Perfectly positioned on Sunset Key, ‘the islands island,’ the Ultimate Key West Beach House ~ Sunset Key VIP, is within 500 yards off-shore of the ‘main island’ of Key West. A splendid view gazing toward Mallory Dock and the famous sunset celebration, this one-of-a-kind waterfront property offers a secret window commanding a panoramic vista of paradise all its own. Sit back, relax, and choose your favorite mesmerizing view from one of the magnificent private decks on the property. Unhurried sunrise, serene sunset, warm turquoise waters, and white sandy beaches – from any direction, it’s divine.
Designed and stylized with ultimate luxury – but not too formal – after all you’re at a tropical beach house and it’s time to let go and relax. Premium privacy – but not too guarded – you’re buffered on a private 27 acre tropical resort island a 5 minute boat ride off-shore Key West easily accessed every 20 minutes – 24 hours a day. Upscale in home amenities – yet at your finger-tips are 5-Star Westin amenities - including order-in award winning dining service and a full-service luxury spa a short walk away.
Part of the fun is getting here, so we introduce our slide-show tour with the water taxi arrival to Sunset Key. The five minute boat ride is short and sweet, yet tantalizing enough so that you get the sense of being transported away to somewhere special and glamorous. When you arrive on the island, the shore has the air of an exclusive beach estate somewhere in the Bahamas. Long boat-house style landing dock, private white sandy beaches, manicured landscaping, and set off to your right, amidst the coconut palms, a classic island colonial mansion-style structure, which houses reception, the restaurant, and resort amenities.
When you approach the beach house, you’ll recognize the quintessential Key West white picket fence, wide front porches on the 1st and 2nd floor, and the ‘widow’s walk’ viewing tower perched on the roof. The ‘paradise island’ grounds of the property are manicured, yet carefree and playful, offering something for every age group.
Most of the outdoor fun is set toward the back of the house, but before we go there, let’s tune into an unexpected bonus, a large open lawn to the right of the house – anyone for beach side kite flying? Walking down the right side of the house, toward the back, we get our first glimpse of the promise for outrageous outdoor fun, a custom swimming pool. An organic oasis design, complete with rock waterfalls and double level pools, fulfills the dreams of kids of all ages – from 5 to 85. Move around to the back of the house, and notice the flagstone patio garden, hammock, and pathway leading to the white sandy beach. The outdoor tropical garden space is made very private with white picket fencing where landscaping is perfectly intertwined and allowing it to seamlessly flow to the interior.
Interior Layout and Design:
This home is full of gorgeous architectural details. When you walk in the front door, the first one you’ll notice is the impressive custom wooden stair case gracefully winding up to the 2nd floor. As you take the tour, be sure to look up and notice the 12+ foot open-beam and bead-board ceiling with recessed lighting which is repeated in nearly every room of this distinctive home.
MAIN HOUSE - DOWNSTAIRS:
The open floor plan is a unique great-room layout, with rooms and alcoves set on both sides of the house, and the dramatic staircase as the center anchor point. The spacious entrance hall at the left of the staircase, grows into the great-room and runs the entire length of the house. Throughout the downstairs, travertine marble floors tiled on the bias and high-end coastal furniture make a casually elegant statement.
The fabulous blue and white coastal décor kitchen spans nearly the entire length of the house, with the sunlit dining room at the back of the house as the end point. An impressive bank of blue bead- board cabinets are built to the open beam ceiling, set in beautiful contrast with the bright white corian counter tops. Well equipped, not to disappoint the cook in your family, the kitchen offers double ovens and all the amenities you would expect in a modern luxury home of this quality.
At the back of the kitchen, the counter top takes an ‘L-Shape’ to create a breakfast bar, which you see in the forefront of the photo. Just beyond the breakfast bar is the cottage-style dining room, all lit up with single-pane floor to ceiling double sets of French doors that run the entire width of the back of the house.
At the back of the house is the beautiful beach-style media room. Built as a welcoming alcove for the spacious great-room it is set with two comfortable sofas, easy chairs, and 50 inch flat-screen TV mounted to the wall, surrounded by a custom built cabinets. Coastal-style furnishings and artwork are carefully chosen to set the beach house mood.
