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Tropical Retreat with Private Heated Pool: 5 star reviews: Book YOUR month

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 28 nights


About the property

House, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms

Relax poolside on a private deck, enjoying the bougainvillaea draped over the masonry privacy fence. Banana trees and many varieties of palm offer shade to the house and gardens. The house has been remodeled in the last 5 years with an enormous great- room and large windows that invite ocean breezes. The kitchen is a chef's delight with a 6 burner Vulcan commercial stove and additional convection oven. Meals can be enjoyed under the covered lanai or in the kitchen. Book shelves holding hundred of books are available for your reading delight. The bedrooms are comfortable with king beds in two bedrooms and two full sized beds in the third bedroom. The bathrooms have been recently updated with double rain-head showers, ceramic tile floors and ceramic tile walls. There is a private outdoor shower on the deck. The house is very clean and simply decorated. The pool is heated to 85 degrees during the cool months. If you need secure parking for your motorcycle, bike or kayak, it is available in the driveway behind a security fence. The beach is a mere 4 block walk, as are the public tennis and pickle ball courts. Within easy biking distance are world class restaurants such as Louie's Backyard, El Siboney and Salute.

Keywords: Private house, Heated pool

More Details

Bruce Hirshman
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2018

About Bruce Hirshman

We have lived in Key West since 1992. I am sure that you will find this tropical and private retreat, calming to your spirit, but close enough to Duval and the beach for major fun. We are from Michigan (Ann Arbor and E. Lansing) and the S.F. Bay area (Sonoma County). We spend our free time fishing, biking and hiking.

Bruce Hirshman purchased this house in 1992

Why Bruce Hirshman chose Midtown

Read our reviews...we go out of our way to provide a clean house with heated pool, private decks, complete kitchen and plenty of space to relax.

What makes this house unique

The sun is almost up. Catch sunrise over the water standing on White Street Pier. Walk down White for some Cuban Coffee and order breakfast at one of the restaurants suggested on the visitor's guide in the house. By now you're's pool time and you need a bit of a nap. During a late lunch at the house, your eye catches some reading in the dining room library. The afternoon is devoted to the beach or visiting the sights. A quick dip in the warm pool refreshes and a rinse in our new outdoor but private shower finishes the effort. Friends are coming over for a poolside barbeque. After dinner it is a short ride to the Red Barn Theater for a play. Dessert for the day is some of the best ice cream you can imagine followed by a short bike ride home. You lie in a bed with the french doors open to the pool and fall asleep in record time...dreaming of tomorrow's adventure.


Midtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , The outdoor shower is off the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Luxury
  • In the main house there is a full bath. There is also an outdoor shower off the deck offering complete privacy and a recently renovated shower attached to the third bedroom. The master bath has been fully remodeled with ceramic tile throughout and walk in shower with rain heads. TOTO washlet bidet/toilet in second bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , French doors open to the pool and deck
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Windows overlooking the gardens
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , private secluded bedroom with full bath.
  • King size bed (1) In master bedroom french doors open to pool and deck.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The beach is four blocks away, close to shopping, and Duval Street is an easy walk or bike ride away.


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Tropical Retreat with Private Heated Pool: 5 star reviews: Book YOUR month
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home,spacious with great outdoor front and back with large pool with outdoor shower....ideal location close to beaches and easy bike or bus ride to duval st.....didn't have car and wasn't missed....quiet neighborhood....large open floor plan with large kitchen and outdoor grill...great place to relax easy access to all that key west offers....

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We enjoy being close to town but away from the Duval Street noise. We hope that all our guests enjoy the quiet and privacy of the house and pool.
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New Jersey

An Absolute Tropical Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 1/2 months of enjoyable bliss in this tropical home. Even on a rainy day the open spaciousness of the house never made us feel hemmed in. Heated pool, maintained weekly, and outside shower are what future daydreams are made of. Mardee, the caretaker, is more than helpful and a wealth of information. If you want a home that gives the impression that one is alone on a tropical island, then you won't be disappointed. Our only regret is that we had to leave. Thank you for entrusting us with your paradise.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great to read how much our guests value the privacy of the pool and shower. We have tried to create a an oasis of comfort and convenience located in the middle of Key West. A heated pool seems to be a hit with folks fleeing the north, and needing to relax in warm water. We have enjoyed the feed back given to us from guests and try to improve the property every month.
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Bend, OR

