Our Cocoa House ⋆ Mama Says Namaste

Our Cocoa House

Welcome to our Cocoa Home...just 3 1/2 miles from the beach!

Our sweet 1356 sq. ft. home is a perfect little sanctuary for bird-watching, sunbathing, biking, and more. With a focus on respite and peace, we aim to be a safe haven for all who are seeking sanctuary in nature. The wood ducks, ibis, whistler ducks, glossy ibis, egrets, and more love to start their mornings in our backyard, and with so many things being within walking/biking distance, you can completely immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and enjoy your sunset walks on the beach. 

Current openings DECEMBER 2023, October 2024-March 2025

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This house is for you if you are...

Flexible Monthly Rental

  • Looking for a book-writing getaway
  • Are an avid birder and want to add a bunch to your Big Year!
  • Want to explore a bike-friendly town
  • Want amenities within walking/biking distance 
  • Looking to relax with a low-key setting with plenty of places to sit and watch the birds!
  • Love the beach and want to visit the Shark Tooth Capital of the world!
  • Fully furnished
  • Fenced in backyard
  • RV pad with electric hookup
  • Fast WiFi included
  • Washer/dryer included
  • Looking ideally for a 3-6 month renter




For Work

For Biking/Exploring

  • Primary bedroom with king bed and full available closet.
  • Full bathroom with walk-in shower attached to the primary
  • Guest bedroom attached to full bath with twin/trundle that converts to a king. 
  • Bedroom with two twin beds and a trundle (can convert to one twin and a king)
  • Full bath with jacuzzi tub and shower attached to guest bedroom
  • Dining Room/Kitchen 
  • Living Room 
  • Lanai with full screen and glass doors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat
  • Washer/Dryer 
  • Electric Fireplace 
  • Blackout curtains in every room
  • Clavinova electric piano
  • Sleeping for 9, not counting space for an RV, tent, and floor space!
  • Outdoor patio and plenty of outdoor lounging areas
  • Fully fenced in backyard, doggy-door accessible from the lanai
  • Weekly trash/recycling pickup
  • Smart TV with access to Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Amazon Prime, and more
  • Jacuzzi tub and double-shower heads.
  • Kitchenaid mixer
  • Private driveway with space for an RV
  • RV hook-up - Water/Electric - 30 amp
  • Cedar-lined closets
  • Fun family games and puzzles
  • Fresh bananas and other fruits when in season
  • Private culdesac - no thru traffic
  • So much within walking and biking distance!
  • Fast WiFi
  • Guest bedroom desk/work space
  • White space for video work
  • Business building books and resources
  • 10 Minutes from downtown Venice
  • 28 miles from the Sarasota International Airport, 1.9 from the Venice Municipal Airport
  • Quiet neighbors who keep an eye on the place
  • 2.5 miles from Casperson Beach (and a dog beach next to it)
  • Detweiler's Amish Market and Aldi's less than a mile away
  • Shamrock Park & Nature Center 2.2 miles away
  • 1 Mile to Venetian Waterway trail, which leads to the Legacy Trail - 13 miles of rails-to-trails biking
  • 3 miles to downtown Venice

Kevin Miller

I spontaneously took 2 weeks...alone. Just me. I had a project to do, but also spent nearly every evening here. The sunset over the waves is glorious to me. The time alone gave me an OS upgrade. I'm a better Kevin for it.

What is the Venice area like?

This is a great little area with a fun vibe - downtown Venice is full of quaint little shops, wonderful Italian restaurants, and, of course, beautiful views of the beach. Venice is the shark tooth capital of the world, and you'll often find them washed up on the beaches. It's a super bike-able area - within 20 miles you can access just about anything with the Legacy Trail, Venetian Waterway Trail, and sidewalks everywhere. 

House Logistics

About the house - when you arrive there will be notes on the fridge with suggestions for favorite restaurants, biking, and more - all the details you need to know (when trash/recycling comes, wifi password, etc) will be right there for you. We'll talk with you on your specific needs and ensure you're connected with whatever resources will help you most. 

A lot of the landscaping is pretty natural - we aim to keep it fairly low-maintenance, and have worked to utilize as much rainwater as possible to keep everything growing. We have amazing apple banana trees - when ripe, they taste like a perfectly sweet banana with a slight citrus zest! 

The Living Room

Complete with an electric fireplace and smart TV, you're set for relaxing and lounging - and, the couch converts to a queen-size bed for additional sleeping.

