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Jeff Greene / Barby Harms

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Tropical, Beachy Decor,HTD Pool, Dock, Beach, Walk to Everything!

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8: Pullout sofa and futon Sunroom

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.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Jeff Greene / Barby Harms (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Jeff Greene / Barby Harms

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.

Jeff Greene / Barby Harms purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Jeff Greene / Barby Harms chose Fort Myers Beach

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful stay at your house in Fort Myers Beach. Everything was perfect-the weather, the pool, the beach, - We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay.
Oct 2013
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based on 41 traveler reviews

Tropical, Beachy Decor,HTD Pool, Dock, Beach, Walk to Everything!
average rating of 4.902439 based on 47 reviews
Canton Ct.

A piece of heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

The Island house is beautiful inside and out. The location is perfect!! You have privacy in your own back yard yet are so close to everything. If this house could talk it would say, "Welcome to Paradise, come in and relax! " Every room is so nicely decorated. Our 16 year old son especially loved the surf board on the wall above his bed!!

We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and all of the tropical foliage that surrounds it. It is perfect for cooling off on a hot day.The decorative touches and colorful pottery add to this tropical backyard paradise. It was fun watching the pelicans dive into the canal for fish!!

We enjoyed having such a well equipped kitchen. The grill just outside the door was also great for grilling up the fresh grouper and delicious gulf jumbo shrimp which we purchased at the local farmers market. Just a short walk away.

We did not need a car for anything. We rode the trolley to lovers key for 50 cents and found a ton of beautiful seashells. Stopped at Publix grocery store on the way home and stocked up on groceries for the week.

It was hard to leave such a wonderful place. We will cherish the great memories of the island house and hopefully create new ones in the future. Three cheers to Barby and Jeff for creating this little piece of heaven on earth!! It was just perfect in every way. Thank You so much. The pictures of this house are great...but being there in person is even better!! I would highly reccommend it to anyone looking for an extra special get away!!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed for a week with 7 of my closest friends and we cannot wait to go back! This house has everything and then some for what we were looking for on this vacation. The pool was our favorite - small but sooo perfect for all of us to use it as our hangout spot, but it was great to be able to walk back and fourth from the beach without having to make plans. The beach access is literally a 3min walk - amazing. The place is small like expected, but for 8 girls that all get ready at the same time it never felt over crowded! It's also so clean and is decorated so perfectly with beach decor - we didn't want to leave! The neighbors were all so friendly and we quickly became regulars at the local restaurants and bars! Our favorite was Church at the Mermaid on Sunday morning - $1 bloodies!! We didn't need to eat out as much as we did though, the kitchen is full of everything we would have needed for meals! I would recommend this home to anyone who is looking for an easy inexpensive beach vacation - infact I had a few people interested just from pictures we all had uploaded! Thanks again! We LOVED it!!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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So awesome!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay! This rental was in the best spot and made our family vacation just perfect. This rental had everything we needed from pots and pans to a pack and play and high chair which I just thought was so cool because I have a nine month old so the high chair was a savior ;) the location was great and We will for sure book this place again! Thank you Barby and Jeff for sharing this beautiful spot with my family!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at this location and it was just as wonderful this year as it was last year. The house is in a great location and the kids enjoyed the pool in the yard. Fishing is great right in the comfort of your own backyard. We decided this year to have Thanksgiving dinner in the house instead of going out and it was wonderful. Ordered dinner from Publix and picked it up the night before and heated everything up in the fully-equipped kitchen. I felt like I was having Thanksgiving in my own home. Quaint and very homey. Love this property!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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November 2015

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place. The décor is very well done. It looks and feels like an island beach home. The location is wonderful - especially for the price paid.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 4 of 5

House was well stocked, nice beach decor, pool was more like a hot tub, close to beach, shops , restaurants, night life.

Great if you want to be close to activities.

Restaurants within walking distance were all good.

Dolphin, crabs and many fish seen in waterway behind the house.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

The biggest asset of The Island House is it's close proximity to everything on the Island. You can leave you car in the driveway and walk, bike or trolley to the beach, shops ,restaurants and the dozen open bars with live music nightly! The beach is across the street 200 steps from the door. If you have a boat...our house has a new dock you can tie up for the week and be the closest access to the gulf...we are the first canal as you come onto the island. The boating , fishing and shelling are all fantasic in Ft Myers Beach. Barby is an expert sheller and is happy to share her secrets with our guests. There is a good chance we will be offering shelling trips and boat tours to some remote shelling islands...customize your boat trip with us!


Rates & Availability

Fort Myers Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 29 2016 - Aug 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Jan 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jan 29 2017 - Apr 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 16 2017 - May 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 28 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2017 - Dec 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $130 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

$1200 - $2500
Saturday to Saturday, check in 3:00, check out 10:00
Credit cards accepted.
$300 security deposit
$130 cleaning fee
$150 fee /pet/week

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Fort Myers Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Backpack
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bedroom with bath, sofa bed in living room, futon in sunroom. Sunroom can be closed off as 3rd bedroom with sliding doors.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Everything you will need, except food and your swimsuit, will be provided. New linens, towels, appliances including dishwasher microwave, washer and dryer. Beach chairs, towels, coolers beach toys and sand.

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