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Fort Myer's Beach—Private, Heated Pool—2 Min Walk to Beach—5 Bdrms—3.5 Baths

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bdrms, 2 full Baths+2 half baths+2 separate showers, 2 kitchens

Only 2 Min. Walk to Beach!! 'The Anchorage' 5 bedrooms PBS Host, The Piano Guy's Beach Home with Backyard Heated Swimming Pool

Email the owner (Theresa) for a link to a video tour of the beach home. It will give you a perfect picture of the layout of our beach home.

Just steps (less than one football field or 2 minute walk) to the powdery, white beach located directly across the road through a private, tropical, beach entrance. You’ll be sure to find a perfect balance of relaxation and fun in the sun here on our mid-island location on Fort Myers Beach, Florida! All the fun of a beach front home at a fraction of the cost!

Enjoy the in-ground, private, heated (to 82 degrees F) swimming pool! Relax with a cold cocktail while sitting on one of the submerged stools, or maybe enjoying a fun game of water volleyball is more your style ...

Our lovely beach home was originally a duplex but has been renovated so that you can access either side of the duplex from the interior of the home too. It is connected by a set of double hung sliding barn doors that connects the upstairs main living areas which can be opened for convenient passage between the separate sides or closed for privacy (similar to adjoining hotel rooms that connect.) It is perfect for two families vacationing together or one big family to spread out! We refer to the two sides as Sunrise and Sunset, which together comprise The Anchorage. No need to fight over refrigerator space which is often the case when vacationing with a large group; we offer 2 full sized refrigerators upstairs as well as a dorm fridge downstairs to store all your goodies and cold beverages!

Our beach home boasts tasteful, tropical, airy furnishings. Relax on the lanai, dine under the large umbrella-ed deck or take a cool shower in your own private, outdoor shower. Just steps to the beach for some of the best shelling in the country, midnight star gazing and awesome sunset celebrations all at a fraction of the cost of staying beachfront. We have a beach cart to carry your treasures (kids, coolers, towels, chairs, etc) to the beach effortlessly.

Here's the basic layout of our beach home which rents in its entirety: Right Side (Sunset). You can enter the right side of the house (Sunset) through the screened lanai. There are two bedrooms on the ground level floor. They are best described as suites. Both offer views to the in-ground swimming pool and have separate outdoor entrances. The suites can be connected to each other through a door that can be left locked for privacy or open for company. Each of these bedrooms has its own half bathroom, queen bed, living area consisting of chair, couch and TV as well as small lanai overlooking the pool.

Suite #2 has a bonus room consisting of shower, full sized washer & dryer, microwave and dorm refrigerator. The private, outdoor shower can be accessed through the hallway the leads to these bedrooms and upstairs.

Upstairs you will you find the family room, dining area with a table that comfortably seats 10, kitchen, 2 decks, full sized laundry facilities, 2 bedrooms (1 king & 1 queen), full bathroom and dining area. Both decks are outfitted with tables and chairs. So, on the Sunset side, all 4 bedrooms are connected interiorly or can be locked out for privacy.

Left Side (Sunrise)

The left side of the house (Sunrise) has a separate, private entrance. It contains a small deck with table and chairs, family room, full bathroom, bedroom (king), loaded kitchen and dining area. Again, it does contain a sliding barn door that provides easy interior passage to upstairs Sunset if you leave the door open …

Our 2 kitchens have everything you need and more: refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven, coffeemaker, toasters, blenders, silverware, dinnerware and all the gadgets you will need whenever you are cooking in.

Recently added, Sunset & Sunrise have a set of double hung sliding barn doors that connect the upstairs main living areas which can be opened for convenient passage between the separate sides or closed for privacy (similar to adjoining hotel rooms that connect).

So, to sum up the whole house,

- 5 bedrooms

- 2 full baths + 2 half baths + 1 shower + private outdoor shower

- Sleeps 10

- 1 outdoor, private shower

- 2 kitchens

-2 Full-sized refrigerators & dorm refrigerator downstairs

- Ground floor bonus room consisting of a microwave, dorm refrigerator, shower and full sized washer and dryer.

- There are two, full size laundry facilities one upstairs and one downstairs.

