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

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

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!

Diana Runyon
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

Why Diana Runyon chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

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. 


Boca Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 full baths and an outdoor shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Charming Home in the Heart of Historic Boca Grande! Handicap Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Punta Gorda, FL

perfect girls get away

  • 5 of 5

My bookclub of 7 women stayed there for 3 nights. It was perfect. Photos do not do it justice. Large gathering places from the living area, to the dining area to the screened in porch. We all had our own beds, kitchen full appointed...everything you would ever need.

Just a few blocks from the beach, stores and restaurants.

A few suggestions...bring your own beach chairs, rent the golf cart for easy access to beach and restaurants, and watch your head in the loft as to go into the dorm and use the upstairs bathroom

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was described accurately, and truly was a great place for our family of 10 to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is surprisingly roomy and was very comfortable and relaxing for our family of 10. It's within walking distance of the beach and down town. We would go back again for sure. Great place!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love your vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, a much needed away from home time. The weather was great, love your house and all the quaint decorations. The screen porch is such a nice addition, minus a few Mosquitos, which you have no control over. The distance to town and the beach was perfect.

My only suggestion, the mattress in the front bedroom is a little to soft, I believe it is a mattress pad. I slept ok but felt like a marshmallow . Otherwise the house is perfect and we would love to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

Was down in Boca Grande for a wedding and loved staying here for Memorial Day weekend. House is centrally located to everything on the island and has everything you need to help enjoy a trip down there. Highly recommend. Only issue was the upstairs beds are smaller and not as private if you are not bringing kids.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Multiple stays in this gem in the middle of town!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here for four years. It's the perfect rental...spacious, clean, charming, and cozy! Can't wait for our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This might have been the best family home we've rented. Our family of 7 had plenty of room to spread out. The house itself is nicer than the photos. Diana has done such a great job of making the house personal with many spaces to gather as well as to find a quiet place to relax. We loved being right in town so everyone could go off and do their own thing. We cooked a few evenings and the kitchen was well stocked. Thank you so much for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Boca Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Fall 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Pets subject to owner approval at time of booking.
We request you get damage insurance thru CSA at $49 for $1,500 of coverage.
Golf Cart rental at $200/week or $35/day for stays less than 1 week. Cart invoiced separately.
Cancellation refunds subject to 4 weeks prior notice & re-letting of property for same amount.
Rentals over major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter)must be a minimum stay of 7 days.

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