USA Gulf Coast Florida Seminole Listing #57707

Ancient Shell - Seminole, FL

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Max. occupancy: 6 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 1 Twin Bed, 1 Futon 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 1 dog max 
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Spacious Home in Quiet Neighborhood w/ Private Pool - Near Downtown & Beach

This 3BR/2BA home features a sparkling private pool, lawn, and grill area, and is conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood 10 minutes from St. Pete and the beach.

ABOUT THE HOUSE

There’s ample relaxing outdoor space at this home—frolic in the large private screened pool with spacious deck area, and dine in the grilling area on the lawn, where you will find a patio table with seating for four.

Inside, kick back in the front living room with plush seating and a 60” Vizio TV with entertainment unit (including Netflix, a DVD player, and Playstation 3). Or settle into the comfy reading nook with shelves full of books, a rocking chair, and a wood-burning fireplace. A futon provides additional sleeping space for one.

Both spaces are open to the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and bar seating for two. Enjoy your meals at the glass and bamboo table in the dining area with seating for four.

This single-level home has three bedrooms. The master is furnished with a queen-size bed, a 42” TV, and affords access to the pool area. The en-suite bathroom has a walk-in shower.

The guest bedroom has a twin bed, while the third bedroom has a full-size bed and 32” TV.

Amenities include laundry facilities, 3 bicycles for guest use, and parking for up to four cars in the driveway.

THE LOCATION

Though this property is tucked away in a residential neighborhood for maximum privacy, it’s also close to everything. The beach is 1 mile away. Check out the wildlife in Lake Seminole Park, a 12-minute drive, grab a pint at Rapp Brewing Company a 16-minute drive, or just lounge on the sugar-white sands.

All leases require a minimum 31-day term.

This rental is located on floor 1.
Parking Notes: There is room for 4 vehicles in the driveway. Guest Entry Instructions: This rental utilizes an E-lock, a digital lock that requires an unique code to enter. This code is reset after each guest's stay.

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.