Additional Amenities:

2 Full sized washer and dryers, Beach carts, Free Long Distance (in US), Free high speed wireless internet access, Trolley stop for local commuting available nearby, 2 Pianos and instructional materials. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) 19 miles away

We provide enough bath and dishwashing soap, paper towels and toilet paper to get you started. Since a full-sized grocery store is only a 2 minutes drive down the street you always have what you need. Of course plenty of bath towels, pillows and bed linens are also always at hand in our lovely beach home.

The Anchorage is located on Estero Island, a seven-mile stretch of ocean-front which is filled with shopping, dining and entertainment. You can enjoy para-sailing, jet skiing, volleyball pits, live music, eats and drinks all within walking distance. Right down the street you will find nice recreational facilities including tennis courts, basketball, and a large pool and water park featuring water slides and lifeguards for the kids.

My favorite beach activities are biking and running along the ocean while watching and listening to the dolphins splash beside you! Our daughter still loves blowing bubbles and the all-time favorite activity of flying a kite up and down the beach.

The Anchorage is located mid-island which provides a quiet, private, tropical beach experience, but is still close enough to Times Square (entertainment district) for the times when you want to take a walk on the “wilder side.” Here at the Anchorage, you will be sure to find a perfect balance of relaxation and fun in the sun!

The Anchorage is only a 2 min. drive from a Grocery store (approx. ½ mile.) A pharmacy, movie theater and medical Center are also close by. Since the international airport is only about a 25-30 minute drive (19 miles) with available taxi, shuttle and limousine services readily available, transportation is never a problem. This is an awesome location on the island – a beautiful section of pristine, sandy beach and wonderful shelling “Non-beachy” favorites include catching a movie at the theatre and put putting.

All in all, I think you'll agree that The Anchorage Beach Home offers extraordinary fun, comfort, and convenience to enjoy an unforgettable vacation with your family and friends. It is absolutely perfect for families, and family reunions. Hope you can drop your anchor with us soon at The Anchorage! All the fun of a beach front home at a much less expensive cost!

We welcome families and groups of adults over the age of 25.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Inquiries via email are accepted in every language
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About Theresa

Scott and Theresa Houston are the owners of 'The Anchorage Beach Home' located on Estero Island on Fort Myers Beach Florida. They live full time in Indianapolis, Indiana and enjoy swimming, biking, running, entertaining and music!

We love the beach! We have been fortunate to have experienced many beach vacations over the years in numerous places including Jamaica, Hawaii, Florida, Grand Cayman, Caribbean, California and Bahamas but have always come back to SW Florida time and time again - by far S.W. Florida has the softest, whitest, tropical beaches around.

Theresa purchased this house in 2007

Why Theresa chose Fort Myers Beach

We chose Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island in particular because it offers just the right mix of fun verses peaceful times. Captiva and Sanibel are too quiet for the couple of nights that we like to go out to listen to some live bands or to enjoy some food and drinks out. On Ft. Myers beach you have lots of entertainment options. As we said, the perfect ratio of fun to peacefulness can be found here.

Our little Estero Island secret is that we are far enough south that you can almost always count on experiencing nice, warm weather during spring and winter breaks unlike in most other Florida beach locations. On Fort Myers Beach you can expect great weather and beautiful beach filled days at half the cost of vacationing on neighboring Sanibel, Naples or Captiva.

What makes this house unique

We searched for a long time before we purchased a beach home. We knew exactly what we wanted and knew it when we found this home.

We fell in love with this particular beach home for many reasons; here are a few that might be of particular interest to you:

1. We are only a 2-minute walk directly across the road to the beautiful Fort Myer’s Beach though a private, deeded beach access, and can enjoy it at half the cost of staying beachfront. We pass that savings on to you! You may not be a aware yet, but most homes do NOT have a private, deeded access directly across the street. Sometimes you as the guests have to walk a long way to get to a beach entrance. Most of the time that ends up being a “public” beach entrance which in turn makes that stretch of the beach crowded and often rowdy. Our section of the beach is quiet and tranquil.

2. Our modified duplex allows us the luxury to vacation with another family or our extended family without being right on top of each other. We get the best of both worlds, traveling with family and friends we love, but having plenty of room for everyone to spread out to have their “personal” time too when we are vacationing at our lovely Beach Home.

3. Grocery shopping is no longer a dreaded, all-day affair because we now have a full sized grocery store just a few streets over from us. Yea!!! You think we are kidding, but this is a HUGE plus!!

4. Again, the location is great. Once we arrive on the island there is no reason to leave because everything we need is available right here.

