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Experience Million Dollar Water Front Views - Nature at its Best Year Round!!

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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

AWESOME WATERFRONT VIEWS!! Renovated in Fall 2014 5 BR/3 Ba, Large Pool. Hot Tub

Don't settle for a canal view when you can have mile wide views and true water front beauty. This house was built to entertain both upstairs and down, inside and out, and with significant renovations in the fall of 2014 this 4400 square foot vacation home is sure to not disappoint you or your guests.

Two tandem sit-on ocean kayaks come with the property (see picture), which is situated just a short float (approx 1 Mile) to Three Sisters Springs where the manatees gather. The pool is heated by a brand new heat pump and solar pool cover. As long as the outdoor temps don't stay below 45 degrees, the pool can stay above 80 degrees.

The basement entertainment and game room provides something for everyone. Including a 12' Shuffle Board Table, full size bubble hockey, 2 x 50' TVs, PS3, Nintendo WII and more.

With 1 x King, 3 x queens, 2 x Twin over Full (bunk room), a pull out queen sleeper (arrives Feb 1st) as well as ample space for additional air mattresses upstairs or down the house can bed up to 14, while comfortably holding several more. (in a pinch, the laundry room can fit a queen air mattress)

Whether a couple looking for a romantic get away, a family, or large group, this house will handle your needs. Sit 8-14 for meals upstairs (taking advantage of provided second dining room table and folding chairs) with room for six more diners in the downstairs kitchenette. Two floors of comfortable living space make full use of Manatee Manor's 4400 square feet and can easily accommodate multiple families or large groups.

To make your big group events that much easier, we have installed a 2nd full size refrigerator in the downstairs kitchenette.

The reverse floor plan is perfect for providing great second story views over Crystal River into King's Bay. Entertain in style with new furnishings upstairs and down. Relax on the second story deck, or entertain your guests around the heated pool (heat pump) and hot tub on on the 1100 sq ft patio.

Tie your boat up or inquire about using the homes one available hydraulic lift.

Fisherman and Scallopers will appreciate easy access (~13 minutes) to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the dock's clean up table and hose. Others may enjoy peacefully sitting on the docks built in bench seats overlooking one of the widest views on the river. (BOOK NOW for scallop season, which has been extended by three weeks this year, starting July 1st going through Sept 25th)

Divers, Snorklers, Kayakers, and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the close proximity to the wealth of sea life, especially the manatees and waterfowl provided in Crystal River's nature rich waters. The house is just about 1 Mile to Three Sisters Springs where the Manatees gather.

In the down hours younger guests and families can keep themselves happily busy in the first floor entertainment center and game room featuring two flat panel televisions, surround sound, and two gaming systems, PS3 and Nintendo Wii with controllers and games provided. Enjoy a fun night of video bowling or tennis with the family without leaving the house.

Guests looking for a more refined experience will enjoy the 180 degree water front views from an upscale living room featuring large picture windows, ample seating, and 60' flat screen panel television with wall mounted surround sound.

The kitchen is well appointed with newly upgraded stainless steel appliances, back splash, and boasts an array of amenities including pots, pans, baking sheets, measuring cups, utensils, flatware, serving trays, blender, coffee machine, toaster, griddle, and a large pantry, all meant to give you the comforts of home while sharing our wonderful family vacation property.

The two main upstairs baths are completely remodeled to showroom quality with upscale travertine shower tile on the walls, custom inlay, and porcelain flooring with gorgeous new finishings and shower doors. (See pictures)

The master bedroom is built for relaxation away from the crowd, featuring the same 180 degree water front views as the living room as well as a new hard wood king bed, upscale custom closet, new window treatments, and 40 inch flatscreen wall mounted television.

The home's basic DirecTV package, 4 x DVD players (some DVDs included), and small reading selection will offer something for everyone for downtime or rainy days.

Other amenities include access to the owners Celestron telescope which you can use to explore the night sky and all it's wonders or sit comfortably in the ground floor screened in porch while watching guests and kids enjoy the hot tub and pool.

Nearby vendors will be happy to take you on nature tours or rent you fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, or bikes. Travel just a few miles up Fort Island Trail to Crystal River's beach front or just two miles to the Plantation SPA and Resort for golf, SPA, or local watering holes and restaurants.

