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Joseph Shaefer

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Joseph Shaefer

Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Ramrod Key House Rental Photos and Description

2-Story House, Porches front & back, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4~)

Welcome to our beautiful 2500 square foot home with its 21 windows, 9 foot ceilings and soaring 20 foot foyer entryway, making this one of the lightest, most airy, and spacious vacation homes in the Keys! Newly built in 2011, there are no dark corners or tiny bedrooms here. We feature Berber carpeting and Spanish tile throughout the house, with new model appliances and air conditioners (one on each floor with separate thermostats.)

We also provide Basic Cable TV and complimentary Wi-fi (cable --very fast!) The TV channels are quite limited on basic cable but most people aren't here to watch TV and if you have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime,, Sling, etc. -- or just want to watch the free or shows via the Internet -- you'll get them at the highest speeds.


What’s it Like Upstairs?

We have purposely configured our home with only 2 available bedrooms. The master bedroom is 24 feet x 14 feet with 4 windows facing our dock and canal. The master bath is 12 feet x 13 feet and features a whirlpool tub and a double vanity. There is an open study/work area next to the master and, down the hall, the 13 1/2 foot by 13 1/2 foot guest bedroom with a 13 ½ foot by 5 ½ foot walk-in closet for ample storage. There is a second full bath and shower contiguous to the guest bedroom. Both baths feature granite counter-tops.

We have chosen to keep that third bedroom 'open' with an archway. We also chose to keep the downstairs study, which a future buyer might convert to a 4th bedroom, as our Owner's Room. This is OUR HOME -- we aren't trying to fill it up with people; in fact, since we have only 2 bedrooms, we limit occupancy to 4 PEOPLE, unless we discuss other accommodations prior to your vacation.

And Downstairs?

Downstairs, the 20 foot high entryway leads to the Great Room where you will find comfy and inviting Natuzzi Italian leather living room furniture, a brand-new 32” flat screen LED TV, a separate dining area, and a fully-equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, granite counter-tops, rich cherrywood cabinets, and Spanish tile floors. Off the dining area are sliding-glass doors that open onto a peaceful back porch where you can read, listen to your iPod (we have a CD player that accepts iPods in the study, as well) or simply do as we do – pour a cool refreshing drink, watch the clouds go by, and just R-E-L-A-X…

How About The Grounds?

Our home is fully landscaped, and in a style that requires minimal maintenance. (That means no 7 a.m. wake-up calls from lawn maintenance people starting lawn mowers and blowing leaves around.)

We built the fully-equipped -- power, water and a small home-built cleaning station -- dock in July of 2011. If your boat is less than 25 feet, it will fit. If larger, give us a call and we'll work something out to spring-line our boat over to our neighbors...

Is This the Perfect Getaway House for You?

Because we chose to configure our home with only the two bedrooms available, it is perfect for us -- a couple who can enjoy the run of a nice big house most of the time, but still have a guest bedroom for family or friends on the occasions they come to visit. If that’s your situation, and you don’t want to feel cramped in your vacation paradise (or fend off 20 family members who descend on you because they've discovered you have al-l-l-l those bedrooms!) this home will be perfect for you, too!

What’s the Neighborhood Like?

Quiet. There are families that live in or have been coming to Breezeswept Beach Estates every year for 30 years or more. Our canal is less than a mile from open ocean. The Looe Key Resort, when we want some great fresh-caught fish, is a 3-minute drive or a 15-minute walk. (And the famous Looe Key Reef is about a 20-minute boat ride.) Surrounding us are all sorts of natural attractions (see our guest map below) as well as man-made ones. We are midway between Marathon and Key West, which really expands our dining and entertainment options.


If you have more than 2 couples, pets, or a big family, you won't be comfortable here. Our two bedrooms are quite spacious and airy, so 4 people will do well here, even on a rainy day. Many more than that on that occasional rainy day -- not!

We try to respond to every inquiry, but if we receive a request in the afternoon for a place to stay that night for one night (we have, during Fantasy Fest) or asking if 11 people can stay by pitching sleeping bags on the living room floor (we have, especially during Fantasy Fest!) please excuse us if our response is delayed. Or non-existent. :-)

How Can You Ensure Our Home Will Be Yours?

Once you have signed our Short-Term Rental Agreement, which can be accomplished via e-mail, you'll give us your Deposit to Hold by credit card, cashier's check or wired funds.

Keywords: Waterfront, canal front, ocean access, 2-Story, Single Family Home, Key West Style, Atlantic Side of U.S. 1, Dock, Landscaped

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joseph Shaefer (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 28, 2015

About Joseph Shaefer

I am a 'failed retiree.' I am retired from the corporate world as well as 36 years of active and reserve military service, Army and Air Force. The portability of our current business allows my wife and I the flexibility to split our time between our long-time Lake Tahoe home, and the fabulous Lower Keys, where we snorkel, dive, walk, bicycle and kayak. When we aren't using our home in the Keys, it's yours...

