Open & Airy Heated Pool
You can rent this 3/2 vacation home with a private heated swimming pool for much less than the cost of a local hotel room let alone a suite in any hotel provided you wish to stay a little while.
The tall cathedral ceiling in the sunken living room and the addition of ceiling fans in all the rooms adds to our homes open and airy feeling. Add to that a tranquil 55-gallon aquarium in the dining area and the homes large and private side yard with a large goldfish pond and you’re feeling the Florida vibe. And let’s not forget the warm year-round private swimming pool. Stay here and you’ll enjoy the best of what the Sunshine State has to offer.
The daily outside temperature in Port Charlotte during the winter runs anywhere from the mid-50s on a cold day to the mid-70s on a warm day. This is the beauty of Florida winters where one can enjoy the temps that nature provides without the need for running an air conditioner or heater. The front of our home features a screened breezeway so simply open the front door, the landscaping provides plenty of privacy, and let the fresh air in. Likewise, the back sliding glass doors can be opened to the pool and lanai area which are completely screened in by the large 1500 sq ft by 12-foot tall pool cage. The result, in the winter, is a home with fresh air staying cool all day long. Only when the temps exceed 80 degrees (which does happen sporadically for several days during all winter months) is it necessary to close up and turn on the central air conditioner. At night you need only shut the doors and the block home will maintain it’s temp seldom needing to turn on the central heat. Today here, in mid-January, the outside temperature is a pleasant 64 degrees and there’s no need to run an air conditioner. Time to enjoy fresh air, and, of course, the sunshine!
We have updated all bedrooms with new paint, flooring, furnishings, bedding etc. The master bedroom has it’s own ensuite private bath with walk-in shower. Master has brand new king size mattress (Nectar memory foam) and new bedding. All bedrooms have 32″ led tvs with Comcast cable. Bedroom 2 is set up with 2 twin beds, perfect for children or single guests. Bedroom 3 has a double bed and is tastefully decorated with artwork of our talented 23-year-old daughter. Cable and internet service are provided throughout the home. The house bath with tub lies between the two smaller bedrooms which are on the other side of the home from the master. The living room has comfortable seating for you and your guests with reclining couch and recliner chairs and a 50″ led flat screen tv. The family recreational room off kitchen has a pool table, which converts to a table-top ping-pong set, along with the seating, stereo, and is equipped with desktop computer (free internet and wifi service) and desk. There’s also a futon couch which converts to an extra full-size bed. This room faces onto the large covered lanai and pool area. Sit poolside on the covered lanai and enjoy meals, play cards or games, and of course enjoy the large warm heated swimming pool. Plenty of seating and floats to get the most out of the pool.
Back inside, the galley kitchen has everything you’ll need to be able to prepare meals (see amenities list). You can enjoy your meal at dining tables inside and/or out on the lanai where you’ll also find a Weber charcoal bbq grill at your disposal.
Home sits on two private lots so plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors with horseshoe pits and ornamental pond. Home is very handy to all restaurants, shopping, post office, grocery store, liquor store, and to Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda where there’s always something happening and to do. Englewood Beach and Boca Grande are about a 30min drive away.
ABOUT THE POOL: The pool is heated even in the summer during which time we have solar panels on the roof that suffice. In the winter, even though Port Charlotte is pretty far south, we can be in the 40s and 50s at night with a rare frost warning. Last year was unseasonably warm and in February we even had a 90-degree daytime temp one day. So, in the winter, we use a heat pump which is only capable of raising the temp about a degree an hour throughout the day. It is not capable of heating the pool at night so it is off then. So it’s necessary to keep the temp from dropping too many degrees overnight and the only tool available for that is a solar blanket that is a plastic bubble sheet that covers and floats on the pool surface. It is lightweight and rolls up on a reel with a handle to place it on and off of the pool with little effort- but really needs 2 people to pitch in. The pool must be covered at night when it’s cold or even during the day if it’s a really cold day. So there is a little bit of effort that tenants must do if they want the water to stay warm. We do set the thermostat to 87 degrees and the pump can only maintain that if you continue to cover it nightly. Make the effort and it stays warm.