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Blue Palms ~ Exceptional Gulf Front 5 Star Home ~ Private and Pristine

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,648 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Piece Of Paradise

Tucked away on Grassy Key's sought after Morton Street, Blue Palms offers incredible open water views; in a private and secluded tropical setting. Completely renovated and upgraded in 2013, Blue Palms has it all; new kitchen, pool, furniture, Linens, laundry, decks, pretty much everything, beautifully decorated in a coastal retreat style.

Morton street is a high-end residential area with spectacular views and the peace and quiet that makes for a great vacation. A five minute drive will put you into Marathon which has all the conveniences you would ever need. There are Restaurants, Bars, shopping Centers, Grocery Stores, Fast Food, K Mart, Boat Ramps, even an airport.

Grassy Key is located right in the heart of the Keys.

Visit the Dolphin Research Center, The Turtle Hospital, Rent a boat, Fish from a charter boat, Enjoy the bike paths, Take the very scenic ride to Key West, enjoy the night-life, take in a few of the countless events all thru the Keys which make this such a special place.

Or...just relax by the pool, fish, kayak or snorkel off the dock and do what most people do here, take your beverage of choice, stroll down the dock and enjoy the sunsets. The dock extends to four feet of water and can accommodate almost any boat up to 40 feet.

Blue Palms also offers 4 complimentary Adult bicycles, 2 children's Bikes and 2 kayaks!

Please see additional pictures on the two slideshow links below.

Rental License #PLR2014-00007

More Details

Tom & Shari Ruchalski
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Tom & Shari Ruchalski

We are New Jersey residents who have owned and managed an Ocean front Duplex on the Jersey Shore. We know what it takes to provide our guests with the best vacation experience possible. Since we started looking for a home in the Keys, we were absolutely confident we wanted to be on Grassy Key, and definitely on Morton Street.... It just has the feel of a quiet, secluded private tropical piece of Paradise.

Tom & Shari Ruchalski purchased this house in 2013

Why Tom & Shari Ruchalski chose Marathon Area

Blue Palms is beautifully decorated with incredible open water views, private pool, boating access and is in an extremely quiet and private setting. Your own tropical oasis!

What makes this house unique

Complete renovation in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you for your prompt return of our deposit.

We enjoyed our stay to the absolute fullest. The accommodations were so lovely, fresh and clean. We were delighted by all the extra touches. Not only was the property amazing but communication with you was great. We rented a place this past March and we couldn't even get ahold of the owner/caretaker to get into the property when we arrived. We had to ask the neighbor if they knew anything about it... So needless to say your communication and instructions for us were prompt and straight forward. We really appreciated that!

Our daughter loved the room she stayed in and she slept amazing there in the pack n play. This was also a nice amenity to have instead of traveling with one. The pool temperature was fantastic and we found it to be a perfect amount of sun and shade.

We have only positive things to say about our stay and when we return to the Keys will absolutely consider your property again and will refer it to others should the opportunity arise!

We are so happy to have found such a lovely vacation spot. And the location between Islamorada and Marathon was perfect for us!! Thank you so much, we are still on cloud 9 :).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec 2015
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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1648 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double Walk-in Shower, Separate Jacuzzi Tub, Great Views
    Main Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Pool Bath - toilet , shower , Conveniently located off the Pool Area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Guest Room - 1 king , Beautiful Comfortable Room w/TV
    Kids Room - 2 twin/ single , Perfect Kids Room
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Onsuite Bath, Double Shower, Jacuzzi Tub, Incredible view
  • Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Graco Pack & Play, New Dock Bench


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

Blue Palms ~ Exceptional Gulf Front 5 Star Home ~ Private and Pristine
average rating of 4.9375 based on 49 reviews

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Blue Palms. It is well taken care of and very well thought out.

It is in the quiet area but just a short drive (5 minutes or so) to restaurants and shops.

The house is updated and has a great vacation feel to it. It has everything needed to cook at the house. It even has a very nice grill outside. There was a nice downstairs covered area to sit in when you wanted to get out of the heat. The hammock was another favorite amongst us all.

