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Rex Geissler

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Gulf-View Retreat - Beach, Pool, 2 Kayaks, PaddleBoard, FirePit, Yard, CrowsNest

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Beach, Pool, 2 Decks Gulf Views, 3 BR/2 Bath, Sleeps 9, 2nd Flr, 1330 square ft

Anna Maria Island is Florida's best kept secret: beautiful white beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, golf courses nearby, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or jump aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops near Gulf-View Retreat. The beach is white sugar sand and 7 miles long. The area is known for its splendid sunsets.

Spend the day on the beach at Sunset Park, which is a simple 2-minute walk from the Gulf-View Retreat, or hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby or in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico. The Katie Pierola Sunset Park beach area across the street is located right on the 7 miles of unobstructed Anna Maria Island beaches. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, huge Pelicans, Blue Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Terns, Gulls, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in the home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

While the beach on the Gulf of Mexico is 7 miles of uninterrupted sand with very few people next to our home, if you want crowds of people at the public beaches, you can go south to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, or to Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or to Anna Maria Pier at the east end of Pine Avenue for the intercoastal/Tampa Bay access. Anna Maria Pier is a special place where many times you can see fish, rays, dolphins, and manatees swimming underneath you as well as fish from the dock and have a nice meal or an ice cream cone at Two Scoops Ice Cream Shop.

The Herb Dolan Park, an easy five block walk or bike ride on 26th Street North and Avenue A, is an open park area with a terrific view of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay. The Herb Dolan Park features picnic areas, basketball court, playing field, swing set, play structure and a Kayak launch.

After enjoying the beach or park, you can use two outdoor showers next to the pool to wipe the beach sand off before getting in the pool. Kick your feet in the water in the new heated swimming pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs including nice tile siding and multiple sitting shelves. Head up to the Crow's Nest deck and watch the dolphins swim by in the Gulf of Mexico next to the beach. If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley out the back door and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley one stop down (or stroll along the beach the one mile) to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.

The new swimming pool includes a large sun shelf where you can place the plastic Adirondack-style chairs in the water and kick your feet around the water, which is about 6-8 inches deep. The sun shelf also includes a fountain. Then the pool has a sitting shelf around 18 inches deep. The rest of the pool is about 3 to 5.5 feet deep. The pool includes two more sitting shelf's on the far end that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelves on the far end has a soaker spout to massage bad backs. Use the pool toys provided including water noodles, beach balls, and other throwing balls. The new pool includes lots of deck, yard area, and landscaping to sit around and watch the kids play in the pool.

Surrounding the swimming pool and pool deck is soft grass that is easy on the feet as well as various palm trees of different sizes that increase your privacy including Areca Palms, Queen Palms, Fishtail Palms, and Palmetto Palms. A large Frangipani/Plumeria tree creates beautiful large flower blossom clusters usually in May or June, which smell ideal and are the basis for Hawaiian leas.

The Gulf-View Retreat offers everything you need for your beach stay! Beach toys for the kids are available in our outdoor shed. Dishes, pots, pans, linens and towels are all provided - just bring your swimsuit and enjoy! The Gulf-View Retreat features a split plan with the master bedroom having it's own bathroom and on the other two queen-size bedrooms sharing one bath. There is an additional pull out sofa bed in the family room. Granite countertops throughout the unit provide luxury at your fingertips. Other amenities to perfect your stay include:

Open decks with Gulf of Mexico views

New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

2 Kayaks

Paddle Board

Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs

Big Yard

Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

Wireless Internet service with 20MB per second high speeds

Cable on the high definition flat screen TV

New Trane air conditioning unit

The Gulf-View Retreat is the independent second floor of the home, while the first floor can be rented separately through the Pool-Side Retreat listing ( vrbo #614098). Each floor is a completely self-sustaining, independent unit with its own BBQ, patio furniture and entry way. Both floors can be combined for family reunions, retreats or multiple family vacations if you contact us, where both floors would include:

Complete privacy for the entire home

Sleeps 18 People

6 Bedrooms and 2 Sleeper-Sofas in common areas

12 Beds of differing sizes

5 Car Parking Spaces

5 Televisions

3 Bathrooms

2,600 square feet

2 Granite-Countertop Kitchens

2 Washers & 2 Dryers

2 Grills

Private Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

Private New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

New Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs surrounding it

Open lanai and patio

Big Yard

Wireless Internet service with 20MB per second speeds

6 Bikes for riding around the neighborhood including kids bikes

2 New Trane air conditioning units

1 Paddleboard

2 Kayaks

And much more...

Our home is much easier to navigate than 3-story duplexes on Anna Maria Island because our first floor is on the ground level and the second floor is one easy set of stairs. Other homes on the island tend to require climbing multiple flights of stairs up or taking elevators because their homes begin on the second floor and go up to the third floor.

If you rent just the Gulf-View Retreat, then there are a few 'common' areas for the two floors including the pool, yard, fire-pit, toys and 3rd story 'Crow's Nest' deck. Contact us for a Reunion Retreat where you can rent both floors including the entire house for special occasions.

In case you would like to look at the Gulf-View Retreat on Google Earth or another mapping program, the physical street address of the Gulf-View Retreat is:

Gulf-View Retreat

2208 Avenue C

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(if you know Bradenton Beach, this location is right near the only S-curve on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, which encourages traffic to slow down as well)

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rex Geissler (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Rex Geissler

Growing up in Florida, I enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. I had heard about the beaches south of Tampa where I grew up but did not experience them until I was an adult when I went to Anna Maria Island with my family. We fell in love with the area. And since my husband is from Colorado and we live on a mountain property named Quartz Mountain Ranch, the island beach gives us an incredible contrast to the mountains.

