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Waterfront Retreat with Private Dock on Pristine Spring-Fed Halls River

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Kayaking on the Halls River off our private dock

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 Bed/ 2 Bath Relaxing Family Home With Magnificent Aqua Life Including Manatees

Relaxing family retreat on the pristine, spring-fed waters of the Halls River with Gulf access. This home has absolutely everything you need for an 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.

HOME FEATURES:
3 bedrooms, 2 bath, 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:
Golfing
Airboat Rides
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
Casino Boat Cruises
Museums
Silver Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs
Crystal River Mall
Florida Hog Hunting
Howard's Flea Market
Homosassa Boat & Fishing Tours
Manatee Tours
Ocala Horse Farms
Antique Shops
Citrus County Bounce Houses Slides Party Rentals
Guided Fishing
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 10 minutes away from 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 60 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.

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:
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/NOAATidesFacade.jsp?Stationid=8727293

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 call or email us.

You can rent at a very affordable rate by the week.

Keywords: House, home, boat dock, vacation, swimming, scuba, manatee, fresh-water springs, spring-fed water, river, nature coast, kayak, fishing, snorkeling, diving, wildlife, scalloping, blue hole, waterfront, west coast, recreation, birds, offshore fishing, biking, trails, beach
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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age of 25 for signing of rental agreement....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We are in a family-friendly neighborhood. We have a Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with the Signature Graco push-button fold that makes closing the play yard quick and hassle-free. We also have a Fischer-Price space saver high chair. Simply strap it to a dining chair (it’s very secure) for everything a full-size high chair offers—in half the space. Converts from reclining seat for newborns, to upright seat for infants, to booster seat for toddlers....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not allowed in the home or on the premises....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Owner is severely allergic to cats, so while we love them, we can't allow cats in the home. But we will allow small dogs if they are house trained and won't chew up the furniture. We will need a nonrefundable $75 pet fee....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Living room sofa sleeper: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    living room sofa pulls out into a queen size bed...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Very comfortable king bed, its own 40” TV with HD cable box...moreless

  • Bedroom 3 (Den): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Loveseat pulls out into a full size bed, 40" TV, basic cable...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Serta advanced gel memory foam queen mattress set...moreless

  • 40" flatscreen TVs in the master bedroom and the 3rd (den) bedroom. Plenty of closet space with a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Comfortable carpeting in bedrooms 2 and 3. Good quality mattress sets. All king and queen sheet sets are luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and its own master bathroom. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Huge walk-in shower, single sink vanity with storage...moreless

  • Main Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Full size tub, shower curtain, single sink vanity w/storage...moreless

  • The main bathroom is located off the living room, between the the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. The master bathroom is part of the master bedroom suite for ultimate privacy....moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player:

    Connected to the 50" LED TV in the living room....moreless

  • Games:

    There are some family games in the front bedroom closet including: Life Clue Guess Who Dominoes Cards...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Music channels are included on the HD cable boxes in the living room and the master bedroom....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Bright House cable with HD cable boxes in the living room and master bedroom and basic cable in the 3rd bedroom (den)....moreless

  • Television:

    There are 3 new flat-screen LED TVs in the house: 40” TVs in the master bedroom and the 3rd bedroom (den) and one 50” TV in the living room....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Modern dining table comfortably seats 6 for a relaxing dinner with family and friends....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Maytag dryer with faster spin speeds and a wrinkle control cycle. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    You'll find kayaks, snorkeling gear and a fishing pole in the garage. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Heat pump....moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed Wi-Fi is available with download speeds up to 35 Mbps....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Two sets of linens are provided for each bed and both sofa beds. All king and queen sheet sets are luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room has a 50” television with HD cable box and DVD player along with plenty of comfortable seating with a sofa and a loveseat. The sofa pulls out into a queen size bed and ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Room for 2 vehicles and boat trailer or RV in driveway....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    100% Egyptian cotton loop towels crafted for exceptional softness and maximum absorbency. If you run out, there is a washer and dryer off the den. There are beach towels for outside use....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Maytag top-load washer with sensing technology to adjust water levels for maximum effectiveness....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    New Black & Decker 12 cup automatic coffee maker with auto-shutoff....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked with dishware and utensils for 12 people...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked kitchen with cookware and utensils....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large over-the-stove microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Dual element bake with upper and lower elements produce even heat and great results....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Side-by-side refiigerator / freezer with ice maker and water in the door....moreless

