Ted H. Franse

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Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-2)

First I would like to address. Due to all the Scammers out there. I do not advertise on Craiglist. Welcome to Petronia Palms! and the 'Sago Palm Cottage'! The sooner you book, the better the Deal! The safest location in Key West!Call for last minute specials!

This is for the Budget minded folks looking to be in the heart of Key West and Duval Street, but at a fraction of the cost of a large cottage. Small and comfortable at a comfortable price.


This is a monthly rental! Just wanted to give a heads up, that I don't use the calendar on this booking site, as I have multiple VRBO vacation rentals that may be available to you, too.

Was on the HGTV ( Home and Garden) show, 'Bang for your Buck'.Filmed April 2010.

Petronia Palms Is located just one block from the famous “Duval Street”! Which dumps out right at the ' World Famous 801 Bourbon Bar'.This lovely stand alone studio is a 220 sq. ft. cottage is located on Petronia Street Rear and just over 150 feet off the road by itself in it’s own enchanting little peaceful compound of 4 beautiful/cute cottages. The compound has a security coded entrance too. You are within walking distance to most of what Key West has to offer.

Although close to Duval, the cottage is a quiet escape, since it is set back in its own little world of peace. You can kick back, just outside your cottage close to the 12 ft. x 24 ft. shared pool. Or just relax on the decking surrounding the pool under the sun in day and the stars at night or on your own private deck, which leads along the meandering brick pathways. A Gas BBQ has been provided, so that you can prepare your favorite meats and foods outside, anytime.Even Hammocks provided for each cottage,too. We can even provide any special requests, such as running an errand for Wine, flowers, etc., some may require a small fee to do so.

The single story cottage will sleep 2 very comfortably and is a studio for the budget minded folks that don't want a hotel room and you get all the comforts that you have at home, but in a smaller setting. The living space has a Queen sized bed, and storage space, plus an eating area and a complete mini fully functional kitchen area.

The flooring is a nice Dade county pine floor. A washer and dryer is provided in its own private secured room. You can cool down with a dip in the pool , ( or warm up in the winter )or enjoy the new Air conditioning, within the cottage! And your own private parking spot! AND, everyone has their own PRIVATE parking place, right infront the compound. Yes, everybody has a place to park! Unheard of in Old Town Key West...


I have provided free DSL internet & wireless ( Wifi ), phone with FREE long distance use, and cable TV too. And use of a safe at no additional cost. Its located in the heart of old town, this cottage is the perfect spot to enjoy the sites and sounds of historic Key West. Enjoy the excitement of the tropical evening, night life, just a minute’s walk over to Duval Street. Not far from where Hemmingway hung out at “Sloppy Joe’s”. You also get your own private front parking spot, right in front of the Petronia Palms compound and off the main street.

I have decorated the Petronia Palms cottages with carefully chosen colors, furnishings and fabrics, to remind you that you truly are in a tropical oasis, but with the Key West flare! The traditional Caribbean blues, yellows, greens and cottage style furnishings, make you feel as though you are in paradise, as you grab your favorite book and mix your favorite frozen beverage, in the fully equipped kitchen. Centrally located, you can bike or walk to the beaches or visit the special boutiques and restaurants up and down Duval Street!

This is it; paradise is waiting for you at Petronia Palms!!

This cottage has been tastefully decorated in the Fantasty Fest theme.

Also I have a condo in the Meadows at VRBO # 171894, and #219051 or #208439 and #249689 at Petronia Palms too. and if you are looking for Kauai Hawaii? Look at VRBO # 152385.


Keywords: Single Story Private Cottage

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
My boyfriend and I just got back from this property. We stayed there for 4 nights before we stayed at another key. The property is absolutely beautiful and is very close to all of the action. We stayed in the smallest cottage; which is all that we needed because we didn’t spend much time at all in the cottage. It was perfect and clean. When we were there, we mostly hung out on the deck and it was beautiful. So was the pool. We also got to check out another one of the cottages; which was a lot bigger and was gorgeous!!! If you are looking for a nice place to stay and don’t need anything too big, stay at the little one. If you plan to spend a little more time in the cottage, pick one of the more spacious ones. Either way, you will be very happy. Everyone does a great job to make the property perfect for you.