AMENITIES

Common areas

Gym/fitness room

Features

Iron

Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Media

Internet

TV

Cable

DVD player

Wireless router

Netflix streaming

Stereo

Nearby activities & attractions

Playground

On-site activities

Adult bikes

Board games

Tennis court : Private

Outdoor

Gas grill : Private

Beach chairs

Theme

Snowbird-friendly

28 reviews

Alvaro P. Oct 2021
todo muy bien, fue una experiencia muy buena, que volveríamos a repetir This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Richard N. Sep 2021
The property was very nice. Lots of pots and pans to cook with. The pool was well maintained. The patio doors could use some maintenance as some were difficult to open and one came off the track however we got it back on. Beds were very comfortable and the furniture was nice. Shower in the master bathroom needs updating. 2 out of the 3 bikes had the chains off the tracks. Would stay there again for sure. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
James E. Aug 2021
Everything was great, pool, house, and location. Only two things I recommend to improve the experience for future guests. Move the Gas Grill to the back corner that is only used for storage of the pool toys to avoid having to grill outside the screened cage and also have the gardener clear the the top of pool cage and gutter of the leaves and fallen branches (Pics and Video sent to the property manager) Otherwise it was a great vacation and would stay there again. I recommend it highly. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Kim K. Jul 2021
Home was over priced compared to previous homes we stayed at with AirBNB. A lot of dirt and dust under beds and in corners. Insides of bathroom and kitchen cabinets were dirty. Very little supplies in home. Lack of paper products and coffee, hot tea and/or condiments were always supplied at rentals. Not enough glasses or coffee cups in cabinets for the number of people this home slept. Both gas tanks on grill were empty. We had to go fill our self when asked for refills they could not accommodate but did reimburse us on cost. Furniture and beds were not updated and mattresses were uncomfortable. Single bed springs were visible through mattress. Shower was not draining so we got Drano to unclog. Lack of bath towels, beach towels and pool vacuum was programmed to run during the day and parked all night?????? We swam around it..... Areas around pool were dirty and needs a good pressure wash. We made the best of it but, very disappointing for the money spent. We will not rent from TurnKey again. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Alexis C. Jul 2021
The photos posted on the listing must be from before our stay. The home has some pretty serious wear and tear. When we arrived on Friday, the pool was filthy (so filthy we wouldn`t get in it). The pool guy didn`t come until Tuesday and we checked out on Wednesday (so we spent almost the entire vacation with a dirty, unusable pool). The screens around the pool have massive holes (so there was a snake in the patio) and spiderwebs everywhere. The AC is set with some temperature control device that constantly (I mean, every 3 hours) resets it to 84 degrees... in July... in Florida. So it was either be hot or constantly reset the AC. The house clearly has some sort of rodent infestation. There were droppings in one of the bedrooms and all over the kitchen cabinets. On our first night we came home to find that something had shredded into our unopened bags of chips, bread, etc. On our second day there was no hot water. Thankfully, whoever manages the property had some out there VERY quickly and he fixed the issue within an hour. The neighborhood was great and quiet and well situated. But for the price, we could have stayed somewhere MUCH nicer so it was overall pretty disappointing. We have pictures of everything for review. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Nicole D. Jun 2021
I really wanted to like this place but there were so many issues that in the end we were very disappointed. When we arrived, we quickly realized that the posted pictures must be from when the owners purchased the home and not current. There is no fish tank, the chains on the bikes were off and the bikes have rust, each bedroom and the living room have big white a/c units hooked up to the window and are sitting on the floor. There were few beach toys/chairs and what they have is either broken or old. The yoga mat was so dirty I had to wash it first. The pillows are really old and gross, the sheets are also old and I did not see a spare set, just the ones on the beds. I did 7 loads of house laundry before being able to do any of my own. One set of sheets had a spot of blood on it, there was some kind of animal hair on the bedding in the master, the beach towels are really old. The kitchen pots and pans were old, filthy and rusty. Turnkey brought new ones. The grill had no gas, just 2 empty tanks and only one burner worked. Turnkey brought new gas and grill cleaning set (grill was dirty and we had nothing to clean it). Most kitchen plates and cups have chips. The dishwasher had glass at the bottom and the flap for the soap is broken, my kids found a bandaid and plastic bottle at the bottom of the pool. There are no reclining lounge chairs and the pool house area is dirty, cracks along the pool`s edge. My son was very disappointed that we could not get the PS3 working, which was on the listing. There were also little things like several lights being out and no batteries for tv remote in the spare room. We kept making jokes about this house being Grandma`s house because of the outdated decor, kitchen items, bedding, towels, blankets, furniture, etc. The home needs some updating (like the chips on the walls) and a serious deep cleaning. On the positive side, the neighborhood is very quiet, the pool was useable the house is spacious and close to the beach.I have pictures. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Nikya D. May 2021
The house was clean. They had plenty of towels and beach towels for people to use. It is very spacious. The pool was fine-no fiber glass issues so that has either been resolved or I don’t know what the problem was. The pool area could have used a clean up (as in there were 3 HUGE spider webs attached to the poles and the ceiling screen. One of the outdoor screens was busted and a snake did get into the pool area (we safely got him back out). The backyard behind the pool does seem a bit grown up with greenery, but it didn’t bother us. The pool is NOT heated which at first I wasn’t a huge fan of (I mean the ocean was warmer than the pool) BUT if you just jump in after a few seconds it’s fine and actually was nice it wasn’t heated as a relief from the Florida heat. The kitchen was beautiful and plenty of space for our thing, and had plenty of dishes, pots, pans, etc. It is close to the beaches. I suggest Indian rocks and Madeira. The Redington beach had the worst water (lots of sea weed), but it also had the most unbroken shells. Parking is difficult to find, especially on the weekends.

Suggested upgrades:
Master room: for the love of god just invest a little money and change the ceiling fan into one with a light. The lighting in that room is HORRIBLE, even with the side lamp.
Large spare bedroom: same thing invest the money in a ceiling fan with a light.
Small spare room: actually has lighting, could upgrade to a ceiling fan light, but overall it’s fine.

The ac unit may need looked at soon, because it was making a weird noise during our stay.

