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Heated pool, hot tub, screened lanai, sleeps 6, private home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,362 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bath, large open-concept living space, lovely, private

Brand new listing as of April, 2015. You’ll be charmed from the minute you walk into this lovely, beach–cottage type house, with its fresh colors and its comfy, but elegant look. Although you’re not situated directly on the beach, you are only a few miles from the ocean, so there is usually a gentle ocean breeze, even in the warmest months.

Three skylights in the vaulted ceiling provide natural light and the popular open-concept of the living room, dining room, and kitchen create a light, airy place to relax.

There’s a new 48 inch flat-screen cable HDTV in the living room as well as a 32 inch HDTV in the master bedroom. There’s a lovely painted desk for your computer, so bring your tech toys to use with our free Wi-Fi. You may not choose to spend a lot of time online though, for you’ll find reminders that you’re on vacation wherever you look.

If you like to cook fancy meals, or just a lovely breakfast, you’ll find our new kitchen cabinets with deep double sink, and granite counter tops a delight. The stainless steel appliances are all new in 2015. The complete set of anodized pots and pans make cooking and cleaning so easy. We love to cook, so we’ve added many extras in our kitchen and you’ll have full use of them too, including a 2nd full-sized refrigerator in the garage.

Sliding glass doors open to a screened-in lanai with a nice size heated pool (12x25’) and a hot tub. You’ll want to grill out often, and eat out too, on this lovely lanai surrounded by a variety of palms. Since we’re on a corner lot, and there is an undeveloped lot beside us, there is plenty of privacy.

The master bedroom and master bath with walk-in closet are on one side of the house, and two bedrooms and bath are on the other side. Both bathrooms are brand new, with ceramic floors and matching ceramic shower/tub surrounds. The colors we’ve chosen are easy on the eyes and relaxing, and the furniture is a real upgrade to what you might expect in a rental home. The curtains are light and breezy, but each bedroom has room-darkening curtains to pull across for night time.

Linens and towels are provided. There is a small laundry room with new washer, dryer, ironing board and iron.

Though you may be tempted to stay put and enjoy the sunshine and pool on the property, investigate the town of Sebastian for great restaurants and drive the few minutes to enjoy the uncrowded ocean beaches. The Sebastian Inlet is famous for snook and flounder and we often go there with a picnic lunch to watch the dolphin play. The Sebastian area is designated safe habitat for the loggerhead turtle who come to nest in our beaches in May-July, and there are free evening trips to the beach to watch them dig their nest and lay their eggs. There’s a lot of local history too, with a small free fishing museum at the inlet, two museums to check out the treasure ships lost in the oceans near Sebastian, and an environmental center where children can see and touch small creatures under the sea. Golfers will find several courses in the area. We love the quiet neighborhoods and uncrowded beaches of Sebastian, but it’s nice to have busier Melbourne and Vero Beach nearby for additional attractions.

We bought this property so that our four children, spouses, and 14 grandchildren would have sufficient space to visit both our Florida homes and bring their friends. Since our primary home is elsewhere, when we’re not here, both of our homes are available to rent by the week or two. The two properties are close enough to walk or bike back and forth. If you have a large family or need more space, you might consider renting both homes (this one, which sleeps 6, and #439333, which sleeps 8).

More Details

Robert Hamburg
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Robert Hamburg

Bob and I are retired (he from military-me as educator). We came to Sebastian to visit my sister and husband who moved here, and fell in love with the area. We purchased a home in 2012 and rent it (#439333) when we're not in Florida, as our primary residence is in Virginia. It is rented nearly every week we are not here and receives wonderful reviews.

However, we have 4 children, their spouses, and 14 grandchildren from various states, who often want to come visit, as that is the only time the grandchildren can see each other. We needed more space to accommodate them, and purchased this home because it was near the first home and also because it had a great pool. We completely renovated the home and grounds and lanai. The fact that it is so near our other home means that we can have more family here at one time. The rest of the year we can rent it out. We feel it is good use of our property to allow others to spend time in it so they can enjoy it as we do, rather than let it lie unattended. Also we can have weekly maintenance of the pool and hot tub, lawn, pest control, etc so that the home will be kept in great order.

