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Pool Side, Great Yard, Firepit, Gulf + Beach View, 2 Kayaks, PaddleBoard,3BR/2Ba

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,520 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

1st floor of 2 floors duplex,2 Decks/Beach, Gulf Views, Pool,3 BR/2 Ba,1630sqft

Anna Maria Island is Florida's best kept secret: beautiful white beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, golf courses nearby, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or jump aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops 2 minutes from home. The beach is white sugar sand and 7 miles long. The island is known for its splendid sunsets.

Spend the day on the beach at Sunset Park, which is a simple 90 second walk from the of Pool Side Retreat, or hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby or in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico. The Katie Pierola Sunset Park beach area across the street is located right on the 7 miles of unobstructed Anna Maria Island beaches. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, huge Pelicans, Blue Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Terns, Gulls, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in the home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

While the beach on the Gulf of Mexico is 7 miles of uninterrupted sand with very few people next to our home, if you want crowds of people at the public beaches, you can go south to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, or to Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or to 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 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.

After enjoying the beach or park, you can use two outdoor showers next to the beach toys and next to the pool to wipe the beach sand off before getting in the pool. Kick your feet in the water in the new heated swimming pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs including nice tile siding and multiple sitting shelves. 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. 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.

The new swimming pool includes a large sun shelf where you can place the plastic Adirondack-style chairs in the water and kick your feet around the water, which is about 6-8 inches deep. The sun shelf also includes a fountain. Then the pool has a sitting shelf around 18 inches deep. The rest of the pool is about 3 to 5.5 feet deep. The pool includes two more sitting shelves on the far end that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelves on the far end has a soaker spout to massage bad backs. Use the pool toys provided including water noodles, beach balls, and other throwing balls. The new pool includes lots of deck, yard area, and landscaping to sit around and watch the kids play in the pool.

Surrounding the swimming pool and pool deck is soft grass that is easy on the feet as well as 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 leas.

The Pool-Side Retreat offers everything you need for your beach stay -- bring your own toiletries and food and you're set for a dream week! Beach toys for the kids are available in and around our outdoor shed. Dishes, pots, pans, linens and towels are all provided - just bring your swimsuit and enjoy!

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. There are two 2 queen-size bedrooms and a third over-sized bedroom with 2 twin over full bunks. There is an additional pull out sofa in the family room. New kitchen with new Granite countertops, new cabinets, new paint throughout the unit make luxury at your fingertips, and new air conditioning unit. Other amenities to perfect your stay include a:

55-inch high definition LED flat screen TV with ~300 Cable channels

Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

2 Kayaks

Paddle Board

Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs

Open lanai and patio

Big Yard

Wireless Internet service with 20MB per second high speeds

New Trane air conditioning unit

1,640 square feet living area

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 (vrbo #557191). Each floor is a completely self-sustaining, independent unit with its own separate BBQ, separate patio furniture and separate entry ways. Both floors can be combined for family reunions, retreats or multiple family vacations if you contact us and includes:

Complete privacy for the entire home

Sleeps 18 People depending on sizes of kids

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 Shelf's

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

Keurig K55 Programmable Coffee Cup Maker

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 of the Pool-Side Retreat 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 case you would like to look at the Pool Side Retreat on Google Earth or another mapping program, the physical street address of the Pool Side Retreat 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)

Our kids enjoy building sand castles, playing whiffle ball in the beach breeze on the sand along with Frisbee (heavy Frisbee recommended). If the kids dig their hands into the sand, they can find little water bugs in small shells, etc. but please resist the temptation to bring them back to the home as they start stinking as they die <g>. Extra beach toys and souvenirs can be found at Island Bazaar.

Cortez fishing village restaurants have excellent seafood and some have live music. Cortez Kitchen is our favorite on the dock.

Coquina Baywalk is real nice to watch the sunrise or anytime. Bean Point and Coquina Beach are great beaches to visit along with Sunset Park next to home.

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).

