BLUE MARLIN IN ALLIGATOR POINT

Gary Fritz

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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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BLUE MARLIN IN ALLIGATOR POINT

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4 Bedrooms,2 Bathrooms,Sleeps 8

The Blue Marlin is zen like, brand new, pet friendly, completed in summer of 2006, Surrounding area is like you walked back in time, everything except the houses is the same as it was thousands of years ago. This house with the surroundings is one of a kind, built for comfort.

Beautifully furnished. This home has all #1 hardwood floors , granite counter tops, loads of cabinets, a long granite bar with 4 stools,solid Cherry dining table with 10 chairs,

.Very large Kitchen opens into the great room for open

living, however, bedrooms are separated for privacy. Large,

soft seating in living room to view large screen plasma TV with satellite, Receives over 160 channels, 12 pay channels for free.

. Baths are tile with two shower heads in

master. This is a beautiful beach front house. Furnished with new beds and furniture. Linens and towels furnished.. Walk

50 steps' to the gulf with deserted beaches and endless walks.

House is surrounded by 5,000 acres of Florida State Park which resembles the wildest Africa.

A large screen porch and two sun

decks are there to dream the days away. Dolphins can be seen

the porch, along with thousands of birds of all different kinds,

wild life abounds. If you are looking for a private place to spend

with your loved ones, this is it. Also equipped with WI-fi.

Pets are welcome with Pet fee of $75.00 per pet.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gary Fritz (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Gary Fritz

I am a general contractor, I built The Blue Marlin in 2007 to sell, however, the market left and I spent around 20k furnishing the house with all the finest furniture, new beds, dining room set, sheets, towels, everything one could want in a home. I do not live in this house, only use it as a rental, I have tried to make the house one that I would want to spend time in. I am 66 years old and live in Tallahassee with my three rat terriers.

Gary Fritz purchased this house in 2007

Why Gary Fritz chose Alligator Point

I have been going to this area of the gulf coast since I was a child. The area has changed little, there never has been any real development and when I bought the lot the Blue Marlin is on, I decided to build this house to this floor plan based on everything I have learned as a builder in the past thirty years.I have put all first class components in the house in hopes to sell it and now I am happy it didn't sell, as I enjoy renting it. Everyone has been so great in the past five years, I have met many interesting people who have rented, and have no regrets that the house didn't sell as I first intended it to. I am a firm believer in everything happens for a purpose and The Blue Marlin is an example of life not following my plan but still turning out for the best. When I first started renting the house, I didn't have any idea how it would go, but everyone has loved the house and loved staying there, I even have around seven or eight people that come every year, and it such a blessing and a pleasure to rent the house.

What makes this house unique

The Blue Marlin is first a very private and secluded house, there are things there in the surroundings that haven't changed in thosuands of years, the area has not been developed in any way, you might see five or six people on the beach during the week, maybe a few more on weekdays. The fishing is excellent on the beach, I stay one week per year with my sister and her husband and have a great time every year. There is so much wildlife, you will see deer, white squirrels, maybe a black bear, foxes, dove and quail, turkeys, thousands of sea birds, bats, wildcats, the state park one half mile from the house is five thousand acres with walkways going a long way back into the wilderness. The state park looks like Africa in many ways. There is a nice long dock with all facilities. fi you wiish to just get away from all the rat race, this is the place for you, you will feel like you have gone back in thime with the silence and the waves you hear for the beds when you go to sleep. People are few that are on the beach and I want you to feel like this is your own house for your stay. There are no personal effects that I keep there, I only use this house for a rental. Please come and share the peace and quiet to rejuvenate yourselves from this loud and crazy world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time at The Blue Marlin. We walked on the beach, played on the beach, fished on the beach and caught Red Fish, Trout, some sting rays, and even a shark. We had a great day trip to Cape San Blas, Saint Joe, and Saint George Island. Great food was found at the Tropical Trader. It was great to be at the end of the "point". The state park was great for morning runs, bike riding, and walking. The water was calm enough to put in the kayaks and they were used frequently. The house was great and the perfect size for all of us (8 total). Everyone had pleanty of room and the size of the kitchen and dining room was perfect for watching movies and playing games. Thanks for letting us stay, what a great week.
May 2013
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4.8
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 19 reviews
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p975200
-+1 850-222-2111
Alligator Point Florida Panhandle
Atlanta, GA
5

true South!

