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Kathy Anderson

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english


63 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Lower Florida Keys House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Big Torch Key is reminiscent of the Keys 40 years ago, seclusion and peace invade your senses immediately, sunset views will take your breathe away. Located on 1.4 acres on Niles Channel, in National Key Deer Refuge, the best boating access to the Atlantic (2 miles) and the Gulf (6 miles) in the lower Keys. Torchview has an open floor plan (kitchen/living room/dining room) with a huge master suite king size bed)and two other bedrooms(one with a queen size bed and the other two twins). Completely furnished you'll need for a terrific vacation....just pack your clothes. Fishing, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling off your own 240' boat dock with a 4' draft, you'll have an unparalleled adventure. You Will want to Come back to the Florida Keys!!!

'VIRTUAL TOUR' is available on this site between 'Owner info' and 'Photos' section for your convenience.

WE ARE ON THE PREMISES from Dec to April.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Kathy Anderson (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kathy Anderson

Steven & Kathy searched for the perfect spot in the Lower Keys, came across a diamond in the rough. You guessed it ....TORCHVIEW, with foresight and some hard work managed to make this piece of heaven 'our Paradise'. We know its 'Paradise 'because we have been told so by ALL who stay here. We KNOW you'll feel that way too, COME CHECK IT OUT!

We live in West Michigan when were not in the Keys.

We are on the premises from Dec. to April.

Kathy Anderson purchased this house in 1993

Why Kathy Anderson chose Lower Florida Keys

We have bought a house on Cudjoe and built another there too ( both on canals), it was crowded, noisy and our pets had no where to run. We wanted seclusion, privacy, open water and space to breathe. The first time we saw TORCHVIEW WE knew IT was home.

What makes this house unique

The most incredible sunsets at TORCHVIEW will capture the tropical flavor of the Keys without leaving the country. Our views off the deck will give you peace and tranquility. Isn't that what we came for????


based on 63 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 63 reviews
Athens, AL

Another awesome vacation at Torchview!

  • 5 of 5

For the 3rd time my husband, dogs and I took a wonderful relaxing vacation at Torchview. The artificial reef that has been cultivated under the dock is phenomenal! Relaxing on the dock and snorkeling under it are so relaxing and magical. And when the wind gets down enough so we can take a boat out to dive at Looe Key, we can keep the boat at the dock at Torchview. Those are the reasons we keep coming back. Add on top of it the well laid out home, great kitchen, fantastic sunsets over Niles Channel, and lovely grounds that are very isolated from traffic, and Torchview cannot be beat for a wonderful vacation in the keys where you are close enough to travel out to great eating and activities, but still tucked away in your own waterfront paradise in the Keys. It is Way Cool!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and our 3 kids and I stayed at this wonderful house for the week and it was awesome! We absolutely loved the location and seclusion that this home provided. The dock was wonderful and the sunsets amazing. Had a fun time snorkeling and swimming with the sharks right off the pier!!! The house had everything that we could have asked for and had a very well stocked kitchen. This was very important to us since we do a lot of cooking. Spent a day at Looe Key and had just a wonderful time overall at this home. Kathy was very understanding and accommodating to a few issues that we had and called to check on us while we were there. Could not ask for a better vacation for a very water oriented family. We hope to get back down soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Time of Our Lives!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided we needed a trip to celebrate 30 yrs of marriage and we wanted the 3 kids to go also. We ended up looking at the Keys because we love the water and snorkeling and wanted to share that activity with our kids. I am so glad that I saw Torchview on the VBRO website! We had the time of our lives. Several hours were spent on the pier - the eldest loves fishing and couldn't get enough of it. When he wasn't fishing, he was in the water looking at the fish. We saw so many different types, but the spiny lobsters were a highlight along with the barracuda,horseshoe crabs, nurse shark, octopus [by the time I was screaming that there was an octopus - it was gone :( ] and we also saw a moray eel that comes out at dusk. We had breakfast at The Cracked Egg and dinner at The Square Grouper - both excellent!! The key lime pie at The Sugarloaf Bakery was out of this world - glad I discovered it later in the week cause I would have ended up eating 2 pies! One day we went snorkeling at Looe Key Reef (check out Looe Key Reef Resort and Dive Center). That was probably the highlight of the week - it was an amazing experience. Spent the day at Key West riding the Conch Train, but we should have gotten there earlier. There is so much to do in Key West and we were a little too relaxed getting out the door - we could have done with another week here! The last day we rented a boat from Big Pine Key Boat Rentals and went snorkeling off Newfound Harbor Keys. All in all, we had a fantastic time and hope we get to come back again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just What The Doctor Ordered!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our 13 year old son, spent Easter week at Torchview and it was fantastic. We travel a lot and there are certain things we've found important about lodging that can make or break your stay. Torchview checked all the boxes and then some! It was clean, had a well-stocked kitchen for cooking, the beds were very comfortable and absolutely nothing was broken. The location is perfect of you want to get off the beaten path and have some true peace and quiet. The drive South to Key West and North to Marathon was easy for the few days that we wanted to do something different.

