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Lovingly Restored 'Old Florida' Bungalow - Oasis in the Heart of Ft. Myers

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Last updated: 04/24/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Welcome to our home a few minutes walk away from the charming, rehabbed, award-winning downtown Ft. Myers, Florida. Like downtown, our home is OLD FLORIDA and newly and lovingly rehabbed from top to toe...we just finished the rehab in 2013 after two years of work and trips back and forth from Chicago. Built in 1925, our stucco Bungalow has all the vintage details and charm you'd expect. Original woodwork and refinished white oak floors are found throughout the first floor of the house which includes a formal living room with fireplace and dining room (which can entertain eight people easily); 10'x25' front porch sunroom; office; fully outfitted new country kitchen with Carrera countertops; new laundry; and powder room. The second floor, with refinished pine floors, includes four bedrooms (two with queen beds, one with one twin bed, one with two twins) and two new baths. There is a large covered patio adjacent to the house that leads to the pool, a perfect spot to dine and relax. And although we have a smattering of antiques from up north in the house, we also have board games, chess, wifi, books, and a pretty good library of DVD's.

Dependent upon the season, you can pick fresh mangos from one of our six mango trees for breakfast, or avocados from our two avocado trees.

Our home offers approximately 2,000 square feet of living space and is comfortable for 2-7 people. It truly feels like an oasis once you enter the side gate to the patio and pool....a place to lounge and laze the day away, or a great central location from which to go out and see the sights...which are many. We are within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in Ft. Myers and the area in general....and within easy access to beaches, nature preserves, and various activities the Gulf Coast is so well-known for.

We live in the pool house on the other side of the patio and pool, so are available for recommendations and directions regarding activities, restaurants, events, and anything that needs attending to in the house or pool. Rest assured, however, that although we are on the property and therefore able to provide any help you might need, guests have their complete privacy throughout their stay. We are available if needed but give each guest the privacy they deserve.

We cannot guarantee, however, that our dog Charlie won't try to greet you now and then!

Please also note:
1) We are also the first rehab in our immediate neighborhood, thus our rates are lower than those in the Historic District. We have a State of Florida office building, parking structure, small apartment building, and small houses around us. The area is urban, quiet, and safe.
2) Our stove is a real antique and thus limited. While we tried to get it 'refurbished' there was no one in the state of Florida that could do so. The stove has two of four burners that work ....and we have a portable Kenmore double burner that can sit on top of the stove and provide additional burner capacity. The oven capacity of the stove is small and takes a long time to reach 325 degrees. We also have a full size outside gas grill that works just fine. We mention all of this so that cooks who prefer a traditional kitchen either won't be disappointed if they come, or might choose a different property if they are looking for large ovens.
3) We like to reiterate that we have a dog, Charlie, who is a gentle mini-giant (95#). Charlie will try to greet you as often as possible, but is calm and gentle. We make sure he provides greeting services only to those that welcome it. We mention this several times in our description so that those who may have allergies are aware he is on the property.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Ask owner...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Unfortunately, it seems many guests have pet allergies. While we have a dog in the pool house, we do our best to minimize his use of the house, and cannot have other pets in the house full-time. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    2 Twin Beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 1:We currently have one flat screen tv in the master bedroom only. The master bedroom also has an en suite bathroom with shower, large dresser, closet, and two end tables. Bedroom 2: Queen bed, end tables, closet, small buffet usable for storage. Bedroom 3: Twin bed, end table, small chest/dresser, closet. Bedroom 4: Two twin beds, small chest/dresser. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    new master bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    main floor powder room...moreless

  • Both bathrooms on the second floor are completely new as of 2012. Master bath has new Kohler vanity, sink and fixtures. Main bath on second floor has new Kohler fixtures as well....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We think our home is a really neat place. It is a restored 1925 bungalow, and allows you to stay in a true 'Old Florida' home. We are truly situated close to historic Ft. Myers and centrally located to all of the adventure, activities, and out-of-doors Southwest Florida has to offer. You can while away your time around the house and pool, relaxing in privacy away from it can take in sights, history, and adventure galore...or you can have the best of both worlds and partake of it all ...then come back to the privacy of our bungalow to unwind, relax, and enjoy. We have tons of recommendations for dining, history, art, theatre, out of door adventures, and day trips....and can point you in all of the right directions if you like. We also have listings of sights and activities as well as brochures and books that can provide you with a wide variety of options with which to fill your days and evenings....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Chess table and board; cards; Scrabble; Monopoly; Clue. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Flat screen cable tv in living room and master bedroom....moreless

  • Toys:

    A few that were our daughters...some books, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, puzzles....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    We are on the outskirts of the newly rehabbed downtown Ft. Myers among municipal buildings and small residences. The house itself is fenced and very private with patio, pool, and side yard....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Large formal dining room with buffet; mahogany dining room table with eight chairs and two side chairs at chess table that can be used at the table as well. The table can seat 8 easily...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air throughout house. We also have two space/room heaters for those infrequent 'cold' nights in Florida....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New Frigidaire full size dryer in house....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Original fireplace in living room....moreless

  • Garage:

