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Gulf-View Retreat - 60 Steps to Beach, Pool, PaddleBoard, 2 Kayaks, Firepit/Yard

Michele Geissler

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Michele Geissler

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015
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Gulf-View Retreat - 60 Steps to Beach, Pool, PaddleBoard, 2 Kayaks, Firepit/Yard

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Bradenton Beach House Rental Photos and Description

Beach 60 steps, Pool, 2 Decks Gulf Views, 3 BR/2 Bath, Sleeps 8, 2nd Flr, 1330ft

Anna Maria Island is Florida's best kept secret: beautiful white beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, golf courses nearby, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or jump aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops 60 steps from the backyard. The beach is white sugar sand and 7 miles long. The area is known for its splendid sunsets.

Spend the day on the beach at Sunset Park, which is a simple 1-minute, 60-step walk from the back yard of Gulf-View Retreat, or hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby or in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico. The Katie Pierola Sunset Park beach area across the street is located right on the 7 miles of unobstructed Anna Maria Island beaches. Common sightings along the beach and intercoastal water include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, Fish, huge Pelicans, Blue Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Terns, Gulls, and other creatures. Get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in the home with family very close! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

While the beach on the Gulf of Mexico is 7 miles of uninterrupted sand with very few people next to our home, if you want crowds of people, you can go south to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or to Anna Maria Pier at the east end of Pine Avenue for the intercoastal/Tampa Bay access. Anna Maria Pier is a special place where many times you can see fish, rays, dolphins, and manatees swimming underneath you as well as fish and have a nice meal or an ice cream cone at Two Scoops Ice Cream Shop.

The Herb Dolan Park, on 26th Street North and Avenue A, is an open park area with a terrific view of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay. The Herb Dolan Park features picnic areas, basketball court, playing field, swing set, play structure and a Kayak launch.

After enjoying the beach or park, you can use two outdoor showers next to the pool to wipe the beach sand off before getting in the pool. Kick your feet in the water in the new heated swimming pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs including nice tile siding and multiple sitting shelves. Head up to the Crow's Nest deck and watch the dolphins swim by in the Gulf of Mexico next to the beach. If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley out the back door and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley one stop down (or stroll along the beach the one mile) to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.

The new swimming pool includes a large sun shelf where you can place the plastic Adirondack-style chairs in the water and kick your feet around the water, which is about 6-8 inches deep. The sun shelf also includes a fountain that is adjustable from a low gurgle to 5 feet high. Then the pool has a sitting shelf around 18 inches deep. The rest of the pool is about 3 to 5.5 feet deep. The pool includes two more sitting shelf's on the far end that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelf's on the far end has a soaker spout to massage bad backs. Use the pool toys provided including water noodles, beach balls, and other throwing balls. The new pool includes lots of deck, yard area, and landscaping to sit around and watch the kids play in the pool.

Surrounding the swimming pool and pool deck is soft grass that is easy on the feet as well as various palm trees of different sizes that increase your privacy including Areca Palms, Queen Palms, Fishtail Palms, and Palmetto Palms. A large Frangipani/Plumeria tree creates beautiful large flower blossom clusters usually in May or June, which smell ideal and are the basis for Hawaiian leas.

The Gulf-View Retreat offers everything you need for your beach stay! Beach toys for the kids are available in our outdoor shed. Dishes, pots, pans, linens and towels are all provided - just bring your swimsuit and enjoy! The Gulf-View Retreat features a split plan with the master bedroom having it's own bathroom and on the other two queen-size bedrooms sharing one bath. There is an additional pull out sofa bed in the family room. Granite countertops throughout the unit provide luxury at your fingertips. Other amenities to perfect your stay include:

Open decks with Gulf of Mexico views

New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

Fire Pit

Kayak

Paddle Board

Big Yard

Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

Wireless Internet service with 15MB per second high speeds

Cable on the high definition flat screen TV

New Trane air conditioning unit

The Gulf-View Retreat is the independent second floor of the home, while the first floor can be rented separately through the Pool-Side Retreat listing (http://www.vrbo.com/614098 or vrbo #614098). Each floor is a completely self-sustaining, independent unit with its own BBQ, patio furniture and entry way. Both floors can be combined for family reunions, retreats or multiple family vacations if you contact us, where both floors would include:

