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Emma Lou Rental in St Petersburg
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    Front porch complete with signature porch swing. Field of tropical flowers actually match trim on house.
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    Practically in the heart of town, this bungalow is tucked off busy 5th Avenue hidden behind trees, shrubs and flowers.
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    Our signature porch swing on the front porch surrounded by garden.
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    Brick colored front door echos the mosaic tile color in sun room.
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    Arched doors lead to kitchen.
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    Living room with ceiling fan opens onto sunporch.
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    Original mosaic tile floor, often called Cuban tile. Color scheme of house is based on the colors on this old sunporch.
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    Loads of natural light when working at the kitchen sink.
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    Cook top stove is new as is roof-vented range hood.
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    Retro-style kitchen has wide aisle for easy meal preparation.
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    Bath has vintage black and white floor tile.
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    Original fireplace with old tiles on hearth. At this age it burns candles only.
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    Bedroom closets offer plenty of storage space.
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    French doors open into a third bedroom or office. Cabinet on right makes a good pantry.
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    We rescued this vintage bath tub from a backyard, reglazed it and painted the outside in Ralph Lauren Metallic Gold.
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    This sunny laundry with new machines is strategically located between two bedrooms.
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    Iron gate allows entry into lush green garden along side of house.
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    For a bungalow in town, this one has a large backyard. The six foot wooden fence gives extra privacy.
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    Your own private parking space. Big enough for two cars. Also comes with a banana tree (on left). It actually produces eatable bananas. Fun to watch them grow.


3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Retro-style kitchen with gas cooktop and stainless appliances, gas range, dishwasher. Sunroom. Laundry room with washer/dryer. Ceiling fans. Off street parking, large backyard with 6 foot privacy fence. White picket fence in front . . . and a porch swing.

The Emma Lou is reminiscent of a true Florida style house. This wood frame home was built in the early 1920‘s. It has multiple sloped roof lines and a large L-shaped porch. Charming.

Because of the high ceilings and tall windows, this home seems larger than the square footage indicates (1,566 square feet). Two of the bedrooms are tall enough for four-poster beds. The other bedroom could be an in-home office.

A glossy coat of polyurethane covers the old antique heart pine floors. (Heart pine floors are now a rarity.) Multiple arched openings lead from room to room.

The kitchen style is “industrial chic”. It has stainless appliances including a gas cooktop on a butcher block counter and a wall mounted extractor hood that works!

There are many little touches. A built in spice rack fills the old antique ironing board cabinet. A corner of the kitchen looks out over a private flower garden.

The back kitchen door leads to a paver/hex block patio. A great place to relax and enjoy the landscaping. And just installed is a new Wally Watt shed, the perfect spot to store gardening, grilling and boating items.

This property is located in the middle of everything. Yes, it is on a busy street. Fifth Avenue is the main road leaving town.

But you can walk (or drive) to the hubs of St. Petersburg. Walk to Sundial where you can catch a movie and grab a carry-out gourmet dinner at the Locale Market.

Walk to the Vinoy Hotel. Walk to the restaurants, bars museums and shops on Beach Drive. (It is like living in the city.)

Meanwhile, park your cars on the parking pad in the alleyway and enter the house. We have put in many plants for privacy. It is like an oasis in town.

Plus, the large grassy back yard is surrounded with a six foot fence.

Our horticulturist got a little carried away with the native Florida plants. That is what happens when you give her too much space to work with!

Carolina jasmine climb the wooden fence. Vigorous purple Mexican petunias line the outside of the white picket fence in the front. The tropical heliconias next to the house match the house trim colors. And several Muhly grass plantings with feathery pink fronds fill in the front yard. The rest of the grounds are graced with bamboo and fan palms.

Remember, we take care of lawn and gardens. You just enjoy.

The Emma Lou
Home Rental

This property
currently being
rented as a
month unfurnished rental.

Once our guests'
lease agreement
ends, we may
furnish it and add
it to the seasonal
rental collection.

Since many of
our guests stay
longer than twelve
months, we hesitate to post a date until
it is available.

We will update
this home's status
as things change.

However, if this
home appeals to you, please let us know.

Let us also know if you are looking
for a furnished or
unfurnished property. Then we can stay in