Privacy, Waterfront, Manatees, Tarpon, Wildlife & Protected Areas on Two Sides(15 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-31 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
3 bed rooms and two baths on Amberjack Creek. Beaches and ammenities nearby.
Our lot is over ¾ of an acre in what is perhaps the least developed section of the Cape Haze community. It is well protected on two sides by wild natural Florida habitats. A third side is protected by a well-established landscape beds with palms and other plants that provide a screen. Our property runs along 240 feet of Amberjack Creek, a tidal inlet, which provides shallow-draft access to the Gulf of Mexico (boats which draw in excess of 16 inches are not recommended for the creek, however, there are inexpensive slip rentals within 4 minutes of the property at Gasparilla Pass for larger boats). The creek abounds with wildlife. Fish from the backyard or watch for the herons, ibis, sandhill cranes, manatees and the multitude of leaping and swimming mullets and other varieties of fish.
The house has 3 sets of large, double or triple sliding doors that open onto the lanai, and provide views of the creek and mangroves. Walk down to the creek and disappear for a while with a good book. While his home is equipped for privacy and relaxation, and is also within close walking distance of the local post office, grocery store, bank and pizza parlor.
As members of the Cape Haze Property Owners Association (POA), we have access to the association's 400 yard long, private, Gulf beach, adjacent to Cape Haze on Don Pedro Island. The beach is accessible, by kayak, from Don Pedro Island State Park's 100 acre land base, 0.9 miles from our property. It is a 4-minute (280 yard) paddle from the Park's dock to our community dock on the island, then a 5-minute (500 yard) walk to the Gulf.
In addition to the beaches adjacent to us on Don Pedro (Palm) Island, accessible by kayak, boat or ferry, the closest beach by car is at 19th St. on Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande), about 10 minutes away. Once you reach 19th St. there is beach access on virtually every street all the way to the south end of the island, which is another 3-1/2 miles. So there are literally dozens of Gulf beaches. You can also drive north to Manasota Key in Englewood which is only about 15 minutes away. Once on Manasota Key there are three major county park beaches at (1) the north, (2) middle and (3) south end of the Key. In addition, there is Stump Pass State Park, which is at the very south end of the Key and is absolutely stunning.
It is only 4 minutes by car to the Boca Grande Causeway and about 20 minutes by boat (at 'no wake' speeds) to Gasparilla Sound & Gulf access from our property on Amberjack Creek. By car we are minutes (1 to 15) away from multiple resources including Gulf beaches, fine-dining restaurants, multiple state parks, nature preserves, walking & biking trails, boat tours, fishing trips, etc.
Each guest is provided with a personalized code for keyless entry valid for the length of their stay. Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am. The rental rate includes the cleaning fee for guests staying a month or more. For guest staying less than a week this fee is $80. For guests staying more than a week and less than a month (28 days) the cleaning fee is $50. Upon arrival guests are provided with a detailed Guest Manual, describing all of the ins and outs of the property, including entertainment system operation, trash day, local resources and activities, etc. Confirmed guests are provided with their access code and a PDF copy of the manual, by email, in advance of their arrival.
Rental fees for reservations made more than 60 days in advance of your arrival date can be made in 2 installment payments. In special cases such as long term rentals, other arrangements may be made.
Member since: 2014
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Pets Considered:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- One master bedroom with alcove, walk in closet and private bath. This room's windows has good views of palms and the creek. A second bedroom also has views of the palms and the outdoors. The bedrooms altogether sleep six people. Two other people could sleep in the living room on couches or an inflatable bed / mattress....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Private bathroom for master bedroom.
- BETTER INDOOR AIR QUALITY. Two APCO UV Fresh-Aire units are installed in the ductwork of our central air system. One in each zone. They are designed to help reduce airborne odors, toxic chemicals, vapors, germs and mold in our home. Specifically these units are: (1) Effective against Volatile Organic Compounds (2) Eliminate pet odors, cooking smells, and smoke (3) Reduce exposure to toxic compounds in the air (4) Sterilize microbes as they pass by in the air stream, and (5) Provide cleaner, healthier, fresh smelling indoor air....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Amberjack Creek always has mullet to watch. Manatee can also be seen from the house and back yard. The creek is also visited by snook and tarpon and a variety of other fish and infrequently a boat....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
Lawn / Garden:
The lawn and garden are being renovated. In addition to the original native palms 31 were plantedin 2015 since then 18 more palms have been added. Left side of the yard has privacy screen plantings....moreless
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2017
14 night min stay
Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Jan - March 2018
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2018
31 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Pet Fee $50
- Cleaning $115 + tax
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Tax Rate 12%
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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The charming historic village of Boca Grande is located on Gasparilla Island just south of us. Gasparilla is in the same chain of islands as Sanibel and Captiva, but is unique in that there is a 'real' town on our island dating back to the 1800s. Gasparilla Island has been protected from over-development, and much of Boca Grande has been designated as an historic district with many buildings dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. There are several historic sites on the island, with one of the true gems being the Boca Grande Lighthouse which was built in 1890.