Sleeping 18 People

6 Bedrooms

5 Car Parking Spaces

3 Bathrooms

4 Televisions

2,600 square feet

Complete privacy in and around the home

If you rent just the Gulf-View Retreat, then there are a few 'common' areas for the two floors including the pool, yard, fire-pit, toys and 3rd story 'Crow's Nest' deck. Contact us for a Reunion Retreat where you can rent both floors including the entire house for special occasions.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michele Geissler (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015

About Michele Geissler

Growing up in Florida, I enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. I had heard about the beaches south of where I grew up but did not experience them until I was an adult when I went to AMI with my family. We fell in love with the area. And since my husband is from Colorado, it gives him a great contrast to the mountains.

Michele Geissler purchased this house in 2014

Why Michele Geissler chose Bradenton Beach

When we first saw this property, we fell instantly in love with it. There is a warmth in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

The proximity to the beach, the unobstructed Gulf views from the Gulf-View Retreat deck and from the Crows Nest deck, the brand new heated swimming pool, the new fire pit, the paddle board, the kayak, and the closeness to the trolley stop made this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have rented places on aMI before and this is the place I will come back to. Quality furnishings, Wolfgang-puck Pans, fridge with icemaker and frosted mugs. Beach chairs and toys if you have children. Beautiful bedrooms and everything you need. The pictures on line are what you get and more. What a view and we loved the crows nest deck. Our first vacation with another couple. Worked out great with 2 bathrooms too.
Apr 2014
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Gulf-View Retreat - 60 Steps to Beach, Pool, PaddleBoard, 2 Kayaks, Firepit/Yard
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Colorado
5

Fun in the Sun

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed in the Gulf View Retreat and loved it! Beautiful views, ocean breezes, and wonderful sunshine filling the retreat each day. Light, bright, and cozy. Our youngest lived in the pool as much as possible. It was great having access to the boogie boards, kayaks, and the paddle board. We would eat breakfast, load up on beach accessories (already provided by the owners), then head to the beach. It was great being a few steps away from the beach. The full kitchen is wonderful so you don't have to go out if you are feeling lazy and want to grill some steaks (grills provided) and hang at the pool. Just be careful you don't burn your steaks because of the amazing view! Our children loved the free trolley. Ice cream was the goal on those rides. They also loved the cruiser bikes. Easy access to shops and restaurants. I think their favorite ice cream store was "Two Scoops." It is near the pier. For another restaurant, you could walk the beach to it. This place has everything. We were excited to see dolphins and manatees swimming by out in the Gulf. Amazing to see the graceful creatures. We especially loved the family friendliness of the island. Pack your bags and nothing else to make memories for a lifetime.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us! We love providing memories and are so glad you enjoyed the beach & the pool, the amenities and were able to explore the island so much! The small town, family friendly atmosphere is what won us over as well. Looking forward to your next stay at the Gulf View Retreat!
Davisburg, MI
5

Spring Break

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time spending Spring Break at the Gulf View Retreat and we loved it as much the second time as the first, we will definitely stay here again. They have thought of everything you need and more to enjoy a day at the beach or pool without having to drag the whole house with you. We don't like to go out to eat so we always buy groceries for the week and cook all of our meals at home and we always have everything we need to cook anything we want. It is a great location, you can walk right across the street to the ocean or trolley stop. The bikes are great, you really don't need a car on the island everything is so close by and it is set up great for bike rides. My kids spent the whole day out on the paddle board, they loved it! You won't be disappointed, I can't think of one thing I would change. Thank you for a fabulous vacation, again!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We LOVED having you back and look forward to your next visit! You are the reason we love sharing our house with others....We love the area and love the opportunity to help your families have a safe, familiar, fun place to visit. See you next year!
5

White Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in this beautiful home and loved every minute. Our family of 3 adults and 2 small children had plenty of room relax and play. The beds were very comfortable and we loved gathering around the large dining table. The amenities were great, we cooked family meals and had all the necessary utensils, appliances,etc. The washer/dryer was a blessing, especially for the little ones. The decks were so nice to lounge, grill, and take in the beautiful scenery. The outdoor supplies for the beach were definitely well received and the pool was wonderful. The Island stole our hearts and we can't wait to return. I love shelling and had so many relaxing hours just walking the beach. Our hosts were great and made sure had everything we needed. The kids were so amazed to see a Christmas tree when we first arrived. In the words of our 3 yr old grand child "This house is amazing!" The location is perfect, almost everything we needed was in walking distance and of course there was the free trolley right across the street. I highly recommend this home, it is the perfect beach retreat!!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and for your glowing words. So glad the kids loved the Christmas tree...exactly what we were hoping for them being away from home for the holidays! We look forward to having you stay with us again!
5

