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Review 3182: Owner, Sandpiper Condominium (#104624)
2bed/2bath condo in Longboat Key, Florida
November 2007, One week
This first floor condo (one other unit on second floor) was directly on the Gulf of Mexico on Longboat Key. It is next to a private home and the Gulf Tides Hotel. We have rented in this area for five years and enjoy it very much.
Publix Supermarket, CVS Drugstore, smaller stores, an upscale steakhouse and a bagel shop were within half a mile. Many more restaurants within five miles.
This is a two story condo (with garage on ground floor) in a two-unit building. Top floor is owned by "snowbirds" who are in residence mid Nov to mid April; it is vacant the rest of the year. Wonderful view.
There is a covered balcony (with lights and fans) on the front of the unit. There is also a wood deck with table, chairs, and chaise lounges down on the beach. Shaded by beautiful trees.
Because the unit is strictly a rental, there are no personal touches as found in a rental the owner occasionally stays in. It was spotlessly clean. The living room could seat nine people; the dining area adjacent to the kitchen seated four. The living room and dining area furniture were relatively new and comfortable. The bedroom furnishings were very basic.
The bedrooms were basic but the beds were comfortable. Queen beds in both bedrooms. Both bedrooms were pretty spacious. Master bathroom had two sinks; second bathroom was small but functional.
Basic kitchen utensils were provided but we had to buy a spatula. Some (like the electric juicer) had been put away dirty. There were enough forks, spoons, plates, bowls, mugs, etc. for eight people. Few matched but they were all clean and usable. We didn't do any cooking but the kitchen was more than adequate for cooking full meals. Microwave, oven, cook-top, dishwasher, large refrigerator with ice maker. Excellent, large gas grill that started right up.
Problems or Bonuses
The living room was more spacious than it appeared on the vrbo.com website. The unit stayed cool due to the shade provided by the trees on the beach while our previous Gulf-front rentals had been extremely hot due to afternoon sun. Did not like vinyl floor but it was OK. Wish there had been a shelf or two in the second bathroom to store toiletries. No space on pedestal sink. Wireless Internet was a little tricky at first. Nice outdoor shower. All in all, it was very comfortable for the four of us.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Owner is also a realtor and was easy to reach. Price was $1500 per week plus tax ($150) and cleaning fee ($150) so total for week was $1800.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we would and will stay here again. It was very relaxing and comfortable.
Things to do in this area
This was our fifth year staying in the area so we've built up a list of favorite restaurants: Columbia, 15 South, Kilwin's Ice Cream (all three at St. Armands Key), Old Salty Dog, Dry Dock, Haye Loft. St. Armands Circle is five miles away and a wonderful shopping/strolling area that is very European. This is an extremely upscale area but Sarasota, just 10 minutes away, is more down to earth!
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