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The Gulf-Front Refuge on Grassy Key

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Marathon House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy your own private retreat! Fabulous Home on Morton Street.

This three-bedroom, two-bath, private home is tucked away on the open water with outstanding views of the Gulf of Mexico. Beautifully furnished and appointed, this home provides the background for a vacation to remember for years to come!

The beach-style back yard has a beautiful swimming pool with a stepped shallow water entry that leads to the deep end. On one side, elevated on a platform, is a spa with the overflow cascading into the pool and on the other side is a waterfall. Built in seating rims the edges under the waterfalls!

The pier dock offers dockage for your boat as well as a great spot to sit out over the water and enjoy the sunset colors. You will have fun fishing off the dock or jump in, the shoreline offers a variety of tropical and local fish to watch while you snorkel.

The main level of the home offers two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed the other with two twins, and an expansive living, kitchen and dining area all overlooking the gulf. A great covered porch off the living area is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views or dine outdoors. The master suite is on the top level with a king-size bed, a private bath, and open porch.

For those who can't leave their business home, Broadband (Comcast) internet service, WiFi, is available at this house.

Well appointed with linens, towels (bath and pool), a very well-equipped kitchen, central air, washer and dryer, dishwasher, microwave oven, gas grill. TVs in the living area and downstairs bedroom, stereo.

Boat lift at the dock and the garage is not available for guest use.

If swimming, fishing, and snorkeling at your own location is not enough Marathon offers a Dolphin Research Center which is open to the public for tours, a dedicated bike trail along US 1 which will take you from Grassy Key to the Seven Mile Bridge (the old bridge is a great spot to exercise and watch the fish below from a 'birds eye view'). The historic museum is a great spot to spend an afternoon and offers nature trails through a Keys hardwood hammock. Sombrero Beach, oceanside in Marathon, is another popular spot for a change of pace and Bahia Honda State Park, 20 minutes south of Marathon, offers more great 'Keys' beaches. Lots of shops, restaurants, and services are available throughout Marathon, even though you may feel like you are on a private retreat away from the world, grocery stores, drugs stores, bait and tackle shops and just about everything you could need on vacation is just minutes away. If you do not have your own boat there are many boat rental companies in the area that will let you bring a boat to your dock during your stay!

May consider a allowing a pet. Please contact us with information on the pet to see if it is allowed (would add a pet fee to cost).

City of Marathon License #PLR2014-00589.


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WE DO NOT book online or through VRBO/Homeaway or Vacationrentals site services. You must speak to me or email me to place a reservation. You will never be asked to wire money immediately to hold a property or be offered a cash discount for immediate payment.

DO NOT forward any funds by wire transfer without first speaking with me, Kitty Whalton, Florida Keys Vacation Rentals, Inc. at 305-289-6510. Only pay using check, credit card, or direct bank transfer. NEVER pay by cash (unless you are in our office) or instant money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Kitty Whalton, Florida Keys Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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based on 6 traveler reviews

The Gulf-Front Refuge on Grassy Key
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
Chapin South Carolina

Can't Wait to Return!

  • 5 of 5

We went down to the Keys for a family reunion and picked Marathon as it is in the middle of everything. We had a great week exploring all the Keys had to offer and when we weren't running around we loved every minute spent at this home. The outdoor space and the pool was amazing. We couldn't drag the kids out of the pool! The pool has 3 levels of depth, which are great for the little ones that like to sit and play as well as the older ones who swim. It was so private and the views were spectacular. We saw all types of sea life snorkeling right off the dock, even a couple nurse sharks. We ended most nights fishing right off the dock as we couldn't keep the bait on the hooks the fish were biting so much. It was a great week spending time with family and this home was a great place to do it and we plan on doing it again!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Neighborhood Problems

  • 2 of 5

We stayed for 3 weeks Jan.-Feb. 2016. The house is nice - but needed upgrades (the driveway-side deck is in terrible need of repair, the master shower doesn't function properly, no cable hookup to watch DVDs, scorpion in the house 1st morning in). The primary reason for our "fair" rating, however, is the outside, not the inside. First, the neighbors made it very clear renters are not welcome. Second, if you have a pet, be warned, the neighborhood is NOT PET FRIENDLY. While walking our leashed dog we were vicoulsly accosted by multiple dogs, causing us to change route and restrict our walks to one limited area. Don't think you can exercise your friendly dog down these neighborhood streets. In fact, one occasion we had to lift our 50 lb. dog up into our arms to fend off an attack from an unleashed neighboring dog. If you plan to bring a pet, reconsider this neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Downingtown, PA

Mark & Cathy

  • 5 of 5

It’s hard to believe that we spent our third week in 2 ½ years here. It’s very private, has everything without going anywhere. Over the past three years while kayaking near the dock we saw dolphins, sting rays, and manatees. Watching the sunset at the dock or from the second floor only makes us want to return. We’d recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet yet close to Marathon.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston, SC

Excellent Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week at this lovely home to celebrate the end of our daughters' first year of college. What a relaxing week! Lot's of great family time. The porches and views are spectacular, the pool is gorgeous and my husband enjoyed fishing right from the dock. Great location for a quick day trip to Key West too. Go, get away, enjoy!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edwardsville, PA

Do I have to Leave?

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last year on a last minute trip and didn't want to leave. The pool area was amazing and we were able to catch lots of fish right off the dock! Sitting on the balcony and the dock watching the sun go down was a great way to end each day. Marathon was a great location for us as we were right in the middle of the Keys and got to experience Key West, Key Largo and Isle Morada, all within an hours drive. There was so much for the kids to do from the Dolphin Research Center, Theatre of the Sea, and the Sea Turtle Hospital. We also enjoyed using the kayak that is at the home right off the dock. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, KY

Awesome Time

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at this property in 2009. The house is wonderful as well as the yard. Our family enjoyed the location, the privacy and the chance to live as a local. I would highly recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Key West
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: necessary

Located in the Middle Keys area on Grassy Key which is the north end of Marathon. Morton Street runs along the open Gulf of Mexico and at the west end is very private with a feeling of seclusion. Just minutes from Marathon proper for shops and services. Key West is 50 miles away to the south and the Upper Keys are about the same north of Marathon, a great central location for sightseeing excursions.


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 3 2016 - Nov 18 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - May 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jul 21 2017
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7 night minimum stay
Lobster Weeks
Jul 22 2017 - Jul 28 2017
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7 night minimum stay
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Lobster Week
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Booking Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable Deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed. Personal or business checks are welcome for all payments and deposits unless the reservation is made within 21 days of arrival in which case a Cashier's Check will be required or payment by credit card. We use a credit card processor service and they will charge a processing fee of $29.95 for Visa, MC or Discover.

To hold a reservation the signed paperwork must be accompanied with a payment of the deposit and booking fee. 90 days prior to arrive a payment of 1/2 the rent and tax total is due with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. If the reservation is made within 90 days of arrival the deposit, booking fee and 1/2 the rent and tax total is due and within 30 days of arrival the total would be due.

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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Top floor master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) First floor guest bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 Twin beds in the third bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a Complimentary kayak at the house. Pool heat is optional at $200 plus tax per week. the spa heat is included in the rental.

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