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Estero Beach & Tennis Club - BEST VIEWS from Penthouse Level

Bedrooms 1
Space 530 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Discounts are extended periodically, depending on availability and demand. We live in in Lake Mary, FL. and are retired. What state and town are you from and do you have a facebook account? We are proud of our family who stay in touch with us on FB. Are you on Facebook too? Bob Gorman

1/29/18 I must address the less than nice guest review we received today from Ms. Dean. We have had 75 straight 5 Star guest reviews from past and repeat guests who love our condo. Everyone has a relative or someone they know.........who, if you gave them a $100 bill, they would complain that you should have given them $100 in $10 and $5 bills because now they have to worry about changing the $100 bill. There are some people who just love to complain......and also make things up thinking the more negative things they say, the more believable they are. Well, this guest and her husband stayed at our condo starting on 12/30/17 for 2 weeks. I replied to her review below but I think it is important to answer some of her negative points in this venue. ALL EBT units are essentially the same size 530 SF condos. They are perfect for 2 people for vacation stays. 90+% of our guests are couples. We get some couples with 1 or 2 kids now and then. The only difference in EBT condos is our BR clothes closet is in the bedroom area and the other model has it in the bathroom. Probably 90% of all units do not have dishwashers as they were not included originally. We almost never get complaints about not having one and we do not list having one in our condo description. We updated our condo several years ago installing clean looking white foil laminate kitchen cabinets and countertops (see pic), as well as installing a very nice tile blackspash (see pic) and above cabinet lighting. We hung a new 37" flatscreen TV above the new entertainment cabinet. There is sufficient food storage space and for prepping food (per the kitchen pic). The BR louvered closet doors are in very good shape and we did change the bath cabinet formica sink top to a one piece cultured marble top, so it is not original to the condo as she claimed. We have NEVER had anyone complain about this in all the years we have owned the condo. (We had planned to change the bath cabinet and sink out this summer to a taller level unit FYI). Other than someone having a problem finding our MOTOROLA modem when logging on to our wi fi, we have NEVER had a complaint about wi fi signal strength. The pictures of our condo WERE all taken from inside or from our balcony. The first pic of the beach was taken from our balcony, the only difference is that a subsequent storm washed away the bushes shown, so now it is better...........all sand to sun on and no bushes! Small bedroom closet? It is about 6' wide and perfect for short term vacationers, not for living there year round........UGGH !!!! OK now to address a few almost comical "complaints"..... a 40W bulb in a lamp.....really?? A "thick layer of sand and dust" Our great cleaner must be blind....really? "high winds" on the balcony.....really?? No TV in the BR.....really? (The 37" TV is about 12-14' from the bed and the remote works!!). "Old magazines"...........really?? (people leave mags behind. NO owner provides magazines). Bad shower pressure and had to go across the street to shower.........really?? (Water pressure is very good unless the building's pumps have a problem which happens 1-2 times a year for 1 day max.). You can't make this stuff up folks !!

Finally, I have a number of guests who would surely vouch for our condo and would think the review is way out of bounds. Just ask me and I will provide guest contact info. for those who LOVED our condo. 75 straight 5 Star guest reviews and then this. My blood is boiling.

SPECIAL NOTE 1: For our Beach condo GUESTS .......FREE in condo wireless internet service. We recognize our guests need to have a computer/cell wireless signal inside our condo, so we have added this amenity and a Blu Ray DVD player too ! Also, there are beach chairs and umbrella Plus a 12 pack size hard sided cooler for your pool, beach or picnic use.

SPECIAL NOTE 2: We remodeled our condo several years ago. We replaced all kitchen cabinets with clean white foil laminate cabinets, installed a deep double bowl black granite sink, nice tile backsplash and also installed a new stove and refrigerator, We also replaced our old entertainment cabinet with a new modern tapes and book storage cabinet and installed a new wall mount 37' Toshiba flatscreen TV. Further, we replaced our King bedroom furniture with a White Cottage set and also installed great looking'Mississippi Pine' wood laminate flooring in the bedroom. NO dirt catching carpeting remains in our condo. Additionally, our Heavy Duty Hurricane rated Turtle Tint windows and 9' slider door not only provides more safety, but more comfort for our condo guests as well. Our NEWER AC now cools faster and better.

SPECIAL NOTE 3: We also own a beautiful 3/3 LOG CABIN in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Contact me should you want to enjoy a wonderful Smoky Mountains vacation any time of the year. The cabin sleeps 10 people and you can split the cost with family and friends. Ober Gatlinburg is slope and skating rink. Summertime, the slopes have water slides and fun for all. Don't forget Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountain National park magical drive experience too!

