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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 2 - 4 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:
16 February, 2018

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 Gulfport

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
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
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!


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Historic Bungalow in the heart of the Art District!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 31 reviews
Espoo, Finland

Nice house and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our time in Melissa's bungalow and Pinellas county.

The house was cute, clean and there was everything needed for our stay.

Gulfport beach and restaurants only a short walk away.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Heikki! I so appreciate the wonderful condition that you left my home. I also really appreciated the chocolate bar from Finland! I am so glad that the bungalow suited you and your family for wrapping up your holiday trip. Thank you so much for booking with me!
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Clean and well appointed

  • 4 of 5

Convient walkable to Gulfport beach and restaurants quick drive to St Pete museums

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, nicely designed

  • 4 of 5

Thoughtful.... liked the landscaping too

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a delightful and comfortable Florida bungalow. Great location too. Would love to revisit and will definitely recommend to family and friends!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia

Melissa's home was perfect for our extended weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was just wonderful! The bungalow was clean, perfectly located to our three favorite beaches, and best of all every family member had their own space... no sharing beds. Melissa was so helpful and welcoming. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for booking my bungalow and taking such great care of it! You'll be happy to know that the bungalow and our fabulous town of Gulfport weathered Irma and has no damage what-so-ever! After all, its been standing since 1921! I am blessed with great guests and a fabulous location! Thanks again and I hope you plan on a return visit to Gulfport! Melissa
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Tranquil bungalow with many small touches by the owner which make it a very special place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Great bungalow in a lovely location with easy access to surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £71.44
Damage Deposit £142.88

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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