Overall: I would say this is a good price for the size of rental, but for the lack of lighting, the pool area and the over grown greenery, it does seem over priced by $100-200 This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Jacques H. Apr 2021
Absolutely love this place. Had everything we could ask for. Clean rental, nice neighborhood, close to beaches. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Eileen S. Mar 2021
The description “Spacious home in quiet neighborhood..” is very accurate. Five 0f us (four adults and a teenager) enjoyed the inside and outside amenities. I loved all of the birds who visited. One member of our party walked to the beach every morning and I did a half an hour walk around the neighborhood. Very nice.
The Interior of the residence was very clean. The only issue here was outside: the pool really needed work. I did contact the management company and they were very helpful. The regular pool service man came and did a very good job.
The location was very good, maybe a half hour walk to the beach, five minutes by car. Nice restaurants along the beach. Parking was available on weekdays, more difficult weekends.
Just a few comments about amenities: we all loved the ROKU, watched a lot of movies. Kitchen could have been better stocked. I enjoy cooking, disappointed in cookware and only service for six for dishes so we were always washing dishes. There were no hangers. (?) We used the grill but it had to be cleaned, very dirty. The landscaping around the pool area was neglected. A shame, could have been very attractive with some attention to gardening/clean up.
But all in all we had a very good time. Ate outside at all times and just enjoyed hanging out in the pool area. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
John D. Jul 2020
Upon arrival, our first impression was “are we here?”. The house looked run down yard is a mess of clutter on the right side and a nightmare of landscaping. We try to enter with the home with our emailed code and the doorknob was dead. It took about 2 hours to get someone to come out, switch out the doorknob just so we could enter. We get in, look around and NOTHING, I do not exaggerate, NOTHING was as pictured. We seriously had to open the app and compare pictures to believe this was the same house we decided to rent. The pool was dirty, tiles are completely detached from the pool, just resting in their place. The pool has cracks in it and it’s fiberglass so beware you may have to use duct tap to remove shards from your skin. The patio was dirty, smelled like mildew and the screen has large holes in it so be careful to check for animals in the pool area, when entering. There’s a small area off the pool area that is unusable, because the gutters are full and when it rains, it’s a monsoon. The area holds water and dirt and is a breeding ground for insects. The sliding doors leading from the house to the pool, are difficult to open and seem to not stay on the track. There is water damage in the ceilings as a result of leaks. The house was dirty, clothes left in the dresser, sticky stuff on the cabinets and the dishes has to be washed before we could use them. I am not sure the sheets where changed and had to strip my sons bed before he slept in it. The furniture was run down, damaged and many of the items pictured are not in the home. We asked about beach chairs and told there were enough for our family of 4 and there were only 2 (we bought 2 more and left them). 3 bikes are pictured but there is only 1. With what we paid for this property, I was beyond disappointed. I could have stayed anywhere for that price. This property should be removed from the listing until the property owner cleans it and updates the pictures. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Rebecca nelson . Jun 2020
The pool on this property is fiberglass, and I had 4 tween girls with fiberglass in their skin after the first night. I spent 4 hours of the first night of our vacation using duct tape to remove it from their skin after a telemedicine visit with their primary care doctor. I called turn key, but they honestly did not seem to care. They sent a guy to take photos of the pool, and I never heard from them again. I left messages with the corporate office over a week ago, but I have still not heard back. The house has a great A/C unit, the master bed is comfortable, and the washer and dryer work well. There was only one bike, but the photos show 3. I recommend bringing your own pots and pans. I always do! There is a beach tent, but the stakes are missing. We rented this house because of the pool, so it was a huge disappointment to discover that it needed repaired and was causing skin irritation if you touched the walls. I will not rent from turn key again. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Robert O. Jun 2020
Our family took our first vacation during a Pandemic and it was a place to stay. Very clean, orderly, and a layout that made it feel like home. The pool was an awesome addition that made it great for when our family did not go to the beach. As we have toddlers, the house was not baby-proofed so be sure to bring those specific materials. Also, the bedroom next to the pool did not work to hide the sun while our kids napped. Other than that, our time was fun and relaxing with multiple trips to Indian Rocks Beach. You will enjoy this get-a-way rental! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Charlene B. Mar 2020
Comfortable home to stay This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Michael W. Dec 2019
Did you have a good overall stay?

Overall stay was great with many new memories forged with the family. Aside from a couple of negatives which hopefully will be fixed, the home was well laid out and in good shape with everything in good working order.

Was the vacation rental in a great location?

Location was great and quite and within biking distance (10 mins) or walking distance (25 mins) from the beach.

Was the home clean and in good shape?

Home was clean and well kept. Our only minor complaints / advice was the non-heated pool (which didn`t receive much use as a result) and the outside rodents living within the plastic brown covered box which holds the power washer (hopefully this can be easily remedied with a pest control call).

Was the vacation rental management staff helpful?

Staff was extremely helpful with all of our questions with all responses being both timely and honest.
This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Sandra C. Aug 2019
This place was amazing, close to the beach, shops, and restaurants. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Carlos S. Jul 2019
Overall the place was OKAY, many thing to fix and clean, before guest arrived, pool was dirty, ceiling water leaks patches visible in family room and master bedroom ceiling, making uncomfortable. Back door screen broke, anyone can just get hand around and open the door, feels really unsafe, a lot of ants in kitchen, first night we left food and next morning food was cover of ants This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Jennifer M. Jul 2019
We had a great vacation! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Rob H. Apr 2019
Wonderful time. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Ken K. Dec 2018
I booked this rental through Airbnb for a 3 night stay. First of all you must read the cancellation policies and when it says strict cancellation policy by the owner, it gives no recourse to change the reservation after booking. Even though Airbnb would allow a full refund if cancelled and Turnkey (the property owner) has a 36 hour cancellation policy, Turnkey would not honor this policy because it was booked through airbnb. Airebnb reached out the Turnkey to get a full refund, they were denied. Numerous attempts to work with Turnkey where unsuccessful and they kept referring to policy. My experience with dealing with Turnkey was no good at all.

