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Pets allowed. Elegant ground level pool home, walk to the beach.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 30 nights


About the property

Open spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Lake Front Home with large Screened Lanai & Pool

Delightful ground level easy access home with large open sun filled rooms overlooking a beautiful lake with an island where birds roost. You can hear the waves on the beach! Private yet convenient to everything without fighting traffic. 5 minutes to grocery store or to the Sanibel Rec Center. A short walk to the private beach access. Bike trails everywhere! 2 bikes provided. Home has open floor plan with tile floors, central AC, large heated pool and will include pool cleaner, pest control and lawn care. 1 King bedroom, 2 queen bedrooms, two full baths, recently remodeled. This kitchen has everything a gourmet cook could need. Pets are family too but must be well trained! There is lawn front and back, and a vegetable garden that may have fresh herbs, veggies and key limes to pick if you are here at the right time. Good sized passive solar heated pool and covered large lanai with shaded area for reading or grilling dinner. There is also dining for 6 outside which can be covered with a retractible awning. Pool floats, beach equipment, towels and toys. Two person Kyack. Two bicycles. Just bring your clothes! Wonderful neighborhood. Quiet but caring neighbors. The low crime rate is marvelous here!

Christine Wright
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About Christine Wright

Too busy in my retirement. I love this home and have done extensive remodeling. This Spring the pool got resurfaced. Bathrooms have been remodeled, walls painted, new tile floors, new pool solar heat etc. I spend summer months in Northern Michigan, winters here. I am also a dog trainer, and my dog is a pet partner and volunteer at hospitals and libraries. I sell books on Amazon! Sanibel is a little slice of heaven as you will find out!

Christine Wright purchased this house in 2014

Why Christine Wright chose Murex Lakes

You have sun on the lanai and pool with shade area to just relax to read or grill up your favorite meal. Large retractable awning over the outdoor dining area keeps the sun off your table and out of the house. Ease and speed to get to the beach, stores and recreation center is a huge bonus. Who wants to drive 20 minutes to get milk when you can bike it in 10? Rec center offers 22 meter pool, exercise equipment and a multitude of classes from deep water aerobics to pilates and yoga. also has tennis and basketball etc etc. Ground level and bright open rooms here are delightful. Bailey's grocery/hardware/liquor is unique and just wonderful. Best baked goods and quality meats. Sanibel has more land in conservation than developed. Visiting the conservancy museums is a must. No high rises but plenty of shopping and fine stores. Bike trails everywhere. I offer all your beach and pool toys plus two beach cruiser bicycles and a 2 person kayak.. Crime rate is one of the lowest in the entire state.

How unique to hear the waves on the beach yet front on a fresh water lake with Ibis, Anhingas, Cormorants, Egrets, Blue Herons sleeping 25' from your shore. Very special location!

What makes this house unique

Off season rentals are ideal if you want to stay awhile to get acquainted with the island or to find a home to purchase. This is what I did before buying this home and it proved a God send. The best homes sell fast.

The breeze here is remarkable. You are close enough to the beach to hear waves crashing, especially at night. It's a very rare sight to see Anhingas and Ibis roost every night, let alone from your yard. This home has a very complete gourmet kitchen with excellent equipment, pot pans, waffle maker, blender, cuisinart, kitchenaid mixer, convection slow cooker, etc. Far more equipment than in your standard house rentals!

Sanibel is world renown for shelling and the shell museum is priceless. Ding Darling preserve has a fantastic exhibit and miles of paved road you can actually drive through to witness rare birds, alligators, and other Florida creatures. Kayaking and fishing are also allowed!

The entire island is quiet off season. Miles of pristine beaches to walk, only a 10 minute walk or 5 minute drive or bike trip away. The pool is quite large and has solar heat, not needed for the warmer months. Pool temp is close to 90 during the summer. Pure Bliss!

Wifi, Comcast Cable, Sirius Radio, DVR, and Roku give you lots of viewing and listening pleasure.

Ground level homes such as this give you a much closer feel for nature and the outdoors. No stairs to negotiate with bags of groceries!


Murex Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Vanity. Walk in shower
  • Guest bath has a walk in shower, vanity etc.. Master bath is two rooms. Large new vanity counter with mirror, generous closet space. A privacy door closes off the new toilet, vanity and shower side.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom with king size bed. New mattress. Walk in attached newly renovated bathroom with shower/ deep tub, two vanities. Good closet and bureau space. Television. Queen bedroom has a desk, bureau and generous closet. 2nd Queen bedroom has a television, large closet, bureau. Sofa can work as a full size twin bed if pillows are removed for emergency overflow only.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
My maintenance man will be on call if needed for any reason. Doors are all keyless, on a code just for your own use. No one else will have this code. This neighborhood is safe, quiet and peaceful. My housekeeper can come to clean weekly if needed. She charges $100/3 hours. Rental fee includes a one time fee of $150 after your departure, with laundry fees costing you an additional $20 per load.


