The Space*** Please take the time to read the first paragraph below AND everything in the next section, titled "Guest Access". ***
There is a lot more information to read, if you so desire, and the answer to just about any question you could possibly have can be found in the sections below. If you don't like to read, you can always email questions directly to me, and I will answer within 24 hours.
This Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom Apartment with screened-in balcony on the top floor in a secure 5-story building is located on a lovely, quiet, tree-lined street with bike path that leads to a Nature Preserve at the east end of the street (see pictures) and Biscayne Bay. The Master bedroom/bathroom of apartment is occupied by host. Guests have the second room and guest bathroom to themselves, as well as access to living room, kitchen and balcony screened porch.
The Arch Creek East Nature Preserve at the end of the street is adjacent to, and leads into, the FIU (Florida International University) campus, where the trail meanders through green fields with palm trees, seagrape and other mature trees, with sculptures interlaced between campus buildings and the calm waters of Biscayne Bay. Beyond the campus is Oleta State Park, where kayaks, bicycles and paddleboards can be rented.
You can lounge by the pool here, or soak up the sun, play in the surf, and people-watch at any of the near-by beaches. Bay Harbor Islands and the closest beach is located 3 short miles away (less than a 10-minute ride by car). There you will find Bal Harbour Beach, which is located in the north part of Miami Beach.
Travel north another mile and reach Haulover Beach Regional Park with its crystal clear waters, tall swaying palm trees and a mile and a half stretch of nice sandy beach. There is a full- service marina, tennis courts, 9-hole family golf course, a sundries shop, concession trucks, a kite shop & a bark park all located within the Haulover Park.
Travel south, less than 10 miles from Bal Harbour to famous South Beach (or SoBe as the locals call it), the place to see and be (URL HIDDEN) much to do there! Bike, roller blade, rent a Vespa or Segway...or just walk along the picturesque Deco Drive. Frolic in the azure waters; surf, boggie-board or body-surf the waves; Jetskis can be rented for fast rides on the ocean and wave-jumping. Rent a giant umbrella & beach lounge chairs or lay out a beach towel and be a sand lizard...basking in the warm sun (don't forget sunscreen on the tops of your feet and ears...places most forgotten, but most painful when sunburned!). Take a stroll along the popular outdoors Lincoln Mall, with tons of shops, restaurants and bars. A great place to sit with a cool drink and people-watch!
The NOMI EXPRESS is a free shuttle bus service that stops steps from the front of our building every hour. This biodiesel-fueled network of compact buses takes guest to surrounding places within the North Miami area. Within 4 miles there are a plethora of restaurants with every kind of cuisine (and less expensive than in the heart of South Beach): Flanigan's, Red Lobster, Chicken Kitchen (at the corner), Panera Bread (1 mile away with great variety menu), Alaska Roasting Company, Boston Market, Evios (great gyros), Steve's New York Style Pizza (Sit down restaurant with outside patio 1 mile away, open 'til 2am every night - 4 am on Fridays & Saturdays! They also deliver with minimum $10 order), IHOP (Open 24 hours), Cheviche Grill Peruvian, Asia Bay, P.F. Changs, Rice Siam Thai, Makoto Japanese, Houston's, Morton's The Steakhouse, Palm Restaurant- Home of the giant lobster and perfect martini (sister restaurant to Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA), Mario the Baker (2 locations), The Olive Garden, TGIFridays, Pei Wei, Wongs Chinese, Chipotle Mexican, Rice House of Kabob, Biscayne Diner, and Denny’s…to name a few. There are also lots of fast food places (like Subway, Pollo Tropical, McDonalds, Wendys, Quiznos, Jamba Juice, and Dunkin Donuts), peppered among some of the restaurants listed above, literally right around the corner. Also on the route are the FIU campus, Johnson & Wales University campus, two (2) Publix grocery stores, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Walgreens, Navarros & CVS drugstores, Ross Dress for Less stores, TJ Maxx, Target, Costco Wholesale Warehouse, and a Starbucks which is right at the corner of my street and Biscayne Blvd (the main North-South thoroughfare, also known as US1). Within the network of shuttles, you can also reach Aventura Mall for a “shop til you drop” experience, the AMC 12 (with IMAX) theatres and even more restaurants! Across the Broad Causeway, heading east, it is approximately three (3) miles to the beach at Bay Harbor Islands and the famously upscale and designer Bal Harbour Shops. South Beach is just over 10 miles away from the apartment (about a 25 minute drive, with traffic), which can also be reached by the Metro city bus system (which takes a lot longer). Miami-Dade Metro city bus service to all other areas of Miami, Miami Beach and beyond can be boarded at the corner of 135th and Biscayne Blvd.