  • Stove:

    5 burner electric range with digital display and ceramic glass top contains spills and allows for easy cleaning....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two slot toaster with bagel setting....moreless

Outside

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Three kayaks are included in the rental cost. They are stored in the garage....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Four comfortable, cushioned chairs and a round conversation table to enjoy the river and wildlife....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Brinkmann 2-burner propane gas grill with side burner....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$175
$995 $2,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Cleaning $110 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

69 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tampa International Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Seven Rivers Golf & Country Club
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Fat Daddy's Roadhouse
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
Fort Island Gulf Beach

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2015

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Homosassa, FL, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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 ...


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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

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Photos

  • Kayaking on the Halls River off our private dock

    Kayaking on the Halls River off our private dock

  • The view down the Halls River from the edge of our dock

    The view down the Halls River from the edge of our dock

  • The front of our home

    The front of our home

  • The living room has a 50" TV with an HD cable box and a DVD player

    The living room has a 50" TV with an HD cable box and a DVD player

  • You can see the dock from the dining room table, through the Florida room

    You can see the dock from the dining room table, through the Florida room

  • Kitchen has newer appliances, cookware, toaster, coffee maker, blender and more

    Kitchen has newer appliances, cookware, toaster, coffee maker, blender and more

  • The master bedroom also has its own 40” television with HD cable box

    The master bedroom also has its own 40” television with HD cable box

  • The second bedroom has a Serta memory foam queen mattress set

    The second bedroom has a Serta memory foam queen mattress set

  • The 3rd bedroom has a loveseat and its own 40” television. Perfect for the kids!

    The 3rd bedroom has a loveseat and its own 40” television. Perfect for the kids!

  • Florida room seating to relax while you enjoy the river and wildlife

    Florida room seating to relax while you enjoy the river and wildlife

  • Looking up river from our dock with unforgettable views of wildlife and birds

    Looking up river from our dock with unforgettable views of wildlife and birds

  • We have a couple of kayaks for you to enjoy that are included with the rental

    We have a couple of kayaks for you to enjoy that are included with the rental

  • Our private dock and the back of the house with a back door off the Florida room

    Our private dock and the back of the house with a back door off the Florida room

  • Manatee swimming in the waters off our dock

    Manatee swimming in the waters off our dock

  • Comfortable living room with plenty of seating

    Comfortable living room with plenty of seating

  • The living room sofa pulls out into a queen size bed (dog not included)

    The living room sofa pulls out into a queen size bed (dog not included)

  • Dining table comfortably seats 6 for a relaxing dinner with family and friends

    Dining table comfortably seats 6 for a relaxing dinner with family and friends

  • Master bedroom has a very comfortable king bed, walk-in closet, and its own bath

    Master bedroom has a very comfortable king bed, walk-in closet, and its own bath

  • We saw this heron on our dock from the master bedroom window

    We saw this heron on our dock from the master bedroom window

  • The view out the window in the second bedroom ... your own palm tree

    The view out the window in the second bedroom ... your own palm tree

  • The third bedroom loveseat pulls out into a full size bed

    The third bedroom loveseat pulls out into a full size bed

  • Enjoy the view out of the Florida room while you sip your morning coffee

    Enjoy the view out of the Florida room while you sip your morning coffee

  • Looking down river from our dock with a blue hole just around the bend

    Looking down river from our dock with a blue hole just around the bend

  • Shells picked up at Anclote Key ... nature's beauty

    Shells picked up at Anclote Key ... nature's beauty

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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