About the property
- House1750 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
House, Two bedroom, Two Bath (sleeps 4)
Known as the Samuel and Susan Graham house this furnished two bedroom (a third bedroom is owners storage locker) two full bath recently restored home is located in Historic Dean Park, Fort Myers, FL. This lot was Mrs. Dean's and the house was built in 1953 for Samuel and Susan Graham. Dean Park in the 20th and early 21st century’s was a mix of eclectic residents such as the Mayor of Fort Myers, a Judge, artists and real estate investors. Other residents of notoriety were Virgil C. Robb and Harry C. Stuckey co-founders of the Robb & Stuckey furniture company.
This is the largest plot in Dean Park and is located adjacent to the beautiful Dean Park Association park. The house has been restored to 'mid-century' style as originally designed and built. Original terrazzo floors with unusual black and green stone highlights have been restored and polished. The contemporary kitchen boasts top of the line appliances with oversized refrigerator, chefs range with gas burners, wine cooler, dishwasher, disposal, and backlit cabinets. A large pantry provides abundant shelf space and a large washer and dryer.
A large patio in backyard includes wicker coffee table, love seat, and two rockers. Sit back and enjoy the serene yard, butterflys, and large banyan tree providing shade while you read or just relax. In the evening sit by the fire pit and grill fresh fish you purchased from the farmers market on the huge Jenn-Air outdoor kitchen which includes a five burner grill, a sear grill, a griddle, and yes, an oven.
The house is surrounded by beautiful landscaping with large royal palms and a huge banyan tree in fenced back yard.
Walk or bike to historic downtown Fort Myers only three blocks away; or take the free trolley which runs every 20 minutes. There is so much in Fort Myers: The Sidney and Bernie Davis Art Center, Downtown Car Cruise In, The Butterfly Museum and Conservatory, Downtown Specialty Shops, Monumental Sculpture Exhibit by Edgardo Carmona, ArtFest Fort Myers, The Burroughs Home and Gardens, and The Gulf Coast Symphony just to mention a few. And did I mention Fine Dining?
Close proximity to I75 and the malls. Edison-Ford Estates are minutes away and trips to Naples, Tampa, St Petersburg, and Miami are easy day trips. Close to Fort Myers Beaches, Lovers Key, Sanibel, Matlacha, Captiva and Pine Island all with their own unique culture and beautiful beaches.
The recessed entrance boasts real gas lanterns made in New Orleans, replicating the style of the time, and providing a warm welcome to this outstanding restoration. Approaching the front entrance you are welcomed by a beautiful lead glass door opening into a large oversized hallway (the Graham’s who built the house were art collectors and stories abound of their open houses to display their collection in this hallway). Today the hallway has pictures of the owner’s immediate family, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Turning right into the living room one is immediately impressed with the original tile fireplace (no longer functional) framed by a wall of original Dade County Pine (now extinct). The living room has a large picture widow facing NW to the Caloosahatchee River one block away. To the left is the kitchen with open bar and seating, as well as the dining area.
Continue toward the rear hallway to bedrooms (the guest bedroom has a Sleep Number queen mattress) on either side and the completely original retro bathroom with new period plumbing and fixtures.
The master bedroom is on the opposite end of the house off the main hallway (with queen size bed) and the bath features a frameless glass shower with the Grohe shower system; the walk-in closet is located off the master bath.
This rental is fully furnished, including a fully furnished and provisioned kitchen; all you need to bring are your clothes. Included is: Water, Sewer, Electric, Gas, Internet, Over the Air TV, Landscaping service, and Seasoned Firewood. NO PETS, NON-SMOKER RESIDENCE
Penny and Richard Janis
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 10, 2018
About Penny and Richard Janis
We have lived in Charleston, SC and travel extensively in our motorcoach and so we are comfortable with old and historic. The small town feel of Fort Myers felt right and the Historic Dean Park atmosphere and neighbors was a good fit. We enjoy renovating so this home was appropriate as we could restore to our standards and taste; I think you will enjoy the retro decor as well as the modern high-end kitchen.
Penny and Richard Janis purchased this House in 2011
Why Penny and Richard Janis chose River District
We knew Dean Park and this house was perfect for us as soon as we saw it. We are close to all the Downtown activities, close enough to the Beaches to easily sun, swim, eat at restaurants on the beach and use the marinas, or rent a boat. We restored the house in 2015-16 and it was a labor of love. We like the mid-century Florida style and researching for the original fixtures and searching for replica items such as push-button switches and retro wall plates was educational. The fenced back yard with large banyan tree, lush tropical landscaping, patio furniture, and outdoor kitchen make the cares of the day melt away. One doe not even realize we are so close to Downtown in this secluded Historic District.
What makes this House unique
What we enjoy is that the seclusion of Dean Park leaves Downtown behind. The neighborhood is surrounded by royal palms lending to that tropical paradise feel. We are so close to the Downtown and its activities as well as the Caloosahatchee River that you can do the downtown scene or walk to the River and see a variety of wildlife and birds.
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Check-in: 4:00 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.
The property was more than we expected.
This home is very comfortable and has all the amenities needed. Having breakfast foods provided at the time of our arrival was a great surprise. The neighborhood is very quiet and easy access to whatever you want to do. The backyard is peaceful and a retreat in itself. Thank you.
We hope to be back again
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It's a great place to be as the home has all of the amenities needed including a large landscape yard containing a patio and a barbecue area.
The location has a nearby free trolley that takes you to town and shopping areas.
Andy & Sue
Great location, lovely home. Thank you
My first experience and it was great, i will definitely do it again.
The house was lovely and the yard was nice to sit outside and enjoy the weather. I appreciate the owners leaving breakfast food for us and fresh flowers. We were here for a college baseball tournament and the house was centrally located to all the fields. My 1st experience using VRBO and it was a great one.
Thank you for your comments and we are glad you enjoyed the house and had a great experience. We welcome you back anytime.
The home was immaculate and in a great location. The owners anticipated every need, and we were quite comfortable.
Thank you, we enjoyed having you in our home and thank you for taking care of it. We look forward to your return anytime. Again, thank you for your considerate care of our home and we are glad you felt comfortably at home.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$1200 Security Deposit on Monthly rentals. $500 Security Deposit on Weekly rentals.