Downtown Gillespie Park's Gem, Experience History.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Boat & Lighthouse, landmarks in the City of Sarasota since 1932, were built by boatbuilder Oliver Blackburn for captain Arthur Rowe.
Mr. Rowe was captain of John Ringling's yacht (Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota) and later captain of William Selby's yacht (Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota).
The Boat & Lighthouse got historical designation in 1984 from the City of Sarasota.
Totally renovated with modern amenities, appliances and WiFi, the Boathouse (build in the shape of a boat), is a comfortable 2BR / 2B home. Each level of the house has a BR and B. The two levels are separated by a 9 step spiral staircase. The upper level is also directly accessible by an outside staircase . The stern has a screened porch, the bow an unscreened porch, both accessible from the upstairs bedroom. The property is well maintained and the house is kept very clean.
Surrounded by beautiful oak trees and a private back yard with native plants the Boat & Lighthouse are part of the Gillespie Park Downtown neighborhood.
You can walk to Main Street with its restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and movie theater. You only have to cross the street to get to the Historic Downtown Village: colorful renovated historic houses converted to art galleries, a restaurant and unique shops.
Grocery shops are close by and the Beach is only 10 minutes away by car.
The Boat & Lighthouse represent a part of Sarasota's history we're very proud of and would like to share.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1360 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    Historic Downtown Village (across the street). Colorful renovated historic houses converted to art galleries, a restaurant and unique shops....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden


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High Season
Dec 1 - Apr 16, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,300 $3,600
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$950 $2,400
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Exit cleaning fee $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 12%



Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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4 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sarasota-Bradenton airport
0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Savory street,Blue Rooster and Darwin
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bobby jones
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 75
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Breakfast house
3.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lido beach

Close to theaters, museums, art galleries, Towles court(artist colony), ballet, opera,performing art center, Whole Foods,parks, shops and farmers market.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: Diana and Elwin grew up in Suriname/South America, lived for many years in Amsterdam/The Netherlands. We've lived in many cities in different countries but have been calling Sarasota home for 21 years. We love the beautiful natural setting of Downtown on the bay and Sarasota's pristine beaches. We both love Nature and created our own Nature Sanctuary in our back yard. We love our Gillespie Park neighborhood with lovely old cottages, a lot of them being restored now. We are interested in different cultures and meeting people with diverse backgrounds. Elwin enjoys exercising and walking,loves to work in the yard and keeps up with everything changing and new in our neighborhood and the City of Sarasota. Diana likes to keep up with the latest movies, enjoys reading and contributes to maintenance of the Boathouse. When inspiration hits we also like to take decorating the interior of our home to a higher level.

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Speaks: english, dutch



  • The boathouse

    The boathouse

  • living room, the bow.

    living room, the bow.

  • Main bedroom 2nd floor

    Main bedroom 2nd floor

  • Bedroom 1st floor

    Bedroom 1st floor

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Kitchen and dining area

    Kitchen and dining area

  • Bathroom 2nd floor

    Bathroom 2nd floor

  • Bathroom 1st floor

    Bathroom 1st floor

  • Private backyard

    Private backyard

  • Historic boat and lighthouse

    Historic boat and lighthouse

VRBO #570395

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Downtown Gillespie Park's Gem, experience history.

Sarasota #570395

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