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April $$ Deals Completely Restored-3 BR/ 2 Bath Decorator Home-1 mile from Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,250 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

ATTN:. Relocators! Great Home, Pet Frndly Available for long term Summer Rental

Beautifully and uniquely renovated home 1.25 miles from the # 1 Beach in the USA (Siesta Key Beach)......... SPECIAL DEALS NOW AVAILABLE for APRIL 2018 - 25% OFF REGULAR PRICE!


PET Friendly fenced in back yard! ...2250 S.F. New Baths, New Kitchen, New Hardwood Floors & Tile. (3) Newly painted & decorated Bedrooms, New Contemporary Living Room & Library with Dining area. Separate Office, Large Beamed Ceiling Family Room.

Quiet Residential neighborhood near shopping, Movie Theaters and more Restaurants than I can name.

Public Golf Course about 1/4 Mile away in the Gulf Gate Subdivision.


Downtown Sarasota: 8 Miles

Busch Gardens: 1 Hr 15 min.

Disney World: Less than a 2 hour drive.

More Details

Steve Winchester
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Steve Winchester

Residential Building Contractor for 35 years. Designed and built/remodeled homes in Boston, Sarasota and San Francisco. Specialties are Architectural & Interior design.

Has 3 Great Kids,Holds a Masters Degree in Education and Divides his time between Sarasota FL. and Boston, MA.

Steve Winchester purchased this house in 1999

Why Steve Winchester chose Gulf Gate

Here is an oportunity to be right in the middle of everything. Within minutes or several miles one can enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. And you return to a very unique and stylish home that offers all the modern amenities, and boasts space enough to enjoy quiet privacy and the beauty of a sub tropical environment.

What makes this house unique

There is Cable TV w/ DVD player.

Free WIFI Hi speed internet access.

Laundry area w/ washer dryer.

'Split' Floor Plan with Separate Master Bedroom Suite

Queen size Beds Throughout.

Beach chairs and Towels for 6 people.

Beautiful siesta Key Beach

Visit the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center for a variety of big name performers.

Tickets availale for most performances. (Schedule Brochure in Family Room)

Also the Sarasota Ballet, Asolo Reparatory Theater, Ringling Museum of Art, Tours available for John Ringling's Mansion: Ca' d'Zan w/ new mutimillion dollar renovation. (All are highly recommended)

And don't miss Downtown Sarasota at night w outdoor cafe's, Nightlife and entertainment.

It is one of the most pleasing small cities in America.


Gulf Gate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath: Separate Vanity area & walk in Closet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Custom Tile and Concrete Vanity Countertop
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Mater Bedroom located off Living/Dining area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Rear of house off living area.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Designer Type BR off Kitchen area hallway.
  • All the Bedrooms are unique in their own right. One is a Master BR with adjoining Master Bath and walk in Closet off living area. Rear BR w/ Queen bed has pollished concrete floor and 'smooth troweled colored stucco' walls. It also boasts what we call a 'Vortex Window'. Also has separate Suplimental A/C wall unit with it's own climate control. BR#3 has custom paint, Decorator Bedding and a separate desk and closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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April $$ Deals Completely Restored-3 BR/ 2 Bath Decorator Home-1 mile from Beach
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 26 reviews
Pittsboro, NC

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location. Lovely home - convenient and well furnished. We will be back. Fenced yard was safe and fun for our DOG. She had a good time too.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Guys (& girls)......I certainly appreciate your review..... and I'm glad you and your dog were happy with my home and the surrounding area. Good luck with your house hunt! South Sarasota is a great place to live! Gratefully, Steve W.
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Nice house in convienent neighborhood near siesta key

  • 3 of 5

Stayed here for a week. The house had a little bit of a foul odor smell to it but otherwise was as adervertised. It wasn’t ready on time which in my case was fine but for other renters it might have been annoying. House was nice with a good interior layout and easily slept the 7 of us there. The home is also pet friendly which is a big plus but is also where the odor probably from. Would recommend to anyone looking for a rental near Siesta Key, 10 minutes drive.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well..... I think the #3 rating is a little harsh.....but the reality here is that this guest expressed no complaint while I was in town that week. Fact is; my cleaning people bailed on me 2 days before this guest arrived, And because I had flown down on Christmas Day to alleviate the absent cleaner problem, the previous guest (a 2 month local resident) left more of a mess than I have ever witnessed. Consequently, with the help of my daughter.....I spent almost 12 hours getting my house back in Tip Top condition. Fortunately this guest had planned to stay with relatives that night I stayed until 9 PM and left no stone un-turned. Further, I gave this guest a #3 rating several days I think we have some tit for tat going on here. The pet odor was faint....and had the house been professionally cleaned as per usual, that problem would have been alleviated. Basically these guests were fine, albeit a little messy...... and the only real complaint I have is the less than perfect review they gave me. Ah well......Ces la Vie! .... nobody's perfect!
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Two Thousand Plus Square Feet of Comfortable Living

  • 5 of 5

An older home in a quiet, deed restricted neighborhood in Sarasota convenient to everything including the beautiful beaches.