You expect to see GREAT VIEWS from a Penthouse level beachside condo and you will get them Big Time from our place. We have a number of e-referrals we can share attesting to the Fabulous Views you will experience 'On Top'. Beware: there are many condos in our complex which have very poor and low unappealing parking lot views. You're going on Vacation, right? You deserve to be able to say WOW !!!!!!!!! when you lease a beachside vacation condo. You will LOVE our Fort Myers Beach Penthouse condo views !!

This Penthouse-level (14th floor) condo is situated on the Gulf of Mexico with fabulous views of Estero Bay, Naples, and Sanibel Island from the covered balcony. This one bedroom condo features a very comfortable king-size bed as well as a Lazy Boy queen sleeper sofa & a Scandinavian leather recliner with foot stool in the living room. Beautiful porcelain tile was installed in the 'Diamond' pattern on all floors except in the bedroom.

The Kitchen is fully-equipped to include dishware and cutlery, fridge, range, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and blender. Towels/linens are provided (see amenities below). Just bring your own beach towels! There is a huge geothermally heated pool with spacious sun deck. There is also a large grassy area for additional crowd-free sunning or sports activities.

4-5 Restaurants, a CVS drug store and marina are just across the street. The beach trolley is only 25 cents and will take you from one end of the beach to the other and to Fort Myers for additional shopping or dining. There are two Supermarkets on the island. There is a Catholic Church & several Protestant Churches just up the street.

Enjoy four, well manicured (free) clay tennis courts on property at this prestigious private Beach and Tennis Club. Cook out on the free gas grills near the floor shuffleboards. From your balcony, view dolphins playing and jumping in the surf. There are also many species of colorful birds to see such as pelicans, egrets, osprey, and herons. NOTE: Please notice the difference between the views of our Penthouse unit and lower floor units also advertised in VRBO. While lounging on the balcony, you will not look out directly onto the unsightly WEEDS of the Sandbar. Our guests comment on this all the time. This is an important point to make.

Take early morning, afternoon, or sunset walks on the pure white sugar powder sand of this most beautiful beach. Stop in one of the many varied beachfront restaurants all along the boulevard. Enjoy dining or cocktails on their gulfside decks overlooking the beach. Beach sunsets are too beautiful to describe!

Our rates are generally lower than most all others at this tropical paradise. Repeat guests are guaranteed the same rates for at least two years!! Also, any rental referrals you provide us will earn you rent credits for your own future rentals.

Whether you desire a romantic get-away, a small family beach vacation, or are a retired couple looking for peace and serenity, you will find that you will fall in love with this little bit of heaven and want to return year after year.

There is something for everyone. Hunt shells on the beach, play golf or tennis, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, or just 'veg out' at the huge heated pool. One of our favorite things to do is to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the covered balcony just taking in the gorgeous beach sights and sunsets. You can also rent beach chairs, umbrellas, 2 person hood shade lounges w/cushions right on the beach behind the Wyndham Hotel. The Wyndham is just a short 4-5 minute walk up the beach behind the condo. Their Pinchers Grill is a great outdoor Tiki Bar which serves beer, mixed drinks and food. They often offer live entertainment. There are also a number of good restaurants and bars right across the street in Santini Plaza as well.


* Weeks begin at 2 PM on Saturday & end at 10 AM on Saturday.

* Pets are NOT allowed, NO Smoking.


* Bathroom is in the bedroom area. You must walk past the bed to

enter the bathroom. This set up works well for Adults & 1-2

kids but is not ideal for 4 adults. King bed is in the BR.

Lazyboy Queen sleeper is in the LR.


More Details


South Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 14
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 530 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Golf Course View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed in BR, Lazy Boy Queen interspring mattress sofa/sleeper in LR. 4 Adults probably would not be happy an any EBT condo as they are ll set up the same way. One must walk past the BR bed to get to the bathroom. Usually 1-2 kids with adults works fine.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Covered Balcony with Lounge & Chairs, Huge Heated Pool with Chairs & Lounges, Newer King-size Bed, Queen Sleeper Sofa, Radio, Stove, Coffee Maker, Blender, Toaster, Cooking Utensils provided and a George Foreman type grill too, Linens provided (except beach towels), Washer & Dryer (ground floor), Gas Grills (BBQ), Car Wash Area


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(78 traveler reviews)

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Estero Beach & Tennis Club - BEST VIEWS from Penthouse Level
average rating of 4.8974357 based on 78 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Bob's condo last week and I must say after reading review dated 1/27 (I can't remember name so I'll refer to her as AB) I thought we were in wrong unit when we walked in. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but to write such a misleading review full of untruths is hard to believe and not fair to Bob. I'd like to address a few of them.