5. You can enjoy our private swimming pool while the kids are taking a much needed nap or while getting some work done on your lap top using the free high speed wireless connection at the pool.

What more can you ask for ...Oh, we almost forgot to mention that Scott is the “The Piano Guy” on PBS. So … you can enjoy all the wonderful, “beach” décor and at the same time have a unique opportunity to learn how to have fun playing favorite tunes on piano.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We truly enjoyed the Anchorage Beach House. It worked so well for the family. Everyone felt comfortable and relaxed. Scott's instructional books had my husband, son and grandson all playing piano. My husband, who likes to make ukuleles was inspired to make a Ft. Myers Beach ukulele as well. We truly had a wonderful time and will definitely keep you in mind for a return trip.
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mid Island in Fort Myers Beach

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5+ • 2 full baths (upstairs) • 2 half baths (downstairs) • 1 shower in bonus room of suite #2 (downstairs)  • 1 outdoor, private shower • a hairdryer in every bathroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Conservatory
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Just steps (less than one football field or 2 minute walk) to the beach—out our front door, a right toward Estero Blvd & cross the street. Our private, deeded beach entrance is right there. Other rentals may show their house on a map right across the beach, but the extremely relevant question, is HOW are you Aloud to enter the beach? Do they have a private entrance to the beach, or do you still have to lug your beach gear to the nearest public beach entrance that could be quite a lonnngggg walk even though physically the house appears to be located right across the beach. Be sure to ask! The ease of entering the beach can quite literally make or break your vacation! Since our beach entrance is “private” & there are not any public beach entrances near us, the only people on the beach where we enter are home owners. It is a very different experience from being near high rises or Time Square where the beach is crowded. Our stretch of the beach is quiet with powdery white sand & tropical.


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Fort Myer's Beach—Private, Heated Pool—2 Min Walk to Beach—5 Bdrms—3.5 Baths
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 97 reviews

Fantastic family vacation !

  • 5 of 5

The Anchorage Beach Home was the perfect place for our family of 10 to spend a week together. The home was very spacious, comfortable, clean, and so nicely decorated! The grandchildren loved swimming in the heated pool while the adults rested on chase lounges or chairs. When not in the pool area, we took that two minute walk to the beautiful sandy beach. We loved every minute; the week flew by; and we hope to be back in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We can highly recommend this fantastic house. We spent a week in February here, and we are only sorry that we could not stay another week. The house is perfect for two families. Bright and beautiful, plenty of space for everyone. Wonderful with the terrace at the front where we enjoyed our breakfasts and the pool area at the back where we had barbecue and nice swims in the pool. A short walk and the whole beach is in front of you, fantastic! The house was fully equipped, and more. We are so satisfied with everyting and already long to return.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House, Great Location, Great FUN!

  • 5 of 5

Family and friends totaling 10 found the home clean, well maintained, fully stocked and in a great location! Basically it was exactly as described on the website.

I was the one who booked the home. I looked at many homes before booking. We chose this home partly because the price was competitive and also because it just looked like a great fun place for our group to spread out and be close to the beach. I did notice that we weren’t charged a “service fee” either like was the case on other homes I checked out. I asked the owner and she said that it was because they do not offer online booking. I didn’t realize that the online booking amenity cost the renter not the home owner. I honestly don’t remember paying it on previous homes I have rented in the past??? Booking this home was easy even without the online booking.

The location was awesome! The home is right across from the beach entrance which was important to us as we spent a lot of time on the beach. It was quiet and beautiful. We spent mornings on the pool deck checking emails and drinking coffee and most afternoons at the beach. The wagons came in handy too for the coolers.‘’

The home was well supplied, towels, pots, dishes, pool & beach toys and beach chairs which was nice. We didn’t have to go out a buy a lot of things … We had one issue though that turned out not to be much of an issue. We couldn’t get the wireless internet connection to connect to our devices when we first arrived. I emailed Theresa and she had is working working for us within the hour. It just needed to be rebooted. We also liked that all beds were Kings and Queens (not twins) for us couples.

Our favorite restaurants were The Beached Whale for their shrimp tacos and The Upper Deck at Matanzas Inn for the view and live music. You can get the best fresh shrimp from Trico Shrimp Co. off of Main Street right after you get off the bridge. We honestly had a fabulous time. We will rent this house again (hopefully soon : - ) and highly recommend it it to others!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't Beat It!

