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Architects Cottage in fantastic Old Town location!

Old Town, Key West, FL, USA
  • House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay30 nights

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, 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. Both bedrooms also feature flat panel smart 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

Property Manager

Soren Pfeffer

Member Since 2004
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
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 Old Town

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, with en-suite bathroom
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 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


      • 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


        • Away From It All
        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Sports & Activities
        • Tourist Attractions


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Air Conditioning
                  central air (and heat). We hope that you will conserve energy as much as possible so we can continue to keep our rental rates at a reasonable level!
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  if you ever need it, it's there
                • Internet
                • Broadband Access
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                  two living rooms - one in front facing lane and one in back facing the pool.
                • Towels Provided
                  We try to keep pool towels at the house as well as regular towels.
                • Washing Machine
                • Wireless Internet


                    • Kitchen
                      full modern kitchen with all the amenities of home - good appliances and frequently replaced kitchen equipment.
                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                      stainless steel
                    • Ice Maker
                    • Cooking Utensils
                      Fully stocked kitchen - just like home - (blender included, of course!), grilling tools, skewers, wine bottle stoppers, trays, vases, wine glasses, colorful martini glasses (that double nicely as ice cream dishes), candles, and SO much more.
                    • Microwave
                      with convection oven
                    • Oven
                      electric convection/microwave
                    • Refrigerator
                      stainless steel with ice maker
                    • Stove
                      electric stovetop
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          simple dining in kitchen or on pool deck
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 6 people


                            • Books
                              We leave some behind - feel free to leave one for the next renter.
                            • CD Player
                            • DVD Player
                            • Music Library
                              iPod/iTouch hookup to stereo and Jimmy Buffet Cds!
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              flat screen cable TVs provided in the living room and both bedrooms.
                            • Stereo
                            • Television
                              in living room and 2 downstairs bedrooms


                                • Bicycles
                                  ask our property manager, and he can set you up
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  tiled patio at poolside with nice table, chairs and umbrella, good lounge chairs as well. Small but private. Front porch as well with a couple of comfortable chairs on the lane side of house.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  gas provided


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Heated Pool
                                        • Private Pool
                                          Heated in winter with relaxing bench if you don't want to swim.


                                            • live theater
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • churches
                                            • 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

                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • parasailing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • 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 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).

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:30 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              18 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Visit to Soren and Irene's place!

                                                              J Angus M.Montpelier vermont

                                                              This home is the perfect home away from home! The comfort and consideration to detail was exquisite and allowed for the diversity of our group! I had a boys vacation with my 11 and my 23 year old sons and reflective of our divergent interests there was plenty of space for each of us. Situated right in key wests heart we could walk or bike to everything! It was a fantastic vacation!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We hope you can get back to use the house again! Loved being able to share it with you and your family.

                                                              Sweet Little Slice of Paradise

                                                              Our family of four, including two teens, loved staying in this home. Quaint and full of beautiful little touches, including a fantastic shower in the master bath, this is a relaxing spot to enjoy Key West. The house has a lovely dipping pool in the back and a nice kitchen, should you want to cook. We ate out most of the time given all the great options so close by. This is really an ideal location, quite and lovely neighborhood with beautiful homes, yet walking distance to restaurants and entertainment. The home also has four bikes available which we used to go everywhere including daily beach trips. Looking forward to another trip to Key West and hope to stay here again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so glad you had a great stay. We do our best to make the house better and better each year - and this was the year to improve the shower in the master bath (added a rain shower head + hand held). We love going down and adding touches to make the place even more comfy-cozy. It is truly a slice of paradise- a joy to stay and hard to leave. Come again soon!

                                                              Great Location in Key West! Have Recommended to Friends!

                                                              Barbara B.

                                                              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.

                                                              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.

                                                              October Rental - Architects Cottage

                                                              Greg L.

                                                              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.

                                                              Poorme Lane

                                                              Julie M.Montauk, New York

                                                              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.

                                                              Great month at Casa Dulce Key West

                                                              Mary S.

                                                              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!

                                                              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.


                                                              Old Town, Key West, FL, USA

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

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Damage Insurance
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              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!

                                                              18 Reviews
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