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Cozy 2 Br / 1.5 Bath Home just Steps away from the Gulf of Mexico AND Lemon Bay

Englewood, FL, USA
  • House1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

Welcome to the Beach!

This is our dream and we're excited to share it with you!

We just know you will instantly feel at home here, and hope you'll consider it YOUR second home. It's super clean, comfy and surprisingly spacious. It is stocked with everything you need for a carefree vacation getaway - including complimentary beach chairs, beach towels and floaties. We have a full kitchen, full laundry and even an outdoor shower for your sandy feet! The giant screen porch is a delight, especially in the cooler winter months. The master suite has a king bed and 3/4 bath (no tub). The 2nd bedroom has two single beds. There are are two single beds/cots for additional sleeping options on the screen porch (oops, 'lanai'), weather permitting. The central air conditioning works great - so feel free to book a summer trip too!

This home had never been a rental property before our ownership. It was loved and cared for by a long-time owner-occupant. We completely redecorated and fully 'outfitted' the home in the summer of 2014, with all NEW blinds/curtains, bedding, towels, most furniture, new lighting and ceiling fans and entirely NEW contents of the kitchen cabinets. You'll find everything you need to cook here, including a Ninja blender and full size gas grill! Or, you could take advantage of the many many great local restaurants, and only use your kitchen for making coffee and cocktails!

Guests must be 25 or older to rent.

Property Manager

Miranda Karasch

Member Since 2014
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Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Miranda Karasch

We are the Swain Family. We live and work in Madison, WI. Both of us are UW Madison grads and love our lives here . . . until about December. John is a highschool Earth Science teacher - actually a fairly 'new' teacher, having recently attended UW again as an adult, to follow his dream of teaching. He totally rocks at it and is guiding, parenting and influencing many many young people. It's a beautiful thing to experience through him. Note: being a teacher AND an avid fisherman equals awesome summers off, fishing in Florida! I have been a Realtor in Madison for 23 years. You should trust that I can spot a good 'location' and good property better than most! I envision escaping to this peaceful place in the slower winter months. We also hope to 'entice' our adult children and grandchildren to visit us often . . . this beach home should serve that purpose nicely. We have 5 beautiful children (all boys) and 3 grandchildren. Though you could hardly call any of them 'children' anymore! Our youngest three just graduated high school, we have one at UW Madison and one who is already deep into his career as a Navy pilot, married with 3 babies of their own.

Miranda Karasch purchased this House in 2014

Why Miranda Karasch chose Englewood

Since we live and work in Madison Wisconsin, it should be obvious why absolutely love our island getaway! John is an avid fisherman and I aspire to be a beach bum - so we love that our little home has deeded 'his and hers' sides of the island! His side is Lemon Bay, a world class sport-fishing destination (and free sunrise daily), my side is the Gulf of Mexico as far as you can see, endless flat beach with a view enhanced by the dophins, manatees, sea turtles and countless entertertaining birds and spectacular sunsets! I will never tire of staring at and listening to the ocean. When we were house-hunting, our 'must haves' were: easy access from multiple airports (so we would and could come often and easily), laid-back lifestyle and residents (no worries about how you look in a bathing suit, no snooty folks), beautiful white sand beaches (duh) . . . and that's about it. Fortunately, this property and location offered even more. Originally we wanted to be 'on' the water, but quickly saw the benefits of having deeded access to BOTH sides of the island. We have a boat dock on the bay ('sittin' on the dock of the bay') AND a beach, both within a short walk from our front door!