The property itself was OK. Here is some insight on what you will get if you choose to rent this property.

Inside was clean and well furnished, the outside pool area and pool were not clean and needs some work. The pool was cleaned while there, however they had to shock the pool with chemicals and were not allowed to use for 24 hours. It didn`t matter because the pool is not heated and was freezing. Beds and bedding were OK. The doors inside and out needs work, hard to open and close. Their is no cable TV, only Amazon stick on the main TV and the one in the master bedroom. Took several hours to figure out how to just find something to watch, not very convenient when in the heat of College Bowl games. The internet wasn`t reliable, only worked half the time.

I would think twice about spending your money on this property, looks better on line than when you get there. I will likely never rent or deal with Turnkey based on the unwillingness to work on the reservation. I have choices on where to spend my hard earned money and Turnkey would not be my choice.
This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Christian L. Oct 2018
This home is managed by `Turnkey`. I will absolutely NEVER! book through them again. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
William F. May 2018
We were so excited for this house especially for the pool as I have three children first day we got there pool with filthy so we decided not to swim yet. The next morning at 8 o’clock the pool cleaner came iand shocked the pool so we were unable to use it for 24 hours the next day we needed a break from the beach and decided to grill and swim after my family enjoy the pool for a couple hours they all got out and took showers And we realized that they were covered in fiberglass so I ran in the middle of the night to Walmart to get duct tape to remove all the Fiberglass and was up till 2 AM. At 7 AM the next morning the yard people came and started mowing the entire property walk the entire house up . The house was great it’s self but definitely not the pool the pool needs to be resurfaced they had fiberglass and they’re back in their arms and even in their feet from walking on the bottom of the pool. We were very disappointed since the Pool was the reason we rented this house. We were very disappointed and I feel that We overpaid since we paid for a house with a pool and we’re unable to use the pool. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Joshua M. May 2018
Mediocre at best. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Buffy L. Apr 2018
Great house, plenty of room, pool was a great break from the beach. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Amy L. Mar 2018
Started out great when we walked in, House was very clean, and had lots of room for a family. Loved the open space, however as we tried to settle, we were carrying in our luggage and a vent from the ceiling fell, then the screen door out to the yard from the pool was broke, we had to put chairs so our dog didn’t run out. We had to call turn key about the TV, they are all smart TV’s but it was connected to WIFI but it was not working because of the owners internet connection, turn key did send someone out who couldn’t fix it because the house owner didn’t respond about the internet connection, the turn key employee foxed it the best he could. The location of the house is a short drive to the beach however flying there we did not bring beach towels and the house is not equip with enough bath towels let alone no beach towels. After the turn key employee left trying to fix the TV he said he would send a handy man out to fix the door and the vent right away, no one ever came. For the amount I paid for the week I wish they would’ve taken the time and fixed all the things and I would really consider staying there again because of the location but now since no one responded after the TV I wouldn’t even recommend it.
This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Joe P. Mar 2018
The house was nicely updated and clean. Neighborhood was nice and quiet. Less than 10 minutes to Indian Rocks beach. Plenty of parking at the beach even during the peak of Spring Break. The only complaint I have is that the pool was not heated. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Michael S. Mar 2018
This was a great rental. It’s 5-15min from most beaches, and less than 30 min from St. Pete, Clearwater, and Treasure Island. There is a Publix about 5 minutes away. The neighborhood is clean and quiet, and the house comfortably fit 5 people. The kitchen is a nice space for cooking, and there are multiple dining options (by the pool, informal table near the kitchen, or the more formal dining room table). The pool is a bit chilly in March, but that’s expected. I would rent here again! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Leeann B. Oct 2017
Good: Great size house, loved pool area and kitchen. Bad: water stained ceilings, furniture very uncomfortable. Beds to low, living room IKEA type furnishings and really uncomfortable. Pool guy came and put chem. in and then could not use for 24hrs. Never
came back to finish..... This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Andreas S. Aug 2017
The house was older than expected and we found bugs and spiders in the house. We missed a hair dryer and the bathroom doors couldn`t be locked. Finally we had issues with the 2 toilets and the light in the bathroom was not working after 3 days. Additionally the garage was not able to be used and the trash can more than full. The pool was okay, the location close to the beaches and stores. It offered a nice DVD collection and PS3 games. In summary mixed feelings about this house but we rented a house 3 weeks ago, too, and this house was 100% perfectly. Therefore only 3 stars. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.