Viva on Duval ~ Key West
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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Viva on Duval vacation rental is truly a home of fine distinction, at long last this splendid piece of Key West - Cuban architectural history lives again! Lovingly reclaimed and painstakingly restored by the heirs of the Valdes family who originally built this prominent Key West home, it now stands once again gorgeous and proud... close to the ocean with a seafarers view Displaying the most romantic elements of neoclassicism design this inspired home has a special fairy-tale charm. A triangular pediment, decidedly symmetrical wrap-around porches with tall round columns, and a curvaceous look-over widow’s walk are reminiscent of the planked decks and elegant bow sprits of classic wooden schooners that one time freely sailed the 90 mile passage between Key West and Cuba.
This home of fine distinction is a wonderful treasure that reminds us of romantic days of opulence when Key West and Cuba had both a business and brotherhood bond fueled by the seafaring trades throughout the Caribbean. Today this exquisite private is available for rent as a private single-family residence offering a rare and unique opportunity to intimately live in a part of the lost-in-time landscape of Key West architectural history.
INTERIOR DESIGN AND LAYOUT: Throughout the restorations and renovations the interior of this home has, for the most part retained its authentic original layout. Below is detailed description by floor.
DOWNSTAIRS: An impressive entrance hall with polished hard wood floors makes a grand statement when you first enter the front door of the home. The first architectural feature you notice is the perfectly restored original wooden banister staircase that seems to mysteriously wind to the second floor. The Stately rooms with 12-foot ceilings line both sides of the house.
DOWNSTAIRS right side - The front door entrance is set to the right of the house as you face it, and the entrance hall grows into a long and wide sitting room and leading straight ahead to a spacious luxury bathroom. The full bathroom is divided into two rooms with a bathing room and a commode room. The bathing room features a gorgeous double-wide sink vanity and oversized shower. Ceramic sink bowls elegantly sit atop the expansive tiled vanity, and the large shower is state-of-the art with frameless glass doors and a shower bench. All bathroom fixtures are high-end chrome. The commode is neatly tucked in the back in a private commode room.
The right side of the downstairs also houses a thoughtfully designed laundry center. Ample room has been reserved for not only the washer / dryer, but a folding and ironing station. This is a rare find in any house in the tropics. This feature is ideal for the fashion conscious guest or persons looking for a luxury accommodation with enough space to iron special apparel for an even such as a wedding.
DOWNSTAIRS left side - To the left of the grand entrance hall is the large luxurious living / dining room. This room is appointed with upscale classic style furnishings, tropical art work, a 50 inch screen plasma TV, with an added feature of a pull out sleeper sofa. Elegant ceiling light fixtures are carefully chosen crystal chandeliers like the ones that were traditionally found in the opulent manors of Havana.
The renovation of the home also added a brand new custom built kitchen with the latest modern standards. By opening up the kitchen wall to the dining / living area, there is now a grand spacious and beautiful living space. The new kitchen offers all the amenities you would expect in a modern luxury home of this quality. Complete with custom tile work, granite counter tops, and top-of-the-line appliances this luxurious kitchen has a dual level preparation counter and dining bar counter. The wooden dining table is set between the living room and kitchen beside the kitchen bar counter for easy serving and entertaining.
Outside in the back - Entrance to the private back yard is found on the back wall of the kitchen where a wooden door leads to the private swimming pool with landscaped yard and tiled pool deck. There is plenty of seating for sunning and lounging.
UPSTAIRS: A classic feature of grand historic Key West homes is the gorgeous custom staircase, each one unique in its own right. The staircase in this home lends to its fairy-tale charm as the grand wooden banister staircase gracefully winds upstairs to the left and leads you to the center of the 2nd floor. The railing at the landing has an open view on both sides of the entry room below, and once you reach the second floor the spacious atrium-style hallway feels like a room in-and-of-itself with polished wooden floors and chandelier light fixtures. A pretty writing desk is thoughtfully placed towards the front of the hallway, and towards the back of the hall an exterior door leads to the second floor wrap around porch and widows walk.
