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Private Tropical Pine Island Home!

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,880 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 10 nights


About the property

Waterfront Luxury 5 bed/3 bath home -private pool, spa, gym & DOCK!

Upscale executive island style home with high end furnishings, a pool, spa and Private Dock! If a waterfront oasis on a quiet Tropical Island is what you are looking for, look no further!

It's one of the largest and more beautiful homes on the entire island. Great for extended family.

Note MONTHLY rates quoted are for 3 month stays or longer.

View of bay from Living Room & Kitchen's great room. In the backyard, this property features a large pool, hot tub, and a PRIVATE dock on a waterway which takes you to the best fishing, shelling and beach combing on the Gulf Coast. The lush, tropical landscape completes your retreat, adding privacy with the many Coconut Palms, Dates, Queens, Areca Palms and a wild Preserve Mangrove Forest bordering the property.

Trailer your boat down or rent one at the nearby marina and dock it behind the house. Behind the home is a 50 foot private dock for the larger yacht and a smaller dock and lift for small bow riders, flats boats or center consoles. Rent a kayak or have them delivered to the home to go explore the Mangrove jungle and back bays which are a little less than 15 minute’s paddle.

If you don't have a boat, you can fish (poles included) right off the dock or crab, or watch the dolphins and manatee that swim in for a visit. Read on for more features of this fantastic property!

The Grand Island Style 3 story Home lures you in with ceilings that soar 25 feet, wood floors and a spiral staircase up to the Skipper’s loft. Sleeps 10 comfortably without the need for sofa beds or futons with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

1) Master Bedroom Suite (main floor)- King sleeps 2

2) Guest room 2 (main floor)- Queen sleeps 2

3) Guest room 3 (main floor)- Full sleeps 2 small adults

4) Guest room 4 (top floor loft) - Queen sleeps 2

5) Guest room 5 (bottom floor) - Murphy bed/Full sleeps 2 small adults

A Pak n Play is available in the home.

Take a dip in the large heated pool or sun yourself on the pool deck where you can relax or watch the big game or favorite show from the pool. Slip into the Hot Tub after wearing yourself out in the fully outfitted Gym with a nice sized selection of free weights, a weight machine and treadmill with flat screen TV and a meditation area for Yoga. If you'd rather site-see while exercising, grab one of the Island Retreat's bicycles for an exhilarating ride all the way to the other the end of the island and back. There is a flat easy riding bike path that goes from our Southern part of the island all the way to the Northern end.

After a day out fishing, boating, basking in the sun by the pool or biking the bike paths on the island, it’s time to hang out on the dining deck overlooking the pool and waterway with an icy cold drink and enjoy the sunset, or for a higher up view, go all the way up to the top deck patio off the Skipper’s Loft.

For dinner, expect an accommodating kitchen with everything you need to create a gourmet meal. There’s a breakfast bar which seats 3, dining room area open to the kitchen which seats 6 and the dining deck outside and under cover is also adjacent to the kitchen which seats 4 more.

After dinner, enjoy a port wine or coffee in front of the fire place or move to the living area open to the kitchen and two decks with 25 foot ceilings, a 55' True LED Flat Screen SMART HDTV & Bose Surround entertainment system built into the wall. Audio speakers are throughout the home, gym and pool deck linking to the home's entertainment system. Or feel free to check your email or surf the net with free Wi-Fi in the home’s office in a cozy desk and chair.

Pine Island is on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, is the biggest and least developed Island on the Floridian Coastline. It's known for world class kayaking because of the many protected waterways, bays, and mangrove jungles that you can paddle through. It's also known for some of the best fishing in the state of Florida. The nearest metro area is 20-30 miles away on the mainland which is the Cape Coral/Ft Myers area. Pine Island enjoys Sanibel and Captiva as barrier islands which serve as protection from storms or the rare hurricane. The most pristine beaches in the country without the crowds are available to you and only close by- 'by boat'. You can either take a water (boat) taxi available from the island to the many outer islands, rent a boat at the nearby marina, or hire a private charter. Contact us for a list if you are the beach-goer type. We are NOT on the beach or near one unless you have a boat.

St James is the name of the sleepy fishing town on the very southern tip of Pine Island where this home is located and it's immediately off the Southwest Coast of Florida and connected by bridge through Matlacha (pronounced: mat-lah-SHAY) to Cape Coral. Though sleepy and quaint, St James features 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a marina, a general store, a day spa, two gift shoppes, and a fish house with fresh fish, shrimp, clams and crab brought in daily wholesale all within a short walk or bike ride. An 8 minute drive will bring you to the middle of the island (which the locals call “the center”), where there is a major grocery store, liquor store, 3 more restaurants, 2 art galleries, a hardware store, a clothing store featuring resort style Florida women's clothing, gas station, pizza place and Subway sandwich shop. A further 10 minute drive and a right at the center onto “little Pine Island” will take you to Matlacha, which features up to 18 different art galleries all in a row, a coffee shop, 4 restaurants, and other gift shops that are worth a visit. If you visit the Northern part of the island called Bokeelia, you can expect more restaurants, art galleries, beautiful golf course and a historic Indian burial mound and park, along with water taxi service to the outer islands if you don’t rent a boat or trailer of your own to dock just behind the house. The nearest airport is RSW or Southwest International Airport which is about 50 minutes drive time from “The Island Retreat”.

