|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Life is a beach...a 120ft. private Florida Keys beach. Architect-owner's brand new dream home, gated and set far back and elevated, Idyllic, acre plus private beach front, 2 hours from MIA AND 1-1/4 hours from Key West. A grass motor court leads to the stunning Coral stone-clad minimalist contemporary, with the glass entrance flanked by illuminated reflection pools with shooting water arcs. Designed to maximize beach and sunrise views, and oriented to catch prevailing ocean and bay breezes.
The spacious, luminous reception area, with walls of glass for breathtaking ocean and garden views, features a floating staircase and a wine room with glass doors. Downstairs guest quarters or bedroom suites with recreation/meditation room. Spacious terrace and fully equipped summer kitchen with a large island/bar featuring a raw-bar or chilling trough and mirrored back splash for ocean views. Heated spa and infinity edge pool with swim-in place feature. Indonesian 'Bale' tiki on beach.
Wake up to sunrise views from the upstairs master suie with walls of windows and glass doors open to the upstairs terrace, framed by the sea and sky. The fabulous bath and dressing suite includes 2 walk-in closets. Three additional upstairs bedroom suites hav eversatile folding walls for privacy or open plan. Large upstairs terrace floats above pool and overlooks beach.
Dramatic illumination and water features and limestone floors throughout, marble and granite custom designed sinks and countertops. Top of the line appliances. Two-car garage, laundry/utility area. 4-zone AC.
House designed to meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and built to green specifications.
Great for weddings, birthdays and similar celebratory family and corporate events. Come celebrate your 'rainbow' wedding with us in 2015. Weddings and similar events require an extra charge.
PLEASE NOTE: We own two homes one next to the other. They are architectural twins, both having the same space distribution, just somewhat different furniture, though both in modern Asian décor. The two houses are shown as an aerial in the photo gallery section of this listing.
We are using the other property as our own second home, but are renting it as a vacation home starting June 7th, 2015. You may wish to check this other listing as well for vacancies and rates, it is VRBO id# 685935.
Owner (wife) is an architect, designed and built the two houses next to one another. We lived in one, rented the other one for vacations and weddings. We are now renting both.
Owner (husband) is President of a non-profit foundation focused on saving, restoring and enhancing the Old Seven Mile Bridge between the City of Marathon and Pigeon Key.
Unique 120-ft on the beach, very relaxing, capable of sleeping overnight up to 12 people.
We can rent both houses to the same party, thus making it possible for up to 24 people to sleep overnight. When renting the two houses, guests will have use of all of the resort facilities with up to 240 ft of beach.
The resort offers a unique environment for multi-generation family gatherings as well as for weddings, corporate and other festive events. Fully gated. Complete privacy and safety.
Nearby Yacht Club and commercial marinas offer berthing facilities for boats in excess of 100 ft.
We would be happy to make boating/berthing arrangements
We had a truly wonderful vacation at this beautiful house. The pool and spa were very appreciated. There was enough room in the house for everyone, and there were 12 in our family. Everything went without a hitch. The owner was gracious and accommodating to a fault. Thank you for a wonderful home to spend our family vacation!
Truly a very special place for total relaxation. We arrived very late after a plane cancellation, and the owner had very graciously arranged someone to let us in the home at 1 o'clock in the morning. The owner was more than helpful in arranging bikes and kayaks for us to use during our stay. He also had lists of restaurants and things to do on the various Keys. We were a multi generation group, we all had a fabulous time and we all hated to leave.
The place may be the only one that left me with a sense of loss. It was that special.
The property was extraordinary and beautiful. The ocean view from the house was incredible and it was great to relax on the beach or kayak out on the water. Bernard was very hospitable and we look forward to another stay next year.
Places to eat:
1. Grassy Key Outpost: Informal, great pizzas, breakfast and lunch. Just a short walk from our property/
2. Butterfly Café, Tranquility Bay : Upscale, very nice, restaurant within an upscale typical Keys hotel.
3. Keys Fisheries – Good seafood, funky, theme-oriented restaurant and fish market
4. Lazy Days South – Excellent views, abundant portions. – U.S.1 to 11th Street, make a left towards the Ocean, next to Marathon Marina.
5. Plaza Grill ¬– Upscale Italian/Continental. Good food, pricey – Celebratory – Next to Marathon Deli, where you can buy excellent Boars Head cold cuts at prices below Publix.
