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Fort Myer's Beach—Private, Heated Pool—2 Min Walk to Beach—5 Bdrms—3.5 Baths

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bdrms, 2 full Baths+2 half baths+2 separate showers, 2 kitchens

Only 2 Min. Walk to Beach!! 'The Anchorage' 5 bedrooms PBS Host, The Piano Guy's Beach Home with Backyard Heated Swimming Pool

Just steps (less than one football field or 2-minute walk) to the powdery, white beach located directly across the road through a private, tropical, beach entrance. You’ll be sure to find a perfect balance of relaxation and fun in the sun here on our mid-island location on Fort Myers Beach, Florida! All the fun of a beach front home at a fraction of the cost!

Enjoy the in-ground, private, heated (to 82 degrees F) swimming pool! Relax with a cold cocktail while sitting on one of the submerged stools, or maybe enjoying a fun game of water volleyball is more your style ...

To view a video of our home, you must click on the RIGHT arrow button located on the primary photo displayed at the top of this listing. The video player will appear in the third position as you click through the photos on our listing. It will give you a great idea of our home’s layout!

Our lovely beach home was originally a duplex but has been renovated so that you can access either side of the duplex from the interior of the home too. It is connected by a set of double hung sliding barn doors that connects the upstairs main living areas which can be opened for convenient passage between the separate sides or closed for privacy (similar to adjoining hotel rooms that connect.) It is perfect for two families vacationing together or one big family to spread out! We refer to the two sides as Sunrise and Sunset, which together comprise The Anchorage. No need to fight over refrigerator space which is often the case when vacationing with a large group; we offer 2 full sized refrigerators upstairs as well as a dorm fridge downstairs to store all your goodies and cold beverages!

Our beach home boasts tasteful, tropical, airy furnishings. Relax on the lanai, dine under the large umbrella-ed deck or take a cool shower in your own private, outdoor shower. Just steps to the beach for some of the best shelling in the country, midnight star gazing and awesome sunset celebrations all at a fraction of the cost of staying beachfront. We have a beach cart to carry your treasures (kids, coolers, towels, chairs, etc) to the beach effortlessly.

Here's the basic layout of our beach home which rents in its entirety: Right Side (Sunset). You can enter the right side of the house (Sunset) through the screened lanai. There are two bedrooms on the ground level floor. They are best described as suites. Both offer views to the in-ground swimming pool and have separate outdoor entrances. The suites can be connected to each other through a door that can be left locked for privacy or open for company. Each of these bedrooms has its own half bathroom, queen bed, living area consisting of chair, couch and TV as well as small lanai overlooking the pool.

Suite #2 has a bonus room consisting of shower, full sized washer & dryer, microwave and dorm refrigerator. The private, outdoor shower can be accessed through the hallway the leads to these bedrooms and upstairs.

Upstairs you will you find the family room, dining area with a table that comfortably seats 10, kitchen, 2 decks, full sized laundry facilities, 2 bedrooms (1 king & 1 queen), full bathroom and dining area. Both decks are outfitted with tables and chairs. So, on the Sunset side, all 4 bedrooms are connected interiorly or can be locked out for privacy.

Left Side (Sunrise)

The left side of the house (Sunrise) has a separate, private entrance. It contains a small deck with table and chairs, family room, full bathroom, bedroom (king), loaded kitchen and dining area. Again, it does contain a sliding barn door that provides easy interior passage to upstairs Sunset if you leave the door open …

Both of our 2 kitchens have everything you need and more: refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven, coffee maker, toasters, blenders, silverware, dinnerware and all the gadgets you will need whenever you are cooking in.

Sunset & Sunrise have a set of double hung sliding barn doors that connect the upstairs main living areas which can be opened for convenient passage between the separate sides or closed for privacy (similar to adjoining hotel rooms that connect).

So, to sum up the whole house,

- 5 bedrooms

- 2 full baths + 2 half baths + 1 shower + private outdoor shower

- Sleeps 10

- 1 outdoor, private shower

- 2 kitchens

-2 Full-sized refrigerators & dorm refrigerator downstairs

- Ground floor bonus room consisting of a microwave, dorm refrigerator, shower and full sized washer and dryer.

