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Historic Bungalow in the heart of the Art District!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,010 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 Bath - 1 block from Beach Blvd. and 1 block from the Gulfport Pier!

Completely Renovated and new to the rental market! This home has all new furniture and appliances throughout! There's plenty of living space - between two furnished seating areas outside, a large living room and an extra bonus room separated by french doors (makes for the perfect reading spot or nap!). There are 2 queen size bedrooms along with a queen sofa to accommodate up to 6 guests comfortably. The double private lot provides plenty of room if you vacation with a boat and need a place to park it - perfect location with the public boat launch less than a mile away!

Melissa Zodda
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

About Melissa Zodda

I am a landscape designer for the last 20 years from Buffalo, New York (originally from NJ). I decided to move to Gulfport after many years of visiting. I traded the snow for four seasons of sailing and sunshine. I currently enjoy sailing my 23' Compac sailboat, kayaking, fishing off the Skyway Pier and snorkeling off Fort DeSoto State Park coastline (among many, many other awesome places).

Melissa Zodda purchased this bungalow in 2015

Why Melissa Zodda chose St Petersburg Area

At first the location is what I loved about this property. Then it was the house's rich history that really sold me! While not having much architectural details left to preserve, I am able to at least continue its story for many years to come. In 1921, a hurricane had demolished the Gulfport Casino. From that lumber, my house was constructed and known as 'The White House'. There were very few houses at this time. The builder was the Mayor, Nathan McKinney, who built it as a wedding gift for his daughter and son-in-law, Ethel and Leander White. Leander's mother was the daughter of the very first settlers of Gulfport, the Barnett Family). With great appreciation for the volunteers at the Gulfport Historical Society (well worth a visit), I was able to find original photographs of the house which I have kept to its integrity as best I can.

What makes this bungalow unique

There's not a bad seat in the house! The views of tropical shrubs and palms, sweet smells of orange blossoms along with the sound of the many birds that enjoy the area (especially the parrots!) - entertain the senses. The bay breeze carries the smell of Stella's getting ready for the brunch crowd. In the morning, you can sit in the front shady garden at the bistro and enjoy your coffee and the friendly faces walking by. Then you can choose to sit in the large private backyard later in the day and enjoy the winding paths of mature tropicals, cactus, birds and plentiful fruit trees. The early part of the year is best for pink grapefruit picking along with the two kinds of oranges. The location couldn't be better! All the exciting life of Gulfport, but also the peaceful setting. Its the kind of place that you just don't feel like getting in the car - its a real vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"She's constantly available and yet we didn't meet her because she respects her guests' space and we didn't need anything. Her bungalow is so welcoming that one of my children woke up this morning crying because he wished he was sill there. The bungalow is peaceful. Its as if it was started with an empty, clean, and warmly painted place and each item was carefully added as it was seen as useful. Each useful item was carefully chosen to be peaceful. Also, there were hooks to hang stuff everywhere! As we were traveling with four small children (spending each day at the beach), this was extremely helpful. Also helpful was the picnic table on the back deck. Our children did not eat one meal indoors during our entire visit and they were thrilled. The neighborhood is exactly as described and the beach is a block away. The arts district is adorable and I will miss the restaurants until we visit again. If we do et to visit again, I do hope we get to stay here."
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Gulfport in Pinellas County

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1010 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Has large dresser with mirror and large walk-in closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Has large dresser and is adjoined extra sitting room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Everything you need for a relaxing day at the beach is included - beach chairs, towels, cooler and umbrella. Also a convenient reference guide is provided with local information, dining guide, menus, contact information and local attractions. You need something you can't find - just give a call, I only live a few blocks away!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Historic Bungalow in the heart of the Art District!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 20 reviews

Great cottage close to town

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this beautifully decorated, quirky cottage. It has lots of charm, a great location, good beds and a lovely secluded back yard. Our hosts were quick to respond when we had any questions and we would happily stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gypsy Landing is great for a winter get-away

  • 4 of 5

Enchanting was the word I thought of when I first saw a photo of the house, and it was an enchanting place to be. Located on 54th Street South, it is only a short block away from Beach Boulevard and the many restaurants and shops as well as the Tuesday Fresh Market and the Art Walks. It was so nice to be able to walk over there or down to the beach and pier. It was a great home for a winter stay in Gulfport.