What makes this House unique

Several shallow, expansive beaches ideal for every age! Many local restaurants, beautiful state parks right on Manasota Key and access to every activity imaginable that a visitor would consider 'beachy'. Try a sunset Dolphin cruise, fishing expedition or boat and kayak rentals, all on the island. There is also a nearby health club with daily and weekly rates. Punta Gorda is the closest airport - a small airport offering inexpensive flights on Allegiant Air. Note that their flight schedule varies throughout the year, and they have limited airports/cities. We shopped specifically for a home with an airport served by Allegiant Air with a direct flight for us - who needs the hassle of layovers, lost luggage and cancellations, especially on vacation! Sarasota and Ft Myers are other easy options, with more flights/days to choose from. From any of these 3 airports, it's a short, easy drive (40-60 minutes) to our home. On the way 'home', you pass multiple grocery stores, Walgreens, etc for any necessities (suncreen, margaritas, coffee and groceries!) Our home has a fully stocked kitchen (w/dish soap and dishwasher soap), full-size laundry (w/soap and dryer sheets), bedding, bath towels and all of the conveniences you'd expect. We even have beach chairs, beach towels and inflatable floatie rings. Just bring your clothes, swimsuit and toiletries! In addition to our 1.5 bathrooms, we also have a refreshing outdoor shower - thanks for rinsing those sandy feet! Enjoy cable TV and wireless internet at no extra charge. New large flat-screen TV. Sorry, no pets, no smoking indoors or on the screen porch.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • two additional twin beds/cots can be used on screen porch (weather permitting)


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, outdoor shower, Full size washer and dryer


          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Tourist Attractions


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Internet
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                    plenty of parking for boat, camper or multiple cars
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Coffee Maker
                        coffee filters provided
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                        soap provided
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                        salt/pepper, non-stick spray, ketchup
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 6 people


                              • Games
                                assorted board games, cards
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Television


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                    Gas grill


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                      • wheelchair accessible


                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • library
                                          • marina
                                          • playground
                                          • restaurants
                                          • water parks
                                          • winery tours

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • scenic drives
                                              • beachcombing
                                              • boating
                                              • paddle boating
                                              • photography
                                              • bird watching
                                              • shelling
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • fitness center
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • massage therapist
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • sailing
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • deepsea fishing
                                                      • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                      • snorkeling
                                                      • snorkeling/diving
                                                      • sound/bay fishing
                                                      • surfing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water tubing

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                        27 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Enjoyed our stay.

                                                        Eugene F.

                                                        Very clean and well-presented. Showed attention to detail. Even though we had cool (cold) weather, it did not limit our activities. Nature walks, guided nature tours, and visit to the "Cookie House" on Placida-not what you think!

                                                        Excellent place to stay will definitely be back!

                                                        Paula W.

                                                        Love the amenities and close to many awesome restaurants, beaches and still can be secluded plus the awesome weather is a bonus!

                                                        we always enjoy our time here!

                                                        Jenny S.

                                                        Another relaxing stay. Beach is gorgeous and private, house is clean and comfy with everything we needed including beach towels and chairs! We'll be back!

                                                        We were extremely satisfied with our stay here.

                                                        Daniel C.

                                                        When we arived the house was spotless and in perfect order. Rick and Jules were exelent. We didnt even need anything from them due to the fact that the house was very well organized and over stocked with anything we needed. The book left to explain everything does exactly that. Jules and rick make it feel like its your own house by not bothering you at all if thats what you like. However if you need anything they are a text or a phone call away. The private access to the beach is amazing and just that, private. Only a handfull of houses have access to it. Could not have been a better experience and we will absolutely be staying there next time we come to florida!!!!!!!!!!

                                                        Amazing trip

                                                        John S.

                                                        Excellent accomodations.

                                                        Perfectly relaxing and warm!

                                                        Kyle D.Ridgway, IL

                                                        The house is perfect in many ways! SUPER CLEAN! Very well designed interior, open living area and awesome covered screened in porch. We stayed 3 night as just a weekend getaway for my wife's birthday and we had great weather Thursday afternoon and spend all day Friday on the beach just about 300 feet from the front door! Down a neat path opening up to the ocean and the sunset that is amazing! All day Friday we sat and saw very few people walking up and down the beach that wereally all friendly and there is plenty of shade if you don't want to be in the direct sunlight all day. Saturday unfortunately rained all day but after getting a nice lunch we sat out on the covered porch and read books and enjoyed some drinks. It was great and I recommend anyone to visit englewood and manasota Key area and rent this space. You will not be disappointed! Very relaxing, we WILL BE BACK AGAIN!


                                                        Englewood, FL, USA

                                                        Rates & Availability

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                                                        We prefer to have check-in Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Please contact owner with special needs, questions, etc.

                                                        27 Reviews
                                                        Wonderful 4.8/5
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