LOVINGLY RESTORED 'OLD FLORIDA' BUNGALOW - OASIS IN THE HEART OF FT. MYERS

Joan Leech

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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LOVINGLY RESTORED 'OLD FLORIDA' BUNGALOW - OASIS IN THE HEART OF FT. MYERS

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Charming 4 Bedroom 2.5 bath 'Old Florida Bungalow' with Pool - Rehabbed in 2012

Welcome to our home a few minutes walk away from the charming, rehabbed, award-winning downtown Ft. Myers, Florida. Like downtown, our home is OLD FLORIDA and newly and lovingly rehabbed from top to toe...we just finished the rehab in 2013 after two years of work and trips back and forth from Chicago. Built in 1925, our stucco Bungalow has all the vintage details and charm you'd expect. Original woodwork and refinished white oak floors are found throughout the first floor of the house which includes a formal living room with fireplace and dining room (which can entertain eight people easily); 10'x25' front porch sunroom; office; fully outfitted new country kitchen with Carrera countertops; new laundry; and powder room. The second floor, with refinished pine floors, includes four bedrooms (two with queen beds, one with one twin bed, one with two twins) and two new baths. There is a large covered patio adjacent to the house that leads to the pool and the fenced side yard, a perfect spot to dine and relax.

And although we have a smattering of antiques from up north in the house, we also have board games, chess, wifi, books, and a pretty good library of DVD's.

Dependent upon the season, you can pick fresh mangos from one of our six mango trees for breakfast, or avocados from our two avocado trees. Our gardenia tree offers beautiful blossoms during the summer.

Our home offers approximately 2,100 square feet of living space and is comfortable for 2-7 people. It truly feels like an oasis once you enter the side gate to the patio and pool....a place to lounge and laze the day away, or a great central location from which to go out and see the sights...which are many. We are within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in Ft. Myers and the area in general....and within easy access to beaches, nature preserves, and various activities the Gulf Coast is so well-known for.

We live in the pool house on the other side of the patio and pool, so are available for recommendations and directions regarding activities, restaurants, events, etc. Rest assured, however, that although we are on the property and therefore able to provide any help you might need, guests have their complete privacy throughout their stay. We are available if needed but give each guest the privacy they deserve.

We cannot guarantee, however, that our dog Charlie won't try to greet you now and then!.

Please also note:

We are also the first rehab in our immediate neighborhood, thus our rates are lower than those in the Historic District. We have a State of Florida office building, parking structure, small apartment building, and small houses around us. The area is urban, quiet, and safe.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Joan Leech

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We are hopeless rehabbers....from the Chicago area, we will be relocating to Ft. Myers in 2014 where I will be hosting renters of the main house, while my husband Peter will be doing his 'handyman' thing around town.

I am a former management consultant, and Peter is a former professional in finance/pr. We love to travel, have learned to love the Ft. Myers area, and look at each other when we are here and say 'this is pretty nice'.

Joan Leech purchased this house in 2011

We found it in disrepair...but it had great bones! It was also in an up and coming area where rehab will be going on, and within spitting distance of the great downtown Ft. Myers...which we love. We love old homes...the challenge is in taking it from sad and neglected and making it BEAUTIFUL! We had a vision...and we did it!

Now that we've 'finished' the house, it offers brand new amenities but with all of it's original Old Florida Charm. It really does feel like and is an oasis in the midst of town. Our home really isn't your typical rental - between all of the original aspects of the house, the privacy it offers, and the charming furnishings and art, it offers a unique and very special place to spend some time far away from your regular routine. In addition, it has a truly super location, walking distance to all downtown and historical points of interest, easy driving to beaches and all of the charms, outdoor activities, and adventures of the Gulf Coast.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Lovingly Restored 'Old Florida' Bungalow - Oasis in the Heart of Ft. Myers
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews
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Lovingly Restored 'Old Florida' Bungalow - Oasis in the Heart of Ft. Myers
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p514258vb
8477547602
North Fort Myers Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Germany
5