White Christmas!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Gulf View Retreat was wonderful! The beds were very comfortable, the dining area was our gathering place and it accommodated us perfectly. Living area was a little small but we weren't there to watch tv. The kids really enjoyed the area and the fact it was open to where the adults were. The amenities were wonderful, just like home. There was even a Christmas tree that was such a nice welcome when we arrived. We had great home cooked meals; everything we needed was there. The dining table was more than adequate for all of us. The backyard and pool made a great place to just sit back and relax, play a game of "corn hole", play in the pool., etc. We loved the main deck and the crows deck. Night or day, we could hear the surf call us and the view was too gorgeous to resist. I never felt uncomfortable walking over to the beach alone and spending hours looking for shells. The island feel was something I hadn't experienced before in the more developed areas we have visited. We didn't explore the island near as much as we could have, but we loved what we saw. Home away from home with the gulf right outside your door; what more can you ask for!!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Colorado, USA
5

Post Thanksgiving rental

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Gulf Retreat with friends, and we had a great time. The location is amazing, and the accommodations are wonderful. Rex & Michele are so easy to work with, and have provided for our every need. We really enjoyed the cleanliness, the homey touches, and the easy going feel of their home. We will return often, and stay longer. We love it!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad it worked out for your 'reunion' at our home and look forward to your group joining us again!
Kennesaw, GA
5

Fall break getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. The home had everything we needed and we had plenty of room for grandparents, kids, and grandkids.

There was a beautiful sunset one evening that we viewed from the upper deck area.

I would stay here again and recommend it to anyone wishing for a peaceful, relaxing time.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and choosing Gulf View Retreat! Can't wait for you to return and be able to use the pool instead of just watching it be built! ;)

Map

Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton Int. Airport,Tampa Int. Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Kokonut Hut Bar at Gulf Drive Cafe
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Manatee Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Sharkey's SeaGrill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Bradenton Beach
Car: not necessary

Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Mexico in Sunset Park on an island only 60 steps from the beach! Sunset walks along the incredible Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view from our home, closeness to the best beaches in the US. New heated pool with a sun shelf and fire pit, and take the paddle board and the kayak on the Gulf of Mexico. Great restaurants and the peace and quiet of seclusion are waiting at your Anna Maria Island Retreat!

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Rates & Availability

From $1,190 Per week

Bradenton Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Summer 2015
Aug 22 2015 - Sep 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,290
 
 
Fall 2015
Sep 8 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,190
 
 
Winter High Season 2016
Dec 19 2015 - Apr 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,990
 
 
Spring 2016
Apr 16 2016 - Jun 24 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,490
 
 
July 4th Independence Day 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 8 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,590
 
 
Mid Summer 2016
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 12 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,490
 
 
Late Summer 2016
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,390
 
 
Fall 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,290
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135.00 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59.00
Tax Rate 11.5%
Notes We'd love to share our home with you! We have 2 independent self-sustaining units - Pool-Side Retreat (entire 1st floor - http://www.vrbo.com/614098) and the Gulf-View Retreat (entire 2nd floor - http://www.vrbo.com/557191). Both units can be combined for family retreats or multi-family vacations! Each unit shares a few 'common' areas: the pool and yard, the fire-pit, & 3rd floor Crow's Nest.

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Amenities

Bradenton Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1330 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Towel closet
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower , Cabinets
    Outdoor Shower 1 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Outdoor Shower 2 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom, TV, & Bath separated from other bedrooms - 1 queen , Cable TV, fan, walk-in closet, reading lamp, large dresser
    Bedroom with Cable TV - 1 queen , Cable TV, fan, reading lamp, large dresser, closet
    Bedroom with 2 Twin Beds - 2 twin/ single , Fan, two closets, night stand
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , HiDef Cable TV, queen, fan, reading lamp
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Anna Marie Island Shopping available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g635970-Activities-c26-Anna_Maria_Island_Florida.html

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