  • 5 of 5
The previous review (posted July 28, 2014) is very informative, and I fully agree with it - except regarding kitchen utensils: we found the kitchen fully stocked, from utensils to spices. So, there was nothing else we would wish to be added. Same applies to the entire house: it has everything, nothing is missing inside or outside. Good Wi-Fi. There are even a couple of fishing rods (one - with reel, but we did not use them), and a good large crab trap (that we used, and caught a lot of blue crabs). Just don't forget to release all female crabs, please! Crabbing requires FL fishing license. There are beach chairs and some toys, too. The house is excellent: beachfront, spacious, comfortable, designed with taste. All appliances are new.
However, the house is not the main reason that we loved this vacation - it is the nature that makes all the difference! Again, previous review says it all. I will add a few practical tips:
1. Definitely get insect repellent! This is for outside only, as the house has screened porches. There were no bugs during the day, but they start coming later in the evening. No mosquitoes, but some small flies (gnats? no-see-ems?) that low-concentration DEET repels completely. Info correct for end-July.
2. Get water shoes. Many hermit crabs (and other shells) in the water. Also please note that this is not Panama City Beach with its emerald crystal clear water and white sand! Sand on the beach is white and clean all right, but water is more like tea-colored, and sand on the sea bottom may be covered in spots with thin layer of mud. Similar to Jekyll Island beaches, if you know. However, in the Bald Point State Park (20 min walking or 2 min driving East from the house) - the beach is all sand, and water is very clear.
3. Take $1 bills to pay for above mentioned park ($4 per car). Park has several entrances, one is unmarked (the one where you can launch canoe into the Lake, or fish from bridge). See Park website for more info.
4. Nearest "anything" (gas, food, bait, etc.) is is Panacea, about 20-30 min driving. The Marina in Alligator Point is closer (15 min driving), but all they sell is Coke and Bug (no gas for cars, only for boats). Supermarket in Panacea is closing at 8 PM.
5. Water in the Gulf is mostly still, so bring your kayaks and canoes.
Many thanks to Mr. Fritz for a beautiful house!
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
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Alligator Point Florida Panhandle
5

THE BLUE MARLIN––WHAT A CATCH!

  • 5 of 5
This is a remarkably wonderful place to vacation––and a great house with a caring landlord to boot. Your front door opens onto the lush North Florida swamp, which puts you in mind of the remotest parts of the Everglades, through which one of us has walked and camped. Only a handful of cars drive by Bald Point Road (at least in April and May), which ends a half-mile north at the state park––essentially just a fishing pier, several nice trails, beach access and air-conditioned bathrooms.

Your screened back porch looks onto a sandy beach with tidal flats and pools and tons of shore birds, sometimes under the watchful eye of a bald eagle. The water’s in a transitional area––always the most interesting in nature—where, to the south lie the upper reaches of the Gulf of Mexico and, to the north, Ocholockonee Bay. (The Ocholockonee River’s headwaters form amid farmland 130 or so meandering miles away in Worth County, Georgia, and the river’s mouth spills into this bay.)

Best of all, you’ve got a tidal creek running alongside two bedrooms (and the neatest walk-in double-headed shower with a view), and that makes all the difference. CAUTION: There’s an alligator in there sometimes; we saw it twice. There’s an abundance of blue crabs and a trap for your use. Snowy egrets feed in the morning, and all sorts of creatures traverse from swamp to creek. Put aside the tide charts and observe that creek; compensating for countervailing winds, you’ll literally see the ebb and flow.

The house is spacious and features a great media wall. The owner pays special attention to your comfort with good screening, which you will come to appreciate. In spring the breeze is almost always present and you’ll easily learn how to compensate for nature when it isn’t. The kitchen is well-stocked, but you may want to pack some extra cutlery and, especially if you are home cooks, some cooking utensils and small utility and serving dishes.

All my long life––we both grew up on Florida barrier islands––I’ve heard about the “mating season” of sea creatures. Here, for the first time, I saw it. For several days, you couldn’t walk 20 yards along the shore without seeing horseshoe crabs, the larger female in front, usually partially buried in the sand, and the male behind and facing her.

We didn’t know Gary before we rented Blue Marlin, but we thank him for building it, keeping it fit, furnishing and supplying it and for being such a responsible, reasonable and pleasant landlord.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you Ron for your wonderful review. The Blue Marlin is truly a beautiful and zen like place to be. Your review is very flattering of both myself and the house, and for that I am grateful. You have been the perfect guest, the best part of it all is the wonderful experience you had at the Blue Marlin and the memories you and Kathleen take from there will be a part of you for the rest of your life. To have played a small part in someones happy memory makes me feel truly blessed. Also, the Alligator (3 ft.) has been removed and placed in an inland lake. Sincerely, Gary Fritz, Owner of The Blue Marlin.
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p975200
-+1 850-222-2111
Alligator Point Florida Panhandle
5

2 Year Old Had the Time of Her Life

  • 5 of 5
Wrote a review a moment ago, but think I forgot to select the "star" rating. I meant to give it 5 STARS.
  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p975200
-+1 850-222-2111
Alligator Point Florida Panhandle
5