Tropical oasis

  • 5 of 5

We spent two months in Bruce and Marsha's wonderful home this summer. Having spent time in a traditional conch home in old town the past two years, we decided it was time to try a different neighborhood and style of home. Bruce and Marsha's house suited us perfectly. It's spacious, comfortable, has a wonderful pool and outdoor area and feels like a home as opposed to a vacation rental. It is wonderfully convenient to many parts of town - old town, the grocery stores on Roosevelt, Smathers beach for evening bike rides and our new discovery this summer - the Casa Marina hotel for evening cocktails, wonderful food and dramatic sunsets. Bruce was a wonderful host and very responsive. Mardee, the local property manager, was always there when we needed her. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having guests who appreciate our home as much as we do, makes sharing our tropical retreat a joy.
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Celebration, FL

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd consecutive summer stay in this wonderful Key West home. It is a joy to walk in each year and discover the most recent upgrades to the property. The amount of effort and attention to detail of the smallest changes and modifications that Bruce and Marsha invest is amazing and admirable. We love nothing more than spending time in and around the pool, enjoying the peaceful oasis that this home provides. Mardee (the property manager) is an amazingly reliable source of tips and ideas of things to do and places to go, including multiple excursions on the kayaks. The gardening team and pool man were absolutely respectful and completely non-intrusive. After having to leave the island on a family emergency we were so happy to return to this fantastic home away from home. We have every intention of returning to this beautiful property next summer, and strongly recommend this vacation rental to anyone that is looking for a high quality and comfortable experience in Key West

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It gives us great delight to share our "oasis" with such outstanding people. You will always be welcome in our home. Bruce and Marsha
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Western New York State

Wonderful Key West Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I have been coming to Key West for a month each winter (since retirement) from the cold North. We've been pretty happy with all our rentals, all through VRBO. But this rental was incredible. The photos are accurate, the space is large, clean, easy to care for, & very comfortable, very beautiful. Took our meals outside by the light of the pool. Loved the outside shower & used it consistently except for our last day --- way too early & still dark outside! We bought 2 used bikes which we were able to sell back at the end of the month & this made grocery shopping & going to the beaches much more do-able. Also used the Key West bus -- who knew they had one--Bus stop is very close & bus was always on time. would often walk one way & use the bus one way. Then there's squeaky the cat who comes for food, water, & a little attention daily. Added to the "at home" feeling.

Because we'd been to KW a few times, we didn't have many questions for Mardee or Bruce, but it was very re-assuring to know how available they were. Mardee was wonderful on our arrival & checked in from time to time to insure we were doing okay. And the next doo r neighbor, Rich, was just great - If you choose this rental, you'll love it.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beavercreek, OH

Great location and fantastic pool

  • 5 of 5

Had a great month at this wonderful house. Not a bad morning or afternoon walk to Duval. Ability to walk (about 7 minute stroll) to beach every evening was great! House is large and very well laid out for a couple or a family. My favorite place was the covered area by the pool - sat there every day with my laptop under the ceiling fan. It is so peaceful and seems very tropical with the lush landscaping. Mardee could not have been more helpful. We appreciated the fact that Bruce had the pool guys out every week to clean and maintain the pool; showed us he wanted his guests to spend their time enjoying themselves. Also want to point out that the pool and landscape folks Bruce has selected are first-rate and very professional; both took the time to answer any questions we had but were never intrusive. I know I used the word "great" too many times in this review but that is the word that keeps coming to mind when I think about every aspect of this property and our month there.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that the folks tending the garden and pool offered great service and respect for your privacy. Mardee is a wonderful help managing the property and making our guests feel at home. Outdoor wireless is a pool side treat for work or play. Thanks for your kind words about the property.
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Key West Airport
Nearest Barpub
One block for a cold one and great bar food
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Fast Cat to Ft. Meyers
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Public course
Nearest Restaurant
Bar & Restaurant one block away
Nearest Beach
Smathers Beach.....4 blocks away
Car: not necessary

Walk to the beach or wander in the historic town. You can also choose to chill and stay on the property to enjoy a nap or swim in the private, heated pool. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood, but it is an easy bike ride to the action on Duval Street and local seafood/Cuban cuisine.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $225
Tax Rate 12.5%

Consecutive month rentals may have a discounted rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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