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Totally Renovated! Duck Key Waterfront House

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,230 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 - 31 nights


About the property

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

Looking for that old Florida style charm but still want the modern amenities? Look no further!

This house has been totally renovated down to the bare concrete. The interior includes new furniture, bedding, linens, towels, kitchen dishware & utensils, wood cabinetry, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, faucets & plumbing fixtures, ceiling fans and light fixtures, tile floors throughout, 40' LCD TV in the family room and LCD TV's in the Master and Guest bedroom. The exterior includes a dock with under water lights and fish cleaning table, gas grill, tables and lounge chairs.

The house is located on the island paradise of Duck Key. Duck Key is an exclusive island just 15 minutes East of Marathon, FL Airport. This house is situated on a pristine flow-through wide canal just four houses from the Atlantic Ocean and minutes to Florida Bay. Feed the Parrot fish or go fishing right from the dock for Mangrove Snapper. Watch the egrets, seagulls and pelicans fly by and the occasional manatee or turtle swim by. World class sports fishing just minutes away.

Hawks Cay Resort Marina is located just 5 minutes from the house. The marina offers deep sea and bay fishing charters, snorkeling, diving, shelling, kayaking, jet ski excursions, parasailing, paddle boarding, sunset sailing cruises, boat rental, grocery/bait & tackle store, bar and fine dining restaurants.

Sleeping accommodations include two king beds. Maximum of 4 people.

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John Gilhart
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 6, 2017

About John Gilhart

We were born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently reside in Naples, Florida for the past 20 years. We operate and maintain an office park in Naples. We are also Florida State certified General Contractors.

John Gilhart purchased this house in 2005

Why John Gilhart chose Marathon Area

We visited Duck Key on family vacations and fell in love with the island, the people and the surrounding Florida Keys. In the summer of 2005 we hired a real estate agent to look for a second home. We wanted to make sure that we looked throughout the Keys before we made a final decision on location. We started in Key Largo which is at the top of the Florida Keys and visited each island all the way down to Key West. We found that there are several beautiful areas but none that had the consistent quality of houses, beautiful flow-through clean canals, privacy and exclusivity like Duck Key island. We chose this house because of its old Florida charm and the proximity to the main island inlet to the ocean. We have enjoyed this beautiful tropical paradise since then and enjoy sharing it with our guests.

What makes this house unique

This house has a 350 SF elevated porch facing the water. There is a swing, lounge chairs with foot rests and two tables for outside dining that seat four people each. You can watch the fish and wildlife from the porch while relaxing in a lounge chair or the swing. Most of the time the water is so clear that you can see stingrays, tarpon, snook, nurse sharks or the occasional turtle or manatee. You can also sit around the fire pit by the dock at night and roast hot dogs and make 'smors' while watching the fish around the underwater lights.


Duck Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1230 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed in the Master Bedroom #1, king size bed in the Guest Bedroom #2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hawks Cay has spa services available.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
Malabar, Florida

Perfect Duck Key vacation ! ! !

  • 5 of 5

We come down to the Keys several times a year, and usually stay in the Islamorada area. This year we wanted to venture closer to marathon and chose this Duck Key home. Since we always come down with an 18ft boat, dockage and trailer parking is always a huge concern. This house has ample trailer parking, and the front yard has plenty of space to maneuver the trailer which was very comforting. Boat dockage was also very easy, even with the owners boat there on a lift, so dockage was not a concern, however a larger boat might need to use the local marina. The downstairs commercial ice maker and chest freezer were a very welcome addition, and we used them extensively.

We are quite use to rentals as we come to the Keys every year; our first impression of this house compared to others we have rented was a complete surprise. It was obvious to us that this house had recently been re-modeled and gave the appearance of a brand new house, and on top of that easily one of the best equipped homes we've enjoyed. From the appliances, linens, and overall appearance, we couldn't have been happier. Even the neighbors were friendly and helpful with local advice. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this rental to friends, and hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Annual Family Keys Trip

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, Fantastic location. Well furnished and equipped. I only wish the ice maker was working. We fished and dove for lobster 2-3 times daily for 14 days. 4-6 bags of ice daily from the ship store added up quickly.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us for your annual Keys vacation. Glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation and the location worked well for lobster season. The commercial ice machine is a new addition to the house installed this summer. I checked the ice machine operation after your departure. It is working perfectly. It appears that you plugged the cord into the electric outlet to turn it on but did not turn on the water supply valve located below the electric outlet. Please call or email should you require assistance with anything. Hope to see you next year.
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Naples, Florida

My guests and I loved it!

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent two nights at this house in Duck Key. I had two friends visiting from out of the country and we planned a weekend excursion in the Keys. I cannot say enough positive things about both the house and the owner. The house was perfect-beautiful, spotless, quiet-and my friends commented that the weekend in the Keys was the highlight of their month-long vacation to America! The house was fully equipped with everything from dishes to board games and books. We ended up spending more time at the house than we intended! The owner, John, was exceptional as well. He went above and beyond to make sure our stay was as pleasant as possible, even giving us directions to the nearest store and recommendations on food delivery service! I definitely plan on returning in the near future for a girls weekend, and would highly recommend this house to anyone looking to spend some time in the beautiful Florida Keys. A piece of advice to future renters: spend some time on the outside deck, especially of the evening. The canal lights offer a spectacular view.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, FL

Truly Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very peaceful and relaxing long weekend in this wonderful home. Excellent accommodations! Clean, beautifully decorated. Fully equipped kitchen, large dining and living space. The dock area was great. We were able to lay out on the floats and we got some kayaking in too. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bedford, Pa.

Beautiful and relaxing - Duck Key

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful year at Duck Key, Fla!! This completes four years and each year it gets better!! Great location, beautiful house and a great variety of eating places in the area. Sunsets are breath taking, fishing is plentiful, something for everyone!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation home

  • 5 of 5

The house in Duck Key suited our needs perfectly. It was well equipped, had a nice view of the canal and a super outside deck which is where we spent alot of our time there! The use of kayaks was a nice touch! It was quite quiet but handy for visiting other sites in the keys. Not many restaurants there but close enough to Marathon.

Tennis at nearby Hawks Cay Resort was nice too.

John the owner was very good with communication by email.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Marathon Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Angler & Ale
Nearest Ferry
61 Miles
Key West
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Marathon/Key Colony
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Overseas Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Hawks Cay Resort
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Sombrero Beach, Marathon
Nearest Point of Interest
Hawks Cay Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Dolphin Experience
Nearest Point of Interest
Turn Key Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
The Wreck & Galley Grille and Bar
Car: necessary

There is a new Aquarium open to the public in Marathon near Vaca Cut


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

A cleaning fee of $150.00 is added to the total rental fee

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.

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