6. Frank’s Grill – Good, honest Italian food, cooked by the chef/owner, reasonably priced.
6. Tarpon Grill - Holiday Inn Express, Marathon - Excellent pizzas, barbecue ribs and other semi-casual food.
7. Lighthouse Grill - Newly opened at the Faro Blanco Resort - Full menu at this iconic resort.
8. Porky’s Bayside – Barbecue, good value. Excellent breakfasts.
9. Hideaway Café -- Very close to our property, good food, needs reservations.
10. Barracuda Grill - - OK, can be pricey
11. Tarpon Creek - Good for pizzas, casual atmosphere – part of the Holiday Inn Express
12.Lencho’s – Southern Mexican food – Daily all you can eat.
13.Hurricane Grill – Buffalo wings/pizzas, informal eatery
14.Marathon Steak and Lobster - Also sushi and full men, incl. full menu.
a.Sweet Savannah’s – Great cupcakes, coffee and croissants
b.Juice Paradise – Good basic Cuban food.
c.Wooden Spoon – Good American breakfast.
d.Island Fish Company – Good for breakfast and lunch
e.Baricci’s – Sandwiches, Panini, etc.
ISLA MORADA: Here are my favorites:
1.Chef Michael’s Love and Hog Fish: My personal favorite, Chef Michael does a great job with fresh fish. Also, puts out an outstanding a la carte Sunday Brunch.
2.Pierre’s: Excellent but pricey, good for celebrations, prepare to spend a bundle.
3.Tower of Pizza: Basic but good pizza and salads.
4.Lazy Days North: Same management and menu as Lazy Days South.
5.Habano's: Authentic, reasonable Cuban food.
KEY WEST: Too many restaurants to detail. Here my favorites:
1.Sunset Key: Small island across from KW, reachable by free ferry from the Westin Hotel. Excellent restaurants, Latitudes, fresh fish, top-notch service.
2.Lou’s Backyard: Perhaps the best restaurant in KW, has a classic menu downstairs and a tapas menu upstairs.
Things to Do:
1.Fishing: We can recommend two types of fishing charters:
- Deep Sea Fishing: We can recommend various captains providing ½, ¾ and full day charters for up to 6 people in his boat. 1/2 = $650; 3/4 day = $850; Full Day: $950.
-Flat Fishing (Tarpon and Bonefish): About the same pricing, but for 2 people
-There are various group charters that can be booked on for less than $100/day per person.
2.Boating: Numerous outfits rent boats. We like Captain Hook’s, Vaca Key, Marathon
3.Diving/Snorkeling: Again, several operators. We can recommend some.
4.Bicycling: Keys Outfitter, in Marathon, excellent firm.
5.Kayaking: Several reputable places rent kayaks to explore both bay and ocean.
6. Old Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key: Don't miss this historical attraction and museum, memorializing Henry Flagler’s of the 'Railroad that Went to Sea', widely known as the eighth engineering wonder of the modern world. Excellent sunset viewing.
7.Crane Point: Natural Park and Museum
8.Dolphin Research Center: Just across from our property. Non-profit attraction designed to preserve dolphins and other marine mammals. Viewing and “swim-with-the-dolphin” opportunities.
10.Aquarium - Recently opened. Swim with sharks/manta rays
NEARBY BEACHES AND STATE PARKS:
You can enjoy a good swim off our own beach, 240 ft of it, a shallow and very calm beach. There are others nearby, including:
1.Sombrero Beach.Take Sombrero Boulevard (right next to Publix, mm50) to the end. Wonderful active beach owned/maintained by the City of Marathon.
2.Bahia Honda State Park:Right off the 7-mile bridge (between Marathon and Big Pine Key). Voted one of the 10 best beaches in the United States.
3.Curry Hammock State Park: About 1 mile south of our property, in Grassy Key itself. Great bird watching opportunities as well.
4.Long Key State Park: 8 miles north of us in Long Key.
KEY WEST: Lots of things to do:
1.Duval Street (touristy, 24-hour drinking as a sport);
2.Mallory Square (at sunset, by water/cruise ship channel), lots of people, fun;
3.Several museums, including Mel Fisher’s Atocha exhibit. Hemingway’s House, Cemetery.
6.Southernmost point in US.
8.Ferry to Ft. Jefferson/Tortugas, a full day trip which requires either staying overnight in KW or leaving very early out of Marathon.
ISLAMORADA: Great restaurants, elegant shops.
2.Thursday Night Art
Key Largo Reef: (mm103), glass bottom boat, snorkeling, kayak
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 16 2015 - Nov 22 2015
5 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2015 - Dec 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Notes||Special events are subject to an additional "Event Fee". For weddings, it is $1,500, corporate and similar events negotiable.|