About this rental
A guest had this to say: "Songbird is a cute little purple house on a quiet side street on Anna Maria Island. I referred to the house as little, it is really quite spacious & comfortable. This is our 6th stay at Songbird & we are looking forward to our next stay. This trip we were on side B but have also stayed on Side A, both are equally as nice.
The kitchen is well stocked with all the cooking essentials. Pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, blender etc. There is also a charcoal BBQ in the backyard.
The living room is open and airy with a recliner, love-seat, smaller comfortable couch & a large TV. The master bedroom has a king bed with a comfortable and supportive mattress. Nightstands, a dresser and closet gives plenty of room to unpack so you won`t feel like you are living out of your suitcase while staying here. The 2nd bedroom is quite large & has twin beds. According to my daughter and travel companion the beds and room are very comfortable.
The linen closet is stocked with extra bedding, towels, face clothes and lots of beach towels.
The backyard is huge with lots of places to take advantage of the warm Florida sunshine, read a good book or enjoying some quiet time on your own. There are several table & chair sets as well as a couple reclining chairs. Fruit & palm trees gives the backyard a tropical feel and offer a bit of privacy.
Washer & dryer are located in a porch outback and shared with people renting the other side of the house. We have never had a problem with this, as knowing it is shared anyone keeps their eye on the laundry and removes it as soon as it is finished.
A few "extras" Joel has in place for quests at Songbird are bikes to use for leisure or to get around the island, the wi-fi reaches the backyard and there is free US/Canada wide long distance on the house phone.
I hope this helps with your decision to stay here. We highly recommend it."
Maximum 3 adults.
1. The Gulf beach access is 4 blocks but 3 are short blocks and it ends up being 3 blocks in length and having done it a number of times you cut the corners at 64th street and Holmes Blvd and when you arrive at Gulf Drive and 65th you are at the beach access and a few parking places too. The real good thing is that you don't cross Marina Drive [busy street]. Some guests have driven over and parked or dropped off people and headed back to Songbird and grabbed a bike and pedaled back.
1 [a] Maximum 3 people and minimum age is 25 for adults.
2. Located in the middle of the block on a quiet street with very little traffic.
3. Free fast wifi and Washer and Dryer at no charge. Ironing board and iron. Hair dryer also.
4. Provided bikes are a ladies step through style because they are easier to pedal and easier on and off. All  seven have baskets.
5. There is central air and installed in 2019. In January 2023 new ducts and new attic insulation.
6. Refrigerator with automatic ice maker in the freezer.
7. The Weber BBQ is a charcoal type.
8. The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets in early 2000's and is fully stocked with cooking utensils.
9. A beach wagon to haul your stuff is provided. Umbrellas and beach chairs.
10. House landline phone provided for local calls and free long distance to North America and Territories. Canadians like this idea a lot.
11. King mattress is new 2022 [Sealy Black Opal]. The twin mattresses are extra long pillow type. No complaints from guests.
12. The closest restaurant is Ugly Grouper at a 4 block walk. Popular place.
13. 7 blocks to Island Shopping Center [think 1960] with restaurants, clothing stores, hardware store, art gallery and more. The popular restaurant Ugly Grouper is 5 blocks.
14. Holmes Beach public library is 5 blocks away. Sweet library!
15. I email you a list of things to do.
16. No stairs here as an easy living ground level place.
17. TV is new in February 2022 - 50" flat thin screen connected to you tube tv and roku tv. Many many channels.
18. 2 bedrooms and 1 Bath with tub with shower with 2 grab bars.
19. No pets and no smoking. A number of people verify no pets as they have allergies and, yes, no pets.
20. The cleaning service has been cleaning for about 3 years and they do nice work.
21.The patio is covered and has a table with chairs.
22. Outdoor shower when home from the beach.
23. I supply the soaps, toilet paper, one paper towel roll, dish sponge and garbage bags.
24. A free trolley has a stop 1 block away to go north and a stop to go south is 3 blocks at the beach access. 6am-10pm and runs at 20 minute intervals.
