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Architects Cottage on Quiet Lane in Old Town

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 - 31 nights

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Minimum Stay
30 - 31 nights

About the property

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

We have a wonderful MONTHLY rental to offer you: an historic 'conch' house has been completely redesigned and custom crafted by 2 architects as our home away from home. Featured on HGTV in 2007 (!), this intimate house boasts many fun and thoughtful features which will help make your stay in Key West special. It is located in a wonderfully private yet centrally-located neighborhood on a hidden Old Town lane. It has a lovely small freeform heated pool (with built-in bench) and relaxing patio in a private backyard - complete with outdoor eating area. Swim, eat, and watch butterflies and birds under the palms....

This is a classic compact 'Conch' house, typical of old Key West. This house is in a truly quiet, residential neighborhood just a few blocks to Duval Street, the boisterous hub of town. Although on the cozy side, we designed it to be light and airy and is decorated with lovely modern furnishings (Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, etc), wireless broadband internet service, living/dining/kitchen area and it even has a second comfortable living room complete with cable TV (including Netflix, HuluPlus, and Pandora radio), DVD/VCR and stereo/CD player with an iPod dock as well. Both bedrooms also feature flat panel TVs.

The house is perfect for your retreat both inside and out. Inside it's lovely with tile floors, central air, cathedral ceilings, a full, modern kitchen, 2 bedrooms plus a comfortable carpeted loft with 2 twin beds (accessed via a steep stair) and 2 lovely tiled bathrooms - one with a creatively tiled tub/shower and the other with a tumbled marble tiled shower. All beds are comfortable! Our home is strictly non-smoking.

We have provided everything you’ll need to make you feel right at home including a small collection of books, a fully stocked kitchen, a gas grille (with gas provided) and cooling ceiling fans in every room. Call us for current availability and rates for your stay. We are open to accepting pets and have a separate pet deposit (if pets accepted) with an additional mid-monthly cleaning required.

All you need to bring to this lovely island is your bathing suit, a pair of shorts and flip flops and come enjoy the beauty and diversity that Key West has to offer!

Here's a quick To Do list I sent to someone recently: 'So much to do here! snorkeling out in the reef (about 5 miles out) on a boat is great - can combine it with a sunset sail, parasailing is awesome - go to Smathers Beach for good early in the day deals, best beach for swimming/snorkeling is Ft. Zachary Taylor - not perfect sand (lots of coral) but lovely place with beach chairs for hire too, great dining all over - definitely try Louie's Backyard for a splurge and get there before sunset - they have incredible decks overlooking the ocean and fabulous food (we also love El Siboney - a locals Cuban place), really tasty croissants at Old Town Bakery, great place for coffee/breakfast is Sandy's Cafe on White St., La Te Da has fabulous high class drag shows and dinner, rent bikes for best overall experience (just lock them religiously) or rent a scooter for the day. That's for starters. Don't need to bring many clothes or fancy shoes - very casual and carribean. Flip flops work well here day and night!'

p.s. At the house we've left a couple of binders stuffed with menus and things-to-do and places-to-go while you're in town. We hope you find Key West as enchanting as we do!

Keywords: House, private house, house rental, bungalow, cottage, pool,single family house

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Property Manager
Soren Pfeffer
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2017

About Soren Pfeffer

My husband and I are architects and have worked in the residential design/build field for the past 20+ years building custom homes and renovating existing historic houses. I continue to practice architecture and my husband is now selling real estate, a passion of his since adolescence. We have 2 wonderful children and look forward to spending more time in Key West once they are off to college. We spent a year in our Key West house with our kids (and my mother-in-law)our wolf hound and our cat while the kids went to the local schools. We loved getting to know the town from a local's perspective. It's a town with a terrific arts community and talented musicians of all sorts.

Soren Pfeffer purchased this house in 2004

Why Soren Pfeffer chose Key West

We fell in love with Key West the first time we visited. We stayed out on 'the strip' (large hotels) on that visit but spent much of our time wandering the streets of old town and started to look for a house to buy. We knew that the town's funky flavor, intimacy and relaxed feel was unique and it just spoke to us. The locals treated us well from that very first visit and we felt at home immediately. We love to bike and walk and the town is made for walking! Everything you need is within 1/2 mile it seems, and the architecture enchanted us more and more as we wandered the lovely streets and alleys. We had spent much time in and around New York City growing up, so the grid layout of the town was easily understandable and within a day we could find our way around. We felt at ease here and found so much to see and do while also giving us the space to relax and take in the beautiful ocean surrounding the island with it's incredible crystal turquoise waters!

What makes this house unique

Our house is in a perfect location - no kidding. - it's within a few blocks of the tourist hub of town and is an easy 10 minute walk or bike ride from everything you could possibly want. There's a library within 4 blocks, tons of restaurants and shops, a great Cuban coffee place about 6 blocks away, art galleries, small supermarkets and the best beach in town is about a mile away. We still can't believe that we found such a location. And, it's private and on a lane that many people can't find - perfect for a getaway. We also put in a lovely curved pool which creates an oasis under our coconut palm for those lazy afternoons or dinner on the patio. We created a home that will be perfect for your visit and hope that it entices you to stay again and again, as it does for us. We ask that you respect the quiet that you will find around you; this is an established full time resident kind of neighborhood, so we want to make sure that our renters fit right in and feel at home.

