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The Mermaids House - Old Town, Historic Bahama Conch House

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The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town

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Last updated: 06/27/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Private Homes, Old Town house description

In the heart of the Old Town Historic district of Bahama Village Key West, where life in the old days was very different than it is now, is my Conch home which has not really changed much except on the inside. It is private, fully furnished, very clean, and comfortable well stocked home perfect for a very wonderful Key West experience.

I have restored the house to keep it's history, so it has remained a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom with a 6 foot claw foot bathtub( Original)/ shower, pedestal sink, outside private shower, high cathedral ceilings, original hardwood floors, 5 foot sash windows, all Dade County pine, outside back deck for dining,bricked in back yard with comfy teak furniture for lounging under the 145 year old trees, front porch with seating, washer and dryer and central air conditioning and heat.

One bedroom has a queen bed, the other a double bed and the couch in the living room is big enough for a small child to sleep on. There is a view of the Key West Lighthouse from the kitchen and the backyard is tropical and shaded for a long nap on the chaise or hammock.The double back decks are a great place to practice yoga or meditation. Parking in front of my home is private and can fit 1 car and 1 moped. You will be so close to all the action, you do not need a car at all. Walking or biking is the way to see Key West like the locals do. Bicycle rentals are down the street. If you would like to use my bikes, there are 2 bikes to use in the yard( you will feel like a local)and a lock is in the basket to use. The key is by the front door.

I am looking for the longer term rentals since I do not want a lot of traffic through the house. I would like to retire there some day, so this is not just a business for me, it is my home. She was built in 1865, so she likes good company. We think she was once inhabited by a mermaid that a drunken sailor brought home one night long ago. She still remains in the house to watch over her and protect her.

Keywords: Single Family, Private, Historic Home, with Fenced in Yard

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Staff

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            There are 2 chairs and table provided on the front porch just for this. Ash tray included. Great place to listen to the church bells ringing on Sunday mornings from the church across the street....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            I don't rent to adults under the age of 25. The house is not child proof either....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Queen size Beds (1) Has a nice head board for reading upright in bed., Double Beds (1) Has vintage iron bed frame that came from old house on block....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            There are 3 kinds of coffee pots to use. A regular drip, a French press and a Cuban espresso pot. There is also a coffee grinder for whole beans. Can you tell I like coffee? For those cool nights or non coffee drinkers, their is a tea pot and assorted tea's. Enjoy!...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Kitchen features a gas stove, great for hurricane parties. Red Hand Pump for the well of fresh water outside the back door of kitchen. Great for everything but drinking. Feel free to0 water the plants, their is plenty of well water....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Ask owner for details....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Parking Off Street:

            Parking is private in front of the house for 1 car and mopeds. You really don't need a car. The way to get around Key West is by bicycle or walking. Or rent an electric car or golf cart for something different and fun....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Dryer is energy efficient gas and takes half the time of ordinary models.Don't wear your clothes out by setting the timer on high. The clothes dry very fast or hang on the line in back yard....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Down pillows, 100 % cotton comforters and sheets. All towels. Beach towels....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Separate Front Load Washer and Gas Dryer in Laundry Room with storage....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Central Air and Heat...moreless

          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • New central air conditioning or heat,original hardwood floors, all Dade county pine, 6 feet claw foot cast iron bathtub with shower, outside private hot water shower,private fenced in yard, Hunter ceiling fans in every room( energy efficient), on highest ground, hurricane shutters on every window, gas stove, deep water well and fully furnished. There is the original red hand pump mounted on the back deck for the well which actually works great.Please use it while you are there because its good for the well to use it or lose it. This provides the house with water for emergency's or whenever the power goes out....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Music Library:

                There are many CD's for your music listening. The stereo also has a plug in for your MP3 or Ipod. Just bring your unit and the plug is attached to the stereo already. Please leave plug in house when you leave....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                3 TV's in home. Master bedroom, living room and double bedroom each have a flat screen. Double bedroom TV is wall mounted for great viewing from bed....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Right down the street in walking distance is a video store for many choices.Their are many videos in the house for your viewing pleasure....moreless

              • Games
              • DVD Player
              • Books
              • Toys
              • VCR
              • Stereo
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Broadband Access:

                Bring your own laptop. Wifi for out door use....moreless

              • Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                This space is where you should hang out and share meals under the big Spanish Lime tree with friends.The backyard is very private, tropical and quiet being so close to Duval Street. Relax in the double hammock with a good book or take an afternoon nap.The double back decks are great for doing yoga or meditation....moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                A patio set with 6 chairs and umbrella are provided for outdoor dining.Plus a whole yard filled with new comfortable teak furniture for lounging. And a hammock for 2 under the 145 year old Zapadio tree....moreless

              • Balcony:

                Front porch with 2 chairs and table to sit and watch the world go by while you smoke. Ash tray provided. No smoking in the house, please....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

                  • Monument View:

                    From the backyard deck and kitchen window you can see the famous Key West Lighthouse which is across the street from the Hemingway House on Whitehead Street. This landmark is in walking distance, 2 blocks away....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Paragliding
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Swimming
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Fishing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Sailing
                  • Parasailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Tennis
                  • Golf
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Walking
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Churches
                  • Playground
                  • Ruins
                  • Synagogues
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Festivals
                  • Shopping
                  • Antiquing
                  • Shuffleboard
                  • Boating
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Photography
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Basketball Court
                   

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                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $300
                  $2,000 $7,000
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
                  • Taxes Included

                  Notes:

                  I only take cashiers check for the stay. The security deposit and cleaning fee are due upon check in , in the form of cash. The security deposit will be returned to you if all is well , upon your check out in the form of cash.


