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Luxurious Island Home - Quiet, Private with Tropical Garden, Oak Hardwood Floors

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Last updated: 12/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 bedroom, 2 full baths w/ large screened porch close to beach and bay

Little Gasparilla Island Vacation Rental, Casa Contenta, is a relaxing key west style island home ideally situated 500 feet from the Gulf of Mexico and 300 feet from Lemon Bay. Its garden overflows with tropical foliage including palms, hibiscus, bird of paradise, sea grapes, and bougainvillea.

The main floor is perfect for relaxing. The open floor plan connects the kitchen, dining area, living room, and large screened in porch. The wall of sliding glass doors easily glide open to provide seamless access between indoors and the private porch situated in tropical splendor. New oak hardwoods, tile, HVAC, ceiling fans in every room and 2 ceiling fans on the porch and a fully equipped kitchen are provided for your comfort.

The living room is furnished with comfortable leather sofas and recliner. A new 40' Samsung TV, dvd player, small and growing dvd collection, in house library, board games and puzzles provide beach vacation entertainment.

The main-level master suite (with comfortable queen bed and 400 count linens) also opens to the porch with sliding glass doors to let the outdoors in. Lay in bed and listen to the wind rustle the palms, with sounds from the Gulf. A full bath is on the main floor.


Upstairs the master suite enjoys double decks with expansive island wide views east to the bay and west to the gulf. You can open the doors for a cross breeze; watch the sun rise over the bay; sunbathe through the day in privacy and star gaze at night. This bedroom features a comfortable queen bed and full bath nestled under a cathedral ceiling, with beautiful wooden beams.
KITCHEN
Fully equipped kitchen with stove, refrigerator, new Bosch dishwasher and indoor new LG washer and dryer. As cooks ourselves, we have stocked the kitchen with everything you need for meal preparation and entertaining: good knives, coffee maker, Capresso burr coffee grinder, stovetop espresso maker, blender, crock pot, tea kettle, cuisinart ice cream maker, new super-quiet bosch dishwasher, plenty of dishes, utensils, glasses, pots and pans. We also supply basic pantry items such as salt/pepper, olive oil, etc.

OUTDOOR AMENITIES
Downstairs is a new gas grill, table and chairs for easy outdoors meal preparation. Our private outdoor shower with hot and cold water makes after-beach cleanup convenient and comfortable. For outdoor fun we offer a sea eagle 330 2-person inflatable kayak (with paddles and life vests), 2 adult bicycles, 4 comfortable beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers.

COMMUNITY DOCK
Shared community dock access means you can dock your own or rental boat for your fishing and boating pleasures.

CARTS AVAILABLE
A large cart is available for transporting your things to and from the dock (300' away). For our monthly renters we can make our 4-person golf cart available for your island touring.

UNIQUE ISLAND BENEFITS
As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers privacy and tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach without seeing more than a handful of others. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark's teeth free for the collecting. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conchs.

TRANSPORTATION DETAILS
There is water taxi service to and from the island available by appointment between 8:30 to 5 PM (other hours available for an extra fee). .You just phone them, tell them your dock number and they will pick you up at a local marina (where you also park) and drop you at your dock.

SELF-CATERING
You must bring all your groceries over with you on the water taxi. There are no stores or restaurants on the Island. There is an excellent fish market in nearby Placida and several mainland restaurants are also reachable by boat.

There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande. Boat rentals are available in Englewood, Placida and Boca Grande and fishing charters in Placida and Boca Grande.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment -- and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

Please note that most all houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicapped accessible. Small children will require supervision on the stairs.

