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Beach House with Private Pool & Dock on the Gulf with Sunset views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

You don't come to the islands to stay in a town! Relax in our tropical paradise away from the traffic and noise of US Hwy #1.

When we decided to purchase a home in the Florida Keys privacy and being close to nature was top on our list of requirements. We found the perfect combination on Grassy Key, a small island between Islamorada and Marathon made famous by 'Flipper' and the Dolphin Research Center.

On Grassy Key we are close enough to enjoy Marathon restaurants and grocery shopping yet still be able to explore dive sites in both the Upper and Lower Keys!

The perfect location has now been turned into the perfect oasis. Special features include a gourmet kitchen that will please the most discriminating chef. Our guests enjoy luxury bedding with quality linens, fluffy towels and bathrobes. Wireless internet service and free domestic phone calls if you must stay in touch with the outside world!

After a full day in the sun there is no better place to relax than in the cool fresh water pool surrounded by the lush gardens. Check out the massive coconut and royal palms, the 9' high bird of paradise, the banana and key lime trees, blooming hibiscus and orchids. Just don't lay under the coconut trees!

Need more proof? Take a look at our past guest's comments, then check our availability calendar for your vacation dates. Don't hesitate, after 15 years of satisfied guests this home books months in advance.


Keywords: romantic getaway, beach cottage

More Details

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Katreena

Born and raised in Georgia I have always loved the climate in Florida. I was in awe when I first visited the Keys and drove across the old wooden 7Mile Bridge, I knew then I wanted a home in this tropical paradise. After spending several years looking, I fell in love with White Sands and her previous owners, Pat & JoAnne Ballenger! Thankfully I was able to acquire this home and now have my own slice of paradise to enjoy when I can get away from the horse farm.

Katreena purchased this house in 1998

Why Katreena chose Marathon

It's a perfect location on Grassy Key, private and removed from the noisy traffic of US Hwy #1. Close enough to Marathon for grocery shopping and enjoying the conveniences of fine dining. Less than an hour south is the tourism capital of the Keys - Key West is brimming with cruise ships and night life.

What makes this house unique

Your own private tropical gardens with unobscured sunset views from the end of the 300' long dock. Delight to the music of palm fronds singing in the breeze. Enjoy the Gulf views from the expansive wall of windows, the comfy deck chairs on the back porch, or our colorfully painted Adirondack beach chairs

Guestbook comments from the owner

The place is great! What a place to just unwind and recharge the "batteries".

We have rented homes up and down the Keys for the past 15 years and this place is by far the nicest.

Donna and Doug took good care of us and the house. Maybe see you this fall!

John and Deb Koch & Steve and Donna Achilles
Aug 2004
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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • This home is not "Child Friendly" due to architectural features we cannot easily change.
  • Cancellation Policy is 30 days for full refund, a full refund if we are able to rebook the property!
  • Must be 25 years or older to rent this home
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Private Dock in 4' MLW w/ unobstructed views of the Gulf, This is a protected turtle nesting beach during the summer months! 2 Kayaks available for your Gulf side exploration, Hammock and Beach Chairs, Gourmet Kitchen with Crystal, China and Plastic for both inside and outside dining needs! Satellite TV with DVD player and video collection, Private Pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Pool floats, beach towels and cooler provided, Yard protected with Mosquito Magnet, Oversized Master Bedroom w/King Bed and walk-in closet, Master Bath w/ Jacuzzi tub & Walk-in Shower, 2nd Bedroom w/ Queen Bed TV/VCR, This home has new bedding, quality sheets, luxury towels and robes provided


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Beach House with Private Pool & Dock on the Gulf with Sunset views
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 44 reviews

Dreamy self inclusive vacation home on clear water

  • 5 of 5

All we needed was a toothbrush, bathing suit, scuba gear and pajamas for a stay like no others we have experienced. A fisher, diver, snorkeling paradise although for the ladies it was a quiet comfortable time to visit and chat. Perfect for 2 couples. The ambitious went out for beautiful snorkeling right off the dock while the ladies stayed home and relaxed in the comfort of the panoramic view of the clear crisp waters. Friendly kitchen with all the comforts of home--microwave, coffee pot, pans, dishwasher and even a washer and dryer! The best sleep we have had (beds just cradle you). We enjoyed grilling off the balcony, private dips in the pool which is surrounding by breathtaking landscape. The dock offers fun fishing and a view of many beautiful fish. The kayaks are so much fun and a quick trip around the beautiful mangroves. The breeze was constant and so relaxing. Stores for grocery items as well as shopping is close by.

