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

Bedrooms 2
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:
August 13, 2017

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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Holiday House House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
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
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • 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 4.9375 based on 88 reviews

Mitchell's Keys Villas is a bit of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay in Islamorada. The cozy house was clean and so close to the water and in a private secluded area. We met some lovely people and Bob Mitchell was one of them!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location. Clean, well cared for facility

  • 5 of 5

I hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent time with an excellent host.

  • 5 of 5

Bob was awesome. We had a great time. The property is beautiful with plenty of stuff nearby for the kids and fishing and kayaking right there at the villa. One of our best vacations.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent nothing misding

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay a Mitchell's. The house had everything you could need and close to everything in Islamorada. Bob and Phyllis are great hosts and were very helpful. Can't wait to book our next stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love our guests and work very hard to provide a pleasurable visit to the Keys. Our Villas are upgraded continually and result in over a 70% return rate. We look forward to having Ed and his wife return soon. Bob and Phyllis
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Port Orange fl

Great two weeks

  • 5 of 5

I just spent two great weeks in Bob and Phyllis Villa in Islamorada. The place was everything and more how they described it. They came by and introduced themselves and said if I need anything just call. It was nice to have my boat in the basin every day able to wash it down every time I came in. I met so many nice people that were staying at the facility we would watch the beautiful sunset every night. A lot of great restaurants close by and when we didn’t want to go out we cooked on the grill. I want to thank Bob and Phyllis for such a great stay I can’t wait until next year.



  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having great guests like Lee makes having vacation property like our Keys Villa and Bayview Villa worthwhile. Many, like Lee, become friends and return year after year. We look forward to his visit next year. Bob and Phyllis.
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week at the Keys Villa. Pictures do not do this place justice. Most importantly the villa is VERY CLEAN!! It was just the perfect size for my wife and I and our 9 year old yellow lab "DUVAL". This being said, there would be PLENTY of room for 2 couples. We absolutely loved watching the GORGEOUS sunset nightly and relaxing in the private patio area of the villa. The people that were staying at the adjacent Bay View Villa shared the 42 lb mahi in which they caught. I grilled it up on our private gas grill. All the amazing restaurant's of Islamorada are within a stones throw, but THAT FISH, on MY GRILL, on MY PRIVATE PATIO was the best meal of the week! Both my wife and I have worked in the luxury hotel market in NYC for years. Mr. Mitchell gets the meaning of hospitality. He is available for anything you may need and also surprises you with the sweet simple things like fresh fruits and vegetables from his garden on his property next door. Thank you for a great week, we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having guests like Michael and Shelby is a delight. Having a guest accommodation in the Keys would not be half as much fun without fun people like them to share it with. They took in all the area offers and had a wonderful relationship with our other guests who shared their fish with them. We look forward to their return soon. Bob and Phyllis
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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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Jan 1 2017 - Dec 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

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