CHARMING HOME IN THE HEART OF HISTORIC BOCA GRANDE! HANDICAP FRIENDLY!

Diana Runyon

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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CHARMING HOME IN THE HEART OF HISTORIC BOCA GRANDE! HANDICAP FRIENDLY!

Boca Grande House Rental Photos and Description

'Whitewash Alley' as we call her is a spectacular home in the heart of Boca Grande's historic village.

Our home offers comforts and details rarely found in vacation rentals. This was HOME to our family, so it is very well appointed in a way that one might expect only to find in a beloved private residence. The house has a very special and warm feeling to it that our guests and friends comment on time and time again. Read on to see why this is truly one of the rare and choice rental properties on the island!

Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible

Diana Runyon

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Boca Grande is one of the few places that still feels like 'old Florida'. This is what really brought our family to the island. Our mother, who spent a good deal of time on the east coast in the 1920's as a small child was mesmerized by all things Florida. She maintained a life long love affair with the state. She adored the water, trees, birds, clouds, weather, fishing, architecture, you name it. As Florida was undergoing what she considered to be very unfortunate changes as it continued to grow, she would hit the roads in her car and strike out in search of the Florida that she knew as a child. When she first came to Gasparilla island in the 1970's it felt familiar to her, still 'real', not over developed and contrived the way so much of the state had become. Boca Grande was the place to be. She staked her claim. We are all so thankful to her for finding this magical place.

When you enter the front door of Whitewash Alley it will feel as though you are meeting up with a dear old friend. The house was originally built in 1911. When we undertook a major  renovation on the property in 2008, we took great care to honor the feel and aesthetics of the exterior of the house. From the street you see a large screened front porch attached to what appears to be a modest early 20th century cottage. Upon entering the home for the first time, the typical reaction is one of great surprise. 

Contemporary architectural design has been dovetailed beautifully with the 'old bones' of the house. There is a huge open living room and dining room with great, tall ceilings and a beautiful kitchen with cherry cabinets and vast granite counter tops. The floors in the common area are handmade Mexican Saltillo with the characteristic warm terracotta 'glow'. The kitchen is very well appointed with just about anything you could possibly need. Our chef-brother has seen to that. 

The feel throughout the house is that of laid back comfort with elements of whimsy, elegance, but above all comfort! It is furnished mostly with antiques and vintage pieces that were collected locally or brought down from Virginia. We have been told by friends who have lived in Boca for decades that it is one of the most 'livable' homes on the island. You can truly feel the heart and soul in 'Whitewash Alley'.

A very special aspect of Whitewash Alley is that it is a handicap-friendly home. There is a ramp at the side entrance to the house, 36' doors into the home, master bedroom, and master bath and a generous sized walk-in shower in the master suite, with plenty of grab bars to assist. There is a lift/recliner chair in the living room as well. 

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
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540-220-6776
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
nashville tn
5

WEEKEND

  • 5 of 5
what a lovely, unique home! our entire family enjoyed the home as well as the games, golf cart, books, outdoor shower, etc etc
good sleeping beds and plenty of room!
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
540-220-6776
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
5

Whitewash Alley

  • 5 of 5
Quite literally ...perfect. This home is truly special, with every convenience thought out.
The best part about Whitewash Alley was the unique decor. We loved it so much that during the hot day we were content to just hang out inside. All this plus an excellent location. Could not ask for more.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
540-220-6776
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
5

Memorial Day

  • 5 of 5
Boca Grande is a spectacular place. My family has been going for generations and this year, Whitewash Alley made it that much more special. The home is immaculate and wonderfully decorated. Sleeps many people, very comfortably. Everything you need is at your fingertips and Diana made it effortless. Highly recommend this property for anyone who wants to be in town and be able to walk to beaches and restaurants. 5 star!
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
540-220-6776
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
5

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5
Our company had the pleasure of staying in this charming home as a base for a client event nearby. The home was everything we anticpated and the owner was wonderful in all of our interaction.
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
540-220-6776
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
5