Crystal River is located just 90 minutes from Orlando (Disney World & Epcot).

Set just outsite the Crystal River Perserve State Park, there is boundless natural activities to enjoy year round at this fabulous location. From late fall until late spring Crystal River is the #1 spot in America to view and interact with Manatees. Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The city is situated around the magnificent Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F (22 °C) temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs pump 64 million gallons of water per day into the Cystal River. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida. Kings Bay is home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions without that interaction being viewed as harassment by law enforcement agencies. Tourism based on watching and swimming with manatee is the fastest growing contribution to the local economy.

Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 Years Old. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The house was renovated with our children and those of our family and friends in mind. The downstairs has two 50' flatscreens, one of which is a designated gaming area with two gaming consoles (PS3 and Nintendo Wii, some games included). The front and back yards have large areas for the kids to burn off steam, and the house is on the end of the street with a large cul-de-sac with very little traffic for riding bikes, scooters, and generally having a good time....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoke outside, pick up your butts. Any indoor smoking will result in loss of deposit. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 5: 2 bunk bed

    Twin over Full size beds...moreless

  • Five Bedrooms. 1 King. 3 Queens. 2 x Twin over Full Bunks. Sleeps 12-14* 14 assumes four in bunk rooms, and 2 on queen Futon. With air mattresses you could sleep more. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

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  • Bathrooms 1 & 2, upscale, high end tile, flooring, and glass doors. Bathrrom 3, functional but more rudimentary, toilet, sink, shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We love this house and this location. There is so much nature to explore both inland and out to the Gulf of Mexico. The manatees often come right up to our private dock. The wild birds visit the house daily. One of our favorite things to do is have coffee on the 2nd story balcony and watch the sun come up over the eastern horizon. The beds in the house sleep between 10 and 12 depending on how many kids and adults you have, but there are also three full length couches as well as ample floor space should you have air mattresses to lay out. Sleeping 14 would not be a problem....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Yes. Some books provided on book shelves both up and down....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Four DVD Players, one for each TV included. Some movies provided....moreless

  • Game Room:

    The down stairs serves as the game room with table for cards, and game consoles. Shuffle board table and Bubble hockey table. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Yes. Variety of PS3 and Nintendo WII games, roughly 20 in total....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Both surround sound systems and all alarm clocks have serial ports for connecting to your personal music device (mobile phone)....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic DirecTV package. TVs are also internet enabled so you can connect to your own Netflix account....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Yes. Both living areas are wired for Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with built in wall mounted speakers powered by Yamaha sound systems....moreless

  • Television:

    Four HD wall mounted flat panels. 1 in Master, 1 in main living area, 2 in downstairs entertainment area....moreless

  • Toys:

    Minimal toys provided. Some floatation devices pool side....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Yes. Two game systems connected to 2nd 50' flat panel TV in basement in game specific playing area. PS3 and Nintento Wii. Controllers and some games provided....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Yes. Random assortment of about 20 DVDs provided....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    Million dollar views from an impressive waterfront lot. Look out over the Crystal River, into Kings Bay. Watch the manatees and other aquadic life from private dock, deck, or pool area....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The main dining table as seen in the pictures can comfortably seat up to 8. There is a second very nice (new) dining room table used for decorations behind the living room couch that can seat 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Two Air Conditioners on separate control panels. One upstairs, One downstairs....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Yes, Large capacity washing machine and Dryer in upstairs laundry room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Two Heating units on separate control panels provided. One upstairs, One downstairs....moreless

  • Internet:

    High Speed Internet provided....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Yes. Linens plus spares provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Both living rooms are open floor plans with seating for up to 20....moreless

  • Parking:

    For up to 5 cars in drive way, additional parking available on street. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Good cell reception. No hard line phone provided....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Yes. Basic towels and hand towels provided as well as pool/hot tub towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Yes. Large capacity Washing Machine and Dryer in upstairs laundry room....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    New coffee maker in main kitchen. Can serve single keurig cup (ground) coffee or 12 cups (with filter). ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Well appointed cookware, measuring cups, spatulas, plates, silverware, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New stainless steel dishwasher in main kitchen....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Eat in kitchen with three stools at granite island counter top. Well appointed kitchen with pots, pans, flatware, utensils, coffee maker (keurig capable/full craft), and toaster. Large Pantry. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Two microwaves, two refrigerators, two microwaves, two ovens. The main kitchen has new stainless steel appliances....moreless

