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The Mermaids House - Old Town, Historic Bahama Conch House

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


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.

One bedroom has a queen bed, the other a double bed and the couch in the living room is big enough for a small child to sleep on. 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

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Barbara DeClemente
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016

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 Key West

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

The Mermaids House - Old Town, Historic Bahama Conch House
average rating of 4.9649124 based on 57 reviews

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: Apr 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: Feb 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: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home for our Christmas vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment my mother and I opened the front door of The Mermaid House, we knew we were in for a special Christmas vacation. This Old Key West rental home was full of interesting pictures, shells, and mermaid items. The biggest surprise was the decorated Christmas tree! We plugged in the lights each evening for an added treat in the home. Also, we enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the morning and evening to watch people walk their dogs and the many bicyclists exploring Key West. The Mermaid House gave us room to relax with the two bedrooms, one full bathroom with an outside shower and indoor clawfoot tub/shower combo, the spacious living room, the large backyard with the great seating areas, and a fully planned kitchen. Our favorite part of the house was the outdoor shower! Each bedroom has its own cable TV with plenty of channels. We found this to be important because I liked to sleep late, but my mother preferred to rise early and watch "Good Morning America" in her own bedroom without disturbing me. Also, there is a cable TV and DVD player in the den with movies provided. The location of the home is perfect-close to everything, but on a very quiet street. Special thanks to Dave for helping us with our luggage, restaurant suggestions, decorating the Christmas tree, and providing tour ideas. Dave was always available either in person or by phone-he is wonderful! In addition, Barbara (home owner) was very responsive to all our questions via email and by phone-she is a fantastic! Our seven-night Christmas vacation was perfect because of Barbara’s wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saratoga,New York

Amazing! We LOVED it!

  • 5 of 5

We are not new to renting homes and Barbara has thought of every detail in the Mermaids House! By far her organization of space and provisions is top notch. It is obvious in every detail her love of this property. I wish I had her touch in creating such zen spaces. We, myself, husband and two twenty year old children, absolutely loved it here. Perfect location for accessing all of the amazing things to do and see on Key West. We rode bikes to both watch the sunsets from Mallory Square and sunrises from Smathers Beach. Hard to believe such a tranquil, private spot could be just a half block off Duval! We highly recommend The Mermaids House.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic! Would visit again!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Mermaids house from Barbara for a short weekend, it was our first time renting a house like this and it was fantastic! she made it simple and answered all questions we had! The house was great, there were 2 couples and it had tons of space for us, and the backyard was amazing! We only use the outside shower because it was so neat! She had 4 bikes for us to use while we were there to get around which made us feel like a local! The location of her house is great, you are within walking distance to anything in old Towne/Mallory square. It was quiet when we wanted quiet and it was super close to join in the fun as well! Dave the manager greeted us and answered any question we had and was there when we checked out. This was one of the best experiences we had vacationing!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
key West International Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Fort Myers Ferry
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

Downtown House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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 check 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.

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Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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 Beds (1) Has a nice head board for reading upright in bed., Double Beds (1) 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
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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