|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Ocean Front Home Located on Bonita Beach on Little Hickory Island. Upper Level for Rent Only. If the calendar is full for the Sunset Home.
My father was born and raised in Redgranite, Wisconsin. He served in Europe during WWII and in the end married the enemy, my mother. Together they began to raise a family in Madison, Wisconsin in 1947. My father received his doctorate from the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1956 and my mother received hers from Ohio State in 1967. Our family started out in Madison, but in 1957 moved to New Concord, Ohio where my father became Academic Dean of Muskingum College, and my mother taught German. In 1971 we moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan where they both taught at Central Michigan University and chaired their respective departments. It was at CMU in the early '70s when they learned about the Naples/Bonita Beach area and soon fell in love with it. They bought and sold numerous lots in Naples until they could afford to buy this little untouched piece of paradise, a sandbar in the gulf called Little Hickory Island. The island had very few residents and I remember when they built this house in 1980, I had to drive all the way to downtown Naples, to find a hardware store. In 1990 they retired from Central Michigan University and lived here full time. In 2010 my sister and I moved them, reluctantly, to assisted living in the towers at Arbor Trace, just a few miles south on Vanderbilt drive. In order to keep the love of their life in the family, my sister and I have decided to rent the upstairs of the house to help offset the cost of the brutal maintenance and ever-increasing taxes. Although the main floor of the house is now a rental, the oak and fruitwood furniture along with rich carpets and drapes, still hold the timeless warmth and charm they created.
Tom Evans purchased this house in 1980
The Sunset Home celebrates the spirit of a natural beach with beautifully furnished living space. Your family will truly enjoy the inspiring panoramic views of one of the best kept secrets on the gulf. The upper level of the home has three spacious bedrooms. One master bedroom, has double French doors that overlook magnificent views of the Gulf through the spectacular great room with wall to wall sliding glass doors. This home is perfect for entertaining, dining, and relaxing with family and friends. Our outdoor decks assure memorable shared moments under the sun or stars. The screened lanai and unscreened sun deck offer panoramic views of sunsets that no camera can capture. Come to the Sunset Home and re-discover who you are on a little known beach in paradise.
A real home, not a commercial property. Simple, but elegant.
This is a top notch property. Wonderful location, right on the beach as pictured and close to many terrific restaurants and grocery shopping. The house is very well-maintained and immaculate, with spacious very well appointed rooms. The screened porch and deck with lounge chairs got a lot of use! The house is also extremely well-equipped with everything we needed to cook full meals, plenty of linens and beach towels (what a plus), beach chairs, a cabana for the beach (such a delightful surprise). Dan, the "man downstairs" was very nice and very unobtrusive.
Our only complaint was the air conditioning. Florida in summer needs air conditioning that works efficiently. The 2 back bedrooms were very stuffy and warm and we ended up needing to run extra fans to try to draw the cooler air from the front of the house. Early in the week, at Dan's request, we had to turn off the system for 5 hours to allow the compressor to thaw because the system was not cooling properly. Later in the week, the repairman came and recharged the system which helped somewhat. Dan was responsive throughout the week. We absolutely would return to this property in the future. It was a delight in many, many ways!
Simply everything we had hoped for and wanted. We were two professional couples heading away on a week vacation, filled with beach walks, and a LOT of golf! The house was immaculate and all we'd ever need. The we loved both the screened-in porch and the sun porch. Right on the beach - perfect for long walks along Bonita Beach at any time of day; short drive to Fort Myers Beach on the island. Dolphins dance out in front of you on the deck, and swim beside you on your walks. Sunsets are awesome. Great local movie theatres which serve dinner ...and beer (!) to your table in the theatre! Tom was the perfect host; there for anything we needed - which was very little since he'd thought already of everything. We planned to do much more - bike on the regional trails, play tennis, but there simply was not enough time in each day! Golfed at many great local courses (Raptor Bay at the Hyatt was our fave; Stoneybrook is a great local public course - we got there 3 times, Jack Nicklaus' Old Corkscrew had lightning fast undulating greens..) Lots of shopping (Coconut Point) and eating options nearby. You can't go wrong here. I was tempted to write a subpar review so we could ensure it was always open for us when we returned (LOL, absolutely kidding of course - we could never do that to Tom!). Thanks for everything Tom! We had a blast. :)
Loved the house, we didn't want for anything. Tom was very friendly and helpful. The sunsets were absolutely amazing. Weather was perfect all week. We couldn't have been happier. Thank you Tom for a vacation we will always remember.
Vic & Lisa Mueller
What a wonderful welcome upon our arrival from Tom, the owner. Relaxing music, and opened sliders with the Gulf greeting us we knew we had chosen the right home. This is so clean, so fully equipped with everything you could possibly want. We felt so relaxed knowing our week would be fantastic. Tom, you are such a nice host, ready to help if we had any questions. The beach toys, chairs, umbrella and beach towels were a very nice surprise! So if you go to this beautiful home, once you walk in the door...you'll never need another thing! This was the perfect vacation with our family, including our 2 yr old grandson. He was so excited to play with the sand toys and floats. So many different birds,. shells, and starfish to see and even a manatee! You will not be disappointed with this beachfront home.
The minute we opened the door to the house we knew we had found THE perfect vacation get away. The views were spectacular! The home itself was very clean and comfortable. It had everything and anything you would need. A fully stocked kitchen, spacious bedrooms, beautiful living room, and a huge screened deck, overlooking the ocean. Perfect for early morning coffee! The beach was literally steps away, so many hours were spent walking on the beach, playing in the water, and soaking in the sun. Every evening we walked out the back door down to the water, and watched the most breathtaking sunsets we had ever seen. We did do some sight-seeing, but with all of this right out your back door, we didn't want to leave! Many thanks to Tom. He was more than a gracious host, taking time to make sure we had everything we needed, and just chat with us. By weeks end he seemed more like a friend. Cannot wait to come back again!
I always want to go home after a week away, but I wanted to stay here another week. It usually takes a few days to relax, Day 1 here. We stayed at this house for one week with our eight year old child and my parents. Tom is excellent at taking care of this place. It is clean. There are no mildew or musty smells. They really thought of everything. Any time I thought I needed something, I was able to find it. We hope to go back again. It was very relaxing. I have two minor complaints and I'm putting them in more to help the family know what guests might be wanting, not as something that would prevent us from coming back. The kitchen is stocked well. We are on a gluten free diet for my husband and I cook A LOT. I had everything I needed. I just wanted the utensils and Teflon bakeware/cookware to be in better shape. One of the bake pans is rusted on most of it. I think this must be tough as a proprietor. Having had roommates in college use and abuse my kitchen stuff, I know how frustrating trying to keep things nice. It is obvious someone has used metal in the past on these and scratched them and burned the plastic spatulas. Also, the bed in the master I found very comfortable (I slept in it after my folks left a day early). The king bed in the back of the house, too firm for my taste. If it is ever on the docket to be replaced, I'd go for more like the master mattress. Having different pillows to choose from was a wonderful touch. When we were cold the blankets were there to snuggle in. We had great family time doing puzzles, reading, watching movies. The great room is very comfortable and had a ton of space for everyone to relax. Perhaps it was the time of year we went, but the beach is quiet, you have a ton of space. No one was having loud parties or playing music and drinking beer on the beach. The beach is frequently patrolled and is very well maintained. Thanks to Tom and his folks for being so thoughtful and keeping the place up so well. By the way, the new shower is great.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning||$200 + Tax|