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Truman Annex - Historic ' Island Queen' Villa is One of a Kind!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Heated Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Villa - 2 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - (Sleeps 4)

Once you see this historic two storey townhouse, you won’t want to stay anywhere else!

Filled with natural light, this end unit is ‘tucked away’ in an exclusive, historic Foundry building next to the ‘Truman Little Whitehouse’. There are only 3 residences in our building!

There is an oversized clay brick patio and raised deck. The tropical garden is fully fenced and surrounded by palm trees and hedging.

A propane grill station and well maintained garden with accent lighting, create an outdoor space that is perfect for dining alfresco or gazing up at the stars, while you sip your glass of wine!

Can you sense the relaxation?

A designated parking space with custom carport is located directly at the garden gate for maximum convenience with unloading of baggage and groceries.

Enter through either of two sets of French doors and discover the wide, open living and dining rooms areas!

Lofty twelve foot ceilings, classic central staircase and antique exposed brick walls contribute to a sense of grandeur and comfort - You will feel the vibe of Old Town Key West at every moment!

The living room has a flat screen TV and a DVD player. There is surround sound for listening to relaxing music provided by the two high quality speakers attached to the ceiling - great acoustics!

The modern kitchen is fresh, bright and fully equipped with everything you will need to practice your culinary talents!

It has a bar area that sits 3 people for cocktails to keep the chef entertained. Margarita glasses are housed in the cupboard over the stove.

Maybe you wont even cook at all!

There are so many wonderful choices to grab a lunch or linger over dinner in Old Town.

The main floor also has a separate laundry room with full size washer and dryer and stores beach towels for guests to use at the pool or beach.

An ironing board and iron are stored in the upstairs bedroom closet, in case you want to take in a play at the local Red Barn Theater. Blow dryers and curling irons are in the both upstairs bathrooms.

There is a convenient main floor 2 piece powder room located beside the laundry room.

This is one of only two Foundry homes that has a center hall plan, oversized garden/patio and is a 2 storey dwelling - other Foundry units have 3 storeys.

It is the only end unit with this unique wide and open floor plan and large outdoor space. Truly one-of-a-kind!

Both bedrooms upstairs have private bathrooms, televisions, extra pillows, towels and sheets.

LOCATION is second to none! - Walk to the marina, sunsets and all Old Town Key West attractions, the Customs House Art Gallery and the infamous Duval Street with its shops, bars and restaurants!

You can choose the exciting nightlife or stay at home enjoying the tranquility of the lush Truman Annex community.

Let this historic home relax and recharge you after a busy day of touring and fun activities!

Many of our guests choose to return to our home year after year.

See what others say in our guest comments, to assure yourselves of a truly memorable and enjoyable vacation!

We cherish our historic Foundry home and we think you will love it, too...

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Rosemary Armstrong
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Rosemary Armstrong

My husband and I made our first trip to Key West in 1997.

Astounded at all of the sites and sounds, we fell hopelessly in love with Old Town! - The Victorian architecture, the charming and colorful Conch cottages tucked away on the small narrow laneways, the stunning sunsets and the casual rhythm of island life - there is always the unexpected!

Most days, we ride our bicycles to do the shopping or to go to the beach and leave the car parked under the carport - Both of us enjoy a carefree, yet active and stimulating life here in wonderful Key West - hardly attainable anywhere else in the world.

There is so much fascinating history and stunning natural beauty!

The authentic island flavor of Bahama Village and the lush grandeur of the Truman Annex Community have resonated with us all these years and continue to provide us with a refuge from a frantically fast paced world elsewhere.

A relaxed Conch way of life is definitely for us! How about you?

Rosemary Armstrong purchased this townhome in 2000

Why Rosemary Armstrong chose Key West

Our Foundry Building is an historic structure circa 1860, located within the gated community of the Truman Annex, formerly a U.S. Naval Base.

The wide open main floor of our home struck us with its spacious, airy atmosphere - the 12 foot high ceilings stunted all of the other properties we had seen before.

The exposed brick walls, full of character, remind us constantly of the rich and colorful heritage of Key West!

There are only 3 residents in our building and we enjoy this exclusivity.

We love to grill and eat dinner under the stars and value the large and extremely rare outdoor space, palm lined garden, deck and antiqued brick patio. The garden offers quiet privacy, tremendous everyday and nightly enjoyment and great relaxation.

What we fell in love with was the wide open center hall plan and the unique lay-out of our home!