  • Oven:

    Two ovens, two cook tops, two refrigerators, two microwaves. The main kitchen has new stainless steel appliances....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Empty but large....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Two refrigerators, two ovens, two microwaves, and two cooktops. The main kitchen has new stainless steel appliances....moreless

  • Stove:

    Two stoves, two refrigerators, two microwaves and two ovens. The main kitchen has new stainless steel appliances....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Yes....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Yes. Great views from 2nd story deck/balcony just off main living area....moreless

  • Boat:

    Not provided, but local rentals available. Tie up to dock or contact owner about using one of two hydraulic lifts or davits....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    1100 sq foot patio, three patio tables, many chairs and cushions....moreless

  • Golf:

    Plantation Resort is just 4 miles up the road, boasts golf and tennis. Many other facilities within driving distance....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 sets of 4 person Kayaks are available on the property upon request. ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Yes. Screened in porch connected to basement entertainment area....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large Yard, nicely landscaped....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber grill with propane tank provided. You may have to fill the tank depending on previous renters use....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Plantation Resort is just 4 miles up the road, boasts golf and tennis. Many other facilities within driving distance....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Basic pool amenities provided....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Large 13,000 gallon heated (heat pump) pool. ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
May 1 - May 24, 2017
3 night min stay
$600
Memorial Day
May 25 - May 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$600
Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
$600
4th of July
Jul 1 - Jul 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,200
Summer II 2017
Jul 9 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay
$600
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2017
4 night min stay
$600
Fall
Oct 1 - Nov 21, 2017
3 night min stay
$600
Thanksgiving weekend
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$600
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$600

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

Rates are subject to change until dates are confirmed with deposit.

The outer hydraulic lift (13,000lbs) may be rented for a small additional fee and also must be covered under liability waiver.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

  • Florida Manatee Tours

    "Just minutes from the house, take the family to see Manatees in a way that you'll remember f..."

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  • Crystal River Preserve State Park

    "Take a right turn out of Crystal Shores and you are literally just minutes to Crystal River ..."

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  • Three Sisters Springs

    "Come see why Crystal River is rated the #1 spot in the world for Manatee Eco-Tourism. Dive,..."

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74 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tampa International
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
West 82 Bar and Grill
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Plantation Resort (Golf and SPA)
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 19
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Plantation Resort (Restaurant)
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Crystal River State Preserve Beach

Car: Recommended

Set just outsite the Crystal River Perserve State Park, there is boundless natural activities to enjoy year round at this fabulous location. From late fall until late spring Crystal River is the #1 spot in America to view and interact with Manatees. Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The city is situated around the magnificent Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F (22 °C) temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs pump 64 million gallons of water per day into the Cystal River. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida. Kings Bay is home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions without that interaction being viewed as harassment by law enforcement agencies. Tourism based on watching and swimming with manatee is the fastest growing contribution to the local economy.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Our family bought this home as a vacation property back in 2005. For the past nine years our parents have enjoyed living, entertaining, and caring for this family jewel but now we have choose to open it up to share with others. The house is owned by us and our parents. We live in Raleigh, NC, while our parents live just a few miles inland in the Black Diamond Golf community. My wife grew up in the Tampa area so the house gives us a central place for everyone to meet and spend the holidays and a few weeks a year. We can't wait for our little girl and boy to grow up learning about all that nature has to offer in the Crystal River area.

Why the Owner Chose Crystal Shores, Crystal River, FL, USA:
This property has something for everyone. Nature seekers, fisherman, scallopers, divers, or just those looking to enjoy a great view and front row seats for natures glory during a relaxing weekend, week, or months away. Not many homes can boast comfortable seating for 14-20 for meals making this home a unique find for entertaining groups of multiple families, friends, or corporate getaways. Headed to Florida to see Mickey? Stay here in natures cradle and drive just 90 minutes to Sea World, Disney, Epcot, etc. Head to Tampa just 74 miles south to see the aquarium or take in a Tampa Lighting NHL game.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, minutes from some of the best springs and eco-tourism in the world. Two open floors of living area make this home very special for large groups or cozy couples. Our kids love to hang out in the basement or around the pool while my we enjoy adult time in the very well done, calming second story living room. The house faces due east so every day you get awesome sunrises, moon views, and exceptional star gazing. Having nothing to block your view you'll see these events in ways you haven't before while relaxing on the patio, deck, or screened in porch. Open the downstairs triple wide sliding doors to experience indoor/outdoor living in the fall and spring.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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Photos

  • View from street.  Parking for up to six cars, plus boat trailer parking.

