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Envision yourself relaxing in a beautiful wood framed conch cottage with overhead fans lazily turning below the sloping tin roof in the heart of Old Town in Key West. This is the best value in Key West as it is no cookie cutter small rental condo but a private home in the Shipyard section of the Truman Annex with its gated entrance and 24 hour security. Our Bermuda-style cottage is steps away from sunning yourself on the beach, at the pool or enjoying the excitement of Duval Street with its many award winning restaurants, unique shops, creative art galleries, lively bars and bawdy night clubs. The famed Mallory Square and the water activities are also a short walk away. And value? How about free reserved and secure parking? High speed internet connection and a beach pass for your entire group to the Ft Zachary Taylor State Park beach?.
We also offer themed getaways for your honeymoon; anniversary; birthday or a week of romance.
We know you will enjoy our home as well as Key West. On my living room walls are paintings I have purchased in Cuba from my humanitarian and education trips to the island. The colorful and yet relaxing paint hues on the wall are from my visits to Bermuda which is why I call my vacation home 'A Touch of Bermuda in Key West'.
Pets by special permission. No short weekend stays. It's not permitted by home owner association rules.
The Truman Annex is a former Naval base in the heart of Old Town in Key West. President Harry Truman used to vacation here so this residential complex is named after him. There is a wonderful tour available in the home he used as his summer residence. Duval Street is two blocks away. The pool is 100+ steps out my back garden gate down a pebble path. The best beach in Key West, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park is within walking distance and I have a beach pass for your stay. The famed sunsets at Mallory Square are short walk away as are the many tourist attractions such as Hemingway House; the Aquarium and Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum. And if water sports are your thing, the snorkel, scuba and fishing trips all start at the local pier within walking distance of my cottage.
Golf: There is an 18 hole golf course in Key West which is open to the public. It's not Pebble Beach or Augusta National but you can keep your game up to snuff by playing a new course. The links are within a short drive from my cottage but alas, this is one attraction not in walking distance. Good luck in breaking par.
Other Activities: Some really fine dining at award winning restaurants. On the walls of my living room, I have a painting of the Blue Heaven restaurant, one of my very favorites. It is quintessential Key West.
You must be 25 years old to sign the contract to stay....moreless
I have two daughters so how could my home not be kid friendly. I have board games, movies for young ones and cards. I hope your kids will be outside most of the time but I do have these indoor activities....moreless
I can't officially call my home ADA approved but there are no stairs to get into the front door from the sidewalk and since there is a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor, this can work for some handicapped persons....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
But feel free to enjoy a smoke on the back deck or front porch....moreless
Dogs yes. Porcupines no. Sorry for that pointed comment....moreless
King size beds (1) Besides the high thread count sheets and pillow cases, the mattress with a cover is as comfortable as they come., Twin or Single Beds (2) These really are 3/4 beds as part of a trundle bed. Very comfortable mattresses and high thread count sheets. You deserve the best., Baby Cribs (1) It's sort of a hybrid padded playpen and crib. Many a family have told me this worked very well for their baby or young toddler., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) I know. You remember the iron bar poking you in the back. Well there is an iron bar but the mattress is extra thick so you'll sleep the night away. The high thread count sheets won't hurt either....moreless
If you want CLEAN dishes and glasses, please test out my dishwasher...moreless
I know you're not on vacation to cook BUT my fully equipped kitchen will allow you to make that gourmet meal to celebrate some special occasion....moreless
It's 1000 watts so you don't have to wait long for the popcorn to pop or the leftovers to be heated....moreless
Electric. I wish we had natural gas in Key West but it'd be hard to get gas pipes laid in the limestone and coral that make up the keys....moreless
You shouldn't have to buy spices, salt, pepper, sugar, sweetener, mustard, mayonaise, olive oil and the like so you don't. I have these items stocked unless the previous guest cooked for a crowd....moreless
There's an ice maker so you have the ice you need for margaritta's and pina coladas....moreless
Electric. It works super well but I frankly miss the natural gas I have in my other home up north...moreless
Of course you need toast or a bagel in the morning....moreless
Well it's really my front porch with comfortable chairs to have a glass of wine and say hello to the passerbyes....moreless
Available to rent or have someone take you out down at the marina....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Perfect to entertain yourselves or guests. The table can sit up to six people and you can eat out every night if you choose. But if it rains, I do have the formal dining room inside....moreless
Stock Island, the next island over from Key West has an 18 hole course. It's not Pebble Beach or Augusta but it no little putt putt course either....moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Some wonderful Eco tours are available day and night....moreless
It's a large gas grill perfect to cook what you may catch in the waters around the island....moreless
Public hartrue courts are in walking and biking distance....moreless
Water Sports Gear:
Para sailing; paddle boards and other gear is available to rent around town....moreless
Pool / Spa
Most private pools in Key West are about as big as a large bathtub. This shared pool in Shipyard is heated and is a very nice size. Plus you get to chat with other visitors who can tip you off to a good restaurant...moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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The cleaning fees are included in the rental price. If there is excessive cleaning needed such as from pets, I take the additional charges for my houskeeper from the deposit.
A refundable deposit takes property off the rental market. The rent itself is due 60 days before you arrive. You can pay either by credit card through Pay Pal or by personal check.
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The Shipyard section of The Truman Annex is THE best place to stay in Key West. Duval Street is two blocks away and the best beach in Key West, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park is about 800 yards in the other direction. Everything you want to see or do is within an easy walk.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: I'm a semi retired guy who was in the television and marketing/public relations industry and is now a professional character actor/singer on stage and I teach Marketing and Public Relations at a university in Boston, MA every Fall. My oldest daughter was married here in Key West and it's a special place for me.
Why the Owner Chose Truman Annex: I always had TAE (Truman Annex envy) when my two daughters and I were visitors and renters in Key West. I vowed I'd live here one day and when I sold my public relations firm in 1999, I bought a small two bedroom,one bath condo and later this much larger two bedroom, two bathroom cottage. I am in Key West at least six months a year and rent out my home when I am not in town.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: A Touch of Bermuda in Key West is my 'friend with benefits' as everything I want to see or do is within walking or biking distance. One couldn't ask for more.