Kids had a great time fishing and Kayaking. They saw all sorts of things in the water (sting rays,sharks,parrot fish, etc... It is a great place to stay and we would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property was fantastic. We had two families stay and there was plenty of room.

  • 5 of 5

We will definetly consider coming back and staying at this property. The house had everything you need. The pool is just the right size and the dock provided a great place for evening sunsets. Our kids rode the bikes every morning. We enjoyed snacks by the pool of out on the deck. There was plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their time!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic home with gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

We just enjoyed a wonderful spring break at Blue Palms. Although the weather got chilly and windy, we had a ball. The girls loved the heated pool and my husband and I were still on the boat every day but one. The home has everything you need. The beds are super comfortable and I have to say, the two shower heads on the master shower are awesome! There are lots of linens and plush bathrobes.

The master bedroom/bath is fantastic.

That kitchen has everything you will ever need also.

The view is so peaceful- and so undisturbed and quiet. Grassy Key is really nice, like the old keys. We enjoyed the grassy key outpost and we LOVE Herbies in marathon.

The owner of Blue Palms, Tom, is delightful. We enjoyed our stay so much. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing property

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was incredible, and Tom could not have been better to deal with. Can't wait to return to paradise!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxation is your only option

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week of New Years 2017at Blue Palms and could not have been more pleased. The owners have decorated the home tastefully and with an incredible attention to detail. The house is very well-appointed and clean, and the amenities set this property apart. We are a family that likes to stay active and this property promotes exploration by supplying cruiser bikes and kayaks. We spent the mornings jogging through the neighborhood or biking along the easily-accessible path 1/2 mile away. We kayaked the calm water frequently and snorkeled off the dock daily. Although the water temp. was at its seasonal nadir, the weather had been so warm that we were able to snorkel without wetsuits. We saw multitudes of fish, including schools of parrot fish, cowfish, angels, etc. We also saw lobster, horseshoe crabs, stingrays, and even a pair of nurse sharks under the neighbor's dock (secret: the neighbor's dock is like a mini-reef). And if you want to just kick back and relax, the pool and surrounding deck and hammock are the perfect places for taking in the sun with a cocktail if that's your thing.

I find some of the comments about the bug volume or sea grass interesting. Yes there are bugs, and many bite, especially at night. And the sea grass will wash up on shore, creating a bit of a mess and smell. But this is the Keys. You are in the tropics. Simply use insect repellant and wade through the sea grass (and keep the TV off) and forget the outside world. Lay on the patio and watch the shooting stars at night. Peer through crystal clear water to spot the fascinating sea creatures. You will be rewarded by the peace and tranquility of Blue Palms.

Additionally: the fishing poles have been abused by previous guests, so if you are intent on fishing, bring your own gear. The kitchen has everything you will ever need to cook/eat. The grill is in great shape.

Dining: skip Island Fish co. Enjoy Herbies for dinner, Burdines for lunch. Tarpon Creek is decent, good for kids. If you want to drive 30 min for a great fish sandwich and beautiful setting with live music, try Lorelei's in Islamorada.

Fun: Take the snorkel trip out of Bahia Honda Park and enjoy the park after your trip. Some of the best snorkeling we've had.. 6 ft reef shark, spotted eagle rays, and 300-lb grouper.

We hope to get back to Marathon soon. We'll be checking with Tom in order to rent Blue Palms again. FYI, He fixed a bike the day after learning it was broken, Wow!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home for a family!

  • 4 of 5

Clean with real nice amenities and a nice pool. Loved the sunken jet tub in the en suite bedroom! The only negative thing would be the beach was a little littered with debris and water bottles, etc. I would definitely stay here again!👍𣐼􎿻

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Dolphin Research Center,,

Marathon Turtle Hospital

John Pennekamp State Park

Theater of the Seas

Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West Nightlife


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring - Summer 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 Mini Lobster Week
Jul 22 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Week 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years Week 2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter - Early Spring 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 27 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 28 2018 - May 25 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring - Summer 2018
May 26 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2018
Aug 25 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pool Heat (Set to 85*) $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Thanksgiving Week $3,500
Christmas Week $4,300
New Years Week $4,300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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