    Covered car port....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless throughout property including outside/patio....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, comforters, and pillows are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Seats 4 or more; fireplace; flat screen tv; original woodwork and hardwood floors....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking is available under a carport as well as additional spaces in the large driveway (off-street). This space is also large enough for an RV or a boat....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath, kitchen, and beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New Frigidaire full size washer in house....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped silverware and dishes for 8; serving utensils; paring and carving knives; wine/bottle opener; measuring spoons; various pots and pans; mixing bowls, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Stainless steel Electrolux dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Cleaning supplies....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Electrolux Refrigerator with Ice Maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    We have an antique stove. As such, only two of its four burners work. We also have a Kenmore double burner to augment the stove as well as a full size gas grill with another burner outside. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    A large area adjacent to the pool for relaxing, eating al fresco, taking in the sun, or reading a good book. Very private....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    35'x15' pool with deep end. Resurfaced in October, 2014; new heat pump added in January, 2015....moreless



Write a review 4.8
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
February - April 2015
Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,200 $4,800
Late Spring
May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,000 $4,000
Jul 1 - Nov 15, 2015
7 night min stay

$900 $3,600
January - April
Jan 1 - Apr 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,200 $4,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Pet Fee $200 + tax
  • 6th, 7th, 8th person@ $200 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Cleaning Fee $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Cancellation policy:

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8 Miles
Nearest Airport
Regional Southwest Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Downtown Ft. Myers
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ferries to Key West; barrier islands; etc.
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ft. Myers Country Club - public course
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Two blocks to 41/Cleveland/Tamiami Trail
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Oasis, Downtown Restaurants (see insider guide)
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sanibel Island

Car: Recommended

Our home is located 3 blocks from the newly renovated, charming downtown Ft. Myers, which offers restaurants, bars, antique stores, art galleries, and the Florida Repertory Theatre. Across the street from the River District, the river is also within walking distance with its beautiful vistas, sunsets, and marina. In addition to planned events including Art Walk, Music Walk, motorcycle and car events, independent weekly film screenings, and the Annual Ft. Myers Art Festival, our home's central location is minutes away from the Edison and Ford Estates; the Butterfly Estates; the Southwest Florida Historical Museum; and the historic Burroughs Home and Gardens; and provides easy access to the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva; Ft. Myers Beach; and Pine Island. Everglades National Park is an easy and fascinating day trip; Miami is 2 hours away; and Key West is an express Ferry ride away.

I've listed some of our favorite spots on My Insider Guide, which include:

Things to do: downtown events including Art Walk, Music Walk, car and motorcycle events; beaches at Sanibel & Captive, Ft. Myers Beach, and Pine Island; exploring and shopping on Sanibel and Captiva; antiquing; kayaking; eco-tours; historic venues including Edison and Ford Estates; Southwest Florida Museum; trips to Everglades National Park and Pine Island; Ferry rides to barrier islands leaving from Bogeelia, Pine Island; theatre; shopping; relaxing by the pool.

Favorite Restaurants: Dorado's (N. Fort Myers); Pierside Beach Grill (Ft. Myers Beach); City Market (Everglade City); Downtown Pizza (Downtown Ft. Myers); Morgan House (Downtown Ft. Myers); Yannos (Downtown Ft. Myers); Mels (Ft. Myers, Cleveland Ave.); Bennett's (donut and coffee shop, downtown Ft. Myers); Lush Bakery (downtown Ft. Myers).

Our home is surrounded by some municipal and apartment buildings and small homes, thus our pricing is lower than comparable properties.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: We are hopeless rehabbers....from the Chicago area, we will be relocating to Ft. Myers in 2014 where I will be hosting renters of the main house, while my husband Peter will be doing his 'handyman' thing around town. We currently also have a 'little wreck on the prairie' to rehab when we have time in southeastern Wisconsin. I am a former management consultant, and Peter is a former professional in finance/pr. We love to travel, have learned to love the Ft. Myers area, and look at each other when we are here and say 'this is pretty nice'.

Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
We found it in disrepair...but it had great bones! It was also in an up and coming area where rehab will be going on, and within spitting distance of the great downtown Ft. Myers...which we love. We love old homes...the challenge is in taking it from sad and neglected and making it BEAUTIFUL! We had a vision...and we did it!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Now that we've 'finished' the house, it offers brand new amenities but with all of it's original Old Florida Charm. It really does feel like and is an oasis in the midst of town. Our home really isn't your typical rental - between all of the original aspects of the house, the privacy it offers, and the charming furnishings and art, it offers a unique and very special place to spend some time far away from your regular routine. In addition, it has a truly super location, walking distance to all downtown and historical points of interest, easy driving to beaches and all of the charms, outdoor activities, and adventures of the Gulf Coast.

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  • Our 1925 Bungalow

    Our 1925 Bungalow

  • Formal Dining Room with Chess Table

    Formal Dining Room with Chess Table

  • New, fully outfitted country kitchen

    New, fully outfitted country kitchen

  • Play cards or board games on the bright sunporch

    Play cards or board games on the bright sunporch

  • Second Bedroom with Queen Bed

    Second Bedroom with Queen Bed

  • New Second Floor Bathroom

    New Second Floor Bathroom

  • Private Pool and Patio

    Private Pool and Patio

  • Charming downtown Ft. Myers, walking distance from our home

    Charming downtown Ft. Myers, walking distance from our home

  • Living Room with Fireplace and Flat Screen TV

    Living Room with Fireplace and Flat Screen TV

  • Dining Room looking into living room and sunporch

    Dining Room looking into living room and sunporch

  • Everything you need in the original pantry

    Everything you need in the original pantry

  • Master Bedroom with Queen Bed

    Master Bedroom with Queen Bed

  • Third Bedroom with Twin Bed

    Third Bedroom with Twin Bed

  • New Master Bathroom

    New Master Bathroom

  • Sunset at Ft. Myers Beach....a nightly event

    Sunset at Ft. Myers Beach....a nightly event

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