Please note there is no smoking in the island house.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/05/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

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

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master Suite on Main with doors opening to screened porch...moreless

  • Master Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Master loft Suite with 2 lounging decks facing east and west...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 2-person Sea Eagle 330 inflatable kayak with oars and PFDs. 2 Adult beach multi-speed bikes. Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, boogie boards, and coolers. Large cart for transporting your things to and from the dock....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Small collection with local lending library two blocks away...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Sony DVD Player as well as VCR...moreless

  • Games:

    Monopoly, battleship, operation, cards, backgammon, chess, puzzles...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Several Radios throughout the house...moreless

  • Television:

    40' Samsung TV HD Antenna with 16 channels...moreless

  • Toys:

    Beach toys, games, puzzles...moreless

  • Video Library:

    A small and growing video library...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    500 feet from the Gulf and 300 feet from the bay with upper decks facing east and west...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    table and chairs for 4 indoor and outdoor...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Brand new cold AC ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Commercial brand dryer...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Fitness room = the beach. Lots of beach equipment (chairs, boogie boards, sun shade)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Brand new HVAC...moreless

  • Internet:

    MiFi available upon request. 2 GB included in weekly rental. Can purchase more data upon request...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    100% soft cotton sheets and a variety of pillows and blankets available...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room comfortably furnished with leather sofa, love seat and recliner. Complete with 40' Samsung TV with HD Antenna 16 channels. Sliding glass door opens to large screened porch....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking at Eldred's marina for $6 per day...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Good cell coverage...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels including beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New quiet LG washer...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    12-cup coffee maket with filters provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    2 sets 8 piece place setting, full pot and pan set, metal and glass bake ware, plastic ware, silverware, plastic and glass glassware, blender, griddle, wine opener, platters...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New Bosch quiet dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt and pepper, olive oil and small quantity of some basics ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster and toaster oven...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Wrap around main deck with 2 upper decks for birds eye views of the island as well as lounging with coffee or drinks...moreless

  • Boat:

    Community dock 300 feet from house for docking your boat. Boat rentals available nearby...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    200 square foot screened in porch with dining table for 4 and lounge chairs, 2 upper decks for lounging and sunbathing facing east and west, downstairs deck private for oudoor showeingr and grilling...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    3 inflatable kayaks and life jackets available. Kayak, canoe and Stand-up Paddle Board rentals available nearby...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened in porch...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Casa Contenta is nestled within a lush tropical garden setting providing ocen breezes, privacy and cooling shade ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane gas grill...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie board and other toys provided...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Rates
Jan 1 - Feb 5, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,150 $3,600
2017 Pricing
Feb 6 - Dec 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,200 $3,800
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,150 $3,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $135
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 12%

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

53 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sarasota (53 miles) or Ft. Myers (68 miles)
92 Metres
Nearest Ferry
300 feet
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Several Golf Courses Nearby
153 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 feet

Car: Necessary

Little Gasparilla Island is a tropical barrier island located just off the Southwest Coast of Florida. Situated halfway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, it benefits from cool tropical breezes in the summer and warm sunshine in the winter. It is just north of Gasparilla Island, separated by Gasparilla Pass. It lies west of the town of Placida, separated by Placida Harbor. It is connected with Don Pedro Island to the north by a thin strip of beach. It borders the Gulf of Mexico to the west.

The most unique attribute of Little Gasparilla is its lack of a bridge…All access is by private boat or water taxi. There are no roads and no cars, and traffic and tourists are just a mainland memory.

The island offers 7 miles of beautiful pristine beach unspoiled by either seawalls or high-rises. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark's teeth free for the collecting. The best time to go shelling is just before and at low tide and after a storm. Be sure to check the high tide lines where the surf often tosses the largest shells. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conchs.

Mostly, Little Gasparilla offers privacy and tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach for hours without seeing another soul. Yet island neighbors are friendly and always willing to offer a helping hand. There is a quaint island chapel which offers non-denominational services from time to time and which has been the site of memorable island weddings. Golf cart rentals are available on the island for scenic tours but many people prefer to walk the sandy pathways.

A water taxi services the island regularly. You just phone them, tell them your dock number and they will pick you up at a local marina (where you also park) and drop you at your dock.

Boat rentals are available in Englewood, Placida and Boca Grande and there are also many fishing charters in Placida and Boca Grande.