Towards the main entrance of the house is the den, which doubles as an extra bedroom. A perfect place to catch up on some work, it also has double French doors leading to the front porch, providing a private entrance. A quality aero (air) bed can be made up to make this a 6th bedroom with full en-suite bathroom.
MAIN HOUSE - UPSTAIRS – 2ND Floor -
BEDROOMS: The spectacular design of the custom wooden staircase, gracefully winding, turning, and spiraling to the top of the house, creates an uplifting feel as you ascend to the 2nd floor bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Every bedroom has polished hardwood floors, and is luxuriously decorated and appointed, each with a unique design.
Master Suite - Bedroom 1 - Comprised of three rooms, the elegant master suite runs the width of the back of the house, commanding incredible ocean and garden views. Enter the master suite through the posh private sitting / media room, the center room of the suite, with the sophisticated bedroom adjoining on one side and the luxury bathroom on the other.
The sitting room provides two comfortable swivel chairs so you can relax and watch the built-in 40 inch flat screen TV, and turn around at-will and take in the ocean view. French doors adjoining the bedroom lead you to the 2nd floor porch at the back of the house. The hand-carved king size bed is placed in the bedroom to enjoy ocean views while lounging in bed.
The spacious luxury bath, done in travertine marble tile, provides double sinks with a granite vanity top and double wide shower. Next to the vanity a ‘secret door’ leads to one of the most amazing hidden places on the property, a long and wide lattice topped deck that stretches out toward the ocean with a prime view towards the main island of Key West.
Bedroom 2 – This adorable bedroom with en-suite bathroom, is situated on the 2nd floor left side of the main house as you face it from the front. Painted a tropical Key lime green, it is decorated in feminine childhood fancy with white cottage furniture and pink. It provides a full size bed, with a twin trundle bed option that can be pulled up to create a wider sleeping option. French doors in this room open to the front 2nd floor porch.
Bedroom 3 – Done up nautical style this bedroom, with full size bed, is directly across the hall from bedroom 2, and is situated on the 2nd floor right side of the main house. Walls painted khaki with soft white trim, with nautical furnishings, artwork, and appointments, give it the feel of a gentleman sailor’s room.
UPSTAIRS WIDOWS WALK – Roof Top Viewing Tower:
From the 2nd floor, the staircase becomes an artistic focal point, a sweeping spiral design anchored with a grand lathed wooden pole. It really is so impressive that you’ll want to stop and sit on a stair for a minute or two and enjoy the vantage point.
Prominently perched on top of the house, some say the widows walk is their favorite place on the property, and once you get up top you understand why. Like the rest of the house, this feature is luxurious, with the front of the tower closed-in with sash windows, and the rear built as a fantastic open-air covered porch with an enviable sea-faring view. From this vantage point you have a wide angle view looking across the water to the ‘main island’ of Key West, where you take in one of most famous and beautiful sunsets on the globe.
GROUND FLOOR – Breezeway / Open-Air Family Room / Cocktail Room:
We now return to the great-room on the 1st floor at the back of the house, and walk through the French doors to discover the versatile family room / cocktail portico. This room reminds me a little of an Argentinian asodo room, ready to stage an incredible barbeque. Part of the fun of living on a tropical island is to live outdoors as much as possible, and in this family room you can hang out in your bathing suit, grill, set up a bar.
GUEST COTTAGE –
A fabulous feature of this property is the colorful 1-story guest cottage. Separate yet architecturally joined, the family room portico serves as the breezeway connecting the cottage with the main house. Two additional bedrooms, each with a queen size bed and bathroom, make the 4th and 5th bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms for the property. A full kitchen, dining, living room make the cottage complete.
All the attention to luxury and detail in the main house are found here too. Walls are painted clear beach-tones of pale aqua, white, sky blue, sea grass green. Floors throughout are tiled with the same travertine tile found on the first floor of the main house.
Bedroom 4 - Painted sky blue, and furnished in light wicker and wood, an added feature, are French doors leading from this room to the outside. The colorful en-suite bath has bright yellow paint and black and white checker board tiles.
Bedroom 5 - Painted in calming sea green and white, this bedroom is set with a queen size bed. Dark wood furnishings are in beautiful contrast to the soft color walls. The bath is the same design as bedroom 4.