About the Property
The "Shack on the Sand" sits right on the beach between 4th and 5th Avenues. Our 8 unit
building has a gravel parking lot with a reserved space for each unit. There are 3 visitor spots
along the wall.
As of last May our entire property became non-smoking and non vaping. All of the units are individually owned. My unit the "Shack on the Sand" is on the lower left. It will sleep 4 but there are extra charges. The posted rates are for double occupancy. The "Shack" is a Saturday to Saturday rental. The minimum time is 1 week.
The rates vary greatly from season to season. Returning guests receive a $50 discount from May to January. This is the kind of place that welcomes returning guests like family. The joke is if what you want isn't in the unit you don't need it. Ann, the owner lives 6 minutes away and you may call her to find something or ask her to bring it over. The TV's are mounted on the walls and Netflix is available. There is a nice selection of CD's and a small player/radio.
Beach towels and chairs are provided. Books with information about the area are in the book case as well as a shelf of novels that you may take home with you. The wifi is titled shack on the sand. The password is on the desk. Guests are invited to go through all of the drawers and
The most unique benefit is the fact that the "Shack on the
Sand" is directly on the beach and it is GROUND LEVEL.
There are windows the length of the unit so it is bright and airy.
The little front porch has a table and chairs for out door dining.
Net Flix is available , ask Ann
Why Kids Love It
Gulf Blvd runs the length of the barrier island from Clearwater Beach to St Pete's Beach, about 30 miles. It is dotted with one beach town after the other. The best kept secret is the beach trolley. You may pay one fare and ride all day.
You can visit the Sea Bird Sanctuary, John's Pass,the galleries in Pass-A Grille and stop for lunch at the Don CeSar Hotel. Then head north to Clearwater Beach and catch sunset at pier 60. Most evenings you will want to watch sunset from right here at 410 Gulf Blvd while sitting on the couch, the porch or at the water's edge.
Some people plan to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa or spend a day in Orlando, but many times they end up just sitting on the porch or the beach with a good book. The condo library has several books titled "One Tank Trips" They were put together by a local TV station and are filled with wonders to visit that are close by.
Guests are encouraged to walk over to the Indian Rocks Museum in Chief Chic-A-Si Park. It is housed in a former beach cottage donated to the city. Admission is free, it is staffed by volunteers Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Check the Indian Rocks Beach (IRB) online calendar if you want to visit during a city wide festival.
Indian Rocks Beach is small town America. There is a lot of community spirit and the people are happy to be here whether to live or vacation.
If you visit Saint Petersburg for the fancy water front shops and museums be sure to visit the funky part of Central Avenue. You can spend an hour creating a wine glass or a clay bowl. You should visit Haslams Book Store and eat at the Berg nearby. Mama cooks a wonderful Greek salad with potato salad in the middle and her lemon chicken soup is perfection.
There are many more wonderful things to see, taste and do but some folks only leave the beach to charter a fishing boat. Crabby Bill's will cook your catch any way you want it.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
The Indian Rocks Museum
Paddle board rental
Charter fishing boats and captains
Chik a see Park
7 different restaurants
Favorite Places To Eat
The Ice Cream Parlor
The Light House
Salt Rock Grille
Maggie Mae's breakfast and lunch
E&E Steak Out has wonderful food
The Taste of IRB is in November
Volunteers help keep the beach accesses and bus stop shelters clean and pretty
We have a Master Gardner that volunteers tirelessly.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Apr 18 2021 - Jun 06 2021
Jun 06 2021 - Aug 08 2021
Aug 08 2021 - Dec 19 2021
Aug 10 2021 - Dec 21 2021
Dec 28 2021 - Jan 04 2022
cleaning /2: $115
cleaning 3 or 4: $125
Tax Rate: 13%
Rates reflect a Saturday to Saturday stay for 2 guests. Extra guests are $25 per night each guest.
Returning guests receive a $50 discount except during "high season": Feb,March April till after Easter.
Last updated on April 07, 2021
Year Purchased: 1992
About the owner: I grew up in Michigan and since then have lived in several states.
In 1992 both of my sons were in college. I was living with my widowed brother while finishing research for my MA. I wanted to live on the beach for a few months before returning north to work. Thus Sonny (my brother) and I (Sis) were driving along Gulf Blvd. after looking at a rental in Redington. I saw a real estate office and told him to "turn in here" . Since he was my brother not my husband he turned into Imperial real estate. This was the beginning of a continuing love affair with my "Shack on the Sand"
Since that day, I finished my Master s, the boys graduated from college, my brother passed, I retired from my career as a speech and language pathologist. I have no grandchildren.
I have written a book of ideas for language development for children to age 7. I was a storyteller and presented workshops in 6 states about blending storytelling and language development. I once had the opportunity to storytell in Ireland. Now I have a small book of short tales about local flowers. This is available in the "Shack".
Currently I live with a black poodle about 3 miles from the "Shack on the Sand". We are both beginning to age but love the beach.
Why this property? Unit #3 at 410 Gulf was for sale, I was searching for a rental but took a look anyway. I walked in, looked out the front sliders said "This is it!"
I then sat on the couch and lost myself in the view.
I was able to assume the mortage. I lived at 410 for a couple of months before returning north to work. I rented the property long term to a realtor for 3 years, then turned it into a weekly vacation rental.
