Manasota Key is a stunning yet quiet barrier island, spared from the high rise condo development ruining many of the other coastal areas of Florida. Our zoning limits building to 37 feet. Located among quaint Pelican Shore Cottages this beautiful 3 bedroom/4 bath beachfront home with killer views boasts 21 sliding glass doors.
Walk on the beach, swim in the Gulf or the custom pool. You'll never want to leave!
This gorgeous home has a gourmet kitchen with center island veggie sink, maple cabinets, Granicoat countertops, four person breakfast bar, 4 full bathrooms, a spacious, upstairs Master Bedroom suite where you will wake to the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico staring you in the face, family room with cathedral ceiling and adjacent bathroom, two car garage with opener, 12x40 2nd story deck as well as a 10x40 1st floor screened lanai (both look out to the beach). Golf, tennis, restaurants, shopping, fishing, shelling, and water sports are only minutes away.
My husband and I were lucky to have found this hidden gem for two weeks. It is off the main road and in a very quiet cottage area. Just what we look for in a vacation rental.
The views from the master bedroom were awesome and sunsets became a celebration. Yes, the beach directly in front the house is affected by the tides, but you may walk to the stairs two cottages away in either direction and sit for hours or beachcomb for shells and sharks teeth. We spent afternoons on the master bedroom deck overlooking the gulf watching the dolphins, pelicans and various shore birds. There are two lounge chairs and a table & chairs to enjoy lunch on this deck.
The house itself is perfect for entertaining with the open floor plan for the main living and kitchen area. Lots of counter space with a prep sink island and four chairs at the counter. Everything was clean and sand free, which is a pet peeve for me. Hate feeling sand underfoot and in Florida, sand is everywhere! We used the other living area for our evening movie watching with the lighted pool just outside the sliding glass door for ambiance.
The pool area made a quiet area for coffee and breakfast. There is a very nice table & chairs with a large umbrella along with lots of other seating around the pool. Floats were provided for that afternoon or evening swim.
Having a garage was nice too. Being able to pull into the garage out of the sun was a very nice homey feature. And the opener worked everytime.
There are four restaurants to choose from on the island itself and several just over the causeway. Anything you may have forgotten is available maybe less than 10 minutes away in Englewood at Publix, CVS and Beach Liquors.
Bruce, the owner, was easy to work with, very professional and prompt with answers to my concerns.
We were both very happy with this property and will give it 5 stars especially after the one iffy review that had me alittle worried before we stayed. After our stay, I would think that reviewer should stick with the "all-inclusive" resort vacations.
My family enjoyed a week at this home recently, and all I can say is WOW! Bruce has thought of everything that you could possibly need during your stay here. There are 2 Publix grocery stores nearby to supply all your needs as well as 2 Walgreens. We really had fun collecting sharks teeth during low tide. The beach behind home is unuseable during high tide. There is a great public beach about 1 mile away. There really is not alot to do in Manasota, but Venice is just up the road about 10 miles and has tons of shops, etc. We would also recommend driving up to the Ringling museum up in Sarasota...about 45 minutes away from house. The Lock & Key Restaurant across the street from the public beach is very good! If you are looking for a quiet place to stay that reminds you of old Florida....this is it!
My family of 4 spent a week at this beach rental during our spring break and really enjoyed the home and area. Manasota Key is a quiet area with some delicious restaurants but not at all "touristy"...if you enjoy a beach town without T-shirt stores on every corner, this is the area for you. The home has 2 living areas, which was nice for the kids to have one area to watch TV and my husband and I to have the other area to watch TV at night. The kitchen was big and included everything you would need for the week, including condiments in cabinets and refridgerator. The master bedroom was upstairs and very spacious and sunny with a huge deck that included 2 lounge chairs and a table and 4 chairs, overlooking the ocean. The other bedroom was downstairs and included a queen bed. The 3rd bedroom was accessed through the stairs in the garage and had a pull out couch that served as the bed. It also had a separate room that had the washer and dryer.Our favorite feature was the pool that was caged in right off the kitchen and familyroom. We had one windy, but sunny day and because the pool was surrounded by the house it didn't seem windy or cool so we were able to spend the entire day swimming and sunning. The beach is very narrow in front of the house and not usable at some points during the day (during high tide). The owners of the home were very professional and were quick to get back with us when we emailed them back and forth with questions. The daily paper was delivered every morning and we were able to use the 2 car garage that included the garage door opener. Overall, I would recommend this house to a couple or small family that enjoys a quiet beach and spending time by the pool when the beach is at high tide.
This home has its Pros & Cons.
Pros: Spacious M Bdrm, semi-comfortable bed, wonderful walk-in closet.
Con: Sticks 2 open & close verticle blinds missing, Sun comes through early morning. No sleeping in, in this room. Lighting over M Bthrm sink not working making it difficult 2 see.
Pro: Attractive roomy Kitchen. Paper & cleaning prod.
Cons: Very dirty upon arrival. Fridge & Freezer totally grossed us out, not 2 mention trash cans & can pull outs. Pantry also needed cleaning. Blender did not work, had 2 purchase 1.
Pro: Private pool area was very nice 2 have & highly enjoyed by the whole family. Having the pool area screened in was great protection from insects & plant debris.
Con: Jets on pool floor kept popping out but did not hender our use. You just had 2 be careful not 2 step on any of the parts as they were sharp.
Con: 3rd bdrm is technically an office & very small.
Floor was very dirty & had 2 be swept upon arrival. Batteries in thermostat went dead on 3rd day & we could not find any replacements in the house. Also the batteries in the smoke detector on the main floor went dead during our stay.
Con: Garage door opener never worked. May need new batteries.
Con: Propane tank on grill was empty upon arrival, interferring with our 1st nights dinner.
Pro: Owner came out next morning & replaced. He was very apologetic.
Pro: Beach is very close. Wonderful area 4 shell hunting.
I brought home some beautiful shells.
Cons: No lighting from house 2 beach, hard 2 see at night, take a flashlight. Beach in this area is very narrow.
Dont plan on any sunbathing on the sand. Locals not very friendly. Older gentlemen kicked water in my face 1 day while I was sifting through my shell net.
Overall: The Englewood area is a quite sleepy town w/ not much 2 do and no nightlife. Majority of resturants close by 9pm even on weekends. We drove around for an hr on Fri night trying 2 find a place 2 have dinner. Other than a couple of places 4 watersports nothing else 4 the kids 2 do & you need 2 be 16 2 do watersports. If you are a person who likes 2 keep busy or looking 4 excitement I advise you 2 choose another area unless you dont mind driving. If excitement is not your bag this is the place 4 you.
Overall we enjoyed our trip & the beach house but probably would not return 2 this area. If it were not 4 the pool our kids would have been unbearable as they were totally bored.
I give this beach trip an Average.