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

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Diana Runyon

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 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. 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 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Property Reviews

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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
941.681.0183
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
5

Whitewash Alley

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
941.681.0183
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Georgia
5

Most Enjoyable Time

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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!!!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
941.681.0183
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
CT
5

Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
My husband and I came to Boca Grande this past month with our five children for a wedding! Whitewash Alley is just superb in every way imaginable. This house is gorgeous, well appointed, solid, pristine condition, updated, luxurious, quaint, quiet, spacious. You name it, and you'll get it here. We had everything we needed including many bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, and even games, toys and bikes for our children to ride. The location is also fantastic, on a quiet street, but just a few blocks from downtown boca grande. We highly recommend this home. The owner was also particularly helpful and kind in accommodating us prior to our arrival. If you come, you'll want to never leave! Thank you for a most enjoyable time in Boca Grande. We will return.
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
941.681.0183
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
amherst, NH New England
5

A superior rental experience start to finish

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
Having rented multiple home over a long time period on Boca Grande, this home and our experience here have been superior to all the others. The listing and pictures show the home just as it is, but only hint at the home it is.It is lovingly maintained and is just that a HOME! WE all loved being here and not only spending time in the village and on the beach, but in this house. It lovingly welcomed us. We had children with us part of the time and they agreed with us.Everywhere we looked all during our stay we found surprised from statues in the garden to the wonderful way the home has been decorated with pictures and books and music collection. The kitchen is a joy to work in and we enjoyed preparing meals in it. The owner is delightful and extremely willing to be sure whomever rents this property, has all the assistance they need to make their stay a gooooood one. It was immaculate and well maintained. Although we would surely recomment this property, we secretly hope that not too many more people learn about it, so we can keep having it available to us.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p421579vb
941.681.0183
Boca Grande Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Little Falls, MN
5

Outstanding!!!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
Three couples from MN, NE & FL met for 5 wonderful days at this perfect house! (There were more beds than we needed.). We did need handicap accessibility & this was totally walker/wheelchair/scooter friendly! Each couple had their own space & their own bathroom. The decor was so beautiful & fun and the kitchen was stocked much better than our own home in MN! We met the owners (& Daisy), who were such nice people & so helpful. We would highly recommend this property!!!!! Thank you, Dianna, for sharing your home with us!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Helpful votes: 2/2

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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

Boca Grande House Rental Rates

Notes

  • $2,400/wk to $13,000/mo
  • US
  • $2,800/wk. Spring/Tarpon Season . 4/5/13 - 7/5/13
  • $2,400/wk. Low/Summer Season . 7/6/13 - 10/4/13
  • $2,800/wk. Fall Season . 10/5/13 - 12/20/13
  • $3,250/wk. Winter/High Season . 12/21/13 - 4/25/14
  • Renting Saturday - Saturday. Rates subject to change. Check-in 4PM, Check-out 10AM
  • State & County tax of 11% will be added to the listed rental rates
  • Cleaning fee $150/1-6 people, $200/7-10 people. 11% State & Co. tax will be added
  • 4 seater golf cart available for rent at $200 per week. 6% tax will be added

Amenities

Boca Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village ...
General:
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
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:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sound/bay fishing
Notes:
Whitewash Alley has a 4 seat golf cart available for rent at $200 a week + tax.

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