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The Laughing Lizard

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The Laughing Lizard is For Sale!

Annual and Seasonal Rentals Also Available!

The Laughing Lizard property and business is For Sale! Located at 2211 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Florida (400 feet from the beach) this multi family mixed use 5000 SF building with 4500 SF of air conditioned space is ideal for a variety of business and residential purposes.

Three distinct units make up the property including:

  • 550 SF studio which can be used for residential or office uses
  • 900 SF 2 BR 2 Bath apartment
  • 3,100 SF 4 BR 4 Bath primary residence

Each unit is also available as an annual or seasonal rental.

Eight on site parking spaces, 2 in an oversized garage, 2 carport spaces, 3 outside spaces and 1 handicapped space provide ample parking.

The property is being sold "furnished." Each unit is also available for rent unfurnished. The B&B licenses are up to date and active and transferable! The website, trade name, etc. are also included with the sale.

When operated as a bed and breakfast the 4 BR primary residence and studio constituted the 5 guest rooms and the owner manager resided in the 2 BR 2 Bath apartment. The units have also been rented seasonally (short term vacation rentals) and annually in addition to the B&B operation. Currently all units are rented annually to a Realtor (studio) and 2 full time residents (4 br and 2 br). Truly a "mixed use" "multi family" property for the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg area.

The Cash on Cash Return table illustrates the potential financial rewards of operating the beach property at 2211 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, FL; AKA the Laughing Lizard, under various operating scenarios. These scenarios attest to the flexibility of the property without the need for structural alterations. The B&B scenarios assume owner occupancy of the 2BR 2 Bath apartment.

After nine years as successful Innkeepers Bill and Cindi have decided to afford themselves even more time to pursue their passions: travel, skiing and hiking and grandchildren! And, in addition, now residing in and remodeling / restoring a new home in Safety Harbor.

Innkeeping is a wonderful and profitable experience from economic, personal enrichment and health perspectives. Bill often says "having something positive to do each morning is a godsend for good mental and physical health."

Innkeeping provides an outlet opportunity for a little of everything: creative energy, social interaction, productivity, sense of accomplishment and income. Income and cash flow to supplement retirement, provide investment of primary income, build equity and provide cash to fund the fun stuff.

Bill and Cindi’s role in operating the Laughing Lizard was handling the "front of the house" and management and administration. This entailed guest contact and interaction, handling breakfast and wine tasting and setting in motion all the “back office” functions that round out the persona and appearance of the Laughing Lizard. The "back office" functions included cleaning and maintenance, business accounting, advertising, etc. that were accomplished by part time contract employees and professional services or business entities. If you’re interested have a conversation with Bill or Cindi and explore the art of making innkeeping look and be easy.

Contact us at 727.422.1986 or for more information. Proof of funds or mortgage commitment may be required. We look forward to hearing from you.


The 4 BR 4 Bath, Lizard Lair, unit.
Currently rented thru February, 2018

The 2 BR 2 Bath, Lizard Loft, unit.
Currently rented thru June, 2018

The 550 SF studio, Island Iguana,
which is suitable for office or residential uses.
Currently rented thru August, 2017

Please send an email to to inquire about rental opportunities.

Cash on Cash Return

2211 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Fl 33785

USE 20% Down
40% Down
50% Down
Owner Occupied B&B 70% Occupancy $172,000. NOI $172,000. NOI $172,000. NOI
CASH ON CASH RETURN: 80% 40% 32%
Owner Occupied B&B 50% Occupancy $116,000. NOI $116,000. NOI $116,000. NOI
CASH ON CASH RETURN: 53.9% 26.9% 21.5%
3 Seasonal Rentals $94,000. NOI $94,000. NOI $94,000. NOI
CASH ON CASH RETURN: 43.7% 21.8% 17.4%
3 Annual Rentals $52,000. NOI $52,000. NOI $52,000. NOI

At 20% down annual rental of two units and owner occupancy of the 4 BR 4 Bath unit yields a 5.5% cash on cash return on top of equity growth due to increased valuations.


Annual and Seasonal Rentals Available

Laughing Lizard Bed and BreakfastThe Laughing Lizard…
It’s more than just great sunsets
and waves lapping at the shore.
It’s wonderful restaurants, museums, galleries,
shops and so much fun —
even the lizards are laughing.

The Laughing Lizard is a tin-roofed, three-story, Key Westy island home built in 2005, located in the quaint island community of Indian Rocks Beach just south of Clearwater Beach in the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s west coast. This casual residence is a contemporary throwback to the cottage-style architecture that speaks to Indian Rocks Beach’s roots.

This multi family, mixed use property lets you choose between the charm and coziness of the Island Iguana studio apartment; seclusion and privacy of the 2 bedroom 2 bath Lizard Loft; or spaciousness and casual elegance of the 4 bedroom 4 bath Lizard Lair.

Rooms and Rates

Choose from comfortably eclectic residential options depending upon the size of your party, space and personal comfort needs. Rent for a season or annually - depending upon availability.

