Only 2 Min. Walk to Beach!! 'The Anchorage' 5 bedrms PBS Host, The Piano Guy's Beach Home with Backyard Heated Swimming Pool
Be sure to click on the 'video' button to the left of the description that you are currently reading (directly above the main photo) if you haven't seen the video clips of the beach home yet. It will give you a perfect picture of the layout of our beach home.
Just steps (less than one football field or 2 minute walk) to the powdery, white beach located directly across the road through a private, tropical, beach entrance. You’ll be sure to find a perfect balance of relaxation and fun in the sun here on our mid-island location on Fort Myers Beach, Florida! All the fun of a beach front home at a fraction of the cost!
Enjoy the in-ground, private, heated (to 80 degrees F) swimming pool! Relax with a cold cocktail while sitting on one of the submerged stools, or maybe enjoying a fun game of water volleyball is more your style ...
Our lovely beach home is a duplex. It is perfect for two families vacationing together or one big family to spread out! We refer to the two sides as Sunrise and Sunset which together comprise The Anchorage.
Our beach home boasts tasteful, tropical, airy furnishings. Relax on the lanai, dine under the large umbrella-ed deck or take a cool shower in your own private, outdoor shower. Just steps to the beach for some of the best shelling in the country, midnight star gazing and awesome sunset celebrations all at a fraction of the cost of staying beachfront. We have 2 beach carts to carry your treasures (kids, coolers, towels, chairs, etc) to the beach effortlessly.
Here's the basic layout of our beach home which rents in its entirety: Right Side (Sunset). You can enter the right side of the house (Sunset) through the screened lanai. There are two bedrooms on the ground level floor. They are best described as suites. Both offer views to the in-ground swimming pool and have separate outdoor entrances. The suites can be connected to each other through a door that can be left locked for privacy or open for company. Each of these bedrooms has its own half bathroom, queen bed, living area consisting of chair, couch and TV as well as small lanai overlooking the pool.
Suite #2 has a bonus room consisting of shower, full sized washer & dryer, microwave and dorm refrigerator. The private, outdoor shower can be accessed through the hallway the leads to these bedrooms and upstairs.
Upstairs you will you find the family room, dining area with a table that comfortably seats 10, kitchen, 2 decks, full sized laundry facilities, 2 bedrooms (1 king & 1 queen), full bathroom and dining area. Both decks are outfitted with tables and chairs. So, on the Sunset side, all 4 bedrooms are connected interiorly or can be locked out for privacy.
Left Side (Sunrise)
The left side of the house (Sunrise) has a separate, private entrance. It contains a small deck with table and chairs, family room, full bathroom, bedroom (king), loaded kitchen and dining area. Again, it does contain a sliding barn door that provides easy interior passage to Sunset if you leave the door open …
Our kitchens have everything you need and more: refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, silverware, dinnerware and all the gadgets you will need whenever you are cooking in.
Recently added, Sunset & Sunrise have a set of double hung sliding barn doors that connect the upstairs main living areas which can be opened for convenient passage between the separate sides or closed for privacy (similar to adjoining hotel rooms that connect).
So, to sum up the whole house,
- 5 bedrooms
- 2 full baths + 2 half baths + 1 shower + private outdoor shower
- Sleeps 10
- 1 outdoor, private shower
- 2 kitchens
- Bonus room consisting of a microwave, dorm refrigerator, shower and full sized washer and dryer.
- There are two, full size laundry facilities one upstairs and one downstairs.
2 Full sized washer and dryers, Beach carts, Free Long Distance (in US), Free high speed wireless internet access, Trolley stop for local commuting available nearby, 2 Pianos and instructional materials. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) 19 miles away
We provide enough bath and dishwashing soap, paper towels and toilet paper to get you started. Since a full-sized grocery store is only a 2 minutes drive down the street you always have what you need. Of course plenty of bath towels, pillows and bed linens are also always at hand in our lovely beach home.