First of all, there is absolutely nothing misleading about pictures. My wife and I have stayed in many condos all over Florida and in our opinion Bob's has the most spectacular views! Not only view of gulf, but view of bay. Direct gulf view condos are great, but when it's dark not much to see. The bay view from Bob's balcony at night is incredible! Clear view of Bonita Springs and Naples. If you're having coffee in the morning and want to view the gulf, simply turn chair (or head) to the right and you unobstructed and fantastic gulf and beach views. Both sunrise and sunset views. Not many condos offer that! The window in VRBO ad looks directly at the gulf. Nothing misleading there. AB makes ridiculous claim about shower head not working properly (had to have hair shampooed across the street). We had no issues with shower head or water pressure. As a matter of fact, my sister stayed in building on fourth floor (Bob's is in building A), her water pressure was same as ours. Never had to flush toilet more than once (could be a diet issue there). AB complained about wifi and tv issues. We had no problems with either. Condo is very nice with plenty of room and storage. Very clean, definitely not shabby as AB states. Nice kitchen (enough prep space for us). living area, bedroom, and bath. One TV is enough for us, especially since you can view from bed! With all of the updates Bob has planned for next month, condo will be even better! I guess it all comes down to what you want in a vacation condo. If you're like me and want a fantastic beach experience - nice, clean, comfortable condo, great restaurants (5-6 directly across the street), beautiful beach with tons of shells, nice pool, couple grilling areas, friendly people from all over the country, daily dolphin sightings, and spectacular views, than Bob's is the place for you. If not, maybe you could hang out with AB!

Oh, by the way, weather 101. If it's windy on the beach, it's gonna be windy on balcony of penthouse of building. We had several calm days and nights on balcony!

Chris R.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cannot recommend

  • 1 of 5

Sent by condo owner Bob on January 13, 2018. ……….IF YOU CAN GIVE US A 5 STAR GUEST REVIEW ON VRBO 9949, PLEASE DO SO. IF NOT, PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN A REVIEW.

We are writing this review in such detail because Bob sent us the above email and said don’t write anything if you can’t give a 5 star recommendation. We think that’s not right. That people should know what they’re walking into.

In our opinions, this place was seriously misrepresented. It was so bad, we didn’t stay in the condo for the first week of our two week stay. We rented ANOTHER condo on the same floor that was up to date, clean, well equipped, and offered the experience we thought we were paying for with Bob.

Bob’s condo appears to not have been updated in the last decade, in our opinion. A neighbor said the bathroom vanity and the closet doors were original to the building. The bathroom had no storage, the toilet frequently needed two flushes to clear, and the tub/shower had no grab bars. The shower head was so bad that I went to the strip mall across the street to get my hair shampooed.

The kitchen did not have a dishwasher, any storage for food items, and was furnished with odds and ends for dishes, glasses and silverware. I couldn’t cook in the kitchen, because there was no counter space for prep.

The living room was also shabby. The sofa’s reading light was a swag light with a 40 watt bulb. The out of date magazines on the lower shelf of the coffee table were coated with a thick layer of sand and dust. The ONLY TV in the unit was on the living room wall, with weak cable signal. The internet service was also not up to par, in our opinion. We had to go out and buy a portable wireless connection just to answer business emails.

The bedroom was also shabby. Only one small closet, filled with bedding and a utility cart. Old tired pillows bedding. And there were dirty clothes from a previous renter in the dresser drawers. A TV in the bedroom would have been nice.

The biggest drawback to us was the view. We like to sit and read on the balcony and watch the surf. The main picture of the VRBO ad is NOT what we viewed from our balcony. This condo is a corner unit with a partial gulf view and high winds due to it being on the top floor.

