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Tropical Ocean Front Gated Beach Estate with Pool & Dockage

Merritt Johnson

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Merritt Johnson

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2015
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Tropical Ocean Front Gated Beach Estate with Pool & Dockage

Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Key Largo Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths Directly on Ocean with Pool

Beautiful gated 3-story estate on the Atlantic Ocean with deep water protected dockage on same street for boat and wave-runner. Our home is lined with tropical palms. Our pool sits directly on the Atlantic Ocean with a beach entry perfect for tanning. Plenty of beach chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy the outside. Spacious 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms with 1 king, 2 queens, 2 fulls and a day bed which turn into 2 twins. All bathrooms are full bathrooms. 3rd floor master bathroom has a jacuzzi overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Ground floor has a private bedroom with bathroom that has big glass sliders right to the beach out back. Wrap around balconies on each level. The 2nd and 3rd floor are both open floor plan each equipped with a full kitchen.

Open water views from every room! Magnificent sunrise every morning.

We have someone who can plan any acivities for you so you can enjoy your time with no worries. We have a caretaker that will come and tend to the yard and anything you have questions with.

Our house is located in a very quiet neighborhood less than an hour from Miami International Airport, 1 1/2 hours from Ft. Lauderdale and just two hours from Key West, we are located inside John Pennecamp State Park. Swim with the dolphins at Dolphins Plus, which is within walking distance from our house.

If you like to fish, you can hire a captain out of the Pilot House Marina or buy fresh local fish at the Fisheries all within walking distance. Or you can toss a line out right on your beach. Restaurants; Pilot House, Snook’s, DJ’s Diner, Bayside Grill all within a mile.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Merritt Johnson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2015

About Merritt Johnson

We, (Gordon & Ree) first bought our house here 23 years ago with our 8 month old daughter (Merritt, who is Property Manager) and started off by spending the winter enjoying the beautiful weather in Key Largo. Gordon would work 8 months in PA and then enjoy the winter months in his Keys home. This is our 3rd home in Key Largo and we couldn't imagine living any where else. Marie and her 2 duaghters live permentaly down here in the Keys while Gordon still comes down for the winter and visits every 3 weeks during the spring and summer. Marie and the girls love living down here enjoying the weather, water, wildlife, the friendly locals and how safe of a town it is.

Merritt Johnson purchased this estate in 2002

Why Merritt Johnson chose Key Largo

It had it all for our family. Four spacious bedrooms with their own bath. Plenty of space and privacy. The amazing views. Being able to walk right into the ocean. Prime location in Key Largo. The safe upscale neighborhood.

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Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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based on 22 traveler reviews

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Tropical Ocean Front Gated Beach Estate with Pool & Dockage
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 22 reviews

Great holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house for our family vacation! Coming from 3 different locations (Vancouver, Toronto, and Belgium), we needed a house that would work for our family reunion vacation (7 adults and 3 young kids - 2 babies and 1 pre-schooler) and this house fit the bill perfectly! We all had our own private bathrooms and had plenty of space so that no one was on top of each other. It was fantastic having the private beach and pool right there - so great for kids! We enjoyed the kayaks, BBQ, fire pit, and just relaxing in the sun and the kids loved swimming even though the pool was a little cool for most of our stay despite being heated. Lots nearby including yummy restaurants and amenities (public and walgreens and a park for kids). Location was perfect for a day trip into Miami or down to Key West. House was well stocked in kitchen and owner responded promptly to questions and concerns. Unfortunately the entry into the ocean is filled with garbage and seaweed - but this is not something that is eally in the owner's control. House is a little run down - many lights were missing from the fixtures, sliding screen doors don't work well and have some holes, and beds were not the most comfortable in the world, but overall this did not majorly impact our stay....normal wear and tear on a house that is constantly rented out, but for cost of stay these are some things that could be fixed. Overall we had a great time and would definitely recommend this property for a large group or family who wants to enjoy what the Keys has to offer in a comfortable house and in a truly beautiful spot. The Keys are certainly a little slice of paradise!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, you just left yesterday and already wrote us a great review! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your two week stay in the home! I enjoyed reading your review! I will be out getting more light bulbs tomorrow! It's comments like this that help us make the home better for future guests. Hope to have you all back again some day!

