Main house - 4 full bathrooms, 4 bedrooms; (gust hse -1 BR/4 rm/1bath)
About Buzz Ebner
The Ebner family operate children's camps in Connecticut every summer. For many years the family started coming down to Ft Myers Beach for mid winter vacations ( around 1958) We have seen the island grow from a 50% developed island to almost 100% in the last fifty years. Finally in the 80's, we decided to buy some beachfront property, because this is what we enjoyed the most. Our parents have since passed, but they also bought property on Ft Myers Beach and resided here year round except for a couple of summer months back in Connecticut. They looked after the waterfront homes we acquired, but we now have a full time beach manager that lives on the island and exclusively looks after our properties when we are not on the island. We have been in the home and apartment rental business for over thirty years and know what people like to find in renting a home or apartment whether it is for one week, one month, or several years. At one time recently, we operated and owned more than 300 rental units in Florida, Cape Cod Mass. and Connecicut. We are older and wiser now, and operate only about one dozen rental homes in Florida and Connecticut. If you do decide to rent one of our homes, we hope you will treat it like your own and respect the items we have placed in the home for your comfort or enjoyment. We also welcome comments and suggestions either good or bad to make our homes more enjoyable for others to come in the future.....and hopefully for your return visit in the future as well.
Buzz Ebner purchased this House in 1987
Why Buzz Ebner chose Mid Island
if you are looking for a quality beachfront/ Gulf front home, this property is the one. Access to the home is by only three steps (not like the other newer homes that start 20 feet in the air for first floor). The 60ft deck spans a gorgeous beach view with sunsets that are just to live for every evening. It comes close to capturing the same feeling we have had at some our visits to Aruba and their wonderful sunsets - some directly on the beaches of local restaurants......but here you can dine and enjoy the freshly painted sky every evening. home is close to supermarkets ( Publix - 1 mile) and dozens of restaurants either on island or further south toward Bonita Beach and Springs. There are two plazas with public transportation (local trollee) that stops directly in front of this home......fee is less than $1. There also at least five full service marinas with fish charters, fuel/ bait/ boat rentals/ and service should you bring your own vessel ( a boat launch is within two miles of the house). There are also two rental agencies on the island - one for baby equipment of all sorts in stead of traveling with all that extra shtufff. As a courtesy, we also provide pak n plays for the younger set - but please bring your own sheets/ blankets if needed). The second rental agency will rent anything else such as paddle boards, beach access electric chairs with big sand wheels to access the soft sand access points or two and from house to the surf edge ( about 175 ft depending on the tide from our swimming pool deck) if you feel no need for a vehicle (for those flying into RSW - regional southwest airport, Ft Myers), there are taxis on the island as well as the local trollee. A taxi ride from airport to the house is about 30 to 40 minutes and cost about $45-$50. There are also bike rentals within a half mile of the house.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask owner
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Debbie, property manager, was such a sweetheart. She went out of her way for our check-in and answered our questions immediately. The location was just perfect.
Being on the beach with an amazing pool and room for our whole family made it an unforgettable experience. Parents stayed in guest house which was perfect in every way. Will go back for sure. Thanks Debbie and The Ebners!
Loved the house and location. Pool area was perfect for the kids. Only reason for the less than excellent rating were these 2 negatives. 1. - pool lounge chair had rotten material and came apart when I sat on it ( Not good for my recent back surgery as i fell to the ground) and 2. we found giant cockroaches in the house. One found in my bedroom and one in the kitchen pantry.
Sorry that a chair fabric let go for your use, but we do replace them on a regular basis. The daily heat and sun is very hard on those items.
As for the bug (s), this was a palmetto bug.. and very common in Florida. We have called our exterminator for an extra spraying, as he does every month for those and ants. The other rascals that we warn guests about are the small salamanders that are commonly seen around the pool area. Both of these are harmless, but are a Florida thing we learn to live with.
We hope that this will not discourage you from returning to our beautiful island in the future.
GreAt home for family reunion
Wonderful home ! Unfortunately weather was not as cooperative as would have liked- sand fleas were bitting a lot
Would recommend scheduling for late spring or early summer- August is hot in Fort Meyers
Do your home work and find out what the conditions are before you book .
This is a mixed review . Like most people I Googled Ft. Myers and the surrounding beaches before I booked with the Ebners . All the information I got was that it is beautiful , the shelling capital of the world . We could go to Sanibel , Captiva and other days to enjoy a beautiful day . What we found was a well concealed secret . The water and beaches were not beautiful but were foul smelling with dead animals being washed up every day . The City of Ft. Myers and surrounding area have somehow kept this information off the internet search sites . We were alerted to the problem by some friends who were visiting and were warned not to come . When asked Mr. Ebner said he had not heard anything about the bad conditions . In fact these conditions have existed since October 2017 . The house was very comfortable and the pool was nice but I would not recommend a visit to the South West coast of Florida to any one . Also be careful when you park down town . We received $ 85.00 in parking tickets in two days even though we were one of the few people shopping and eating at the local restaurants . When we protested the tickets the people at the City building acted like they could care less that we felt we were being treated unfairly. I would like to thank Debbie , the local contact , who was concerned and helpful . I did see that the national is just starting to cover this story this morning.
