Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Parents of 4 20-something kids from northern Michigan who have vacationed in this area since they were children. We wanted the perfect place to share with our friends and family. Finding a location that would suit all of our needs was important. The whole family agrees we found a gem. We are originally from Toronto, Canada and our Canadian family and friends are especially excited about joining the Snowbirds and heading to our condo for some fun in the sun.
Valerie purchased this Condo in 2011
Why Valerie chose Indian Shores
When we were looking for the perfect beach condo, we were fortunate enough to meet Cyndee Haydon from Charles Rutenburg Realty to help us. After months of searching on both the Atlantic Coast and up and down the Gulf Coast, we found everything we were looking for at Sandcastle 1, Unit 407. We are directly on the beach only steps from the Gulf of Mexico with easy access to St. Pete & Tampa airports. The 'narrows' (Gulf Blvd. is only 2 lanes wide here) is a quaint area with character, endless things to do and has the 'FLORIDA' vacation vibe. Sand Castle 1 boasts beautiful grounds, a large heated pool and hot tub right on the beach and is a very clean building. CLEAN is a priority for us. When we consulted our teenaged son and our 3 '20 something kids', they wanted us to be in a place that had a great beach and water, was nearby to golf courses and was close to tourist destinations such as Busch Gardens, Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios and had Professional Sports teams like Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays Baseball, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Phillies and other MLB Teams in Spring Training and more all close by. Also, they wanted somewhere fun to go at night and have discovered great nightlife for young people in Clearwater, St. Pete, Tampa and within a short distance from the condo. Also close to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the Dolphin and star of the movie 'Dolphin Tale'. As parents, we wanted to have a quiet, comfortable home away from home and somewhere for all of our family to enjoy, including any grandchildren in the future. We are so happy we found that perfect place. Thanks Cyndee!
What makes this Condo unique
Great weather, family friendly building, beautiful beach, amazing sunset views from Living Room and Master Bedroom and sunrise views over Intercoastal from Bedroom 2 and 3/Den. Clean and updated apt., 55' HD Flatscreen and 2- 32' flatscreen tvs, every amenity in apt., video game system for your kids, new kitchen under construction with granite countertops. Fully stocked kitchen equipment. Free wireless internet, free long distance to US and Canada, beach toys, covered parking near elevator, convenient 4th floor location with view of palm trees from every window, great restaurants within walking distance, boat and scooter rental across street.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:27
Saturday to Saturday Rentals Only
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We had a great time
Our stay was enjoyable! We always love coming to the beach! Only thing was the elevator had a horrible smell to it! Other than that it was fun!
Great condo for families
Our family of five had a fabulous stay in Valerie’s condo. We especially enjoyed having access to beach chairs and toys, as well as the family games and movies. The property was also very beautiful and the pool was well kept. We will definitely be looking to rent #407 in future visits!
Thank you Jennifer for such a wonderful review. I'm so have you had a nice vacation!
We would love to have you back again anytime.
The condo exceeded expectations. It was bright and clean, recently updated and had everything we needed to enjoy a great week away. Our balcony overlooked the pool and beach and afforded us great evenings watching the sunsets. Check in was seamless and the condo was situated in a great area with access to lots of restaurants, mini golf, groceries, etc. The pool was never too busy so finding loungers was never a problem. This was my first VRBO stay and unit 407 set the bar high. We will 100% stay again!
Thank you so much Jenn for your very kind and detailed review. This time of year is wonderful in Florida as the weather is so nice (most of the time) and it is not crowded. We appreciate you choosing to stay at our condo and look forward to having you back again!
Beautiful Sunsets/Beautiful Property
We just spent a wonderful week in Valerie's condo. The condo has been updated and includes many amenities and it is just as lovely as the photos if not more so. The view from the balcony is spectacular and we had some gorgeous sunsets. Unlike some units where we have stayed before the pantry only has a few items so you will have to stock up on the basics. Also, there was only one roll of toilet paper in each bathroom and one roll of paper towels to get you started. Beach towels were a problem for us. There were five of us staying in the unit and they left four towels. I asked for more and got two additional right away but it would have been nice to have few extra. There was no cooler in the unit but our friends in another unit had two so we borrowed theirs but ended up buying a handy styrofoam cooler that we left in the unit so hopefully it will still be there for the next guests.
The greatest negative is that the complex was having an issue with the fire alarms that went off every time there was a hard rain which, unfortunately, also happened in the middle of the night twice. The alarms rang continuously for over an hour and they were so loud right outside of the two front bedrooms. They went off another morning at 6:30 or 7:00 am and rang for an hour and a half before they were shut off. Hopefully they will have them repaired by now.
There is really only one walkable restaurant close to the Sand Castle resorts - Caddy's Pub - but we spent a lot of time there listening to music, happy hour, brunch, dinner, etc. It is under new ownership and greatly improved from two years ago. There are several other really good restaurants a very short drive away.
Valerie was so responsive before and during our trip and provided us with very useful information about the area. I would definitely stay in this unit again. Thank you Valerie for sharing your lovely place with us.
Thank you Pamela for such a detailed review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. It was our pleasure hosting you.
Sorry about the fire alarm issue. I'm sure it was very frustrating.
All the best,
Great location. Love that the pool is next to beach so that my older children could go down and I could still keep an eye on them. Very family friendly. Other condo owners enjoying their own property very friendly to renting guests. Kitchen supplies excellent for those that cook some meals. Some little “fixes” needed in the condo (the dryer) but it didn’t negatively affect our stay because a very large drying rack was available. Sandcastle was a nice condo in a super area and very reasonably priced! Highly recommend a meal at Salt Rock Grill. Devine!
Thank you Karen for your very kind review.
We will have the dryer looked at as soon as possible. Thanks for the heads up.
We would love to have you back again anytime in the future.
Great place for a family vacation!
My sisters and I ( with husbands and one child) had a wonderful time at this property. Many positives:
We loved the view over the gulf! Valerie had extra beach towels, noodles, boogie boards, beach umbrellas available and a drying rack!! There is a well-equipped kitchen and clean and comfortable furniture including the beds- a big plus in our book!! This condo had other small things that wouldn’t seem important until you are in a house that doesn’t have it - such as a powerful and quiet A/C system and quiet dishwasher. We appreciated this! Valerie had multiple TV’s so my husband could watch news in one room without bothering the rest of us playing games at the table ( while we didn’t use any of them there were games, books, and DVDs available too). The draft stopper worked great in the front door on the two afternoons the wind picked up. Easy check in and check out. We also liked the newsletter Valerie sent in advance along with a list of places to go. We did go to her favorite breakfast spot- Sweet Sage Cafe and absolutely adored the signs hung everywhere - we had to walk throughout the restaurant just to look at everything and the food was good too. We also visited Haze Ice Cream across the street every day! Valerie is very responsive to any needs or questions too. We were lucky and had great weather which made our annual family week a vacation to remember. We’d definitely encourage anyone who wanted a week long beach getaway to think about this place. Enjoy it- we did!
Thank you so much Barbara. We are so appreciative of your kind words. Your review is so detailed which i'm sure future guests will really appreciate as do we. My new favorite breakfast spot is now Cafe de Paris for the best fruit crepes ever.
We know you have many options for choosing your vacation and we are so grateful you chose to stay at our condo. We would love to have you back again at any time.
All the best,
2 sets of golf clubs, beach chairs, water toys, boogie boards, family board games, cabanas for rent on beach