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

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Last updated: 07/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Private Homes house 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 and the fenced side yard, 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 gardenia tree offers beautiful blossoms during the summer.

Our home offers approximately 2,100 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, etc. 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:
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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

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

          • 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

          • Pantry Items:

            Salt & pepper; paper goods; cleaning supplies. ...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Electrolux Refrigerator with Ice Maker...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Kitchen
          • Stove
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 8 people


          • 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

          • Living Room:

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

          • Linens Provided:

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

          • Towels Provided:

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

          • Washing Machine:

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

          • Clothes Dryer:

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

          • Fireplace:

            Original fireplace in living room....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Central air throughout house....moreless

          • Garage:

            Covered car port....moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          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


              • Television:

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

              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • Video Library
              • Games
              • Books


                  • Internet:

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

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Private Pool

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

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

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        We have a fenced in side yard adjacent to the pool and patio....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill


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


                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Medical Services
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Roller Blading
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Ice Skating
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Golf
                      • Kayaking
                      • Sailing
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Swimming
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Cycling
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Antiquing
                      • Churches
                      • Library
                      • Marina
                      • Playground
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cinemas
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Walking
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Boating
                      • Shelling
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Hiking
                      • Fishing


                      Write a review 4.5
                      from 2 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      May 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      $900 $3,600
                      Xmas/New Year/January
                      Dec 20 - Jan 31, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,000 $4,000
                      February - April 2015
                      Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                      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:

                      • Property Damage Protection $69
                      • Cleaning Fee $150
                      • Tax Rate 11%

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                      Last updated: 07/21/2014
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                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Regional Southwest Airport
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Ferries to Key West; barrier islands; etc.
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Two blocks to 41/Cleveland/Tamiami Trail
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Sanibel Island
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Downtown Ft. Myers
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Ft. Myers Country Club - public course
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Oasis, Downtown Restaurants (see insider guide)

                      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. 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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                      This listing was first published here in 2014.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

                      $900 - $1,200 per week (USD)

                      4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 7

                      View calendar: Updated 07/21/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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