You must bring all your groceries over with you on the water taxi. There is an excellent fish market in nearby Placida and several mainland restaurants are also reachable by boat.

There are no hotels, motels or restaurants on Little Gasparilla Island.

Bird watchers will spot egret and osprey, rare white pelicans, blue herons, and even the occasional bald eagle. The waters are rich with manatees and dolphins and the waves are gentle and calming and perfect for floating on a raft. The bottom is mostly white sand, so there is little to see while snorkeling...though you can often find sand dollars off the sand bar.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment -- and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2014

About: I currently divide my time between Atlanta, GA and Little Gasparilla Island, Fl. As a professor of engineering i am blessed to enjoy time off between semesters so I head to Casa Contenta for peace, privacy and total relaxation! As soon as i arrive at the marina to catch the water taxi i can feel my cares and stress melt away!

Why Placida, FL, USA:
This is a GREAT island home! The double-sized lot is private behind its garden of tropical splendor foliage and perfectly situated between the gulf and the bay. The house is comfortably furnished with its open floor plan and connection to the outdoors for al fresco dining. And the ocean breezes are a true tonic. It is amazing how doing little to nothing except walking on the beach, reading, enjoying nature and napping can revive and invigorate me. This fall I plan on installing a garden for herbs and veggies so me and my guests can enjoy the bounty! I vacationed on LGI for many years with my family. When this unique house became available I jumped at the opportunity to purchase. I look forward to hosting you in my favorite Casa Contenta soon! I know you will fall in the love with the island and the house!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Ideally situated 500' to the gulf and 300' to the bay. Casa Contenta is a landmark on the island and most folks know it as 'Abbey Road' its unofficial street sign name. Aside from its awesome stilt home architecture and amenity filled furnishing I think you will enjoy the huge, screened and shade protected back porch. My guests find reading, eating and napping out there to be habit forming. The setting is truly beautiful and relaxing. I look forward to sharing my home with guests from around the world.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/05/2016

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Photos

  • sun kissed front of house

    sun kissed front of house

  • View from the front door.  Oak hardwoods throughout. Glass doors open fully

    View from the front door. Oak hardwoods throughout. Glass doors open fully

  • First floor master bedroom. Sliding glass doors open fully to the porch

    First floor master bedroom. Sliding glass doors open fully to the porch

  • Washer and dryer in 1st floor bathroom

    Washer and dryer in 1st floor bathroom

  • Shady place to take a nap or read a book

    Shady place to take a nap or read a book

  • Second floor bedroom under the eaves.  Lay in bed and listen to the waves

    Second floor bedroom under the eaves. Lay in bed and listen to the waves

  • Upstairs suite full bathroom

    Upstairs suite full bathroom

  • View of the lanai from the garden

    View of the lanai from the garden

  • Sunrise from Dock 21, a very short stroll from la Casa

    Sunrise from Dock 21, a very short stroll from la Casa

  • Entering the house

    Entering the house

  • Well stocked galley kitchen

    Well stocked galley kitchen

  • Comfortable living area

    Comfortable living area

  • Full master bath on first floor. Tile floors

    Full master bath on first floor. Tile floors

  • Spacious porch with table and lounge chair for relaxing

    Spacious porch with table and lounge chair for relaxing

  • Stairs to second story

    Stairs to second story

  • 2 sets of double doors lead to porches facing east and west.

    2 sets of double doors lead to porches facing east and west.

  • Second story full bath with skylight

    Second story full bath with skylight

  • Another view of the front with new shutters

    Another view of the front with new shutters

  • Beach panorama showing the typical "crowds" (1-2 other people)

    Beach panorama showing the typical "crowds" (1-2 other people)

  • Don Pedro State Park is a short walk or golf cart ride away

    Don Pedro State Park is a short walk or golf cart ride away

  • Beautiful sunsets over the gulf are a short walk away

    Beautiful sunsets over the gulf are a short walk away

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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