A 1930s Walk-To-The-Beach Cottage in Old Naples, Florida

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(ABOVE) This cottage is just one block to the beach in Naples’ charming Historic District.

This 1935 four-bedroom, three-bath property is on the same street where I lived when I first moved to Southwest Florida back in 1984. It’s so adorable inside and out that I fell in love with it as soon as I spotted it on Zillow. When I realized it also happens to be listed by Bill Van Arsdale–who was my neighbor back then, and later my employer for 10 years–I knew it was synchronicity, and I had to feature it on my blog.

As a side note, Bill and his brother John founded a successful Southwest Florida television channel, called Visitors Television, for which I was the on-air shopping and arts host from the late ’80s to late ’90s. Both brothers were so much fun to work for!

But I’m off topic. Let’s get back to the property! It’s called “Periwinkle Cottage,” and is located in Old Naples, only one block to the beach and three blocks to Third Street South (known for its popular shops and restaurants). According to the Zillow listing, the original two-bedroom, two-bath main house was updated in 2001, at which time a guest suite was added with one bedroom and a kitchen-family room with fireplace and wainscoting. There also is a fourth bedroom over the garage, and a brick-paver pool courtyard.

I love the bright paint colors, the wainscot paneling, and the rich color of the wood floors. And, of course, the white picket fence. It all feels so friendly and inviting.

The property is on the market for $3.695 million. To see more photographs and details, visit the site of listing agent Bill Van Arsdale of Gulf Coast International Properties. ~Janis Lyn Johnson

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(ABOVE) The front porch, which leads to a charming living room (BELOW) with high, beamed ceiling and fireplace.

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123 11th ave s naples fl 34102 agent bill van arsdale

123 11th ave s naples fl 34102 agent bill van arsdale

(ABOVE AND BELOW)) The kitchen in the main house, which looks out to the pool.

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123 11th ave s naples fl 34102 agent bill van arsdale

(ABOVE AND BELOW) Added in 2001, the attached guest suite includes a covered porch, bedroom, and a kitchen-family room with high, beamed ceiling and fireplace.

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All photographs via listing agent Bill Van Arsdale of Gulf Coast International Properties.

By |2016-05-16T17:57:34-04:00May 16th, 2016|Homes & Gardens, On The Market|24 Comments

About the Author:

Janis Lyn Johnson is a happily married SW Floridian and Texas-born (1960) fan of timeless style and healthy living.


  1. Gail May 16, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    What a charming, beautiful cottage! Everything is really amazing. I just have to comment though….it would have been so nice if they could have pushed out that kitchen in the remodel……so long & narrow, it looks like it would be very hard maneuvering around and working in it! Other than that, so much character, and such a great house!

    • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      My guess is that they didn’t want to lose the back yard – and needed room for the guest wing, too. I don’t mind narrow galley kitchens, especially if they have a long window like this one that views a pretty courtyard. Thank you for commenting! ~Janis

  2. Rose May 17, 2016 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Oh my god!!!What a beautiful home,so much inspiring.You are so lucky Janis,There are how beautiful houses in florida,you’re living in heaven.
    I’m giving you a few home decorating magazines again,I’am%100 sure,you will like it.




    But my best is http://www.housebeautiful.com/

    Happy days~

    • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Pretty magazines, Rose! Thank you! ~Janis

  3. Rihanna Niel May 17, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

    This house is a big Goals!

    • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it, Rihanna! I do think it’s pretty! ~Janis

  4. Beatrice Torres May 17, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

    How much was that house,I’m so jealous!it’s amazing,thanks for the sharing.

    • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      The house is listed for $3.695 million. Properties in this area of town, because it’s so close to the beach, are quite expensive. Thank you for commenting, Beatrice! ~Janis

  5. Chloe C May 17, 2016 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Wow I love the house it’s amazing great,put more please.

    • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Thank you, Chloe! I’m happy you liked it! Will definitely work at finding more. 🙂 ~Janis

  6. Ruth Elsee Hulls May 17, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

    the picture in the living room looks familiar!

    • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

      The one over the fireplace, Ruth? ~Janis

      • Ruth Elsee Hulls May 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply


        • JLJ May 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

          It’s a lovely painting.:-) ~Janis

    • Bill Van Arsdale May 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      My mother painted that in Provincetown in the 1980’s. She also studied with Emile Gruppe in Naples and we have several lovely oil paintings she did in a class of the Naples Pier. She was quite the artist.

      • JLJ May 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        Bill, thank you for clearing up the mystery surrounding the lovely painting over the fireplace. I so enjoyed seeing the inside of this house. Too many of Old Naples’ beautiful cottages from this era have disappeared, and it’s such a shame. How wonderful that this one remains and is ready for someone to come along and enjoy her for the next several decades! ~Janis

  7. Carel Wenn May 18, 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply

    How did you do this blog?how did you do page?which website?

    • JLJ May 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      This is a wordpress blog site. Is that what you wanted to know? ~Janis

      • Carel Wenn May 20, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

        I wanna make blog post website like you, but i dont know nothing about how can I do ?

        • JLJ May 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

          Hi, Carol. What I did is googled the internet with all my questions. How To Start a Lifestyle Blog. How to Start a Fashion Blog. It’s amazing how much information you can find on the internet. A good place to start is at wordpress. This is their link: https://wordpress.com/ That’s where I started with my very first blog, and it’s free. WordPress blogs are easier to start with. Good luck with it! ~Janis

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