We are a pet friendly property!

More Details

Kevin & Jennifer Russell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 8, 2017

About Kevin & Jennifer Russell

We come from the entertainment industry and still work in it full time. We are happy to share our Island Home with you.

Kevin & Jennifer Russell purchased this house in 2001

Why Kevin & Jennifer Russell chose Pine Island

We've always been attracted to quiet, unique, quaint and away from it all properties and environments that have a big emphasis on nature and adventure with little to no traffic or crowds and Pine Island definitely delivers big in that respect. Quiet, natural settings are very rare on Florida's coastlines. We are also avid Boaters and this island has the best access to at least 50 islands within 5-30 miles that you can get to only by boat, again leaving crowds way behind.

What makes this house unique

This is NOT your standard, every day ordinary vacation rental. This is one of the most unique properties on the island with lots of entertaining space for family get-togethers. The olde Florida style architecture feels tropical, open and bright. The pool, hot tub, boat dock, tropical trees, widow's walk, gym, huge pantry space, and the fact that The Island Retreat is immediately across from a mangrove preserve that will never be built upon, along with it being on the most upscale street on the island as far as beauty of the homes really made it extremely desirable to us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Island Retreat is absolutely lovely, with lush tropical landscaping and a spacious, beautifully appointed home featuring art and artifacts from around the world. It really feels like home, restful, lovely and inviting. We enjoyed the quiet, all the different decks and balconies, the grill (used for delicious grouper, crab claws and shrimp) after a visit to the fishmonger, just a few short blocks away. The bikes were great, the spa and pool a daily favorite, although we would have liked the pool to be warmer. Island can't beat it! Suzanne from Chicago, IL
Jan 2013
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Saint James City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3880 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Common area-main floor
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , In Suite-main floor
    Pool Bath - toilet , shower , bottom floor
  • Each bathroom is beautifully appointed with fresh towels and comes with check in amenities.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bali Master Suite - 1 king
    Ocean Blue Guest Room - 1 double
    The Skipper's Loft Guest Room - 1 queen
    Tropical Palm Guest Room - 1 queen
    Budha's Rest Guest Bedroom - 1 double , Pull down Murphy in the yoga area of the very large gym
  • All linens are included and made up before guest check in
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
On the Water with Dock, Pool, Hot Tub, Wi-fi, Gym, Large Flat Screen TV with Bose Surround and whole house audio system.


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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Low Key Tiki Bar & Woody's Waterside Cafe
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Water Taxi to outer islands- Tropic Star
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Alden Pine Country Club
Nearest Train
29 Miles
Seminole Gulf Railway - Dinner Train
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
The Waterfront Restaurant & Marina
Nearest Ski
1600 Miles
Visit our Winter Retreat at VRBO 365599
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lighthouse Point Beach - by boat
Car: recommended

a tropical island and Fisherman's paradise, without the high rise over development that most coastlines in the US have.

Pine Island's secluded and unspoiled location is home to exotic wildlife which can be seen in their natural habitat being most of this area and surrounding islands are protected preserves. Area waterways hold endangered manatees, bald eagles and dolphins. The waters are rich with marine life, among them tarpon, redfish, mullet, snook, and more.


-no traffic lights

- kayaking (rentals within walking distance)

-Belle's Island Day Spa within walking/biking distance.

- swimming in the pool or in the gulf

- boating (rent boats at nearby marina or bring yours & dock it behind the house)

- 8 miles of biking trails- (bikes on property or rent) at St Jude Harbour you can hike or bicycle through the woods and wetlands to the waters of Matlacha Pass over ground and over wood decking to see the native flora and fauna along this half-mile trail.

-visit the Calusa Indian Heritage Trail and Park, plus the Museum of the Islands

- fishing/crabbing & charters (deep sea or fly fish in the mangroves)

- there's an island golf course & tennis courts

- hike the many preserves on the island

-take a short ferry ride or water taxi to our barrier island Cayo Costa State Park with 9 miles of secluded beaches. It's not crowded because you can only get there by boat!

- scuba dive (dive boats go out from the many marinas on island)

- The Island Retreat is within walking distance (within a mile) to a bait & tackle shop, 5 restaurants, 3 bars, general store, marina, fish house, a day spa, a gift shop, and a playground/park.

- all within 8 miles by car- 12 restaurants, 8 art galleries, 3 gift shops, major super market.

- For you boaters, a gas dock is within a mile of the home or you can call Gulf Coast Fuel to fuel up you are 'The Island Retreat's' dock.

-For the kids, Sun Splash Family water park is 35 miles away.



Rates & Availability

Saint James City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Break
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Minimum Out Clean Fee $500
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

-Please email to confirm your rate.
-The monthly rate shown is for seasonal stays only.
-Property has a 10 guest maximum.
-Pets are permitted with an additional $250 pet fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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