The apartment is almost exactly 1/2 mile east of Biscayne Blvd, which can be reached by walking or taking the free shuttle. Both NOMI Express and the Miami-Dade city buses have bike racks for people to take their bicycles to the beach and elsewhere. I don't have any bicycles, but they can be rented both at Oleta State Park (5 miles away) and all over South Beach.
As there is so much to see and do all around South Florida, to get around without limitation I would STRONGLY suggest renting a car. However, you can reach any destination by bus (it just takes a lot longer to get where you're going). There's also UBER (Download the app and order a car to take you wherever you want to go. Prices run around $2.00/mile and they usually get here within 10 minutes).
There is train service for those who are interested in taking a trip up to Orlando, and points beyond, without having to drive. There is also an express charter bus that leaves from Miami Beach and goes non-stop to Orlando. There is free WiFi on the bus.
There are several paid shuttle services (which are less expensive than taxi), that go to and from the two local airports: Miami International Airport (MIA) to the south or Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport (FLL) to the north, and can be scheduled at any time of the day or night. Current prices are $20 per person for shared service. Host can make appointment with shuttle service for you - just email itinerary from airline. You pay on the bus if taking it from the apartment, or before boarding the bus if you take it from the airport.
The apartment is equi-distance from both airports, located about a 30 minute drive away (by car), either way. Late check-in is fine, just send a text or email if there is a delay in your flight, to assure I will be there to meet you.
NOTE: See specific pricing **RATES** and cleaning fees (based on length of stay) under "OTHER THINGS TO NOTE" section of EXTRA DETAILS below.
*********************************************************************** Guest AccessThe one room for rent in my Apartment can accommodate one or two people (who have booked together only). Two is the maximum allowed occupancy - No children or pets are allowed.
Here are the details about the space:
* The room measures (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)m x 4.2672m) and has a 3' (0.9144m) separate closet equipped with hangers for use. There is also a chest at the foot of the bed, to store miscellaneous things. The main closet along the wall is not to be (URL HIDDEN) is already full with items belonging to host.
* There is one FULL SIZE bed, which measures approximately 3.5' W x 6.5' L ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)m wide by (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)m long). I have only had one complaint of the size of the bed in over two dozen hostings, and have had many couples with the man being 6 feet ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)cm) or more, sharing the bed very comfortably. If you are a couple of larger size, please take into consideration the dimensions of the bed listed above, for your own comfort.
* There is a reading nook set up in the corner with tables and lamp, and I have plenty of books & magazines to read while you're here.
* Desk, lamp & office chai(URL HIDDEN) * Free Wireless Internet service
* Full Bathroom with tub, adjacent to room (accessed right outside the bedroom from the hallway)
* Body soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and hair dryer provided
* For 2 week stays, or longer, fresh towels and a change of sheets will be provided every 7 days. You may leave the used towels and sheets in the hallway and I'll pick them up for washing when I get home.
* Pool and lounge chairs
* Laundry facilities in the building. Coin operated- $2.75 per load
* One assigned parking space for guest parking. Space is marked A2
* In the kitchen, there is one small shelf in the cabinet available for packaged food, and limited space is available in the refrigerator for fresh food. NO FOOD is to be stored or eaten in the bedroom.
Coffee maker, electric tea kettle, toaster and blender are located on counter top, and may be used. NOTE: The kitchen is to be kept clean at ALL times, with no food, crumbs or open containers left out after leaving the kitchen. There are no bugs in my place, and I want to keep it that way. Please keep the bedroom and bathroom clean during your stay. Thanks so much... :-)
*There is a special non-duplicable key for the security entrance into the building itself. A $100 pass-through charge (the amount I needed to pay for the extra key) will be charged and deducted from the security deposit if the key is not returned back to me before checking out. Usually not an issue, but need to let you know up front...
