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James Ricketts

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Ocean Front Summerland Estate

14 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay nights

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Overview

Lower Florida Keys Estate Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 12)

Located along Millionaires Row on prestigious Summerland Key Florida, Summerland Estate is a state and county licensed weekly rental home situated on 2 private, gated acres that fronts the open Ocean. It boasts incredible crystal aqua blue views from all rooms.

There is a 100 foot dock with 5 feet controlled depth for most any boat. The Fishing, Swimming and snorkeling off the dock is fantastic. A great heated swimming pool, with a tiki hut and bar, a 6 person hot tub plus we have a pool table. There are 5 bedrooms(2 kings, 3 queens, 3 day beds , 4 full baths, kitchen, dining room, laundry room with washer and dryer. TV's in all bedrooms, a stereo/DVD sound system and WIFI. The house has central A/C plus Ceiling fans throughout. It is a fantastic place to go relax an enjoy your vacation.

Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
James Ricketts (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About James Ricketts

My name is James Ricketts, I own Summerland Estate with my two uncles. We have been owning and renting properties in the Florida keys since 1992. I work hard to ensure all our clients you have a wonderful stress free vacation.

James Ricketts purchased this estate in 1998

Why James Ricketts chose Lower Florida Keys

Summerland Key is one of the best islands in all of the keys it still has that old town charm while boasting some of the most beautiful waters in all of the keys. You have everything there but yet only a quick 25 minutes to Kew West. Plus this property is one of the few in the Florida Keys to have the correct zoning and permitting to allow weekly rentals.

Reviews

4.4
based on 14 traveler reviews

Ocean Front Summerland Estate
average rating of 4.428571 based on 14 reviews
sarasota
5

As Advertised - Responsive Owner - Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Summerland Estate for a week and had a great time. Property was as advertised, well-maintained, and comfortable. We only had one issue - problem with the microwave - owner responded immediately and had a new microwave installed. I'd give the property itself four stars + and our stay FIVE stars !

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Eastport NY
5

15 years later and sill great!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 9 (three families) had a great time here. Two of the families had stayed at Summerland estate nearly 15 years ago and the property, location and surroundings are as perfect now as they were then. The house is comfortable with privacy when wanted and so much to do as a group. Immaculate pool, hot tub, tiki bar and boat dock provide plenty of fun. I recommend bringing or renting a boat as the fishing, snorkeling and beaching are world class. The kitchen is fully functional with two side by side refrigerators, great for keeping your beverages cold! The new washer and dryer were great, going home with all clean clothes is a bonus. Summerland Key is very quiet but 30 minutes away is Key West for all kinds of fun. It was great to have stayed here when our children were young and return with young adults. They loved fishing and boating and I don't think anyone turned on a TV although there are plenty. Jim very good to deal with and his management team are friendly and responsive. I hope it isn't another 15 years before we return to Summerland Estate.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, it was nice having you and your family back in the keys. I am so happy you had a great vacation. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I look forward to your next visit. Please stay in touch...Jim
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Renter Beware!

  • 1 of 5

Our family vacationed at Summerland estates lush and secluded property . The setting is breathtaking! But the pictures and discription of the home itself are very misleading. First of all, after a full day if traveling, we entered into a home with a non functioning air conditioner. We found out later that the batteries needed to be replaced in the thermostat. Isn't that something that should be done before our arrival? Our party was only 9 but was supposed to be 12. We choose this property because of its ability to accommodate a large party. The listing describes a lower unit with a double and single bed along with a kitchenet. The room was filled with a strong mildew smell and the kitchen had a large plant where the dishwasher use to be. The quarters were not liveable and should not be advertised. The game room existed of a mess of blow up toys and a pool table that had a felt covering so worn down that this too was unusable. The pool that was supposed to be heated to 82 degrees did not reach temperature until the day we were leaving. The pool itself had missing tiles around the entire perimeter. On the 2ND evening of our visit my youngest child found termite larva in his bed! Yes this is the room pictured with the baby crib. So we washed the sheets and drug two single mattresses down a flight of steps so our children could sleep without the fear of larve dropping on their heads! Next ,the refrigerator packed with all of the food we purchased stopped working. When the repair man came the following day he told us he visits the home twice weekly between the fridge and the washer and dryer. We were also told, by the maintenance man , that the owner was waiting for the unit to be vacant to tent it for the termites. When we spoke to the owner about the list of disappointments, he told he knew nothing about termites and our family was welcome to leave! He never apologized nor did he offer any compensation for our inconveniences. The property could be a jewel but has obviously been neglected. It is owned by an absentee man who does not care about much more than collecting rent checks. The listing is misleaing and inaccurate. Our vacation was not what we expected.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kate, I am sorry to hear you that you and the rest of the Penza family had some issues at the house. When I spoke to you I did apologize and told you I would IMMEDIATELY take care of any and all issues. Which I did. We have rented our home for the past 10 years with consistent repeat clients and top 5 star reviews. Yours is the first negative review I have ever had. But I would like to address the items you have brought up. 1-The batteries that run the thermostat did need to be changed. This is true. My staff did not know the thermostat was not working because the weather has been perfect and there had been no need to run the A/C system. But when you let us know it was not working we immediately addressed the issue and replaced the batteries. 2-We were not aware of any mildew smell in the studio. But again I immediately sent our cleaning crew over to re clean the house up to your standards and have my handyman look for any water leaks or areas where water could have been seeping in. We did not find any nor did anyone notice a mildew smell. 3-We recently took the mini stove out of the kitchenette because no one was using it and we replaced that space with a plant. 4-Before you arrived our handyman confirmed to me via a phone call that the pool was at 82 degrees. The outflow valve from the heater has thermometer on it and it was reading 82 degrees. When you said the pool was not warm our handyman went and with his own thermometer checked the pool and it registered 82 degrees. Needless to say we turned the heat up more for you. 5-The pool toys are left over from past clients and your suggestion of a storage bin to keep those in is a good idea. Thank you. The same for the pool table felt. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and I will have it replaced. 6-I was not aware of any termite issues but after our conversation I had Orkin inspect the house and do an injection treatment into the wood beams. Hopefully this has remedied the issue. They informed me that they swarm during certain times of the year. 7-We have 3 large refrigerators in the house. What happens is some guests pack one freezer full of food and blocks the fan in the freezer so the air cannot circulate, therefore the frig stops getting cold. Within 24hrs I had the appliance repair man at the property and he showed your family what the problem was. I just check my invoices from his company and he serviced my appliances twice in 2015 not twice a week.
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A Winner for Many Years!

