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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 - 3 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:
June 21, 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 Amenities for this vacation bungalow rental in Gulfport, Florida

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1010 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Has large dresser with mirror and large walk-in closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Has large dresser and is adjoined extra sitting room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/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!
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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.

  • Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: 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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Perfect Bungalow in the Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

Melissa Made it feel like our home.

Our Pups enjoyed the walks to the Beach and visiting the Dog Park.

Great place. Close to my daughter’s College so we will be back so she can see her pups. Can’t wait to come back

  • Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Melissa’s cute cottage was just what we needed for our stay near St. Pete for my college graduation. It was very comfortable and clean. We loved how close the restaurants and shops in Gulfport were to the house! Melissa even had a pack-n-play for our young son and it was nice to have 2 bedrooms for his early bedtime. I really appreciated how available and friendly Melissa was when I had any questions. I would definitely recommend staying here for a nice, relaxing stay near St.Pete. Thanks again for a great stay! We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome bungalow, great location

  • 5 of 5

The house was decorated so cute and had everything we needed. Just a block or 2 from all the action. Loved having access to the bikes to check out the area and to get some exercise.

  • Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Nice, clean, cozy home in a lovely spot! We were close to great restaurants, beaches, and everything we needed for a great family getaway! We would definitely recommend this great spot! Owner was very responsive and helpful!

  • Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A truly beautiful, welcoming home in an idyllic location!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more impressed with the attentiveness of the owners. They demonstrated such care. The house was immaculate and just perfect for 2 folks who just yearned to get away from it all for a few days. It was terrific to just stay in Gulfport, but also wonderful exploring the city and beaches, which are just so close. The location was TRULY perfect! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: 9-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • 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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation bungalow rental in Gulfport, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2019
Dec 22 2018 - Apr 27 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$133.09
Damage Deposit C$266.18

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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