Joseph Shaefer purchased this house in 2011

Why Joseph Shaefer chose Ramrod Key

Just take a look at the satellite map up close and personal or look online for Florida Keys images and you'll see why Ramrod is so special. Midway between Key West and Marathon, just three miles from shopping and key deer on Big Pine Key, it is a world away from all that when it's time to just sit on the dock and watch the fish jump. (Our canal is open to the ocean so we see lots of marine life...)

We specifically chose Ramrod Key because it is out of the hustle, bustle, noise and congestion of Key West or Key Largo -- but still close enough to the 'big cities' to make an easy day of it or evening out. It's the best of both worlds.

What makes this house unique

You have most likely been looking forward to this vacation for weeks or months. Why not treat yourself to the best? We scrupulously maintain our home for our comfort and yours. If you'd like to experience what our previous guests have enjoyed and reviewed, we'd love to have you as our guest!

We're a 3-minute drive or a 15-20 minute walk from the Overseas Highway and less than a mile from open ocean. We have everything we need within a 5-10 minute drive and everything we might want within 30 minutes. We are near the urban pleasures, dining and excitement of Key West and Marathon -- but can remain aloof from in our quiet Barbuda Lane if we choose.

The house is light and airy so we never feel closed in -- but if we feel like taking a walk, there's little traffic and less worldly noise.

I think the best beach in the Keys is Bahia Honda State Park -- just ten minutes away from our home.

Then there is the ocean and all the wonders it bequeaths to those willing to simply take a peek...

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We spent the whole month of August in this beautiful Ramrod Key home. My mouth literally dropped open when I first walked in the home. It is beautiful ! Tile floor in the entry and kitchen, brand new appliances in the kitchen and leather furniture in the living room. The kitchen was fully equipped and I felt like we were arriving in a 5 star resort, including Tervis tumblers in the freezer! Upstairs the bedrooms are huge and everything was immaculate ! The whirlpool bathtub in the master bedroom was a welcome retreat after a day on the water. The owners were very helpful and gracious hosts and I highly recommend their home to anyone wanting a vacation in the Keys.

Thank-you, Joe, for a fantastic vacation!"
Jul 2011
  • 1 of 1
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 15 traveler reviews

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Luxury! New 2500 Sq Ft Home with a Great Room, 2 Big Bedrooms, Private Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Comfortable, relaxing, inviting, spacious

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this lovely home for three weeks. Everything written about it is spot on! The dock accommodated our 20' boat and we were just minutes away from great fishing. The neighborhood is friendly and you can walk and ride bikes safely. Very little traffic. We're quite active, so at the end of the day, what a treat to relax in such comfort.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Awesome Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Wow is all I have to say about this house. Everything inside and out was gorgous. The pictures on the internet were exactly what we expected and more. Joe made everything so easy for us. We cannot wait for our next vacation so we can visit again. We will definitely tell our friends and family about this beautiful getaway. thank you so much Joe for sharing your home with us. Rose & Robert

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Apollo Beach, fl

Amazing And Spacious home for the perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how perfect this home is for a getaway. First Joe made the process easy setting up the rental and making us feel welcome. The home is Open and Spacious and we felt right at home during our entire visit. The 2 master bedrooms made it perfect for 2 couples. We enjoyed our vacation thoroughly and plan to stay again next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can't thank you enough for your kind remarks, Jaci. Given that you are a realtor, we know that you understand what makes a home enjoyable, so your remarks are doubly appreciated! We look forward to having you as our guest next year, Best regards, Joe
Sacramento, California

Spacious, Comfortable and Immaculate

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed my recent stay. Joe and Heather were a pleasure to work with. I can't think of a better experience booking and staying at a rental house.

Ramrod Key is close enough to Key West for visiting, but far enough away to enjoy the bucolic Lower Keys.

The description of the property is spot on, and the guides to the property and local attractions were especially useful. Everything one could need was provided. Not just another rental property - you can tell this is a home with pride of ownership. As Joe said in the guide, no one has left the property any worse for wear since it was built two years ago, and I wasn't about to be the first!

Definitely looking forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Titusville, Florida, USA

Vacation.....with all the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

After we spent a rather long day on the road with my brother and his wife it was a wonderful relief to open the door and feel right at home. This has to be one of the nicest places we have stayed at while on vacation and everything is just as pictured and was clean as a whistle. It's the sort of place you want to brag about to all your friends.

This was the first time for all of us to visit the Keys and the location was within a short drive of all the places we planned to see while still allowing us a quite place to relax after our activities. The owner Joe was simply the best to work with and made sure we were taken care of in every way.