I spent two months in the house and enjoyed it very much. It can be chilly in Gulfport in January and February and the house is heated by two electric fireplaces as well as additional heaters. Only the first night was kind of cold as the temperature dropped to 36 degrees, which was quite unusual. Melissa brought over quilts and additional heaters to make me comfortable. That can happen in Florida.

I enjoyed breakfast as well as drinks and appetizers on the charming back patio. The backyard is lush and green with oranges growing from several trees.

The house was roomy and comfortable. Melissa has done a wonderful job of fixing up the place. I enjoyed reading the framed history of the house. I also enjoyed the selection of reading material. I read the book about Provincetown by Michael Cunningham as well as "The Hungry Ocean" by Linda Greenlaw.

It would be nice to have more dishes. There should be at least 12 lunch size plates and 8 large dinner plates. Additional cups and some small bowls would be nice too. I had two guests for a few days and we kept having to re-wash dishes.

The bed is comfortable and offers options for a variety of blankets and quilts. I always bring my own pillows. Pillow protectors would be nice as would a mattress pad on the bed.

Melissa made sure my requests for safety in the shower were taken care of, which I very much appreciated. There was a rubber mat in the tub as well as grab bars and the bathroom had excellent lighting.

I am a writer and set up my computer on the dining room table. I was comfortable working there.

Overall, I can say I really enjoyed my stay at Gypsy Landing.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic beach bungalow a few blocks from the bay and the funky town of Gulfport

  • 5 of 5

My family of four and our beloved dachshund thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at Gypsy Landing. We visited Gulfport in the spring and had to come back. Melissa was very responsive easy to communicate with. The house is beautifully renovated with all the modern conveniences but keeping the "old Florida" charm. There are bicycles for your use along with towels and beach chairs. The kitchen is nicely stocked. We loved the private back deck and grilling fresh fish when we weren't enjoying the many fine restaurants within walking distance from the house. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wethersfield, Ct

Great Florida vacation spot.

  • 5 of 5

Super clean, good neighborhood, cable and internet.

Two blocks away from quiet outdoor morning breakfasts and evening cocktails by the bay.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Set Up

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect setup for our family over Thanksgiving. They even provided all the essentials for the beach (chairs, towels, etc.). Travelling with an infant the washer and dryer were a nice perk too!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

As first timers to the Florida West Coast, we struck the jackpot! We loved Gulfport and Gypsey Landing. The house was fantastic - it lived up to all the photographs and was extremely comfortable. It was a pleasure to return "home" every evening - so much so that we extended our stay by 3 days. As we had flown we really appreciated all of the added extras - the beach towels, the beach chairs and also the bikes - all well used.

In Gulfport we went kayaking which was so restful, dolphin watching which we loved and much relaxing. We spent several happy meals at Stella's. We are now trying to work out when we can return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay! Guests like you and your family really make me love Gulfport and what I do. Thank you for leaving my home in perfect, immaculate condition! There is so much that Gulfport has to offer and it sounds like you hit them all. I do hope you plan on a return visit! Thank you for being the perfect guests!
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Nearest Airport
23.4 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
O'Maddy's Bar & Grille
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Twin Brooks Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Mangia Gourmet + many more
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Gulfport Beach
Car: not necessary

Located one block from Gulfport's finest in dining, galleries, shops, bars and fishing pier on Boca Ciega Bay. Two blocks away is Gulfport's Historic Casino, recreation center and public beach. No car is needed for this vacation - all you need is just steps away! And if you don't feel like walking, bikes are available free to use or you can kayak the bay for a real nature adventure! For those who want to venture a bit further, Fort DeSoto is just minutes by car and a definite must-see with it's pristine natural beaches, excellent wildlife and snorkeling, along with a beautiful bike/ hike path. Downtown St. Petersburg is located just minutes as well, for a different type of day - fabulous eats, antiquing, museums and theater.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in Gulfport, Tampa Bay

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Memorial Day
27 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 4th
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Dec 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season 2019
1 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £154.61
Cleaning Fee £77.3
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Portable wifi hotspot

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