|Minimum Stay||28 nights|
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Our beach house is an open floor plan with postcard Atlantic Ocean views from every room. Off the main living area are two bedrooms with queen size beds and a full bathroom (there is also an ocean front enclosed outside shower at ground level). Central air, and tile floors and ceiling fans throughout. The house is situated on a 55' wide pebble beach which leads into the ocean and Niles Channel, directly across from Little Palm Island. The south door of the elevated house opens onto an outside deck off the living room. Enjoy spectacular sunrises, the glow of the southern sky at sunset and the night sky. Our panoramic view of the open ocean from the horizon to the open sky is breathtaking. Star gazing here is spectacular (very limited stray light from populated areas).
Offered with the house is a 60' wide canal, located behind the house, with instantaneous direct deep ocean access from protected dockage. Our seawall can easily accommodate up to a 30’ boat and is equipped with a fish cleaning station, and water. For a Google Earth view of our awesome location, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Bud and Grace have been married for over 30 years. We share the love of water sports and the ocean with each other and our 3, now adult, children. All 5 of us are divers and avid boaters. Our favorite vacation destination was the lower keys until we moved to Summerland, over ten years ago. We love the location, its neighborhood and access to blue water so much that in 2013, we purchased the oceanfront beach house. We look forward to sharing this vacation destination and the beauty of the southern end of Summerland Key with you.
owner purchased this house in 2013
Our oceanfront beach house is one of the very few homes that have an oceanfront beach and protected dockage on a seawall in a wide and deep water canal with instantaneous direct ocean access and easy access to the gulf and back country. The southernmost end of Summerland is a special place; its open space is filled with palm trees, tropical gardens, naturally occurring plants, birds and other wildlife that share the island with those fortunate enough to find and take the time to enjoy it. Whether by land or by sea, there is plenty to do. We hope that you will enjoy our beach house on Summerland Key and experience island living and all that the lower keys have to offer.
The horizon ocean view from every room in the house is spectacular. We have been told by several guests that pictures do not do justice to the panoramic view the Key-ver ocean front beach house offers. (trying to capture the ocean colors and ever changing outdoors through the windows, the house looks dark, but it is not, it is very light and airy). Very few homes have the ocean in the front yard and a protected canal behind the house, but this one does. On any given day, the ocean going ship traffic can be seen on the horizon. Sails and unlimited hydroplane rooster tails are a common site off shore, as are dolphin, near shore. The neighborhood is quiet, it is a mile and a half from the overseas highway, off the beaten trail. Summerland Key is close enough to Key West to make daily or nightly trips, but far enough away to enjoy the island breeze, hear fish jump, watch the ever changing ocean, and a stellar view of the night sky.
I am an art critic with the Village Voice Media’s Miami New Times and my girlfriend is an attorney who were eager to plan a vacation away from the hectic pace and vagaries of life in Miami. At the Key-ver House on Summerland Key we discovered an unspoiled slice of Eden with an abundance of natural wildlife, soul-enriching serenity and spectacular fishing. Let’s begin by saying that the owners’ Bud and Grace were both generous and hospitable taking the time to orient us about the surrounding area and all the activities available to visitors. The house itself was spacious, with a private beach and boasted panoramic windows overlooking the ocean that doubled as one’s personal theatrical stage featuring stunning sunrises and frolicking pods of porpoises and the occasional sea tortoise. The house comes well-appointed with every conceivable home amenity, including a gourmet-friendly kitchen, cooking hardware and appliances. The bedrooms are comfortable and all the rooms decorated in understated tropical, Keys fashion. Located between Marathon and Key West---a short 25-minute drive in either direction—Key-ver House is close to some of the finest restaurants in the region and just minutes away from Bahia Honda recognized as one of the top ten beaches in America. The house also comes with a pair of kayaks and bikes to make exploring the area an adventure. We love fishing. So when Bud offered us his nautical maps and shared tips on nearby snapper honey holes to dip our lines in we were enthusiastic. Let’s just say that a short kayak ride from the backyard to the nearby Crab Key provided us with our daily limit of twenty snappers each time we visited. The ridiculously gorgeous spot made for some great meals not to mention fish stories that have left friends and relatives green with envy. Not only did Bud and Grace make us feel at home upon arriving, but the house itself was homey and comfortable in every way imaginable. Before we forget, we have to mention that the Key-ver House is pet friendly and our three girls—a teacup poodle, a dachshund and a Chihuahua had the best time of their lives there, romping in the surf, sniffing out crabs in their holes and chasing iguanas. The place is even fronted by a private canal to park your boat and houses some of the fattest snapper we bagged during our vacation. I can’t think of a better place to relax and unwind, uplift your spirit or communicate with nature. This quiet, waterside retreat fit what we were hoping for flawlessl
We enjoyed our monthly stay at this rental. The view was fantastic and the house certainly met our needs. The owners provided us with kayaks which saved us several hundreds of dollars. Every appliance work! The locations presents itself well for bicycling which we did everyday. Also, we being on Summerland Key makes for a short trip to Key West or Big Pine.
