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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

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...

More Details

Owner
Rosemary Armstrong
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 8, 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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Amenities

Old Town Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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!
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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!

Reviews

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Truman Annex - Historic ' Island Queen' Villa is One of a Kind!
average rating of 4.95 based on 61 reviews
5

Amazing Property and Location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in various locations at Key west but after staying at Island Queen this will be our go to spot. Amazingly close to Mallory Square and Everything, complex and unit pristine. Very comfortable for two couples. Beautiful Space---Bedroom separated for privacy.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We love our Key West home and are delighted that you loved staying with us!
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Charleston, SC
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property. Very convenient to everything in Key West.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Key West Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully well-maintained unit, perfect for 2 couples. We were so comfortable there, it's just like home! Very quiet and private location, yet just a short walk to Mallory Square, Duval St and multiple restaurants. We really enjoyed sitting out in the courtyard under the shade of the palm trees. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paula, We use the courtyard for quiet dinners, before dinner cocktails and our morning coffee and are truly delighted to hear you made good use of our garden patio area under the palms! Looking forward to having you share our 'piece of paradise' again sometime in the future. Rosemary
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5

Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this house so much last year that we booked it again as soon as we came back. It's a beautiful clean house and we liked the location which was an easy walk to Duvall St., the beach and docks but gave us s quiet place to unwind and rest. It's perfect for four people with separate bedrooms on each side of the house. We loved having dinner in the court yard and felt safe in this gated community. Really cool that Truman's White House was right around the corner. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Barbara, Thank you for your kind words about our home! It makes us happy to know you love all the same things we do about our place - please come again!
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5

Location is the Key!

  • 5 of 5

A great condo located in what actually was a foundry. Original brick walls with high ceilings and in the best possible location in Key West old town. It is in walking distance of activities on Duval Street, Mallory Square, Fort Zachary State Park, Hemingway house, the Truman White House, etc. No car needed!

Unlike most condos in the foundry, it has two floors instead of three with a split stairway leading to two separate bedrooms and baths. The shared pool is close by, just across Front St in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood.

Rosemary has updated and remodeled two of the bathrooms in this very clean and comfortable condo.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your guest comment! We try to renovate or update our home every year, so we can offer a great place to relax - for ourselves and also, all of our guests! Hope you come again sometime! Rosemary
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Ithaca, New York
5

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 for taking such good care of our home. We have been disappointed ourselves with some vacation rentals and want to give you a memorable and enjoyable vacation without the pitfalls! Rosemary
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Old Town Townhome Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

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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