The Mermaids House - Old Town, Historic Bahama Conch House

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:28 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/18/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    I don't rent to adults under the age of 25. The house is not child proof either....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    There are 2 chairs and table provided on the front porch just for this. Ash tray included. Great place to listen to the church bells ringing on Sunday mornings from the church across the street....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    There are many CD's for your music listening. The stereo also has a plug in for your MP3 or Ipod. Just bring your unit and the plug is attached to the stereo already. Please leave plug in house when you leave....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    3 TV's in home. Master bedroom, living room and double bedroom each have a flat screen. Double bedroom TV is wall mounted for great viewing from bed....moreless

  • Stereo:

    In living room. Bring your own music and plug into stereo. Wire provided for your phone or ipod etc....moreless

  • Television:

    3 total in house, one in living room, one in each bedroom. ...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Right down the street in walking distance is a video store for many choices.Their are many videos in the house for your viewing pleasure....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    From the backyard deck and kitchen window you can see the famous Key West Lighthouse which is across the street from the Hemingway House on Whitehead Street. This landmark is in walking distance, 2 blocks away....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    You can walk or ride bikes to the ocean beach at the end of Duval Street, just a few blocks away. It's called The Southernmost Beach and their is a resturant/bar too enjoy a brunch, lunch or coctails....moreless

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


  • Dining:

    Outdoor Dining Table with umbrella and 4 chairs. Also table for 2 inside home. Incase of rain....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air and Heat...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Bring your own laptop. Wifi for out door use also....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer is energy efficient gas and takes half the time of ordinary models.Don't wear your clothes out by setting the timer on high. The clothes dry very fast or hang on the line in back yard....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga/ pilates mat provided for exercising in back yard deck space under old trees. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Down pillows, 100 % cotton comforters and sheets. All towels. Beach towels....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for one car in front of the house. If taken then we can park in the church parking lot across the street. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking is private in front of the house for 1 car and mopeds. You really don't need a car. The way to get around Key West is by bicycle or walking. Or rent an electric car or golf cart for something different and fun....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels for home and Tommy Bahama beach towels. Please don't take shower towels to beach. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Separate Front Load Washer and Gas Dryer in Laundry Room with storage....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Ask owner for details....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Many to choose from....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    There are 3 kinds of coffee pots to use. A regular drip, a French press and a Cuban espresso pot. There is also a coffee grinder for whole beans. Can you tell I like coffee? For those cool nights or non coffee drinkers, their is a tea pot and assorted tea's. Enjoy!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen features a gas stove, great for hurricane parties. Red Hand Pump for the well of fresh water outside the back door of kitchen. Great for everything but drinking. Feel free to water the plants, their is plenty of well water. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Balcony:

    Front porch with 2 chairs and table to sit and watch the world go by while you smoke. Ash tray provided. No smoking in the house, please....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    I provide 4 bikes to use at no extra cost. Also provide lights and locks....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    This space is where you should hang out and share meals under the big Spanish Lime tree with friends.The backyard is very private, tropical and quiet being so close to Duval Street. Relax in the double hammock with a good book or take an afternoon nap.The double back decks are great for doing yoga or meditation....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    A patio set with 6 chairs and umbrella are provided for outdoor dining.Plus a whole yard filled with new comfortable teak furniture for lounging. And a hammock for 2 under the 145 year old Zapadio tree....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Nice teak outdoor furniture to lounge on with sunbrella cushions. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber Gas Grill provided....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Very close by is the City Pool that is free to the community. ...moreless



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Months of November-December
Nov 12 - Dec 26, 2016
28 night min stay

My Standard Rate
28 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you 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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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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3 Miles
Nearest Airport
key West International Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Fort Myers Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 1
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Southern Most Beach on Duval St

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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1975

About the owner: Hello, 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.

Why the Owner Chose Downtown, Key West, FL, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/18/2016

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  • Front street view of house.

    Front street view of house.

  • Front Porch with 2 chairs and swing.

    Front Porch with 2 chairs and swing.

  • Inviting Front Red Door.

    Inviting Front Red Door.

  • Living Room View with lots of light.

    Living Room View with lots of light.

  • Living Room Couch with Shelf for Stereo in Hallway.

    Living Room Couch with Shelf for Stereo in Hallway.

  • New Kitchen View towards back deck with new touch less faucet.

    New Kitchen View towards back deck with new touch less faucet.

  • Bathroom with original French doors out to the outside shower.

    Bathroom with original French doors out to the outside shower.

  • Out door private deck and outside shower.

    Out door private deck and outside shower.

  • Living Room With Seating for 6.

    Living Room With Seating for 6.

  • The Mermaids House sign.

    The Mermaids House sign.

  • Front Porch for watching the world go by or smoking, ash tray provided.

    Front Porch for watching the world go by or smoking, ash tray provided.

  • Picture in Hallway next to Vintage French  Doors.

    Picture in Hallway next to Vintage French Doors.

  • Living Room Comfy Chair with Table for 2 in background.

    Living Room Comfy Chair with Table for 2 in background.

  • New Kitchen with Black Granite Counters.

    New Kitchen with Black Granite Counters.

  • Double/ Full second bedroom with Vintage bed frame.

    Double/ Full second bedroom with Vintage bed frame.

  • pedestal sink with mother of pearl mirror.

    pedestal sink with mother of pearl mirror.

  • Outside shower.

    Outside shower.

  • Next to deck from kitchen with the red well hand pump and can. Works great.

    Next to deck from kitchen with the red well hand pump and can. Works great.

  • Front porch with swing to watch the world go by or smoke. Ash tray provided.

    Front porch with swing to watch the world go by or smoke. Ash tray provided.

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 27, 2016

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