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Charming Downtown Sarasota Bungalow

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Gillespie Park House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Beautiful home available for short- or long-term rental in downtown Sarasota! This 2BR/2BA historic bungalow is fully renovated and spotlessly maintained. Main house includes brick patio seating area and outdoor grill. Locally-based property management team on-call to ensure a pleasant stay. The main house provides all the conveniences a guest could need: completely furnished, pots/pans, dishes, fresh linens, and modern appliances including washer/dryer and dishwasher. All utilities included. Amazing downtown location allows guests to walk to dining, shopping, cultural attractions, and parks. The shops at St. Armand's Circle and the beaches of Lido Key are less than 5 miles away!

* Contact the owner before booking to learn more about how we pass along savings through an eCheck discount.

A matching Craftsman-style carriage house will be completed by fall 2016 to offer a dedicated garage space for the main house and include a second parking space for the upper level 1BR/1BA guest apartment with its own sitting porch. Guests needing extra space for visiting family or friends may book the 1BR/1BA home under VRBO listing #811457, if not already rented.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Erin & Eric
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, spanish, russian, Thai
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Erin & Eric

We're both from the South. I'm from Florida, he's from Alabama. We love Florida's beaches and enjoy having pleasant weather all year-round. With careers in the military and foreign service, this home allows us to put down roots in a part of town that has it all: old Florida charm, downtown access to restaurants, shops, and culture, & proximity to the beach!

Erin & Eric purchased this house in 2013

Why Erin & Eric chose Sarasota

This home is a gem in a neighborhood of similarly restored historic houses affectionately known as the Painted Ladies of Gillespie Park! We loved the care and positive energy that the previous owners brought to the house and hope to continue the tradition. By inviting guests to enjoy the house, we hope the home will continue to be filled with love even during the times we're unable to enjoy it ourselves.

What makes this house unique

Amazing downtown location. Beautifully-cared for home. Historic Florida charm. Modern amenities include central air-conditioning, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and more.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Charming Downtown Sarasota Bungalow
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Great Summer in Sarasota

  • 5 of 5

I needed a place for my old, very challenged beagle and I to stay for the summer as I worked in nearby Bradenton, and the Tangerine Dream was a perfect choice for us. The house is exactly as described and in a great location. The owners were great to work with and very understanding of my dog's challenges. They kept in contact without being overbearing at all and even were nice enough to refund a night's stay when I was able to go home a day early. Outstanding stay with nothing but positive things to say about the entire experience. If I'm in the same situation again next summer, I'd definitely rent again! Thanks for everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We recognize that pets are key members of any family. We were touched by the dedicated love and care you showed for your sweet beagle, and glad we could accommodate you both during your extended stay in Sarasota. Thanks for taking good care of our home and hope to see you again.
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Cute home with a ton of character, clean and well cared for. However yard underconstruction, bummer!

  • 3 of 5

Let's start with the good / pros.... The house itself is absolutely wonderful. Very cute, well cared for and nicely updated. We were traveling with our little dog and it was a perfect place for that. The amenities were great and we were welcomed with a nice bottle of wine. It's close to downtown which was great, easy walk or bike ride. Very quite and quaint neighborhood. I liked that vs. the hustle and bustle of the beaches. Overall I really loved the home. There were a couple of cons, one being if you walk in the wrong direction the neighborhood is slightly questionable and the party store around the corner seemed to attract some questionable folks. Also, the yard was torn up. Which I wasn't made aware of this until the day prior to our arrival. honestly that was a major disappoinment, one of the reasons I rented the home was for cute and quaint back yard as dipicted. I'd have given the place 5 stars had this not been the case. We did extend our stay, well because we were in paradise and could overlook the yard issue. And overall we enjoyed our stay. But my recommendation is to be forthcoming if the rental is underconstruction. Hopefully the next person who stays will not have that experience and will be able to enjoy a lovely yard.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and sharing your recent experience. We are very glad that you found the house as cute and charming as we do. We're also glad that you enjoyed the experience enough to request an extra night and extend your vacation with us. It is true that we're updating the backyard area to build an improved two-car garage that will better meet guests' needs above the previous one-car garage. We're also adding a one-bedroom guest suite on the second floor of the new structure, which can be booked separately for guests who wish to vacation with in-laws or host other family members or friends. These improvements are major. We were assured that everything could be completed by November 2015, only to learn that the builder needed more time. Since we do not want to disturb guests in the main house with construction during their stay, we unexpectedly found ourselves in between old and new. Though the backyard landscaping is in transition, we worked hard to maintain the functionality of the space. The brick patio with outdoor seating remains, and is now accompanied by a propane grill that we added just before your arrival. No further construction will take place until April 2016, when we'll have blocked a time without guests to complete the new garage/guest cottage addition. Regarding the neighborhood, we feel very safe in Gillespie Park thanks to the care and attention of the entire community. Our neighborhood association has worked closely with city officials to restore this historic downtown neighborhood for the benefit of residents and visitors. My husband and I have a newborn daughter, and we enjoy taking her in the stroller down the block to the playground in Gillespie Park, into downtown for dinner, or over to the bayfront to watch the sunset.
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Great location, plenty of room.

