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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 LEFT arrow button located on the primary photo displayed at the top of this 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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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Inquiries via email are accepted in every language
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 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 4.9583335 based on 109 reviews

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We can highly recommend this fantastic house. We spent a week in February here, and we are only sorry that we could not stay another week. The house is perfect for two families. Bright and beautiful, plenty of space for everyone. Wonderful with the terrace at the front where we enjoyed our breakfasts and the pool area at the back where we had barbecue and nice swims in the pool. A short walk and the whole beach is in front of you, fantastic! The house was fully equipped, and more. We are so satisfied with everyting and already long to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than Advertised-Great Beach Home!

  • 5 of 5

This rental home is even better in person than its listing shows. Location is perfect. Close to quiet section of the beach (2 min walk), trolley stop for easy transportation 1 min walk. Grocery a short drive away. Time Square was fun for the live music, shopping and food but we were happy that the beach entrance by this home was a quiet section of the beach. The beach close to Time Square would have been too wild to do everyday for our taste. Private pool is relaxing & clean with several chaise lounges to sunbathe on and 2 umbrellas to stay out of the sun when you have had enough sun for the day. Great large, umbrelled deck on front of house was great fun for people watching, eating meals & evening cocktails. My family (6 adults 2 kids & 2 teenagers) was easily entertained and we were all very comfortable. The house exceeded all our needs (clean, lots of room, private space for everyone when needed, heated-private pool, table that seated all 10 of us inside, 2 kitchens to make food prep easy, well stocked kitchens, beach carts, toys ...) Our only complaint was the heavy traffic on the island, which we knew about ahead of time as it was spring break season —the busiest time on the beach … The owner was easy to work with and answered all our questions quickly. Thank you Teresa for the wonderful week. We will definitely be back. We highly recommend this beach home.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

4 Grandparents 3 Parents and 3 kids (8,6,5) spent a great week at your home.

The home was comfortable and perfect. Hardest part of the week was deciding pool or beach.

The home had everything we could ever want. We are looking forward to returning. Thanks to Theresa and Scott.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ft. Myers Beach Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfectly located on Ft. Myers Beach. It is a beautiful, clean and very spacious home. We had our whole family there (10 people) and we all had the privacy we needed. 2 miles to Times Square and most restaurants are within walking distance. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Third Time Staying/Love Everything!

  • 5 of 5

Love this home! Why we keep coming back: clean, lots of room to spread out, well stocked kitchens, 2 full-sized frigs, pool, friendly neighbors, great location, super close to beach, everyone in our group is pleased with the accommodations every time ... We had 5 couples this time. Owner is friendly, helpful and easy to work with. For example, the light bulb burned out one evening in one of the refrigerators. I texted Theresa, the owner, and it was replaced by the next day. We didn't even have to be home for the replacement! One of our favorite things to enjoy while on the island is live music. Deb and the Dynamics is one of our favorite groups. We enjoyed listening to them at dinnertime outside at Pinchers and again for lunch outside at Doc Fords. Lots of fun! I'm sure we will be back next year too at this great beach home. The only problem is every year we have added another couple to our group and now we have 10 and can't add anymore friends! Yes, we highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These folks are also excellent guests! They leave our home spotless every time! Can't wait to see you all again next year! Cheers! Scott & Theresa
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Great location but mildew smell.

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location and owner was great to work with. All of our cloths and luggage smell like mildew. We didn’t notice it while we were there. This maybe normal for staying so close to the gulf.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m glad you thought the location was great, enjoyed working with me, Theresa Houston, the homeowner and didn’t find any offensive odor in our home at all during your week-long stay. I am terribly sorry to hear you were worried about mildew once you got back home to find your clothes smelled different. Every home has a unique smell to it, and ours is no different. We too notice our clothes might smell different after we have stayed in someone else’s home for several days. However, what we would like to emphatically clarify is what you are referring to is NOT caused by mildew, mold or VOC’s. (In fact, recently, in response to a family who wanted to stay in our home after their 10-year-old child had a stem cell transplant, they paid to have an extensive air quality test done to make sure that our home was safe for their daughter to recuperate in. Since it is very dangerous for recent stem cell transplant patients to be subjected to mold, their own home would have been tested too, if they had chosen to recuperate there instead of our beach home. Our home passed with flying colors, and her large, extended family was able to enjoy time together while she recouped in our home at the beach. If someone is interested, they can request to view the report, which tested for mold, mildew and VOC's. We have been renting for 10 + years and have always been very responsible homeowners and have received excellent reviews. Rest assured that there is nothing dangerous about our home even if you noticed a different smell on your clothes upon returning. Again, I am glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay!
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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
Tax Rate 11.0%

* 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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