UPSTAIRS left side - During the renovation of the home the owners made an effort to preserve the original floor plan of each bedroom as their grandfather had originally designed it. Each bedroom is spacious, grand, and luxuriously furnished and appointed (complete with wall mounted flat screen TV), and each can be regarded as a stately master bedroom in its own right.
As you stand at the top of the stairs the bedrooms and bath room are off the hall in a circular pattern. To the left towards the front of the house the 1st bedroom is the stately green room furnished with a beautiful carved exotic wooden king-size poster bed, classic patterned roman shade window coverings and red-tipped crystal chandelier. The 2nd bedroom on the left, towards the back of the house, is fit for a princess. This romantic blue and white room is elegantly furnished with a brilliant white king-size pencil-style poster bed, pretty blue silk slipper chair, white cloth roman shades and delicate blue tipped crystal chandelier.
UPSTAIRS Porch and Verandah: Moving around to the middle of the second floor, the entry hall leads to the back door that takes you to the deep verandah porch that rests on the tall columns below and wraps all the way around to the front of the house. The grand verandah is one of most unique and fabulous features of this home. At the back you have a great view of the private pool and grounds below. As you walk around the south side of the house you get a view of the street below and as you walk to the front you catch the ocean breeze and a seafarer’s view of the island near its most southern end of the United States. An intimate bar table, complete with sun umbrella, has been thoughtfully placed on the 'widows walk' so you can sit and gaze toward the ocean and watch the sites below. There is also a double wide hammock for 2nd floor outside lounging and napping.
UPSTAIRS right side - As you move past the entry hall the 3rd bedroom is situated towards the back-right corner of the house. This room is painted in okra (soft golden-yellow) and is set with a queen size platform bed, soft cloth roman shades and delightful bedroom table and two chairs. This room is topped with a tropical ceiling fan with lights.
Back in the hall as you move to the right is the large luxury European style bathroom. Divided into two rooms there is a separate commode room and bathing room. By setting the bathroom as two separate rooms it services all three bedrooms very efficiently.
GROUNDS: Staying true to the original 1930s design of the home, the front yard is planted with neatly trimmed green lawn outlined with tropical foliage. The lawn is the perfect stage to set off the tall white round porch columns. The back yard is fully fenced with a tall white picket fence. The original back yard gave way to a nice size swimming pool and large tiled deck to meet modern day standards for indoor-out door luxury living. A door from the pool deck to the kitchen makes the ideal set up for private entertaining pool side. A wide variety of beautiful palm trees, bougainvillea, and tropical foliage create a romantic tropical setting. The front of the home has stunning curb appeal with large curving front porches on the first floor and verandah on the second floor with a seafarer’s view of the ocean.
Bedding Summary: Second floor - 2 king size beds, 1 queen size bed. All bedrooms are on the 2nd floor, all three bedrooms serve as suites. Green Room - king size bed; Blue Room - king size bed; Okra room - queen size bed. First Floor: 1 queen sleeper sofa in the living room.
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Air Conditioning
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- 3 to 15 minute walk to all Old Town Key West features.
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Beach View
- Car Not Necessary
- Jet Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Located on Upper Duval with seafarer's view of South Beach
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Winter (Dec 15-Apr) ................... $800/night (7 night min) .. $4800/week . (Shorter stays of 3 night minimum subject to availability) Shoulder (May 01-Aug 15 & Dec 01-14) .. $700/night (7 night min) .. $4300/week . (3 Night Minimum Available On Reservations Made Within 60 Days of Arrival) Summer (Aug 15 -Dec 01) ............... $700/night (3 night min) .. $3800/week Note: Holiday/Festival Rates Are 20% To 25% Higher-Call To Confirm Rates
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Front of 2-Story Home - Faces Duval Street
Main Home - Kitchen to Living Room
Main Home - Elegant Blue and White Room
Main Home - Grand Okra Room
Main Home Entry Way - Grand Staircase
Main Home Swimming Pool
Main Home - Stately Green Room
Main Home Luxurious Bathing Room
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3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
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