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Mitchell's Keys Villa - Private, Secluded House on the Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedrooms(King) + Murphy Bed(Queen) in living room , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Private, secluded villa faces Florida Bay in view of the fabulous Everglades. Located in a lush tropical hammock in a quiet residential area (rare). The villa is approx. 50 feet from the water. The property contains a wading beach and a free marina with night lights, power and water.

The villa itself comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, linens, queen and king beds, Cable TV, VCR, and a Florida room for dining. Windows in the living room and bedroom cover two thirds of the wall giving the feeling of the outdoors being in. Beautiful glass block shower in good-sized shower. This is a small house, near the water, no high-rise, no canal, and no density of people problem. This is a laid-back atmosphere for those who desire it.

Islamorada proudly calls itself the 'Fishing Capital of the World.'

Keywords: House on One-acre Bay Hammock completely canopied

More Details

Bob Mitchell
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Bob Mitchell

We are Bob and Phyllis Mitchell and have loved the Keys since we moved to Florida in the late 60's. I was an airline pilot for 25 years and at the same time worked as the Marketing Manager for Florida Sportsman Magazine. I am now retired. Phyllis is a retired teacher and professor who now works as a volunteer to a long list of organizations from the local parks to looking out for abandoned or abused children in the Keys. We both are very community involved and are on many Village committees. We love fishing, especially when our grandchildren are visiting. We did many years of offshore fishing and after that many years of backcountry but are now slowing down on that. Our big love is plants and gardening and we love to keep the Villa property native and beautiful as well as our nearby house on an acre. We will be thrilled to give you a tour of the local plants and what we have done with the Villa property and ours.

Bob Mitchell purchased this house in 1984

Why Bob Mitchell chose Islamorada

We have loved the Keys since we moved to Florida in the late 60's. Within a few years we discovered the most delightful Keys hideout in Islamorada that is now the Keys Villa we own and rent. At the time it was a small non-typical motel with just a few units. The Villa is a small house on the property, comfortable for four people, and is free standing on an acre property with a free protected Marina. We keep it clean, constantly up-dated and remodeled, and very comfortable for our guests. The small town laid back atmosphere was very attractive but it took us until 1984 for this villa to come up for sale. There are three other rental accomodations, owned by friends, on the property so it is very quiet. We love it so much that we bought the property two doors north where we now live. We are nearby for your needs but not there unless you need us.

What makes this house unique

The property is so quiet with so few guests that folks naturally socialize. Nightly visits to the bay for the sunset, drinks and snacks become a norm. Maybe half the guests to the property are return people for years. A big hit is the occasional visits by an octopus which darts around changing colors as she passes over the bottom. Years ago one was feeding on the shrimp in my bait bag and when the bag was taken away from her she started putting her tenacles up on the dock looking for more. Soft heart, I fed her a few.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for your email, but I’m sorry to say that our plans for next year have changed and we will not be able to stay at the villa after all.

We also wanted to tell you again what a great time we had this year staying at the villa. We really enjoyed the other people in the complex, and we especially appreciate your kindness to us. The villa itself was great and clearly shows the care and pride you take in the property. I wish you all the best.
Feb 2017
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Islamorada House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • 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
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Other (See Description) - 1 queen , 1 murphy bed , Room is Living Room/Murphy Bed room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Mitchell's Keys Villa - Private, Secluded House on the Bay
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 98 reviews

What a wonderful find!

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome. Perfect location, perfect place to watch the sunset every night, secluded but close to everything. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work hard to make the guests stay a trip they will remember. Their satisfaction makes it all worthwhile. Bob and Phyllis
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The place is absolutely paradise

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about the stay in the Villa. It is a beautiful place and the view out of the living room at Florida bay is fantastic. The Mitchel’s are really great host. I would give this stay a 100+ on a scale of 1-10.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Nice place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I love to visit Islamorda for the summers. This vacation was by far the best yet. We were able to launch and dock our boat. That was a game changer for us to be able to turn the key and go. We caught Mahi off shore and caught a few lobsters in shore. Saw Hen and Chickens Reef with dolphins, starfish, sea turtles, hammer head sharks, sea horses, puffer fish, parrot fish, and lion fish. Visited all the attractions that the Keys have to offer. The most beautiful sunsets were right there at the bulkhead of this property.

The 1 bedroom villa was clean and spacious and very comfortable. The landscaping was immaculate and the other visitors on the property were all so nice. We couldn't have asked for a better time. Thank you guys. We hope to see you again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review. Guests like these are what make having our two VIllas worthwhile. We look forward to seeing them again.
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Great location, very comfortable, All you need for a wonderful vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay and owner was

Great always there to answer questions and direct us to great spots around the keys.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love all our great guests! And we love directing them to all the wonderful things to do in Islamorada and the Keys. She is already coming back next year.
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Looking forward to our next visit!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at Mitchell's Villa was so much better than expected. I traveled with my husband and teenage daughters. The house was "cozy" for a family of 4 full grown people but it was very comfortable. We loved every moment. We enjoyed coffee every morning in the private patio or on the pier. We fished and snorkeled from the pier on a daily bases and saw amazing wildlife including porpoise, manatee, rays, shark, lobster and many different species of reef fish. Every night, we enjoyed beautiful sunsets.

The location could not have been more convenient. There is a Dollar Tree, Publix, and CVS for the basics less than a mile North. There are so many restaurants and stores within walking distance or more less than a 5 minute drive away. In 35 minutes we were at K-Mart in Key Largo and 15-20 minutes to Win-Dixie in Tavenier (which I found to be cheaper than Publix and maybe better stocked.) There is a movie theater is also there for rainy days (which we have not experienced).

I really can't say enough good about this experience. We were a little concerned about sharing the pier and marina with other families but meeting and enjoying people from all over turned out to be one of the best parts of the trip. That being said, we never felt like we had lack of privacy. Mr. Mitchell was a wonderful host. Again, highly recommend this Villa and already counting the days to next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mitchell"s Kets Villa vacation

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place, one of the nicest place we stayed. will be going back next year. Bob is a great host, .also the other people staying at the villas on the property, were great people with this made the stay one of the best vacation we had. The property well taken care of, You can fish off the pier, watch the sunset have your wine and enjoy. Thanks Bob Ruth Anne & Ron B

  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We work hard to provide and great vacation in the Keys for our guests.
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Nearest Point of Interest
Mangrove Mike Breakfast and Lunch
Nearest Point of Interest
Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters Kayak Rental
Nearest Point of Interest
Worldwide Sportsman Outdoor Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Trading Post Grocery

Bird Rescue Park, Five state parks within 10 miles, Sea life park (Theatre of the Sea)


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