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'Desert Rose' - a Key West Classic Stilt Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Desert Rose is the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. Inside is large and open with cathedral ceilings in the living area, leading into the long breakfast bar, kitchen, dining and cocktail areas with double French doors opening onto a large screened deck. The laundry/utility room is right off the kitchen and has a large laundry sink (ideal for washing small very sandy dogs).

Throughout the house, french doors open onto the deck/balcony from each bedroom including the third story master bedroom with a sunset view over the gulf of Mexico. Large cool Mexican tiles soothe your feet as your mind unwinds in a southwestern motif with a Key West soul.

Outside, large screened decks provide privacy and natural ventilation in the front and rear of the main floor. Relax in the late afternoon sun in the hammock on the front deck then prepare a meal on the Webber gas grill and dine on the back deck overlooking the heated turquoise swimming pool under the canopy of the pool cage. Massage those tired muscles with the Jacuzzi jets blazing from the built-in pool bench. Keep up with your favorite shows on the flat panel High Def. TV in the living room or any of the other TVs in the bedrooms, kitchen or poolside. Wi-Fi is available throughout. Beach chairs and bicycles are at your disposal. Both the back bay and your private beach access are but a block and 1/2 away. So too is 'Publix' our island's main grocery. Beside it, Snookbright , a full service marina, offers a variety of watercraft for rent,

fishing charters and a fine dining restaurant overlooking Estero Bay.

Keywords: Paradise at the beautiful white sandy beach, warm pool in the privacy of the back yard

More Details

Skip MacLeod
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Skip MacLeod

Here I am doing what I do best - - - being easy. A recycled bar and grill owner from Key West, I am, sadly, a widower now and another one of them beach musicians who can't quit his day job. A whole other lifetime or two ago I worked in D.C. for the U.S. Labor Dept. and prior to that for the state of Vermont.

Skip MacLeod purchased this house in 1999

Why Skip MacLeod chose Mid Island

Location, location, location. Surrounded by palm trees and tropical vegetation, Desert Rose provides the serenity of a Caribbean island paradise yet close to all the beach action water sports, shopping, shelling and dining. If that's not enough, cross the bridge to the mainland for a large selection of fine golf courses, casino gambling, greyhound racetrack, professional baseball, botanical parks, air-boat rides in the Everglades and much, much more.

What makes this house unique

Long sun filled days and quiet starry nights.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Desert Rose was the perfect choice for our Fort Myers Beach vacation...wonderful hosts, made us feel right at home. We will always remember the tie we spent here!...Patrick's Perfect Game baseball tournament where the Jersey Boyz finished in the Elite 6, team gatherings and fun on the beach, swimming in the wonderful pool and the most amazing sumsets I've ever seen! Thanks so much for sharing your home with (us)!
Jul 2010
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Mid Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Desert Rose is ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. French door open onto screened decks or balcony from every room. Large cool Mexican tile with southwest motif and Key West soul. A stone's throw from private beach access, island grocery, marina with fine dining overlooking Estero Bay.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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'Desert Rose' - a Key West Classic Stilt Home
average rating of 4.857143 based on 21 reviews

Relaxing Family Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Home is located in a quiet neighborhood. It was perfect for our family. Master bedroom was located on the top level with private screened porch. Impressive kitchen with all of the gadgets you would need and more. Loved the juice press and used it everyday for fresh oj. Front and back screened areas were great for relaxing after a long day at the beach. Family room was open to kitchen. Bedrooms were private and each were had screend in areas with glass doors. We were able to leave them open and enjoy the beautiful weather. Easy walk to the beach-we used Skip's wagon and beach chairs. Dog friendly. Everything was clean. This was the perfect get away for our college aged children and dogs. We were all able to have our privacy ,but also allowed family time in the large common areas. Pool is absoluty gorgeous and heated. We loved the location, close to shopping and trolley stop. Beach was well maintained. I can not say enough wonderful things about this home.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We really enjoyed the property and the location,just far enough away from nite life but not to far!!

  • 5 of 5

The property was tucked away in a cul de sac and close enough to the beach only 1 block away and Skip the owner provided chairs and a wagon.We loved the layout of the home and easily could sleep 8 people.After a day of activities was nice to come back and enjoy the heated pool.Skip lives below which was handy for information and things to do. But you wouldn't even know he was there.Location of the home was mid island which worked out great centrally located for Times Square or all of the restaurants and bars yet not bothered by the note life of Times Square.All 5 of us said we would definitely stay there again.Thanks Skip for making our 50th Wedding Anniversary memorable.Mike and Charlene

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved this house and enjoyed our weeklong stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and spacious enough to accommodate our party. We loved the covered pool and deck space. The beach chairs, wagon, and umbrella were so convenient! The house is just a short walk to the beach, but off the main road where it was quiet and relaxing. Loved it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us, Skip!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

DESERT ROSE a place to be living all year , very confortable , my all family

was very happy and we enjoy every moment .I will recommend to any body

that planning for a vacation .And will look for future vacation ,we were sand

that we have to leave such A WONTHERFULL PLACE

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, enjoyed the pool, deck and beautiful landscaping. The home had everything we needed for a relaxing week with our puppy Rocky. Thanks again

Rick, Ernie and Rocky

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time at Desert Rose!

  • 5 of 5

Our 4 kids said this was their favorite VRBO EVER!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fully screened deck with dining area, deck with hammock, social area and poolside recreational entertainment area with dartboard.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $500
xtra guest fee/nt(>6/<8) $20
Tax Rate 11.0%

Any guests in excess 0f 6 who are staying overnight requires an additional charge of $20.00 per person per night. For example: 8 guests for seven nights is an additional $280.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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