While features of the original construction are still in evidence, the owner, a successful residence contractor and professional interior decorator, has more than doubled the living spaces while providing an interesting and unique environment for his VRBO guests.

The original spacious living room/dinning room now contains cleverly designed built-in, surprising comfortable, furniture along with walls and walls of book cases containing books and periodicals covering a multitude of interests including recent novels and items of historical not pack your books, use the space for more swim suits!

The newer construction which blends in nicely consists of three large rooms across the rear of the home includes a third bedroom off the guest bath which has a separate air-conditioner which enables it to be closed off for privacy. Do not be shocked by the appearance of the horses saddle and the operable keyboard....the owner raised daughters.

Possibly the larger of the newer rooms is the family/TV room tastefully fitted with comfortable furniture and examples of the owners decorating mastery of innovation and interesting material usage. We did not measure but the sofa appeared to 30 feet in length including the shorter "L" portion.

Third added room was the owner-contractor's office which rapidly became my delight as it reminded me of my working years which involved close relationships with many building contractors. It is all there, the huge desk system, the drawings boards, the filing cabinets, the drawings storage and the separate business entrance off the side yard. Needless to say, this was my home within the home during our two month stay.

And this review must touch upon the home's two-car garage which now comfortably accommodates single car parking. Along with normal work bench installation, you will become engrossed in what appears to be a personal museum of the owner;s development history from custom homes to larger structures. And to further enjoyment, we found two modern, operable bicycles which helped with our exercise regime. We took the liberty of adding our drawing of safe neighborhood bike routes to the owners information booklet.

For further exercise facilities, we would recommend Potter Park YMCA (two miles each way)

where we found the most complete and modern exercise equipment.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great month long stay at this home in Sarasota.

The craftsmanship was simply amazing and the home was well equipped. It was spacious and allowed the tv to be on in one room while others read a book in another. The office was an added bonus which allowed for us to get some work done while vacationing too.

The owner did a great job of explaining the ins and outs of the home and was pleasant to work with. He even reached out to ensure our trip was comfortable.

The home itself is in a quiet community with no traffic. With a car, you can get to anywhere within Sarasota quite easily. If you're going to stay for any length of time or have kids, we recommend visiting the local library and getting a temporary library card. They have lots of events, a great selection of books and videos and on occasion have free passes to local attractions.

We visited in July/August so it is hot. The sun is strong so sunblock is a must. Fortunately this home is well equipped with air conditioning so it's a nice break from the heat.

All in all, this was a great trip and we look forward to coming back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike for those kind words. I'm glad your stay was a pleasant one. Looking forward to seeing you & your family again next year. Cheers! Steve Winchester
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Beautiful home, great location. Immaculate!

  • 5 of 5

House was beautifully decorated and immaculate. Wonderful kitchen. Location was excellent in a very nice neighborhood. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you guys. It's always a pleasure to host appreciative guests. The pleasure was all mine and hope to see you again soon!
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Latham, NY

We will definitely be back

  • 5 of 5

This is a great home that is conviently located . It is close to the beach and any other activities you would want to do in the siesta key area ! The house is in a lovely "old Florida" neighborhood where all the homes are well maintained and it also has a nice fenced yard for your pups. Everything you need is provided and the owner is very friendly and easy to get in touch with if you need to

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marc; very kind of you to write a review. It was a pleasure doing business with you. See you again soon!
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Gulf Gate Public
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Thai Food Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Siesta Key Beach
Car: necessary

We are 1 Mile from the Top Beach in the USA, in a quiet,well kept neighborhood. Minutes from shopping, multiplexes, restaurants. Rent a bike at the Marina, walk the 2 1/2 mile long Crescent Beach, see Beautiful Downtown Sarasota at night, Beach bars galore on Siesta Key (try Big Olaph's Home made Ice Cream!) Opera and Top Name Entertainers at the Van Wezel Perfoming Arts Center and Much more!

Busch Gardens & Adventure Island: 1 hour Drive

Disney & Universal: 2.5 hour Drive




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $25
cleaning $125
Tax Rate 12.0%

VRBO estimates and VRBO Payment Schedules do not always apply. (This owner breaks down payments into 1,2 or 3 payments regardless of what the VRBO "Book It" templates say). ASK OWNER FOR EXACT QUOTE & PAYMENT SCHEDULE!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.