  • 5 of 5

There is very little I can say that hasn’t already been said! This wonderful property has been our family vacation week destination for over 10 years – we would not even consider any other spot! The amenities are amazing – and 11 of us fit into the house with privacy when we want it, group time when desired. All four generations love Summerland Estate! The location is ideal, with easy access to commercial areas further north, and to Key West in the south, but far enough away to be your own private hide-away.

The heated pool, tiki hut, hot tub, dock and access to the ocean are perfect. The house, (kitchen is great!), is always in excellent condition when we arrive – if there are ever any “glitches” the staff is readily available and eager to help. Jim is a very conscientious owner/landlord, prompt to respond to any inquiries and anxious to be sure your stay is memorable. Our family recommends this outstanding place with no reservations. If vacation rentals are rated at best a “10”, Summerland Estate is truly an “11”!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such nice words!! It has been and absolute pleasure getting to know you and your family over the years. I am sorry you will not be staying in 2017 in your usual February week but hopefully you will be able to come down one of the spring or summer weeks. Talk to you soon...Jim
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4

Great place for a big family!

  • 4 of 5

Summerland Estate is a great place for a Keys vacation. You are close enough to Key West to hit the town and the night life but far enough away to get the quiet laid back Keys atmosphere. We had 10 in our party and had plenty of room for all of us. My three boys loved the "bachelor" pad downstairs. It was their own little slice of independence. The property is very well maintained and the manager and owner were very accommodating. We spent a lot of time on our boat and caught fish all week. Even caught some nice snapper right off the dock. My kids loved snorkeling off the dock and had some nurse sharks visit us almost every night. We have a 25 ft pontoon boat and the dock and deep water were perfect for even our bulky boat. The kids loved the pool and we enjoyed grilling out quite a bit in the evenings. Great relaxing vacation. Didn't get to use hot tub b/c of leak in it. But since it was summer in the Keys it wasn't an issue. I am sure the leak will be addressed as the rest of the house was well maintained. We will return again!

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  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Paradise found at Summerland Estate!

  • 5 of 5

Jim made it a very smooth transaction and was so kind to me during my many emails to him!

My family and I had an amazing time at Summerland Estate. We felt as if we were staying at our own private resort! We left Philadelphia on a cold (32 degrees), Saturday morning and landed in Key West to a warm 60 degree brilliant, sunny day. When we arrived at Summerland Estate, Carol the manager, greeted us and filled us in on the home, local restaurants, parks, beaches, etc. She was kind, courteous and a wealth of knowledge! We were a party of 14 and never felt crowded. In fact we could easily have accommodated more people. The house is amazing, the pool, hot tub, tiki bar, pool table...we kept pinching ourselves; you will love all the amenities! My kids fished every day from the pier and we partied just about every night at the tiki bar. We visited Bahia Honda State Park which was about a 10 minute drive as well as Key West which was around 25-30 minute drive.

We loved your slice of heaven from the beautiful sunrises to the endless view of the stars at night; everything about Summerland Estate was perfect and we hope to visit it again!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Summerland Key, Lower Keys Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA.

Other Activities: Mini golf, boating, shopping, kayaking, parasailing, health/beauty spa

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Rates & Availability

Summerland Key Estate Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $275 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

$3000-$7000/week (Sat-Sat)
$500 damage deposit
$275 cleaning fee
12.5% county tax

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Amenities

Lower Florida Keys Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 2 kings, 3 queens, 3 day beds
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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