Sorry your stay was not as pleasant as WE usually find the beaches of the West coast of Florida. WE were at this home for the months of January and February 2018, and there was no fish kill or red tide. The beaches were pristine with daily cleaning of the beaches by the Ft Myers town beach patrol and people were swimming in the surf with no apprehension at all. So this has NOT been an ongoing thing since 2017.
Apparently with the high flow of water from inland farming areas this spring with all the rains, there were some areas that started to have the red tide effect the shores - most of it to the north of Ft Myers. We had guests all July without any mention of any problem at our home or at the beaches on Ft Myers Beach
Mother nature sometimes throws a curve ball, but conditions like the ones mentioned above can occur but totally out of our control. Similar to booking into a beach area for the summer and you hit a week of rain or a Hurricane.
We can not predict or control mother nature.
We hope you enjoyed your stay otherwise, and will not "X" the Ft Myers Beach area off your list for future visits. This sounds like the worse conditions I have heard of in 40 years on the beach, but hope there are things being done to prevent future happenings.
The Ebners - owners
This is the perfect house for a beach vacation.
This was a trip with our kids and their families. We had a big group and never felt crowded inside. We rented the guesthouse and it was great. The beach is really close and a great place to find shells. The pool and decks being fenced made it safe for the three toddlers so the rest of us could really enjoy the outdoor areas. There are stairs inside that were a little concerning at first but ended up being great fun for our three "littles"! We had a few issues a couple of days in but we called Robin and within 5 minutes she texted and then came over and took care of everything with a smile and a very friendly attitude! It was a unanimous decision that we would definately stay here again!
We are glad your family enjoyed our home as much as we do....even with little ones around the pool. It is also nice to hear that our beach managers took care of your concerns or whatever happened at the house with prompt attention and courtesy to our guests.
I know a beach lounger got damaged during your stay, BUT that is why it is helpful for Homeaway to provide the damage insurance protection that we request so that items like this can be taken care of without too much worry.
We hope you will consider our home again for a future vacation time.
Buzz & Sherry Ebner owners
Wonderful place to spend spring break with the whole family
I would suggest that the owner correct the mistakes regarding amenities and what beds are in each room on Home Away
our bed space is the same as it has been for the last three years. Maximum in the main house is 10 guests in 4 bedrooms.....1 BR with a king and a queen sleep sofa, 1 BR with just a king, 1BR with just a queen, and 1 BR with two twin beds.
our guest may have been confusing it with other listings OR...guest may have included the guest house occupancy which is an additional 4 guests. This separate house is booked separately and has 4 rooms with 1 king BR and a queen sleep sofa in the living room.
We have specific information on our home website (which we send to you after initial inquiry) as to names and contact numbers for most of the places of interest on the island.
For day entertainment, there are all sorts of rentals around the island and directly on the beach for bikes, baby beach strollers, wave runners, parasailing, and kayak tours around the island. If you are in to motorbikes or motorcycles, there are rentals for those as well as small electric fiberglass electric cars.
FMB also has two grocery stores on island - Topps and the larger of the two ....Publix Market about mid island 1 mile north of the house.
We have dozens of really good restaurants all on the island, and many more off island. Fishing is a prime industry for the island with one of the largest shrimping pier areas in the southwest corner of Florida. You can buy right at the pier for really fresh and delicious shrimp and fish selections. With five marinas on the island, there are many captains to choose from for daily charters or group charter boat excursions for fishing. You might also be interested in renting a boat to captain yourself from a Boston whaler style boat to an inboard with seating up to 12. Perhaps even a pontoon party boat to just cruise around the back bay area to watch local wildlife including manatees and dolphins, or just cruising from island to island along the coast. On the island and within a ten minute drive to other islands there are numerous wildlife protected areas to view the birds, gators, manatees, and the fantastic shell life that is always abundant on these south west islands of Florida. Make sure to check out the Ding Darling reservation on Sanibel, Shell Mound historic area, and Lovers Key state park for excellent shelling and marine life. If you google the area known as FMB and Sanibel beaches, there is a 175 page book all about the area and things to do.
There is the Barbara Mann theater for traveling Broadway and local talent stage shows in Ft Myers proper (about 20-25 minutes away). On the southern part of the island there is a 4 screen movie theater that also serves meals and beer/wine during shows. There is an offshore excursion in the high speed ferry that loads at Ft Myers Beach marina and travels in approximately 2 1/2 hours to 3 to Key West. Much easier than driving, and you can return the same day or stay over and return the next evening. Rate for this is $99 to $125 round trip to key west and back.
Going off the island there is just about anything you can imagine in the localized Ft Myers Area and greater region. There are numerous outlet centers within 20 to 30 minute drives. The malls located in Ft Myers proper are numerous and cover just about any budget and interest area. During the mid winter time, there is sport action with two winter baseball teams residing in Ft Myers - the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox ( two separate stadiums). And yes, there is still dog racing at the Bonita Springs Track just 20 minutes away. There is also gambling at the Seminole Casino about one hour away in Immokolee.
Tampa is within 2 1/2 hours away for the Bush Gardens entertainment area, and then Orlando about the same time north of Ft Myers for Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, and many more.
If you are heading off to or coming from a cruise, Ft Myers Beach is again only a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Ft Lauderdale and Miami shipping ports for the cruise ships.
South of Ft Myers Beach is one of the nicest zoos on the East Coast - The Naples Zoo. But please wander around the Naples area as this is also a fabulous home viewing area as well as superb shopping districts and perhaps even take in the local dinner/ theatrical performance night club.