The Island House - 1 block from Time Square, 1/2 block to the gulf. Located on the first canal closest to the gulf with a new in ground pool. Totally new, bright colors. Tropical vegetation surrounds this 'cracker' style cottage, built in 1981 and totally renovated in 2008. Come, enjoy our island. Seven miles of beautiful white sandy beaches. No need for the car, walk to restaurants, shopping and live entertainment, or ride the trolley for 50 cents.
For the shelling enthusiast, Sanibel/Captiva Islands are 15 minutes away. For the golfer, a 18 hole exec. golf course located mid-island and many more within driving distance. Two miniature golf courses are located just north of the island. Several marinas on the island offer day or night fishing, and boat rentals. There is a fishing pier located in Time Square. You can take the trolley (25 cents) to Lovers Key State Park (south of the island) and rent a kayak or canoe or explore the nature trails, hiking or bird watching. Para-sailing along the gulf coast or enjoy our gulf breezes windsurfing or kite boarding.
Barby and I bought the Island House in 2008 and spent 6 months renovating it ourselves while working in Flip Flops and shorts. That was a great 6 months. We already owned 3 vacation rentals in Long Beach, Md. on the Chesapeake Bay, when we decided to buy in FMB. We work well together with my experience in construction and Barby's interior design and decorating skills. After we finished the main house....we enclosed the ground level garage and shop area and made a very primative owners apartment where we can stay when we get away from our home in Md. We tried renting this space to large families that needed more room, But do not rent this out anymore.
We both love boating, paddle-boarding and kite-boarding. Barby is very passionate about the shelling and loves to tell you about her favorite beaches in the area. We have 5 kids and 9 grandchildren, all living in Md.
Barby has been coming to SW Fla. for years with her sister to shell and enjoy the beaches. She took me on a 30 day trip one January starting in the panhandle and exploring all the gulf coast towns along the way. I wasn't sold on Florida until we drove across the bridge to FMB and I that's all she wrote. We love the laid back , casual , friendly atmosphere on the island. All the colorful Keywest like buildings and palm trees. We chose this cottage to fix up because of the great location on the canal and within 2 blocks of the Time Square area. We can walk to 15 different restaurants and bars ,most with live music nightly.
We enjoy meeting our guests and sharing our favorite local beaches, restaurants and shops. Relax around our solar heated pool,catch some rays in our lounge chairs, fish from the dock or nap in the hammock. It's all good here at The Island House.