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Atlantic Ocean Beachfront Duplex With Private Dock and best beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible Bed(s), 1 Bath, (sleeps 4-6)

This beautiful, duplex home is located on one of the only private beaches in the Florida Keys. The home is located on the southern tip of Long Key, and has a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Each side of the home is a two-bedroom, one bath. Both sides are available for rent. Other side can be found at VRBO #29457. It is ideal for two families, and a paradise for adults and children.

The Long Key State Park is a short walk up the beach, where camping, birdwatching, snorkeling, hiking, canoeing, and many other activities are offered. The water in front of the home is shallow, with a channel which enables a boat up to 30 feet in length to reach the dock. The shallow water is great for snorkeling, lounging, and is a paradise for children. Boat rentals are available nearby.

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay provide some of the best diving and fishing in the world. World-Class fishing guides and dive boats are also available. Many of the local fishing guides will pick you up right in front of the house. The Long Key Viaduct, just a few hundred feet from the house, has proven to be one of the world's best places to catch a Tarpon.

Both sides of the home are fully-equipped with linens, kitchen supplies, patio and beach furniture, a barbecue grill, and a tiki hut provides an escape from the warm Florida sunshine. Come to enjoy some of the many attractions that the area has to offer, or just lay in a hammock under a palm tree. There is something for everyone at this beachfront paradise!

The home is located on the site of Henry Flagler’s Long Key Fishing Camp and it’s where author, Zane Grey vacationed and wrote some of his works in the early 1900s. Long Key Fishing Camp was established on Long Key in Florida in 1908 by Henry M. Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway Company for the use of tourists to enjoy what was described as 'some of the best fishing in the world.' It initially served a housing for some of the employees who were building the Overseas Railroad to Key West.

Long Key Fishing Camp featured a two-story hotel and a number of cottages. The camp was made famous by author Zane Grey, who was a regular resident, and a pioneer of the sport of sail fishing. Grey became the first president of the Long Key Fishing Club in 1917. The list of other early distinguished guests included Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, Charles Kettering, and other notables.

The fishing camp was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, as was the Overseas Railroad. After the latter was destroyed, the Overseas Highway (U.S. 1), was built across Long Key in replacement

Keywords: Beachfront Home..duplex offering two units each with 2 bedrooms/1 bath

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Bill Pesch
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Bill Pesch

Our home sits on the same property as the historic Long Key Fishing Camp. See details below.

Why Bill Pesch chose Layton

Long Key gained national prominence through its championing by author Zane Grey, who was a regular resident. Someone can check this, but I believe that Grey was America's first millionaire writer. Grey was a dentist who turned cowboy and became a prolific writer. During the winter of 1911, Grey vacationed at Long Key while writing his novel 'The Light of the Western Stars.' King fishing was the popular sport fishing in those times and the sailfish was considered a nuisance as it would steal the bait used for kingfish. In fact, the sailfish was dubbed 'boohoo.'

Zane Grey, along with a local fishing guide named Bill Partrea, would spend their days fishing. It is not known why Grey took to boohoo fishing, but he did, and on light tackle. Year after year, Grey, and his brother R. C, returned to Long Key. With the support of other fishermen, sail fishing became the sport of sports for Florida Keys fishing enthusiasts. There is still a creek on Long Key known as Zane Grey Creek.

Among Long Key amenities were a 75-room guest hotel, general store, a post office and 14 cottages. Normally, a fleet of 12 fishing boats and guides were available. The two-story clubhouse and cottages were on the Atlantic side, but the boats were generally docked on the Gulf side.

Guests arrived by boat or train. A tram passed under the track to connect the two sides. The guest list included Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, William Hearst, Charles Kettering, and other notables. Louis P. Schutt was the first manager. When L.P. became the manager of the Casa Marina Hotel in Key West, his son George, took over as manager at Long Key.

The Long Key Fishing Club was officially formed with Zane Grey as the first president from March 1917 to 1920. The stated purpose was, 'To Develop the Best and Finest Traits of Sport, To Restrict the Killing of Fish, To Educate the Inexperienced Angler by Helping Him, And To Promote Good Fellowship

What makes this house unique

No need to leave the property! Swim, sun, snorkel, fish, bird watch, walk the beach, watch unforgettable sunrises and sunsets from the dock, and so much more all on site!


Layton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 Bedrooms Sleeps 4-6 King size bed, 2 Twin beds, 1 Sleeper Sofa
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Atlantic Ocean Beachfront Duplex With Private Dock and best beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

No review, been there 9 times and we keep it secret....

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

True tropic island setting

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monticello, MN


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed here for a week to 2 weeks for 2 years now. We absolutely love it. The property is very private. We especially enjoy the long walking bridge right next to the property. The private beach is the best and it is clean and well groomed. The unit is clean and very comfortable. Has all of the basic kitchen necessities. I highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Keller TX

Incredible getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our little beach cottage. It was perfect, and met all of our needs. My 4 year old built sandcastles, and played in the water all day. The deck is a gorgeous place to eat dinner. We used the gas grill every night. Bill the owner was so wonderful. They have thought of everything. We will definitely be coming back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Dig your toes in the sand and relax

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place just to relax, enjoy the sun and have a favorite beverage at mile marker 67. You can watch the sun rise over the ocean and set to the west over the channel bridge. You can grill you catch on the deck and watch the sun set. Can work with local marina's to rent a boat or fish of the channel bridge. Kmart at Mile Marker 50 does have a nice bait selection as well as a place to purchase fishing licenses or you can do it on-line. Pack light as the property has a washer and dryer for your convenience. Plan you provisions well as the closest full service food markets (Publix or Winn Dixie) are on Marathon at Mile Marker 50.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent location and clean lodging. I brought my 78 year old mother and she was able to sit on the decks and enjoy the shade and amazing view of the water. I live on the beach in the northwest panhandle but it was a new experience to be in the keys. Definitely felt as if I was on island time through out my stay and I was more relaxed then I can ever remember!! We met people from Texas and Australia that were staying on the other side of the duplex and really enjoyed that. Definite plus was bringing my pups. They enjoyed the vacation as well! I would highly recommend this rental for anyone who is looking to relax and get away from their busy life. I hope return here next year!!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Key West
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Florida Turpike
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $120
Tax Rate 12.5%

Guest with pets/refundable security deposit should be paid separately by check or credit card number. Security deposit will not be deposited unless damage was noted and discussed with guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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