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Modern Luxury and Privacy Just Steps from Duval

68 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Downtown House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Would you enjoy truly modern luxury within walking distance to Key West's best restaurants, clubs, and art galleries? If so, this is the vacation house for you! We are set within Key West's Historic District, a block from famous Duval Street, 2 1/2 blocks from the Hemingway House, 7 blocks to beaches on The Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico!! The house is in the middle of all of Key West's action, yet it is a quiet compound. The Property consists of two separate houses. The Front House is available only.

Basking in the sun on the elevated private sundeck

Cooking in the ultramodern kitchen with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances

Pampering in the elegant Bizazza Bathroom

Savoring dinner on the cobblestone patio

Enjoy Florida-living at its best with large window-walls that frame views of the zen-style garden, the deep water pool, and the heated spa. This beautiful garden features palm trees, bamboos and tropical foliage framing the dry creek and dry pond. In addition, off the Main Entrance is a petite courtyard in which sunlight filters through a monastery bamboo and Japanese privet onto the private granite patio.

The two-story home featuring ultramodern architecture designed by Searle Lamaster Howe of Chicago is unique to Key West. Located in Old Town, the structure is constructed of board-formed concrete and houses two bedrooms, two baths, a spacious living/dining room, and a private second floor sundeck with its own shower.

The interior has an open plan with soaring ceilings, elegant lighting and European appliances. It is furnished with European and Carribean furniture; the bedrooms have European Beech walls, and the bathrooms offer Italian marble and Bisazza tile walls and the latest European fixtures.

In back is a large rock-laden garden and patio with a generously sized pool and attached heated spa.

Keywords: Single-Family House with private garden

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Don and Kim Wilson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Don and Kim Wilson

Don and I are grateful for every guest that chooses to stay at our Vacation home here in Key West! We love meeting each guest and doing what we can to meet their individual needs and requests that result in a stews-free stay in Paradise! from Chicago; but the sun, the island vibe, and the friendly people of Key was irresistible! Every day is a day in paradise -- as opposed to the endless cloud cover of Chicago. Don and I are both modernist; Kim is an architect and Don lived in Europe for many years.... Don and I purchased the two-house property in 2006. In 2008, we tore the front building and built the front house. Architecturally, Key West is a very conservative City and we found building a modern house very challenging. But, it was a labor of love and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Since 2009. we have been operating it independently as a Vacation Home. We love sharing our home with all of our guests, treating each guest individually, working to make their Experience in Paradise better than they could imagine.

We look forward to meeting you soon!!

kind regards,

Kim and Don

Don and Kim Wilson purchased this house in 2008

Why Don and Kim Wilson chose Key West

We purchased the property because we could tear down the front house and built a contemporary structure in its place.

What makes this house unique

Luxurious and modern living -- no expense has been spared.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came here for a short vacation with myself and two daughters and loved it! Hate to recommend it in case we cannot return. As a father of two young adult daughters I was concerned for safety. No need to worry!! Don and Kim's property is very secure with the gates and the 8-foot fence allowed us to be comfortable and safe in the backyard pool and spa. Thank you for a great Vacation!
Dec 2015
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Modern Luxury and Privacy Just Steps from Duval
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Lovely home in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful accommodations for what we needed (2 couples) staying in town for a long weekend. Kim was a pleasure to work with and went above and beyond make our stay as enjoyable as possible, sending a list of their favorite local restaurants and sights prior to our arrival. The home is incredibly well cared for and has a stunning, modern vibe to it. We really loved using the pool after long, hot days. If we are in Key West again, this is where we will be staying!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Stunning Home

  • 5 of 5

This house is so exceptionally beautiful. It is an architectural masterpiece. It is immaculately appointed and has every feature you could want in a modern house. The showers are AMAZING! It is exceptionally, spotlessly clean, the linens are high end and luxurious and the towels are fluffy. The owner has gone out of her way to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay for her guests. It was like staying in a 5-star resort villa. I've been to the keys many times but this one will stick out as my favorite, simply because of the house. Please keep in mind that I'm so very nit-picky and I don't have one negative thing to say about this house.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about our Home. We are so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves .... and we hope that you will stay with us during your next trip to Key West. kind regards, Kim and Don
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Beautiful propert with fantastic owners!

  • 5 of 5

Kim was fabulous! Prior to our arrival she sent instructions along with options for local activities and restaurants. She greeted us upon arrival and provided a tour of her beautiful home, which has every amenity including a frozen drink machine! The outdoor pool and spa were relaxing and heated. Bed accommodations were cery comfortable! The sound system and television are state of the art. Bathrooms were equipped with bathing soaps and even curling and straightening irons. The home is located just steps from Duval Streetamd all the action you could hope for, while at the same time being quietly situated in a residential neighborhood. Kim was available on call for all of our questions and needs. She truly went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. This property is a must for a tropical vacation. Thank you so much to Kim and Don for their kindness and hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan, Don and I are honored that you chose our vacation home for your special weekend. Thank you for being such fine guests and thank you for your kind comments. We wish you all the best and hope to see you again soon. kind regards, Kim and Don
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20th Anniversary Trip to Key West

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 10 hot (outside) wonderful Key West days in August. The pool, shaded yard area and the outside shower on the 2nd floor deck made sure that coolness was only a step away. The house is one block off of Duval, so it is close enough for easy access to the attractions, but far enough away so that the noise is not an issue. The owners were very nice about letting us drop off our luggage when we arrived while the cleaning service was tidying up the house, and as they didn’t have someone coming in the day of our departure, let us keep our luggage there for the two hours between check out and having to be at the airport. Nice touch!! We loved the modern look, cleanliness and the high end design of the house. I have to put in a word for the water pressure. We have stayed in many places in Key West with most of them being stand alone private residences/houses and have never had this much water pressure! What a treat not having to spend so much time trying to shower off. The size of the house was perfect for us, two couples. We each had king size beds and attached bathrooms. Great accommodations and would definitely recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, Thank you for your positive comments about our Vacation Rental Home! Don and I are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! And, we hope that your next stay is just around the corner. Call us if there is anything we can help you with. kind regards, Kim and Don
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  • 5 of 5

Such a very peaceful & perfectly appointed place to stay but only 1 block from Duval Street.

We parked our car in a private spot in front of the home & never used our car the entire time - walked everywhere. The privacy & serenity of the pool was so inviting & refreshing.

We will definitely return & highly recommend staying here instead of a hotel.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Leah: Thank you form taking the time to review your stay with us. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our vacation rental home. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. kind regards, Kim and Don
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Spent four nights here with friends. The house was clean and every bit as charming as the pictures. Location is perfect. Would recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jeff: Thank you for choosing to stay at our Vacation rental Home. We enjoyed meeting and hosting you and your friends, and look forward to your next visit with us!! kind regards, Don and Kim
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Private Homes, Old Town, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA (In the middle of Old Town -- steps from Duval Street!)

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Parasailing


Rates & Availability

Downtown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Shoulder Season
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder Season
Nov 29 2016 - Dec 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
New Years Week
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Winter Season
Jan 4 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

The address of the property is 720D Simonton Street. It is located in Key West's Historic District. It is one block from Duval Street and one half-mile to two beaches.

If you have 5 or 6 in your party, please note that we charge an additional $50 per guest per night. We ask for a 50% deposit to secure the reservation; 30 days prior to your arrival the balance and the $500 Refundable Damage Deposit is due. We invoice through PayPal and we accept checks.

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Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Located in Master Bedroom on 2nd floor, Queen size Beds (1) Located on 1st floor Bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One Twin-size Futon-Bed located in upstairs hall One Full-size Convertible_Bed located in Living Room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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