In addition, Ted had bikes for us to use and we used them just about every day; which was extremely great. However, if you don’t want to bike, Duval is very close and you won’t have any trouble getting around by foot.

To sum this up, the property is beautiful. The cottages are very well kept and clean. You have the ability to cook out on grills if you would like. Can't beat the price for being so close to everything!

We had a great time and will definitely be back... We might even bring some friends and rent out a couple of his beautiful cottages at the same time!
Sep 2010
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Ted H. Franse

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This is a picture taken of my girlfriend and I on a long 350 mile ride up and back down the entire Keys for the day. What an awesome ride. Fortunately she loves the tropics as much as I do. So traveling to Key West or Hawaii, where I have many different vacation rentals, which I own, doesn't require me to twist her arm to go.

Ted H. Franse purchased this cottage in 2008

Back in July of 2008 my girlfriend and I went back to Key West, because the previous stay was all work, converting one of my condos in the Meadows in Key West. While we were there, the last day I was told about a compound one block off Duval Street on Petronia Street, that was not directly listed for sale, but was just awesome. So I asked my girlfriend to go, and said no way, because if I liked it, I would start crunching numbers to figure out how to buy it. I went alone and met with now the previous owner. Of course, I then went back and got my girlfriend to come back to check this piece of paradise out. Most folks that have lived in Key West, don't even have a clue that this compound is back there, off its own little un-paved street. The compound is so quiet and peaceful and totally tropical with all the Key West colors too. The Big pool was in great shape as the entire compound. So, for those next few months, lots of Negotiations and finally on October 1st 2008, I became the new owner. I gave it the new name Petronia Palms and everything has been decorated to fit in with the Key West flare! Each cottage has its own personality and have been decorated to the max. I even have one with tons of Hemingway artifacts too. My handyman in Key West has become a welcomed sight to all that have stayed there. He has without my asking, took folks fishing, boating, shrimping, trips to the store etc. He even brings the folks fresh fish after his big catches. He has become the tour guide.

I have already been there 6 times since October 2008, doing lots of 20 hours days, providing lots of improvements to the entire compound. My next visit is set for May 1st 2009, to do more work. The compound is so peaceful. Who would think so, for being only a block or so from the Famous Duval Street. It is unknown to most the locals. I have heard comments, like, wow, I never knew this was back here. What a plus, to be off a one-way street and a private street off of Petronia Street. Sitting in the compound having a BBQ, swimming, sitting and reading a book, taking one of the 8 bikes provided for a ride or just sitting out on one of the many private decks for each cottage is a nice plus too. The entire compound is real lush with tropical plants and little cute artifacts around the entire compound. Too Cute! Even though each cottage is its own home, over time you get to know the others that are staying. Being right down the street to Duval Street, it is easy to get anywhere in mid-town and walk back home for a night-cap. It is its own little world away from the world. Pretty cool.

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights
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Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
average rating of 4.4736843 based on 19 reviews
Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
(916) 965-8266
Key West Lower Florida Keys
Chicago, IL


  • 5 of 5
I stayed in the tiny 220 sq ft cottage and it was just perfect. The pool and access to the bicycles is a PLUS! Ted is a great guy and honest to goodness staff that is there and available.
  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. This small cottage offers a way to stay in my Compound near Duval Street at a fraction of the price. Make's it a great deal. Thanks again.
Ted The Owner!
Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
(916) 965-8266
Key West Lower Florida Keys
Kansas City


  • 4 of 5
When first arriving, the first thing I noticed was, the compound was just as described and very easy to locate, via Google maps (about 4 miles from the airport). Regarding the communication; when booking the room we looked at many properties and the attentiveness of the owner was very refreshing. The owner responded to all questions, as silly as some were, in a timely and professional manner. As for the pictures, they were very accurate, aside from the updated bedding and the phone not on the wall. Other than that, the pictures are very accurate of the room and of the compound. The compound itself is a short walk to any 'points of interest' in Key West. The site is easy to get to and a good blend of seclusion, to keep away from the hustle and bustle, and security to be able to sleep at night. The room itself was clean and the house attendant and property manager were very nice and helpful. The property is well maintained and is very peaceful. It was very nice to have the private pool to relax and read a book. After staying for 3 nights, I would recommend this location to friends and family and I would come back.
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Not sure why I only got 4 stars for such a nice review. Whatever.
Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
(916) 965-8266
Key West Lower Florida Keys
McAllen, Texas