Some of the highlights of our trip was spending time on Key West checking out the Hemmingway House with it's six-toed cats, Truman's Little White House, gift shops galore and great eating places. Plan on spending more that one day there. We also enjoyed (I loved) snorkeling at the reef on Bahia Honda beach. It was my first time snorkeling in the ocean where the beauty is beyond words. The reef was filled with coral and fish everywhere you looked. Another fun place to put on your list for either the beginning or the end of your stay is the Rain Barrel Sculpture Gallery located in Key Largo. If you are into art you will enjoy the variety they have to offer throughout several different shops. I know there was a lot more to see but we just didn't have enough days to do it all which gives us another reason to go back and visit.

Thank you Joe, we loved working with you and hope you had a great time on the cruise.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gary and Janet, We appreciate your kind comments about our home. As for us being attentive to your requests, I can only say that when we have guests as wonderful and considerate as you, it's easy! Thanks, too, for your reminder that fine snorkeling can be had right off the beach in Bahia Honda. Many people take a boat out to Looe Key but it's nice to be reminded that they can drive just ten minutes up the road and just fall into the water, too. We look forward to having you return any time, Joe

Todd (Peru,il.)

  • 5 of 5

Stayed from 3/31/13 - 4/09/13.

Great house!

Everything was exactly as described.House was spotless and came with everthing to make your stay painless.In a good neighborhood,very quite.If you want the noise of springbreak on Duval st., this is not the place for you.

We visited several Keys on our trip, and found this a good location for a short trip to most destinations. 30 minutes to Key West and Marathon, 60 to Islamarada.Several great beaches within 30 minuites, closest about 10 minutes away.

Kids enjoyed feeding the fish off the rear dock.

Have no problems sending any one here to stay.Can't imagine anyone being more concerned about his guests than Joe.

Joe was great to meet our travel schedule, and made sure everthing went smoothly. He is easy to communicate with and will ensure all your need are taken care of.

I agree with all the previous reviews and would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Todd, Jaci, Payton and Sheridan, We don't think of our place as good for young children, since we have just two bedrooms and two beds. But YOUR kids were great and seemed to not mind a bit with one sleeping on a bedroll! My wife and I were particularly taken with daughter Sheridan's two (very intricate colored tape) flowers she made herself to leave in the vases on the dining table, along with her note, "To: The Shaefer's -- Thank you! From Jaci (Mom), Todd (Dad), Payton (Son), and Sheridan (Daughter.) PS -- Sheridan made you all of this!" along with her cautionary warning, "Please Don't take unless you are the Shaefer's!" You have a true budding artist in Sheridan! Some guests want to just relax when they visit and make it no further than the Looe Key Tiki Bar and Restaurant. We were pleased to hear that you REALLY got out and saw so much of what The Keys have to offer. All the best, Joe


Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Key West (+ Marathon Exec & Boca Chica Navy!)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Looe Key Tiki Bar & Boondocks Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Hop aboard the ferry to the Dry Tortugas!
Nearest Golf
24 Miles
Mini golf 1 mile / 18-hole golf in Key West
Nearest Train
1 Miles
No more -- but US 1 began life as the Overseas RR
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 1, the Overseas Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Choose from 3 -- and lots more within 2 mi!
Nearest Ski
951 Miles
Ski Cataloochee, NC :-) Why not water-ski instead?
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
There are many closer but Bahia Honda is the best!
Car: recommended

Fishing, diving, snorkeling, dining, people-watching, sunning, visiting the eclectic and always-interesting Florida Keys. What's not to like?___________________

PS -- In addition to the above, there are trivia contests at Boondocks, dining elegantly (and expensively!) at Little Palm Island Resort, watching the dolphins, popping up to Marathon for supplies and a Lobster Reuben or other FRESH fish goodie for lunch at Keys Fisheries, and on and on and on...


Rates & Availability

From $1,253 Per week

Ramrod Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Leave the Snow Shovel Behind
Oct 19 2014 - Apr 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
Less crowds, great weather
Apr 18 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summertime & the livin is easy
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
No crowds & great fishing
Aug 30 2015 - Oct 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
Snow? What's Snow?
Oct 18 2015 - Apr 16 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%
Notes Rates are guaranteed once your reservation is confirmed.

It depends. If you are renting within 30 days, we need full payment. If a year from now, we'll take a deposit. Upon booking we can discuss in detail...
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Ramrod Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Double vanity (double sinks)
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Right next to Bedroom 2
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Vanity / 1/2 bath is on first floor.
  • 2 1/2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Huge walk-in closet!
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Very large (we combined 2 bedrooms.) Yoga, workout, etc...
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
In addition to free wi-fi in our home, there is also free wi-fi at Looe Key Resort less than a mile away if you want to enjoy a tiki bar and stay connected, as well. There are two boat ramps within a couple miles. Our guest book has more information on boat rentals, dining, etc...

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