Guestbook comments from the manager

However, it is in close proximity to the busy, fun main street with shops, galleries, bars and restaurants - Duval Street. We had a delightful time at Casa Dulce and would return, but we fell in love with Key West and bought our own house there!
Nov 2011
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Architects Cottage on Quiet Lane in Old Town
average rating of 4.625 based on 20 reviews

Great Location in Key West! Have Recommended to Friends!

  • 5 of 5

Location! Location! Location! This updated historic "Conch" house is conveniently located within walking distance of Duval as well as the Seaport area. The beach is only a bike ride away. It is located in a quiet residential area. When returning back from a day of activity it is so nice to return and enjoy a drink and/or grilling by the pool in their private backyard. In the mornings we enjoyed having coffee on the porch. Once settled in, we walked and biked everywhere. Did not need our car at all. The house is cozy and feels like home as soon as you walk in. Appointed with all the amenities you could want. There are two bedrooms and a great little loft area. A big plus is having two bathrooms as many homes seem to only have one and a half in this area. We have stayed here twice and have recommended to friends that have also stayed at this wonderful property. The owners were wonderful to work with as well as their property managers.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you love our little house in Key West! We really do hope that visitors will feel at home so we are happy to hear that you like it enough to recommend it to friends.
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October Rental - Architects Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I recently rented this cottage for the month of October and found the cottage to be in the perfect location, far enough away from Duval to offer peace and quiet yet close enough to access the many dinning options easily. The neighborhood is quiet, with neighbors very friendly and welcoming. The house is very well appointed and the renovations are quite tasteful and unique. I found the cottage perfectly comfortable for 4 adults, with additional room upstairs in the loft for children or even an additional adult. The pool is relaxing and private, everything you would want for the perfect getaway. The management staff / caretaker of the property is more than accommodating and extremely focused on making sure you have everything you need in the house. I would highly recommend this rental for your vacation / extended stay enjoyment.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montauk, New York

Poorme Lane

  • 2 of 5

I have been renting in Key West yearly for almost 15 years. Before that, I used to live there. I would not recommend this house. When we arrived it was dark, dirty and had a bad musty smell.

The very small second bedroom is very dark and the comforter was actually wet to the touch from dampness in the house. My mother was miserable in this room. The loft upstairs has no windows and is completely dark when the light is not on ( one tiny lamp ) The carpet upstairs had a disgusting stain that ran the whole length of the room. I am assuming that it was dog pee. That is what it looked and smelled like. It took Key West Hideaways two weeks to get a carpet cleaner to the house to clean it! There is also a vent upstairs that had two inches of dust all clogged in it. It literally made my daughter sick.

The house is on part of the lane where there are no other homes except a boarded up one right next door. There is no parking at all. Even our electric car that we would have to charge every now and again caused a huge problem. The neighbors are not friendly and called the police on us more than once - for charging the car -(even though there was two other streets to leave the lane from)

The only good things I can say about this property is that the AC worked well, the pool was nice, and the location is good. It was more inexpensive than other properties that I have stayed at in Key West - you get what you pay for. Don't stay here. You'll regret it.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great month at Casa Dulce Key West

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in Key West for 18 years but this is the first time we were lucky enough to be able to rent a home for an entire month and bring our pets with us. Casa Dulce is a great little fully renovated "shotgun" house. Location on a tiny quiet lane right in Old Town close to restaurants and the KW cemetery could not have been better. The front porch right on the lane is a comfortable place to have a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. The enclosed back yard has a private free form pool, glass topped table (with a large umbrella and four chairs) and two loungers is a also a great place to hang out. The house is pretty well stocked with everything you may need: beach towels and regular bath towels, fairly nice stocked kitchen/laundry facilities ( although there were no dish towels, paper towels or "starter" laundry detergent- we had some of our own with us and simply used them), comfortable beds and linens. The house is not very large and the bedrooms and bathrooms are a bit tiny but we were absolutely fine with that. We were allowed to have guests stay with us but felt that having more than 2 other people with us a time would be a bit crowded in the house. The furniture is mostly comfortable (although the sofa in the back living area has seen better days). The loft area (which has 2 twin beds) is a bit challenging to access via very steep steps- not for someone with any kind of mobility issues for sure. But would be great for kids or someone who doesn't mind climbing the steps. The property included a full size clothes washer and dryer outside in the back yard. There is no off street parking included with Casa Dulce but we were able to find parking close by on Margaret Street (right by the old Harris School/Mangia Mangia restaurant). Mostly we left our car parked and either walked or bicycled everywhere. If we had any issues, Kevin the property manager was very quick to respond. E.g. The pool started to get quite cloudy and Kevin had the pool service come by very quickly and rectify the problem. But any issues were quite minor. Casa Dulce has a beach house feel to it which makes it pretty much perfect. Thank you Soren and Irene! We have already made our reservations to return for the month of March 2016!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you're coming back next year and that the house suits you well. It's good to hear about what works and what doesn't - and we agree about our property manager. He really does take good care of the place. best to you and yours.
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Edisto Island, SC