  • 5 of 5
Great Paradise!,, Wife and me went to Key West for 22 years of marriage and had a wonderful time. The cottage was perfect for us two. Wish would have stayed longer to enjoy it fully. Ted is excellent to work with. We are hoping to go back soon with friends and rent the other cottages.
The place is close to everything you need and enjoy from Key West. May God Bless this piece of Heaven.
  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
(916) 965-8266
Key West Lower Florida Keys
Central, PA


  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed in the Sago cottage @ Petronia Palms for a week this past January. Sorry for the late entry; just forgot to do it! We really liked Sago cottage. Sago cottage is small but that is the only negative and if you know that going in, you will not be disappointed. It is clean, cozy, has AC, and an amazing amount of supplies for your comfort such as a flat screen t.v., cable, refrigerator, cooking stove, pots, pans, utensils, coffee pot extra blankets and towels,etc. What we liked the best about the cottage is the compound in which it is housed which is quiet, beautifully landscaped (with an obvious effort to maintain the surrounding trees, etc.) and has a nice heated pool. The Petronia Palms complex (of which Sago is one of the cottages) is an easy stroll to all of the excitement of Duval Street, yet we never heard any of the noise when sitting out on the deck @ Sago Palm in the evenings. The deck is not covered at Sago, but that was never an issue when we were there. If if is rainy, you may feel cramped indoors. There is a nice hammock on the deck and your own gas grill. The property manager Christine and her right hand gal Alex are very congenial and helpful. If you have any questions about where to eat, where to go for live music, these gals will know.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words. But? Yes, the Sago Palm cottage outside deck is now covered. Just had to go through all the typical Key West Red-Tape and an entire year, so I could finally build the tastefully done outside roof. Take a look on this site, there it it is. The Sago is small, but is the price. We / I try to provide everything that could possibly be needed. I do always check my pricing, compared to my neighbors prices. And I make sure that I provide a Great value, for what is paid for.

Thanks again.

Ted Franse - The Owner.
Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
(916) 965-8266
Key West Lower Florida Keys


Cozy & Charming on a Budget!!
  • 5 of 5
Ted...wanted to Thank you so much for a wonderful week at your little piece of Heaven!! My husband and I just spent the time relaxing,swimming and browsing Duval Street...your place is a great find and very comfortable and quiet...a place to unwind and enjoy life without breaking the bank appreciate you leasing it to us for the week,we LOVE Key West and cannot wait to return!!! Kind Regards, Sharon & Dave Brooks
  • Submitted: May 30, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you had a nice time. Thanks for the write up. Hope to see yah back, soon.
Ted Franse, The Owner
Petronia Palms for Budget Minded by Duval St Has a Large Pool!
(916) 965-8266
Key West Lower Florida Keys
Minneapolis/St Paul area


  • 5 of 5
First, a few things you may want to know about us and Key West before you read my review.
"Who are these people?" I'm 63 and my wife is 59. I've traveled all over the world and stayed in many of the world's top rated hotels. We're not neophyte travelers or kids. We were in Key West twice last year. We stayed in this unit for two months this year.
"What is Key West like?" If you have not been to or stayed in Key West before, here are a few things you need to know. 1. Key West is a very expensive place to hang out. We're talking Hawaii or Bermuda expensive. So if you're looking for a cheap vacation, go to Mexico. 2. Key West is a real town. A real old town. A real old and quirky town. This is not a Disneyland clean and everything new old codger city like Naples Florida. If you like everything new, nice and squeaky clean perfect, don't come to Key West. Go to Naples.

