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Smack on the Beach,end unit faces beach,Publix,perfect,sunsets,only the best!

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Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Mid Island Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Enjoy your island vacation in this spacious and tastefully decorated, Florida motif, direct Gulf-front, one bedroom condo. The Shores is directly across the street from Publix grocery store. It is situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico, with stunning views of Estero Bay and Sanibel Island. On the South end of the island is Santini's Plaza where there is plenty of shopping, a drug store, a book store, a United States Post Office outlet, a hardware store, a bank, restaurants, and a marina with boat rentals.

The condo features a large patio area with tiki huts, outdoor gas grills, and deck. This one bedroom condo has it all. You will experience a truly tropical and exotic feel with ocean views from every window,and warm ocean breezes and fragrant flowers. Direct access to the seven miles of white, pristine beach and the Gulf of Mexico and only 2 miles from the pier and 'Times Square'.

Keywords: Condominium

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Don and Karen Ostendorf
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 30, 2016
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About Don and Karen Ostendorf

One of Don's favorite pictures, just relaxing by the beach during the Christmas season with a cold drink and nice warm ocean breezes from the ocean just a few feet away. We bought this condo mainly because of the awesome views of the ocean and the wonderful sunsets, dolphins, and the nice sandy beach. We enjoy the lanai facing the beach. We can watch the boats, and just enjoy nature every day in paradise.Our kids seem to feel the same way!

Don and Karen Ostendorf purchased this condo in 2005

Why Don and Karen Ostendorf chose Fort Myers Beach

We like the location as we are right across the street from Publix Grocery Store, and we like Fort Myers Beach. The 7 mile island has everything we like to enjoy. Great restaurants, shopping, walking, shelling, and a place to relax and enjoy warm weather all year round.

What makes this condo unique

We have an 8 unit building so it is quiet, under the building parking, 2nd floor unit with all windows facing the beach, 2 lanai's to enjoy reading or relaxing. All the comforts of home are here and you will get the feeling that you want to stay forever.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your lovely Shores home.

Aside from the obvious attractiveness of your decor we were so impressed by all of your considerate and generous touches. Condiments in the fridge, paper towels, hand soap at the sinks, shampoo, conditioner, Q-tips, band aids, umbrellas, a clothes rack, books, flashlights AND spare batteries !

I half expected to find a "cat" .... Both Janice and I have a kitty at home that we could not pack 😟

You folks should give courses on how to make a rental condo a home away from home.

We are sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you Karen..... Hopefully next time.

Thank you again !

Gail and Janice
Jun 2016
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveler reviews)

Smack on the Beach,end unit faces beach,Publix,perfect,sunsets,only the best!
average rating of 4.9076924 based on 86 reviews
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada

  • 5 of 5

Celebrating our 50th anniversary at The Shores for 4 wks. was wonderful. We will cherish many fond memories of beautiful sunsets, walks along the beach & 80 degree weather. The Publix grocery store directly across the street was so convenient & also the Trolley car up & down Estero Blvd. to Times Square & Santini Marina plaza that offers really nice restaurants & shopping. Loved the ice cream store. Thank you to Allen for picking us up at the airport & taking us back on our departure.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Phyllis, Thank you for taking such great care of our condo. We loved having you as our guests to celebrate such a wonderful milestone. Don and Karen
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Incredible views, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We were excited by the ad for the property, and we were not let down at all! The view from the kitchen, living room and both balconies is incredible! We even got to see dolphins on multiple occasions! The property has a large private beach that we had to ourselves just about the whole time we were there. There's a Publix right across the street, so you don't have to go out for every meal, and you're only a mile or two from the entertainment district. Close enough to walk, or a short drive. We also appreciated the private covered parking. We'll definitely be back in the future, I can't recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg and Mindy, Looking forward to seeing you again, soon. Plus Heavenly Biscuit has a table for you. Don and Karen
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Location, Location, Location!

  • 4 of 5

This condo is located on the corner of the second floor of the building with ocean front views of Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful sunsets! The condo itself is small with enough room for 2 people. It has 2 small decks - one off the living area, the other off the bedroom. The kitchen has lots of dishware and the like. Full size refrigerator, stove with oven, microwave, and dishwasher. The only thing missing was a kettle. There is only enough room for one person to work.

The condo is decorated with beach accessories. There is a small storage room with lawn chairs, beach toys, extra bedding, etc. It has air conditioning as well.

The property has lounge chairs on a wood deck, tiki hut to escape the sun, and a hose to wash your shoes and feet of sand. We saw dolphins, pelicans, ospreys, and other shore birds. The dolphins were fairly close to shore.

