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Quiet Open Water Hideaway on Wildlife Sanctuary

Bedrooms 1
Space 240 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 90 nights


About the property

Studio/1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Relax in this peaceful, open-water, bird and wildlife sanctuary with private views of the State Park. From your private deck only 9 feet from water's edge, you can watch fish swim and birds fly, or if you prefer, you may simply sit and enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide. In these environmentally friendly surroundings, you can observe, in a way you never have, marine life and native birds in unobstructed waters. Just off the property you can find nature trails leading to quiet beaches. The downstairs patio offers views of a back yard aquarium and the spectacular beauty of the Florida Keys. Launch our canoe or kayaks into this ecological paradise and paddle your way along easy-to-follow, marked mangrove trails. *

You will be very comfortable is these extremely clean and well-appointed surroundings. From your terrace you will have private views of the State Park. This property has brand-new everything: iPad 2, wireless internet access, flat screen TV with all premium movie channels. Saltillo tile floors inside and out, new Simmons Beauty rest queen bed, new furnishings, linens and towels, new bathroom, new kitchen and appliances with cherry wood cabinetry and granite counter tops. In the picnic area there is a tiki hut, patio furniture, picnic table, hammock and barbecue. All wildlife and scenic photos were taken off back patio.

*Includes canoe, kayaks and binoculars

We are minutes from Marathon and only 1-1/2 hours from the Miami International Airport, and an hour's drive to Key West, which makes this a centrally located vacation destination.

Keywords: studio

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

Why The Owner chose Layton

* Long-term leasing also available.

* Please call or email for availability of calendar.

* There are no cleaning fees.

* $5160 holds your dates.

* You may pay balance when you arrive.

* The property and its contents should be returned to its

original condition. Except for the laundry.

* Cancellation policy: deposit is fully refunded with a 60 day notice

Payment Options

* All major credit cards accepted.

* Money orders, cashiers checks and personal checks also accepted.

General Information

* Parking is available for 1 car.

* Boat dock available only by reservation.

* Boat trailer parking at local ramp.

In order to maintain the excellence of our accommodations and insure

that all guests share this ecological experience, we ask that you

adhere to the following regulations:

* All guests must be a minimum 21 years of age - valid I.D. required.

* Accommodations are for up to 2 adults - no overnight guests allowed.

* Smoking is permitted outside only.

* Sorry, no pets allowed.

* Please note this is a wildlife refuge, we recycle plastics, glass

and newspapers.

* The fish are our treasured residents, so we ask that you not fish

off the sea wall.

* There is a no disturbance policy after 10:00 PM.

* Payment in full is required upon arrival.

What makes this villa unique

You will have the opportunity to relax in an open water nature preserve, offering private views of the State Park. From your sea wall, watch the annual migration of east coast sea birds. From the patio watch spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Later in the day walk across the street and watch a breath-taking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Or just hang out in the hammock and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this ecological paradise. Take morning or afternoon walks through the nature trails in the State Park and comb the beaches in undisturbed tranquility. Open your windows and enjoy the cooling ocean breeze. In the picnic area there is a tiki hut, barbecue and hammock.

* All wildlife and scenic photos were taken off back patio.


Layton Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Amenities include: iPad 2, wireless internet access, flat screen TV with all premium movie channels and NFL Sunday Ticket, new state of the art washer and dryer, canoe, kayaks, binoculars, beach chairs and umbrella, beach mats, tiki hut, new Weber stainless barbecue gas grill, hammock, picnic table, outdoor furniture, yoga-stretching mats, books, snorkel/mask and fins, fishing poles and light tackle, bait freezer, A/C, queen bed, ceiling fan, refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender, juicer, toaster, hair dryer, clothes iron, lobster pot, tea pot, dishware and cooking utensils, linens and towels.


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Quiet Open Water Hideaway on Wildlife Sanctuary
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Perfect Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for ten days during our honeymoon and it was absolute bliss! The apartment was so well appointed and the property had everything we needed.

The property is perfectly situated on a quite cul-de-sac on Long Key, a perfect mid-point between Key West and Key Largo. I would stay here again and have recommended the property to many friends.