We snorkeled and fished right out front every day that we were there. Fresh snapper for dinner and endless entertainment! Our son was out the door before the sun some mornings and stayed out there almost all day. We rented a skiff from Big Pine Boat Rentals, which was very easy. Wouldn't necessarily recommend for people who aren't boaters as the waters are skinny and somewhat tidal.

Kathy & Steve were there (along with their niece - Hi Rachel!) and all were more than accommodating. While you may not think having owners on property is ideal, the hospitality was really nice. Thanks, guys :)

These photos truly do not do it justice. If you think the photos are good and the place looks appealing you'll be even more excited when you get there. The property is lush, the house is very spacious and the views are almost unbeatable. The little beach out front was a great landing spot to start the day and the dock was the favorite hangout. It isn't fancy but it doesn't matter - it's awesome.

We will definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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strongsville ohio

A Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had the pleasure of spending a week at Torchview along with our two small dogs. Kathy & Steve and Cheyenne (the gentlest , most loveable dog) were very welcoming!

The house is very comfortable and well decorated. The kitchen had everything we needed. The steps took a little getting used to as we are all Sr. Citizens, but the view on all sides of the outdoor porch made it well worth it.

The house is in a good location. It is an easy drive south to Key West and north to Marathon and Islamorada. If you haven't been to Key West, be sure to talk to Steve for advise on what streets to take and where to park in the city.

We truly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this house. Our only regret is we didn't have time to enjoy all that Torchview has to offer, such as snorkeling, kayaks and bicycles. We are very grateful to the owners Kathy and Steve who allow pets, they also enjoyed the dock and water access from the private beach area.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stanwood, WA

This place books quickly for a reason!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for somewhere warm to spend a winter week. Neither of us had ever been to the Keys, and being from Washington State, this was quite a distance to come. But the time and effort was well worth it. The home was a destination in and of itself, which was what we wanted. While we did spend some time seeing the sights and eating out, we were just as happy hanging out in our ”home away from home”. Having never rented a home before, I spent considerable time reading the reviews and studying the pictures of the rentals we were considering. We were extremely happy with the choice we made. The only surprise for us was that there were absolutely no surprises! The reviews were spot on, the home was immaculate and the pictures don’t do it justice. We particularly enjoyed the views from every room and the lovely breeze that blew through the entire place. We spent considerable time on the deck, enjoying the peace and quiet, along with the view. The huge, wrap around deck makes it possible to get out of the sun or breeze if need be. My husband enjoyed snorkeling around the reef and dock areas while I kicked back in the lawn chair on the beach in the shade. Awesome and wonderfully relaxing. The grounds are beautiful, as well. The home very comfortable, well stocked and well maintained. The owners, Kathy and Steve, who reside on the property, are awesome! They are completely unobtrusive, unless you need something or have questions. They suggested places to eat (Square Grouper!) and when we came home with Stone Crabs one evening and had no way to crack them, Steve had just the tool and showed us how to use it. This place books quickly for a reason! We look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Looe Key Tiki - Boondocks
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Key West----Marathon
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Looe Key - Boondocks
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Bahia Honda
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Big Torch Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 21 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
CLEAN FEE $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 12.5%

No discounts for multiple weeks unless posted
Sat- Sat bookings only
OWNERS ON PREMISES : DEC 2015 -- April 2016

2016 RATES: $2200/ WEEK $200/clean fee
NEW YEARS: DEC 30-JAN 6, 2017

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Lower Florida Keys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1887 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master-King size bed(1) Guest- Queen size Bed(1) Bedroom 3-Twin Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 3 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Jan-April Kayaks available to rent 4/$100/wk...2/$50/wk 3 bikes come with the rental of the house MEGA FISH UNDER and AROUND DOCK FOR YOUR SNORKELING PLEASURE SMALL SANDY BEACH AREA : LOUNGING BY THE WATER PARENTS WITH SMALL CHILDREN

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