  • 5 of 5

It was our second stay at the house. Great location, close to downtown. Quite neighborhood, plenty of room to park. House has everything needed for an extended stay. Plenty of room for a family.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, NM

Wonderful place to stay in Sarasota

  • 5 of 5

My experience at the Tangerine House was very positive. The house is adorable and very well kept. It was like being at home. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and cookware and there were plenty of towels and even beach chairs. It is conveniently located in a historic neighborhood that is walking distance to downtown. And there is even a park right down the street with a pond stocked with ducks.

The owners Erin and Eric are very caring people and made sure I was comfortable. I would recommend their beautiful home to anyone visiting Sarasota and hope that their experience is as wonderful as mine.


  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jill, We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay! We appreciate your visit and take special care to ensure our guests feel at home. Thank you for noting some of the features that you appreciated about the house and the neighborhood. We hope to see you again as a future guest or neighbor! All the best, Erin & Eric
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Enjoyed our stay.

  • 4 of 5

We rented the Tangerine Cottage for one month and enjoyed our stay. The neighborhood is secure with an especially friendly neighbor next door. The property is well taken care of and kitchen is equipped to provide meals at home, if desired. We loved going to church on Sundays at St. Martha's and then breakfast at the Savory International Restaurant (both within walking distance of the cottage). My husband golfed at least three times a week at Bobby Jones public course and had coupons to play at two of the semi-private courses, the Highlands and the University Golf Club. The weather was perfect during our stay. Erin does a great job keeping in touch and making all the arrangements.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janice, we're so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your stay so much! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about our home, the neighborhood, and the various ways to enjoy our great city of Sarasota! We hope to see you again sometime! All the best, Erin
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Camp Hill Pa.

A Wonderful Month at the Tangerine Cottsge

  • 5 of 5

This was my wife a I first stay in Sarasota. Boy did we ever pick the perfect house and neighborhood for the month's stay. The place was spotless and

cozy. We enjoy staying in B&B's when we travel and Tangerine Dream could qualify as one. We were able to walk to all Main Street attractions, the water front and the theater district.

Neither one of us could be anymore happier with our stay.

Thanks Erin

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Terry, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the house and the Gillespie Park area. We chose the house for its downtown location, and we're glad when other people explore the neighborhood and enjoy all the nearby restaurants and shops. Hope to see you and your wife again in the future! Erin & Eric
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Blue Rooster
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bobby Jones Golf Complex
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-75 (Fruitville Road exit)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Station 400
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lido Key
Car: not necessary

Amazing downtown location allows guests to walk to dining, shopping, cultural attractions, and parks. The shops at St. Armand's Circle and the beaches of Lido Key are less than 5 miles away!

To learn more about our historic neighborhood, use Google or another search engine to find The Herald Tribune's December 2011 article. It features our house under the wonderful previous owners and some of our fabulous neighbors. Search for 'painted ladies of Gillespie Park.'


Rates & Availability

Gillespie Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2017
Dec 17 2016 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

2% discount off rental rate is available to guests who use eCheck. Inclusive fees. Rates include a one-time linen/towel setup. The house is supplied with non-personal, non-food items needed for daily living. Guests should bring their own personal toiletries and food items. No daily maid service. Although linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service in not included in the rental rate.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Gillespie Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 948 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Jack and Jill Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Second Full Bath - toilet , shower
    After-beach shower - outdoor shower
  • 2 full bathrooms, as well as a hot/cold shower outdoors for guests to rinse off after the beach.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has one queen bed. Guest room has two twin beds.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis

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