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The BoatHouse on the Hillsborough River- Enjoy river and downtown water views

Northwest Tampa, Tampa, FL, USA
  • House800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

1 Bedroom, 1 And A Half Bath House On The River With Water And Downtown Views

Welcome to your own private oasis on the Hillsborough River with breathtaking water and downtown Tampa views. Relax on your own private dock with a cocktail while you wave to passing boaters and kayakers and enjoy seeing all the wildlife that calls the river home.

The boathouse has 1 large bedroom with a King size bed and en suite bathroom with shower.

There is an additional half bathroom as well and a stacked washer and dryer.

The kitchen/living room condo has breathtaking views of downtown Tampa and the river.

The house was built over 50 years ago and has all the charm of an old Florida house with all the modern amenities you can expect from a vacation rental.

The living room has a sectional couch that transforms into a very comfortable full size bed that will accommodate another couple or additional children.

The house also has it's own private gated parking lot for your vehicle.

Have a larger group? Combine the boathouse with the Bungalow, listing # 801363 and 991365


Lauren T

Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within two days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Lauren T

Tampa native, had vacation rentals since 2010, feel free to ask because I know Tampa very well!

Lauren T purchased this House in 2007

Why Lauren T chose Tampa

Water calms the mind and the second you walk onto our dock you'll instantly relax!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Pack n play crib available upon request
      • 1 bedroom with king size bed, closet and a dresser with mirror, chest of drawers, side table with lamp. Overhead fan/light.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, shower
      • Bathroom 2
      • en suite bathroom with claw foot tub and shower

      Location Type

        • Waterfront
          Our house sits in the waters of Hillsborough River with breathtaking views of downtown Tampa


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      wifi with Verizon Fios
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      has 40 inch flat screen tv with basic local cable thru Verizon Fios. The TV is a smart tv so you can access your Netflix or Amazon Prime accounts directly on the TV.
                    • Parking
                      private gated parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      2 fishing rods provided


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • museums
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • festivals
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • theme parks
                                            • water parks
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing

                                                          64 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Relaxing getaway

                                                          DAVID S.

                                                          We were looking for a quiet relaxing location to spend a week in the Florida sun. The house is a perfect location from Tampa airport (15 min) and other central Florida locations. The river setting is perfect for relaxing. We especially loved watching the dolphins & maniitee's that swam right near the dock. The house is very clean & comfortable. The owner Lauren was very responsive & accomodating. We would recommend this rental to all.

                                                          Really cute and comfortable

                                                          Julie C.Whitehorse, Yukon

                                                          Was a little concerned when we entered because the home appears to be sinking. Lauren reassured us that it has been inspected and reinforced. The home is really cute and well stocked. It is in a convenient location and as quite relaxing to just hang out on the deck and watch the city. The river is busy during the day which was great to sit and drink coffee and people watch. Lauren was great. The a/c stopped working when we were there and she had it fixed right away.

                                                          great location, amenities to be upgraded

                                                          Luc C.Montreal, Canada

                                                          Hesitating between 3 or 4 stars:

                                                          Nice spot on the river.

                                                          + Location: near downtown and Seminole Heights

                                                          View of the city at night amazing

                                                          Birds and fish to watch during the day

                                                          Relaxing summer house

                                                          - amenities :

                                                          Mattress way too soft and sofabed not "very comfortable" for others to sleep on. shaky dining set to be replaced.

                                                          cookingware in need of some attention.

                                                          A little gem on the river


                                                          Our visit to the boat house was totally relaxing and so beautiful. I loved sitting on the deck watching the wildlife and boaters pass by. There is an amazing view of the Tampa skyline that is really lovely at night. I could go there again and again!

                                                          Cool little spot

                                                          Chris .

                                                          The boathouse was a fun quiet spot on the river. Walked to Ricks one day which is a great place to hang out and drink. Overall a good experience

                                                          Amazing - relaxing and comfy, can't beat being surrounded by the beautiful river!!

                                                          Laree B.

                                                          We loved the Boat House and hope to return in the future! It's definitely rustic, but super comfy - the bed was dreamy! We expected it to be a little cool / drafty inside, but it was perfect! We loved feeding the wild birds who would flock to us while sitting on the dock - very entertaining! The Pirate shuttle was great (get the 2 day pass for an extra $5), we loved Rick's, got ice at the little fish shack, all walking distance. Our favorite restaurant was Ulele - one shuttle stop across the river from Rick's - tough to get in, but we did fine 2 nts in a row to sit at the bar as walk in's, great bartender (Dennis), and the house salad & meatloaf rocked! We enjoyed one of our days visiting Clearwater Beach, just about 40 mins and a beautiful drive! The sand is so white and clean, looked like snow, felt like silk! Enjoyed lunch at Palm Pavillion, across from Frenchy's Rockaway, which was closed for renovations. We also visited the Aquarium - saw Winter and the critters from Dolphin Tale - it's different from the Sea World scene since it's more of a marine hospital than an attraction, but they do a nice job.

                                                          The foundation / flooring is unique in the Boat House - if you have balance issues, be aware... not a deal breaker, we got used to it pretty fast. Adds to the ambience :) As others stated, the neighborhood is a little dicey getting in to, but the property is gated and we felt totally secure, no issues at all during our 4 nt stay. Definitely a keeper!!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Glad you enjoyed your time Laree, hope to have you again soon!


                                                          Northwest Tampa, Tampa, FL, USA

                                                          Our river house is located in the heart of Tampa. A 5 minute car ride will take you to Downtown Tampa, Tampa's Riverwalk, the historic Ybor City district, the Tampa Convention Center, South Tampa, and the Channelside District. For the beach lovers, a 40 minute drive will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country- Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach and Ft. Desoto Beach.


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          Check in time is 4pm, check out is 11am. No smoking. Cancellation policy- 30 days notice to receive refund of deposit. Property owner can not guarantee a utility service from 3rd party vendors such as electric, water and cable companies. If any utilities go out to due outages, storms or any other issue on the vendor side, property owner is not liable. $20 additional fee per night per person for more than 8 guests. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and The month of March all require 5 day minimum stays.

                                                          64 Reviews
                                                          Excellent 4.6/5
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