- There are two, full-size laundry facilities one upstairs and one downstairs.

Additional Amenities:

2 Full sized washer and dryers, Beach carts, Free Long Distance (in US), Free high-speed wireless internet access, Trolley stop for local commuting available nearby, 2 Pianos and instructional materials. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) 19 miles away

We provide enough bath and dishwashing soap, paper towels and toilet paper to get you started. Since a full-sized grocery store is only a 2 minutes drive down the street you always have what you need. Of course plenty of bath towels, pillows and bed linens are also always at hand in our lovely beach home.

The Anchorage is located on Estero Island, a seven-mile stretch of ocean-front which is filled with shopping, dining, and entertainment. You can enjoy para-sailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, volleyball pits, live music, eats and drinks all within walking distance. Right down the street, you will find nice recreational facilities including tennis courts, basketball, and a large pool and water park featuring water slides and lifeguards for the kids.

My favorite beach activities are biking and running along the ocean while watching and listening to the dolphins splash beside you! Our daughter still loves blowing bubbles and the all-time favorite activity of flying a kite up and down the beach.

Again, the Anchorage’s mid-island location provides a quiet, private, tropical beach experience, but it is still close enough to Times Square (the entertainment district) for the times when you want to take a walk on the “wilder side.” Here at the Anchorage, you will be sure to find a perfect balance of relaxation and fun in the sun!

The Anchorage is only a 2 min. drive from a Grocery store (approx. ½ mile.) A pharmacy, movie theater and medical Center are also close by. Since the international airport is only about a 25-30 minute drive (19 miles) with an available taxi, shuttle and limousine services readily available, transportation is never a problem. This is an awesome location on the island – a beautiful section of pristine, sandy beach and wonderful shelling “Non-beachy” favorites include catching a movie at the theatre and put putting.

All in all, I think you'll agree that The Anchorage Beach Home offers extraordinary fun, comfort, and convenience to enjoy an unforgettable vacation with your family and friends. It is absolutely perfect for families and family reunions. Hope you can drop your anchor with us soon at The Anchorage! All the fun of a beach front home at a much less expensive cost!

We welcome families and groups of adults over the age of 30.

We have 35+ reviews as well as 60 + guest book comments which can be viewed by scrolling to the end of the "owner" section. Guest book comments were used exclusively before automated "reviews" became the default. We mention this only to put your mind at ease. By reading these, you will get a really good idea of what you can expect when staying at The Anchorage Beach Home.

We want you to enjoy your vacation whether you stay with us or not ... If you are interested in possibly booking our beach home, please tell us a little bit about the group/party you will be traveling with for your stay with us. It will help us determine if we sound like a good fit or not. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Theresa & Scott

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Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Theresa

Scott and Theresa Houston are the owners of 'The Anchorage Beach Home' located on Estero Island on Fort Myers Beach Florida. They live full time in Indianapolis, Indiana and enjoy swimming, biking, running, entertaining and music!

Your hosts love the beach! They have been fortunate to have experienced many beach vacations over the years in numerous places including Jamaica, Hawaii, Florida, Grand Cayman, Caribbean, California and Bahamas but have always come back to SW Florida time and time again - by far S.W. Florida has the softest, whitest, tropical beaches around.

When they are not at the beach, they are working at their primary business, Houston Enterprises, teaching adults how to play the piano using a chord style approach.

Theresa purchased this house in 2007

Why Theresa chose Mid Island

Theresa and Scott chose Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island in particular because it offers just the right mix of fun to peaceful times. Captiva and Sanibel are too quiet for the couple of nights that they like to go out to listen to some live bands or to enjoy some food and drinks out. On Ft. Myers beach you have lots of entertainment options. As they said, the perfect ratio of fun to peacefulness can be found here.

Their little Estero Island secret is that their beach home is far enough south that you can almost always count on experiencing nice, warm weather during spring and winter breaks unlike in most other Florida beach locations. On Fort Myers Beach you can expect great weather and beautiful beach filled days at half the cost of vacationing on neighboring Sanibel, Naples or Captiva.

