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Summer Specials, Gulfside Home, Pets Welcome, WIFI

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)


Charming two bedroom, two bathroom, two story single family home on oversized lot located just one house back from the beach! Tastefully decorated throughout, fully equipped kitchen and full-size washer/dryer. The home is 1600 SF under air and 2200 SF under roof with an open floor plan on both floors. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico from the 23 by 14 screened-in upper deck, with full sized hammock and plenty of seating room.

Downstairs is a well equipped brand new kitchen, dining room with table and chairs for 6, living room with a couch and loveseat, one bedroom that sleeps 3 and a bathroom with a tub and shower. There is a large cable TV with DVD and VCR and a stereo. A library of books, games, puzzles and movies will keep everyone entertained. There is a screened porch downstairs with a table and chairs for 6 and other seating for relaxing and a laundry room with full size washer and dryer. Upstairs is a huge master suite. There is a king size bed, a separate seating area with a daybed and trundle bed, a TV, VCR, DVD, stereo and video game console with 30 games. The master bath has a large jetted jacuzzi tub and a stand up shower.

There is a beautifully landscaped front yard and large, private fenced-in back yard. The back yard has a picnic and grilling area with a view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico and plenty of shade. The rear of the property faces several acres of woods so it is peaceful and private. There is no traffic and no road to cross to get to the beach. Very child and pet friendly with lots of room to play. There is also a full outdoor shower with hot and cold running water. Outside your front door it is just steps to a beautiful beach and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

There are restaurants, beach bars and shopping within walking distance and several beautiful public parks right on Manasota Key. A great island get-away! Sleeps seven in beds with plenty of room for extra guests and portable air beds. There are also 2 extra comfortable fold up beds.

Keywords: beach side home

More Details

Tom and Lisa Kosterman
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2018

About Tom and Lisa Kosterman

We live in Port Charlotte just about 30 minutes away from the house. We own a business in Port Charlotte and have family in Port Charlotte too. We love the outdoors, boating, fishing and just spending the day reading a book on the beach.

Tom and Lisa Kosterman purchased this house in 2006

Why Tom and Lisa Kosterman chose Englewood

We vacationed on Manasota Key for many years and always wanted to buy something on the island so we could vacation close to home because of our business and family. We both just love the old Florida feel of Manasota Key with it's layed back personality and also because of the lack of high rises.

What makes this house unique

One great thing is our large fenced private back yard, perfect for animals and family to hang out. Being so close to the beach is amazing and so is the view from our upstairs deck. Since this is our second home it is more like home to our guests and not like a rental. We get comments like that all the time and have many return guests


Englewood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guest bath downstairs
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , This room has a daybed with trundle and a single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , The master bedroom is the whole 2nd floor of the house
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) trundle beds. Fold up single beds (2).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two Cable TVs, Two VCRs, Two DVD Players, Sony Playstation with 30 Games, Wireless Internet, Large Library of Books, games, puzzles, VCR Tapes (for all ages) and DVD's, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Jacuzzi Tub in Master Bath, Charcoal Grill/Smoker (BBQ), Lots of Beach Gear-chairs, umbrellas, toys, etc


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Summer Specials, Gulfside Home, Pets Welcome, WIFI
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

Awful. The place was dirty and in poor condition. Furniture not fit for a garage sale.

  • 1 of 5

If you have made a reservation here, CANCEL!! This place is dirty and a mess. Dire condition. Backyard was unuseable due to junk and garbage. Grill could not be used due to rust. Table and chairs were stained and filthy!! Furniture is nasty. We didn’t sit on it. The owner is selling this property but that is no reason quality standards should not be met! This place is not how it was described. The owner wants the money from we renters and ignores the renters comfort. This property should not be allowed to continue being advertised as it is in the description. We wasted a lot of money!! VRBO should monitor their properties. We contacted the owner but received no response. Shameful! Also fuses kept tripping, weeds everywhere. Just a total mess!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I remember this tenant. It was impossible to satisfy them. They literally exaggerated or completely fabricated their review of the property. More than 10 years of positive tenant reviews stands behind me.
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the second one enters the Sandbox, it feels like home. Everything was perfect. It really does not feel like a vacation rental. The upstairs balcony with the view of the water is very nice. The home was really close to the beach and the sounds of waves were ever present. The beach was simply beautiful. The owners are really delightful people. They really put their hearts into the Sandbox and it shows. I am recommending the Sandbox to everyone I know. Hope to return ASAP.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Killeen, TX

Liz and Family - perfect beach holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have returned to stay at the Sandbox for years! It is amazing. The house is spotless...the accomodations top notch...and the owners have supplied it with every convenience and supply a home needs. Your family will be comfortable and have plenty to do between the beach - steps away, beautiful upper deck views, walks into town or shore, full stock of games, books, DVDs and Internet. We highly recommend the Sandbox for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orlando, FL

The Best!!

  • 5 of 5

I've been coming out to Manasota Key for the past twenty years and this is, and will forever be, my favorite place to stay. I simply cannot say enough about this house. Sitting on the back porch literally places you a thirty-second walk to an extremely private beach. What is even better is that the house is pet friendly and has a huge backyard!!!

This is not your typical vacation rental. The owners have put a lot of love into this house and it shows, from the decorations to the pictures scattered throughout the house. It doesn't feel like you're staying in someone else's home... it feels like your own home while you're on vacation.

Do yourself a favor and stay in this beautiful beach house. You will not regret it!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beachlovers Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This Christmas Holiday was our second stay at the Sandbox. It did get a lil loud on New Years Eve night. Neighbors shot off lots of powerful fireworks that shook the house and drove our dogs crazy. We fell in love with this property on our first stay in June 2014. The house is comfortable and has everything you could possibly need to enjoy a beach get away. Just add groceries and you are set to enjoy a wonderful beach getaway. Just a few steps to the beach for the day for shelling, shark tooth hunting, or just soaking up some sun and listening to the waves. We are booked again for this June and I am beyond ready to arrive! Love Love Love this house and the beach! The owners are extremely nice, quick to reply for your requested dates. Met them in person and they are just a sweet couple and I can't thank them enough for sharing their home and allowing us to bring our precious fur babies who love being there with us. We will continue to enjoy this little bit of heaven!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at The Sandbox in June 2014. We had a great time, good weather (for June), and thoroughly enjoyed our time on Manasota Key. The Sandbox was well equipped and there was nothing missing that we had to go and buy. Seriously...everything you could possibly need in the home, or for the beach was in abundance. We even added a child's beach chair to the collection before we left as our granddaughter had outgrown it. The hammock on the upstairs patio makes for great sleeping if it is not too hot outside at night. We have stayed at a different house every time we have stayed on manasota Key and this one is by far the best of all of them. We will definitely come back and stay at The Sandbox again.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Sarasota Florida
Nearest Barpub
Several walking distance
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Several walking distance
Nearest Beach
Manasota Beach a few feet away
Car: recommended

Boat Rentals, Fishing/Sightseeing Charters, Paddle board rentals, Kyack rentals, bike rentals, Sailing, Jet ski rentals are all available right on Manasota Key


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $100

Pet fee is for 1st pet and there is an additional $50 for each additional pet. Higher rates may
apply for holidays. Tax includes 7% sales tax and 5% tourist tax. Extra charges may apply for
large parties.

$500.00 deposit to reserve property for a week or longer is due within 2 weeks.
Full payment due 30 days prior to arrival. Checks are accepted as well as credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.