reds - 70 minutes

-Detroit Tigers - 1-1/2 hrs

-Cleveland Indians - 1-1/2 hrs

-Atlanta Braves - 2 hrs

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003 Super Bowl Champions)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning (2004 Stanley Cup Champions)


-Pinellas Trail - Biking, jogging and walking- just 1 minute away!!

-Florida Botanical Gardens - 30 minutes

-Busch Gardens Africa - 35 minutes

-Adventure Island Water Park - 35 minutes

-Living Sea Sponge Docks - 15 minutes

-Walt Disney World - 1-1/2 hrs

-Sea World - 1-3/4 hrs

-Swim with the Manatees at Crystal River - 2 hrs

(although they are often seen right in your back yard!!)

-Live Theater & Concerts Year Around

-Tennis - indoor and outdoor courts available

-Basketball courts - outdoor within walking distance

-Fabulous Restaurants and Nightlife Dancing with Caribbean Flair!!

-Cruise Ships embarking from Tampa Bay


-Two supermarkets and Super Wal-Mart – less than 10 minutes drive

-Countryside Mall - 10 minutes drive

-Tampa International Mall - 45 minutes

-Sponge Docks - 10 minutes

-Lots more!


Conveniently located near Tampa International and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airports

More Details

Jeff Sterns
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, russian, polish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Jeff Sterns

Hi I'm Jeff. They say I should run the local chamber of commerce, I know this area so well and love it so much.

I built this house in 1987. I have had literally hundreds of people over the years say that it is the most beautiful and relaxing setting they've experienced. We lucked out! When I built, what is now known as the Pinellas Bike Trail was an active rail-road that woke us at 4am! But we were young and near the water and still loved it. The area only got better and better. Our family now does not need all the space and I can't make myself sell it. PLUS I still need to keep the boat on the dock behind it!

My sons Max and Jackson are happy to tell your kids what to do around here.

We live in an apartment beneath the home, separate entrance and are here if you need us and happy to be invisible when you don't :) Don't worry about disturbing us, we love hosting and get it.

Jeff Sterns purchased this house in 1987

Why Jeff Sterns chose Palm Harbor

The house and it's view itself makes your stress disappear and your mood elevate but the owner and family really are literally a guest in their own home! Feels very warm, relaxed and not uptight. Go ahead and put your feet on the coffee table.

What makes this house unique

This house has the most relaxed, laid back feel to it and the most beautiful pool in town. It is walking distance to the 70 mile long bike, roller blade and running trail. No streets to cross getting to it and a few blocks from Pop Stansell Park with a beautiful fishing pier, kids play area and picnic shelters.


Palm Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Refunds: $1000 first payment is always non-refundable. No refund at all 60 or less days before check in.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Antique Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • Claw foot tub, stamped tin ceiling and raised tank toilet with pull chain.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Also a fold out chair and a half and a queen air mattress wi
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 5 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling
  • wind-surfing
Items in garage (bikes, paddle board are for owner's private use. Not for guests, please) basket ball is gone


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Coastal Living Beach Cottage With Gorgeous Natural Pond Pool
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 52 reviews
West Hartford, CT

Gorgeous house/pool in great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome vacation at this property! The house is beautiful and well-appointed, with gorgeous views of Sutherland bay. There were 9 of us staying in the house (4 adults, 5 kids) and it never felt crowded. The heated pool is AMAZING and kept our kids busy for the entire vacation...they basically never got out of it. The house is in a great location with easy access to lots of fun restaurants, and only a few miles away from a beautiful local beach. It's in a quiet neighborhood right near the bike trail, which allowed for lots of bike riding and exploring (plus riding to local breweries for the grown-ups, which was a bonus). Jeff was super responsive, attentive, and helpful. We loved staying here and are DEFINITELY hoping to return!!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was amazing how easy you made it look with all those kids! Pool, corral of bikes...! Happy you got the vacation you wanted (needed!) See you next time!
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Detroit, Michigan

Beyond Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Not our first or last time here! Of course gorgeous weather, stunning view, nearby bike trail and great food nearby in small little downtowns like Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Ozona and Dunedin. Jeff the owner is family by now (the kind you'd keep haha)!!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time. The house was perfect and Jeff was a perfect host. Never knew that he was there but was easy to get a hold of if we needed anything. We are definitely going to make this a place to stay each time we come out to Florida.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awesome to have you guys! See ya next time!
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Outstanding view, great location, perfect venue for entertaining

  • 5 of 5

First time using VRBO and we weren’t disappointed. The house was gorgeous and had everything we needed . To say the owner was accommodating is an understatement . I would definitely rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Place

  • 3 of 5

The place itself was nice and Jeff was very communicative. However, there were a few things that were frustrating. We originally were scheduled to stay right after Hurricane Irma, which we had to cancel. We are a college and students were not even on campus because of the hurricane. We were unable to get a refund or a credit for our stay, even though there was a natural disaster out of our control. Jeff did give us half off our stay last weekend. However, it was disappointing that there wasn't more leeway given for a storm beyond our control.

The stay itself was good. The students reported being a little uncomfortable with the housekeeping staff on site, but overall the stay was good. Jeff was very communicative leading up to the stay and during the stay. We were just bummed that we had to spend an additional $500 to stay in the area.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry that any of this was a disappointment for you. I did put you in front of a 'full price' guest to try to make up your lost dates. In the end the hurricane was past and the property was fully intact by the time of your original stay so I thought that my cost accommodation for the new date was an honest try. Thank you for the honesty and directness. This is how we learn.
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My family had our annual reunion at Jeff's place. We loved his house and he was an awesome host.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well mantained cozy house.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Super to have you guys! Seemed I saw a new car or new person every day! All very nice everytime! Glad you enjoyed.
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
St Pete / Clearwater and Tampa International
Nearest Ferry
4.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Innisbrook, Dunedin CC
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
'Jolley Trolley' Bus stop
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Casa Ludovico
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Dunedin, Honeymoon, Caladesi, Cleawater
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Maid $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

CANCELLATION POLICY- DON’T BOOK UNLESS YOU’RE SURE THAT YOU WANT THE HOUSE! No refund of $1000 'first payment' under any circumstances (owner will work with you on a discount on a future rental date). Balance of rental cost is REFUNDABLE if cancellation occurs more than 90 days prior to check-in date. Balance of rental cost is NON-REFUNDABLE if cancellation occurs 90 days or less prior to check-in date. 50% refund of balance of rental cost if cancellation occurs between 61 and 90 days prior to check in date. NO REFUNDS for no show. Owner recommends travelers insurance. Security deposit will be returned 3 days after check out barring damage, excessive dirt or any smoking inside.

Owner lives in an apartment built out beneath the house, separate entrance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund