|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Relaxing family retreat on the pristine, spring-fed waters of the Halls River with Gulf access. This home has absolutely everything you need for a wonderful family vacation … including the kayaks. Discover one of the few remaining areas to scallop in Florida during the summer and actually swim with the Manatees year round.
The Halls River is one of Citrus County's best kept secrets; totally natural - totally pristine - totally Nature Coast at it's finest! Off our private dock, there is some of the best bass and mullet fishing in Citrus County and unforgettable views of wildlife, birds and of course... Manatees. Yet, it is only minutes into either Crystal River or Homosassa for shopping, great restaurants, and the state's most popular wildlife park. And only 90 minutes to some of Florida's best theme parks, zoo, museums and attractions!
RENTAL RATE: $995/wk (7 days/6 nights) or $175/night w/ 3-night minimum plus tax, cleaning fee and 100% refundable security deposit. *MONTHLY RATE: $3,200 plus tax, cleaning fee and 100% refundable security deposit. THIS IS A NO SMOKING PROPERTY. Small dogs are welcome (saving you expensive kennel fees); see the “Pets Considered” section under “Suitability” for details.
LOCATION: This dog-friendly waterfront home is centrally located on a quiet road in the coveted north end of Homosassa, minutes south of Crystal River. It is 10 minutes from the Old Homosassa public boat ramp where you can launch your boat for free or rent a boat, canoe or more kayaks. You can also buy bait & tackle, scallop supplies or schedule boat tours. When not rented, this home is used by our family for personal vacations. See NAVIGATING THE HALLS RIVER section below for detailed information on if our property can accommodate your boat.
We are conveniently located just 60 minutes north of Tampa and St. Petersburg, directly off of U.S. HWY 19 between West Halls River Road (CR 490A) and West Ozello Trail (CR 494). Get away from it all without being too far away.
SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS: The master bedroom has a very comfortable king bed, its own 40” television with HD cable box, a walk-in closet, and its own master bathroom. The second bedroom has a Serta advanced gel memory foam queen mattress set that, like a Tempur-Pedic, provides plush comfort combined with body-contouring support. The third bedroom has a loveseat that pulls out into a full-size bed and its own 40” television with basic HD channels. The living room sofa pulls out into a queen-size bed and its own 50” television with HD cable box and DVD player.The main bathroom has a full tub/shower and is located between the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. The king and queen sheet sets are luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton. All towels are 100% Egyptian cotton loops crafted for exceptional softness and maximum absorbency.
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8
Private floating dock on the Halls River with Gulf access
Three kayaks with life vests (saving you rental fees), a snorkel set and a fishing pole
Modern style dining table that comfortably seats six
Wi-Fi, cable TV and a DVD player
Three flat-screen LED TVs: 40” TVs in two bedrooms and a 50” TV in the living room
Florida room with seating to enjoy the river and wildlife. Seating includes four comfortable chairs with spring rocking motion and full-size cushions and a round table that has a marbleized-painted, tempered glass top
The kitchen is stocked with what you need to prepare family meals. It includes newer appliances, cookware, dishes, silverware, glasses, barware, toaster, coffee maker, blender and more
Inside washer and dryer
Use our convenient private floating dock on a freshwater spring with either our kayaks or your own boat to experience Florida's magnificent aqua life including manatee's, fish and exotic birds. Manatee and dolphin come up to the dock. There are large snook, sheepshead, red snapper, freshwater bass and mullet to be caught right from the dock. You can also trap blue crabs down the Halls River. Or skip the boats and snorkel to explore the blue hole just a few yards up the spring. Rental rate includes 3 kayaks (saving you kayak rental fees).
AREA ATTRACTIONS: The nearby mall has a multiplex movie theater, restaurants and shopping in historic downtown Crystal River. The house is only 5 minutes to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and a short ride from the Crystal River State Park Reserve. There are nine beautiful state parks nearby or play golf at one of the many nearby golf courses.
Area Attractions include:
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
Casino Boat Cruises
Weeki Wachee Springs
Crystal River Mall
Florida Hog Hunting
Howard's Flea Market
Homosassa Boat & Fishing Tours
Ocala Horse Farms
Citrus County Bounce Houses Slides Party Rentals
Homosassa Crystal River Fishing Guides
Our location is near Casinos, Golf Courses, Bird Watching, Manatee Tours and Fishing Charters. You can enjoy a full day of all these activities at your leisure. Homosassa Florida and The Nature Coast Welcome You! Start making those family memories today!
NAVIGATING THE HALLS RIVER: You can put your boat in for free at the Homosassa boat launch next to McRaes (about a 10-minute drive from the house). From this location, you can quickly get out to the Homosassa River and then onto the Gulf.
Our house doesn’t offer a quick route to the Gulf but you can get there. It takes roughly 40 minutes, depending on how fast you go, to get from the house to the intersection of the Halls River and Homosassa River. There is no wake in these areas due to the manatees. From there, you are another 10 minutes to Homosassa Springs or another few miles to the Gulf.
Here are a couple of things to consider about navigating the Halls River:
- Flats boats or other boats that are suited to low water are the best to take up the Halls River; Pontoon boats also regularly go up.