Gasparilla is famous for its pristine beaches, historic properties, notable visitors and world-class fishing. Everything in Boca is relaxed and moves at island pace. If you are looking for fast food or harried salespeople, you won't find them here.
You will, however, find that the village of Boca Grande offers a fantastic selection of casual and fine dining restaurants (with great bars), art galleries, outfitters, small specialty shops, gourmet shops with prepared foods, wines and cheeses, and our wonderful local market (Hudson’s) complete with a butcher. You will also find the Boca Grande Health Clinic, a Pilates and yoga studio, the Community Center, many beautiful churches and the beach! The beaches are open to the public and there is parking. Last, but not least there is the famous Gasparilla Inn, which now seems to have opened its restaurant to non-guests.
Periodically a sign will appear downtown saying 'shrimp boat is in', which means, get down to Whidden's Marina as fast as you can to get the freshest shrimp you can buy, straight from the man who caught it.
Visitors often choose to travel the island by bicycle. There is a beautifully maintained, paved, 'rails to trails' path that runs the length of the island for walking, running, skating, cycling and carting.
Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Robert's family is from West Virginia. Later he attended high school in Florida. He lived in Spain for 7 years. He has degrees in Spanish, special education and human development. Toward the end of his career worked at the AAMC where he helped develop the Medical College Admissions Test and did research aimed at increasing physician supply in under served areas. Recently he has involved with habitat for Humanity, teaching English as a second language, boat building and gardening. He has also been teaching aikido for about 40 years.
Why the Owner Chose Placida, FL, USA:
We bought this house for a variety of reasons, but based largely because of our experiences in the area and because much of our family has chosen to resettle in this area. Robert's mother's family settled in Florida in the early 1900s and where active in the development of Florida in the Fort Pierce area on the east coast. Early on they were involved growing pineapples and latter in citrus groves and real estate. Robert’s mother in part, grew up in Florida with a sort of Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn existence. Later she returned to live near Fort Pierce and then in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. She passed on her love of Florida and its history to us. Although we grew up and lived in diverse parts of the country and abroad, Robert and his brothers and sisters either live nearby or own property close by. We both love what this beautiful area of Florida and what is has to offer. Between the two of us we have lived in and or visited many parts of Florida, the Gulf coast is our favorite. The Boca Grande/Cape Haze/Englewood area is the 'sweet spot' for us. We only 1 hour from all of the resources and activities offered by Sarasota and Fort Myers. This area is off the beaten path and with its slow pace, has much of the charm of 'Old Florida'. Access to beautiful, natural areas and Gulf beaches is exceptional. Our house is intended to express and take advantage of these gifts.
Links to more information:
New garden area in front of house with 9 pygmy date palms.
Gasparilla Beach - notice all the people
19th Street Beach on Gasparilla Island.
Old Train Depot and Loose Caboose in Boca Grande.
Another view of the kitchen into the dinning area.
Master bedroom with excellent views toward creek.
Guest bedroom with views of Amberjack Creek and mangroves.
View of the other end of the lanai looking at side yard and park (which is wild)
View from the lanai to backyard, palms, live oaks and creek the in background.
House and new palms as seen from Amberjack Creek
Kayakers on Amberjack Creek. They are from my brother's house one block awa
New plants in Mexican pot by front door.
New garden different view. The low growing bushes are dwarf natal plums.
Another crowded Gasparilla beach
Gasparilla Island and the pass just south of us.
View from kitchen area into dinning area
View of living room on to lanai and backyard.
The Bahama guest room.
One end of the lanai looking toward main dinning area.
View from upper end of Amberjack Creek looking toward our house in background.
View of from and side of house from Barracuda Drive (new palms with supports)
Second dinning area in living room
One of the 31 native palms planted in March 2014. Amberjack Creek in background.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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