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The Mermaids House - Old Town, MONTHLY ! Historic Bahama Conch House

Old Town, Key West, FL, USA
  • House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay28 nights

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


Barbara DeClemente

Member Since 2007
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 2018
About Barbara DeClemente

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.

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


        • 1 Bathroom
        • outdoor shower
          outdoor shower
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, tub, shower, outdoor shower
        • 1.25

        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.
          • 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.


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central Air and Heat
                      • 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.
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        Yoga/ pilates mat provided for exercising in back yard deck space under old trees.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Broadband Access
                        Bring your own laptop. Wifi for out door use also.
                      • Linens Provided
                        Down pillows, 100 % cotton comforters and sheets. All towels. Beach towels.
                      • 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.
                      • 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.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Towels for home and Tommy Bahama beach towels. Please don't take shower towels to beach.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Separate Front Load Washer and Gas Dryer in Laundry Room with storage.


                          • Microwave
                          • Catering Available
                            Ask owner for details.
                          • 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!
                          • 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.
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Many to choose from.
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Outdoor Dining Table with umbrella and 4 chairs. Also table for 2 inside home. Incase of rain.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • 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.
                                  • Books
                                  • 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.
                                  • CD Player
                                  • Stereo
                                    In living room. Bring your own music and plug into stereo. Wire provided for your phone or ipod etc.
                                  • Television
                                    3 total in house, one in living room, one in each bedroom.
                                  • 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.


                                      • 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.
                                      • Bicycles
                                        I provide 4 bikes to use at no extra cost. Also provide lights and locks.
                                      • 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.
                                      • 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.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Nice teak outdoor furniture to lounge on with sunbrella cushions.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Weber Gas Grill provided.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • not suitable for children
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

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

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage
                                                  • Staff


                                                      • live theater
                                                      • botanical garden
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • festivals
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • churches
                                                      • marina
                                                      • museums
                                                      • playground
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • ruins
                                                      • synagogues

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • boating
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseshoes
                                                          • miniature golf
                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • 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

                                                                  • pier fishing
                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • paragliding
                                                                  • parasailing
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • 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.

                                                                        61 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Oasis off Duval

                                                                        kdshellLancaster, PA

                                                                        Each March we have travelled to Key West to escape the Pennsylvania winters and we have been staying at the Mermaid’s House. The Mermaid’s House is a half block from Duval Street but you would never know it. It is a quiet oasis close to but it seems far away from Duval Street. We love the house. It has a historic quality of old Key West but with all of the modern amenities. If one is looking for a place with character this is the place.

                                                                        Mermaid House memories

                                                                        Pam W.Williamsburg, Virginia

                                                                        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.

                                                                        Mermaids House: Paradise off Duval

                                                                        kdshellLancaster, PA

                                                                        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!

                                                                        Wonderful time in a wonderful house!

                                                                        kirt w.

                                                                        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!

                                                                        Perfect House

                                                                        Tara P.

                                                                        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.

                                                                        Great Choice!

                                                                        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.


                                                                        Old Town, Key West, FL, USA

                                                                        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

                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Cleaning Fee
                                                                        Damage Deposit

                                                                        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.

                                                                        61 Reviews
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