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Private, Heated Pool - 2 Min Walk to Beach - 5 Bedrooms

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Mid Island holiday house

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

Be sure to click on the 'video' button to the left of the description that you are currently reading (directly above the main photo) if you haven't seen the video clips of the beach home yet. It will give you a perfect picture of the layout of our beach home. If you are on or you will need to email me for the link to the video tour as they doesn't offer links to video tours directly from their sites.

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 is a duplex. 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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Theresa (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks english, Inquiries via email are accepted in every language

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 beach and can enjoy it at half the cost of staying beachfront. We pass that savings on to you!

2. It 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, “beachy” décor and at the same time have a unique opportunity to learn how to have fun playing your favorite tunes on the piano during those non-beachy times at no additional cost to you. Everything you need to learn to have fun on the piano is available to you while you are our guests at the beach home.

We are sure that you will love our home too. We have many happy guests that come back year after year and our goal is to make you and your family our guest for many years come!

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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Private, Heated Pool - 2 Min Walk to Beach - 5 Bedrooms
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 91 reviews
Indianapolis, Indiana

Super Vaca

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and comfortable home! Just a very short walk to the beach; plus there is a lovely pool on site. Anything a vacationer might need is at their fingertips! Short drive to beach shopping, but might just choose to stay at the house!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Fun Trip with Family and Friends

  • 5 of 5

This home was exactly as promised! We have rented a number of homes over the years and this one was definitely well stocked, clean and had a great layout for a big group of ten people all staying together in one house. The location was perfect! We could walk to Junkanoos for terrific pizza or a cold drink Oceanside. The beach was super close to the beach home---literally a two-minute walk. We dealt with the owner, Theresa, who responded right away with a detailed description of the home and price for the week. The reservation process was easy and made me feel confident that I was in good hands. We have already booked our trip for next year. We can't wait go back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adult Trip for 10!

  • 5 of 5

We chose the Anchorage Beach House for a week for five couples. Several are turning 60 this year and we went to celebrate. We had an amazing week! The weather was perfect and we loved spending a week on the beach when they were getting snow at home. So many things about the house fit our needs perfectly. The house was very comfortable and we loved having the two kitchens. We all have very busy lives and were wanting a week of fun and relaxation and cooked most of our meals in the house. We loved the large table, it was wonderful that we could all sit down and eat together. The house was very roomy and we didn't feel like we were in each other's space at all. Theresa was great to deal with. We had to email a couple times while we were there and she got back to us immediately. The walk to the beach is very easy and we loved the wagons. We loaded chairs, coolers, beach bags, and anything else we were taking to the beach in them very easily. We would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a great place to stay. Publix is an easy walk away, that was an added bonus. Thanks again for sharing your home with us! Just a side note, Fresh Catch Bistro is an short walk away and was an amazing place to eat! (PS Theresa returned our deposit to us VERY quickly!)

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wrigleyville, Chicago


  • 5 of 5

This is actually our second stay at The Anchorage Beach Home. The first vacation in 2011 was so great that we decided to make a repeat trip and do the whole vacation again in 2015. It was even better this trip! The owners actually connected the upstairs of the two units together with a double sliding barn door by the kitchens, so that you could leave it open during the day and close it when you needed some privacy like bedtime or while you are taking a shower. It was a great improvement, and like I said we loved our stay the first go-round. We rented through Theresa, the owner both times. She was great to work with and returned emails and calls quickly. The house was well stocked, had lots of room, was clean and really perfect for our group of 4 adults and 4 kids. The day we arrived we had an early flight and Theresa let us store our luggage in the garage and spend the first part of the day at the beach while the cleaners were getting the house ready for us! They had lots of beach chairs, toys and a beach cart for our use. The outside areas had several tables with umbrellas which we appreciated. It was nice to be able to get out of the sun when you wanted to but remain outside with everyone. I actually worked on my computer under the umbrella poolside using their high speed connection almost every morning. It worked great. We’ll be back! I’m already ready …

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wish I Could Have Stayed Forever

  • 5 of 5

I rented the home to celebrate my twin daughter's 15th birthday. I arrived to a beautiful house with ample space for my twins and their 4 friends. Having a house full of teenagers can be a challenge but the layout was perfect for our occasion. My husband and I kept the Sunset side to ourselves and the girls took over the Sunrise side of the home. The big comfy couches were a great spot to catch up on the days activities and plan the next days adventures. We took the girls fishing and also went to collect shells at Lover's Key which was about 15 minutes from the house and at Sanibel Island about 30 minutes away. The beds were all comfortable with nice clean linens. The air conditioners worked wonderfully and the house was nice and cool every day. We were able to enjoy sit down dinners at the large table for 10. The kitchens had everything we needed to cook and bake.. which the girls did plenty of. There is a grocery store about a half mile from the house which was very convenient. There were beach toys and chairs available for our use, as well as a wagon to tote all our belongings down to the beach for the day. The walk to the beach was quick, maybe 2-3 minutes. The pool was great, especially in the afternoon's to cool down after spending the first half of the day at the beach. We all loved the outdoor shower which also has hot water. I am looking forward our next trip to Fort Myers as I have found everything I was looking for in this home and plan to keep coming back every year. I no longer have to search for my peace of paradise, I found it all in one place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 had such a wonderful time at this beautiful home!! Very clean, updated and well taken care of. We had so much space and the walk to the beach was short and sweet. We saw dolphins every single morning at the beach! If you like to walk or bike, you really don't even need a car to get around; there is also a trolley that will take you from the Pier to Lover's Key (a must). We enjoyed having our own pool, which was the perfect temperature our entire stay. The garage is loaded with beach chairs, carts, toys for the little ones, and more. We will definitely be back! Thanks Theresa & Scott!!

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
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!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Mid Island, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Season
1 Oct 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
19 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017 Season
26 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Holiday
24 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Year's Week
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan. 2017 Special Pricing
7 Jan 2017 - 20 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb. 2017 Weeks 1 & 2
28 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb 2017 Week #3
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb 2017 Week #4
18 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer Special 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer Season 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Special Pricing 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$395 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$658
Tax Rate 11.0%

The rates listed above are the exceptions to our standard rental rate. Any week not specifically listed above, will rent at the "standard" rate. 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Mid Island, Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Porch Furniture
  • conservatory
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • Yard
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
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
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Just steps (less than one football field or 2 minute walk) to the beach, tropical setting, beach cart, beach toys, 2 full sized in door private laundry facilities, spacious, 2 Pianos and instructional materials, bright and airy, tasteful tropical furnishings, plenty of room for two families to vacation happily together, 2 loaded kitchens, outdoor private shower, games, 2 downstairs bedrooms are suites, full-sized grocery store is just right down the street, Have you always wanted to be able to sit down at a piano and play a few of your favorite tunes? Now’s your chance … Maybe this vacation will be one that will allow you to knock one of your lifelong dreams off your to-do list.