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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:
March 17, 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
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
  • 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 4.952381 based on 93 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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Beautiful, comfortable property at a great location.

  • 5 of 5

The villa is very comfortable and had all the amenities of home. It is kept very clean and Mr. Mitchell is a welcoming host who is available to answer any questions regarding the area or to address any concerns.

We recommend the Mitchell's villas and would love to return to this little "hammock" for another peaceful retreat.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as presented in the pictures and would recommend this property to any couple or one with a couple small children. We hope to come again next year at the same time. The hosts were very gracious and always available for any questions.

Thanks for a nice stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to have such nice guests. It makes providing our Villas worthwhile.
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting the Florida Keys for over 20 years and I can honestly say that Mitchell's Keys Villa is an outstanding value. The property is lovingly maintained with an impressive attention to every detail - from the extremely comfortable king bed, to the beautiful landscaping and setting. The Villa's kitchen is equipped with new appliances and a dining nook with lovely views of the property. The patio is a few short steps to the waterfront with incredible sunsets, boat basin and more. We would strongly recommend these properties to anyone seeking an affordable, stress-free vacation!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible week at Mitchell's Keys Villa. Stayed with our two sons (12 & 14) and enjoyed fishing, snorkeling and chilling out at this oasis in Islamorada. Thanks to Bob & Phyllis for an exceptionally clean and comfortable place to stay. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always fun to host people who know how to have a good time. We are there for our guests in anyway we can help make their vacation. And we love having so many folks return year after year. Bob and Phyllis
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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: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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)




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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