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

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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Tom & Shari Ruchalski

We have recently moved down 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
  • 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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Blue Palms ~ Exceptional 5-Star Gulf Front Home ~ Private and Pristine Paradise
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 54 reviews

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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Paradise 🏝

  • 5 of 5

Tom and Shari have an amazing piece of property and home. We stayed for a week at the end of May. It was a family vacation so there were 8 of us and we all fit without being crowded. The pool was beautiful and at night the color changing light was a beautiful touch at night. On the first night the right at the dock we saw red fish, lobster, these beautiful rainbow fish, and horseshoe crabs. We had some excellent fishing right of the dock. The dock was very accommodating for our boat. If you travel up to Vaca Cut at night the fishing was phenomenal. We eloped at sombrero beach while we were there and the master bathroom was so easy to get ready in with plenty of space. We cooked in every night and the kitchen had everything I would use at home including a crock pot which I loved. The kids named the giant lizard Fred. He loves being photographed. We discussed on our last night the and will be returnimg next year. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: April 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: March 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

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

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

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.