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Neighborhood Profile: Gulfport Marina District

Whether eating under the pavilion or splashing in the pool, Danielle and Ron Bott, their kids, Marissa, Devin and Jett, and bulldog Slash have a beautiful view of Clam Bayou from the backyard of their house in Gulfport’s Marina District.
Whether eating under the pavilion or splashing in the pool, Danielle and Ron Bott, their kids, Marissa, Devin and Jett, and bulldog Slash have a beautiful view of Clam Bayou from the backyard of their house in Gulfport’s Marina District.
Published Jul. 24, 2017

GULFPORT

When Ron and Danielle Bott got married, they packed their blended family into his bachelor bungalow on Lang Court in downtown St. Petersburg.

They added a wall here, a door there and, even though it was rather like that pair of jeans that are tough to button over a large belly, they fit.

Four years later, they could can finally breathe again.

The family of five now lives in a house on a double lot in Gulfport's Marina District.

The home has a dock with a lift that drops their boat into Clam Bayou. From there, it is a quick trip out to Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

It has a pool that provides entertainment for a pair of energetic 8-year-olds, Devin and Jett, as well a converted-garage bedroom that provides privacy for 16-year-old Marissa.

They added a wall here, a door there and now, like that baggy pair of sweatpants, they fit comfortably.

Ron, the 52-year-old owner of Bluepoint LLC, which sets up for trade shows, and Danielle, 39, started keeping an eye out for a house on the water as soon as they married and settled into the bungalow.

"We were looking but not looking," said Danielle.

It wasn't that they had a price range, Ron said, it's just that they were looking for a house worth the price being asked for it.

"We were looking at $600,000 to $700,000 fixer-uppers," he said.

And, he added, although he could do any needed construction himself, he didn't want to have to put in two things that were absolute necessities to him: a pool and a dock with a lift.

Then, one day in August 2016, Danielle spotted a posting on the Facebook page of real estate broker Delia Davidson:

"3 bedroom Waterfront Pool home in Gulfport on 2 lots! Asking 450K It's truly awesome!"

Danielle hadn't even seen the house but she told Ron, "We're going to buy it."

He didn't give her much pushback.

"I had a boat and a dream to have a dock with a lift, I just didn't dream we could get it this fast," Ron said.

And so, the couple bought the block home with "good bones on two lots" as soon as they saw it. Three months later, they moved in.

In the interim, they had done some customization. They raised the ceilings in the great room and reconfigured a hallway to make the master bedroom larger. They updated the kitchen, replacing a half-wall with an island. They added a screened-in patio, laid sod and planted palms.

Now, almost a year after buying the house, it is strewn with bathing-suit clad kids and beach towels.

A Shamu float the size of a small boat bobs in the pool while an actual small inflatable boat leans against the fence next to it.

A teenager hunkers down in her bedroom, waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up.

And the homeowners sip glasses of wine around the large granite-topped island that anchors the living space.

By all appearances, it sure beats living in a bulging bungalow.

Contact Patti Ewald at pagewald@hotmail.com.

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