Donna and Doug the caretakers are most gracious hosts and made our arrival and departure a breeze!

Katreena, the owner, has tastefully decorated the paradise known as "White Sands" in such a way that you feel like you are at home and not in a stuffy hotel room. I really enjoyed ensuite bathrooms for each room as well as TV. Internet is set up on a user friendly desk. We do not get vacations very often due to a demanding schedule but you can rest assured, Mermaid Villas, White Sands is tops on our list.

Many thanks for making our vacation stay the best yet.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Miguel, I am so glad your group enjoyed the Keys! Thank you for the nice review. I appreciate you taking the time to send this. Hope to see you back next year. katreena
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Dunnellon, Florida

This home was well appointed and immaculate. Love the Hammock and beach chairs on the water

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation rental ever.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

After 30 plus trips visiting the FL Keys we have finally found our winter vacation home. From viewing sea life on the dock and kayaking in the Bay to long walks down Morton St., relaxing at the secluded pool, and grilling lobster on the back deck, the experience is more than we ever expected. We are signing up for next year and already can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! Best vacation weve ever had. So many amenities. Kayaks dock on the gulf dvd library books local info. New appliances washer eryer. Spacious home beautiful layout. Pool area is beautifully landscaped & private. We rented a boat for a few days. Great fishing at sunsrt right off the dock. We loved it so much we stayed right there. Cooked our meals there. Short trip to key west for Kinos flipflops turned around came right back. Well def be back, hated to leave this lil paradise

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous getaway Fla. Keys home

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time staying at White Sands for 2 weeks. We were greeted by caretakers Doug and Donna upon arrival. Any questions we had in the beginning were quickly handled by them. The home is beautiful and well stocked - just bring your bathing suit, relax in the hammock, breathe deep, smile, and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the Florida Bay. We loved the large master bedroom and bath. The owner, Katreena, takes great pride in her

home, constantly updating. She ordered a brand new washer and dryer just before we arrived, and also had new master bath shower fixtures installed. Loved the heated pool too! We will be back! Thank you, Katreena!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orlando, FL

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

I spent a glorious week at White Sands and will be returning for more. I've been staying at properties on Morton Street for about 15 years now. White Sands is the best of all. I wanted for nothing - it's got it all. Wonderful dock that treats you to wildlife at every turn, relaxing beach right out your back door, a fantastic pool just as private as could be, porch views all around the home, a wonderfully stocked kitchen with all the best appliances. Just writing about it makes me want to go back right now!

Nearby are great places - try Curry Hammock park for kayaking and you'll be lucky to see some bonnet head sharks. Marathon has a fun movie theater with tables and chairs instead of rows of seats, so you can enjoy dinner while you watch a movie. Bahia Honda State Park is not to be missed. Go to Sandspur Beach and you will find a beach right out of the Caribbean. The snorkeling off the beach is fantastic and if you love shells, it's the place to find them. Key West is always fun - the Hemingway House, Audubon House and even the Trolley Tour is fun. The Tropic Cinema is an award winning art house theater and a great place for a rainy day.

But, with all that said, you don't really need to leave White Sands at all to have an unforgettable vacation. The home is perfect. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Key West
Car: necessary

Swim/Snorkel/Kayak from our dock, Enjoy birdwatching and sunsets from our turtle nesting beach, Biking & Walking trails, Nearby Dolphin Research Center, Marathon offers, Tennis & Golf facilities, Charter Fleets & Boat Rentals, Scuba, Snorkel, Windsurfing & Kayaking Tours, Groceries, Airport and Medical Facilities


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates for 2 occupants, additional fees for 3rd or 4th guest with a maximum occupancy of four. Sorry, this home is not child friendly

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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