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                  Calendar

                  Last updated: 06/27/2014
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                  Location

                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  key West International Airport
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Fort Myers Ferry
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  US 1
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Southern Most Beach on Duval St

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Key West Food and Wine Festival - January ,

                  Conch Shell Blowing Contest - March,

                  Conch Republic Anniversary - April,

                  Hemingway Look Alike Contest - July,

                  Fantasy Festival Parade - October.

                  There is an Art Walk on Caroline Street the 1st Thursday of each month.

                  Some must eat at Restaurants:

                  El Siboney Cuban, 900 Catherine St-

                  Blue Heaven, Corner of Petronia St and 725 Thomas St-

                  Upper Crust,( the Best Pizza), 611 Duval St-

                  Old Town Mexican Cafe, Say hi to Gail, 609 Duval St-

                  Croissant De France, ( best breakfast muffins, etc), 816 Duval St-

                  Camille's Restaurant for breakfast, 1202 Simonton St-

                  Pepe's Cafe ( breakfast only), 806 Caroline St-

                  Half Shell Raw Bar, (Best raw clams and oysters ), 231 Margaret St-

                  Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe, my old stomping ground when I owned and ran The Garden Kitchen Cafe and Herb Garden Health Food Store for 10 years in this location, 900 Southard St-

                  Salute, for dinner on the beach with live music and sunset,1000 Atlantic Blvd

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1975

                  About the owner: Hello, I am the one on the left of my famous Key West singer friend. Her name is Camille Russo and she sings Jazz at Virgilio's on Duval Street.We come together at 'The Mermaids House' when I am in town.

                  Why the Owner Chose Private Homes, Old Town:
                  She wasn't a vacation rental when I bought her. She was like all the other houses on the block. All residential and occupied by the original families who were born and raised in these houses. When I found her she was a mess and run down. I loved the neighborhood of Bahama Village in Old Town, filled with Cuban and Bahamian families and they loved us. Now most of the houses on the street are guest houses and owned by people who never lived on the block. How times have changed. The location of my home makes it an ideal place to see Key West on foot or bicycle.Its really the only way to see Key West. You miss so much any other way.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  It is a wonderful location in Old Town, walking distance to all major attractions and great restaurants. One half block from Duval Street yet very private and quiet. This is a single family home, not a cookie cutter condo that looks like a real Key West home, this is the real thing. A Conch Home in the best Old Town location.You don't need a car while here so see Key West like the locals do, ride a bike or walk.


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                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town

                    The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town

                  • View from the front door entry looking towards the back door.

                    View from the front door entry looking towards the back door.

                  • Living room with lots of light and seating options.

                    Living room with lots of light and seating options.

                  • The living room media shelf with a stereo, iPod plug in and lots of Cd's.

                    The living room media shelf with a stereo, iPod plug in and lots of Cd's.

                  • second double/full bedroom

                    second double/full bedroom

                  • The back yard looking towards the house. New cushions in 2012.

                    The back yard looking towards the house. New cushions in 2012.

                  • Tropical Yard with Hammock for relaxing under the 145 Year Old Trees.

                    Tropical Yard with Hammock for relaxing under the 145 Year Old Trees.

                  • Bathroom pedestal sink.

                    Bathroom pedestal sink.

                  • The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town, front entry.

                    The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town, front entry.

                  • Looking towards the front door that have  hurricane shutters for no a/c days.

                    Looking towards the front door that have hurricane shutters for no a/c days.

                  • Nice corner in living room for reading and relaxing.

                    Nice corner in living room for reading and relaxing.

                  • The living room with flat screen TV, plenty of movies, and comfy chairs.

                    The living room with flat screen TV, plenty of movies, and comfy chairs.

                  • Master bedroom with queen size bed.

                    Master bedroom with queen size bed.

                  • The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town

                    The Mermaids House, Historic Bahama Conch Home in Old Town

                  • Another view of back yard looking towards hammock.

                    Another view of back yard looking towards hammock.

                  • Backyard deck for dining or sunbathing with Weber gas grill.

                    Backyard deck for dining or sunbathing with Weber gas grill.

                  • Next to deck from kitchen with the red well hand pump and can. Works great.

                    Next to deck from kitchen with the red well hand pump and can. Works great.

                  • outside shower and drying area.

                    outside shower and drying area.

                  • The Mermaid sign for the house.

                    The Mermaid sign for the house.

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                  Date last modified - Friday, June 27, 2014

                  $300 per night (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 06/27/14
                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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