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Penthouse Directly on Siesta Beach - RENOVATION COMPLETED JAN 2015!

Siesta Key, FL, USA
  • Condo1300 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay14 nights

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Penthouse with Panoramic Beach Views - ALL NEW!

Totally renovated during the winter of 2014-15, this is our second (see also VRBO Property #441689) all-new 2-bedroom, 2-bath top-floor Penthouse unit in beautiful 'Crystal Sands' directly on the Gulf of Mexico and Siesta Beach (see photos). Designed by Sarasota's award-winning Sweet Sparkman Architects, the renovation features North Carolina pine wood and Portuguese Carrara marble floors, Bosch stainless steel kitchen and laundry appliances, natural stone counter tops and three state-of-the-art Samsung 'Smart TVs' including Pandora internet radio, fiber-optic HD cable TV and Netflix entertainment systems. The unit is also equipped with ultra-fast internet and WIFI throughout, so you can stay in touch while you relax and enjoy panoramic Gulf views from the kitchen/dining room, living room, both bedrooms and their adjoining 25-foot long screened balcony directly on Siesta Beach, with Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota off on the horizon.

The most unique feature of this complete 'walls down' floor to ceiling renovation is an enormous gourmet kitchen and dining area with top-of-the-line Bosch appliances plus every tool you will need to satisfy your 'inner chef.' This quiet and secluded top floor beach home also features a separate laundry/beach equipment storage room with beach chairs and accessories 50' down from Siesta Key's only glass elevator to world famous Siesta Beach.

The master bedroom has built-in custom storage cabinets, a 50 inch Samsung 4K Ultra-High Definition Smart TV and a 14 inch deep king size bed. The living room includes a 90 inch X 90 inch corner sectional sofa, swivel reading chair and an amazing 55 inch Samsung 4K Curved Ultra-High Definition TV that 'pops up' from a custom-built cabinet. The sliding glass doors were extended during the renovation to the full width of the living room, and open to the balcony to 2/3 of the span. The guest bedroom has two 14 inch deep queen size beds, a 40 inch Samsung Smart TV and a large storage closet.

Your vacation Penthouse also has all new 'mid-century modern' style furnishings and bedding, a custom-tiled two sink guest bath, a walk-in Carrara marble master bath shower with rain shower-head and a new two-zone climate control system for your comfort.

Book your reservation in paradise today!


John Collins

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
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About John Collins

Sarasota natives now living in the Northeast, we know the area and have always admired this beautiful building directly on the 2+ miles of world famous white sand beaches of Siesta Key in Sarasota.

John Collins purchased this Condo in 2014

Why John Collins chose Siesta Key

Equipped for use by my family as often as we can make it back to paradise - we offer our Penthouse to the discriminating vacationer who wants both a beautiful natural setting and the modern technology and comforts needed to easily stay in touch with the 'real world' back home!

What makes this Condo unique

Located directly on the #1 rated beach in the USA, this unit is all new (renovations completed January 2015), on the quiet and secluded top floor just 50' away from Siesta Key's only glass elevator to the beach. Crystal Sands has two heated pools, one directly on the beach. For your convenience, the unit also has on-site management for check-in and to offer any assistance you may need during your stay.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Guest Bedroom
        2 queen, 41' wall mounted 'Smart' TV
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, 50' 'Smart' TV built into wall opposite bed
      • Both bedrooms have direct views down Siesta Beach.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Master Bath
        toilet, shower, Beach view from shower down Siesta Beach
      • Guest Bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower
      • 2 Full Bathrooms with twin vanity/sinks

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Direct Penthouse view West and North down Crescent Beach to Siesta Beach, Big Pass and Lido Key, and North and East to downtown Sarasota from all living, dining and bed rooms
        • Beachfront
          Directly on world famous Siesta Beach — known for the whitest sand in the world and its clean, blue water — which topped the 2011 list for best beaches in the USA
        • Downtown
          !Beautiful view of Downtown Sarasota, Florida over the beach from the penthouse balcony in the distance off to the Northwest
        • Ocean View
          Again, directly on the Gulf of Mexico
        • Oceanfront
          Directly on the Gulf of Mexico
        • Water View
          Panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico from every window - 12th floor penthouse directly on the beach
        • Waterfront
          Panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico from every window - 12th floor penthouse directly on the beach


