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15% APRIL Discount! (week of 4/21) Exceptional Gulf Front 5 Star Home

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 in 2013 and continuously upgraded and refreshed ever since. Blue Palms has it all; new kitchen, pool, furniture, Linens, laundry, decks, pretty much everything... all 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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Tom & Shari Ruchalski

We have recently moved to Marathon, and are former 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

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

What makes this house unique

Complete "top to bottom" renovation in 2013. Continuously and meticulously upgraded and refreshed ever since.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Blue Palms in late November. The house was extremely clean, well-appointed and beautifully decorated. It was even nicer than the pictures show. The kitchen was so well stocked, we joked that it was much nicer than home. We spent most afternoons at the heated pool which was just the perfect temperature. Our two grandchildren just loved it. We fished off the dock, rode bikes, used the kayaks, rented a boat for a few days, took a ride to Key West, and really enjoyed the sunsets most evenings on the dock bench. We were also pleasantly surprised to see most of the stores and restaurants were open following the hurricane. We also felt pretty good supporting the local economy.

The only problem we had was that we had to leave. We will be checking our schedules to come back next year. We have rented on Morton street about 5 years now and this by far was the nicest experience. We have been very somewhat disappointed with previous rentals, I can see why Blue Palms has so many repeat customers.

Thanks Tom & Shari, we will be back!
Nov 2017
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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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • There is a $250 Cancellation Fee
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
  • Books
  • 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


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15% APRIL Discount! (week of 4/21) Exceptional Gulf Front 5 Star Home
average rating of 4.9454546 based on 57 reviews

Clean, great location, lovely owners with great communication

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the house. It is in a great location close to marathon, but not too close. There is plenty of space inside and out. We enjoyed using the bikes, kayaks and pool. It was very clean on arrival. The house was even better than the pictures on the website!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and property with wonderful views!

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the home. It fit 3 adult couples well. It was beautifully appointed and the grounds were immaculate. Loved the iguanas, rays, puffer fish, ibis, pelicans and barracuda! We’d definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blue Palms - You won't be disappointed.

  • 5 of 5

Despite cutting our vacation short due to cold/wind, we still enjoyed our stay. The house is well located and met all our expectations. If planning a visit to Marathon, I highly recommend staying at the Blue Palms.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Place

  • 5 of 5

The description of Blue Palms says it all. Exceptional, Private, and Pristine. On arrival we were struck by how clean everything was. We have been renting in the keys for over 20 years and this was possibly the cleanest place we have ever stayed. The house and the property are very well maintained and equipped right down to the bicycles. The dock had everything we needed and even a space for friends visiting by boat. The property had plenty of room for our boat trailer, a trailer we bring to haul our stuff, and two trucks, with plenty of room to spare. This is the second time we have rented in this neighborhood and we will be back. The only negative we encountered was the third bathroom was strictly a pool bath. It is not close to any of the bedrooms and is not air conditioned. All in all we were very satisfied with this property and the owners. 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place to spend a nice relaxing vacation! Owners are very nice! We loved being able to have our boat right there on property. Great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

House is beautiful, and has everything you need or will ever need. Like the other reviews, Tom is very responsive and makes the whole process easy. Definitely will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Thanksgiving Week $3,400
Christmas Week $4,200
New Years Week $4,200

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.

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