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The Laughing Lizard

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Welcome

Visit frequently, sit long, talk much & laugh often.

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.

Come in and stay for a few nights, a week or…

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.

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 short or long term periods - even annually - depending upon availability.

All rooms 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.

For your convenience, Plumlee Vacation Rentals has been retained to respond to your reservation and information requests for weekly rental, short term rental, vacation rental or seasonal rental. Plumlee has a team of professionals with the skills and knowledge to provide the information you need, take and confirm your reservation, and assist you before, during and after your stay.  You can contact Plumlee Vacation Rentals at 1.888.976.0523 or use the “Rates, Availability, Booking & More” buttons and you will be transferred to the Plumlee site.  A live person is on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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!”


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.


Lizard Lair

Eclectic and sophisticated beach charm

Lizard Lair

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.

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
  • DVD player
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 about 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

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

Nautical Newt Bedroom

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

Nautical Newt

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

Add 13% state and local tax to all rates (for all stays of less than 6 months).

Amenities

  • 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 Info

We are looking forward to your visit.

For your convenience, Plumlee Vacation Rentals has been retained to respond to your reservation and information requests.  Plumlee has a team of professionals with the skills and knowledge to provide the information you need, take and confirm your reservation, and assist you before, during and after your stay.  You can contact Plumlee Vacation Rentals at 1.888.976.0523 or use the “click here for rates and availability” buttons and you will be transferred to the Plumlee site.  A live person is on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Three ways to request a reservation:

  1. Phone: 1.888.976.0523
  2. E-mail: rentals@plumleeproperties.com
  3. Use the “Rates, Availability, Booking & More” button for your residential option choice.

All reservations subject to availability and not confirmed until you receive confirmation notification. Rates subject to change.

Advance Room Deposit: A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking.  The remainder is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Check in: 4 pm
Check out: 10 am

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation requires 45 days notice prior to arrival for full refund (less $100 Service Fee and Travel Insurance Premium, if purchased).

Other policies

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!

Planned for 2016 are trips to Cape Cod and a multi-week adventure to Iceland and Scotland.

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!

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 currently the Lizard Lair, and if they’re not on another adventure, they look forward to welcoming you to the Laughing Lizard. They are in the process of building a new home in Safety Harbor as their new travel adventure base.

See the Sights

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

The Laughing Lizard is For Sale!

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!

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.” For some folks it is volunteering (Bill and Cindi have and continue to contribute, but at less than leadership roles now days); for others hobbies, family, full time work or some combination to create manageable challenges each day.

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 or primary income, build equity 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, for the most part, 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 or making innkeeping look and be easy.

In 2016 Bill and Cindi began to focus on those pursuits of more time for grandchildren, more frequent and longer trips through out the world. The did this by changing the B&B first to short term vacation rentals and most recently to annual rentals.

The table below illustrates the potential financial rewards of operating the property at 2211 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Fl; AKA the Laughing Lizard, under various operating scenarios: Owner Occupied B&B; three seasonal (short term vacation) rentals; and, three annual rentals. These scenarios attest to the flexibility of the property without the need for structural alterations.

Currently, Bill and Cindi occupy the 4 BR 4 Bath unit and have annual tenants in the 2 BR 2 Bath unit and studio apartment. As soon as their new home is constructed they plan seek an annual tenant for their unit.

The Laughing Lizard is a good opportunity for investment income with or without maintaining a residence on site. Call or email to arrange for a personal tour of the property and additional data to satisfy your financial curiosity and needs. Proof of funds or mortgage commitment recommended.

Four Bedroom, Four Bath Unit For Rent

The 4 BR 4 Bath unit will be “for rent” in the near future. Furnished or unfurnished or partially furnished, your choice. Annual or multi year lease required. Call or email for details.

Cash on Cash Return

2211 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Fl 33785

USE 20% Down
$215,000.
40% Down
$430,000.
50% Down
$537,500.
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
CASH ON CASH RETURN: 24% 12% 9%

At 20% down, owner occupancy of the 4 BR 4 bath unit yields a 10% cash on cash return.

Contact Us & Location Map

The Weather is Beautiful, Wish You Were Here.

2211 Gulf Blvd. • Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
1.888.976.0523rentals@plumleeproperties.com

For all other inquiries, email: info@laughinglizardbandb.com