The two upstairs bedrooms are extremely separate with their own adjoining bathrooms for total privacy, if 2 couples are staying for vacation.

Our home has 2 storeys and this was very important to us. We had previously owned a 3 storey home for a couple of years. We found this arrangement awkward, as our friends would have to trudge past our 2nd floor bedroom up yet another flight of stairs to their bedroom.

The only drawback to our current 2 storey home and ideal layout for privacy is... everyone we know wants to come for a visit at our Island Queen Foundry home!

What makes this townhome unique

You can go out to the frivolity of the infamous Duval Street and always retreat to our Foundry home and tropical garden for quiet time together or fun with friends.

Your car is parked at the garden gate - convenient for luggage and groceries.

The home has an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere you wont easily forget, after your stay is over.

Not only is it the best location - Island Queen is a one-of-a-kind property!

This home is loved and it shows.

Since all of our guests have been most caring and respectful of our home and our belongings, we are always making improvements for ourselves and our guests to enjoy.

We love our home and you will, too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My friends and I chose this Foundry unit for our week vacation getaway, and could not have been more pleased with the property. It is located within a gated community right off Mallory Square and Duval St (and within walking distance to all of the restaurants, bars, shopping in downtown Key West). We rented bikes for sightseeing and to travel to the nearby beaches. The townhouse itself was very clean, spacious, beautifully decorated and contained all of the comforts of a home away from home. The two french doors in the front of the house opened up onto the private patio, where we spent much time sitting around drinking marguaritas. The patio is surrounded by landscaped foliage which provided privacy against the neighbors and walkways. There is a shared, heated pool, which was somewhat small but never seemed to get crowded (probably because the beach is so close by). From the time I made the reservations months in advance through our vacation stay, Rosemary (the owner) was always eager to answer questions and provide suggestions favorite restaurants, bars etc. In addition, the property manager provided us with pick-up and drop-off service to the airport, which saved us cab fare. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone!! You won't be disappointed!!
Mar 2009
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Truman Annex Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Main Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Gutted and Completely Renovated in November 2014!
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Redecorated and Remodelled in 2012!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 1 has a private bathroom with shower stall. Bedroom 2 has a private bathroom with tub/shower combination.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy the excitement and nightlife of the infamous Duval Street - two blocks away! Then return to the sanctuary of your lofty exclusive abode for some rest and relaxation. Stroll 2 blocks to gaze at beautiful sunsets, marking the end of yet another perfect day in Paradise. - Free yourself from your car! - Walk or bike to all of the attractions. Fort Zachary Beach is a 5 minute bike ride away or a nice walk, for a swim in the ocean - a most natural Florida setting and the best swimming on the island - but bring beach shoes to get into the water with ease and comfort @ $2.50 per person (walking) or with a bike to enter this State Park - well worth it!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)

Truman Annex - Historic ' Island Queen' Villa is One of a Kind!
average rating of 4.9454546 based on 56 reviews

A lovely well maintained vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Key West. On our first visit we stayed at the Casa Marina which was lovely but a bit to out of the way. We loved the location of this unique home in the Foundry Building of the Annex. A beautiful red brick building located just a block away from everything. When we rented the condo we did receive a list of rules from Rosemary and I found seeing this comprehensive list of rules to be a very good sign that the person that owned this condo cared about keeping it nice. I was reassured we would not arrive and be disappointed by the condition of the residence. As I expected we arrive to a spotless home very well decorated and nicely appointed.

Before we arrived Rosemary emailed me with ideas of places to go and things to see in Key West. The gentleman that met us at the condo when we arrived was very helpful and friendly. We arrived before check in time and the cleaning lady was still at the condo. He was kind enough to allow us to leave our bags there while we went to lunch and called our cell phone the minute the residence was ready.

The outdoor patio was very comfortable for sitting and eating outside. There was beautiful outdoor lighting on the patio that came on every evening allowing us to enjoy it day and night.

The indoor furnishing were tasteful and comfortable. A beautiful dinning room table and chairs or a snack bar gave nice choices for eating areas. The kitchen was bright and modern and had everything you could possibly need.

At the end of our stay the gentleman who had checked us in and showed us around did come by to inspect the residence and to ask about our stay and check to see if we had any problems. We received out deposit back within 24 hours of checking out. Absolutely a great vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kindness and fcor taking such good care of our home.! We do everything we can to make our guests comfortable and we hope you come back for another visit. It is gratifying to have people appreciate our efforts to make your stay as special as we possibly can!
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Average at Best

  • 3 of 5

This was our 12th year staying in Truman annex so we are familiar with other townhouse rentals.

