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Beach House with Private Pool & Dock

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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7 nights


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House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

You don't come to the islands to stay in a town! Relax in our tropical paradise away from the traffic and noise of US Hwy #1.

When we decided to purchase a home in the Florida Keys privacy and being close to nature was top on our list of requirements. We found the perfect combination on Grassy Key, a small island between Islamorada and Marathon made famous by 'Flipper' and the Dolphin Research Center.

On Grassy Key we are close enough to enjoy Marathon restaurants and grocery shopping yet still be able to explore dive sites in both the Upper and Lower Keys!

The perfect location has now been turned into the perfect oasis. Special features include a gourmet kitchen that will please the most discriminating chef. Our guests enjoy luxury bedding with quality linens, fluffy towels and bathrobes. Wireless internet service and free domestic phone calls if you must stay in touch with the outside world!

After a full day in the sun there is no better place to relax than in the cool fresh water pool surrounded by the lush gardens. Check out the massive coconut and royal palms, the 9' high bird of paradise, the banana and key lime trees, blooming hibiscus and orchids. Just don't lay under the coconut trees!

Professional maintained by our local caretakers, Doug and Donna you will be pleasantly surprised at the extra attention we take to make your stay enjoyable!

Need more proof? Take a look at our past guest's comments, then check our availability calendar for your vacation dates. Don't hesitate, after 5 years of satisfied guests this home books months in advance.


Keywords: romantic getaway, beach cottage

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 30, 2016
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About The Owner

I enjoy the water and immediately fell in love with the quaintness of White Sands, named by her previous owners, Pat and JoAnn Ballinger.

The Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why The Owner chose Central Florida Keys

We wanted to be away from the commercial Key West scene yet close enough for an all day's less than an 1 hour drive. It's a perfect location on Grassy Key, private and removed from the noisy traffic of US Hwy #1.

What makes this house unique

Your own private tropical gardens with unobscured sunset views from the end of the 300'long dock. Plus palm fronds singing you to sleep at're going to love this home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The place is great! What a place to just unwind and recharge the "batteries".

We have rented homes up and down the Keys for the past 15 years and this place is by far the nicest.

Donna and Doug took good care of us and the house. Maybe see you this fall!

John and Deb Koch & Steve and Donna Achilles
Aug 2004
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Beach House with Private Pool & Dock
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 41 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! Best vacation weve ever had. So many amenities. Kayaks dock on the gulf dvd library books local info. New appliances washer eryer. Spacious home beautiful layout. Pool area is beautifully landscaped & private. We rented a boat for a few days. Great fishing at sunsrt right off the dock. We loved it so much we stayed right there. Cooked our meals there. Short trip to key west for Kinos flipflops turned around came right back. Well def be back, hated to leave this lil paradise

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous getaway Fla. Keys home

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time staying at White Sands for 2 weeks. We were greeted by caretakers Doug and Donna upon arrival. Any questions we had in the beginning were quickly handled by them. The home is beautiful and well stocked - just bring your bathing suit, relax in the hammock, breathe deep, smile, and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the Florida Bay. We loved the large master bedroom and bath. The owner, Katreena, takes great pride in her

home, constantly updating. She ordered a brand new washer and dryer just before we arrived, and also had new master bath shower fixtures installed. Loved the heated pool too! We will be back! Thank you, Katreena!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

I spent a glorious week at White Sands and will be returning for more. I've been staying at properties on Morton Street for about 15 years now. White Sands is the best of all. I wanted for nothing - it's got it all. Wonderful dock that treats you to wildlife at every turn, relaxing beach right out your back door, a fantastic pool just as private as could be, porch views all around the home, a wonderfully stocked kitchen with all the best appliances. Just writing about it makes me want to go back right now!

Nearby are great places - try Curry Hammock park for kayaking and you'll be lucky to see some bonnet head sharks. Marathon has a fun movie theater with tables and chairs instead of rows of seats, so you can enjoy dinner while you watch a movie. Bahia Honda State Park is not to be missed. Go to Sandspur Beach and you will find a beach right out of the Caribbean. The snorkeling off the beach is fantastic and if you love shells, it's the place to find them. Key West is always fun - the Hemingway House, Audubon House and even the Trolley Tour is fun. The Tropic Cinema is an award winning art house theater and a great place for a rainy day.

But, with all that said, you don't really need to leave White Sands at all to have an unforgettable vacation. The home is perfect. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Christmas Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4, including 2 college age children, spent 2 wonderful weeks over the Christmas Holiday at White Sands. We all absolutely loved it!

We had never vacationed in the Florida Keys and didn't know for sure if we would like not having the typical beach scene. But, being outdoorsy type people who enjoy kayaking, fishing and boating, White Sands was a perfect fit for us. There are 4 kayaks at the home that we used to kayak over to the mangrove coves just around the corner to the left off of the dock. We caught snappers that we fixed for lunch almost on a daily basis. In the mangrove cove, we also saw several sharks, sting rays, tarpons, iguanas and tons of different kinds of birds. Plus, the kayaks are great to take out and get just past the tree/coast line and watch the sunset. AMAZING! One night while watching the sunset, a huge sea turtle swam up to us.

