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'Desert Rose' - a Key West Classic Stilt Home

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Desert Rose is the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. Inside is large and open with cathedral ceilings in the living area, leading into the long breakfast bar, kitchen, dining and cocktail areas with double French doors opening onto a large screened deck. The laundry/utility room is right off the kitchen and has a large laundry sink (ideal for washing small very sandy dogs).

Throughout the house, french doors open onto the deck/balcony from each bedroom including the third story master bedroom with a sunset view over the gulf of Mexico. Large cool Mexican tiles soothe your feet as your mind unwinds in a southwestern motif with a Key West soul.

Outside, large screened decks provide privacy and natural ventilation in the front and rear of the main floor. Relax in the late afternoon sun in the hammock on the front deck then prepare a meal on the Webber gas grill and dine on the back deck overlooking the heated turquoise swimming pool under the canopy of the pool cage. Massage those tired muscles with the Jacuzzi jets blazing from the built-in pool bench. Keep up with your favorite shows on the flat panel High Def. TV in the living room or any of the other TVs in the bedrooms, kitchen or poolside. Wi-Fi is available throughout. Beach chairs and bicycles are at your disposal. Both the back bay and your private beach access are but a block and 1/2 away. So too is 'Publix' our island's main grocery. Beside it, Snookbright , a full service marina, offers a variety of watercraft for rent,

fishing charters and a fine dining restaurant overlooking Estero Bay.

Keywords: Paradise at the beautiful white sandy beach, warm pool in the privacy of the back yard

More Details

Owner
Skip MacLeod
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Skip MacLeod

Here I am doing what I do best - - - being easy. A recycled bar and grill owner from Key West, I am, sadly, a widower now and another one of them beach musicians who can't quit his day job. A whole other lifetime or two ago I worked in D.C. for the U.S. Labor Dept. and prior to that for the state of Vermont.

Skip MacLeod purchased this house in 1999

Why Skip MacLeod chose Fort Myers Beach

Location, location, location. Surrounded by palm trees and tropical vegetation, Desert Rose provides the serenity of a Caribbean island paradise yet close to all the beach action water sports, shopping, shelling and dining. If that's not enough, cross the bridge to the mainland for a large selection of fine golf courses, casino gambling, greyhound racetrack, professional baseball, botanical parks, air-boat rides in the Everglades and much, much more.

What makes this house unique

Long sun filled days and quiet starry nights.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Desert Rose was the perfect choice for our Fort Myers Beach vacation...wonderful hosts, made us feel right at home. We will always remember the tie we spent here!...Patrick's Perfect Game baseball tournament where the Jersey Boyz finished in the Elite 6, team gatherings and fun on the beach, swimming in the wonderful pool and the most amazing sumsets I've ever seen! Thanks so much for sharing your home with (us)!
Jul 2010
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Amenities

Mid Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Desert Rose is ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. French door open onto screened decks or balcony from every room. Large cool Mexican tile with southwest motif and Key West soul. A stone's throw from private beach access, island grocery, marina with fine dining overlooking Estero Bay.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

'Desert Rose' - a Key West Classic Stilt Home
average rating of 4.888889 based on 16 reviews
5

We had a wonderful time at Desert Rose!

  • 5 of 5

Our 4 kids said this was their favorite VRBO EVER!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great get away

  • 5 of 5

Three adult couples spent four nights at this fun property on Ft. Myers Beach. We loved the place and hospitality. Walking distance to the beach, with a wagon and chairs provided. Very conveniently located by the grocery store and trolley stop. We will plan on returning hopefully soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The place was great!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and loved the house and skip was awesome!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barbara and Bob

  • 4 of 5

So close to the beach we walk to it several times daily. Fully stocked kitchen. Heated pool. Owner provided towels and linens. Close to Publix with a marina that rents kayaks and paddle boards and next to that, a great restaurant on the water.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely keywest villa very homely with all amenities ! very short walk to the beach and Publix just round the corner Skip the owner was really friendly he lives underneath the villa but you wouldn't know! and was always on hand if needed! would really recommend this villa and would stay here again loved every minute .

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boynton Beach
5

Best POOL home w/BEACH proximity

  • 5 of 5

Cathy & I enjoyed our stay at Desert Rose.

The home is amazing, well maintained & beautifully decorated. The beds are comfortable and the space is huge. The outside area is a great place to relax and enjoy time, any time of the day or night. The screened in lanai keeps out the critters and the bugs at bay.

The BEACH!!! The BEST PART for our experience was the provided BEACH CART which allowed us to haul all our gear with little effort to the beach. The beach itself is an excellent area which is only 2 blocks away, or actually 7 houses from the driveway!!!  The beach has direct access at the end of the street. No need to go ‘down the way’ to get to the beach. Just walked out – onto the sand *with a foot wash right there* and enjoy the water immediately.

Our 9# MinPin, Leo, enjoyed the stay. The walks along the neighborhood and up and down the beach in search of Gulf/Ocean treasures left by the gentle waves is something he misses dearly (as do we). Being that we live on the East Coast near the ocean, we don’t have a local area where dogs are permitted to be on the beach. KEEP IN MIND, Dogs ARE allowed on LEE County beaches, as long as they are on a leash (and bring a bag in case (s)he does their business).

With Publix close by, it was GREAT to get to Desert Rose without a lot of food baggage to haul. We went next door and stocked up our NEST with supplies and stock. There is a GREAT kitchen with about EVERYTHING you’d need there for your use. The LEMON/CITRUS press there was magnificent, once I googled how to use it. 

The POOL is EXCELLENT in being so clean and refreshing (AND HEATED TOO!!!). The deck area around the pool is greatly decorated and relaxing to enjoy.

We were surprised to learned that the owner lives on-site (as the live-in Super, as he said it) in a ground floor addition, but once we realized we had privacy and seclusion at the home, it was relaxing and enjoyable.

We DID miss the performance Skip does at a local establishment Sunday morning, but look forward to watching him play his music on our next visit. **Oh, did I tell you? We BOOKED our NEXT vacation in November, before we left for home to the East Coast.

Thank You Skip, for sharing your home with us on our bi-annual vacations in 2016.

PEACE & Be Safe

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fully screened deck with dining area, deck with hammock, social area and poolside recreational entertainment area with dartboard.

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Rates & Availability

Mid Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,400
$5,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning $175
Tax Rate 11.0%

Any guests in excess 0f 6 who are staying overnight requires an additional charge of $20.00 per person per night. For example: 8 guests for seven nights is an additional $280.

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