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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.
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
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February - April 2015
Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2015
7 night min stay
May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
7 night min stay
Jul 1 - Nov 15, 2015
7 night min stay
January - April
Jan 1 - Apr 30, 2016
7 night min stay
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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.
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.
Our 1925 Bungalow
Formal Dining Room with Chess Table
New, fully outfitted country kitchen
Play cards or board games on the bright sunporch
Second Bedroom with Queen Bed
New Second Floor Bathroom
Private Pool and Patio
Charming downtown Ft. Myers, walking distance from our home
Living Room with Fireplace and Flat Screen TV
Dining Room looking into living room and sunporch
Everything you need in the original pantry
Master Bedroom with Queen Bed
Third Bedroom with Twin Bed
New Master Bathroom
Sunset at Ft. Myers Beach....a nightly event
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