If you like this home and want to see how we care for our other homes on Anna Maria Island and next to Casey Key and make them pleasing for our guests, please see the listings on the VRBO website with a slash and the listing number below:

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 Beach House - Casey Key

1021417 - Manatee Beach House - Casey Key

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Rex Geissler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

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 Anna Maria Island

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!


Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Sarasota(SRQ),Tampa(TPA), St. Pete-Clearwater(PIE)
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Kokonut Hut Bar at Gulf Drive Cafe
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Manatee Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Sharkey's SeaGrill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Bradenton Beach Sunset Park

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!


Bradenton Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Outdoor Shower 1 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Outdoor Shower 2 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Main Bathroom - toilet , shower , 3/4 bath: shower, sink, toilet, pocket door more work space
    Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Family Room sleeper sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen, reading lamp
    Nautical Blue Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Large mirror, white dresser with five drawers, reading lamp
    Beach Sunny Yellow Room - 1 queen , 32-inch Cable TV, large dresser, closet, 2 mirrors, 2 lamps
    Master Green Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom + Bath: Queen bed, TV, dresser, ceiling fan
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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Pool Side, Great Yard, Firepit, Gulf + Beach View, 2 Kayaks, PaddleBoard,3BR/2Ba
average rating of 4.820513 based on 39 reviews
Conifer, Colorado

Wonderful property! Well maintained, all of the amenities needed, lovely yard, easy beach access.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property with easy access to the beach as well as the local tram which transports you around the island.

For us, 3 adult sisters, looking for a week of relaxation and fun and reminiscing, the property worked out beautifully.

Everything you need for the beach, including wagons to get it all there, is on site for the use of guests.

The interior of the home is well cared for and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the "Florida Room" later in the evening where we had a view of the pool and the decorative lights outside.

The yard and pool are such a nice bonus. This is private fenced space. Perfect for children.

Rex and Michele are fabulous hosts and made certain we had everything we needed. Special thanks to Grandma Jenni for the information on the theatre and the Full Monty....we had so much fun!

We would stay here again, maybe rent the entire home and bring our families.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kathleen, It was our pleasure meeting you and chatting. Grandma and all of us enjoyed our chats with you! We are so glad you had such a great time. Regards, Rex & Michele
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Loved It

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time. Pool was perfect for grandchildren. Owners are very easy to work with and always pleasent. This is the second time I haves stayed at this home. I would recommend this place for a great vacation

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location and Clean Comfortable Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 really enjoyed the location and amenities at Pool Side. The short walk to the beach was so fast and easy and having the beach chairs and an umbrella along with a cart to pull them was a plus. The chairs and umbrella were new and clean. The unit came with several beach towels and lots of beach and pool toys also. This made our traveling much lighter! The location was perfect also. It was nice to be just a few minutes to several restaurants, the trolley, and shopping. Our experience was just wonderful and we highly recommend this property to others!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accommodations! Very clean! Comfortable and cozy place! Will stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

We all had a wonderful trip! Rex you were awesome very responsive and informative! We really appreciate that. Close to the beach and everything in the island. One of our best vacations ever! Unit was clean and comfortable. Pool was great and enjoyed by all of us. We will be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view from balcony! Great walking distance to beach! Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This pool side retreat was so great! We had other family upstairs, so it was so nice to have all family in one house. We had 4 adults and 7 kids in entire house. Plenty of room for everyone. The beach was a perfect walking distance. The house had everything we needed. It was very clean when we got there. We loved the pool and the lights were a real nice touch! The balcony gave us an amazing view to the ocean. We went on dolphin tours one day at sunset. Highly recommended! Everyone enjoyed that very much! Hopefully one day we can stay again! Thank you so much Rex and Michelle for letting us use your home for week!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view of the Gulf super family fun

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The house was fully stocked. Nice 1 block walj to beach. Pool guy came every day. 2 family's of 4 total of 8 pleanly of room. Rest and relaxing area. Most places were pricy dinners shops etc. We cooked in a lot. Thanks Rex and Michelle...we are first timeers beaitiful sun sets from the crows nest.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

Discount if paid by checks more than 6 weeks 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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