25. Parking space for two cars.
26. Backyard is a nice size.
We take a personal interest in the day-to-day care of the place and am available by phone/text/email to ensure that everything is as it should be for the guests, and I deal with local contractors who are aware of my standards and with whom I have a longstanding relationship. The home has all the comforts of home due to the fact my wife and I stay here frequently. Our goal has been repeat guests coming back again and again.. we really want you to have a pleasant stay so you want to come back. Is it perfect? No way! But it is clean, tidy, well groomed and it just works. This year the winter guest is coming back for the 13th year in a row in 2023. My goal has been to never advertise again because all guests are repeats. Making progress but not there yet. So, please, ask me questions as you decide on a place to vacation.
I have found that people arrive and unload luggage and head to the beach. The busiest street on the island in this spot is Marina Drive and you do NOT cross it on the way to the beach. The access is a three block stroll or easy bike ride (I held the video camera as I rode a bike to the beach and it is a 2 minute 14 second ride to the beach) - part sidewalk and street as in a neighborhood of homes and you will be as amazed as my wife and I are at how few people live here. Take a walk at night and it is perfectly quiet! And the property is located in the middle of the street not on a busy corner or street.
Thank you for your time.
Joel and Marga
62nd street does not go through directly to the beach and I have come to value that big time as it cuts down on the car traffic and foot traffic making for a quieter street!
Why Kids Love It
I think the kids love being on vacation with family. They love riding in the wagon on the way to the beach or if old enough riding a bike to the beach. Then floating in the warm water getting a little sun and working up an appetite for lunch. A boat ride to look for Dolphins and Manatees is a fun way to spend an afternoon. At the public beach you can play on the swings while watching the sunset. Breakfast at the public beach is good and fun. My grandkids liked riding a tandem bike with me as we rode to Publix for morning pastry to bring back to Songbird. Fly a kite at the beach.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Walk or bike to the Island Shopping Center 7 blocks south. Think 1960's one level place with a hardware store, a couple of restaurants, Irenes Resort Wear, Sand Dollar, Sun and Surf Beach Shop, The Feast Restaurant, Ice Cream Shop and a number of others not thought of.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Jun 10 - Jun 18 2023
Jul 01 - Jul 07 2023
Jul 08 - Jul 21 2023
Jul 22 - Jul 28 2023
Aug 05 - Sep 22 2023
Tax Rate: 12%
Last updated on June 05, 2023
Hosted by Joel Songstad
Member since 2017
Year Purchased: 2004
Why this property? We bought this duplex from the original owner. It was well maintained and we are continuing to keep it up.
Splendor in the sun
Second time staying here and actually lucked out with a cancellation. 2 week stay and couldn’t have been better timing weather wise. Short couple block walk to the pristine white sand beaches. Easy haul of lawn chairs and cooler and essentials with the aid of provided wagon. Multiple voices of beach umbrellas at hand also.Water cool and refreshing. The house accommodations were as expected, neat, supplied, comfortable and parking enough for two vehicles. Joel was available through text if needed, most of it was just banter about how things were going. Washer and dryer available so hauling a ton of clothes not necessary. Would we return? You betcha!
Stayed: March 2023 Submitted: April 04, 2023
Hi John, thank you for your kind words and for the return visit! You are wonderful guests and I will miss the text banter for sure. Happy trails to both of you.Warm regards, Joel
Cute, Comfy, Clean, and Convenient Beach Cottage
Excellent Stay!!! This was our 3rd time visiting Anna Maria Island and our 1st time staying at Songbird Staying at Songbird was the BEST and most comfortable stay of all our visits! Joel is the perfect host! He is quick and helpful to respond to any needs, questions or requests. Songbird is very clean, cozy, inviting, well maintained and had everything we needed to make our stay perfectly enjoyable and comfortable. My favorite features of this cute cottage were the full size washer/dryer, beach wagons, large insulated beach tote, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach toys, and outdoor shower to rinse off all our sandThe mango tree in the backyard produced the largest, sweetest and most delicious mangos I have ever tasted!We were blessed to have ripe mangos ready for us just about every morning of our stay Songbird is in a perfect location situated in a clean, peaceful and quiet neighborhood. We were just a short walk away from the beautiful Holmes Beach and the free island trolley stop. It was very convenient to access both the northbound and southbound trolley from this house I highly recommend staying at this cozy comfortable cottageI look forward to returning in the near future!
