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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

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 ...

To view a video of our home, you must click on the LEFT arrow button located on the primary photo displayed at the top of this listing. It will give you a great idea of our home’s layout!

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 …

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

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, paddle boarding, kayaking, 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.

Again, the Anchorage’s mid-island location provides a quiet, private, tropical beach experience, but it is still close enough to Times Square (the 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 an 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 30.

We have 35+ reviews as well as 60 + guest book comments which can be viewed by scrolling to the end of the "owner" section. Guest book comments were used exclusively before automated "reviews" became the default. We mention this only to put your mind at ease. By reading these, you will get a really good idea of what you can expect when staying at The Anchorage Beach Home.

We want you to enjoy your vacation whether you stay with us or not ... If you are interested in possibly booking our beach home, please tell us a little bit about the group/party you will be traveling with for your stay with us. It will help us determine if we sound like a good fit or not. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Theresa & Scott

More Details


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:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • •We ask our guests to respectful of neighbors by adhering to the Beach's​ noise ordinance—quiet in all outside areas after 9:00 pm.
  • •No additional people allowed on property other than those listed on the rental contract. We welcome families & grps of responsible adults age 30 & ↑.
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
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • 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 4.97561 based on 102 reviews
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

great vacation

  • 5 of 5

The location was great...we enjoyed the ocean and the pool.

Lots of space for our family of 8 adults and grand babies .

Nice neighbors and quiet location.

We enjoyed our stay but a week was too short

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Perfect and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at 135 Anchorage. There was plenty of space for 7 of us and room to spare. The house is a very comfortable beach house on a quiet street and less than 5 minutes to the beach. The kids and adults all had a great time. The two kitchens and linen closets are well equipped. Communication with Theresa was great. We hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house, we loved it

  • 5 of 5

Wunderschönes Haus, sehr gute Lage und top eingerichtet. Das Haus und auch die Umgebung sind sehr gepflegt. Im unteren Stock befinden sich zwei Studios mit je einer Toilette, einer Dusche sowie eine Waschmaschine und Tumbler. Auch eine Mikrowelle und Kühlschrank sind vorhanden. Beide Studios haben einen direkten Zugang zum wunderschönen Pool. Im oberen Stock befinden sich je zwei Schlafzimmer, Wohnzimmer, Küchen und Bäder. Die beiden Terrassen haben wir auch sehr viel benutzt.

Die Buchung und die Zahlungsabwicklung haben super geklappt. Theresa war immer erreichbar und hat sofort zurückgeschrieben.

Wir können dieses Haus sehr empfehlen! Gerne wieder.

Beautiful home, very comfortable. The Location was perfekt! We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. This lovely family from Switzerland stayed at our home for 2 weeks. I have included an English translation below: -- Fantastic house, we loved it Beautiful house, very good location and top furnishings. The house and the surroundings are well maintained. On the lower floor are two studios each with a toilet, a shower and a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a microwave and a refrigerator. Both studios have direct access to the beautiful pool. On the upper floor are two bedrooms, living rooms, two kitchens and bathrooms. We also used the two terraces very much. The booking and the payment process worked great. Theresa was always available and wrote back immediately. We can highly recommend this house! Gladly again. Beautiful home, very comfortable. The Location was perfect! We had a great time.
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Terrific Trip at The Anchorage Beach Home Had by All!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 10 (5 couples) had a great time. The home was well stocked, clean and had lots of room for all of us! The pool was enjoyed almost every evening after a full day at the beach. Loved having the 2 full sized refrigerators and the dining table large enough for all of us to comfortably eat together. We would have liked to have stayed longer! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations across the board.

  • 5 of 5

The property layout was absolutely perfect for our family (8 adults ranging from 21 - 72 and our 3 year old granddaughter). Spacious, exceptionally clean and very comfortable. The owners' descriptions of the location, rooms, beach access and creature comforts are spot on. The owners are prompt in response and provide plenty of detail for the stay. We thoroughly enjoyed this quiet, dead end street with such close access to what felt like a beach all to ourselves during our entire stay (school had started for many). We highly recommend this location.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Inquiries via email are accepted in every language
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2018

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!

Your hosts love the beach! They 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.

When they are not at the beach, they are working at their primary business, Houston Enterprises, teaching adults how to play the piano using a chord style approach.

Theresa purchased this house in 2007

Why Theresa chose Mid Island

Theresa and Scott chose Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island in particular because it offers just the right mix of fun to peaceful times. Captiva and Sanibel are too quiet for the couple of nights that they 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 they said, the perfect ratio of fun to peacefulness can be found here.

Their little Estero Island secret is that their beach home is 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

Theresa & Scott searched for a long time before they purchased a beach home and knew exactly what they wanted. They fell in love with this particular beach home right away for many reasons; here are a few that might be of particular interest to you:

1. Their home is only a 2-minute walk directly across the road to the beautiful Fort Myer’s Beach though a private, deeded beach access, and can be enjoyed it at half the cost of staying beachfront. The hosts pass that savings on to you! You may not be aware of it yet, but most homes do NOT have a private, deeded access directly across the street. Often, 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. Their section of the beach is quiet and tranquil.

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

3. Grocery shopping is no longer a dreaded, all-day affair because there is a full sized grocery store just a few streets over from us. This is a huge plus!

4. Again, the location is great. Once you arrive on the island there is no reason to leave because everything you 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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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: recommended

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

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak Winter Season 2018
3 Feb 2018 - 2 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Break 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Week of 3-17-18 Special Price
17 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Break 2018 Cont.
24 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
17 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Week 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year's Week 2018-19
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 25 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Week of Jan 26, 2019
26 Jan 2019 - 1 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Winter Season 2019
2 Feb 2019 - 1 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Break 2019
2 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £213.72 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £356.2
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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