Month long stay December 2014

  • 4 of 5

This was my 3rd attempt at visiting Key West. We finally had success. Last time is was there we rented on a key close to Key West. The day after we arrived my mother fell and broke her pelvis, we spent the 2 weeks we were there visiting her at the Key West Hospital. I do not recommend it. This time we stayed for a month. I loss my Iphone, but some nice person turned it into the sheriff's department, so i got it back. We really enjoyed out stay on Pourhouse Lane. it was an excursion to find it, but we finally got there. the rental company was very helpful, because we had a few electrical problems. Kevin was there immediately every time we called and repairs were made quickly. this is a very nice cottage, close to Duval Street and not a tough walk to the beach or marina (we both are senior citizens). We ate out about 3 times a week and most restaurants were fantastic. I recommend the 6 Toed Cat for Key Lime Pie and Lobster Benedict. Other restaurants for dinner: Cafe Marquesa, Nine One Five, Martin's, Cafe Sole, and Seven Fishes (which is just down the street a short walk). This property was lovely. We spent our afternoons in the backyard by and in the pool. Parking could have been a problem, but if you found a spot and did not move your car on the week-end it was no problem.We went to the Publx's grocery store on Wednesday for Thursday with the car and walked every where else. I brought my sweet little kitty with me and other then getting use to the airplanes that flew in and out directly over head(she's a country cat) she did great. We would really consider coming back to Pourhouse Lane if we visit Key West again. Thanks Soren and Irene

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a thoughtful review! It is great for other travelers to hear about the house, of course, but you also filled in a lot of details about the neighborhood and beyond. We are glad to hear you'd consider our home again for future Key West travels. You will be welcome anytime.
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Month long stay with family in ideally located Old-Town Home

  • 5 of 5

This was my 4th visit to Key West so I knew what area of town I wanted to stay in for a month long vacation and the Poorhouse Lane property couldn't have been more ideal as far as walkability to all the Old-Town sights. Duval is a short walk, but I did love that it was on a quiet street. The neighbors nearby are charming (especially Joseph who lives across the ally and was always ready with a good recommendation of restaurants for dinner) While there is no parking with the property we never had a problem finding on-street parking about 100 feet from the front door (in front of Jimmy Buffet's house). The house isn't huge (Most Key West homes aren't) but the layout and three bedrooms afforded us enough privacy for us to relax and get some quiet time if we needed it.

The property management company that takes care of the house for the owners was very accommodating and tried to rectify an problems that we had during our stay. The gas grill stopped working, and Kevin the property manager arrived with a new one within two hours.

I had realistic expectations this is a home and not a hotel. So there isn't daily housekeeping, and not everything is 100% pristine but I was found the house to be warm and welcoming and felt comfortable there.

My only complaint was that the pool heater was broken for 3 of the 4 weeks we were there. The pool water wasn't freezing but a little to chilly for a wimp like me.

I would certainly recommend this property to friends and would consider staying there again if we were lucky enough to go on another month long vacation. With rental rates for Key West being pretty high I found the rent to be far, and I appreciated that I was able to bring my dogs for an nominal fee.

Thanks Soren and Irene for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you loved the house and that you found our property manager responsive (which he is). It is true, renting a house is not renting a hotel, and minor things do happen sometimes with the house. You can always get someone on the phone, however, and we try and get things fixed immediately. We work hard to keep our house in tip top shape, making repairs, replacing furniture and things as they age and making sure the place is in great shape for renters as they come through. You may find life a bit slower and more relaxed in Key West than you are used to (the whole reason you visit the keys, right?), and we strive to make your stay just as great as it possibly can be. So we appreciate the review and the honest assessment that 'things can go wrong' but hang tight and it will all work out well in the end. Look forward to seeing you again in paradise!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sloppy Joe's
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
to Ft. Meyers
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Stock Island
Nearest Train
125 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Rt. 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Seven Fish
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Ft. Zachary Taylor
Car: not necessary

Walking, Biking, Train & Trolley tours, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park with lovely beach and public park, Mallory Square for the sunset!!


Rates & Availability

Old Town House Rental Rates

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Jan - March
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
April & May & June
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
July & Aug
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
General cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $500 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Pet fees are required and are variable depending on the number and type of pets that are approved.

Cleaning fee is generally $150 per rental with a mid cleaning required if there are pets

Property manager's office is nearby for emergencies.

House is monthly rental only!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large lovely marble tiled shower with pebble floor!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bathroom en-suite from bedroom and hall
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , with en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , loft overlooking front living room
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , front living room has comfortable futon couch
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double futon sofa in living room
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We have 2 living rooms, cool tiled floors, books, CDs, literature about Key West and the surroundings, a hurricane lamp (just in case...), and privacy! We include instant-view Netlfix and HuluPlus for the living room TV which has also been set to play Pandora radio (a wonderful internet radio station), an iPod player that also plays CDs and the radio (good sound, and very versatile). Parking is available very close by on Williams Lane (just past park - 1/2 block from house).

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