Trust your gut, this place is worth every penny!

-Courtney & Chris

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home, with a view!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found Jerry and Deborah's wonderful Long Key property when they had had a cancellation. We stayed in the smallest unit, which is the perfect size for two people. The small floor space is used very effectively, and the kitchen and bath are nicely appointed. I found everything I needed to cook, including a strainer to rinse quinoa! We have a lovely view from the small deck, and the common area has lots of equipment to make your stay interesting. Jerry and Deborah have been most helpful. This is a great place!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maple Grove, MN, USA

The perfect place for a relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this smallest unit of the four. It's about the size of a nice hotel room, but with a full kitchen and a wonderful view out the big front window. The unit was clean and comfortable and quite well appointed, with access to a full laundry. We both feel that just hanging out at "our place" was one of the highlights of our week long trip. The breeze off the water keeps things comfortable even when the temps are high, and there's a nice shady tiki hut so pale Northerners can enjoy the patio area without burning. Pelicans roost in the mangroves just a few yards away from the house, and you can watch reef fish from the window. There aren't many amenities on Long Key (which we liked because it kept things quiet), but good restaurants and groceries are less than a 20 minute drive in either direction. Several nights we brought home take-out because the view from our table rivaled anything in the area. Long Key is very centrally located. We did an easy day trip down to Key West, and a fun day trip to Everglades National Park in the opposite direction as well (leave by 6AM to see the best birds). We also spent several days kayaking and hiking around Long Key State Park. Easy access to this park is one of the best benefits of staying here. This isn't the right spot for someone who wants to party, but if you want the sort of place where the stresses of work and the chill of winter just melt away, this is it.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Impressed! Best kept secret in the keys.

  • 5 of 5

It's been a little over a year since we came down, but I'm still excited about our stay at Jerry's place on in the Keys. This place was so quite and so far away from the noise of all the tourists that constantly travel up and down the highway. It's in the back of a little known state park, so you don't get the boat traffic, but you get all of the scenery.

What's best is the owner and how he treats his guests. He's a great guy, who really goes above and beyond to make the place you stay feel like home. He's like an old friend you have known for years but haven't caught up with for a while who just wants to make sure everything is right.

Kayaks, life jackets, free netflix, free wireless and ipad usage, spices and oil in the kitchen (along with full cooking gear), and a newly renovated place with granite that certainly doesn't feel like "old Florida"- code for "hasn't been updated in 50 years).

You can also rent a boat across the street and dock it on the side of the property. He also feeds some pet snappers that you are not allowed to catch! :-)

We really feel like we lucked out with this place!

One note: It's miles to the nearest place to buy decent groceries at, pay attention as you drive down if you want to cook.

Thanks again, Jerry. We are planning on bringing the kids down one day.


Randy M

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this place on the first day and did not want to leave. Well thought out , high quality furnishings, appointments and most accommodating. You will not have to bring anything. We are very active and enjoyed the quality Kayaks and snorkel equipment. I will refer this place to all I know and recommend to anyone thinking of going anywhere in the Keys.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great quiet place to relax and recharge

  • 5 of 5

This place is all that it is cracked up to be. It is kind of like a double duplex and we rented one of the bottom units that sleeps four. The patio is right on the water and you share the property with others that are staying there. It is not a problem because it is big enough to accomodate everyone there. Because there is so much to do in the area, we felt we had the place to ourselves much of the time. The kayaks and canoe were almost always available. The pictures in the website don't do it justice. We would surely go back. We went during Christmas vacation and the traffic can be a little heavy at times.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2010
  • Stayed: December 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activities include: fish and bird watching, reading and relaxing, wildlife photography, canoeing,kayaking, beach combing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, sailing, power boating, hiking and exploring nature trails in the State Park.

You can take day trips to the Everglades National Park, visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, The Turtle Hospital and Museum, Dolphin Research Center, The Theater of The Sea, Bird and Wildlife Nature Center, World Wide Sportsman, art galleries, enjoy fantastic seafood and watch the sunsets.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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