About the property
- House1520 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Pool, Patio, Deck w/ Beach+Gulf Views, 3 BR/2 Ba, 1630sqft, 1st floor of duplex
Florida's best kept secret, Anna Maria Island, features beautiful white sugar sand beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, year-round golf courses, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or a ride aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops near your next vacation destination, the Pool Side Retreat. One of the few places in the world where the sunset is regularly applauded, this tiny slice of paradise stretches for 7 miles into the Gulf.
The Pool Side Retreat features the entire 1,660 sq ft first floor of the two floor home with a split plan and wonderful terracotta tiles. The kitchen features granite countertops, a new dishwasher and is fully stocked with dishes and towels. A master en-suite unit featuring a queen size bed joins a 2nd queen-size bedroom and a third bedroom with a twin over full bunks. There is an additional pull out sofa in the family room. Other amenities to perfect your stay include a:
• New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's
• 2 Kayaks
• Paddle Board
• Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs
• Big Yard
• Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience
• High Speed Wireless Internet service with 72 MB per second speeds
• Cable on the high definition flat screen TV
• New Trane air conditioning unit
• 1,660 square feet living space
The Pool Side Retreat is the independent first floor of the home, while the second floor can be rented separately through the Gulf View Retreat listing (property # 557191). Each floor is a completely self-sustaining, independent unit with its own BBQ, patio furniture and entry way. Both floors can be combined for family reunions, retreats or multiple family vacations if you contact us, where both floors would include:
• Complete privacy for the entire home
• Sleeps 18 People
• 6 Bedrooms and 2 Sleeper-Sofas in common areas
• 12 Beds of differing sizes
• 5 Car Parking Spaces
• 5 Televisions
• 3 Bathrooms
• 2,600 square feet
• 2 Granite-Countertop Kitchens
• 2 Washers & 2 Dryers
• 2 Grills
• Private Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience
• Private New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelves
• New Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs surrounding it
• Open lanai and patio
• Big Yard
• Wireless Internet service with 20MB per second speeds
• 6 Bikes for riding around the neighborhood including kids bikes
• 2 New Trane air conditioning units
• 1 Paddleboard
• 2 Kayaks
• And much more...
Our home is much easier to navigate than 3-story duplexes on Anna Maria Island because our first floor is on the ground level and the second floor is one easy set of stairs. Other homes on the island tend to require climbing multiple flights of stairs up or taking elevators because their homes begin on the second floor and go up to the third floor.
If you rent just the Pool Side Retreat, then there are a few 'common' areas for the two floors including the pool, yard, fire-pit, toys and 3rd story 'Crow's Nest' deck. Contact us for a Reunion Retreat where you can rent both floors including the entire house for special occasions.
In case you would like to look at the Pool Side Retreat on Google Earth or another mapping program, the physical street address is:
Pool Side Retreat
2208 Avenue C
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
(If you know Bradenton Beach, this location is right near the only S-curve on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, which encourages traffic to slow down as well.)
In less than 2 minutes, you will be spending your day on the beach at Sunset Park, or venture out a bit further and hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, a wide variety of birds, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in our home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.
While some prefer the isolation of the nearby beaches, others opt toward more people at the public beaches. If that is your desire, venture to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, or Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or Anna Maria Pier at the east end of Pine Avenue for the intercoastal/Tampa Bay access. Anna Maria Pier is a special place where many times you can see fish, rays, dolphins, and manatees swimming underneath you as well as fish from the dock and have a nice meal or an ice cream cone at Two Scoops Ice Cream Shop. (The Pier is currently under repair, Winter 2017.)
If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley around the corner and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.
Enjoy live music nightly and dinner at Manatee Public. By timing it right (usually 7pm), you can enjoy sea creature (fish, eel, and shark) feeding by the owner while enjoying Ice Cream at Holy Cow Ice Cream.
A lovely sunrise can be enjoyed along the Coquina Baywalk. Bean Point and Coquina Beach are great beaches to visit along with Sunset Park next to our home.