CHECK-IN IS 12:00 PM/NOON (Eastern Standard Time)
CHECK-OUT is at 11:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
There is a strict cancellation policy: NO refunds (partial or full) will be made after guests have confirmed reservation and paid through AirBnB.
Forget something or need something special? Let me know… I may have what you need. If not Target, Publix and the Navarro Drugstore are all located just over a half a mile away.
If you need anything After 8:00 am or Before 11:00 pm - and I'm in my room - just knock. Of course, if there’s ever an emergency, please alert me if I’m home…or call me on my cell phone, and I’ll help in every way I can! Interaction with GuestsMy real estate career keeps me very busy, however whenever possible I would love to play tour guide, as I am a native Floridian (born in Miami Beach) and know this area - and many others throughout the state - like the back of my hand! I can tell you about great places to go and tons of fun things to do while here! Tell me what your interests are, and I'll give you useful information and point you in the right direction
Guest can choose either a small pot of coffee or a variety of teas in the morning. I usually have some sort of bread product - like bagel, croissant, or English Muffins for example - to share, as well as some sort of fruit to eat at breakfast in the apartment - Not to take away. Half & half or almond milk, honey, agave, stevia, raw sugar, butter and jams will also be available for guest use
I usually stay up somewhere between 11:00 pm and midnight, and wake up between 7:30 and 8:00 am. If you are an early riser, please let me know in advance. I will not be rising earlier but can put the coffee pot on a timed brew (if you drink coffee) and you are free to come and go (quietly please) as you please. I am very quiet at night so as not to disturb early risers
If you're staying for a week and you'd like a week's pass to L.A. Fitness, let me know in advance and I may be able to arrange that for you. While there is no charge for the pass, they do expect you to take a tour of the gym, where they will of course try to sell you a membership. However, there is no obligation to join
This neighborhood is perfect for jogging and there's even a boot camp exercise course on the FIU campus close...if you have interest. Of course, you're on vacation, so if you're here to relax and just (URL HIDDEN) worries...chill to your heart's content!
I always make myself available to chat over coffee or tea at some time during your stay, and love sharing insights about my hometown, while getting to know my guests The NeighborhoodI love that the area I live in is clean, quiet, friendly, picturesque and safe! It is located close to just about anything you can think of doing! There is a vast array of activities of which to partake, depending on your interests (and finances, of course!...though there are many free things to enjoy). You can go scuba diving with the sharks (joke) or rent a boat to go deep-sea fishing; swim with the manatees up north (for real), or rent jet-skis and go crazy out on the water (but not too crazy - safety first!). Play golf on championship courses, rent a Segway or Vespa and go tooling around South Beach, or spend the day getting pampered at any one of dozens of local spas. Hang out at any of the multitude of restaurants, pools, bars, and pool bars along Deco Drive or dance all night at great clubs in SoBe...and don't be surprised if you see Hollywood celebrities vacationing with their families, partying in clubs or shooting movies on location here. There are many musical star sightings in Miami, especially after one of their shows at either the American Airlines Arena (AAA) or the BB&T Center. You can shop designer fashions, stroll botanical gardens, visit museums and art galleries, see a concert or a basketball game - Go Heat!. There is symphony and ballet...polo and tennis...horse races, casinos and Jai Lai. You can visit an alligator farm, or go on an airboat ride and see them out in the wild. You can even take a drive west on Alligator Alley, and stop at the lookout points along the way to see them drifting like logs, peeping at you from eyes floating just over the water level. Caution is ALWAYS advised when venturing outside of the concrete jungle that is the city. Alligators, if provoked, can lunge and snap really fast and Florida is host to many type of snakes, both venomous & non. When near water or brush, watch where you step!