We had the perfect vacation with our two boys (20 and 21). The island is quiet enough that you have plenty of quality family time yet close enough to both Key West and Marathon to have outings to more activities. I can not say enough about the location. If you bring or rent a boat you can be at Looe Key Reef snorkeling without much delay. If you don,t have a boat there are many companies that will take you. The owners have a nice notebook that helps you feel at home on the island and directs you toward fun activities. The home was perfect for us. It was clean, well stocked and had items like kayaks and bikes to use. If you are thinking of visiting the Keys and two bedrooms suit your needs then you will love this home. It has a unbelievably beautiful view. The owners are honest, easy to work with and helpful. Enjoy!
This was our first trip to the Keys and our expectations were lofty to say the least. From the moment we arrived, we knew we were in paradise. The owners, Bud & Grace were gracious and very knowledgeable of the area and gave us the perfect mix of privacy and attention when needed.
The house is close enough to Key West to enjoy the entertainment and attractions and just far enough away for the peace and tranquility the rest of the Lower Keys have to offer. The views from the house are captivating. It is ideally located for diving snorkeling, and fishing. It had all the amenities you could want.
Thanks in large part to the wonderful owners, we truly had the "trip of a lifetime" and definitely plan to return to the Key-Ver House.
The two of us, both senior citizens, spent the whole month of November 2014 at this great spot. We enjoyed very much Bud and Grace, who were superior hosts. There were a couple of minor glitches that showed up while we were there however both Bud and Grace were there immediately to correct them.
One day we've seen over 40 dolphins porpoising right out in front of the house. We watched the beautiful sunrise almost every morning.
I caught quite a few fish from the seawall. Next time I will bring a boat or get one that can be kept right at the 60 foot sea wall seawall. "You can rent one just down the road a short distance"
We made a good friend of very large iguana. About five feet long... Everyday he would come and pose in the trees right next to us.
We definitely plan on returning.
My boyfriend and I are in our late twenties and wanted to celebrate graduating from our respective graduate programs. We couldn't have picked a more perfect spot than the Key-ver House! From sitting with a book on the beach, to fishing in the canal, to going out in Key West, this aws the perfect way to relax and have a great adventure at the same time. And the owners were incredibly hospitable - their rules were clear and they went so above and beyond anything we could have imagined to make us feel at home. I even forgot my hair dryer and straightener, and they mailed it to me Priority the next day! If you're looking for a quiet, clean, beautiful place that is an excellent base from which to explore the lower Keys, it can't get any better than Key-ver House. We can't recommend it enough!!
The Key-ver beach house is 1½ miles from the Overseas Highway, mile marker 25, on the southern tip of Summerland Key. Summerland Key is flanked to the east by Niles Channel, the only deep draft (high bridge) channel between Marathon and Key West; and to the west by Kemp Channel, making easy access for boating both on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and back country. Summerland Key is close enough to enjoy the historic, island city of Key West yet it is a truly peaceful piece of paradise where you can hear the lapping water, rustling palm fronds and gentle sounds of birds. It is five miles to Big Pine shopping. Restaurants, seafood markets and entertainment, are nearby; Little Palm Island (an exclusive resort) is a short boat ride to a five star lunch or dinner. The ocean is your front yard. We are among the closest homes to great snorkeling and diving, at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, our coral reef, which is a short 3 mile trip off shore from your door. On a clear, calm day you can see the navigation marker at Looe Key from the house! Bring your boat or rent one and dock in our protected canal located behind the house (the canal is featured in pictures 21 and 22). Bahia Honda is a short drive and rated one of the top ten beaches in Florida. There are many fun and educational points of interest close by, our house is a very cool place from which to experience island living at its very best.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
28 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
28 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$150 + Tax|
From $3600 to $4100/month (season varies)
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Monroe County requires a minimum, 28 day, Short Term Lease.
A $500 deposit is to be paid at time of reservation and balance is required one month prior to arrival.
There is a $150 cleaning fee.
There is a pet fee when applicable.
There is a 12.5% state and county tax on all rents received.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.