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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!

Diana Runyon

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Diana Runyon

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015
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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Boca Grande House Rental Photos and Description

NEW REDUCED SUMMER RATES! Whitewash Alley- One of the best homes on the island.

'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:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Diana Runyon (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015

Why Diana Runyon chose Boca Grande

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.

What makes this house unique

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. 

Why HomeAway

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

5
based on 19 traveler reviews

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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Glencoe, Minnesota
5

Great

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for a week in March and the crew included adult children and grandchildren. This house was perfect for us. It was large, clean, well furnished and contained most everything that we needed or wanted. The beach is only 4 blocks away and there is a golf cart for rent with the house so that all the babies' gear could be transported easily. We thoroughly enjoyed the house and spent many hours on the screened-in front porch. This place also has 4 bedrooms plus the dormitory so there is quite a bit of sleeping space. The island is small and lovely and the town equally small. We knew that there is no gas station and the small grocery store closes at 5 so we came prepared for that. It was a lovely family vacation and Whitewash alley was the perfect setting.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Panama City Beach Fl.
5

One Word-Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for my son's wedding. The house is beautifully decorated, extremely clean and well kept and has everything you could possibly need. It is very homey and roomy with plenty of sleep accommodations. The front porch is a wonderful gathering spot and it is in walking distance to everything, but why walk when you can ride in the golf cart that is available for a small fee. We loved it and wished we had more time to stay. The owner was so nice, friendly and helpful and allowed our little Yorkie to vacation with us too. Hmm, maybe we can celebrate the one year anniversary with a reunion!.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
New Hampshire
5

Warm, friendly home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at nephew's wedding. This home was perfect for my family- plenty of room, everything immaculate, beautiful! Kitchen well stocked, beds comfy, golf cart rental is a must- just a fun way to get around.Overall is was the perfect place to stay- recommend it highly!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Land O' Lakes
5

Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We brought a group of ladies for an essential oil business retreat. The best way I can describe how they felt is from the first lady to arrive, who just kept saying, "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. This place is perfect. I'm so excited!" That was the consensus of all the ladies at the retreat. From the front porch with lots of seating, to the eclectic decorations, big kitchen - perfect for assembling meals for the group, and gathering together, to the quaint sleeping arrangements upstairs. My favorite part are the doors leading to the very roomy master bedroom, with a seating place outside. So many little vistas. Just a hop and a skip to the little shopping village, and a little further to the beach where the ladies were able to reflect and dream about their future and goals. We immediately booked another retreat date upon leaving. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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

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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Rates & Availability

From $285 Per night

Boca Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring/Tarpon Rates
Apr 25 2015 - Jul 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
$375
From
$425
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,600
$10,000
 
 
Summer
Jul 6 2015 - Oct 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
From
$335
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,995
$7,600
 
 
Fall
Oct 5 2015 - Dec 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
$355
From
$425
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,400
$9,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
$13,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
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.

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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:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 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 ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • 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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