Come for a vist or stay a while in the
Sebastian River area of Indian River County

on Florida's Treasure Coast

Riverside Cottage:  Breezy Florida home that time forgot

Poolside Cabana
 
1924 Guest House
 
Vintage Florida Bungalow
 
If you’re looking for a standardized, franchised, typical vacation setting, this is not for you. But if you’d like to rediscover the best of Old-Florida living, our cottage facing the beautiful St. Sebastian River is just the kind of place you’re looking for.

Remember when Florida was known as a semitropical paradise, a place to relish indoor-outdoor living, where your comfortable, casual vacation bungalow was designed to catch the breezes and stay cool? Remember when palm trees swaying in the breeze at the water's edge were more of an attraction than mini-golf and T-shirt huts? Remember when beaches were peaceful and secluded, and you didn’t have to spend time searching for a private spot to lay down your beach towels?

Just a mile upstream from the Indian River lagoon and a short drive from the unspoiled beaches of the barrier islands, follow the sandy lanes along the banks of the Saint Sebastian River into the heart of Sebastian’s historic Roseland community. This is one of those little Florida enclaves that haven’t changed very much over the decades-- because the residents have fought to maintain the character of the place that drew them there in the first place.

Our non-smoking home features two comfortable bedrooms and clear views of the river from the living room and glassed-in Florida room. Casual and colorful, our stylish midcentury furnishings lend a peaceful air to this quiet getaway. Newly installed Italian glass terrazzo floors reflect the Florida sunshine through the new awning windows. The charming nostalgic kitchen boasts the original custom-built Dade County pine cabinets and vintage Formica countertops, still in fine condition. We’ve also updated this fully stocked kitchen with modern appliances for the best of old and new. A separate utility room includes a washer and dryer, and there is even an enclosed rear porch where you can drop your things on returning from the beaches or the new Sebastian water park...

Or, step out onto the pool deck in the fenced backyard! The new pool is solar heated and features a swanky tanning shelf. Soak up Florida's famous rays in the lounge chairs or at the outdoor dining table.

In the front yard, relax and enjoy the comfortable, natural Florida setting. While lounging on the patio shaded by coconut trees and Sabal palms, enjoy an unobstructed view of the pristine and wildlife-friendly Sebastian River. Have your breakfast at the patio table while watching the seagulls and pelicans fish for theirs. There is a smaller covered patio outside the Florida room/sleeping porch, so you can decide just how “outdoorsy” you want to be.

Directly across the sandy drive is the Roseland Community Park. Here you can stroll along the banks of the St. Sebastian, or take advantage of the public dock to fish, read, or just catch the sunset. Sit quietly for a while, and you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees as they play and forage. There’s no question that you’ll soon be visited by some of Sebastian’s famous pelicans.

If you’re looking for luxury accommodations, prepackaged predictability, or a gated resort that could be anywhere in the world… keep looking. But if you’re like us and love the Florida that has enchanted out-of-town visitors for decades, spend a little time here. You’ll be glad you did.

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View of St Sebastian River from front of house

House and Roseland Park as seen from Sebastian River

Florida room

Palm-shaded front patio overlooks river

Kitchen

Rear porch, adjacent to pool area, is perfect for reading

Relax poolside under the thatch umbrella

Enjoy your meals beside the turquoise swimming pool

Riverside Cottage Features

Amenities
Air conditioning
Washer / dryer
Linens provided
Off-street parking
Private pool, new as of September 2008
Beds
Queen bed
Two twin (single) beds
Convertible bed
Additional beds available
Entertainment
Cable TV
DVD player
Video library: assorted DVDs
Kitchen
Full kitchen with charming original Dade County pine cabinetry
Cooking utensils provided
Refrigerator
Microwave
Drip coffee maker
Outdoor features
Patio shaded by coconut palms faces the river in front of the house
Roomy concrete pool deck surrounds the pool in the rear
Outdoor dining table
Pool is solar heated for year-round enjoyment
Pool features tanning shelf and swim-out shelf
Gas BBQ grill
Lounge chairs
Beach umbrella
View / location
Clear view of the St Sebastian River directly across the street
Home faces the Roseland Community Park
Only 15 minutes from unspoiled beaches
Communications
Wireless broadband Internet
Cable TV
Suitability
Pet friendly: well-behaved pets allowed, subject to approval
Smoking not allowed inside our home
Activities (on site and nearby)
Golfing
Shopping
Sightseeing
Restaurants
Kayaking
Canoeing
Sailing
Boating
Parasailing
Jet Skiing
Shelling
Swimming
Snorkeling/Diving
Surfing
Biking
Wildlife Viewing
Hiking
Birdwatching
Fishing
Skydiving
Fitness Center/Gym
Antiquing
Other activities
The restaurants and shops of Sebastian are nearby
Wider variety of shops and cinemas in Vero Beach or Melbourne, 20 minutes away
Other amenities
Private fenced backyard with new pool
Large palm-shaded patio facing the St Sebastian River
Ceiling fans
Stylish mid-century casual tableware
Linens provided
Classic vintage-retro furniture including Heywood Wakefield beds
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