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'Desert Rose' - a Key West Classic Stilt Home

Mid Island, Fort Myers Beach, FL, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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


Skip MacLeod

Member Since 2009
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
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 Mid Island

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
        • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 2 Bathrooms


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Parking
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Free Long Distance
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet


                      • Kitchen
                      • Catering Available
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Ice Maker
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining Area


                              • Books
                              • CD Player
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Music Library
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Stereo
                              • Television
                              • VCR


                                  • Balcony
                                  • Bicycles
                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Golf
                                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                                  • Outdoor Grill

                                    Pool / Spa

                                      • Heated Pool
                                      • Private Pool


                                          • museums
                                          • churches
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • library
                                          • live theater
                                          • marina
                                          • cinemas
                                          • playground
                                          • restaurants
                                          • synagogues
                                          • water parks
                                          • zoo

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • outlet shopping
                                              • antiquing
                                              • bird watching
                                              • boating
                                              • eco tourism
                                              • gambling casinos
                                              • miniature golf
                                              • beachcombing
                                              • 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

                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • deepsea fishing
                                                      • parasailing
                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • surfing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • wind-surfing


                                                          • 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.

                                                            14 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Relaxing Family Get Away

                                                            Natalie M.

                                                            Home is located in a quiet neighborhood. It was perfect for our family. Master bedroom was located on the top level with private screened porch. Impressive kitchen with all of the gadgets you would need and more. Loved the juice press and used it everyday for fresh oj. Front and back screened areas were great for relaxing after a long day at the beach. Family room was open to kitchen. Bedrooms were private and each were had screend in areas with glass doors. We were able to leave them open and enjoy the beautiful weather. Easy walk to the beach-we used Skip's wagon and beach chairs. Dog friendly. Everything was clean. This was the perfect get away for our college aged children and dogs. We were all able to have our privacy ,but also allowed family time in the large common areas. Pool is absoluty gorgeous and heated. We loved the location, close to shopping and trolley stop. Beach was well maintained. I can not say enough wonderful things about this home.

                                                            We really enjoyed the property and the location,just far enough away from nite life but not to far!!

                                                            Michael D.

                                                            The property was tucked away in a cul de sac and close enough to the beach only 1 block away and Skip the owner provided chairs and a wagon.We loved the layout of the home and easily could sleep 8 people.After a day of activities was nice to come back and enjoy the heated pool.Skip lives below which was handy for information and things to do. But you wouldn't even know he was there.Location of the home was mid island which worked out great centrally located for Times Square or all of the restaurants and bars yet not bothered by the note life of Times Square.All 5 of us said we would definitely stay there again.Thanks Skip for making our 50th Wedding Anniversary memorable.Mike and Charlene

                                                            We loved this house and enjoyed our weeklong stay!

                                                            Stefani S.

                                                            The house was beautiful and spacious enough to accommodate our party. We loved the covered pool and deck space. The beach chairs, wagon, and umbrella were so convenient! The house is just a short walk to the beach, but off the main road where it was quiet and relaxing. Loved it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us, Skip!

                                                            A WONDERFULL PLACE

                                                            MARIO B.

                                                            DESERT ROSE a place to be living all year , very confortable , my all family

                                                            was very happy and we enjoy every moment .I will recommend to any body

                                                            that planning for a vacation .And will look for future vacation ,we were sand

                                                            that we have to leave such A WONTHERFULL PLACE

                                                            Great place to stay

                                                            Richard C.Chicago IL Area

                                                            We had a wonderful time, enjoyed the pool, deck and beautiful landscaping. The home had everything we needed for a relaxing week with our puppy Rocky. Thanks again

                                                            Rick, Ernie and Rocky

                                                            We had a wonderful time at Desert Rose!

                                                            Elizabeth M.

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


                                                            Mid Island, Fort Myers Beach, FL, USA

                                                            Fully screened deck with dining area, deck with hammock, social area and poolside recreational entertainment area with dartboard.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            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.

                                                            14 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.9/5
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