Our Florida vacation house in Bradenton was in a quiet neighborhood, on a canal, near the Manatee River. The house is attractive and comfortable, with two stories. On the ground floor is the master bedroom, which includes a very large bathroom with a walk-in shower and a big garden tub. The master suite has a large walk-in closet, which was great for stowing some of our stuff. Also on the ground floor are a second bathroom, the living room, the laundry room with washer and dryer, a den, a dining area, and a large kitchen. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes, silverware, cups and glasses, and pots and pans. There are also a refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave, a toaster, a garbage disposal, and a blender. The pantry is spacious, and we had more than enough room for all our groceries.
Outside the bottom floor are a garage, a heated swimming pool, and a lanai/patio area. The pool and patio are screened in, so we weren't bothered by bugs. A charcoal grill, a table, chairs, and lounge chairs made this area especially comfy. There were also lots of pool toys for the kids to enjoy. Something we especially liked about the patio is that part of it is covered, so we always had shade from the sun and shelter from the rain.
Upstairs are three additional bedrooms and a full bath. Two of the bedrooms have queen-size beds, and the third has a set of twin beds. All the beds were comfortable, and the entire house was clean. The air conditioning worked great, too. You might not think that's important, but it is to us! The Southwest Florida summers can be pretty brutal. We also appreciated all the TVs. There's one in every bedroom, in the living room, and in the den.
The thing my two grandsons and son-in-law really loved about this property was the canal, which borders the back yard. They're big saltwater fishing fans, so they spent a lot of time angling in the canal. They caught snook, snapper, ladyfish, catfish, and gar. They saw numerous redfish, too. Actually, we all enjoyed the canal because of the wildlife and birds it attracted. Almost every morning, a Great Blue Heron came to the mangroves to fish for its breakfast. We also saw egrets, gulls, songbirds, and pink flamingoes. On three mornings, dolphins swam into the canal and were just four feet away from where we were standing on the bank!
This Bradenton FL rent by owner home is near restaurants and shopping. The white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters of Anna Maria Island are just twelve miles away. Palma Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound are nine miles away, and they also have sandy beaches and provide angling opportunities. If you love fishing, the Skyway fishing piers are just a few miles away, with restrooms and bait shops that are always open.
The owner of this Florida vacation house is extremely nice and easy to work with. If you have any questions or problems at all, he takes care of them quickly. We also met Joe, the handyman, and he was very friendly and helpful. This large, attractive vacation home rents for an unbelievable price. When we went, it was just $850 per week, and we weren't required to make a security deposit. Prices might be higher during other times of the year - I'm not sure about that. If you want to spend some time in this Bradenton FL Rent By Owner home, you can contact Jim, the owner, at 563-332-4578.