It was love at first sight and I have loved my "Shack on the Sand" for over 25 years. I have changed floors, windows, lighting and doors. I am on my 4th round of appliances, 3rd air conditioner, and have lost count on the silver, dishes, linen, beds and furniture.
I have come to love Indian Rocks Beach because of its' small town atmosphere, civically active citizens, museum, post office and library.
Calendar last updated: April 07, 2021
Links to more information:
CLICK HERE - virtual tour/entire unit floor to ceiling & beach outside
CLICK HERE - Virtual Tour
Guestbook comments from the owner:
We loved, loved the condo! It was our cozy little hideaway for the week. We had not rented a car but when
we wanted to eat out we were within walking distance of several restaurants, however, we were so
comfortable we stayed close to home all week. The condo had everything we could have possibly needed
from a sewing kit to a beach bag and coffee grinder. Previous tenants left items that we were welcome to
use and we left some things for the next to use as well. Ann, the owner, was very pleasant and helpful by
answering our questions before we arrived about shuttle service and bus service, good restaurants, etc.
We enjoyed Crabby Bills and Jake's Sandwiches were awesome, as well as PJ's Oyster Bar. We took the
trolley just a few steps from our condo to shopping at Johns Pass and spent an entire day there. We will
most definitely return.
If you are looking for elegant, fancy or prestigious this is most likely not for you. However if you are looking
for quaint, cozy, nice and comfortable and clean this is for you. Steps from the waters edge, snuggled in a
relaxing setting. Everything you need is there. All the comforts of home plus a breathtaking view. The
sunsets are so romantic. If you like seafood Crabby Bills is across the street or the best subs we've had at
Jake's Sub Shop. Ann is a special person you meet once in a lifetime friendly, caring and trusting. Pack
your bags and call Ann today you deserve it. This was our first of many visits to come.
Ann's place is PERFECT! As soon as we arrived, my daughter stated she felt like she was walking into
someone's house. Ann has thought of everything. The kitchen had all that we needed. Towels were
plentiful. She even provides beach towels and a variety of chairs and mats to use on the beach. This unit is
perfect for a handicapped individual. No steps and a wonderful large shower. This beach home is clean
and tastefully decorated. Looking forward to our next visit!
Frequently Asked Questions
How close is the "Shack" to the beach?
The "Shack on the Sand" is ground level and directly on the beach. You may sit on the covered porch and watch the beach or walk down the short path to the wide sandy beach.
When should I visit the "Shack"?
A week on the beach is wonderful any time of year. To decide when to come is up to you. If money is your first consideration you should visit between Easter and Christmas. If escaping
snow is your concern come from November to April.
What do I need to bring for my visit.
We pride ourselves in the belief that "If it isn't here, you don't need it". You can survive a week on the beach with tee shirts and shorts.
How far away are groceries?
The Publix Plaza is a mile or so across the bridge and CVS i/2 block away carries canned goods, boxed goods and refrigerator goods.
Shack on the Sand
Excellent location right on the beach! Property owner was very helpful and accommodating. Really encourage two weeks.
Stayed: March 2021Submitted: March 17, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. You're correct the location is perfect and I like the ground level to just walk out of with no parking garage or elevator to fuss with....
Perfect for relaxing ... soothing ocean breezes!
What more could a couple of people need? Absolutely nothing ... ocean breezes, comfy bed, plenty of cooking needs & safe restaurants nearby ... and the walk to the beach - just a few steps! The soft sand is wonderful and shoes are not required ...Our host, Ann, is a delight and is just down the road. Relaxation is the word of the week and who knows... next time could be relaxation for a month! We shall return!
Stayed: February 2021Submitted: February 23, 2021
Thank you for the kind words. I am truly glad that you enjoyed your stay! I look forward to seeing you soon.
A gem on the beach
This was a perfect place for my husband and me. Just the right size and the beach was just outside the door. I woke up early every morning and had my coffee on the porch looking at the beautiful beach and then walked down and spent all day sitting on the sand. We walked to a couple of great restaurants and drove to a few more. The TV had Netflix and we watched tv at night after dinner. Just a relaxing week in a lovely beach place. Thank you to Ann for making our stay so delightful.
Stayed: October 2020Submitted: November 04, 2020
Shack on the sand is amazing
We have been coming to Ann's condo for almost two decades. There is no place we would rather be for a relaxing stress free vacation. The condo is perfect! We say that if Ann does not have it in the condo then we probably do not need it! This is truly a gulf front condo. Location...Location...Location! this condo has the best location! the trolley stops in back of the condo, you are walking distance to a pharmacy, grocer, museum, post office, coffee shop, and some of the best restaurants around. ( our morning walks down the beach to the Lighthouse donut shop has become a sure and get the apple fritter) There is nothing better than walking out the sliders and sinking our toes in the warm sand. Beaches are beautiful, and sunsets are amazing. Ann even has torches and a table you can set up on the beach for a romantic dinner! This condo has become our "Heaven on Earth!". If you want to adventure beyond the area you can take the trolly up to Clearwater beach to the pier or down to Johns Pass. The trolley even goes down to St. Pete's beach! I could not imagine a year without visiting "the shack on the sand"! ( this shack is no shack!!)
Stayed: October 2019Submitted: August 23, 2020