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      two zone climate control system new as of renovation in winter 2014-15
                    • Elevator
                      Three elevators - one glass
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      two zone climate control system new as of renovation in winter 2014-15
                    • Internet
                      High-speed fiber optic WIFI with one hard-wired connection available at the desk. All 3 Samsung 'Smart TVs' (55' Curved 4K UHD, 50' 4K UHD, 40' HD) with hard-wired broadband internet connections.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                      Extra set of sheets for each bed
                    • Living Room
                      55' 4K Curved Ultra High Definition Samsung 'Smart TV' -- 90' x 90' sectional sofa, reading chair, cocktail table. TV cabinet includes books, games, movies. TV loaded with Netflix and Pandora
                    • Parking
                      One covered parking space provided, additional guest parking available uncovered
                    • Telephone
                      Unlimited calls within the United States and Canada, other international calls by credit card
                    • Towels Provided
                      8 complete bath, hand and wash towel sets plus 8 beach towels in the laundry/utility room
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          12 cup Mr. Coffee
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Complete set for 8 - all dishes and utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          Bosch stainless steal
                        • Kitchen
                          All new as of renovation completed Winter 2014-15 - All Bosch appliances: stainless steel built-in refrigerator freezer, electric cook top, wall oven, microwave and dishwasher. Ample cabinet storage.
                        • Microwave
                          Bosch stainless steal
                        • Oven
                          Bosch stainless steal
                        • Pantry Items
                          'Brita' Water Purifier Pitcher, complete selection of cooking utensils, mixing bowls, food scale, complete set of cookware, complete set of bakeware, mixer, blender -- everything a chef could need
                        • Refrigerator
                          Bosch Built-in stainless steal
                        • Stove
                          Bosch stainless steal
                        • Toaster
                          4 slice stainless steel


                            • Dining
                              5 top dining table plus 2 seat 'breakfast bar' (See kitchen photos)
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 5 people


                                • Books
                                  Provided throughout the living area and bedrooms
                                • DVD Player
                                  Samsung BluRay
                                • Games
                                  Various games provided in living room TV cabinet
                                • Music Library
                                  Unlimited music library accessed via Pandora internet radio available on all three Samsung 'Smart TVs'
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Verizon 'Fios' fiber optic HD Cable TV with selection of free 'on demand' entertainment options
                                • Stereo
                                  BlueTooth enabled combination radio / alarm plus Pandora internet radio available on 3 hard-wired Samsung 'Smart TVs' (see Television)
                                • Television
                                  3 Samsung 'Smart TVs' (55' Curved 4K UHD, 50' 4K UHD, 40' HD) w/hard-wired internet connections, 'Fios' fiber optic HD Cable, Netflix and Pandora. Other internet entertainment options by credit card.
                                • Toys
                                  Beach toys, books and games provided for children
                                • Video Library
                                  small selection of movies and free 'on demand' options


                                    • Balcony
                                      25 foot balcony with sliding glass doors to the master, guest and living room. Furnished with 4-top (expandable to 6) bar-height dining table, plus 4 lounge chairs with 2 ottomans and 2 side tables.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Available locally for rent within walking distance (1/4 mile) from property
                                    • Boat
                                      Rentals available at Siesta Key Marina, 1/4 mile from property
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Many choices in Sarasota area from executive 'par-3' to full championship courses within 10 miles of property.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Rentals available at several location with walking distance (1/4 mile) from property
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Two communal gas grills provided on first floor at base of glass elevator.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Public courts available at Siesta Key Public Beach, 1 mile down beach from property
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Rentals available at several location with walking distance (1/4 mile) from property


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Two heated pools, one directly on the beach (see photos).
                                            • Heated Pool

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge
                                                • Staff


                                                    • marina
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • churches
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • theme parks
                                                    • water parks

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • One housekeeping visit included for rentals in excess of 2 weeks. Optional housekeeping services available anytime at a charge of $100 per visit (complete cleaning, linen change, etc.)

                                                                      10 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautifully renovated to highest standard! Well furnished and equipped!

                                                                      Colin K.Beavercreek, Ohio

                                                                      Haven't seen a better vacation condo rental anywhere!

                                                                      Great view, great unit, great owner

                                                                      Andrea J.Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                                      We return for a month year after year because the view is fabulous and the unit is beautiful and comfortable. The beach is the best around. The owner, John, is thoughtful and very responsive to any issues. The weather this year was fantastic, too. The continuing repairs after the tornado a couple years ago was a bit noisy at times, but the improvements will make the building safer and better for many years to come. We will be back next year. I highly recommend.