All rooms in this multi family rental are creatively appointed with the perfect blend of modern comforts, island charm and warm hospitality. Each option is “self catering” allowing more freedom for you to establish your personal schedule for bed, breakfast, beach, relaxation and exploring! Parking, cable TV, WIFI, washer/dryer included.

Lizard Loft

Secluded and private beach hideaway

Lizard Loft

A 900 SF two bedroom, two bath hideaway with a sunrise and night sky view from the master bedroom. Two flat screen TVs, DVD player, cable and WIFI, washer/dryer and carport parking are included. Only 400 feet to the beach! (Max: 4 guests)

The downstairs area of this Gulf Beach apartment includes the full kitchen with cookware/dishes/flatware, great room with sitting and dining areas, bedroom with twin bed futon and desk and a full bath all under 12′ ceilings. There is also a full bed futon.

The “master bedroom” is on the third floor and has a sunrise and night sky view and private bath with tub/shower combination under vaulted ceilings. Enjoy waking up in the “tree tops!”


of Stay
In Season
& Holidays
(12/15 to 5/15)
Off Season
(5/16 to 12/14)

Seasonal (1)



Annual (2)




Cleaning charge (3)



Insurance (in lieu of security deposit) (4)

determined by length of stay

Seasonal rates add 13% tax. Annual rental NO tax.

(1) add 13% tax
(2) 6 month minimum, NO tax
(3) end of stay cleaning
(4) credit and background checks required

Lizard Loft

Island Iguana

More space, more fun that you’re ‘guana love…

Island Iguana

A 550 SF studio apartment with private entrance and porch as your perch to relax and view the world. Only 400 feet to the beach! (Max: 4 guests)

The apartment has a king bed and double bed futon, dining and sitting areas with flat screen TV, DVD player, cable and WIFI. A bath with large walk-in shower is thoughtfully appointed.

Additional amenities include: washer/dryer, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, skillet, coffee maker, toaster, and dishes/tableware and parking right outside your door.

This unit is suitable and may be rented for office uses on an annual basis.


of Stay
In Season
& Holidays
(12/15 to 5/15)
Off Season
(5/16 to 12/14)

Seasonal (1)



Annual (2)




Cleaning charge (3)



Insurance (in lieu of security deposit) (4)

determined by length of stay

Seasonal rates add 13% tax. Annual rental NO tax.

(1) add 13% tax
(2) 6 month minimum, NO tax
(3) end of stay cleaning
(4) credit and background checks required

Island Iguana

Lizard Lair

Eclectic and sophisticated beach charm

Lizard Lair multi family rental

The Lizard Lair’s elegant beach cottage charm has the feeling of “home” in its 3,100 SF. This four bedroom/four bath unit includes a spacious great room with full kitchen, cooking island, 8-seat dining table, game table and sitting area with flat screen TV with cable and DVD player. Twelve foot ceilings and large windows overlooking Gulf Boulevard greet you as you enter your home away from home. Well appointed decorations and comfortable furnishings under 12 foot ceilings add to your enjoyment. Some rooms have Gulf views and, only 400 feet to the beach!

Four bedrooms, each with a private bath, cable TV, king or queen beds and vaulted ceilings provide privacy and a relaxing atmosphere for a good night’s sleep. All rooms have WIFI.

A private elevator, enclosed garage parking and third floor seating on the third floor landing entry porch add to your convenience and enjoyment.


of Stay
In Season
& Holidays
(12/15 to 5/15)
Off Season
(5/16 to 12/14)

Seasonal (1)



Annual (2)




Cleaning charge (3)



Insurance (in lieu of security deposit) (4)

determined by length of stay

Seasonal rates add 13% tax. Annual rental NO tax.

(1) add 13% tax
(2) 6 month minimum, NO tax
(3) end of stay cleaning
(4) credit and background checks required

Lizard Hall

The Lair’s great room is a great place to relax and kick back…talk much…laugh often!

Lizard Lair great room

The comfortably appointed great room with:

  • Ample seating
  • Flat screen TV
  • Game table
  • Plenty of books
  • Dining table that seats 8
  • Full kitchen
  • Front & rear entrances
  • Elevator to the garage & 3rd floor bedrooms
Lizard Lair - downstairs

Shy Salamander bedroom

The Lair’s master. Everything is black and white…and a little more sophisticated…yet still laid back.

Shy Salamander multi family rental

  • Gulf of Mexico & boulevard view
  • Private bath w/large walk-in shower & double sinks
  • Large walk-in closet
  • Flat screen TV
  • The “master” bedroom
  • King bed (Max: 2 guests)
  • Vaulted ceilings
Shy Salamander

Crimson Chameleon bedroom

One of 3 on the Lair’s 3rd floor. Island flavor with a splash of mango for the ultimate tropical getaway.

Crimson Chameleon multi family rental

  • Gulf of Mexico view
  • Private bath w/walk-in shower
  • Walk-in closet
  • Flat screen TV
  • Queen bed (Max: 2 guests)
  • Vaulted ceilings
Crimson Chameleon

Galavanting Gecko bedroom

Just above the Lair’s great room, Lizard Hall. A Native American Indian travel adventure with a panoramic view of the island main street’s comings & goings.

