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Private and safe in the heart of the Country

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom apartment in the middle of the historic Redlands

Halfway between Miami and the Florida Keys, 20 minutes from the racetrack, this quiet private apartment sits behind the main house on a fenced acre located in the historical Anderson's Corner Redlands. Just 15 minutes from the Fl TNPX, we are situated close to local tourist historical attractions but away from city life. Lush and tropical, it's a true escape to the country. Plenty of parking for any vehicle, the 600 SF apartment is a comfortable fit for 2 people. Arrangements can be made for up to 5 with the pull out sleeper sofa in the living room and a provided folding bed. There's a separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and all housewares to make this your home away from home while you explore Miami, the Everglades & the Florida Keys or even the local Redlands attractions. We leave plenty of goodies for your arrival so you can snack & have coffee & breakfast before hitting the grocery store in the morning. Appliances include full size refrigerator, microwave, washer, dryer, coffee maker, blender, toaster oven, hair dryer. The bathroom has a full tub and shower as well. There is wireless internet access and a 52" flat screen TV, complete with Netflicks and full network channel access. Outdoors is inviting with table and chairs set up for your shaded visiting pleasure. The sunset view is unparalleled and the neighborhood is wonderful to walk around in with many groves, nurseries, and variety of animals. If you wish, we have 2 bicycles with helmets you can borrow to cruise around the area. We also have available beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels you might need. True quiet country living, but only 10 minutes from the nearest grocery store, our house is across the yard from yours, so we are available for any needs, questions, advice, or just visiting if you wish.

Helen Alspaugh
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, smattering of Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 4, 2018

About Helen Alspaugh

Larry & I are both native Miamians who have drifted southwards. This area is more like the place we grew up. We have a grown daughter (24) who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, whom we love to visit. We are a couple of avid adventures who love traveling and seeing new lands. We've been all around the world but of course, there's no place like home!

Helen Alspaugh purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Helen Alspaugh chose Homestead

We feel like we live in Paradise, especially when the rest of the country is shivering. There is an acre of land beside ours with palm trees in the view, so sunsets are amazing. We love to sit in the yard watching the show in the sky in the evenings. Sometimes our neighborhood peacock joins us. With enough yard for our 2 little dogs to run in and enough trees for shading, we love the wide open feel of the south facing houses. Most of the trees were planted by us after moving in. Hurricane Andrew destroyed all the trees on this peaceful acre. Slowly but surely, it has turned into the garden atmosphere we envisioned when moving to the property. Our street is quiet and safe, away from the main traffic flow. This was a big change from the city life and traffic we were used to. But it's a great change!


Homestead Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size bed with pillow top mattress, 5 drawer dresser, full closet
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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Private and safe in the heart of the Country
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Excellent home base for visiting Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

  • 5 of 5

Overall, we had a great experience renting from Larry and Helen. Communication was excellent, as Larry reached out in advance of our arrival and even sent us a photo of the mailbox to help us find the property very easily. Once we arrived, Larry gave us an orientation to the house and recommendations for the area (places to eat, things to do, etc.). The house was clean and had everything we needed in the way of towels, dishes, tv/internet access, etc. (plus a couple of bonus food/beverage items to help us feel welcome). And then for the rest of the time we stayed, it was easy to come and go as we needed. It was really nice to 'automatically' have access to friendly locals to ask questions about the area and get good recommendations. We would stay here again if we are ever in the area to re-visit!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good overall.

  • 4 of 5

A country bungalow without the front porch:


- good natured, organized, helpful, and informative landlord

-sizable refrigerator with sizable freezer compartment

-stove, microwave and toaster oven

-kitchen stocked with all utensils

-Keurig coffeemaker (will need coffee creamer & sweetener)

-internet wifi

-huge TV

-good mattress on queen bed

-sizable closet space with shelves and adequate hanger supply

-sizable chest of drawers with 5 large drawers

-bathroom exhaust

-handheld showerhead


-refrigerator exterior looks unclean with rust and dark splotches

-no TV cable channels: e.g., no CNN, MSNBC, weather channel, etc.

The pros outweigh the cons and I would rent here again, especially if TV is upgraded with cable or satellite channels and a little rust remover is applied to refrigerator exterior.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the informative review. The refrigerator is on our "to be replaced" list. Thankfully, the inside is quite nice and functions well. We will probably not get cable- it's an unnecessary expense-the Netflicks/Hulu & network channels usually give plenty of selection and no one complains. And we have high speed internet, so you can stream whatever you want as well. Again, it was a pleasure hosting you both and I hope your stay was over all pleasant.
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Very clean, neat, and quiet. Very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and neat. There was fresh towels and toiletries. There was lots of extras to help with our stay (beach towels, beach chairs, washer/dryer, beach umbrella, umbrellas, etc.). The owners were very helpful on places to eat and visit. Left us brochures and maps. The owners were helpful with any needs and always available.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, charming hosts, great area of Dade County

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay in Homestead. We were there to visit my wife's relatives, who all lived nearby. This cottage was the perfect home base for that visit. Larry and Helen were great hosts, with thoughtful little touches like the orange juices in the fridge. The place was immaculate and comfortable. And the Redland Agricultural Area where it's located is a wonderful place to explore -- fruit groves and acres of potted palms being grown for shipment. We didn't feel like heading to South Beach or downtown Miami, just a relaxing week in the Old Florida countryside.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A safe oasis in the middle of the Homestead agricultural area...

  • 5 of 5

We could not have picked a more perfect place to stay during our visit in Homestead. We were located in the middle of all of the activities that we wanted to pursue. The cottage was clean and well furnished, and the owners made sure we were comfortable. This is our first experience going thru HomeAway. Larry and Helen set the bar high!!! We wouldn't hesitate staying in this cottage if we return to the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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All the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

Larry and Helen are excellent hosts. They were available for any questions and offered suggestions on things to do in the south Florida area. The house was very nice, clean, and had everything we needed. Being able to use the snorkeling gear, ice chests and beach chairs was an added bonus.

If we were traveling to the area again we'd definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59

The property is gated and the code for entry will be sent via email 24 hours before your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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