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The Mermaids House - Old Town, Historic Bahama Conch House

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom and outdoor shower, (Sleeps 4)

In the heart of the Old Town Historic district of Bahama Village Key West, where life in the old days was very different than it is now, is my Conch home which has not really changed much except on the inside. It is private, fully furnished, very clean, and comfortable well stocked home perfect for a very wonderful Key West experience.

I have restored the house to keep it's history, so it has remained a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom with a 6 foot claw foot bathtub( Original)/ shower, pedestal sink, outside private shower, high cathedral ceilings, original hardwood floors, 5 foot sash windows, all Dade County pine, outside back deck for dining,bricked in back yard with comfy teak furniture for lounging under the 145 year old trees, front porch with seating, washer and dryer and central air conditioning and heat.

The main bedroom has a queen bed, the other bedroom has a queen bed and both have unique headboards for reading comfort. There is a view of the Key West Lighthouse from the kitchen and the backyard is tropical and shaded for a long nap on the chaise or hammock.The double back decks are a great place to practice yoga or meditation. Parking in front of my home is private and can fit 1 car and 1 moped. You will be so close to all the action, you do not need a car at all. Walking or biking is the way to see Key West like the locals do. Bicycle rentals are down the street. If you would like to use my bikes, there are 4 bikes to use in the yard( you will feel like a local)and a locks are in the baskets to use. The keys are by the front door.

I am looking for the longer term rentals since I do not want a lot of traffic through the house. I would like to retire there some day, so this is not just a business for me, it is my home. She was built in 1865, so she likes good company. We think she was once inhabited by a mermaid that a drunken sailor brought home one night long ago. She still remains in the house to watch over her and protect her.

Keywords: Single Family, Private, Historic Bahama Conch Home, with Fenced in Yard

More Details

Barbara DeClemente
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About Barbara DeClemente


I am the one on the left of my famous Key West singer friend. Her name is Camille Russo and she sings Jazz at Virgilio's on Duval Street.We come together at 'The Mermaids House' when I am in town.

Barbara DeClemente purchased this house in 1975

Why Barbara DeClemente chose Old Town

She wasn't a vacation rental when I bought her. She was like all the other houses on the block. All residential and occupied by the original families who were born and raised in these houses. When I found her she was a mess and run down. I loved the neighborhood of Bahama Village in Old Town, filled with Cuban and Bahamian families and they loved us. Now most of the houses on the street are guest houses and owned by people who never lived on the block. How times have changed. The location of my home makes it an ideal place to see Key West on foot or bicycle.Its really the only way to see Key West. You miss so much any other way.

What makes this house unique

It is a wonderful location in Old Town, walking distance to all major attractions and great restaurants. One half block from Duval Street yet very private and quiet. This is a single family home, not a cookie cutter condo that looks like a real Key West home, this is the real thing. A Conch Home in the best Old Town location.You don't need a car while here so see Key West like the locals do, ride a bike or walk.


Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • outdoor shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
  • 1.25
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1) Has a nice head board for reading upright in bed., Queen size Bed (2) Has vintage iron bed frame that came from old house on block.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
New central air conditioning or heat,original hardwood floors, all Dade county pine, 6 feet claw foot cast iron bathtub with shower, outside private hot water shower,private fenced in yard, Hunter ceiling fans in every room( energy efficient), on highest ground, hurricane shutters on every window, gas stove, deep water well and fully furnished. There is the original red hand pump mounted on the back deck for the well which actually works great.Please use it while you are there because its good for the well to use it or lose it. This provides the house with water for emergency's or whenever the power goes out.


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The Mermaids House - Old Town, Historic Bahama Conch House
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 60 reviews
Williamsburg, Virginia

Mermaid House memories

  • 5 of 5

I love this charming house,! It has a great location and absolutely everything you could ever need for your stay there. Barbara is so attentive and responsive to any concerns you might have. The house is clean, cozy, charming and attractive. I would recommend it to everyone and have already reserved it for a month next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lancaster, PA

Mermaids House: Paradise off Duval

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at The Mermaids House for eight years. That in itself should be testimony enough. We love the house and the feel of a Caribbean Island. It is close to Duval Street but far enough away from the noise of Duval. Each year Barbara, the owner, is a welcoming and gracious hostess. Barbara is always making improvements on this well kept property. One of our favorite places is the botanical garden in the back yard. The variety of the plants is amazing and almost as if one is in a beautiful jungle. Would we rent The Mermaids House again? We already have for next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time in a wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located, close to the action but not loud. The house is quaint and Barbara has done a wonderful

job maintaining the original charm of this house, while supplying the modern conveniences we all enjoy. We loved every minute of our stay. The back yard/patio area really is as great as it looks in the photos. I think we spent more time outside than in. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

My sisters wedding brought our family to Key West, but the Mermaid House will bring us back! This was simply the perfect house in the perfect place. The house is about half a block away from Duval Street which puts you in walking distance to all the action but tucks you just far enough away that you can enjoy a great night sleep! The pictures don't do the Mermaid House justice; it is truly a gem with a backyard that will make you feel like you are in your own private oasis. The outdoor shower was fantastic and was used by all of us everyday! The bikes were also a great asset, we rode them all over the island with them.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ocean City, NJ

Great Choice!

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaids House is centrally located one block from Duval, but on a 2 block street so there is very little traffic. You can walk everywhere. It is a very comfy, clean & "Key West" quirky house. The backyard is larger than expected with tropical plantings and a hammock. The property manager is right across the street and is very congenial and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Williamsburg, Virginia


  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed ten days in the comfortable, well-located and well-equipped Mermaid House. The claw foot bathtub and outdoor shower were wonderful. The fenced patio with comfortable and attractive furniture were pleasant to use. The owner and property manager went out of their way to make my stay welcoming and fun.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Croissants de France and Le Bistro
Blue Heaven
Fausto's Food Palace
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
key West International Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Fort Myers Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
key west golf club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 1
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Southern Most Beach on Duval St
Nearest Point of Interest
Croissant De France
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Heaven Restuarant
Nearest Point of Interest
Virgilios Martini Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Faustos Grocery Store
Car: not necessary

Key West Food and Wine Festival - January ,

Conch Shell Blowing Contest - March,

Conch Republic Anniversary - April,

Hemingway Look Alike Contest - July,

Fantasy Festival Parade - October.

There is an Art Walk on Caroline Street the 1st Thursday of each month.

Some must eat at Restaurants:

El Siboney Cuban, 900 Catherine St-

Blue Heaven, Corner of Petronia St and 725 Thomas St-

Upper Crust,( the Best Pizza), 611 Duval St-

Old Town Mexican Cafe, Say hi to Gail, 609 Duval St-

Croissant De France, ( best breakfast muffins, etc), 816 Duval St-

Camille's Restaurant for breakfast, 1202 Simonton St-

Pepe's Cafe ( breakfast only), 806 Caroline St-

Half Shell Raw Bar, (Best raw clams and oysters ), 231 Margaret St-

Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe, my old stomping ground when I owned and ran The Garden Kitchen Cafe and Herb Garden Health Food Store for 10 years in this location, 900 Southard St-

Salute, for dinner on the beach with live music and sunset,1000 Atlantic Blvd


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee Extra $300
Refundable damage deposit $400

The Cleaning fee is extra and not due until you check in, in the form of cash. Depending on length of stay and number of people in your party, the rate can be $150- $200.
We don't do check ins or check outs on holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years day.

I only take cashiers or personal checks for the stay. The security deposit and cleaning fee are due upon check in , in the form of cash. The security deposit will be returned to you if all is well , upon your check out in the form of cash.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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