Robert Hamburg purchased this house in 2015

Why Robert Hamburg chose Sebastian Highlands

Sebastian is a truly hidden treasure. The beaches are not crowded, and it's not a widely known touristy place. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants, and the lagoon has walkways along it for viewing shore life. The inlet is wonderful and there are places to really see dolphins and manatees. Don't tell too many friends-we want to keep it the size it is now.

What makes this house unique

The home design is fairly typical (3 bedrooms, 2 baths in opposite sides of the home), but we have gone far beyond the typical rental in order to make this a really lovely vacation spot.

The home is on a corner lot, and there is an undeveloped lot next door with plenty of palms, and vegetation. The pool is great, the area is quiet, and there are always sounds of palm trees swaying in the breeze. We're close enough to the ocean to have a near-constant sea breeze.

The kitchen has so many amenities that you will enjoy preparing meals. The bathrooms are porcelain tile and beautiful. The colors are easy and relaxing to live in. You'll truly feel you are on vacation.

Look at the video URL at "links and videos" tab to see the manatees we visit when we're in Sebastian. We'll tell you how to find this special spot.


Sebastian Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1362 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
    master bathroom - toilet , shower
  • master bath has tiled shower and tiled flooring, double vanity with granite top, comfort size toilet, large linen closet, high window, exhaust fan. guest bath has tiled tub/shower, tiled flooring, deep sink vanity with drawers, comfort size toilet, window, exhaust fan.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    master bedroom - 1 king
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
watch the video we took of manatees playing in a state park near the lagoon.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

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Heated pool, hot tub, screened lanai, sleeps 6, private home
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Awesome place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

There wasn't one thing I didn't enjoy about this property. Lovely home, fully furnished with every amenity in a quiet neighborhood. Wonderful communication with owners. I'd highly recommend and look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karin, We are very pleased to have had your family at our home. We especially appreciate the electronic communications we shared. As a reminder, for returning gusts who stay at least one week, we offer a discount. Thanks for the kind words. We look forward to having you stay again. Bob & Merilyn
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Clean, conveniently located, private, all the comforts of home.

  • 5 of 5

No surprises! Everything went as expected. Great communication with the owner. House was in impeccable order. Mattress were comfortable. Hot tub was a plus. Will return!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great review and thanks for posting it! That's just what we are aiming for and we're so glad when we get the word that our renters had such a good experience. Merilyn and Bob
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A great place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

We have family in Sebastian who lives close by and Bob's house was a perfect spot for us. Everything was as promised and we really enjoyed our long weekend there. We will definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review. We do hope you will return again. We are curious why your rating was only 4 star, since that is the first we have received less than 5 star. If there is a way we can make the home better, please let us know. Merilyn and Bob
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Absolutely a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I could not have choosen a better home to spend our time in Sebastian in! The home owners were fabulous and truly made us feel as if we were extended family :) they have a beautiful, well kept, wonderfully updated and clean home with lots of amenities and close to lots to do! We plan on renting for our home away from home vacation again, and hope that when we are coming down again next year that the home is available! Honestly we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful location, or home. The pool was absolutely perfect, the outdoor space was huge, the privacy is key!!!! It is so private and quiet around here, it's unbelievable, and the hot, what a nice added bonus! There is so many items in the home that is available for use, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, extra fridge too! All of the appliances are beautiful and new, and honestly I can go on and on!!! We couldn't be happier and we are very thankful that we were able to make this house our home for our stay :)

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comforting home!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Sebastian and the home was perfect. Everything we could have asked for was included. Thank you Bob & Merrlyin for the house!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karli, Thanks for the compliments on our Sebastian home. We are always striving to make our guests comfortable so they can relax and really enjoy Indian River County and the Treasure Coast of Florida. Bob & Merilyn
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This property is beyond clean and well kept.

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay. The house & pool area are perfect and relaxing. The house is well stocked with all the essentials needed for a family. The bicycles in the garage are a huge plus! Thank you! The home owner was very responsive to any question we had and so kind. We will definitely return :)

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always nice to know our guests enjoyed their visit. We try hard to make you feel at home in our home. The nicest compliment is hearing that you want to come back. Bob & Merilyn
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Orlando, FL
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-95, exit 156
Nearest Beach
6.5 Miles
Car: necessary

First national wildlife sanctuary at Pelican Landing (1903). Environmental centers. Treasure museums. Sky-diving (and watching them land). Life-guards at ocean, facilities there too, uncrowded beaches. Many restaurants. Beautiful weather.




Additional information about rental rates

one-time cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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