We hope you join us at one of these upcoming local events, most within 10 minutes of our properties, many within walking distance:

  • Sept 6-20 - 0.9 away from Classic Movies at the Opera.  Thursdays in September, the Opera house will be showing classic movies. September 6th at 7:30pm the 1954 movie “Sabrina” will be showing. Thursday, September 20th at 7:30pm the 1951 movie “The Great Carusowill be showing. 
  • Sept 8 - 0.5 miles from the The DUNKINS Half Dozen Donut Run. 6 miles, 6 donuts in 60 minutes! Sarasota's first running and eating challenge at Benderson, benefiting Apraxia Kids, the nation’s largest non-profit organization providing support for children with apraxia of speech.
  • Sept 15 - 0.9 miles from Taste of Downtown Food & Wine Festival - Now in its fifth year, join us at the Sarasota Opera House, where your favorite downtown restaurants will be showcasing their tasty dishes paired with fine wines, assorted beers and specialty cocktails. Proceeds from this event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, which will perform during the event.

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Welcome Aboard!

The Boat House and neighboring Lighthouse have been landmarks in Sarasota since 1933 and have since received their historical designation from the City of Sarasota.  The structures were built for Arthur Rowe, captain of John Ringling's yacht (of Ringling Brothers Circus) and were designed and built by famous shipbuilder, Oliver Blackburn.  Also located on the property, is a charming white cottage once owned by Captain Rowe.  All three structures have recently undergone total renovations to include modern amenities, new appliances and WiFi.  

At any of our homes, you are within walking distance of our gorgeous bay, eclectic shops, dining and theater.  In a short 8-10 minute drive you can enjoy fun in the sun at Florida's most famous beaches, including Siesta Key, ranked #1 beach in the US and #5 beach in the world by the 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards.

"This is a unique piece of Sarasota's history - very cool that you can stay here! Even if you're not in the market for a rental, it's worth checking out. The legend goes...John Ringling's boat Skipper (Arthur Rowe) wanted to retire on a boat. His wife wanted to retire on land. So, Arthur had a master boat builder construct a ship on land. A one-of-a-kind landmark and part of local Sarasota lore."  

-Josh, Seattle WA

Our Historic Homes

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