Great base location for Florida Keys Adventure!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for our Florida Keys vacation. House is lovely. Beautiful sunrises every morning. Loved the balcony views. January was perfect weather to enjoy the pool with its shallow entry-great for kids. Only mosquitoes were the downside. Bring insect repellant! Plenty of room and well equipped-plenty of towels-both pool and bath. Used the bikes and the kayaks. Barbeque on beach was fun. Very private location yet close to shopping (Publix grocery store and K-mart) and other activities. Good base for the day's activities. Loved the snorkeling at Pennekamp State Park, glass bottom boat ride, charter fishing trip, paddle boarding, jet skis, swimming with dolphins and seeing Manatees up close. Great experiences that created wonderful memories. Enjoyed eating at Backyard Fisheries Restaurant just up the street and all you can eat taco night at Senior Frijoles. Close enough to Everglade Park to enjoy day there. So glad we rented this property. "We had it all" in Key Largo.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! My family and I really enjoyed reading it! Thanks of letting us and future renters know what you did while staying at the home!
Denver, CO

Breathtaking Sunrises! Spacious Home! Center of Key Largo!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent experience at this gorgeous home. Every room has sunrise views! Sailboats passing by on the ocean. Shallow beach and pool to sunbathe in while enjoying our drinks as the kids splash around. Parrot fish swimming just off shore and a Great Blue Heron sitting in the sand every afternoon. Truly the quintessential Keys experience.

Located right in the center of Key largo, close to dive shops and fishing charters; biggest marina in Town right up the street. But the property is huge enough to feel like you're the only ones on the island. Best location we found in the area and at the BEST PRICE. House fit two families comfortably and split the cost in half :)

Recommend this property for anybody looking for a truly blissful Keys experience. Already thinking about coming back next year :)

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I do hope that you come back again! I am glad that you loved the property & the Key Largo area! The sunrises really are something out of this world!

complete disappointment. worst rental ever

  • 1 of 5

We booked this place wanting to take my mother in law for her last vacation, as her health was making travel problematic. When we pulled up to the front gate and opened the car door the smell off rotting seaweed and trash on the "beach" was overwhelming. So forget about opening the windows during your stay , or spending quality time on the nice porches. And with the windows closed the a/c was marginal at best. The "beach" was actually 60 yards of rotting seaweed covered with broken beer bottles, plastic bottles and of course the obligatory used condom. There was no way in the world you could use the kayaks, fish, wade in the water or do anything else for that matter. The pool was green with algae and the sides were slippery and coated in a light green slime. The $30 charcoal grill was rusted out and listing on three legs, and the ancient gas grill barely produced enough heat to grill a burger given the constant aromatic sea breeze. The pet bird, while amusing likes to relieve itself in the pool. After we finished our initial walkthrough my wife went to the car and cried for half an hour. The house is dated and in need of repairs: electrical wires hanging out of walls; broken door handles; icemaker, Jacuzzi that leaked and various other items had signs warning not to use as they were broken; the gutter from the roof actually is designed to dump the roof water into the pool! The ceiling fan in the kids bunk room is literally inches over the top bunk...a disaster waiting to happen. The main upstairs bedroom has glass doors with no shades or curtains so needless to say there is no privacy. Cats were everywhere and had to be shooed off your car before any given use. There was a nice collection of dvd's and old vhs tapes ... but no player. When the owner was contacted to express our disappointment his response was "sorry it's the ocean what did you expect" , and that there were likely openings at a local motel. He later emailed me to ask if we had left yet. Nice.