Great stay in a more than individual and wonderful property

  • 5 of 5
We stayed with a party of 5 which was during high season, spring break and spring training probably the last possibility to stay and in any case the best decision we could ever make. The owners remodeled and reconstructed this old house from the 20s of the last century with amazing love, care and skill in any detail so it was like coming home from the very first second we arrived. My son and I stayed a couple of times in Cape Coral which is a pretty boring one horse town where every block looks almost the same. What we found in Ft. Myers was totally different, a nugget between all those anonymous company run houses where you pick up and return the key like if you were renting a car at an airport you´ll forget as soon as you leave it. This house is a lot more: cozy, homey and worth living at for more than just a couple of nights. The house is situated very close to the historic district of Fort Myers. Downtown is so beautiful, tidy, natural and adorable so you will be surprised about all those nice and individual little shops, bars, restaurants and museum where you can relax, stroll around, have a coffee or even do some geocaching. If you are interested in more than beaches, shopping and golf this is the place you will love! Everything is accessible by foot or car in just couple of minutes. We went boating, visited the RedSox games at Fenway South, rented a plane and flew across the state, went golfing and shopping at Miromar Outlets. The house is equipped very well. You´ll miss nothing because you have everything there what you have at home. And if you have questions or don´t know how to work with the historic stove just ask Joan and she will explain it to you. It wasn´t the stove, it was me who grew up with high tech and believes that everything has to work in 10 seconds otherwise it´s broken ;-) The owners are the most lovable owners I ever met! It was like meeting friends. Maybe it is not everybodys cup of tea but I enjoyed the serious discussions with the owners about politics, history and about all the world and his brother. For my son it was a big adventure to walk and make friends with Charlie the dog. I´ll never forget his crying and tears when we left. And believe me: there´s no better gauge to measure customer satisfaction than a 6 year old boy shedding tears after making new friends and finding a real home 5.000 miles away from hometown. Keep it up but never change the way you do it.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lovingly Restored 'Old Florida' Bungalow - Oasis in the Heart of Ft. Myers
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p514258vb
8477547602
North Fort Myers Florida South Central Gulf Coast
4

Super Comfortable House and Wonderful Hosts

  • 4 of 5
Our family of seven, age range 6-60, loved staying in this Ft. Myers home which has been lovingly restored. Although located in an older neighborhood, it is only a few blocks from a downtown which is full of nice restaurants to suit any taste. The owners were VERY helpful and worked hard to make sure our stay was enjoyable.
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Downtown House of Pizza
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Regional Southwest Airport
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Ferries to Key West; barrier islands; etc.
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Two blocks to 41/Cleveland/Tamiami Trail
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Sanibel Island
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Downtown Ft. Myers
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Ft. Myers Country Club - public course
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Oasis, Downtown Restaurants (see insider guide)
Car: recommended

Our home is located 3 blocks from the newly renovated, charming downtown Ft. Myers, which offers restaurants, bars, antique stores, art galleries, and the Florida Repertory Theatre. Across the street from the River District, the river is also within walking distance with its beautiful vistas, sunsets, and marina. In addition to planned events including Art Walk, Music Walk, motorcycle and car events, independent weekly film screenings, and the Annual Ft. Myers Art Festival, our home's central location is minutes away from the Edison and Ford Estates; the Butterfly Estates; the Southwest Florida Historical Museum; and the historic Burroughs Home and Gardens; and provides easy access to the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva; Ft. Myers Beach; and Pine Island. Everglades National Park is an easy and fascinating day trip; Miami is 2 hours away; and Key West is an express Ferry ride away.

I've listed some of our favorite spots on My Insider Guide, which include:

Things to do: downtown events including Art Walk, Music Walk, car and motorcycle events; beaches at Sanibel & Captive, Ft. Myers Beach, and Pine Island; exploring and shopping on Sanibel and Captiva; antiquing; kayaking; eco-tours; historic venues including Edison and Ford Estates; Southwest Florida Museum; trips to Everglades National Park and Pine Island; Ferry rides to barrier islands leaving from Bogeelia, Pine Island; theatre; shopping; relaxing by the pool.

Favorite Restaurants: Dorado's (N. Fort Myers); Pierside Beach Grill (Ft. Myers Beach); City Market (Everglade City); Downtown Pizza (Downtown Ft. Myers); Morgan House (Downtown Ft. Myers); Yannos (Downtown Ft. Myers); Mels (Ft. Myers, Cleveland Ave.); Bennett's (donut and coffee shop, downtown Ft. Myers); Lush Bakery (downtown Ft. Myers).

Our home is surrounded by some municipal and apartment buildings and small homes, thus our pricing is lower than comparable properties.

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North Fort Myers House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer/Fall
May 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
$900
$3,600
 
 
Xmas/New Year/January
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
$4,000
 
 
February - April 2015
Feb 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
$4,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $69
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

North Fort Myers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , new master bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , main floor powder room
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Twin Beds
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling/diving
  • deepsea fishing
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • fishing
Notes:
We think our home is a really neat place. It is a restored 1925 bungalow, and allows you to stay in a true 'Old Florida' home. We are truly situated close to historic Ft. Myers and centrally located to all of the adventure, activities, and out-of-doors Southwest Florida has to offer. You can while away your time around the house and pool, relaxing in privacy away from it all.....you can take in sights, history, and adventure galore...or you can have the best of both worlds and partake of it all ...then come back to the privacy of our bungalow to unwind, relax, and enjoy. We have tons of recommendations for dining, history, art, theatre, out of door adventures, and day trips....and can point you in all of the right directions if you like. We also have listings of sights and activities as well as brochures and books that can provide you with a wide variety of options with which to fill your days and evenings.
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