    View from street. Parking for up to six cars, plus boat trailer parking.

  • All new.  Very relaxing.  Great views.  Open Floor Plan.

    All new. Very relaxing. Great views. Open Floor Plan.

  • The sun and moon rise just over the eastern horizon.  Amazing views, every day.

    The sun and moon rise just over the eastern horizon. Amazing views, every day.

  • Two sets of sliding doors open to offer great indoor/outdoor entertainment.

    Two sets of sliding doors open to offer great indoor/outdoor entertainment.

  • Outdoor living, 1100 sq ft patio, heated pool (Heat Pump) and 8 person hot tub.

    Outdoor living, 1100 sq ft patio, heated pool (Heat Pump) and 8 person hot tub.

  • Fish, Crab, Boat, Kayak, or just dip your feet in the water off private dock.

    Fish, Crab, Boat, Kayak, or just dip your feet in the water off private dock.

  • New appliances.  Granite Counters.  We've added 3 stools for in kitchen dining.

    New appliances. Granite Counters. We've added 3 stools for in kitchen dining.

  • Guest Bath, Serves the living room and Guest rooms 2 and 3 in main living space.

    Guest Bath, Serves the living room and Guest rooms 2 and 3 in main living space.

  • Indoor outdoor living from basement entertainment area.  Stereo and DVD included

    Indoor outdoor living from basement entertainment area. Stereo and DVD included

  • The windows on both levels run the length of the house, framing the waterfront.

    The windows on both levels run the length of the house, framing the waterfront.

  • Bedroom #2, Queen.

    Bedroom #2, Queen.

  • The entertain and games at the house are for kids and adults of all ages.

    The entertain and games at the house are for kids and adults of all ages.

  • Upstairs 'Great Room', Kitchen, Dining, Family Room, 60' TV, Views for Days.

    Upstairs 'Great Room', Kitchen, Dining, Family Room, 60' TV, Views for Days.

  • The Great Room offers great 2nd floor views of the pool, yard, dock, and water.

    The Great Room offers great 2nd floor views of the pool, yard, dock, and water.

  • The tandem kayaks come with the rental, they can be converted to a single.

    The tandem kayaks come with the rental, they can be converted to a single.

  • Something for everyone, day or night.

    Something for everyone, day or night.

  • On quiet nights you can hear the manatees coming up for air from the hot tub.

    On quiet nights you can hear the manatees coming up for air from the hot tub.

  • Private Dock.  Two lifts.  Fish Cleaning area.  Crab, Fish, or view manatees.

    Private Dock. Two lifts. Fish Cleaning area. Crab, Fish, or view manatees.

  • Master Bath, completely new show, tub, floors, and custom hard wood closet.

    Master Bath, completely new show, tub, floors, and custom hard wood closet.

  • Private Dock.  Big Yard.  Fish Cleaning station to the right.  Bench seating.

    Private Dock. Big Yard. Fish Cleaning station to the right. Bench seating.

  • Kids bunk room.  2 x Twin over Fulls.  Our son prefers the top left bunk.

    Kids bunk room. 2 x Twin over Fulls. Our son prefers the top left bunk.

  • Master Bedroom, King Bed, Waterfront views, private bath, 40' Flatscreen TV.

    Master Bedroom, King Bed, Waterfront views, private bath, 40' Flatscreen TV.

  • Fun for all, 12' Shuffle Board, Bubble Hockey Table, WII, PS3, and telescope.

    Fun for all, 12' Shuffle Board, Bubble Hockey Table, WII, PS3, and telescope.

  • Bedroom #3, Queen.  Lots of space.

    Bedroom #3, Queen. Lots of space.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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