Just across the Cortez bridge on the south side of the island, is the old school Florida fishing village of Cortez, where restaurants have excellent seafood and some have live music. Swordfish Grill is our favorite on the dock.
Our kids love taking the free trolley around the corner up to Anna Maria Pier and looking for fish in the water (especially in the morning to early afternoon when you can see well through the clear water), talking to the fisherman, and eating at the restaurant or getting ice cream at Two Scoops. The Blueberry Pie ice cream is my favorite... Trolley stops by the home every 20 minutes from about 6am to 10pm.
We have 3 favorites for breakfasts: 1) Rod & Reel Pier, 2) Ginny's & Jane E's, and 3) The Donut Experiment (fun for the kids but not completely filling).
Eco tours and on the Gulf and Intercoastal via boats, kayaks and jet skis are always nice. The Ringling Museum in Sarasota is great.
The Regina is a sugar barge that sunk just off our beach during a storm in 1940. It is in about 20 feet of water just 150 feet or so off the beach. It is marked with a buoy. The Regina is 10th Florida Shipwreck Underwater Archaeological Preserve.
There is a small reef of rocks about 150 feet northwest from the Sunset Park Beach directly west of our home. I like to swim out to it and then dive down 8-10 feet to see colorful fish like the striped Sheepshead, etc.
The Herb Dolan Park, an easy five block walk or bike ride on 26th Street North and Avenue A, is an open park area with a terrific view of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay. The Herb Dolan Park features picnic areas, basketball court, playing field, swing set, play structure and a Kayak launch. If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley out the back door and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley one stop down (or stroll along the beach the one mile) to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.
After enjoying the beach or park, return home to use one of the two outdoor showers next to the beach toys or the pool to wash the beach sand off and jump in the pool waiting for you. Kick your feet in the water of the heated pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs. The pool, 5 feet deep at its deepest, includes two more sitting shelves on the that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelves on the far end has a soaker spout to massage sore backs. Enjoy the traditional landscaping of Florida with various palm trees of different sizes that increase your privacy including Areca Palms, Queen Palms, Fishtail Palms, and Palmetto Palms. A large Frangipani/Plumeria tree creates beautiful large flower blossom clusters usually in May or June, which smell ideal and are the basis for Hawaiian leis. Relax in the soft green grass of our Zoysia lawn next to the pool tossing a ball or playing a game of Corn Hole or Golf Toss. Head up to the Crow's Nest deck and watch the dolphins swim by in the Gulf of Mexico next to the beach.
Please see the listings on the VRBO website (using a slash and the listing number below) to see reviews from our properties:
977187 - Beach View Retreat - Anna Maria Island
557191 - Gulf View Retreat - Anna Maria Island
614098 - Pool Side Retreat - Anna Maria Island
933895 - Palm Isle Retreat - Anna Maria Island
1021349 - Dolphin Pool & Beach Home - Casey Key
1021417 - Sea Turtle Pool & Beach Home - Casey Key
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About Rex Geissler
Growing up in Florida, my wife enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. Michele had heard about the beaches south of Tampa where she grew up but did not experience them until we went to Anna Maria Island with our family. We fell in love with the area. And since my husband is from Colorado and we live on a mountain property named Quartz Mountain Ranch, the island beach gives us an incredible contrast to the mountains.
Rex Geissler purchased this House in 2014
Why Rex Geissler chose Bradenton Beach
When we first saw this property, we fell instantly in love with it. There is a warmth in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
What makes this House unique
The proximity to the beach, the unobstructed Gulf views from the Crows Nest deck, the brand new swimming pool, the new Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms, the paddle board, the 2 kayaks, and the closeness to the trolley stop made this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Easy walk to the beach and fantastic pool
Thanks Rex and Michele
The house was ready, clean and waiting for us to walk in. We also appreciated the personal communication about the area. We spent the days splitting the time between the beach, which was so easy to get to with a 1 1/2 block walk, and not crowded even with it being a spring break week and the pool which was great, especially with the little kids. This 3 generation family enjoyed the stay - and wish we could have stayed longer.
