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Why the Historic Boathouse is the Best New Indian Rocks Rental


Are you looking for a unique opportunity to experience quintessential Florida beach living as it was 100 years ago? Before Indian Rocks Beach was really on the map as a popular Florida Gulf Coast vacation destination, there was a much smaller community of homes and locals who loved this area for all its coastal beauty and one-of-kind charm. Now you have the chance to experience a taste of that time and place, while still enjoying all the modern conveniences and comforts you’d expect from a vacation rental.

Read on to find out about Plumlee Realty’s newest (and oldest) Indian Rocks Beach rental, the Historic Boathouse, and what it has to offer you. Don’t forget to watch the rental property video at the end of this post to see it for yourself. For the vacationers who are looking for the historic rustic charm of old Indian Rocks Beach with modern twist, the Boathouse won’t let you down. 


The Incredible History Behind the Indian Rocks Beach Boathouse

Tie your boat right up to the house, which sits on the Intracoastal waterway. Not only is it convenient for boaters and anglers, it’s a historic home like no other and a vacation experience you won’t soon forget.

The Indian Rocks Beach Historic Boathouse was  built circa 1911. It was originally a boathouse and in 1938 was turned into a home. Every room has a balance of historic charm and character while still providing updated comforts of a beach cottage. 


The boathouse was built in 1912 by Harry Ulmer (after whom Ulmerton Road received its name) for his boat, the Miss Largo, in 1912. Local lore has it that the structure was also used by liquor running boats during prohibition. To read more about the IRB Boathouse’s fascinating history, read this article on the Historic Boathouse by the Tampa Bay Times. 

The Historic Boathouse is Located Right on the Intracoastal Waterway

When we say right on the Intracoastal Waterway—we mean it! Look at the location of this home. The Boathouse offers 3 stories and includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. You can’t beat the views! The living and dining area overlook the Intracoastal Waterway through windows all the way around. 

Outside, there is a small landing to fish from or tie up a 70 foot boat to. The white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are only a few steps away, so it’s truly the best of both worlds.

The first floor has a game room with bumper pool table, bedroom with 2 twin beds, “Cappy’s Porch” and a bathroom with a shower, no tub. There is also a small kitchenette area with a sink and refrigerator. The 2nd floor features a full kitchen, living area, library with piano, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom. Each bedroom on this floor has a queen bed. The bathroom on this floor has a tub, no shower. The 3rd floor is a large dormitory type room with 3 twin beds and space to play. The bathroom on this floor has tub, no shower. Television on each level. TV in 2nd floor living room has full cable.

Close and Convenient to All the Best of Indian Rocks Beach and Gulf Coast

As if the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico access weren’t enough, you’re also centrally located to all the best of what Indian Rocks Beach has to offer. The Historic Boathouse is situated right off of Gulf Boulevard and First Avenue. 

From the IRB shops and restaurants to the parks and attractions, you’re right where you want to be to explore Indian Rocks Beach and beyond. 

Enjoy all of the convenience of Downtown Indian Rocks Beach with your local favorites right nearby including Villa Gallace, JD’s Restaurant and Lounge, Aqua Prime Steaks and Seafood, and Lighthouse Donuts just to name a few. You just can’t beat the location of the Historic Indian Rocks Beach Boathouse. There’s so much to love!

The Historic Boathouse Vacation Rental is a Fisherman’s Dream

No need to leave your Indian Rocks Beach rental to go fishing anytime you please. Go ahead and cast your line right off of your own private landing and see what the catch of the day you reel in. 

The Intracoastal Waterway is literally right in your backyard, so you can take full advantage of the beautiful views while you also enjoy its bounty.

If you’re bringing your own boat with you, then the Boathouse vacation rental is the perfect option. It’s called the boathouse for a reason! Tie up and come on in. You just can’t beat the location and convenience which make this Indian Rocks rental a boater and fisherman’s dream. 

Indian Rocks Beach Historic Boathouse Vacation Rental Video

Take a look at this bird’s eye view of the Historic Boathouse in Indian Rocks Beach. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be worth at least a million. Enjoy! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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