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Enjoy your Own Guest House on 5 Acres - Just 2 miles from UF Stadium

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 3 Sofa-Sleepers, Deck, BBQ Grill, Wi-Fi, Sleeps up to 8

* Designed w/emphasis on Common Area

* 2 Small Bedrooms Only, with Double & Twins Beds Respectively

* Spiral Staircase may Not Be Suitable for Some (Young Children & Older Individuals)

* Ceiling Height in Kitchen and Bedrooms Not the Standard 8 Feet

* Shower very Small

We do not usually accept bookings beyond 6 months in the future.

This 1300 sq ft guest house is on five wooded acres, just over two miles from the University of Florida Football Stadium. Highlighted by a 40 foot pond in the front, and featuring great room with 14 foot high ceiling, skylights, a balcony seating area that overlooks this room, and a 500 sq. foot deck... and of course, central air conditioning / heat , and cable wi-fi and two flat screen televisions. If you enjoy space and light, this is the perfect setting for you.

Completely furnished, there are three couches that double as pull out sleepers, a 48-inch flat screen TV downstairs, and a 32" TV upstairs, a dining table for 6. There's also a complete, modern kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances, with everything you'd need to prepare and serve a meal, either inside, or outside on the grill.. A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs seating area which overlooks the great room from a 30 foot wide balcony, and bedroom with a Double Size Bed. A second bedroom with a Twin Bed is located downstairs, as is the laundry / bathroom.

Perfect for family reunions, or a weekend of football, when you're ready to get away from the crowd and just enjoy family and friends, this can be your own private space, with plenty of room, where everyone can get together to enjoy the weather outside on the deck, or inside sitting on the couches or around the dinning table.


Built with an emphasis on the common area, which is very, very large, the bedrooms, on the other hand, are very small. It should also be noted that until you become accustomed to them, spiral staircases can be tricky to navigate, so this setting may not be suitable for very active young children, who if careless could fall. It should also be noted the despite the fact the the main area of the building has a 14 foot ceiling, the ceiling height of the other rooms is less than eight feet, which very tall individuals may find disconcerting. It should also be noted that the shower is very small.

More Details

Steven Shafer
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Steven Shafer

We moved to Gainesville from Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1979 looking for a quieter community, to escape the craziness of South Florida. Soon after doing so, we started an alteration / tailoring business near UF which has since become a household name in Gainesville, and which we continue to operate to this day.

Steven Shafer purchased this house in 1999

Why Steven Shafer chose Gainesville

This property is a bit of a paradox in the sense that it's over five wooded acres almost in the center of Gainesville. It's totally unexpected and most Gainesville residents don't even know it's here. When they do discover it, most individuals find the space exhilarating, Here you can enjoy the quiet of the country, with all the conveniences of being almost in the center town.

What makes this house unique

Like spending your day in a park.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Gainesville, Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • Sleeping accommodations possible for up to (8) because there are also (3) sofa / sleepers, (2) Queen and (1) Twin.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • racquetball
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Enjoy your Own Guest House on 5 Acres - Just 2 miles from UF Stadium
average rating of 4.763158 based on 76 reviews
Niceville, FL

Fantastic Property

  • 5 of 5

We loved this guest house. We were in town to celebrate my daughter's graduation from UF and couldn't have asked for a better property or more gracious host. This house is very close to everything but you feel like you are in a park. The grounds are just beautiful and were the perfect setting for pictures. We also hosted a graduation party and the open concept kitchen, living, and dining rooms were fantastic. There is also a very large deck with plenty of seating in the back that our guests loved. Steve was easy to contact and very accommodating to all our needs. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to celebrate this special occasion and will definitely be back the next time we visit Gainesville.

  • Submitted: 7-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glenfield NY

Fantastic place to stay!!!! One of the best we ever rented!

  • 5 of 5

This rental was beautiful, and so roomy and comfortable! Everything you could possibly need was right there! It is near everything, and the grounds are so pretty! The wifi was great and the Television fantastic! We highly recommend it! Everything was super clean for our stay! Thank you Steven! Hope to see you again!

  • Submitted: 2-May-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Clean and quaint

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with everything your would need while staying. Very clean! We are coming back!

  • Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A pleasant home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Gainesville | Property ID 755306

We had very pleasant stay at this property during Feb 14th till March 13th, 2018.

The house was very clean as it was prepped by the owner. It was furnished with all the necessities we have in our home. The heating and air conditioning worked when needed. There were no bugs nor unpleasant odours like mildew in the house. It was furnished tastefully with chairs, sofas, current magazines, and an attached patio (chairs, barbecue and patio table). The views of the blooming azaleas, and the tall trees on the 5 acre property surrounding the house were outstanding. The location was very convenient for us for shopping and visiting the university and the downtown. It is in very quiet part of Gainesville yet readily accessible to the airport and I-75 freeway.

This truly was a very comfortable home away from home for us.

We plan to rent this place again during our next stay in Gainesville.

  • Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fine and Dandy

  • 4 of 5

The location was great for us. The place was clean and comfortable. The only drawback was the internet connection. It was hit and miss. Overall, a fine place to stay. Steven was attentive when needed.

  • Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your incredible accommodations and being so understanding of our special request. Our host provided simple and clear instructions to the home which was nestled amongst trees. The home decor was quaint, lovely and well equipped with amenities including a selection of coffee, tea and spices to name a few. We look forward to visiting your property in the near future and enjoying all that Gainesville has to offer. Wishing you and your family the very best in 2018.

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.96 Miles
Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Beef 'O' Brady's
Nearest Golf
5.64 Miles
Ironwood Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Flying Biscuit Cafe
Nearest Beach
75.2 Miles
Crescent Beach, FL
Car: necessary

Located just 2.35 from the University of Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and .7 of a mile from Westside Recreation Center on over 5 acres, the Guest House is in an ideal location for those who want access to outdoor activities, the University, or Downtown Gainesville.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Gainesville, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2018 - Sep 8 2018
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Sep 14 2018 - Sep 15 2018
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Oct 5 2018 - Oct 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 2 2018 - Nov 3 2018
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Nov 9 2018 - Nov 10 2018
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Nov 16 2018 - Nov 17 2018
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$91.11
Cleaning C$39.61 + Tax


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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