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A Beach Paradise - Beautiful North End - Gateway Villas

Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The condo is right on the beach and the balcony overlooks the white sand and the Gulf of Mexico. Watch dolphins play and view gorgeous sunsets from this lovely sixth floor balcony apartment. Beautiful one bedroom apartment with king-size bed and queen-size sleeper sofa. Have all the comforts of home in a spectacular setting. The bathroom has been remodeled and kitchen is fully equipped with new modern appliances. Gateway Villas is a gated condominium.

Located in the quiet north end of Estero Island within walking distance of 'Time Square' with shops, restaurants, fishing pier, etc. Golf and Marina are nearby.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Margaret Schafer
Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

About Margaret Schafer

We vacationed in Fort Myers Beach in 1983 and purchased a one bedroom apartment here at Gateway Villas because it was our dream to become 'beach bums'. When we retired from Chicago in 1996 we moved here permanently and have loved every minute.

My husband died suddenly in September of 2013 but I am continuing to rent the apartment with the hope that the people who come will enjoy their stay and get a little feel of paradise on our beach.

Margaret Schafer purchased this condo in 2002

Why Margaret Schafer chose Fort Myers Beach

We had the opportunity to purchase Apt. 695, which happens to be across the hall from our unit (696). We've enjoyed the guests and take pride in keeping the apartment well stocked and clean (the way we would like a rental to be!)

What makes this condo unique

The balcony overlooks the Gulf and there you can watch the dolphins and the beautiful sunsets. We know this for a fact because we spend many hours on our balcony. The white sandy beach is ideal for walking and the pool is well maintained. Times Square is a few short blocks down the beach where there are many restaurants and shops and the pier. We are located on the north end of the island between the back Bay and the Gulf. Living just across the hall gives our guests the ability to contact us easily at any time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your condo for our honeymoon! The room is so pleasant and I loved all of the books that you had available! You have been so sweet and easy to work with and we would definitely love to stay here again one day! Now we're heading to Heavenly Biscuit for our last breakfast there before heading back to Kentucky!
Jun 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 6
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queensize sofa bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Full Modern Kitchen, Pool, Hair dryer included, New flat screen TV in Living Room and TV/VCR in bedroom. No Smoking Please


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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A Beach Paradise - Beautiful North End - Gateway Villas
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 195 reviews

Our favorite vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from staying at Beach Paradise, and it was paradise, indeed. Margaret was so friendly in her correspondence with us and we were at home from the very beginning of our stay. Her condo was so incredibly comfortable, decorated so wonderfully in the beach themes, and one of the best well-stocked condo I've ever stayed in. There is a picture in the bedroom of an osprey flying by with a branch in his claws. One morning as I was drinking coffee on the veranda, I saw one flying by carrying his own stick. We grilled out with our group and loved those accommodations, as well. I am not in terrific shape, but I was able to manage the walk to Times Square and all of the diversions offered there. And Bowditch Park is about that same distance the other way. I just do not have one bad thing to say about our stay. In fact, I am hoping we can stay here again in the future. I love Fort Myers Beach and I love this condo. Thank you for everything Margaret.

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and I hope you will return. Margaret
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What A Wonderful Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

This property has everything you need for a great stay on the beach. It is clean, secure, full of amenities, with a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere. I cannot wait to return! Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your “beach paradise”!

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in fort myers beach. The condo was equipped with everything including some personal touches thanks to Margaret!! Thankyou again margaret for allowing my family to enjoy our vacation in your condo!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to return!!

  • Review Submitted: 06/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. I’m so happy you enjoyed your stay. I hope you will return. Margaret
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All it was said to be.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay with only minor things we didn't care for. We certainly would like to come back but unfortunately the calendar shows it is quite filled up.

  • Review Submitted: 19/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy that you enjoyed your stay. Please let me know what minor things so I may improve on them. Would love to have you come back. Margaret
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City of Wyoming, MI

Lovely Condo

  • 4 of 5

Margaret is a wonderful hostess. She is attentive to any needs and keeps her condo clean and in perfect shape. There were many appreciated things like shampoo, foil, Tommy Bahama chairs and umbrella for the beach, Playmate coolers, tea with biscotti, and cleaning products. The bed and furniture was comfortable and the kitchen well stocked. The balcony provided a clear view to the beach and sunset, as the property is located right on the beach. The pool is very nice and heated. I wish there was a washer and dryer in the unit, but there is one on the bottom floor. I wish that there was a larger table and larger chairs for eating meals. The one in the kitchen (AC) is very small, and I found it difficult to set our whole meal on it. The one on the porch is bigger but there is no AC out there. However, we really liked our stay and will be wanting to use this condo again.

  • Review Submitted: 15/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review. It’s much appreciated. I’m happy that you enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you again. Margaret
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Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

This condo was probably the best equipped condo we've ever stayed in. The owner provides all you need and more. Perfect location directly on the beach, with an easy walk to the pier.

It was all we hoped for. My wife and I plan on returning to this unit next year.

  • Review Submitted: 01/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. It was certainly my pleasure meeting you and having you stay. I look forward to your return. Margaret
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Rt. 41 and Gladiolus
Nearest Beach
The apartment is ON THE BEACH!
Car: not necessary

Beach, Fishing Pier


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo in the Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
14 Apr 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season
15 Dec 2018 - 26 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
27 Apr 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$78.23
Tax Rate 11.0%

$200 Deposit is Required and will Be Applied
to balance owed. Cancellations in Writing at least 30 Days
in advance will receive deposit refund. After that time,
the deposit is unrefundable. Condominium Rules prohibit pets in rental units.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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