Kitchen/Dining Room

In the kitchen, we have a Kitchenaid mixer, utensils and eating/cooking/baking ware. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables from Detweilers, you can stock a lot in the fridge! (Crazy kitchen hack - wrap your fresh greens in tin foil - they will keep for up to a month in the fridge!)


There are two bathrooms - one with a full jacuzzi bath/shower, and the other with a large walk-in shower and double nozzles.

There are plenty of towels and washcloths in the closet in the green bathroom. 

The Front Room

The trundle bed in here can flip up to make a king-size bed, or have three twin beds in this room. The closet is a beautiful cedar-lined closet, and the room-darkening curtains keep it cool and dark. 

Back Guest Room

This educational room has a great view of the wood duck boxes and for observing all of the animals that hang out in the backyard. Also has private access to the bathroom. The twin bed in here has a twin trundle underneath which can convert it to a king-size. So you have a king bed option in every room. 

Primary Bedroom

On the complete opposite end of the house (through the kitchen) is the primary bedroom. It has a king-sized bed, and double closets - one will be empty for you to use. There are french doors for a private entrance/exit, and an air conditioner in this room for the ultimate cool space. Private access to the primary bath.

Lanai and Backyard Oasis

Straight off the kitchen is the wonderful lanai - our most favorite room in the house! The lanai (Floridian for porch) is our special haven - with the fans blowing and one wall fully glass and large screen doors, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind while keeping the bugs at bay.

Stackable HE front-loading washer/dryer with detergent already there. It's great to have the outdoors flowing inside - you can sit on the porch with all the doors open for an extension straight to the backyard, complete with the sounds of the pond flowing right out the door. 

 Have fun, enjoy and explore/create here. Enjoy your time and rest and relax!

Fun Events In The Area:

14th Annual Labor Day Weekend Venice Craft Festival
September 2-3, 2023 from 10am-4pm
Downtown Venice
Organized by Howard Alan Events artfestival.com and Venice MainStreet: VisitVeniceFL.org

Venice Beach Party
September 30, 2023 from 3pm-8pm
Venice Public Beach
Hosted by Venice MainStreet: VisitVeniceFL.org

Sun Fiesta
October 20, 21, and 22, 2023
Downtown Venice
Organized by Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice: womenssertoma.com

Children’s Halloween Parade
October 31, 2023 (4:30pm children line up for parade; 5:00pm parade begins)
Downtown Venice (parade is on West Venice Avenue)
Organized by VeniceLionsClub.com and Venice MainStreet: VisitVeniceFL.org


35th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival
November 4-5, 2023 from 10am-5pm
Downtown Venice
Organized by Howard Alan Events artfestival.com and Venice MainStreet: VisitVeniceFL.org

Date TBD
Organized by Sertoma Club of Venice: venicesertoma.com

Small Business Saturday
Saturday after Thanksgiving
Downtown Venice shopping and dining promotion

Venice Holiday Parade
Saturday after Thanksgiving
Downtown Venice
Organized by the City of Venice

Artists Sunday
Sunday after Thanksgiving
Downtown Venice and Venice Art Center shopping promotion

Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 2, 2023 at 6pm
Intracoastal Waterway
Organized by venicechristmasboatparade.com

Christmas Walk
December 7, 2023 from 5-8pm
Downtown Venice shopping and dining promotion
Organized by Venice MainStreet: VisitVeniceFL.org

For the Bird Enthusiast:

There are many birds unique to FL, including the Florida scrub jay, which can be seen at Oscar Scherer State Park and along the bike trail to Shamrock park.

We have counted over 100 species of bird in our yard! Owls, herons and egrets, ducks, hawks, anhingas and cormorants, parrots, songbirds, doves, and the daily visit from the bald eagles. Many of the birds come to our feeder in the morning and others are attracted to our pond and the delicious fish that live beneath the water lilies. 

Venice is a bird sanctuary, with the Venice Area Audubon Rookery just 2.2 miles from us.

Current openings December 2023, 

October 2024-March 2025

Reach out for pricing, including internet and utilities

Cocoa House Rental Form

With these being our home base, we are often in and out - yet on our adventures, we hate to have a wonderful spot no one is enjoying!

We are flexible and happy to work with you on how long you need, as we know sometimes circumstances can make things unpredictable. If you know the MINIMUM amount of time you need, you can secure a monthly rate at that amount. We're happy to discuss your unique needs and situation.
No Smoking Policy. There will be no smoking allowed anywhere in the house by anyone. It will be Tenant’s responsibility to convey to and enforce this policy. By checking yes here, you agree to this responsibility (listed in lease agreement as well).