2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6: Pullout sofa and futon Sunroom
Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves
About Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves
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. Our daughter , Meagan, handles all our bookings from her home in Md. and coordinates with our on site property manager, Debbie, who lives on the island.
Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves chose Ft 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 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 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.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This was a very charming beach house! Pet friendly. Well equipped inside and out. Beach chairs, towels, wagon, etc. We enjoyed the pool everyday. Would recommend outdoor lighting for the pool at night. Location was fantastic, walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants. We experienced no issues during our stay.
A colorful and memorable "Old Florida" experience
What a treat it was to spend a week in this colorful, comfortable, wonderfully located home. The owners have done a magnificent job creating an "Old Florida" haven within just steps of the beach and Times Square. Although the appliances and furnishings are all modern, the style smacked of the shabby-glamorous Florida celebrated in movies like Key Largo and Clambake. When I found out the owners are also designers, it all made sense. It's amazing what they did with some creative painting, funky sculptures, lush landscaping and comfortable furniture. I can picture them rummaging through flea markets and thrift stores to find exactly the right pieces for the house. They renovated it themselves, and you can tell. The house is oozing with personality, and it is clearly not just another corporate rental. Owners are also perfectionists. When not in Florida themselves, they manage the property remotely with a dedicated team. My travel companions and I moved in and headed straight to the pool and patio where we watched water taxis cruise the canal, listened the birdsong and lazed away the days. My best HomeAway experience yet. Thanks, Jeff and Barby!
The Perfect Location!
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Island House! The location of this property is great - within easy walking distance to the beach, restaurants, and shops. We even got to meet Jeff, the owner, while we were there. A real plus - the weather cooperated for our whole week! With a nice private pool we had the best of all worlds for a beach vacation. Hopefully the road construction will be completed soon and traffic will improve.
Home was exactly as described, and close to their times square and the beach. Overall very pleased with our stay and would do it again.
Great beach holiday
We loved our stay at the island house. The house was as shown in the photographs and the description. The open living area allowed for easy cooking and dining. The bed was comfortable (we only used the main bedroom) and the bathrooms were clean and well provided with towels and soap.
We spent a lot of time outside around the pool. The many palms and trees providing plentiful shade.
Without doubt the location of the house was the most significant factor for us. We had easy access by foot to the beach, restaurants and Times Square, whilst also having restful peace and quite in our back yard.
We would have given 5 out of 5 if there had been a gas grill rather than a charcoal grill, and also lighting around the pool.
We would certainly return to this property if these last 2 issues were addressed.
Very nice stay! Great location!
The location was perfect and it was nice having a pool in addition to the beach. So many restaurants in close walking distance. Would definitely return to this place!
"AVOID THE HEAVY BEACH TRAFFIC WHEN YOU STAY AT OUR COTTAGE! YOU CAN WALK TO EVERYTHING!
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 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. If you want to tie up a boat alongside for the week, please request in advance. The boat lift is not available for use by guests.