What makes this house unique

Theresa & Scott searched for a long time before they purchased a beach home and knew exactly what they wanted. They fell in love with this particular beach home right away for many reasons; here are a few that might be of particular interest to you:

1. Their home is only a 2-minute walk directly across the road to the beautiful Fort Myer’s Beach though a private, deeded beach access, and can be enjoyed it at half the cost of staying beachfront. The hosts pass that savings on to you! You may not be aware of it yet, but most homes do NOT have a private, deeded access directly across the street. Often, guests have to walk a long way to get to a beach entrance. Most of the time that ends up being a “public” beach entrance which in turn makes that stretch of the beach crowded and often rowdy. Their section of the beach is quiet and tranquil.

2. Their modified duplex allows the luxury to vacation with another family or extended family without being right on top of each other. You can get the best of both worlds, traveling with family and friends you love, but having plenty of room for everyone to spread out to have their “personal” time too when vacationing at their lovely Beach Home.

3. Grocery shopping is no longer a dreaded, all-day affair because there is a full sized grocery store just a few streets over from us. This is a huge plus!

4. Again, the location is great. Once you arrive on the island there is no reason to leave because everything you need is available right here.

5. You can enjoy our private swimming pool while the kids are taking a much needed nap or while getting some work done on your lap top using the free high speed wireless connection at the pool.

What more can you ask for ... Oh, we almost forgot to mention that Scott is the “The Piano Guy” on PBS. So … you can enjoy all the wonderful, “beach” décor and at the same time have a unique opportunity to learn how to have fun playing favorite tunes on piano.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We truly enjoyed the Anchorage Beach House. It worked so well for the family. Everyone felt comfortable and relaxed. Scott's instructional books had my husband, son and grandson all playing piano. My husband, who likes to make ukuleles was inspired to make a Ft. Myers Beach ukulele as well. We truly had a wonderful time and will definitely keep you in mind for a return trip.
Jan 2013
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Mid Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • •We ask our guests to respectful of neighbors by adhering to the Beach's​ noise ordinance—quiet in all outside areas after 9:00 pm.
  • •No additional people allowed on property other than those listed on the rental contract. We welcome families & grps of responsible adults age 30 & ↑.
  • • We rent on a SATURDAY to SATURDAY rental basis only. • 10 is the MAXIMUM #. Everyone must sleep in the beds, not on the sofas. Thanks!
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5+ • 2 full baths (upstairs) • 2 half baths (downstairs) • 1 shower in bonus room of suite #2 (downstairs)  • 1 outdoor, private shower • a hairdryer in every bathroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Just steps (less than one football field or 2 minute walk) to the beach—out our front door, a right toward Estero Blvd & cross the street. Our private, deeded beach entrance is right there. Other rentals may show their house on a map right across the beach, but the extremely relevant question, is HOW are you Aloud to enter the beach? Do they have a private entrance to the beach, or do you still have to lug your beach gear to the nearest public beach entrance that could be quite a lonnngggg walk even though physically the house appears to be located right across the beach. Be sure to ask! The ease of entering the beach can quite literally make or break your vacation! Since our beach entrance is “private” & there are not any public beach entrances near us, the only people on the beach where we enter are home owners. It is a very different experience from being near high rises or Time Square where the beach is crowded. Our stretch of the beach is quiet with powdery white sand & tropical.


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Fort Myer's Beach—Private, Heated Pool—2 Min Walk to Beach—5 Bdrms—3.5 Baths
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 121 reviews

Great rental home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed staying at this beach house. It was well decorated and furnished for our large family. The pool was a perfect temperature for the hot temperatures in August. Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious Beach House

