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15% Discount wk of July 7th thru 14th ~ Exceptional 5-Star Gulf Front 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:
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Marathon in Monroe County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1648 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Double Walk-in Shower, Separate Jacuzzi Tub, Great Views
    Main Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Pool Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Conveniently located off the Pool Area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Guest Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Beautiful Comfortable Room w/TV
    Kids Room - 2 Single Bed , Perfect Kids Room
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Onsuite Bath, Double Shower, Jacuzzi Tub, Incredible view
  • Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • 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 centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Graco Pack & Play, New Dock Bench


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15% Discount wk of July 7th thru 14th ~ Exceptional 5-Star Gulf Front Home!
average rating of 4.951613 based on 64 reviews

My new favorite destination for relaxation and fun in the sun!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the Keys so I researched for weeks before making a decision. I could not have made a better choice! Although there are still questions surrounding damage from hurricane Irma when discussing a vacation to The Keys, this property is immaculate and tucked away perfectly, directly on the water, down a very lightly travelled neighborhood lane. Although the reality is you will see remnants of hurricane damage if you travel to the Keys, there is no indication of damage nearby.

You could truly never leave the home the entire trip and have the best vacation ever. We took the kayaks out each morning at sunrise, before breakfast. On a few instances we saw large schools of fish, and one evening we saw a couple nurse sharks swim past. There is plenty of fishing gear at the home to fish from the pier or to take a quick trip to local public fishing spots. We were lucky that the previous renters left the bait freezer stocked, so we took full advantage. I used the grill for every meal that needed to be cooked. It was the perfect size to cook for a large group, and it allowed me to remain a part of the group while everyone else relaxed or lounged in the pool after a long day. The outside furniture was of the utmost comfort and the hammock was so big and comfortable that it was difficult not to fall asleep while on it.

Inside the home, each room is decorated very tastefully, with very comfortable furniture. The bedrooms were well-appointed, with very comfortable beds. There were plenty of nice televisions as well, but to be honest-we never used them.

I was very happy to find that there was no "tourist trap" feel to the area. You just kind of feel as if you become a local while you're there. I enjoyed the atmosphere much more than what can be found at some "beach destinations".

Overall, the home was exactly what we needed...more than we expected. I had such a relaxing vacation and did not have to think about anything other than what I wanted to do next. I highly recommend this home for anyone who hasn't previously visited the Keys and does not know exactly what to expect, but wants to thoroughly relax and enjoy life for a week.

Tom & Shari,

Thank you for allowing my family to stay in your home on our vacation to Marathon! We shall return.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was absolutely gorgeous and the view was outstanding

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this house. It was perfect for our family. Very clean !!!! The pool was the perfect temp and everyone had a blast fishing from the dock. We kayaked and paddle boarded daily. (We rented the paddle boards from Curlys for the week) This house is Amazing!!Loved everything about it!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing property and vacation

  • 5 of 5

First off, Tom & Shari are exceptional owners. Quick to respond, easy to work with and they seem to be genuinely good people. That’s not always the case when renting. The pictures in the listing do not do the property justice. The home is super spacious, more than enough room for myself, my husband, our 2 youngest (10 & 6) and our oldest son & his wife. We felt right at home. The master bedroom was ridiculously nice. The outdoor area, where we spent most of our time, was gorgeous. Between the heated pool, fishing off the dock, kayaking & snorkeling in the gulf and just lounging in the hammock, we were never at a loss for things to do. I wish there was an option to share pics on a review because we got some great ones of the area, wildlife and sea creatures! We saw sting-rays, barracuda, crabs, lobster, all types of fish and even a few different nurse sharks right off the dock. My husband and the older kids got to snorkel at Captain Pip’s while my 6 yr old and I checked out the aquarium. We also chartered Captain Skye for a fishing trip. All of those are worth checking out, well worth the money. There are some really great restaurants in the area, Sunset Grille was by far the best, but we mostly took advantage of the fact that Tom & Shari had everything available to cook & grill with. This was by far the best Keys trip we’ve done yet and we hardly had to leave the property!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi LeeAnn, Thanks so much for such a kind review. So glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. You have also been a pleasure to deal with. Please keep us in mind if you decide to return to the Keys, we'd love to have you back. All the best, Tom & Shari
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Fabulous, well equipped house-

  • 5 of 5

Blue Palms is a wonderful house with Beautiful views of the ocean. The house and grounds were pristine. We particularly loved having kayaks, bikes and snorkeling equipment available for our use. We spent hours in the pool and on the dock fishing. The house is in a nice neighborhood and close to many attractions, state parks. And fun restaurants! We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home, great furnishings. Felt like a home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house and location. The home was beautifully decorated and felt brand new.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My parents and I stayed at Blue Palms for a week in early March. We booked our stay last July and like others, we were hesitant to visit the Keys after the hurricane. Tom and Shari let us know as soon as they could after the hurricane the status of the house and assured us that everything would be in order for our visit. They didn't disappoint. The house is beautiful, with an amazing view. It is very well kept and decorated exactly as I would decorate if I owned a house in the Keys. We felt right at home the moment we walked in. In fact, we didn't want to leave when it was time to go home.

The house was stocked with all the amenities we needed. There wasn't anything we found missing throughout the week. We found the beds comfortable and enough bath and beach towels for our needs. We loved sitting on the dock in the early morning and lounging by the pool in the afternoon. Unfortunately we were there during a cold front which kept us away from the pool for a few days, even with a heated pool the air was too cool.

My only comment, which is beyond Tom and Shari's control was the sea grass that washed up along the shore making it nearly impossible to launch the kayaks from the shore. We ended up launching the single kayak off the end of the dock and used the ladder to get in. I spoke with Tom about this after our stay and he advised that the neighbor has more of a beach and as long as the renters are OK, the owner of that house is OK with launching the kayaks from their shore. I wish I would have mentioned this sooner vs. waiting until we got home.

We are already talking about staying here in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • 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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Marathon, Florida Keys

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring - Summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 Mini Lobster Week
21 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2018
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving Week 2018
17 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week 2019
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
Winter - Early Spring 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
27 Apr 2019 - 24 May 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £379.55
Cleaning Fee £113.87 + Tax
Pool Heat (Set to 85*) £113.87 + Tax

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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