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Charming secluded 1886 cigar maker cottage close to the action

Bedrooms Studio
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 30 nights


About the property

Ideal for one or two people. Murphy bed on main floor, full bed in loft.

The Coconut is an old cigar maker's house. Once upon a time it had multiple rooms for the cigar maker and his or her family. If you visit the Gato Building you will see a picture of a Ford Model T driving by the Coconut when Whitehead Street was a dirt road. Today Whitehead is bustling with activity and the Coconut has an open floor plan, celebrating the light, airy feel of sunshine and vacation.

The house sits on the edge of Bahama Village, a fun part of Key West where you will find the funkiness of roosters roaming the streets and men playing dominoes late into the evening. Blue Heaven and La Creperie are just a short stroll down the lane behind the light house. The Six Toed Cat and the Banana Cafe are also good eateries within two blocks.

The Key West Lighthouse and the Hemingway House are in the adjoining block. The Southernmost Point is at one end of Whitehead and Mallory Square at the other. With coffee or drink in hand, you can turn one way to watch the sun rise, and turn the other way to watch the sun set. How's that for simple awesome living!

Fort Zachary Taylor and South Beach are within a short walk.

There is a community swimming pool within 3 blocks. There is no cost and it is a fabulous place to catch the sun ad swim with a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

I chose this spot to live because everything is nearby. You'll love the simplicity of just walking out the door and finding everything close at hand.

More Details

Wendy Coles
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Wendy Coles

I am a Canadian who travelled to the United States for school and never left. After many years in Michigan I retired to Key West to enjoy the beauty of sunny days and orchids that bloom year round. You will find many on the back deck.

Wendy Coles purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Wendy Coles chose Uptown/Upper Duval

I love the simplicity and funkiness of Key West. I can walk or ride my bike anywhere. It's a wonderful community where diversity is embraced and fashion is forgotten. Show up with a pair of shorts and a sunhat and you are all set!

What makes this cottage unique

I loved the Coconut from day one because it is cozy, open and life inspiring. A massive Poinciana tree shades it with it's red flowers. Bougainvillea flowers arch over the side gate. Step out the front gate and you will find people eager to say hello and celebrate life. Or sit on the front porch and greet visitors, pointing out which way they should head to find the Southernmost Point or the Hemingway House. You'll feel like you're a local in seconds!


Uptown/Upper Duval Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • There is one bathroom with a walk in shower. The large window and glass shower wall allows me to shower while looking at the palm trees out the window. It's paradise!
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Main floor bedroom - 1 double , 1 murphy bed , A queen sized murphy bed with full sized bed in loft
  • The Coconut has an open floor plan with a queen size murphy bed on the main floor and a full size bed in the loft.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Charming secluded 1886 cigar maker cottage close to the action
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Vienna, VA

Well-appointed; well maintained; great location.

  • 5 of 5

A charming, small and well-located home. Beautiful back patio. A peaceful retreat.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A joy filled time at The Coconut

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful month at The Coconut. One of the first things we encountered upon entering The Coconut's gate was a sign that says simply, "Joy". Choose to live in Joy is our mantra. Joy definitely followed us to The Coconut. The owner, Wendy, was a Joy to work with. Her lovely cottage is conveniently located in the heart of Key West. A hop skip and a jump to the Key West Lighthouse and Hemingway House and just a few short Key West blocks to the Southernmost point. We opted to go the Key West way and walk everywhere (except one day when we rented a golf cart to go to Publix for groceries and one day when we rented scooters to explore farther out). Being on Whitehead Street is a great opportunity to people watch; and if we wanted more quiet, the back deck was a haven from the activity and the water feature was doubly peaceful. If you decide to book with Wendy, make sure you give a big “hi” one of the Conch Train drivers, Kenny, as he passes by The Coconut. In the spirit of what we feel is The Coconut, he was a Joy to get to know during our time there. We left feeling like we made new friends. We’ve only been home 3 days and miss it already!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect size, Perfect location, Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Wendy is a dear to work with, made us feel at home from the time we walked into the door until we left, even emailing information of what was going on in KW during our stay. She had a liaison greet us with all information on the house, prompt with all replies, and charming to deal with.

The house was well furnished, clean with updates everywhere. We used both porches and many of Wendy's friends stopped and chatted along with offering us help if there was anything we needed. Everyone made us feel like we were at "home". The back deck had a fountain, table for four with extra seating if needed and plenty of sun to enjoy. New washer and dryer, refrigerator, open concept in the bath even with it being small, seemed big. We look forward to next year and hopefully year after year at the Coconut". Again, thank you Wendy!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little one bedroom, great location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the coconut for the month of February .Cozy. Perfect for two people. Great location. We rode bicycles to south beach often. Made it to happy hours downtown. Wendy, the owner, was very helpful. I would highly recommend the coconut!! Cannot wait to go back

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable little cottage in paradise

  • 5 of 5

The Coconut is ideally located in the heart of Key West. It is within walking distance of all major attractions, fabulous restaurants, and one 1 block from the fun and festivities of Duval St.

During your stay at the Coconut you’ll wake up to the sounds of crowing rosters, spend the afternoon on the front veranda watching people and tour busses go by, and relaxing in the evening to the soothing sounds of the fountain located in the private outdoors living space.

The Cottage is very nicely decorated with the look and vibe of Key West I found it to be fully stocked with everything needed for a wonderful stay.

The air conditioner, heater and dishwasher washer, dryer are amenities that are sure to be appreciated.

Wendy is a delight to work with and is very conscientious about ensuring her guest have the best possible Key West experience. She left a handy reference guide in the cottage that contained information such as TV operating tips, WIFI password, trash disposal details, tourist attractions, nearby markets, and do not miss restaurants, etc. She also kept me well informed of events and activities that were taking place during my stay.

You’ll fall in love with the Coconut and the historic Bahama Village neighborhood and simply will not want to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Altrincham, Cheshire

Perfect Location In Key West

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is perfectly located just a minute's walk from the action on Duval and 10 mins walk from the excellent Higgs Beach. You won't need a car as everything you could want is so close by.

Wendy was a pleasure to deal with, very friendly, flexible and accommodating to our needs.

The accommodation itself is compact but has everything you need. The exterior is very attractive and I watched plenty of tourists stop to take photos of the cottage as I sat and relaxed on the front porch.

Overall we enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate in recommending the cottage to other couples looking for a great time close to the heart of Key West.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
The conservatory is just a few blocks away. It's a tranquil place to enjoy the beauty of but...
Southernmost Point
Step out on the street in front of the Coconut and you will see the Southernmost Point.
Key West Lighthouse Museum
The lighthouse is kitty-corner to the Coconut.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
3 houses away lived Ernest Hemingway and his 5 toed cats.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
This park is a short walk from the Coconut. It's perfect place to enjoy the beach, have a pi...
Blue Heaven
Blue Heaven is a really fun place to eat. The environment is funky with lots of roosters, ou...
La Creperie French Cafe Key West
Wander down the lane from the Coconut into Bahama Village and visit my buddy Yolan for a fan...
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Key West International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Green Parrot
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Ferry Terminal brings travelers from Naples
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Key West Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
US 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Six Toed Cats
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Key West's South Beach is 4 blocks away
Car: not necessary

While the beach is only a few blocks away, the community center is 3 blocks away with a very large swimming pool overlooking the ocean. It is free and offers a fun place to sun bathe and swim.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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