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here the first time this past July. Our group of 10 which included young children loved the the pool and all the toys provided for the pool and the beach. The house is very spacious for a large group and the option of being able to have all our meals together upstairs is a nice feature. The only issue we experienced which was somewhat unpleasant was the construction on the main street which unfortunately forced us to have to walk a block down then over to reach the path to the beach, if all adults would be no big deal, but with little ones and the wagon full of beach items it made for an experience going back and forth. It would of been nice to know in advance of the construction. We fully understand this is out of the owners control. But overall we had a great time minus the Red Tide on the beach. If you have a large group and want a spacious house, but still room if you want private time, This is the house to consider.The house was super clean and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Beach House and Vacation for 9!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the bright, clean and well maintained home. Everything we needed was provided! Owner was easy to work with. We thoroughly enjoyed both beach and pool time here! Kids loved the beach toys and pool toys provided by owner. The floor level bedrooms proved to be so convenient for naptime. We could be at the pool enjoying ourselves while the little ones took their naps close by. Shuckers at Gulfshore Grill was our favorite restaurant—Live music, beachfront, fabulous nachos and the best fish dip on the island! We had a great morning of kayaking & paddle boarding at Lover’s Key-saw lots of manatees. The location of the home on the island was great for us. Close to everything (beach, grocery store, restaurants, bike rentals) but still on a family-friendly part of the beach. We loved our vacation here! Highly recommend this beach home.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love this place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here the first time, probably 5-6 years ago, and a lot has changed since then. We loved it the first time around, but it is even nicer now. Our group of 10 loved the addition of the pool and the super comfy chairs and chaise lounges on the pool deck. I personally am in love with the blackout blinds in the bedrooms because although I am 37 years old, I still love to sleep-in on vacations like I was still a teenager. We also love that the owners connected the 2 upstairs areas interiorly with a double sided sliding barn door. I was able to have my privacy when I needed it (like when taking showers), but still was able to open the 2 spaces up for all of us to be together when we wanted to. This was especially nice during meal prep. The house was super clean and had everything we needed, even 2 blenders to make our evening frozen “islandy” drinks! I was able to only take a carry on (with just my favorites) as this house has 2 full sized washers and dryers. The only negative which was totally out of the owner’s control was there was some construction on the island which forced us to enter the beach from the next street over. It really wasn’t a big deal though—still very close to the house! One of our new favorite places on FMB is the TuckAway Cafe. Everything they make is yummy, but their waffles are the best! We can’t wait to vacation here again! We HIGHLY recommend it

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home for a big family!

  • 4 of 5

Clean and well maintained home. We had a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful property for a large group

  • 5 of 5

The property was as advertised, close to the beach and with plenty of room to enjoy time together (or apart). Four of the bedrooms are spacious (with firm beds) and there was never a feeling of everyone being on top of everyone else. The weather was in the mid to upper 90s each day, so after walking on the beach in the early morning, most days were spent either in the gulf water, in the pool, or kicking back and reading a good book. Most of us took at least one turn of trying out the pianos. Good restaurants are within easy walking or driving distance, but with two kitchens so close to each other, we weren't cramped while cooking the meals we ate at the house. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Fresh Catch Bistro
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Fort Myers Beach (2 minute walk)
Car: recommended

How About a Piano Instruction Vacation Right on the Beach?

Return from your vacation with more than just photos: combine sun and fun with learning for a truly memorable getaway. You are invited to unwind on one of the loveliest beaches around...

Stay in the Piano Guy's beach home (Emmy Winning host of public television’s “The Piano Guy with Scott Houston) located on Fort Myers Beach, Florida for your next vacation. Our beach home is set up with everything that you will need to learn how to play the piano: Piano with headphones, Scott's video instruction, Fake books (the tunes,) Scott's printed instruction books.

All this is provided at no additional cost to you while you are our guest in our lovely beach home! There is a piano in both Sunrise and Sunset. You can work at your own pace in Scott's home on a gorgeous beach.

Sounds like the perfect vacation, doesn't it! What? You say that you simply want to be a 'beach bum' while on vacation, no problem. We can help you with that too!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500

* If you are inquiring about a date that is not listed above, please email the owner for a quote. When you are ready to move forward in the reservation process or simply have more questions, feel free to email or call. *All Holiday weeks not listed individually here are usually higher than the generic seasonal rates listed on this page. Please email us to receive an accurate quote. Thanks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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