Now the review. We loved it here. We really like Ted the owner and we found him very pleasant to work with. His phone and email response is outstanding anytime of the day or evening. The unit was as described and pictured accurately. You do need to know this is an efficiency or small studio unit. Basically that means everything except the bathroom is in one room. My wife was a bit confused when she booked this unit and at first was shocked at the size. That being said, it was very clean and Ted provided everything we needed to stay here. Linens, silverware, dishes, pots, pans etc. We didn't need anything except food and we stayed for two months.
The location could not be any better. And location in Key West is everything. We parked our car when we got here and didn't move it until we left two months later.
This is a small locked compound of four cottages and we really liked the size/setting. It's quiet, pretty and has a nice small Key West pool and vibe. The mosquito comments were from someone who never even stayed here, so ignore that review. Yes there were a few mosquitoes but they didn't bother us. My wife is allergic to mosquitoes and we're from Minnesota so we know mosquitoes.
Price. It’s expensive. You can stay other places in Florida for much less. But if you check prices around Key West which we’ve been doing since we got here, Ted’s prices are competitive. Not a bargain but definitely worth the money. We would definitely stay here again but if you're staying a month or more, I'd get one of Ted's larger units. Or you'd better be crazy in love with each other like we are.
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the response. It was a pleasure servicing you. His comments about Key West , it is not cheap, nothing cheap about it. Folks, you can only imagine, how much Real Estate costs and the cost to keep things real nice, labor etc. The closer you get to Duval Street? The more things cost; throw in a pool and even more. My compound, is only one block from Duval Street, but my prices are not at the Crazy Duval Street pricing. And I have a nice sized pool, that is heated 24/7.

One thing about prices in Key West? It does keep out the rift-raft, as those types, can't afford to stay in K.W.

I hope to see yah back soon. Thanks again!


Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Key West Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
All within a mile at most!
Nearest Point of Interest
815 Pearl Street #3
Nearest Point of Interest
Famous Duval Street!
Nearest Point of Interest
The Famous 801 Bourbon Bar.
Nearest Point of Interest
Multiple Grocery stores!
Nearest Point of Interest
The Hemingway House.
Nearest Point of Interest
Bike and cycle rentals!
Nearest Point of Interest
Fort Zachary Beach and park!
Nearest Point of Interest
The Southern Most Point!
Nearest Point of Interest
Pier for fishing.
Nearest Point of Interest
Smathers Beach!
Nearest Point of Interest
the Blue Heaven Restaurant
Car: not necessary

This is in the heart of Historic Mid-Town, one block from all the main action on Duval Street, but the compound itself is centered in the middle of the block, so nothing can be heard. The best of both Worlds.

Only one block off Duval Street and in its own peaceful secured locked compound. This is the safest part of Key West, also known as Solares Hill in Old Town. My compound is on the highest point in Key West at 18 feet, right on Solares Hill point.

In addition , I have other properties at Petronia Palms on homeaway too. #210550,#224674,#248921

and another down in the Meadows, #182589.


Other Activities: shopping, boating, health/beauty spa, shuffleboard, kayaking, wildlife viewing, racquetball, horseshoes, basketball court, miniature golf

Golf: I provide Brand New Bikes with locks, lights, baskets at a very minimal charge too!


Availability & Rates


Key West Cottage Rental Rates


  • $2500-$4000/mo
  • US Dollars
  • High (Prime Time): Jan 01, 2009-May 31, 2009 .. $3100-$4000/month
  • Low: Jun 01, 2009-Oct 31, 2009 ........ $2800/month and up
  • Shoulder: Nov 01, 2008-Dec 31, 2008 ........ $2500/month and up!
  • I accept Pay Pal.


Key West Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 220 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Parking
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) One Queen Bed. Very Comfortable.
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Wood Deck
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • zoo
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • shuffleboard
  • horseshoes
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • shelling
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • miniature golf
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • hunting
  • basketball court
  • tennis
  • surfing
  • water skiing
  • racquetball
  • wind-surfing
  • parasailing
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • equestrian events
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • deepsea fishing
The Views Within Petronia Palms, Are of the Nice Lush Tropical Landscaping!

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