                                                                      Spectacular view, high-end amenities, wonderful hosts

                                                                      Andrea J.Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                                      Start with the spectacular view, then look around the unit at the high-end furnishings and many thoughtful touches, and you will know you have discovered a special place. It's actually better than the pictures! The comfortable beds are fitted with clean, white, soft linens, and the living room is beautifully decorated without overdoing the knick-knacks like so many other rentals. We have stayed here several times for several weeks at a time because it's so comfortable, but also because John and Tammy keep the unit fresh and updated. They are very responsive and have great taste. If you see availability, don't hesitate; grab it and get ready for a stay in a luxurious condo overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank your for staying with us year after year. We love Siesta Key and our vacation home -- and sharing it with guests who appreciate it as much as you two do. See you next year!

                                                                      Top-notch property/ Has it all.

                                                                      P S.

                                                                      Crystal Sands condo #1209 is incredible. Floor to ceiling windows in two bedrooms and living room reveal a gorgeous view of Crescent Beach...the entire beach all the way north. Another WOW factor is the condo interior: pristine, appears brand new even though the renovation was done in 2015. Professionally done. Master bed is very comfortable. All kitchen items (utensils, pots and pans, oven, microwave, stove,dishwasher,glassware,dishes) are top of the line and appear brand new. Table linens are also provided. The kitchen is HUGE. Interior design, colors, amenities are seemless.... The gray/blue walls match the ocean. Wine glasses have shells etched on sides. We found the colors relaxing. See pictures as they tell the story. Lots of storage space in all rooms. Lanai has comfortable furniture. Condo was very clean - no hint of former usage anywhere. John responded very quickly to all questions - excellent customer service. Washer/dryer in condo also appear new. Lots of beach towels provided. Also umbrella with screw-type stand for easy installation in sand. Books, toys, games provided. Then, of course, there is the beach. Sand is similar to extra fine sugar. You will have fabulous sunsets to view. We had a moonset gleaming on the ocean. In the morning, you wlll experience a sunrise from the back of the condo's kitchen. We have already signed-up for next year.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for staying in our vacation home, see you next year!

                                                                      Simply wonderful!!

                                                                      GaryBuffalo, NY

                                                                      This is the second time we have stayed in one of the Collins' condos and have to say, without a doubt, that they are the best. The condo is beautifully furnished and has every amenity that you could ever want or need. The beds are soft and welcoming after a long day on the #1rated beach in the country. The view is exceptional. You can watch the pelicans at eye level in the morning flying in to feed. Furniture is comfortable and top of the line everything in this condo. We just bought a place in Venice or we would rent #1209 every year. Simply the best ! G and R

                                                                      A PIECE OF PARADISE!

                                                                      Two SistersRochester, New York

                                                                      My husband and I have been coming to Siesta Key for 25+ years and this condo is one of the nicest we have ever rented! All the amenities you could ask for, very clean and beautifully decorated! The owner was a pleasure to deal with as well. If you are looking to rent in this area and you love the beach, you should definitely consider this rental. Perfect for couples, families or time away with friends. Definitely recommend it. You will not be disappointed! Thanks John for sharing your piece of paradise with us!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Great to have you, please come back soon!


                                                                      Siesta Key, FL, USA

                                                                      2011 was the 21st year of the Best Beaches list, put together by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (also knows as 'Dr. Beach'), director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research in Miami. In 2015. In addition to its sparkling sand and beautiful water, Siesta Beach, Leatherman said, boasts of the perfect waves, not for surfers, but for kids and families to play in. Rather than feet, the waves are measured in inches and the beach gradually slopes into the Gulf waters, making it a very safe area for children. Following is a representative independent review of Siesta Beach by Jerry Chandler from December 19, 2012: The world is rife with “perfect beaches” – places remote and removed where you can travel in time and space. Problem is, they are, well, remote and removed. To really register, a beach needs to be comparatively accessible, as well as consummately wonderful. As for the first criteria, how ‘bout Sarasota? It’s close, on Florida’s lower Gulf Coast. As for wonderful, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a. ‘Dr. Beach) labeled Siesta Key Beach the number one beach in the country last year. The folks at Visit Sarasota County echo Leatherman’s lauding of this eight-mile long swath of sun, sand and sea oats on the Gulf of Mexico. The west side of the barrier island is where you want to be. The white sand beach is dazzling, your bare feet making a satisfying silica‘scrunch, scrunch’ and you head to the water beyond. The area is perfect for constructing your own personal sand castles, launching that colorful kite you’ve always wanted to fly, or merely chilling out and listening to the sound of the surf wash away the noise of a workaday world back on the mainland.

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                                                                      Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Minimum 14-day stay is a Homeowners' Association restriction - owner can not waive the minimum stay requirement.

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