Stayed: August 2022 Submitted: August 21, 2022
Thank you for your very kind words. I am so glad the place worked out for you all! I especially enjoyed getting your mango updates! The mango tree gets pruned professionally 8/29. So maybe it produces a lot more next year? Warm regards, Joel
A cute clean house with a beautiful backyard garden! Nice and clean and close to the beach. Owner stayed in constant contact and we had zero problems. Would gladly stay here again!
Stayed: June 2022 Submitted: July 01, 2022
Thank you, Tim, for your kind words! And I hope you visit again as great guests are always welcome!Warm regards, Joel and Marga
This duplex served as a perfect getaway to Anna Maria Island. We made good use of the kitchen as we had a relaxing breakfast around the dining table every day. The bedrooms were comfortable with great mattresses for a great night's sleep. The location, while a few blocks away from the beach, provided a peace and quiet. Working with Joel directly on the arrangements was a pleasure, and we're hoping to make it back soon. Thanks Joel for your hospitality!
Stayed: July 2021 Submitted: August 18, 2021
Hi Ivette, Thank you for your kind words and glad you had a good time! Warm regards, Joel and Marga
I stayed for a week with my kids at Songbird. When we arrived the house was very clean and nice and cool(wasn't used to the heat yet). The location is perfect and walking/biking distance to the beach and multiple shops and restaurants. We had absolutely zero issues and will definitely stay there again.
Stayed: April 2021 Submitted: April 28, 2021
HI Shawn,Thank you for the kind words and so glad you had a good time!Warmly, Joel Songstad
Amazing house on Anna Maria Island
This was our first visit to AMI. Loved the fruit trees, flowering bushes, and patio. Spent alot of time outside. There are bikes, wagons, beach chairs, and pretty much whatever you need for a perfect beach vacation. We rented side B and our friends rented side A. The house is beautifully decorated and very clean. Joel is always available and has great communication. Will definitely be back. We loved it!
Stayed: March 2021 Submitted: April 04, 2021
Hi Steven,So glad you enjoyed the place and had a good vacation!Thank you for the kind words!Warm regards,Joel Songtad
Cool Little House
Owner Joel was very helpful through the booking and even issues with bikes, he was always just a phone call or text message away, very responsive. House was very clean and had everything there you would need for a vacation at the beach, floats, noodles, coolers, plenty of bikes, beach carts...it had everything..! Back yard was very nice too, nice plants and trees in the yard. The house worked for us and I would recommend it to a friend for sure.
Stayed: September 2020 Submitted: September 08, 2020
Hi Ray,Thank you for your kind words!So glad you had a good time!Warm regards,Joel and Marga
Late summer getaway
Joel was very accommodating and his house was exceptionally clean when we arrived. He has beach bikes available for his guests which was also a nice plus.
Stayed: July 2020 Submitted: August 05, 2020
Clean never goes out of style and happy to hear it was clean.Very nice to talk with you and thanks for taking good care of the place!Warm regards,Joel and Marga
Restful and refreshing!
We love Anna Maria Island and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage! The host was most gracious and quick to respond to any questions we had. Bicycling or walking to the beautiful beach for a wonderful swim was part of our daily routine. Also, everything you might need is nearby, yet it is so peaceful! We ate lunch out everyday and there were no bugs!
Stayed: July 2020 Submitted: July 27, 2020
A swim - a bike ride - lunch on the patio - good times!Thanks for visiting!Joel and Marga
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