Having been to Fort Myers in the past we knew that we liked this location, what we didn't know was how special John's rental would be. Looking at photos gives you an idea of properties but until you are there you can't really be sure if it will be comfortable and live up to the reviews. We found it to be a perfect vacation spot for us. The complex is quiet consisting of 2 sets of 5 two story condos. John's property is the end unit. The fenced yard with the gazebo is situated so guests have privacy as well as a fantastic view of the lake. We found there were days that we just didn't want to leave the yard. Yes, there really are egrets & other waterfowl. Shortly after arriving, we checked to see if we could extend our time there. We were disappointed to learn that it was already booked.
The Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Center is within a 5-10 min drive, we were able to attend 2 performances. Parking is easy and there are good restaurants in that area. Some of our favorite restaurants are The Prawnbroker, University Grill, Cibo. Favorite casual ones not far from condo are LaCasita, Cape Cod Fish Company. On Captiva Island The Bubble Room is fun. We enjoy Nervous Nellies at Fort Myers Beach. While walking our dog one day we stopped at Caruso's Eats and Treats (aptly named) near the condo for a LoveBoat ice cream cone and soon learned that their meals are good too!
Favorite places in Fort Myers are Six Mile Cypress Slough, Edison& Ford Estates, Tanger Outlets. It is easy to get to the beaches at Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel is a great birding place. Miromar Outlets are not too far. Discount shopping, consignment shopping, Costco,The Bell Tower Shops with movie theaters and restaurants are all close by,some within walking distance.
It was a pleasure meeting John. He asks for feedback about the property. It is obvious that he cares about the comfort of his guests. The upgrades he has made set this rental apart! The kitchen was great to work in. Check the pantry and frig before you shop, there are spices, oils etc there.The furniture is comfortable and that was an important consideration for us since we were there for 6 weeks.Lack of indoor eating space was mentioned. When the weather wasn't conducive (although eating outside was one of our favorite things) we took the bar stools and put them next to kitchen counter.
We have our deposit made for next year and looking forward to returning. Thanks, John!