The Anchorage is located on Estero Island, a seven-mile stretch of ocean-front which is filled with shopping, dining and entertainment. You can enjoy para-sailing, jet skiing, volleyball pits, live music, eats and drinks all within walking distance. Right down the street you will find nice recreational facilities including tennis courts, basketball, and a large pool and water park featuring water slides and lifeguards for the kids.
My favorite beach activities are biking and running along the ocean while watching and listening to the dolphins splash beside you! Our daughter still loves blowing bubbles and the all-time favorite activity of flying a kite up and down the beach.
The Anchorage is located mid-island which provides a quiet, private, tropical beach experience, but is still close enough to Times Square (entertainment district) for the times when you want to take a walk on the “wilder side.” Here at the Anchorage, you will be sure to find a perfect balance of relaxation and fun in the sun!
The Anchorage is only a 2 min. drive from a Grocery store (approx. ½ mile.) A pharmacy, movie theater and medical Center are also close by. Since the international airport is only about a 25-30 minute drive (19 miles) with available taxi, shuttle and limousine services readily available, transportation is never a problem. This is an awesome location on the island – a beautiful section of pristine, sandy beach and wonderful shelling “Non-beachy” favorites include catching a movie at the theatre and put putting.
All in all, I think you'll agree that The Anchorage Beach Home offers extraordinary fun, comfort, and convenience to enjoy an unforgettable vacation with your family and friends. It is absolutely perfect for families, and family reunions. Hope you can drop your anchor with us soon at The Anchorage! All the fun of a beach front home at a much less expensive cost!
We welcome families and groups of adults over the age of 25.
Scott and Theresa Houston are the owners of 'The Anchorage Beach Home' located on Estero Island on Fort Myers Beach Florida. They live full time in Indianapolis, Indiana and enjoy swimming, biking, running, entertaining and music!
We love the beach! We have been fortunate to have experienced many beach vacations over the years in numerous places including Jamaica, Hawaii, Florida, Grand Cayman, Caribbean, California and Bahamas but have always come back to SW Florida time and time again - by far S.W. Florida has the softest, whitest, tropical beaches around.
We chose Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island in particular because it offers just the right mix of fun verses peaceful times. Captiva and Sanibel are too quiet for the couple of nights that we like to go out to listen to some live bands or to enjoy some food and drinks out. On Ft. Myers beach you have lots of entertainment options. As we said, the perfect ratio of fun to peacefulness can be found here.
Our little Estero Island secret is that we are far enough south that you can almost always count on experiencing nice, warm weather during spring and winter breaks unlike in most other Florida beach locations. On Fort Myers Beach you can expect great weather and beautiful beach filled days at half the cost of vacationing on neighboring Sanibel, Naples or Captiva.
We searched for a long time before we purchased a beach home. We knew exactly what we wanted and knew it when we found this home.
We fell in love with this particular beach home for many reasons; here are a few that might be of particular interest to you:
1. We are only a 2-minute walk directly across the road to the beautiful beach and can enjoy it at half the cost of staying beachfront. We pass that savings on to you!
2. It allows us the luxury to vacation with another family or our extended family without being right on top of each other. We get the best of both worlds, traveling with family and friends we love, but having plenty of room for everyone to spread out to have their “personal” time too when we are vacationing at our lovely Beach Home.
3. Grocery shopping is no longer a dreaded, all-day affair because we now have a full sized grocery store just a few streets over from us. Yea!!! You think we are kidding, but this is a HUGE plus!!
4. Again, the location is great. Once we arrive on the island there is no reason to leave because everything we need is available right here.
5. You can enjoy our private swimming pool while the kids are taking a much needed nap or while getting some work done on your lap top using the free high speed wireless connection at the pool.
What more can you ask for ...
Oh, we almost forgot to mention that Scott is the “The Piano Guy” on PBS. So … you can enjoy all the wonderful, “beachy” décor and at the same time have a unique opportunity to learn how to have fun playing your favorite tunes on the piano during those non-beachy times at no additional cost to you. Everything you need to learn to have fun on the piano is available to you while you are our guests at the beach home.
We are sure that you will love our home too. We have many happy guests that come back year after year and our goal is to make you and your family our guest for many years come!