The other outside amenities are equally as pleasing. The pool was heated and was a great way to spend afternoons around. The hammock was fought over daily as to who would be taking their afternoon nap in it. Plus, the deck was our go to spot for breakfast and also evening wine down time. Also, many great moments were spent hanging out or fishing off of the dock. It's incredible the amount of fish and variety of fish that are around the dock. We saw spotted rays, barracudas, puffer fish, lobsters and sharks from the dock. Plus, you can't beat the afternoon sun on the dock.

Inside was just as perfect. The kitchen is designed to allow multiple cooks prepping at once with plenty of stocked cooking equipment. The view from the dining room table was unbeatable. And, the bed in the master bedroom was more comfortable than our own at home beside the spa like bathroom.

We have already booked it for next year and can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bonnie, I enjoyed reading the details of your stay at White Sands! Thank you for the review and we look forward to having you visit again next Christmas!
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  • 5 of 5

I cannot express how perfect White Sands is. When we arrived I was in aw by the breath taking views. The home was immaculate right down to the dinning table set for a awesome dinner. We rented a boat for a few days that we kept right at the dock. The grounds were well maintained and beautiful. We went swimming everyday in the beautiful pool. When we did venture out we went to LuLu's for breakfast , Sparkys Landing for lunch and The Island Co.for dinner. I would like to say thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. This is a vacation we will never forget. Hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! White Sands is a special place and I have some of the best caretakers in the world! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed the house and the area. It's a great place to relax and unwind and listen to the palm leaves play their music in the breeze!
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Still on Island Time

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and one teenager) stayed at White Sands 6/28-7/5. The pictures and description of this house don't do it justice. White Sands has to be experienced! We rent frequently through VRBO and this was a great experience. The owner is very helpful and responsive. The caretakers are amazing and take pride in introducing renters to this lovely home away from home. The house, gardens and pool are very clean and well maintained. The rear of the house is all glass, and decking goes around almost the entire house. All that is between you and the Gulf of Mexico is a nice lawn and a white sandy beach with chairs and a hammock set out under coconut palms. The dock is a good 300 feet long and you can see fish all along the way to the end.

The grounds are a tropical paradise with paths through an array of palm varieties, birds of paradise, and banana and key lime trees. The pool is bigger than it looks in the pictures. It gradually slopes from entry to about 6 feet and is long enough to swim some laps. We were treated to many iguana sightings, including one that watched us swim.

The two bedroom suites are huge, the beds are extremely comfortable, and the bath linens are top quality. The furnishings and décor are tropical, high quality and tasteful. There are nice decorator touches throughout the house without it being cluttered.

Check out the artwork and the sea turtle figurines for places to visit. We enjoyed the Sea Turtle Hospital, Dolphin Research Center and the Key Deer on Big Pine. The new aquarium opened in Marathon while we were there. We didn't do an encounter, but the place is well run with friendly knowledgeable staff. Grassy Key Outpost is close and good for smaller quantities of provisions. We also like Publix, but it is very crowded on Saturday. Sweet Savannah's has great cookies and key lime pie.

If the size of this house meets your needs you will have a fabulous time at White Sands. The only surprises here are good ones!!!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of island paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Thank you, You could be writing for a Travel magazine! " White Sands" and the Keys are special places and when you find them you keep coming back. We hope to have you return as guests again soon. The fall is my favorite time as it's more relaxed and less tourism traffic. Thank you for taking good care and sharing your experiences with our potential guests. Cheers, Katreena
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Key West
Car: necessary

Swim/Snorkel/Kayak from our dock, Enjoy birdwatching and sunsets from our turtle nesting beach, Biking & Walking trails, Nearby Dolphin Research Center, Marathon offers, Tennis & Golf facilities, Charter Fleets & Boat Rentals, Scuba, Snorkel, Windsurfing & Kayaking Tours, Groceries, Airport and Medical Facilities


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 3 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 Season
Dec 31 2016 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates for 2 occupants, additional fees for 3rd or 4th guest with a maximum occupancy of four. Sorry, this home is not child friendly

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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Private Dock in 4' MLW w/ unobstructed views of the Gulf, This is a protected turtle nesting beach during the summer months! 2 Kayaks available for your Gulf side exploration, Hammock and Beach Chairs, Gourmet Kitchen with Crystal, China and Plastic for both inside and outside dining needs! Satellite TV with DVD player and video collection, Private Pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Pool floats, beach towels and cooler provided, Yard protected with Mosquito Magnet, Oversized Master Bedroom w/King Bed and walk-in closet, Master Bath w/ Jacuzzi tub & Walk-in Shower, 2nd Bedroom w/ Queen Bed TV/VCR, This home has new bedding, quality sheets, luxury towels and robes provided

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