In the Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Keys area, there are tours galore: air-conditioned luxury buses, double-decker open air buses, and even duck tours (amphibious vehicles). Hop a train and go visit Mickey Mouse up in Orlando, or enjoy Universal Studios. Spend the day at the famous Miami Seaquarium and swim with dolphins. Take surfing lessons, or just stroll along any of the beautiful beaches Florida is known for, and find seashell keepsakes along the way. Take a couple of days to leisurely explore the Keys or hop an overnight or weekend cruise to one of the neighboring islands - from the cruise capital of the world! If you're from the U.S. and want to cruise, be sure to have your passports ready! Depending on what time of year you're here, there are events like Art Basel, The Taste of South Beach, The Miami International Boat Show, Ultra Music Festival, Marathons and 10K runs, Dragon Boat races, etc. Go to the Miami Convention Center website to check out some of the current and upcoming events. Miami and the surrounding area is chock full of things to see and experience throughout your visit. There's never a shortage of things to do... no matter how short or long your stay! Getting AroundFor unlimited and convenience in getting around, I ALWAYS suggest renting a car!! Alternatively, the next best option is using UBER or LYFT: Download the app and order a car to take you wherever you want to go. It's cheaper than a taxi and they usually arrive to the apartment within 10 minutes. One assigned parking space is included in your stay with me (#A2). There is Free shuttle service locally. Connection to Metro City Transit bus system that takes you virtually anyplace in Miami-Dade county, is right at the corner of my street and Biscayne Blvd, 1/2 mile from apartment. However, be advised up front that taking buses in Miami sucks up a LOT of your time, and is not cheap. There is Paid shuttle service available to and from airports. Super Shuttle services MIA - Miami Int'l Airport - or - GO Shuttle Service at FLL - Ft Lauderdale Int'l Airport. Amtrack train for long distances. However, I ALWAYS recommend renting a (URL HIDDEN) the best way to get around Miami and the surrounding area. Other Things to NotePRICING RATES:
Following are the rates you can expect for night, weekend, holidays and full week stays. Longer stays will be quoted based on length of stay:
BASIC RATES are for one guest. Listed Price on AirBnB site is for ONE person only. Additional person is $25 more per night.
NOTE: No more than two people can be accommodated in this rental. No children or pets allowed...sorry.
If you are ready to make an Instant Decision, let me know...for last minute extended stays I may be able to provide you with a slightly lower rate than listed. This rate will be offered Only once and good for Only 24 hours, after which time it will be withdrawn.
I can make a Special Pricing Offer to accommodate longer stays of multiple months. If you are looking for a longer stay, contact me through AirBnB email for Special Rate. It will be lower.
The cancellation policy is strictly enforced. Once the confirmation of booking has been exchanged between guest(s) and host, and no longer showing available on the calendar for other guest to rent, there will be No refunds.
Other Things to Note:
Two (2) bath towels, one (1) hand towel and two (2) wash cloths provided, for each stay. The bed will come with one (1) set of sheets, one (1) blanket, one (1) king and two (2) standard pillows (of various firmness) and a top comforter with matching shams (2) and bed-skirt (1). The king pillow is goose down, so please advise if allergic, so it can be stored elsewhere. There are two extra throws in the room, in case you get cold at night. Also available for use: large beach towel and folding beach chair.
I keep the apartment at 74 degrees during the day, whenever I'm home and 72 degrees at night for sleeping. I usually set the temperature on the thermostat to 78 degrees when I leave, to save a bit on electricity. I keep a blanket and extra throws in the room being rented, just in case 72 is a little cold for someone. For fresh air aficionados, I have no problem with them leaving the window in that room open to sleep At Night, as long as the a/c vent above the door is shut, and the door to the room is kept closed. The window in the room absolutely needs to be kept closed during the daytime hours, when it's a lot hotter. Otherwise, my electric bill will be astronomically high!
* Sorry-NO smoking, drugs, children or pets allowed.
* Please be considerate of owner by limiting noise after 11:00 pm during the workweek (Monday-Thursday nights)
* The Only items in the apartment that are to leave the premises (and be returned) are the beach towels and folding chairs. Any missing items will be charged a replacement charge out of the deposit AirBnB collects up front.
* ONLY plastic or paper cups or containers of any kind are allowed in the pool area. No cups, glasses, dishes or bowls are allowed to be taken from the apartment to the pool or anywhere else.
* There will be a replacement charge for any damaged (broken, chipped, torn, ripped, stained or bleached) item(s), including towels and/or bed linen.
Please email me through AirBnB with any questions you may have and Please include some information about yourself and your visit to Miami. Thanks! :-)