Upon arrival we had to coordinate with the property manager to meet us at the property and check us in, a slight inconvenience from the usual lock box. Having read the "house rules" we were surprised by the manager verbally giving us even more; place a sheet on the sofa before sitting, no eating while watching TV, but you can't see the TV from the kitchen or dining room, can't wear shoes inside the unit, can use only delicate cycle on the washing machine, can't use bleach and must call to arrange a time to check out, another inconvenience.

Now this is a $3000 a week rental, a fair but top end price, after getting past the added restrictions we familiarized ourselves with our home for the next two weeks. The unit is spacious but poorly laid out. A stairway divides the LR from the kitchen and DR. The entire unit is poorly lit, ie when you enter the BR there is no switch to turn on a light. Upstairs the bedroom's were adequate. The one that we used had 2 singles made into a king with a very uncomfortable mattress. The TV's in the BRs were a minuscule 24 inches with a different verizon package from the downstairs- very confusing. The shower in our bathroom was very small and did not have hot water so you had to walk down 10 stairs and up another to get to the functioning shower. At the end of the first week a mandatory $140, 3 hour cleaning was required and we had to vacate the unit.

If you are like us and like to dine on the deck before going out, you had to eat out in the dark. There is no outdoor lighting, a few low voltage ground level landscape lights, but nothing to illuminate the deck or front entrance. Speaking of the deck all is that is provided is a very inexpensive plastic table with 4 molded plastic chairs, $500 spent at Home Depot would provide a nice table and chairs and a few nice lounge chairs. You could not sit out and relax because there was nothing to sit on which is a big part of our vacation. The fenced yard and deck is spacious but I suspect the good deck furniture is locked up in the owner's closet.

At the end of our stay we had to again arrange for the property manager to check us out. My wife and I stood by the door hoping we passed the inspection as he checked every room and closet.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello disgruntled guest, We forgive all of the spitefulness, falsehoods and indiscretions contained in your lengthy dissertation regarding our beloved home. We also forgive you for labeling us as unsavoury individuals with such vitriol. But honestly, we pity you with heartfelt sadness and deep remorse, as you are truly an unhappy person who will blame everyone and everything for your own personal misery. We hope you will see things differently in the future for your own sake and be true to yourself and your own failings.
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place to stay within the Truman Annex at Key West. The home has charm and character, is comfortable, spacious and so well maintained. Enjoyed the deck and garden area each morning for breakfast, and would walk and bike everywhere. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week at Rosemary's home! Close to everything great location! Hope to return to this property in the future.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Home very clean and well maintained. Spacious bedrooms with comfortable beds. Really enjoyed the outdoor patio for morning coffee, pm relaxing after the beach, and grilling several meals for dinner. Location is convenient to everything we needed, and the list of suggested shopping was very helpful. All the features of home while being 5 minutes from the beach - what more could you ask for? We plan on returning next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This condo is the cream of the crop

  • 5 of 5

We've been staying at other Foundry unit for the past 8 years. This was our first stay in Rosemary's condo and it's in a separate and historical building. The Foundry is one of the best places to stay in Key West and this particular unit is the gem of them all. It's a two story unit, versus 3 and both bedrooms are on the second level and of equal size, with larger bathrooms than other Foundry unit.

As others have stated, Rosemary is the best and is very prompt in answering your request. She maintains this condo to excellent standards, as its also her home away from home. Unlike other rental units, where a property manager tends to be responsible for maintaining units, she personally takes that responsibility and it shows. The condo and its furnishing are excellent. The bedding, unlike many places is super comfortable, as well as linens etc. Rosemary takes pride in her property and it's wonderful that she is willing to rent it to us. We've already booked for next year.

Her patio is more than twice the size of other units and is very nicely finished. We enjoyed using it as it's well maintained too.

And Patty and Jim, the local representatives for Rosemary are very nice as well as prompt. We can't say enough about how nice they all are.

Our only concern is that this gem becomes so popular that it will be hard for us to rent it in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


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7 night minimum stay

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Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 12.5%

Only Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, Master Card or Capitol One Master Card. * Year Round Rate:$2500 per week (7 nights). Check in/outs are Saturday. Same rate year round. $1000 non refundable Reservation Deposit is charged on date of booking. On guest occupancy, this Deposit automatically converts to a Damage Deposit that is refundable; provided no damages to the property or its contents.

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