Galavanting Gecko multi family rental

  • Boulevard view from a wall of windows
  • Private bath w/walk-in shower
  • Large closet
  • TV
  • King bed (Max: 2 guests)
  • Vaulted ceilings
Galavanting Gecko

Nautical Newt

Bedroom 2 on the Lair’s 3rd floor. Decorated with a love of the sea…and who doesn’t?

Nautical Newt multi family rental

  • Nautical decor
  • Private bath with tub/shower combination
  • Large closet
  • King bed (Max: 2 guests)
Nautical Newt


  • Impeccably pristine
  • Thoughtfully appointed
  • Full size refrigerators
  • Hi-speed wireless internet
  • Flat screen TVs and cable
  • “Lizard Library” of interesting books for casual reading
  • Private baths
  • Comfortable beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Clock radio/alarm
  • Ample parking
  • Cozy seating for reading or conversation

Reservation Request

We are looking forward to your visit.

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Innkeeper Info

Meet Your Host

Meet Your Host Bill Ockunzzi

Celebrating their arrival at the Great Wall of China.

Innkeeper Bill Ockunzzi, himself no novice to traveling, has literally visited EVERY STATE – spending two summers in Alaska – in addition to traveling Europe, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Asia and, most recently Argentina and Chile.  Having negotiated the corporate world, the only thing Bill “negotiates” now is whitewater rapids.  His favorite trip is a week long wilderness rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho (the “river of no return”).

His recent adventures with Cindi include Barcelona, Spain and the French Riviera; Ireland; a month tour of the Scandinavian and Baltic countries (Cindi picked up her Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden); 7 day bike/barge tour in Burgundy, France; Cairn, Sydney, Blue Mountains and Tasmania in Australia and New Zealand’s North and South Islands.  In 2013 they spent five weeks in China and Nepal and separate trips to California’s wine country and North Carolina mountains. A bike/barge trip on the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary with a pre-trip exploration of northern Croatia highlighted 2015.

In 2014 Bill and Cindi spent one month in Italy with stops in Venice, Florence, Rome, Sicily, Aeolian Islands (week long boat/bike tour), Calabria and Puglia. The highlight was visiting Bill’s grandfathers boyhood home and meeting a cousin!

Bill and Cindi at the bottom of the world, Cape Horn, Chile, South America!

Bill and Cindi at the bottom of the world, Cape Horn, Chile, South America!

In 2016 trips to Cape Cod, the annual ski vacation and multi week adventure to Scotland were the highlights. The planned trips include Banff, Alberta, Canada, Mongolia, and the USA Southeastern states.

Cindi also has an extensive travel resume. She hitchhiked through Europe one summer while in college and has visited Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Greece, the old Yugoslavia, and most of the rest of Europe, Nepal and China. Cindi managed a ski club in Tampa and led trips to almost every ski area in Colorado, Whistler in British Columbia, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and more. She finished her “working” career in the construction industry as an interior designer, most recently on a high rise building on Tampa’s Harbor Island.

Bill, you can call him “Mayor Bill,” served on the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission for six years, three as Mayor. He also was an officer and served on the corporate boards of two professional firms providing engineering, architecture, environmental and planning services. He was also Executive Director of a multi county government agency in Florida.

Bill and Cindi’s residence is now in Safety Harbor. If they’re not on another adventure, they look forward to welcoming you to the Laughing Lizard. They are in the process of remodeling / restoring their new home in Safety Harbor as their new travel adventure base.

See the Sights

Indian Rocks Beach…So much more than sand, sea & sunsets…


Countryside Mall
International Plaza/Bay Street
John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk
Old Hyde Park Village
Prime Outlets – Ellenton
Tyrone Square Mall

Theater & Concerts

Amalie Arena
Florida Orchestra
Francis Wilson Playhouse
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Largo Cultural Center
Mahaffey Theater
Ruth Eckerd Hall & Capitol Theater
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Straz)


Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Indian Rocks Beach Events
Major League Baseball/Spring Training
Outback Bowl


Pier 60 (Sunset Celebration)
The Sundial St. Pete
Ybor City


Capt. Memo’s Pirate Cruise
StarLite Cruises


Clearwater Threshers (Minor League Baseball)
Derby Lane (Greyhound Racing)
Philadelphia Phillies (Spring Training-Clearwater)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL Football)
Tampa Bay Downs (Thoroughbred Racing)
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL Hockey)
Tampa Bay Rays (Major League Baseball)
University of South Florida Sports


Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club
East Bay Golf Club
Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club
Lansbrook Golf Club
Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club
Tournament Player’s Club of Tampa
World Woods Golf Club

Boating & Fishing

Clearwater Municipal Marina
Hubbard’s Marina
IRB Boat Rentals


St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
Tampa International Airport


Rapunzel’s Salon & Day Spa
Safety Harbor Resort & Spa


Suncoast Beach Trolley


St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Florida

Contact Us & Location Map

The Weather is Beautiful, Wish You Were Here.

2211 Gulf Blvd. • Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

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