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Pets allowed. Elegant ground level pool home, walk to the beach.
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Perfect Sanibel vacation

  • 5 of 5

We (family of 3) stayed in this house during summer and had a wonderful time in this perfect house with everything you need and a perfect location on the island. The best except the pool is the two bicycles that Christine have for your disposal. We have visit Sanibel many times but this was the best. Thanks Christine for your prompt reply on every request ( we had to call you in the middle of the night and you answered directly- the provided door code did not work when we arrived after being traveling 24 h without sleep from Sweden. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely folks and so glad you enjoyed my home! Hurry back!
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Amazing time at The Island Roost

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our time on Sanibel and our stay at The Island Roost and as much as we love home, we Really miss our stay there. The home was clean and welcoming with ample seating and all the comforts you would need on a vacation. The kitchen is Fully stocked and I mean you could make an entire holiday dinner there and not need a thing. From pots and pans to bakeware to even an ice cream maker, it was not lacking like so many other rentals.

The screened lanai and the view of the lake beyond was a huge hit with the family. Not only were we bug free while swimming or grilling but watching the nesting anhingas and roosting ibis and egret flying in (in the evening) was a real treat. There is also an occasional alligator swimming by as well as an osprey nest across the lake and they would fly over the lanai as they fished the lake. It was like a mini Ding Darling in the back yard.

The Island Roost has a wonderful central location with easy access to the Gulf side beaches, The Bailey Tract for more hiking and critter viewing, restaurants like Doc Fords (hello Yucatan shrimp) and Bailey's for groceries! We used the bikes provided every day to tour , visit beaches or pick up yummy stuff like 1 inch thick New York steaks at Baileys to grill!

The neighborhood is nice and quiet and the neighbors ( and their dogs) are all very friendly. Christine left some notes that covers pretty much what you need to know to operate anything regarding the house etc, as well as a binder with a lot of info about the island from bike trails to restaurants in case you ever feel the need to leave the house.

Thanks for sharing you wonderful home Christine, we had a blast and I even brought home some seeds from your lime tree to plant ( and overwinter) here to remember our great time in Sanibel.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to have you there. Must admit, I miss my island home when I return to MI! Cold, wet and rainy spring here! Hope you will return!
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  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. The house was spotless and fully equipped.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Perfect tenants who left my home in excellent condition! I hope they return!
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The PERFECT Sanibel house and pool

  • 5 of 5

If we could have done so, we would have booked for next year. And the year after that. This beautiful house is our idea of perfect. We will be hard pressed to get another as good.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Home had everything we needed. Pretty spacious, especially the master bedroom and bathroom. Easily enough room for 6 people. Pool cage allowed us to enjoy the pool in the summer without worrying about insects. Could bike to the beach access in 3 minutes, other public beach access points in 5 minutes, Ding Darling in 10 minutes and town in 8 minutes. Kayak, beach chairs, and pool rafts were nice to have. Wi-Fi, cable, and satellite radio worked well. Very quiet neighborhood. No complaints.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
A real treasure to explore, inside the exhibits and the miles of trails you can walk, bike o...
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
They have educational classes as well!
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Amazing museum if you want to learn everything about shell and shell animals.
The Mucky Duck
On the beach and a great place to sit outside with kids to eat hamburgers and watch the sunset!
Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
Just minutes away, and the food is excellent. I always order Tomlinson's shrimp.
The Sandbar
Closed for summers but has the best quick bite early bird specials at a very reasonable cost...
Bailey's General Store
Superb grocery/deli/coffee bar/hardware/ liquor store on the island. full of charm and grea...
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Regional Southwest International Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
West Gulf
Car: not necessary

Sanibel is famous for the miles and miles of bike paths, vast beaches with the best shelling around, conservation preserves with walking and driving access, and superb fishing on shore and off. The only island that allows dogs on the entire beach if leashed! Unlimited activities on the island from charter boat fishing, kayak rentals, boat rentals, live entertainment, theater, museums etc. There is also a fantastic rec center 5 minutes away with olympic lap pool, exercise equipment, tennis, yoga etc etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $900
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $200
Housecleaning after $125
Tax Rate 11.0%

That will be an additional $20 per load of unwashed laundry as it takes her must longer to get the laundry dried and put away. This fee must be deducted from your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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