2 Year Old Had the Time of Her Life

  • 5 of 5
Our 2 year old daughter was anticipating this "beach vacation with grandma and grandpa" for a long, long time. I was so pleased that the trip surpassed her (and all of our) expectations. My wife and I stayed with my folks, and our 2 kids (age 1 and 2), and our 2 wire haired dachshunds at Gary's house on the Ocean. The house was perfect for our "rowdy" bunch. The deck was extremely safe for the little ones, was enclosed in nice, and was in good shape. The kids could just have at it without having to worry. Also, it was buttoned up nicely with screen all the way around (and bottom too) which made it bug-free. The deck and the scenery around it was by far the family's favorite feature of this home. If we weren't down at the beach, or exploring the "quaint" surrounding communities, we were chillin' on the deck enjoying the views and the seabreeze (take your binoculars and telephoto lens). The beach was perfect for the kids and was just outside (in the back yard, basically), so with the "littles" the adults could take shifts with nap times, etc. and still make sure that everyone got a good chance to get their fill of the sun and the beach. We saw lots of dinner-plate sized stingrays, lots and lots of blue crabs, snow-white squirrels, and a host of other interesting creatures while we played in the area. We had the beach almost to ourselves all week, seeing only a few people here and there. The water was warm, and calm, and was perfect for our 2-year old daughter. She was very brave, and was attempting to catch crab, and had no hesitation picking up and playing with hermit crabs, and horshoe crabs. The layout of the house couldn't have been nicer. There is an oversized couch and a large table (my dad beat me about 13 consecutive games of chess during the vacation on that table, unfortunately). There are ceiling fans everywhere, and a cool kitchen. When you are working in the kitchen, you are looking out a wall of windows at the ocean. Wakulla Springs was an awesome day-trip with crystal clear water, and views of gators and other crazy birds and wildlife, and the local aquarium is one of the neatest places I've seen. My 2 year old picked up and played with starfish, crabs, and got to see lots of "Nemos" and seahorses, sharks, and other crazy creatures. This place goes beyond the typical "sand and water" beach area - the area is also a wildlife watcher's and outdoorsman's paradise. We are very grateful we vacationed at the Blue Marlin.
  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p975200
-+1 850-222-2111
Alligator Point Florida Panhandle
4

Relaxing!

  • 4 of 5
Nice place. Everything we needed was there. It is very secluded. We saw a bald eagle the first morning we were there. Sitting on the deck was very peaceful. I can not give it 5 stars because, though it was beachside, there is a home in front of it that partially blocks the beach view. Regardless, we really enjoyed ourselves.
  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Blue Marlin in Alligator Point
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p975200
-+1 850-222-2111
Alligator Point Florida Panhandle
5

Peaceful Get-Away

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a weekend with some friends at the Blue Marlin and loved every minute of it! The house was clean and in excellent condition. The four bedrooms are split up on two ends of the house which gives you plenty of room for a large group. The center living area is spacious, with a large kitchen, breakfast bar, dining room and living room. The house is well decorated and all the furniture is comfortable and fairly new. The back deck goes completely from one end of the house to the other with several lounging chairs. A portion is screened in and a portion is open. This gives a great opportunity to get some sun or grill out. The view is amazing, you are literally steps away from the beach. This is the perfect place if you are looking for a peaceful get-away!
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cape San Blas beach
"Very good beach for dogs."
Sonic Drive-In
"In Crawfordville, about twenty miles, curb service, good food and milkshakes"
Wakulla Springs
"Great place to swim, glass bottom boats, river cruise, soda fountain, old fashioned, restaur..."
Angelo's Seafood
"Rated in state of Florida five stars, excellent food setting over the river, really nice, re..."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tallahassee
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ticki Hut
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Willdwood Golf Course
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Tallahassee, Florida
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 98
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Angelos (5 star)
Car: necessary

Deepest spring in Southeast, Wakulla Springs, is a twenty minute drive. Glass bottom boat rides and jungle rides, see gators, deer, black bear, wildcats, thousands of birds. Swimming is great, water is crystal clear, many fish. 75 year old hotel with soda fountain, feed squirrels from your hand, sandy beach at swimming area, three heights of diving towers. Many movies have been made here including all the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Airport 77, old Tarzan movies made here. History is everywhere, great restaurant serving home cooked meals.

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall and Winter
Aug 30 2014 - Feb 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,400
$4,800
 
 
Spring
Mar 1 2015 - May 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,650
$5,800
 
 
Summer
May 30 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,150
$7,500
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $125

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Alligator Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Baths are all ceremac tile
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Small matress in closet for small child.
  • Beds are top quality, only four years old, sheets are Egyptian cotton. All bedrooms have separate closet and chest of drawers. All bed sides have side tables and lamps for reading late into the night without disturbing anyone.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
flatware 500 thread count Egyptian sheets Two golf courses within 15 minute drive. Deep Sea Fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Spanish and King Makeral, Trout, Red fish. Fresh seafood dinners in top restaurants just 6 miles away. Kayaking, walking, biking. State Park within 1 mile of property. Boat landing within 2 miles.
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