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Recent Key West property reviews

  • Wonderful location to explore Key West

    "The Coral Hammock house met and exceeded all of our expectations. The owners are very professional and quick to respond to all inquiries and promptly returned our security deposit. The house is new, modern, clean and has very roomy bedrooms. The pool is large, beautifully landscaped, and plenty warm in February. We greatly enjoyed the antics of the wildlife, especially the roosters and lizards. The house has ample linens, including beach towels. The kitchen is well appointed and we cooked many meals. While not on the island of Key West, we were able to walk and bike to Key West. And we did so most mornings. We also drove to Key West and had no problem finding parking or using the parking garage. Roosteca, a restaurant across the street from Coral Hammocks, is an excellent Italian place that uses fresh ingredients. WeCycleKW is a bike rental place just 2 blocks away on Route 1. They have a wonderful selection of bikes and their staff is the most knowledgeable I have found in a bike rental business (and I rent bikes everywhere I travel). I would recommend a day trip to Dry Torgougas, NP and/or a day trip on a charter fishing boat. You also can't miss the sunset celebration on Key West."
    Guest: Karen Date of Stay: February 2013 Review Submitted: March 4, 2013
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  • What a find!

    "Stayed at this "Charming Cottage" for the entire month of October of this year.(2012) Could not have made a better choice. It turned out to be exactly as described and had everything we needed. It definately is not a mega mansion where you'll be wandering from room to room (perfect for 1 or 2 people) but it doesn't matter because (and I don't think this was stressed enough in the descriptions and reviews) it's the LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. We were seldom home because we were so close (walking or bicycling distance) to everything and when we were home, we were at the pool area a few steps from the front door. If you've never been to Key West before you'll find you can go exploring every day and find new and interesting things to do and see. Staying in the middle of everything (like this house) is very important. Also wanted to mention the owners and property managers are eager to help if you have a problem and another plus is that the neighbors and caretaker are usually around, keeping an eye on the compound, so you feel very safe. Thanks for everything, L & M"
    Guest: ZXTY2PP Date of Stay: October 2012 Review Submitted: December 21, 2012
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  • key west winters

    "I have stayed in the community for the last 5 years and truly enjoy the home. It is within easy walking distance to Duval St. and the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Everything you need to enjoy your time in Key West is included, and if there is a problem, the owners are quick to resolve it. The neighbors inside the compound always make us feel welcomed and over the years, we have developed a friendship with them. This is by far the best vrbo unit we have stayed in at any location. We are looking forward to returning Jan. / Feb. 2013 and for many years to come."
    Guest: key west wannabe Date of Stay: January 2012 Review Submitted: June 2, 2012
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  • Home Away From Home

    "Key West has been on my list of places to visit. This is a lovely, spotless cottage that looks like the photos & is in a wonderful location. Lots of linens, tons of pool towels and a well outfitted kitchen. Played cards at night on the covered back deck. Would stay here again & recommend to friends. Try Santiagos Bodega & La Creperie both on Petronia St and don't miss the Truman Winter White House...a real piece of history.. had a great tour guide. Park your car and walk this unique village."
    Guest: Evie Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 26, 2014
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Key West Travel Tips

Key West is a veritable hot spot for literary icons, both today and in the past. This small Florida island was loved by the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams, and poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Shel Silverstein.

Today, beloved children’s author Judy Blume keeps a home here, and every January for more than 30 years, writers and readers from around the country gather at the high-profile Key West Literary Seminar - spread over two weekends - for lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and parties. The event has featured the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz and Gore Vidal.

Key West should be high on the list of travel locations for any literary lover and creative soul because of its deep history in extraordinary American literature. Ernest Hemingway even kept a fabulous estate in Key West that today has been converted into a museum and bookstore. Visit the beautiful and historic Ernest Hemingway Home and then check out some of the writer's rumored favorite spots.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Hemingway’s stately, olive-shuttered two-story cottage at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West is no doubt a visitor favorite. If you’re a die-hard Hemingway fan, you’ll have to brave the crowds and come here.

The home was built in 1851 from limestone excavated from the exact land upon which it is built. Hemingway bought and lived in the estate from 1931 until 1940 with his wife and kids before he left for Cuba. This spectacular estate, which includes a rear guesthouse and is surrounded by elegant gardens and rustling palms, is still the largest residential property in Key West.

You might be surprised to see that the beds are made in full linens and the home looks recently lived in - it’s as if the family just stepped out for lunch and will be home shortly. Here are the highlights you should take note of inside and around Hemingway’s marvelous estate:

The Ritzy Pool

A pool this large - or any pool at all - in 1930s Key West was a luxury. To fill it, construction workers had to drill to the salt-water table deep in the ground and install a water pump. Hemingway’s wife - Pauline - had the costly pool built as a surprise for Hemingway while he was in Spain in 1938 working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.

The Happy Cats

Hemingway’s six-toed cats - or polydactyls - are legendary. Recently uncovered letters from Hemingway to a friend explain just how sad he was at the loss of one of his cats - Willie. The Hemingway Home and Museum curators maintain that each of the 40 to 50 cats on the grounds is a direct descendant of Hemingway’s first cat, a white polydactyl named Snowball (Though they don’t all have six toes on each paw, all are said to carry the gene for polydactyly). The cats living here are very friendly and many will actually pose for pictures. They’re all vetted and well-taken care of - not your average strays!

The Lush Gardens

The Hemingway House gardens are stunning, featuring a vibrant array of tropical flowers - shrimp plants, heliconia, bleeding hearts and the funky looking pelican flower - and banana, Barbados cherry, papaya and Spanish lime trees, among many others.

Other Literary Tour Stops

410 Caroline Street is Jessie Porter’s home - a fifth-generation Key Wester - who was good friends with Robert Frost. He spent several winters in the cottage in Porter’s backyard. The site used to be the Heritage House Museum, though it has been closed since 2010. If you want to see things the iconic Frost saw, at least take a stroll past the home!

Green Parrot Bar and Sloppy Joe’s Bar are rumored to be hangouts of Hemingway and his friends like Wallace Stevens.

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