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A Beach Paradise - Beautiful North End - Gateway Villas

Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The condo is right on the beach and the balcony overlooks the white sand and the Gulf of Mexico. Watch dolphins play and view gorgeous sunsets from this lovely sixth floor balcony apartment. Beautiful one bedroom apartment with king-size bed and queen-size sleeper sofa. Have all the comforts of home in a spectacular setting. The bathroom has been remodeled and kitchen is fully equipped with new modern appliances. Gateway Villas is a gated condominium.

Located in the quiet north end of Estero Island within walking distance of 'Time Square' with shops, restaurants, fishing pier, etc. Golf and Marina are nearby.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Margaret Schafer
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Margaret Schafer

We vacationed in Fort Myers Beach in 1983 and purchased a one bedroom apartment here at Gateway Villas because it was our dream to become 'beach bums'. When we retired from Chicago in 1996 we moved here permanently and have loved every minute.

My husband died suddenly in September of 2013 but I am continuing to rent the apartment with the hope that the people who come will enjoy their stay and get a little feel of paradise on our beach.

Margaret Schafer purchased this condo in 2002

Why Margaret Schafer chose Ft Myers Beach

We had the opportunity to purchase Apt. 695, which happens to be across the hall from our unit (696). We've enjoyed the guests and take pride in keeping the apartment well stocked and clean (the way we would like a rental to be!)

What makes this condo unique

The balcony overlooks the Gulf and there you can watch the dolphins and the beautiful sunsets. We know this for a fact because we spend many hours on our balcony. The white sandy beach is ideal for walking and the pool is well maintained. Times Square is a few short blocks down the beach where there are many restaurants and shops and the pier. We are located on the north end of the island between the back Bay and the Gulf. Living just across the hall gives our guests the ability to contact us easily at any time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for Paradise. My husband and I enjoyed every day. The dolphins, coffee in the AM and ocean sounds at night. Can't wait to return. Beautiful Place. We celebrated our 35th year of marriage.
May 2018
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Ft Myers Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 6
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queensize sofa bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Full Modern Kitchen, Pool, Hair dryer included, New flat screen TV in Living Room and TV/VCR in bedroom. No Smoking Please


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A Beach Paradise - Beautiful North End - Gateway Villas
average rating of 4.821429 based on 206 reviews

Truly a Beach Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Margaret takes a great deal of pride in her rental Condo. Her amenities are all first class & all inclusive! She doesn't miss a trick. Everything she provides is of the finest quality & she spares no expense to make the stay more than you could ask for. She is well organized; provided the Condo key & Gate "key card" a head of time which is a BIG plus after a long flight & drive. The property is literally a one minute walk to the water... property is clean & well maintained. There is nothing I could say to her her to improve the experience... we loved our stay & cannot recommend this Condo enough. Thank you for your hard work Margaret, we appreciate it.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I enjoyed having you stay and I hope to see you again. Margaret
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Margaret's condo. When we stay in Fort Myers Beach, this will always be my first choice. It is such a homey, comfortable place. The view of the beach is amazing and it is only an elevator ride down to enjoy it. This is the best-equipped condo in which I have ever stayed. Margaret makes sure that the basic necessities are in the condo (toilet paper, trash bags, etc.) There are also great beach items that you can use so that you don't have to rent anything. The pool is large and clean and there are plenty of chairs.

This trip left us dealing with the Red Tide which is plaguing many areas on the west coast of Florida currently. One of my friends has asthma and we did not know whether we should chance it. Margaret was so kind and patient in giving us updates before our arrival. I am so thankful to her for her help.

I highly recommend this condo.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you,Lisa, for the lovely comments. I'm so pleased you decided to come. It was a real pleasure and thank you for leaving the apartment in such a nice condition. I look forward to having you return. Margaret
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Very nice place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

This condo was very nice. It was very clean, the bed and pillows were comfortable. The condo was stocked with lots of unexpected amenities, i.e., sunscreen, shampoo, napkins, coffee, tea, cooler, extra towels, etc. There were also beach umbrellas and beach sand chairs to use. My only comment here is that it would have been more comfortable for us if the condo complex provided lounge chairs to use on the sand. There are lounge chairs around the pool, but I come to the beach to be on the beach! I can go to a pool anywhere. I would not hesitate to stay here again. It is a very nice condo and the owner is very thoughtful and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay. In reference to the lounge chairs, there is one beach lounge chair in the apartment, along with other beach chairs. I wish you had mentioned this to me when you were here. I hope to see you again. Sincerely, Margaret
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Very nice, clean, comfortable, and very well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay! The property was very clean, bed was very comfortable, and all the little extras were appreciated! Margaret has thought of everything and is very helpful! We would stay there again any time we are in the area!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope to see you again in the future. Margaret
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What A Wonderful Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

This property has everything you need for a great stay on the beach. It is clean, secure, full of amenities, with a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere. I cannot wait to return! Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your “beach paradise”!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. It was so nice meeting you. Thanks again for the Easter Bunny surprise! Margaret
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in fort myers beach. The condo was equipped with everything including some personal touches thanks to Margaret!! Thankyou again margaret for allowing my family to enjoy our vacation in your condo!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to return!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. I’m so happy you enjoyed your stay. I hope you will return. Margaret
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Rt. 41 and Gladiolus
Nearest Beach
The apartment is ON THE BEACH!
Car: not necessary

Beach, Fishing Pier


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

$200 Deposit is Required and will Be Applied
to balance owed. Cancellations in Writing at least 30 Days
in advance will receive deposit refund. After that time,
the deposit is unrefundable. Condominium Rules prohibit pets in rental units.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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