Whitewash Alley

  • 5 of 5
Whitewash Alley far exceeded our expectations; from the spacious rooms, the front porch & outside patios to the kitchen where many meals were cooked with ease. The location was the best as we could ride bicycles or walk whatever our destination. Gasparilla Island was an adventure. The Banyan Trees, The Light House on South Beach, Grouper Hole on North Beach, Whiddens Marina on 1st Street, walking on the beach finding shark teeth or just chatting with friendly neighbors. Whitewash Alley & Gasparilla Island are both magical places we will return too. Best of all was meeting the owners of this enchanting home not house.
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
540-220-6776
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Georgia
5

Most Enjoyable Time

  • 5 of 5
We were fortunate last spring to spend a few days in Boca Grande located on Gasparilla Island. We had an awesome time staying at Whitewash Alley, a most friendly cottage.
After those few days last spring, we knew we would return and spend some more time at this adorable place.We have just spent a week at the wonderful Whitewash with all it's amenities and close proximity to the Boca attractions. Definitely will return!!!
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Car: not necessary

The charming village of Boca Grande is located on Gasparilla Island, which is shared by Lee and Charlotte counties. Gasparilla is in the same chain of islands as Sanibel and Captiva, but is unique in that there is a 'real' town on our island dating back to the 1800s. Gasparilla is famous for its pristine beaches, historic properties, notable visitors and world-class fishing. Everything in Boca is relaxed and moves at island pace. If you are looking for fast food or harried salespeople, you won't find them here.

Our house is located on Tarpon Avenue, once known as Whitewash Alley (as most of the houses were literally whitewashed). It is a peaceful and quaint street with many of the houses retaining the feel of the early 20th century. The location of our house is in the very heart of the village and is 2 to 4 blocks from virtually everything in town. Coffee shops, restaurants, Hudson's Market, boutiques, shops, the Post Office, the Boca Grande Health Clinic, a Pilates and yoga studio, the Community Center, fire department, many beautiful churches and the beach!

Gasparilla Island has been protected from over-development, and much of Boca Grande has been designated as an historic district with many buildings dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. There are several historic sites on the island, with one of the true gems being the Boca Grande Lighthouse which was built in 1890.

Visitors often choose to travel the island as the locals do, on golf carts, which are welcome everywhere on Gasparilla. Another popular mode of transportation is the bicycle. There is a beautifully maintained, paved, 'rails to trails' path that runs the length of the island for walking, running, skating, cycling and carting.

The village of Boca Grande offers a fantastic selection of casual and fine dining restaurants (with great bars), art galleries, outfitters, small specialty shops, gourmet shops with prepared foods, wines and cheeses, and our wonderful local market complete with a butcher. Periodically a sign will appear downtown saying 'shrimp boat is in', which means, get down to Whidden's Marina as fast as you can to get the freshest shrimp you can buy, straight from the man who caught it.

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Availability & Rates

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Boca Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jul 7 2014 - Oct 5 2014
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,100
$8,000
 
 
Fall
Oct 6 2014 - Dec 20 2014
3 night minimum stay
$372
From
$400
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,600
$10,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,250
$13,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Pets subject to owner approval at time of booking.
We request you get damage insurance thru CSA at $49 for $1,500 of coverage. Please call if, instead, you wish to pay a refundable security deposit of $500.
Golf Cart rental at $200/week or $35/day for stays less than 1 week, invoiced separately. Call to book the cart.
Cancellation refunds subject to 4 weeks prior notice & re-letting of property.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Boca Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 full baths and an outdoor shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen size bed in the Master bedroom, Double Beds (3) 1 full/double in the Guest bedroom downstairs; 1 full/double upstairs in the 'Nest' (small private bedroom off of the dorm); 1 full/double upstairs in the Loft, Twin or Single Beds (4) 3 twin beds in the Dorm; 1 twin bed in the Loft
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • boating
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We offer a 4 seat golf cart for rent at $200 a week or $35 a day (for stays less than 1 week) + 6% tax. The cart is invoiced separately. Please call or email to book.
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