About the property
- House2200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Welcome to beautiful Crystal River! The pictures tell the story, but this is a peaceful, spacious, and modern waterfront pool home, built in 2005 with three bedrooms, two baths, and an oversize garage, as well as a beautiful shaded lanai and a fantastic covered dock with fish cleaning stations, and a 12,000 pound boat lift. We've also just added a brand new electric pool heater to get you through the winter months!
Description of the house.
Between the king bed in the master, the queen bed in the second bedroom, the trundle bed in the third bedroom, and the sleeper sofa in the formal living room, this home easily sleeps eight. The formal dining room also has a large, beautiful table with plenty of seating for your entire group. All of the furniture is modern and new, hand-picked to complement the design and flow of this beautiful Florida home.
The home also has a beautiful, open kitchen which overlooks the main living room and the swimming pool, with views down the canal. The swimming pool and shaded lanai blend into the living room and also open into the master bedroom. The home come equipped with an alarm system to keep little ones safe from the pool. There is also a very large garage and sizeable driveway that should be able to accommodate most RVs or other large campers. There’s a large washer and dryer combo in the laundry room just off of the kitchen, and the house is equipped with a whole house generator.
The best amenity is of course the waterfront location and access to beautiful Crystal River. But to help you enjoy the local area, we’ve provided two stand-up paddleboards, two kayaks, three bicycles, a large dock with a floating dock (making launching paddleboards and kayaks a piece of cake), and even two sets of golf clubs that you can use to play the local plantation course, all free of charge. There is a new, large UHD TV in living room for unwinding after hours and watching your favorite shows, as well as WiFi. We’ve also left a pack ‘n play for those traveling with infants.
The house is just off of Highway 19, a very easy and quick drive to the Crystal River Mall as well as the many shops, bars, and restaurants in downtown Crystal River. For example, it’s a 2.8 mile drive to Burke’s Irish pub and Norton’s Sports Pub on Citrus Ave, a 2.6 mile drive to Charlie’s Fish House and Cracker’s, and only 3.5 miles to the local grocery stores. There are multiple boat launches less than 1 mile from the house, and the house is largely surrounded by state parks and undeveloped park land.
The home is on a quiet and peaceful canal system that feeds directly into the main branch of the Crystal River. Once you get to the main river, you can go left to head into the bay and explore the spring systems, or go right and head out to the mouth of the Crystal River, with excellent fishing, millions of scallops, hundreds of small islands, and wildlife galore. The canal system allows for peaceful exploration via paddleboard and kayak, one of the best parts of the location.
There are many very large boats in the area. The canal is well over 10 feet deep at high tide and around 5-6 feet deep at low tide, enough to accommodate most midsize-to-large boats. If you are drafting more than four feet you’ll want to pay attention to the tide chart, however, just to be safe: There is a bridge between the house and the open water but it is very high (around 20 feet).
The local fishing grounds.
Many of you looking at this home will already know this, but Crystal River is a fisherman’s paradise. I grew up catching reds among the small islands in the mouth of the river, a 20-30 minute boat ride from the house. The area is also known for tarpon, sea trout, and grouper. There are lots of great write ups of the type of fish you can catch and the best seasons (February - April for trout, August - September for reds, May - June for tarpon, October - November for grouper). I recommend googling an article by sportfishingmag titled “Crystal River offers saltwater fishing bonanza.”
More on the wildlife, and of course the manatees.
Despite the great fishing, the area is most famous for a different water-dwelling creature: manatees. I’d say the scallops take a close second. The best time to see manatees is in the cooler months; in late December and January they’ll be packed into the nearby Three Sisters Springs area like commuters on a NYC subway car. You’ll often be able to see manatees right outside on the dock, as they love to explore the canals off the main river. If you are taking your boat out please please please be mindful of our friendly neighbors in the water and always respect the no wake zones.
Scallop season is also fantastic, and takes place from the last Saturday in June to the last Saturday in September. If you’ve never been, scalloping is great fun, you’ll need only a mesh bag, a snorkel and some fins, and a boat to take you out on the bay. If you don’t have a boat there are lots of local companies that will take you out to the prime scalloping grounds. Please pay attention to the daily catch limits; you can find more information on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation website.
The area also has great bird watching, and in fact there are wonderful bird watching trails less than a mile from the house.
The rates table below spells out our general rates on a seasonal basis. Please feel free to contact me directly to arrange longer term stays.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
I grew up in this neighborhood, going to high school in nearby Lecanto and spending my summers at my friend Blake's house just off of the Three Sisters Springs.
Charlie purchased this House in 2016
Why Charlie chose Crystal River
This property is wonderful, and offers something for everyone (even teenagers). Great fishing, birdwatching, and wildlife, a pool, canal, and paddleboards, two bikes, golf clubs, etc. It's my home away from home (I live in NYC) and I try to share as much of that with my guests as possible.
What makes this House unique
Crystal River is itself a unique and magical place. Growing up here I took much of it for granted, but where else in the world can you swim with manatees, feast on bountiful scallops, enjoy world class fishing, escape the cold of the wintry north, and do it all in the luxurious environs of a designer's home?
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Awesome Vacation Home!
The house is clean and spacious. We loved the private heated pool and having our own dock for our boat. This house is perfect with older children. You can see the pool from almost every room in the house so they can swim while you relax. The kitchen is well stocked and spacious. Having a fully functioning laundry room is fantastic.
We spent a lot of time on the river and a lot of time in the pool. We made use of the corn hole boards and bikes several times.
The owner was very responsive to the one inquiry we made.
The only thing that isn't great is the mattress in the master bedroom. I like a firm mattress but this was cardboard stiff (and creaky) with no cushion whatsoever. We had to run to the store and buy a 4" support topper just to make it bearable. The other beds were fine but the master definitely needs an update.
Overall, this place is great and we would definitely stay again. To make it even better, I would add a comfy recliner/reading chair somewhere inside, a lay-out lounge chair at the pool, a small grill outside and a TV in the master so the adults don't always have to watch what the kids are watching.
Great stay, great memories, great house! Thank you!
Neat and clean. Very spacious and accommodating.
Our family had a great stay at this house.
The pool was wonderful and there is so much to discover in and on Crystal River.
Excellent, great for family trip!
Great place, everything was meticulously clean; there were manatees in the canal in the back yard we could see them for breakfast!
The house is great...
Great location with a boat dock for easy access to the river...
Large kitchen area that blends in with living for room for an open atmosphere
Look forward to returning
Beautiful canal home with heated pool
Charlie was very responsive, accurate home description and pictures. Clean, comfortable beds and convenient location
Lovely home everything it says it is
We came for a winter retreat and had an amazing time.
Charlie the owner answered any questions we had quickly.
Home on quiet street near the state park. Yet easy access to town.
We used the bikes from the house several times. Trails just down the street.
Plenty of things to do.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Please plan on checking out of the house by 11 a.m. Please plan on checking into the house no earlier than 4 p.m. I may be able to accommodate different times depending on whether another traveler is arriving or leaving on the same day, please contact me if you need different check in/check out times.