  • 5 of 5

We had family and friends totaling 8. The location was great and the rental rate was good! The entrance to the beach was super close 1 - 2 mins walk. The pool was well maintained. The little ones liked the wide concrete stairs to play on on at each end. The table on the Sunset side allowed for great family meals and interaction. Loved that there were 5 separate spaces but still under the same roof. We all could had a place to be alone to take a nap, read a book, etc. We cooked 3-4 nights. Having the 2 separate kitchens made meal preparation easy! We rented a Hobie Cat while we were there and had a ball sailing it up and down the beach! Theresa (The owner) was very easy to work with and made the process painless! I had emailed her several times before we booked and even called a couple of times too. She always responded to me quickly. Short drive to charter fishing, and stores. Plentiful restaurant options. The house is located perfectly away from the larger resorts and public beach accesses keeping your stretch of gulf uncrowded. The only hiccup was that one of the dryers was making a funny sound the 2nd night there. I contacted Theresa by email and a technician had it fixed by the next day. Great service! We highly recommend contacting Theresa and seeing for yourself. Thank you Theresa for sharing your home.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach home!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family winter vacation! There were 10 of us....... 6 adults and 4 chikdren( ages 10,8,5,and 3). The proximity to the beach was within minutes, the pool was a great extra, the rooms were comfortable and nicely furnished, and the fact that this was a duplex with lots of room gave everyone space and privacy if wanted. It was a relaxing and enjoyable week in our " home away from home"! A beach home worth reserving for a vacation in Ft. Myers Beach!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Couples Vacation to Beat the Winter Blues!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 couples had a terrific time. We chose this home for the following reasons.

1. all beds were king and queen sized so that none of us had to take a penalty by on sleeping in twin beds. 2. 2 full kitchens with full sized refrigerators! (we usually didn’t have enough refrigerator space in the places we have stayed in the past).

3. heated pool

4. private spots for everyone to be alone when desired

5. can’t tell by the map on site (owner said that it was for security purposes that map doesn’t hone in to the exact address) but this beach home is super close to the beach. 1-2 minute walk max to beach from front door. Beach was clean and beautiful with powdery white, soft sand.

6. lots of good reviews

Once we arrived, we found this home to be very clean and had everything we needed but not fancy but totally appropriate for the beach. Pool area was simple, but had several loungers, chairs and a couple of tables with umbrellas. We played a lot of water v-ball! Owner was easy to communicate with and responded quickly. All 8 of us were thrilled with the home over all! If you have ever vacationed with family and/or friends in a big group, you understand when I add, that says it all. We would highly recommend this home to our friends for sure.

Hope to be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Fresh Catch Bistro
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Fort Myers Beach (2 minute walk)
Car: not necessary

How About a Piano Instruction Vacation Right on the Beach?

Return from your vacation with more than just photos: combine sun and fun with learning for a truly memorable getaway. You are invited to unwind on one of the loveliest beaches around... Stay in the Piano Guy's beach home (Emmy Winning host of public television’s “The Piano Guy with Scott Houston) located on Fort Myers Beach, Florida for your next vacation. Our beach home is set up with everything that you will need to learn how to play the piano: Piano with headphones, Scott's video instruction, Fake books (the tunes,) Scott's printed instruction books. All this is provided at no additional cost to you while you are our guest in our lovely beach home! There is a piano in both Sunrise and Sunset. You can work at your own pace in Scott's home on a gorgeous beach. Sounds like the perfect vacation, doesn't it! What? You say that you simply want to be a 'beach bum' while on vacation, no problem. We can help you with that too!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mid Island, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer Special 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
10 Jun 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer Season 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall Special Pricing 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving Week 2017
18 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017 Season
25 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Week 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 26 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Week of Jan 27, 2018
27 Jan 2018 - 2 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Winter Season 2018
3 Feb 2018 - 2 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Break 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring/Early Summer 2018
7 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2018
11 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Fall Special 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £389.49
Cleaning Fee £233.7 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

If you are inquiring about a date that is not listed above, please email the owner for a quote. When you are ready to move forward in the reservation process or simply have more questions, feel free to email or call. *All Holiday weeks not listed individually here are usually higher than the generic seasonal rates listed on this page. Please email us to receive an accurate quote. Thanks.

A credit card pre-payment of $600 or 20% (whichever is larger) will secure your reservation and rate.  The final payment which includes the balance of the rental plus a $500 security deposit (totally refundable if there is no damage to property) is due 56 days prior to arrival.

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