There is a very long stretch of beach - you can walk to "Times Square" to the north and to "Lovers Key" to the south. We alternated walks every morning. The beach is hard pack so it is easy to walk on barefoot if you choose. Lots of people walking or biking.

We spent the previous week on the east coast of Florida when Hurricane Matthew was coming. We had to leave a day earlier than planned and with no hotels to be had, my husband checked the open days of the condo and contacted the owner and we were able to get in a day earlier, for which we were very grateful.

There is a Publix grocery store directly across the street. Very handy. We ate at restaurants close by in the area - Charley's Boathouse Grill, Heidi's Bistro, The Doghouse, Smoked Oyster Brewery, we ordered pizza, and had fresh subs from the Publix grocery.

My complaints about the condo - it needs a deep clean top to bottom - leather furniture should be washed off. The mattress on the bed needs to be replaced. It is wore out, too soft with caved in spots. Very uncomfortable.

This is a very small property with 8 units and has an elevator and covered parking. The whole property is clean and seemingly well kept. Laundry room is on the bottom and grills are available in another room.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian, Thank you for choosing us for your vacation. We will have more sunsets waiting for your on your next visit. I have a new teapot as it appears the old one disappeared recently if the kettle is a teapot. The mattress is 2 years old and some people love it as it is a personal preference as to hard, medium or soft. Don and Karen
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Way exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience here was amazing! The views are breathtaking! We loved that it is so private with intimate setting! The photos do not do it justice! The condo was much larger than expected, very spacious and clean! Booking and communication with the owners was simple and a pleasure! We recommend experiencing this for yourself!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric and Amanda, So happy you loved our little piece of paradise. The beach is a great escape anytime. We look forward to seeing you again, soon. Don and Karen
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I could throw a stone and it would hit the ocean!

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best condos that I have ever stayed in! We were right on the ocean with an ocean view on 3 sides. The elevator made this unit a perfect place for us!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brenda, We welcome you back anytime. The beach is the best place to be for so many reasons. Don and Karen
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Very nice. Quite spacious for the two of us.

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation at the beach. With two balconies, the beach views were perfect. And the sunsets. Wow!

The listing was exactly as described. I would recommend this property to others. The only downside is the fact there is no washer or dryer in the unit.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, Thank you for choosing us for your vacation. We do not have a washer and dryer in the unit, however, this is an 8 unit building with an elevator and we are on the 2nd floor so access to the laundry room on the lowest level is convenient. Good excuse to sit on the beach while the clothes are washing. Don and Karen
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Car: not necessary

Grab a picnic lunch and head for Lovers Key, named 1 of Florida's top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel, The large but little-used island park has some of the most unique views of the Gulf, Enjoy 2 miles of pristine white sand beaches, world class shelling, bridge and back bay fishing, bird watching and excursions to observe loggerhead sea turtles, as well as endangered West Indian manatees, The Beaches of Fort Myers is recognized and consistently ranked as 1 of the nation's top destinations for beach combing, kayaking and bird watching, Shower your loved one with confections from Norman Love Confections, handmade in Fort Myers by 2 chocolatiers with a passions for artful morsels, Named as one of the 10 best artisan chocolate makers in the country by USA Today

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; Owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. Visitors fiind a gently,pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years.A 2.25 mile boardwalk meanders through pine flat woods, open prairie


Rates & Availability

Mid Island Condo Rental Rates

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Nov 19 2016 - Dec 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
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Jan 7 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 15 2017 - Jun 2 2017
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Jun 3 2017 - Jul 28 2017
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Jul 29 2017 - Sep 29 2017
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $90 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates vary by season. Written cancellation of a rental is required at least 60 days prior to arrival to receive a deposit refund minus a administrative charge of $65.Holiday weeks are $100 additional.

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Mid Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1),
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beach Towels, Beach Chairs, Fabulous sunsets every nightFort Myers Beach: Welcome to the beautiful barrier islands of Fort Myers Beach-Estero Island and San Carlos Island – where the sun shines nearly every day and the average temperature is 74 degrees. Beaches are probably the No.1 attraction, with the turquoise blue to bright green waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping at the silky, white sands and seashells – for the collector in everyone. Called the “world’s safest beach”, it’s an ideal site for family vacations, for there are no steep drop-offs, riptides or undertows. Everywhere you go, wildlife is abundant. Shore birds such as egrets,pelicans,spoonbills,seagulls and herons are found near every body of water, from the gulf to the back bay. Sometimes, even the bald eagle can be spotted soaring over our islands. Fishing and boating are popular pastimes for residents and visitors alike – there are even restaurants you can get to by boat for lunch on (or near) the high seas. Yes,

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