We just now read the ONLY OTHER negative review posted on the VRBO website. We are writing 7 years later with the same complaints. HILARIOUS.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW......Our info. paperwork advises our guests to contact me or our cleaner if there is anything out of place when they arrive and we will do our best to make it right. The only contact we had from guest was a phone call from her the day she arrived or the day after. Her concern was to help her husband get onto our wi fi system.....which I did. She thanked me and hung up. NOT a word of dissatisfaction came from her, nor did she seem irritated. If anyone reads our 75 very positive guest reviews, you will see that this guest review is diametrically opposed to what others think about our condo. There are no perfect rental condos, but this is ridiculous. I think most people understand that there are some people who are not happy with many things and tend to "pile on" with complaints, thinking of anything possible to complain about, right or wrong. I, and many owners, always ask guests for 5 Star reviews as VRBO penalizes owners with listing positions if their reviews are not 5 star. We do not twist peoples arms or bug them for reviews. Here are some guest emails we received from recent guests about our condo. I will note ** on returning guests comments. Obviously, they must have been very happy with their stays at our condo. Ours is not a Taj Mahal, but obviously it is well liked by 99%. ....... Bob, You were very generous! We loved staying at your condo, it was very comfortable and relaxing. Christopher K. .......Bob- Thanks for being so helpful! I had a great night’s sleep. Thank you, we love your place! Patty .......We are looking forward to our stay the first two weeks in December 2018. Loved it the first time. We hope you are well. Debbie ** ........Hi Bob, If Jan 27 thru Feb 3 is still available - I will take it. Let me know. We love your condo and can't wait to go back! Sharon ** ........Bob: Sending the key back to you tomorrow. We had a blast and absolutely loved your condo! Hawk .......Bob, Vacation was great, condo was fabulous, weather was wonderful, thanks. Colleen .....Hi, Bob! Condo is great, and as you said, the view is amazing! Thanks! Dan .....Hello Bob We had a fabulous week here. We absolutely loved your condo! It was rather emotional to be back where my folks and I spent so much time. Vicki .....Good morning Bob. Yes, everything went smoothly and it was a beautiful day for a drive. The condo is lovely with everything one needs. Enjoying the view with a cup of coffee right now. We will be back! Eileen
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  • 5 of 5

Bob was very generous! We loved staying at his condo, it was very comfortable and relaxing

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jason: Thanks so much for your nice words. Great that you folks enjoyed your stay at our condo last week. We hope to hear back from you soon for another reservation. Thanks again for your business. Bob
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Estero Beach and Tennis Club. It is a perfect location on the island and we loved the condo. The views were beautiful and we loved the sunny lanai in the morning with the shade in the afternoon. Bib was very nice to work with. He was genuinely concerned that we had a good vacation. We are planning our return.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie: Thanks so much for your very nice 5 Star guest review. Yes and per your email to me, the first 2 weeks in December are open and we would be honored if you choose to book them. We love our returning guests, many of them are year after year guests. People need to understand that very often the absolute lowest price isn't going to make their vacations enjoyable, especially if they are stuck in a crappy condo with terrible views. PH3A's views are awesome as most every guest notes. Thanks again. Bob
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Chanhassen, MN

Great Location.

  • 5 of 5

People were friendly. Great views. Very comfortable bed.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your great review Luann. Much appreciated. Best wishes for your business. Sounds like you are very compassionate people. Bob
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Great Condo -Fort Myers Beach

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a 2 week stay at Bob's condo. Beach views were great, condo was clean and location fantastic. It was great walking right out of condo onto beach. Acrosss the street was a little mall with several great restaurants and clothing stores. Condo is located in the south end of Ft Myers Beach which is a quieter area then in the north. Bob was very accommodating and returned emails almost immediately. Thanks for a great holiday.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your nice 5 Star guest review Gay. We certainly hope to hear back from you in the near future about a new reservation. Bob
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Bob Gorman
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Bob Gorman

We have owned our Penthouse level condo for many years and many of our guests return year after year. We do our best to satisy our guests. Our caretaker/cleaner is Sue and she is happy to assist if there is any problem whatsoever. We aim to please. Understand that our out the door price quotes include rent, tax, exit cleaning and start up toiletry supplies.

Bob Gorman purchased this condo in 1983

Why Bob Gorman chose South Island

We loved the views from our Penthouse level condo the first time we saw it. 100% Gulf views get boring fast and especially during the black nights. You have the best of both worlds looking from our balcony.....the Gulf waters, the night lights, the magical surroundings

What makes this condo unique

This is one of only 2 condos in Building 'A' where you can see OVER the other 2 buildings of our condo complex....all the way to Naples....AND see the Gulf of Mexico at the very same time from our balcony. The views are simply fabulous !


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Fort Myers
Nearest Barpub
across the street from the condo
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
1/4 mile across the street
Nearest Restaurant
across the street from the condo
Nearest Beach
Fort Myers Beach
Car: recommended

18 Hole & Miniature Golf, Tennis on 4 Clay Courts, Outdoor Floor Shuffleboard, Wildlife & Dolphin Viewing, Local Churches, Nature Preserves, Lovers Key Park, Casino Ship, Ship to Key West, Full & Half Day Deep Sea Fishing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Departure Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

75% refunded if reservation is cancelled in writing 60 or more days before occupancy date
50% refunded if reservation is cancelled in writing 45 to 59 days before occupancy date
NO refund will be extended if reservation is cancelled in writing 44 or fewer days before occupancy
Owner strongly suggests that guests obtain Travel Insurance when reservations are made in case cancellations are necessary. It is the guests responsibility to do this and owner has no responsibility to return or authorize return of rents already paid should guests need to cancel. Owner may be able suggest 1-2 Travel Insurance companies. T.I. Rates are very reasonable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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