Rex Geissler purchased this house in 2014

Why Rex Geissler chose Anna Maria Island

When we first saw this property, we fell instantly in love with it. There is a warmth in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

The proximity to the beach, the unobstructed Gulf views from the Gulf-View Retreat deck and from the Crows Nest deck, the brand new heated swimming pool, the Fire Pit with lighted Areca Plams, the paddle board, 2 kayaks, and the closeness to the trolley stop made this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have rented places on aMI before and this is the place I will come back to. Quality furnishings, Wolfgang-puck Pans, fridge with icemaker and frosted mugs. Beach chairs and toys if you have children. Beautiful bedrooms and everything you need. The pictures on line are what you get and more. What a view and we loved the crows nest deck. Our first vacation with another couple. Worked out great with 2 bathrooms too.
Apr 2014
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Gulf-View Retreat - Beach, Pool, 2 Kayaks, PaddleBoard, FirePit, Yard, CrowsNest
average rating of 4.864865 based on 38 reviews

The gulf view property was fantastic!

  • 4 of 5

The listing description was accurate and met expectations. Everything we could have wanted was provided and in good working order. The property was clean and well maintained which made our experience most enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend this property to friends and family. The only drawback was the construction of a new home on the vacant lot and then a few days later, a grounds clearing crew began clearing the lot next door to prepare for another home. This, however was not the property owners fault, just bad timing for our vacation. I would certainly stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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It was a great place to stay! Very close to the beach and had a great view.

  • 4 of 5

Overall we enjoyed our stay. Nice property with a great view and location. It was well accommodated with beach and pool toys. The bicycles were dilapidated and unusable however.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great Property!

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed at this property the last 3 years for Memorial Day and it gets better every time. The Owners are always looking for ways to improve the experience. We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Geissler's for the wonderful vacation home. We rented the whole home for our family. It was equipped with everything we needed. We spent most of the time on the 2nd floor, as it was spacious and bright. The view from the deck was spectacular. The crow's nest was great for watching the sunrise and set each day. Our grandchildren loved the pool and yard, with it's beautiful landscaping. The fire pit was perfect for making smores. The home was located on a quiet street just steps away from the beach and trolly stop. Anna Maria Island is now our favorite vacation spot, so glad someone told us about the island. We hope to vacation there next year.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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good experience

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our 1night stay at the beach house.My grandkids loved the heated pool,kayak and paddleboard.The beach is right across from the house,and would have been good if the weather was not as cold. The house was big enough to accommodate 7 of us. It was good for 9 people.Rich the care taker was gracious and accommodating.i would rent this place again,maybe for longer days.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nice Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, along with our two adult children and their significant others, and my mom all enjoyed our stay at Gulf View Retreat last week. There was plenty of room for the 7 of us. The house was clean and well stocked. The location and view are excellent.

Apparently there was a problem with the air conditioning leaking water into the downstairs unit, but a very professional repairman came and quickly had everything working properly again.

Having the gas grill on the deck was great, we used it almost every night. The heated pool was nice and the beach was pretty much just a walk across the street..

Our daughter said the pullout sofa bed was not as comfortable as her own bed, but was fine for the 5 nights she was there.

Our son proposed to his girlfriend on the beach the last night we were there. They plan on getting married on the beach there next year and, of course, want to stay at this house again.

So, if all works out, we will most likely be back at the Gulf View Retreat next spring.

Thanks to Rex & Michele for a wonderful family get-away.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton Int. Airport,Tampa Int. Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Kokonut Hut Bar at Gulf Drive Cafe
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Manatee Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Sharkey's SeaGrill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Bradenton Beach
Car: not necessary

Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Mexico in Sunset Park on an island only 2 minutes from the beach! Sunset walks along the incredible Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view from our home, closeness to the best beaches in the US. New heated pool with a sun shelf and fire pit, and take the paddle board and the kayak on the Gulf of Mexico. Great restaurants and the peace and quiet of seclusion are waiting at your Anna Maria Island Retreat!


Rates & Availability

Bradenton Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Aug 14 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
January 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
February 2017
Feb 4 2017 - Feb 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 4th Independence Day 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
January 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
February 2018
Feb 3 2018 - Feb 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Feb 24 2018 - Apr 20 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 21 2018 - May 25 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

We'd love to share our home with you! We have 2 independent self-sustaining units - Pool-Side Retreat (entire 1st floor - and the Gulf-View Retreat (entire 2nd floor - Both units can be combined for family retreats or multi-family vacations! Each unit shares a few 'common' areas: the pool and yard, the fire-pit, & 3rd floor Crow's Nest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bradenton Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1330 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Towel closet
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower , Cabinets
    Outdoor Shower 1 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Outdoor Shower 2 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Family Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 50" HiDef 4K LED Cable TV, queen, ceiling fan, reading lamp
    Sunny Yellow Bedroom with 35" Cable TV - 1 queen , 35" Cable TV, ceiling fan, reading lamp, large dresser,close
    Blue Nautical Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, two closets, night stand
    Master Green Bedroom, TV, Master Bathroom - 1 queen , Cable TV, fan, walk-in closet, reading lamp, large dresser
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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