- Navigating the Halls River up to our house requires that you be comfortable with your boat in low water. Up around the house, the water is easily 5 - 7 feet deep. But down through the middle section of the Halls, there are large open areas where the water levels drop. Having a depth/fish finder is very helpful as water levels can be as low as 1-2 feet at times depending on the time of year. The water levels rise in the autumn and throughout the winter and can vary depending on prevailing wind direction; the tide does not have a large impact on the Halls River water level.
- Finding the channel through these larger flat areas and through the tighter connecting channels on the Halls River is key; you must stay in the channel to make it through. It is not always clearly marked given that there are minor variations with sand shifting each year. If you have looked at the Halls River on Google maps, the channels are easy to see. It is a mostly sandy bottom through these tight areas. We have GPS route/path files for Lowrance and Garmin GPS units; please contact us and we can email them to you.
- Halls River bridge, just up river from the Homosassa, is a low bridge measuring 8 feet from the water level to the bottom of the bridge. If you have a bimini, you might want to lower it as you go through. There is a section marked with white arrows that indicates the best point to go under the bridge. Here is a link to the tide table for the Halls River bridge:
We hope this information helps you determine if our property can accommodate your boat. If you have other questions or would like to reserve the property, please let us know.
You can rent at a very affordable rate by the week.
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We've been married for 25 years and have two great kids. We both work in the tech industry as independent contractors. This gives us lots of flexibility and allows us to enjoy our new Florida home often. Ken first visited this area IN 2014 with his parents, who live nearby in The Villages. Ken felt that this was the closest feeling he had to being in Hawaii without all expense and lengthy travel time. This is our personal home now and we have decided to rent it when we can't be there to enjoy it.
Ken & Susan Fuhrman purchased this house in 2015
We looked at many homes in the Crystal River / Homosassa area and couldn't find a nicer property than this. We wanted a home with access to the Gulf, but also access to some of the waterways that lead to the Gulf; this home was perfect. It is a newer home at the head waters of the Halls River. There is a natural spring just yards up the river from us so the waters are crystal clear and much cleaner than anything we looked at on other canals. The kayaking is simply spectacular.
There are no high-rise condos here and and it is located in one of the last remaining natural coastal areas of Central Florida. It feels very secluded because the neighborhood isn't all built up but drive just minutes to US Hwy 19 and all the shopping, restaurants and activities you need are right there. It really is far enough away without being too far away.
We love this home because of its location and the newness of the property; it is clean and well maintained. We have purchased all new furniture, comfortable beds and luxurious bedding to make it feel like a retreat. We outfitted the kitchen so if you don't feel like eating out, you can have a quiet dinner at home. The views out the back windows and the Florida room are of our private dock and Halls River with all its wildlife, including the manatees. Much of the land around us is not developed so you see the beauty of Florida out the front windows too. All the undeveloped land around the house gives you the full Nature Coast feel while still being in a comfortable home. A true getaway ...
My wife and I stayed here for 8 nights in August, the week of our daughters wedding. Ken & Susan were very accommodating and easy to work with. They have gone to great lengths to make guests feel right at home, from the quality furnishings to the labeled light switches and accessories. The kitchen had everything we needed. The location on the waterway permits easy access for kayaking, boating or fishing. It's a quiet street, with nature all around. They have given a lot of thought to setting up the home so guests can be comfortable and make the most of their stay. If you are looking for a trouble free comfortable getaway, this is a great choice. Ken & Susan were professional and personable from start to finish. We will definitely stay here again when our plans bring us to this area.
Our family of 8 including 4 grandparents and two kids (12 & 9) had a fabulous stay. The house was clean, nicely decorated and stock with basic kitchen necessities. The 2 beds, sheets and towels are of high quality, sofa beds was as expected.
We enjoyed fishing and kayaking behind the house, saw plenty of fish and an otter and a manatee! The best surprise was being next to a local fishing spot with FL local fishing for Mullet, all super nice guys who gave us 6 free Mullet. As amateur fishermen, the grandparents was out there morning and afternoon each day having a great time trying fishing with success.
Our host, Ken and Susan manage excellent communication before arrival, during our stay and on day we departed. Overall we were well taken care of and had no issues during our stay. We would LOVE to come back again!
We loved the house it was clean and well represented by the ad. The use of the kayaks was a nice bonus and the location was nice for paddling around exploring. While there we went scalloping for the first time and saw the manatees too. This is a great location and convenient to everything you may need from food to shopping and local attractions. The owners were very attentive and helpful. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking in this area.
I would gladly recommend this home! The house looks NEW, like never lived in. It is equipped with everything and the recommendations for places to eat was spot on. The owners are very prompt and very informative.
We loved the wonderful beds, the fluffy towels, the high end appliances- this place rocked. The kyacks were wonderful but a little hard to get into from the dock- mostly because I'm old!
The property was perfectly as described, lovely and clean and exceptionally well maintained. The owner were very accommodating and communicated well before and during the trip. The location is stunning, the river beautiful, this was a brilliant retreat. The local area has plenty to do and there is a good selection of shops/restaurants available. We most definitely will be returning.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$75 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$110 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
No pet fee is charged if you do not have a pet.
Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am.
The security deposit is refundable after checkout.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.