Thanks for the great review. So glad you "wish we could have stayed longer." Hope you can return one day. Best Regards, Rex & Michele
Great family vacation!
The place was clean and decorated in a fun beach theme. Beds were comfortable. Well stocked with dishes, toys, etc. Heated pool was fantastic. We could hear muffled talking and walking upstairs at night. Response time was fantastic. Easy walk to great places to eat and shop. Beautiful rooftop to watch the sunset and stunning, clean beach. Our family was definitely satisfied with our stay and would highly recommend!
Thank you so much for staying with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the crows nest deck, had some incredible sunsets, and found some great places to eat! We've added extra spray in foam insulation between the floors and last year added sound absorbing cork board to help alleviate some of the passive sound. We apologize for the muffled voices and walking and hope that next time you stay, the upstairs will be available. Thank you for your review!
Only spent 1 night in transition to our condo for our vacation.
The place is very nice. Clean, spacious. We'd stay again.
A fine rental! Clean! Well maintained, the cleaners are fantastic! Amenities...wow!
From the moment we arrived until our departure, this rental continued to surprise us. The pool is awesome, especially if you have young children, the shallow end is 6 inches deep, perfect for 1-2 year old kids. The amenities include bikes, paddle boards, beach wagon(s), proximity to the beach and all restaurants and shops, great library, comfortable beds and well supplied kitchen. Still, there is more.
Rex and Michele, the staff are excellent! Anything you need, the response is quick and to the point. I will stay again.
My wife, two of my daughters and grandson came down for 5 days of greatly needed rest and relaxation. We left completely satisfied and not a single bad thing to say. Nicest property I have stayed at in the area. Highly recommended.
Dear Mike, We are so glad that you had an awesome time and loved the "Amenities...wow!" Hope you can return one day. Best Regards, Rex & Michele
Our family really enjoyed the Pool Side Retreat and all it had to offer (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
We had a fabulous time with family members renting the entire house we shared many meals together, enjoyed the pool, loved watching the sunset from the top deck, and having beach chairs and a wagon to carry what we needed to a one block walk to the beach!
The house was is spacious and well supplied with everything you need. This is the 3rd year in a row we have stayed here and plan to come back again next year! It is also a great location to Bridge Street in town if you want to walk, ride a bike, catch the trolley, or even the Monkey Bus!
Dear Gayle, We are so glad you "had a fabulous time" with family renting the entire house! Since this is the "3rd year in a row" you stayed at our home, I know that says a lot! Look forward to having you back again next year. Best Regards, Rex & Michele
A Slice of Paradise
We are repeat visitors at this location! This year our parents rented the Gulf View and we rented the Pool Side Retreat. This property is ideal for our young family! We absolutely love the pool!!! The child safety gate around the pool brought a peace of mind. The large master bathroom is updated and darling. Rex and Michele are great to work with and quickly respond to questions and concerns. The walk to the gorgeous beach is quick and easy with kids! We enjoyed sunsets on the beach or on the deck. Our kids love going on the trolley for an ice cream excursion or to go to the park. Our kids are already asking to go back and make more memories!
Dear Emily, It really is "A Slice of Paradise." It is always great having you visit and we look forward to you returning soon! Best Regards, Rex & Michele
Enjoy the best of the Gulf from this property 90 seconds from the beach! Sunset walks along the incredible Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view from our home, closeness to the best beaches in the US. New pool with a sun shelf and fire pit. Great restaurants and the peace and quiet of seclusion are waiting at your Anna Maria Island Retreat!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Discount if paid by checks more than 6 months before rental begins 3 payments possible if booked more than 4 months out USA Credit Card Fees - 3% extra International Credit Card Fees - 6% extra