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Margaret Schafer

Member since: 2004
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A Beach Paradise - Beautiful North End - Gateway Villas

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this North Island holiday condo

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, newly remodeled, one bedroom apartment with king-size bed and new queen-size sleeper sofa. Have all the comforts of home in a spectacular setting. The bathroom is newly 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

  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Margaret Schafer (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks english

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


We loved the condo! Thanks for everything. We had a great time. The condo had everything like home. Thanks again!
Jun 2016
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based on 8 traveller reviews

A Beach Paradise - Beautiful North End - Gateway Villas
average rating of 4.75 based on 174 reviews

Clean comfortable condo and complex. Beautiful beach area .

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed eating our breakfast and just relaxing anytime day or night on deck overlooking beach. Beautiful view and sunsets. Condo could use some updating but is clean and comfortable. Owner very accommodating. Complex well kept and pool area. Would recommend for girls getaway or a couple.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location. Very clean, tidy, well-maintained, and all we needed during our stay. Owner Margaret was flexible with our arrival and departure times and communicated with us in a timely manner. We hope to return again next year when it is less humid. Less than a 1 mile walk to restaurants and center of activity. Trolly is 75 cents too. Very quiet part of the north beach area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to having you as guests in the future. Sincerely, Margaret
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The perfect beach paradise condo

  • 5 of 5

First the condo is perfect-- it has everything one could need on a vacation-- everything from towels, beach chairs and coolers. The place is beautiful, clean and the view can't be beat. Sitting on the balcony watching the beautiful sunset, or having a cup of coffee in the morning and watching the dolphins in the surf-- this place is truly a beach paradise. The white sandy beach is never too crowded and it is a short walk to the dining and entertainment at Times Square. It was a pleasure to meet the owner and all the residents in the building. If you want a relaxing vacation, in a beautiful condo, with a knockout view, stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was my pleasure to have you stay and I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Margaret
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Great Condo!!

  • 5 of 5

This condo is everything on the listing and more! Lots of extras including beach chairs and cooler. Property was well-maintained and Margaret very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed walks on the beach every morning watching the dolphins! Beach never crowded and condo in great position for walking to Times Square for eating and shopping.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. My hope is always that my guests enjoy themselves and feel comfortable and relaxed while they are here. I would love to have you return sometime. Sincerely, Margaret
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What can we say but we were at home at this condo. Miss it already! everything was great!

  • 5 of 5

Would we recommend this condo-yes yes yes and whoever will listen to us we cannot say enough about this property. Loved the beach,food,weather,people,swimming pool,and the relaxation the most. there is a farmer's market that had everything you needed for food so you didnot have to leave if you chose not to.The food was the only thing you needed to stay here as everything was included from books,movies,beach chairs and towels,newspaper to read. A trolley ran by so you did not need a car-wonderful! No problems and every one was so helpful in answering any questions. When our week was done we call it pack and pout because we really wanted to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. We loved having you and hope you will come back again. Sincerely, Margaret and Ron
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  • 5 of 5

You would be hard pressed to find a better rental unit in this area. Everything we thought we may need was included. From beach chairs, coolers, popcorn, towels, soap...list goes on.

The view was as advertised-Awesome. The place was very clean and organized. I only wish our house was kept as well.

One of the best features was the location of local eateries, shops, etc. Times Square is a short walk from the condo and that was nice not having to find a place to park. The pier was there and the whole area was active with things to do and see.

I would recommend this rental without hesitation.

Joe & Vicky

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Rt. 41 and Gladiolus
Car: not necessary

Beach, Fishing Pier


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo in North Island, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
9 Apr 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season
17 Dec 2016 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
22 Apr 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$79
Tax Rate 11.0%

$200 Deposit is Required and will Be Applied
to balance owed. Cancellations in Writing at least 60 Days
in advance will receive deposit refund. After that time,
the deposit is unrefundable. Condominium Rules prohibit pets in rental units.
If payment is made by credit card an additional fee of 2.9% will be added for domestic or 4.5% to international.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in North Island, Florida

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 6
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • 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
  • 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
  • golf pass optional
  • 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