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Anyone can rent you their house, I provide a tropical resort with concierge services. This house has it all – a 7 min walk to Sombrero Beach, heated private pool, ocean views, a 'fisherman's' dock, high speed wireless Internet, etc., etc. Marathon recently spent $5M renovating Sombrero Beach - it's one of the best beaches in the Keys. Beach chairs, towels, umbrella, cooler, and sand toys are all provided. The 12' X 28' pool is on the west side, so it gets full sunshine for sun bathing in your Speedo (you'll have a lot of privacy in our back yard). In the winter we can heat the pool to 86 degrees. At night the pool light will change colors. The fisherman's dock has a large fish cutting station, electric, plumbing, sink, lights for when you return in the dark, a hose for your boat and one at the fish cutting station, and rocket launchers on the pilings to place your rods so they don't get stepped on. Use the freezer out back for your bait, ice, and your catch. And what's the worst part about fishing in the summer? Answer: when you catch a load of fish and you have to clean them in the scorching sun when you return. Well, I've taken care of that. I have let the mangroves grow up and over the fish cutting station to block the sun as you clean your catch. There's even a shower to cool you off when you come back (see photo). We are on the ocean side, so you'll have quick ocean access to some of the best fishing in the world. An underwater dock light comes on at dusk and turns off at dawn - you'll be mesmerized by the fish swimming in circles around the light while you sit on the park bench with a glass of wine. Let the children cast a line and Voila - they caught a fish in the Keys - something they will always remember. Mangrove snapper, tarpon, angel fish, sting rays, and nurse sharks have all been caught off of my dock. I have counted a dozen tarpon lurking in the shadows at night (see photo). The light attracts bait fish and the bait fish attract tarpon - tarpon are a fighting fish - you can't eat them, as they are all muscle - and if you hook one, you had better hang on for the ride - you might hook one, but not many will 'land' one - they will literally come straight out of the water and spit that hook out - by the August timeframe, and being creatures of habit, the tarpon know that they can come over to my house and have a snack - these pics were taken in August one year. Peak time for tarpon is August, September, October, and the begining of Novemeber (before the first big winter chill hits the Keys). Of course rods and reels are provided. Spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic are available off of the master bedroom balcony. You will sleep like a baby in our beds, as they all have have 600 thread count sheets. All 3 bedrooms have a tropical theme decor. High speed wirelss Internet, with coverage out to the pool will let you send your pics to everyone before you leave Paradise. Take a picture of Iggy the iguana out sunning himself at the pool (see pic). Family room TV has a 40' plasma TV - 2 additional color TVs are in the bedrooms (40' color in master bedroom). The house sits on an unusually large lot, large enough to fit two houses. It sits way back from the street, ensuring your privacy (see photo). A picnic table and Weber gas grill are on the deck out back. We also provide an extra tank of propane gas, just in case you run out when you're cooking that special dinner. Our house is fully furnished with everything you’d expect – towels, linens, microwave, toaster, etc…..and yes, there’s a blender. We also go the extra mile and provide the miscellaneous household products such as laundry detergent, dish soaps, paper towels, etc. No need to hassle with these upon your arrival. To assist in making your stay more enjoyable, we will also provide a list of restaurants, including those off the beaten path that only the locals can find. I highlight those restaurants that we frequent when we are down there. This house has it all!
Keywords: Private pool, walk to nice beach, hot tub, fish from dock
Fall 2015 rates Aug 1 - Nov 20, 2015 7 night min stay
Holiday Season Nov 21 - Dec 18, 2015 7 night min stay
XMAS/New Years Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016 7 night min stay
2016 Jan 2 - Feb 12, 2016 7 night min stay
President's week Feb 13 - Feb 19, 2016 7 night min stay
Winter 2016 Feb 20 - Mar 18, 2016 7 night min stay
Easter 2016 Mar 19 - Apr 1, 2016 7 night min stay
Post Easter Apr 2 - Jul 23, 2016 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
cleaning$175 + tax
processing$50 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Pool heat is an additional $125.00/week, if requested
House is properly licensed (City of Marathon Vacation Rental License # PLR2014-00045) so it is inspected by the Fire Dept, it has smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.
Don't be fooled, Real Estate companies will add $150+ for cleaning and a $50 "processing" fee to their rates.
Lobster mini season is an additional $300 for the week
$500 security/reservation deposit is due with the signed contract
60 days prior to check-in, full payment is due
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Sombrero Beach features picnic areas complete with grills, brand new shower facilities indoors and outdoors, beach volleyball, a, landscaped grassy nature walk, and a long sandy beach with a roped-in swimming area, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, Our house is stocked with plenty of board games as for those days/nights you fell like chilling at the, house, Of course, a seven minute walk to one of the Keys best beaches is always on the agenda, day or night! Here's a suggestion that's a big hit with my guests - grill your dinner down at the beach one night - there's picnic tables and grills, the kids can play in the playground area - or, if no kids, a bottle of wine at sunset will be perfect!
And if you're new to Marathon, don't worry. I will provide you with a list of things in the area (Turtle hospital, snorkeling, swim with the Dolphins, etc.). I will also provide a list of local restaurants with descriptions, and I highlight the ones my family prefers. Here's some quotes from my restaurant review:
'Without question, this is the best place around for intimacy and service. This is where Dianna and I go for that special dinner (anniversary, or when I’m in the dog house, etc.) – don’t worry about the exterior – entrance is around the back – service is slow – so take your time. Plan on an hour and a half to 2 hours for dinner.'
'This restaurant attracts an interesting mix of people, including snowbirds, vacationers, weekend warriors, honeymooners, anglers, divers, sailors, power boaters, musicians, musician wannabes, people-watchers, bikers, deadbeats, fugitives, witness protection program members, and of course, locals. Come on your yacht, ragtop, powerboat, dingy, kayak, surfboard, bike, pickup, Jeep or car -- and come as you are -- the dress is strictly casual. This place is the closest restaurant/bar to my house by car or boat.'
'It’s not on the water, but the reason you’re going there is to fill up and not eat ‘til dinner. Had the “Pig’s Breakfast” – 2 eggs, toast, potatoes, 2 pancakes, 2 sausage, and 2 strips of bacon – a whopping $9. (and yes, they serve grits). No matter what time you go here for breakfast, you won’t be eating lunch at noon.'
I call my guests the day after they arrive, just to make sure they don't have any unanswered questions or concerns.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Have lived in South Florida since 1996. Raised 4 children, and all have fond memories of our house in Marathon. Their friends have similar memories.
I took my son and a bunch of friends down there for a few days when they graduated from high school. I will never forget the comment my son's friend said the last day there. He looked at me and said 'Mr. Flynn, I have never had so much fun in my life, as I did down here the last few days'.
Why the Owner Chose Marathon: The house sits on a double lot and is is close to Sombrero Beach. The extra space is out front (so you are way back from the street) and out back (plenty of room for swimming pool, etc). It is not near the airport (be careful there are some listed that are at the end of the runway).
I completely transformed this property. I installed 100+ tropical plants and bushes. During the Fall when I work on the house, I will put 100+ barrels of branches/cuttings out for trash pick up.
I rebuilt the dock, so it has electric, lights, shower, sink, large cutting station, etc.