The place in it's day was indeed nice, the layout very nice, the grounds were fine and the view was wonderful except

for that one pesky tree that prevented you from actually see the sunrise


I have the emails,pictures and videos if anyone would care to see them.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, thanks for your review. I am shocked you would leave this review after the great stay you had at the property. Can't please them all! Yes, this family did come during summer months when the ocean gets hot and seaweed dies and comes to shore. Mr. W (can't put names) then emailed me complains of the seaweed and I told him that's what's going on with the ocean, and it happens all along the keys, wether at this home or at an ocean front resort. I then said if he was unhappy I would find him a hotel and gave him the option of hotels in the area with availability. I stopped by the next afternoon. Mr. W was in the shallow end of the "green algae pool" and his kids were splashing around while his wife and mother in law were enjoying the outside. Another man was cooking lunch on the grill. Mr. W completely ignored me, I'm assuming he was embarrassed over his initial rude email. His mother in law introduced herself and raved about the property calling it, "old Hollywood elegance" and that it's the most outrageous property. His wife also apologized about his initial behavior and said they were having a wonderful time and this property was priced amazing compared to others that they looked up. His mother in law asked me all about where to go in the kayaks and asked me to bring more heron food and food for the cats and his children were enjoying feeding them. As far as all the other allegations, none of this was mentioned to me during their stay and no other renters have complained. Gotta take it from the source, he is a personal injury lawyer, out to get people!


  • 5 of 5

BY FAR, the best vacation my family has ever had. The house is gorgeous. We took the private upstairs and gave the children the middle floor. We loved waking up every morning, opening our eyes and seeing the ocean and palm trees. The private upstairs balcony was very nice. Enjoyed breakfast and coffee there also every morning. Our kids (and myself) LOVED feeding the surrounding animals. (Especially Bird) We loved riding the bikes in the evenings and taking the canoes out. This was our first visit to Key Largo and it was everything and more than we thought it would be. Only our family of five came this time, but there is so much space and so many rooms we plan on bringing the entire family next year. It was a much needed, relaxing vacation. We really enjoyed sitting in the breezeway every evening just listening to the waves. The only thing that we would have changed about this vacation is we would have loved to stay longer. HIGHLY recommend this property, and I'm sure that you will too after staying here once. Thank you to this Family for sharing this INCREDIBLE home with us. Can't wait to see you next year!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and that you were able to relax while there.
Dallas, Texas

Dream Vacation of a Lifetime!!

  • 5 of 5

We are so busy, we don't get to take many vacations as a family but we recently decided to go to the Florida Keys. After being frustrated looking at various hotels, we were looking for homes to stay at where we could be more comfortable. And OMG - we never imagined we'd end up at a place like this! This house is absolute paradise only feet away from the ocean with a beautiful pool!! The beds are so comfortable and the gated entry gave us security and privacy!! The moon over the water was something straight out of the movies. The house was impeccable and the owners/managers were so helpful and were there if we needed anything or even had questions about the area. There is so much we didn't see and we cannot wait until next Spring when we return and we will ONLY come back on a week that our new "home away from home" is available!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chris for your review! It was a pleasure having you, your wife and daughters stay at the home!


Florida Keys Bird Sanctuary, John Pennekamp State Park, Turtle Hospital, National Marine Sanctuary, Swim With the Dolphins, Lobstering.


Rates & Availability

From $5,000 Per week

Key Largo Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Break/Easter
Mar 28 2015 - Apr 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Tax Rate 12.5%
Notes Please E-MAIL owner directly:

1/2 of rate to reserve reservation.

Rates- $5000-$6000 weekly

Weekly Rate- $5000
$5500-Memorial/Labor Day, 4th of July, Easter, Presidents Weekend, Mini Lobster, Thanksgiving
$6000- Christmas/NewYears

MAX 10 People, Strictly Enforced
Minimum Age
***Refundable Security Deposit Required

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Key Largo Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Full Bathrooms -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Full Bathrooms.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Main Floor Day Bed turns into 2 Twins. - 2 twin/ single
    2nd Floor Queen - 1 queen
    3rd Floor Queen - 1 queen
    King 3rd Floor - 1 king
    2nd Floor 2 Fulls - 2 double
  • Queen Beds (2) Full Bed(2) King Bed (1) Twin Bed (2) Pull out couch on 2rd floor
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
This estate has it all! One of the nicest views in all of Key Largo. Central Location!

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